13th Aug2014

Book Review – Because She Loves Me

by Lloyd Paige



When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come
to an end. She is perfect. And she likes him as much as he likes her. But as the two of them embark on
an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his
apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and
loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the terrifying truth…

Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?

Because She Loves Me is the latest pulsating psychological thriller from author Mark Edwards and those readers that enjoyed his massive hit ‘The Magpies’ should love it, (look out for Lucy Newton). The story focuses on Andrew Sumner a freelancer, with a past that Edwards gently rolls out during the course of the story and when he meets Charlie, his life changes irrevocably.

He’s taken in by her sassy zest for life and bolshie attitude – she’s unlike anything he has seen before and Edwards somehow manages to convey the male descent into life’s complicated sea of love perfectly, which is not an easy thing to do. But in doing this, he allows us to walk hand-in-hand with the two characters.

As the story progresses Andrew and Charlie’s relationship intensifies and Andrew starts to pine for her whenever they’re apart. But we also get to peek into the lives of his disabled sister Tilly and meet her helper Rachel, as well as his long time friend Sasha. And we even get to hear about the influence of an old flame, Karen.

But we still don’t know much about Charlie.

At the point when things begin to go really wrong Andrew’s suspicions reach boiling point and it’s as if he’s finally heard the reader screaming all the warnings. By now though we’re on edge as he investigates the clues and the heightened tension makes turning the pages a scary gut wrenching experience. Even though we all know who’s behind the attack on Andrew’s immigrant cleaner, the death of an old acquaintance, the threats, the break-ins, and more, much more. Don’t we?

Andrew’s life could just be like anyone else’s but the mystifying danger that Charlie seems to pose is unlike any other and it’s what makes Because She Loves Me such a treat. Not only that, but a lesson too that maybe we shouldn’t fall in love so easily or if we do, then we should also be aware of those that ‘really’ love us because it might turn out to be a life saver.

Because She Loves Me, Thomas & Mercer, September 2nd 2014


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