Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers #bookreview

On my thoughts today I’m sharing my thoughts on the debut thriller by Julienne Brouwers, Double Deceit.


Jennifer Smits is a young mother, married to a hotshot lawyer and living in Amsterdam. Her world explodes when her husband is found dead at a holiday park during a weekend getaway. Convinced that the police have failed in their investigation, she embarks on a desperate quest for the truth – but the deeper she digs, the more she gets enmeshed in a tangled web of lies, spun by a ruthless law firm. As Jennifer’s search for answers intensifies, her grip on reality weakens. Barely able to manage her patients at the health clinic, or take care of her young son, Jennifer is at risk of losing it all – even her closest friends begin to desert her. And then a chance encounter with a charming stranger sparks a new chain of events that plunges her deeper into a world of threats and corruption. Soon, she begins to fear for her life – but who can she trust, and how far will she go in pursuit of the truth?


Double Deceit is a really well written, twisty thriller by Julienne Brouwers that kept me utterly gripped. We follow Jennifer, who is going through a rough patch in her marriage to her husband, Oliver. In the opening scene, she is searching for her son, who her husband failed to keep an eye on while he was playing in the pool at the holiday complex where they are staying. The episode leads to an argument between them and Jennifer’s husband stalks off. The next time she sees him, he is dead. The police are convinced that her husband was killed in a horrific accident, but Jennifer believes there are signs of foul play. Even when the police don’t take her seriously, Jennifer is determined to find out what happened to her husband.

I felt really frustrated for Jennifer. Even in the early days, when she was trying to get the police to take a closer look at her husband’s case, I could see that they weren’t interested. It was as if she was screaming from the top of her lungs, but no one could hear her. The police want to be done with the case and brush it to one side, but Jennifer won’t give up her fight easily. There were definitely moments throughout the story, when I thought, perhaps it would be easier for Jennifer if she were to give up and move on with her life.

It was as she began to dig more into Oliver’s life that things started to heat up. It was here that this was the moment in the story, where there would be no turning back for Jennifer. She learns some hard-hitting truths about her husband’s past, which makes her question the man he really was. But it also makes her more convinced that his death was the result of foul play. But even when she presents new evidence she has found to the police, they still didn’t seem to care or want to take her seriously.

The one thing I did question though was Jennifer’s friendship with Dan, who worked with her husband at the same law firm. There did seem to be some unanswered questions about Dan which made me question his motives. It was just a small point which made me think twice about him.

This is a book where dark secrets are hiding, waiting to be uncovered and the tension is palpable as Jennifer gets closer to understanding the truth. As the book raced towards its conclusion, it seemed as though there was everything to play for. I had no idea how things were going to turn out for Jennifer.

Overall I really enjoyed this book; I’m definitely going to be looking out for what Julienne Brouwers writes next.

Publisher: JB Uitgeverij

Publication date: 20th October 2020

Print length: 274 pages

Double Deceit is available to buy:

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#BringMeBack by B A Paris Book Review @BAParisAuthor @HQstories

Source: Review Copy


The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…


When I read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris last year, I read it in just a few hours. My friend and I raved about how it was the best thriller we had both read in a long while. There is something about the authors writing that is so gripping, that it doesn’t let you go until you turn the final page, almost as though it has put a spell on you, urging you to keep reading. As I found with Behind Closed Doors, I found her third novel to be immensely enjoyable. You do not want to miss it. I would suggest having plenty of coffee on the go when you begin, you will want to keep sleep at bay, which is why this book comes with the #forgetsleep.

Twelve years ago, Finn’s girlfriend, Layla, disappeared without trace, whilst they were on holiday in France. Layla has never been found, despite a massive police search. Now, Finn is engaged to her sister, Ellen, but as they begin to make plans for their wedding, people close to Finn, begin to report sightings of his missing former partner. Finn doesn’t want to believe that Layla has returned after all these years and he battles with his conscious over his decision to marry Ellen. Is he making the right one? What would Layla think of him when she realises that he has chosen to marry her sister? Has Layla really returned twelve years after she was reported missing, and if she has, where has she been during that time?

Bring Me Back is unbelievably tense, you know when the author has great writing skills when you’re shouting at the characters on the page at the decisions they’re making, and when you can’t bear to read on, for fear of what is going to happen to them next. I won’t say too much about the plot as I don’t want to spoil it, but we hear from the perspectives of two characters in this book, Finn and his fiance, Ellen. B A Paris kept me asking questions about them as I turned the final page of each chapter, which made me desperate to read the next. For me, I think this book really is about the characters, although the plot is good, it is really Finn’s tangled relationship between these two sisters that drives the story.

I’m sure, as with her previous book, I will be raving about this for a long while; I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next. Bring Me Back is another belter of a read. Thank you to Sophie Calder at HQ for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 8th March 2018

Print length: 384 pages