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HER DREAM WEDDING
IS ABOUT TO BECOME A NIGHTMARE
It’s Julia’s wedding day. Her nerves are to be expected – every bride feels the same – but there’s another layer to her fear, one that she cannot explain to her soon-to-be husband, Mark. She’s never told him the details – and she is determined he never finds out.
As she begins down the aisle, spotting Mark in his tailored suit, she knows she is taking her first steps to happiness – her past is behind her, it can’t catch her now. Mark turns to face her . . .
But it isn’t Mark in the beautiful suit – it’s his best man.
Because Mark is missing.
And Julia’s past is closer than she thinks . . .
Before I Say I Do is a tense debut thriller by Vicki Bradley. Imagine turning up to the day you’ve been looking forward to for months, the day that marks the rest of your life together with your partner, your wedding day. Then imagine walking down the aisle, only to be greeted by shock and confusion instead of smiles and admiring glances. Your fiancé is missing and the last person to see him alive is standing a few paces in front of you.
From the first few pages I wanted to know what had happened to Julie’s fiancé, Mark. I wondered what was really going on among her close circle of friends and I wanted to know why she wasn’t told before walking down the aisle. I felt that I couldn’t trust anyone that was close to her and I felt sure that someone was keeping secrets from her. But there is something as well that even Julie isn’t being truthful about, something which happened in her past which she is trying desperately to keep buried.
Alana Loxton and Kowalski are the two detectives who are investigating the case. This part of the novel felt really authentic, Vicki Bradley is a former met detective, and I could see that she was writing from experience. I really liked both police officers who were working on the case and I hope that they will return in a future book as I thought that they gelled together well. Alana Loxton has her own personal issues she is struggling with, when it comes to a former boyfriend of hers. As she tries to find answers to this case a lot of barriers come up in her way, which prevents her from achieving her goal. I wanted to know how determined she was going to be to try and overcome this.
Vicki Bradley also takes us back to the time when we see a teenage girl; with her young sister and a teenage boy enter a forest together. Vicki creates a really creepy atmosphere as this part of the plot unfolds and as we begin to understand how this part of the story feeds into the present.
This is a really tense read which delivers on suspense. Before I Say I Do is a strong debut thriller and I’ll definitely be looking out for more from Vicki Bradley in the future.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 28th May 2020
Print length: 384 pages
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