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The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, cha The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls. Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication. But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her. And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger? You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.


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The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, cha The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls. Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication. But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her. And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger? You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.

30 review for The Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Read this over Christmas period and forgot to put my review in. 🤦🏼‍♀️🙄 I don’t make new year resolutions as I never keep them but I resolve to read every book SE Lynes has written in 2021. This is how you write a psychological thriller! Peter Bridges is a forty year old professor who meets 21 year old Samantha Frayn and sweeps her off her feet. I wish I could tell you this is a happy ever after but it soon becomes clear that Peter is not the charming Professor he claims to be, in fact he’s got an Read this over Christmas period and forgot to put my review in. 🤦🏼‍♀️🙄 I don’t make new year resolutions as I never keep them but I resolve to read every book SE Lynes has written in 2021. This is how you write a psychological thriller! Peter Bridges is a forty year old professor who meets 21 year old Samantha Frayn and sweeps her off her feet. I wish I could tell you this is a happy ever after but it soon becomes clear that Peter is not the charming Professor he claims to be, in fact he’s got an MA, possibly a PhD is control. This is a well written and fast paced novel and one that’s hard to put down. You want to yell at Samantha to wake up and smell the roses and eventually she sure does. SE Lynes writes clever, smart, intense books with a soupçon of dark humour which I really like. So as soon as the arcs allow I’m onto the next .....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Holy flipping Psychological thriller!! This author delivers...every...single...time!! Picture this..you take a trip to Rome and visit the Mouth of Truth with your darling husband of 3 years. Legend has it that if you put your hand in the mouth of the mask and you get to keep your hand, well then you are a truthful person. If it snaps shut on your hand, well liar, liar pants on fire! Your dear husband will not put his hand in the mouth, in fact he absolutely refuses! I found the premise for this b Holy flipping Psychological thriller!! This author delivers...every...single...time!! Picture this..you take a trip to Rome and visit the Mouth of Truth with your darling husband of 3 years. Legend has it that if you put your hand in the mouth of the mask and you get to keep your hand, well then you are a truthful person. If it snaps shut on your hand, well liar, liar pants on fire! Your dear husband will not put his hand in the mouth, in fact he absolutely refuses! I found the premise for this book to be extremely realistic. Here we have the aging professor that the girls are swooning over due to his power and prestige. His being "off limits" due to his position makes him even more irresistible to young girls. He fills his need to be feel young by dating a much younger girl. We stand by and are forced to watch in horror as the uneven levels of power seep into the relationship and eat away at the core. As Peter got closer to Samantha and his true self started to emerge, I felt myself despising him. I wanted to scream " Samantha just step away from the professor!" Of course she did not listen to me and a fabulous story of power, control and revenge played out in the pages. As you can imagine, a person like Peter probably has a lengthy history, as this twisted behavior did not simply emerge overnight. As the skeletons from his closet tumble out, prepare to be shocked, I know I was! This book is sooo good! After reading The Proposal last year, I am now a hardcore SE Lynes fan. She can spin a wicked psychological thriller with the best of them. If she wrote a appliance instruction manual, I would stand in line to read it. She is able to incorporate her dark humor into her stories and wow what an entertaining read they always end up being.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    "Superstition's like suspicion, I suppose, in that sense. A feeling you can't put into words. A one percent of something you don't quite know.' The Women by S.E. Lynes This book was a delicious read. And utterly different from what I had thought I was getting. Basically, this story is about control. Samantha and Peter meet and fall madly in love. Peter is just what every intellectual girl thinks she wants: handsome, charming, educated, such a deep thinker. He is all for Feminism and says he would "Superstition's like suspicion, I suppose, in that sense. A feeling you can't put into words. A one percent of something you don't quite know.' The Women by S.E. Lynes This book was a delicious read. And utterly different from what I had thought I was getting. Basically, this story is about control. Samantha and Peter meet and fall madly in love. Peter is just what every intellectual girl thinks she wants: handsome, charming, educated, such a deep thinker. He is all for Feminism and says he would never ever objectify women. Samantha is lovely but awkward and insecure. She has no idea what an older and charming man like Peter, with the looks of a Movie star and a Brain that would rival any Literature expert, would see in her. She is high on life, high on Peter's love for her. And then.. This is not a book on physical abuse. Rather the focus of The Women is on Verbal shaming and indifference. It is about control. It is about a pervasive type of control that many have been victims of..the control of another human being through both reward and punishment, done in such a seemingly innocent way that one may not..is most likely not..to even be aware it is happening. The Women started slow for me and several times I was tempted to DNF. DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE I almost did! It picks up speed in the middle half and you cannot turn the pages fast enough. The story was quite menacing in some aspects. Samantha, at one point, is teaching a creative writing class when she starts getting ominous messages, in the form of Limericks and Poems. These messages are always anonymous and though she knows they are coming from one of her students, she cannot figure out which one. Samantha also cannot figure out why some small part of her feels she is in danger. Why when she snuggles close to Peter at night, does she have such misgivings? Why is Peter calling her his soulmate one minute, proposing to her over and over and then virtually ignoring her the next minute? This book was made for people who enjoy complicated Literary thrillers. It is like no book I have read this year and I'd really recommend any fan of this genre give The Women a try. It's much different then your typical thriller and I mean that in a good way. I'd highly recommend this darkly intense book which also celebrates the power of women and their friendships. It is a timely and relevant read that no thriller fan should miss out on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 The Women by S.E. Lynes is not your typical psychological thriller. Lynes reaches into some deep social issues, and leaves you gasping. What it's about: Samantha Frayn is just 21 when she falls for the almost forty-year-old Peter Bridges. He is older, wiser, incredibly charming, and he has a beautiful home on a hill. It's quite the whirlwind when Samantha moves in with him just days after starting a relationship. She is so in love and quite taken with his charm and sophistication, bu ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 The Women by S.E. Lynes is not your typical psychological thriller. Lynes reaches into some deep social issues, and leaves you gasping. What it's about: Samantha Frayn is just 21 when she falls for the almost forty-year-old Peter Bridges. He is older, wiser, incredibly charming, and he has a beautiful home on a hill. It's quite the whirlwind when Samantha moves in with him just days after starting a relationship. She is so in love and quite taken with his charm and sophistication, but as she spends more and more time living with him, his anger and control issues make her start to doubt her choice. Then when she starts receiving anonymous notes in the writing class she is teaching; she doesn't know what to believe anymore. Is Peter really everything she thinks he is, or is she possibly in danger? Oh Samantha, she is so naive. I could already see where this book was going pretty early in advance, but Lynes still managed to surprise me more than once. She also delves into some very serious social issues in this novel. The Women is not just any psychological thriller, the scariest thing about this book is that things like this do actually happen. Although Sam ended up being a bit of a doormat in the beginning, I was really proud of the way she ended in the book. She was very relatable and I remember how impressionable I was when I was that age... The women in this book will make you mad, make you cry, and make you feel empowered. I loved the mix of characters in The Women and the way Lynes was able to throw suspicion around to multiple characters when Sam starts receiving the anonymous notes. There is also some very strong foreshadowing, a lot more than I usually see in books, which is something I really enjoyed. Song/s the book brought to mind: A mix of Good Girl (was yelling this at Sam in the book), Two Black Cadillacs, and Undo It - all by Carrie Underwood. Final Thought: I also want to say that it was really hard for me to rate this book. I knew I wasn't going to give it under a 4, but I also wasn't sure if I was blown away enough to do a 5. I am still brooding on this one a bit so I may eventually end up at a 4.5. I feel like The Women would be considered a mix of psychological thriller and women's fiction, and maybe not just a straight up psychological thriller. I also got a strong domestic thriller vibe. You can tell the author is incredibly intuitive and smart the way she writes about women and the issues we face with men in this novel. I definitely look forward to reading a lot more from her! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley, all opinions are my own. NOTE: My full blog tour post can be accessed at: https://abookwormwithwine.wordpress.c...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A new book by this author is always cause for a ‘jump ahead’ in the TBR stakes as it is guaranteed to offer something new and refreshing, different and exciting, intriguing and menacing! This book offers all this and more, oodles of it and it has a powerful message to boot Samantha falls very ( too ) quickly for Peter, he is a lecturer at UCL, she the student, she is besotted, he is genial, they are in love, she is head over heels, she wants to please, its perfect Until its not perfect Peter contro A new book by this author is always cause for a ‘jump ahead’ in the TBR stakes as it is guaranteed to offer something new and refreshing, different and exciting, intriguing and menacing! This book offers all this and more, oodles of it and it has a powerful message to boot Samantha falls very ( too ) quickly for Peter, he is a lecturer at UCL, she the student, she is besotted, he is genial, they are in love, she is head over heels, she wants to please, its perfect Until its not perfect Peter controls, subtlety and carefully, he then controls more, and more He is also a man of secrets And lies But Samantha is in love Until she’s not From a brilliant start set in Rome the story charts what is happening in their relationship and the insidious toxic nature of control The charcaters are bold, the writing flawless and the story, well the story is compelling, its quite an emotive read and one that leaves you thinking and questioning As always with this authors work there are pockets of dark humour and rye observation Its a book many should read as a cautionary tale and everyone should read for enjoyment This author never fails to push boundaries, fantastic 10/10 5 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: He knows she's seen the scarf. he is offering up his alibi before she challenges him so that his innocence is beyond doubt. Clever, she thinks. Very clever. But she is no slouch on the brains front either. She turns over, kisses him on his lying mouth. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn d EXCERPT: He knows she's seen the scarf. he is offering up his alibi before she challenges him so that his innocence is beyond doubt. Clever, she thinks. Very clever. But she is no slouch on the brains front either. She turns over, kisses him on his lying mouth. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls. Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication. But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her. And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger? You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved. MY THOUGHTS: Clever, I think. Very clever. Even a little sly Ms. Lynes...and a trifle wicked. Not at all predictable. Secrets, lies, bluffs and double bluffs, it is so easy to lose track of who is telling the truth, if anyone is! The story starts slowly, but having read everything this author has previously written, I knew that something surprising would be coming. The unrelenting pace in the second half of the book more than makes up for the meandering of the first half. This is not a criticism, because that is just the way it is, a necessity to set the scene for what is to come. And the denouement? - delicious. Absolutely delicious. Read in one sitting. And I love this cover. ♥️ ❤💜❤💜❤ THE AUTHOR: S E Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. After graduating from Leeds University, Susie lived in London before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a producer at the BBC before moving with her husband, Paul, and two young children to Rome. In Rome, she began to write, snatching time where she could. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing. She has also published two children's books in Italy. #The Women #NetGalley DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Women by S E Lynes for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on Sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    At the moment I am incredibly bored with the same old plots in domestic thrillers, but I am glad I picked this one up as it just about lived up to expectations. However, the first half was rather slow going and I did feel myself rapidly losing interest, but luckily, the pace rises quite dramatically if you persevere. There are a number of twists in the tale but many of I'm we're more than a little predictable although I was surprised a couple of times. The plot revolves around the issues of domes At the moment I am incredibly bored with the same old plots in domestic thrillers, but I am glad I picked this one up as it just about lived up to expectations. However, the first half was rather slow going and I did feel myself rapidly losing interest, but luckily, the pace rises quite dramatically if you persevere. There are a number of twists in the tale but many of I'm we're more than a little predictable although I was surprised a couple of times. The plot revolves around the issues of domestic abuse, manipulation and coercion and the fact that often the person being controlled is blind to exactly what is happening to them; often it takes an outsider to point it out. It's a dark and well written psychological thriller crossed with women's fiction yet it didn't blow me away and it often felt as though the author was vilifying all men for the actions of a few. The characters are what make this book and bump it up to three stars. Each has a rounded personality and is complex just as us humans are and the women, in particular, were inspiring, strong and passionate about what they believed in. So, in the end, this was an okay read but nothing special or spectacular. Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Samantha falls for Peter. Peter is quite a bit older than Samantha, and, at first, it seems like he is an encouraging and sophisticated man. After moving in together and having a baby, Samantha realizes Peter isn’t as great as she thought. This book opens with Samantha and Peter on their honeymoon. It then goes back to when Samantha met Peter, a professor at her university. They get serious quickly, moving in together and having a baby. On Peter’s insistence, Samantha takes a job teaching a creat Samantha falls for Peter. Peter is quite a bit older than Samantha, and, at first, it seems like he is an encouraging and sophisticated man. After moving in together and having a baby, Samantha realizes Peter isn’t as great as she thought. This book opens with Samantha and Peter on their honeymoon. It then goes back to when Samantha met Peter, a professor at her university. They get serious quickly, moving in together and having a baby. On Peter’s insistence, Samantha takes a job teaching a creative writing class. She soon starts receiving anonymous notes that lead her to believe Peter isn’t the dream man she envisioned. A story of lies, manipulation, and control. An entertaining and fast-paced psychological thriller. I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    S E Lynes is an author that I get very excited when a new book comes out - she never disappoints, Her books are just so damn good! They really are the type of books that you struggle to put down as the stories suck you in and have you needing to know what is going to happen next. The Women is absolutely this book once again - it was engaging and at times frightening that these thins can happen to people. The characters are so realistic and I was at some points wanting to scream at Samantha! An e S E Lynes is an author that I get very excited when a new book comes out - she never disappoints, Her books are just so damn good! They really are the type of books that you struggle to put down as the stories suck you in and have you needing to know what is going to happen next. The Women is absolutely this book once again - it was engaging and at times frightening that these thins can happen to people. The characters are so realistic and I was at some points wanting to scream at Samantha! An excellent psychological thriller that any fans of this genre need to read. Samantha has her whole life ahead of her - she is studying at university when her life changes forever. At a student mixer one night she meets Peter Bridges - an older, very handsome and charismatic professor. She catches his eye and before she knows it she is moving in with him. Slowly this is when things change and she starts to see the real Peter. He is controlling, has a temper and treats Samantha quite badly. It is only when she starts a casual teaching job that she starts to learn more about her partner and his past. Then the anonymous letters start and they seem to be warning for her to get away from him. Is she being paranoid or is he manipulating her in ways that she can't even begin to imagine? The ending of this book had me cheering out loud - well done Ms Lynes - another triumph!! Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Twenty one year old Samantha falls for a college lecturer and a short time later moves into his home. He is charming, rich and a intelligent and little bit at a time takes over most aspects of her life. People try to warn her but Samantha only sees the good in people. A chilling tale of lies and manipulation that I found hard to put down. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Samantha is a young woman who thinks she has it all. She's moved in with Peter .. an older man but by all accounts loves her to death. She fell quickly for him, he's charming, he likes fine wine, and his spacious home is filled with works of art. But there's another side to Peter, as Samantha slowly but surely discovers. For one thing, he has a temper that never showed before she moved in. He wants things done when he says, and how he says. There are specific times for eating, sleeping, showering Samantha is a young woman who thinks she has it all. She's moved in with Peter .. an older man but by all accounts loves her to death. She fell quickly for him, he's charming, he likes fine wine, and his spacious home is filled with works of art. But there's another side to Peter, as Samantha slowly but surely discovers. For one thing, he has a temper that never showed before she moved in. He wants things done when he says, and how he says. There are specific times for eating, sleeping, showering. And she's not allowed to break any of his rules. When she becomes pregnant, he is delighted .. so he says. He even goes so far as to find a job for her .. just a few hours a week, but not one she had really wanted. She's teaching a writing course at the local college. And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger? Sometimes, someone needs to save you from a man you thought you loved. This author has tackled the delicate subject of domestic violence without it being over the top graphic. Mostly the violence is in the way of words and manipulation... but violence none the less. The tension gears up as one thing after another as Samantha 'learns' what the rules are. As you might expect, Peter is greatly disliked as a character as the author brings him to life on paper. Samantha causes one to wonder .... how does a smart woman with her whole life in front of her fall into this trap. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for this excellent psychological drama. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    The Women by S.E. Lynes is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Samantha Frayn is in love with an older man. A professor. She doesn’t know why this wealthy, charismatic, handsome man would pick her, but he has. He knows so much of the world, and he has so mu The Women by S.E. Lynes is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Samantha Frayn is in love with an older man. A professor. She doesn’t know why this wealthy, charismatic, handsome man would pick her, but he has. He knows so much of the world, and he has so much experience. He can teach her so much. Peter Bridges brings out the best in her, transforming her life and her world. Yes, there are a few bumps in the road when she moves in with him. He’s been a bachelor a long time, and is set in his ways. She has to learn to drink wine every evening, to set a proper fire in the fireplace, make sure everything is put back in the proper place, be ready to please him almost every night, and put up with his mood swings. But these are just a few of many small things that go with the territory of a new relationship. He may be a little controlling, and a bit of a narcissist, but that’s just the way he is. Peter convinces her to start writing poetry so that she can be published, and she discovers that she actually enjoys teaching when he gets her a job at the school teaching a small creative writing group. Sure, she wishes it was teaching reading and writing to the less fortunate, but this is a start. The eight students in her writing class are fun, although Samantha does get anxious when she starts receiving a ninth homework assignment being turned in – unnamed. The wording on those ninth papers seem to be direct attacks on Sam, but mainly on Peter. My Opinions: This book started off really slow…really slow. It was not until about 58% in, that things turned around. That first half of the book would have earned a 2 star rating. The last 42% was 5 plus stars. It was somewhat predictable, but had one or two twists I did NOT see coming. The theme of The Women is about power. The power that, if allowed, certain men can exert over certain women. As a woman, most of us have been in at least one “uncomfortable” position. If we are old enough and mature enough to realize what is going on, we can usually put a stop to it, even if we do it in a circuitous route. But what if we are not? What if we get in over our heads? What if we don’t even realize it has been happening? What if our own beliefs or fears make it difficult to stop the cycle? What if we don’t feel we have anyone to talk to? This book also explores the power of friendship, and how the ones around us can give us strength. Despite the rather slow start (did I mention that it started slow???), I ended up enjoying the book. The topic was a little dark, the problem world-wide, and the solution a little extreme. I have read a number of this author's books, and am looking forward to whatever she throws my way next. For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin (from Long Island, NY)

    Man, the end of this book is SO good that I reflexively wanted to click 5 stars. But.. if I’m being honest, the beginning was pretty slow. Please hang in there though! It starts picking up right around the 1/2way mark & then I couldn’t put it down! I LOVED Sam (our main character,) & it was refreshing to read a totally new spin on a psychological thriller. Not much I can say since I don’t want to give any spoilers.. But Id definitely recommend this book & im psyched to pick up another 1 by this Man, the end of this book is SO good that I reflexively wanted to click 5 stars. But.. if I’m being honest, the beginning was pretty slow. Please hang in there though! It starts picking up right around the 1/2way mark & then I couldn’t put it down! I LOVED Sam (our main character,) & it was refreshing to read a totally new spin on a psychological thriller. Not much I can say since I don’t want to give any spoilers.. But Id definitely recommend this book & im psyched to pick up another 1 by this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    I picked up this book as the blurb was exciting. I knew where the plot would go. A naive young woman barely out of her teens and a sophisticated world-wise professor!! You know what happens next!! The two got together, slowly and steadily with him taking charge and protecting her. They lived together soon, had a child, and soon he started changing, getting angrier with a night and day personality. And the truth was revealed first with notes, then in her baby getting kidnapped, and then by variou I picked up this book as the blurb was exciting. I knew where the plot would go. A naive young woman barely out of her teens and a sophisticated world-wise professor!! You know what happens next!! The two got together, slowly and steadily with him taking charge and protecting her. They lived together soon, had a child, and soon he started changing, getting angrier with a night and day personality. And the truth was revealed first with notes, then in her baby getting kidnapped, and then by various people. What would she do now? Author S. E. Lynes is now very good at writing psychological thrillers. She maintained the tension in places where required. The initial half started slow, laying down the foundation which niggled me as I wanted the thriller to read faster. But the book changed at exactly mid-half with the plot revealed, the pace doubled up, and the main character more pro-active when she was a shriveled lily in the first half. Few twists at strategic points made the book a fun, fast read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    College student, Samantha, feels flattered when Professor Bridges takes a special interest in her. Peter is older, more distinguished, cultured. He’s all these things that Samantha is not—and to say that she was smitten is an understatement. They have a whirlwind romance and before long, Samantha has moved into Peter’s beautiful estate and they are having a baby together. Months after their daughter, Emily, is born, Samantha takes a job per Peter’s recommendation as a creative writing lecturer. College student, Samantha, feels flattered when Professor Bridges takes a special interest in her. Peter is older, more distinguished, cultured. He’s all these things that Samantha is not—and to say that she was smitten is an understatement. They have a whirlwind romance and before long, Samantha has moved into Peter’s beautiful estate and they are having a baby together. Months after their daughter, Emily, is born, Samantha takes a job per Peter’s recommendation as a creative writing lecturer. After her classes, Samantha starts receiving anonymous notes—poems, short stories, limericks—that have a sinister undertone. They all seem personal, foreboding. But strangely enough, they all are a warning against her partner, Peter. When Samantha first met Peter, she thought she hit the jackpot. But over the months of them being together, Samantha’s noticed that maybe Peter isn’t as perfect as she once thought. He’s controlling in more ways than one. And Samantha gets the sense that Peter is lying to her. And now with these anonymous notes, Samantha starts to re-evaluate her relationship with Peter. Samantha wants to uncover what he’s been hiding—who has she been living with all along? And by the time Samantha uncovers the truth, it might be too late for her to escape this monster in sheep’s clothing. The Women is S.E. Lynes’ latest thriller release. Although I found the plot line to be a little predictable—“perfect” man turns out to be an abuser—I still thoroughly enjoyed it! The first half of the story is slower and took some time for me to get into it, but the second half made up for the slow start. I enjoyed the twists along the way and I was excited for the ending I knew was coming. I wish the ending was flushed out more, as I felt it was a little rushed. This was my first S.E. Lynes read and I look forward to reading more by this author—3.5/5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and S.E. Lynes for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This is a well paced book with good characters, good plot and full of tension that kept me turning the pages. A story of lies, manipulation, and control making it an entertaining and fast-paced psychological thriller. Student Samantha falls in love with Peter who is quite a bit older than her and very quickly she is moving in with him and having a baby. But unfortunately the happiness doesn't last and it is not long before Samantha realises Peter isn't the wonderful man she thought he was. The bo This is a well paced book with good characters, good plot and full of tension that kept me turning the pages. A story of lies, manipulation, and control making it an entertaining and fast-paced psychological thriller. Student Samantha falls in love with Peter who is quite a bit older than her and very quickly she is moving in with him and having a baby. But unfortunately the happiness doesn't last and it is not long before Samantha realises Peter isn't the wonderful man she thought he was. The book starts with the couple on honeymoon before going back in time to their meeting at university. Once they are both living in Peter's house he insists that Samantha takes a job teaching a creative writing class, something she is not easy with. Once she starts the job it is not long before strange occurrences begin as well as receiving anonymous notes regarding Peter.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The story starts off with Samantha and Peter on their honeymoon of which from that point on I was well and truly hooked. As we get to know Peter and Samantha, Peter is quite the cliche character of a middle aged man who is a lecturer and who is definitely a ladies man. To a certain extent you can understand why Samantha falls for him but alarm bells were ringing, having me shout out to her to be careful. As is the usual case, sometimes we can’t see what is right in front of us. It’s easy to see h The story starts off with Samantha and Peter on their honeymoon of which from that point on I was well and truly hooked. As we get to know Peter and Samantha, Peter is quite the cliche character of a middle aged man who is a lecturer and who is definitely a ladies man. To a certain extent you can understand why Samantha falls for him but alarm bells were ringing, having me shout out to her to be careful. As is the usual case, sometimes we can’t see what is right in front of us. It’s easy to see how he gently manipulates her and my dislike for him grew the more the story went on. I really enjoyed the pacing of the novel. This isn’t some fast paced thriller, yet the story is so engrossing you have to keep turning those pages. There is a wonderful build up of suspense which had my heart beat that little bit faster. The Women really is an enthralling story to get yourself lost into. The pacing and tension throughout the novel was perfect for this genre of book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended. My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    This book grabs the reader from the very first page and doesn't let go. There are so many secrets and lies and deceptions going on, I had no idea what to think. The characters were realistic and it took a while to decide who to believe and trust. The worry and dread for the main character mounted with every turn of the page. This psychological thriller is well worth the read. I have read another by this author and she is becoming a go to for me. Highly recommended! This book grabs the reader from the very first page and doesn't let go. There are so many secrets and lies and deceptions going on, I had no idea what to think. The characters were realistic and it took a while to decide who to believe and trust. The worry and dread for the main character mounted with every turn of the page. This psychological thriller is well worth the read. I have read another by this author and she is becoming a go to for me. Highly recommended!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    3.5 stars. Lies, manipulation and control. A pretty, young student seduced by an older, dashing professor. These are not new themes. It was good, enjoyable but not great and not very dark compared to some I have read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Patis

    Since finishing this book, I've been trying to think of what to write about it. The two words that popped into my mind were: mounting dread. I read The Women with a building sense of dread, with a desperate, breathless need to find out what happened next. I'm not going to talk much about the content of this book - just read it! - but instead I'm going to focus on the context, those hidden layers. For I have another 3 words to describe The Women - absolutely bloody brilliant. In the wake of the M Since finishing this book, I've been trying to think of what to write about it. The two words that popped into my mind were: mounting dread. I read The Women with a building sense of dread, with a desperate, breathless need to find out what happened next. I'm not going to talk much about the content of this book - just read it! - but instead I'm going to focus on the context, those hidden layers. For I have another 3 words to describe The Women - absolutely bloody brilliant. In the wake of the Me Too movement, we are seeing more and more women writing their stories, demanding to be heard. I am one of those women. And so when I read another story by another woman, I immediately feel a connection with them. I was drawn into the story of Samantha and Peter, warning bells ringing in my ears from the very start. I wanted to grab her and shake her and take her away from harm. Who hasn't had a friend they've tried to help, who has plunged headfirst into a relationship which set your alarm bells ringing? I certainly have, and so I could relate very well to Aisha and Jenny, and their endeavour. Lynes' sense of humour, which you'll be well acquainted with if you follow her on social media, shines through the pages, lifting an otherwise dark story with some well-timed laughs. For The Women is dark. Yes it's pacy and twisty and everything else you want in a thriller, but it is also true, and that is what lends it such darkness. As the author states in her letter at the end, she doesn't know any women who haven't, at the very least, experienced something that made them feel uncomfortable. I don't either. So when a story like this comes along, a story that involves multiple women, across generations, class, race, etc., it is a story that we know in our hearts, and one we need to keep sharing with the world until it disappears altogether.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Young and with little self esteem, Samantha is one of many, many students to admire him from afar - Peter Bridges, THE professor; he's cultured, sophisticated, utterly charming, drop dead gorgeous and totally out of her league, until he singles her (of all people!) out of a crowded room. This is a man who could change her life, repair the trust she lost when her father left them hurt and destitute, give her the love, safety and security that she craves, encourage her growth and ambitions ..... b Young and with little self esteem, Samantha is one of many, many students to admire him from afar - Peter Bridges, THE professor; he's cultured, sophisticated, utterly charming, drop dead gorgeous and totally out of her league, until he singles her (of all people!) out of a crowded room. This is a man who could change her life, repair the trust she lost when her father left them hurt and destitute, give her the love, safety and security that she craves, encourage her growth and ambitions ..... but will he? - can anyone truly be that wonderful? S.E. Lynes is one of my go to authors, she seamlessly produces beautiful writing, fascinating, authentic characters and weaves them into a story which keeps you turning the pages with a building sense of dread and unease. This is a story which got right under my skin, it has elements that will resonate with all women, it's important, relevant and absolutely gripping. Is it love or control? Are warnings about your relationship just the spite and jealousy of others or genuine concern? Who can you trust? An unreserved 5 stars - Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this absolute gem of a book. This is my honest and unbiased review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    The Women is quite a thriller! The story centers around a naive young college student who falls for an older sophisticated professor. By the time she realizes who he really is, it's too late for her to change course. This story is sharp and full of tension. I found it both mesmerizing and terrifying. This one will snatch you in, and you will just have to keep reading. It's so hard to put this book down. If you like a great psychological thriller, The Women is a must read. Thanks to NetGalley for The Women is quite a thriller! The story centers around a naive young college student who falls for an older sophisticated professor. By the time she realizes who he really is, it's too late for her to change course. This story is sharp and full of tension. I found it both mesmerizing and terrifying. This one will snatch you in, and you will just have to keep reading. It's so hard to put this book down. If you like a great psychological thriller, The Women is a must read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Philomena Callan Cheekypee

    I’ve read one previous book by this author and loved it so of course I couldn’t resist jumping into another. This is the story of Samantha a young student who falls quickly for her lecturer Peter. Although people warn her she’s too blinded to see what’s happening. This is gonna be one of my top reads of this year as it really was so good. The characters are relatable and the storyline is believable, If your looking for a well written psychological thriller then I highly recommend you read this g I’ve read one previous book by this author and loved it so of course I couldn’t resist jumping into another. This is the story of Samantha a young student who falls quickly for her lecturer Peter. Although people warn her she’s too blinded to see what’s happening. This is gonna be one of my top reads of this year as it really was so good. The characters are relatable and the storyline is believable, If your looking for a well written psychological thriller then I highly recommend you read this gem. I’m so looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    4 Stars In my opinion, this thriller ranked 4 brightly shining stars. SUMMARY When Samantha was approached by her secret crush, the very handsome Professor Bridges, she could not believe her luck! Peter Bridges was a huge distraction for many of the female undergrads at her school so when he approached her at a school event and invited her out for a drink, she was thrilled! Surprising even herself, Samantha found herself in a whirlwind romance, quickly followed by being asked to move in with Pe 4 Stars In my opinion, this thriller ranked 4 brightly shining stars. SUMMARY When Samantha was approached by her secret crush, the very handsome Professor Bridges, she could not believe her luck! Peter Bridges was a huge distraction for many of the female undergrads at her school so when he approached her at a school event and invited her out for a drink, she was thrilled! Surprising even herself, Samantha found herself in a whirlwind romance, quickly followed by being asked to move in with Peter and before she even had time to settle into her new relationship, she realized she was pregnant. Although Samantha was in her early twenties and not expecting to become pregnant so soon, Peter was in his late thirties and was very excited about the news. Of course Samantha fell totally and completely in love with baby Emily before she was even born and settled nicely into motherhood. With Peters help, Samantha found a very part time job teaching a creative writing class at a local community college. Things seemed to be going well until one of the students began anonymously turning in assignments written about Samantha and Peter. These assignments, though vague and not outwardly threatening, suggested that Peter was not the person Samantha thought he was. They suggested that she was just one many women in a long string of abruptly loved and left much younger women. Then it seemed one of her students may have been stalking her and had possibly left a new “assignment” inside her house! What on earth was happening? Was there any truth to what Peter’s anonymous accuser was saying? Did Samantha even know him at all??? WHAT I LOVED I CANNOT get enough of my beloved Brit-Lit! Little Baby Emily was always needing a nappy and being pushed around in her pram while Samantha was having lots of tea. Love everything about Brit-Lit!!! Peter was such a fun person to hate! He was a complete pompous ass (or arse in honor of my Brit-Lit obsession) and so darn vain. Just a smug little bastard. I loved the students in Samantha’s class. Each had their own unique story and reason for taking the class. It was so much fun to speculate which student was the anonymous author of those witty assignments making Peter look like an arse. Or was it even a student... The suspense was very well played. I had read S. E. Lynes previous book, The Proposal, and loved it mostly due to Lynes clever use of suspense, which I’m happy to report, she masters once again in this plot. The plot totally sucked me in from page one. I highly suspected that a romance between a 22 year old girl and 39 year old (pretentious) man who moved in together after knowing each other for about two days was most likely not going to be a smooth, worry free relationship. Then, topping it off by adding a pregnancy into that mix within two months and a stalker/crazy student was definitely not going to make things easier. So, it’s safe to say the fact that things were going to get complicated at some point was not a big shock. But the fun in all that was watching exactly how things would go off kilter. And that was fun! WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE There were times when Samantha’s naivety was kind of annoying! I know she was supposed to be young and kind of inexperienced, but come on!! She acted liked a 14 year girl who was basking in the attention of the popular quarterback. She just seemed a little too trusting and easily led. I wanted to shake her a couple times. OVERALL This was a very fun book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    V_Nerdbooks

    Wow, what a crazy ride that was! After meeting both Samantha and Peter on their no-so-happy honeymoon, we then get flashed back in time to when they met. Samantha is a normal student, she likes to go out drinking and having fun with her friends. When the handsome lecturer Peter sidles up behind her and starts to show her some attention, she is of course flattered, he is after all, the sexy man that all of the girls have their eyes on. He is a very well-knowledged man, and although he didn’t actually Wow, what a crazy ride that was! After meeting both Samantha and Peter on their no-so-happy honeymoon, we then get flashed back in time to when they met. Samantha is a normal student, she likes to go out drinking and having fun with her friends. When the handsome lecturer Peter sidles up behind her and starts to show her some attention, she is of course flattered, he is after all, the sexy man that all of the girls have their eyes on. He is a very well-knowledged man, and although he didn’t actually call her stupid, she feels it, and he definitely didn’t imply it…did he? The attraction between them is palpable, and a very quick relationship is formed, so much so, that Samantha is moving in with Peter within a week of meeting him! She soon learns that living together is very difficult, I mean she’s never lived with anyone before, so it is only right that he tells her when she is doing something wrong, like eating at the wrong times, or taking too long in the shower. Only someone that really loves you would make sure that you are reading the correct literary fiction instead of that “propagandist tosh” in her women’s magazines. He is a very clever man, and appreciates things like a glass of red wine every night (that he has chosen), with the dinner (that he has cooked), and after the meal they have (he has) a strict 10 o’clock bed time (after sex of course) routine. And she really is happy…….right? After starting her new job as a Creative writing teacher (that Peter kindly got for her), she starts to receive poems that make her very uncomfortable, are they from one of her students? they could be I suppose, but then, that would mean that the person writing them knows about her life, how can someone else know what is going through her own head? I was totally gripped by this book, I could clearly see the red flags, they were there for all to see, except Samantha didn’t, and unfortunately (myself included) unless you have been in this situation, the flags do not show until you are at rock bottom. A fantastic read, grab it ASAP!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I started out writing a long long review of The Women; there's so much to say and to discuss. Characters and themes to take apart and examine. Underlying themes to discover and think about. I may have said too much though and I've now scaled this back a bit. None of you want to read a dissertation about the book, you just want to know if I like it, and if you should buy it. Well, yes ... and yes. The story opens in Rome, on a sweltering day, thronged with tourists. Samantha and Peter are on honeym I started out writing a long long review of The Women; there's so much to say and to discuss. Characters and themes to take apart and examine. Underlying themes to discover and think about. I may have said too much though and I've now scaled this back a bit. None of you want to read a dissertation about the book, you just want to know if I like it, and if you should buy it. Well, yes ... and yes. The story opens in Rome, on a sweltering day, thronged with tourists. Samantha and Peter are on honeymoon with their small daughter Emily. What should be an exciting and happy time is marred by Peter's reluctance to embrace the tourist traps of the city; and the heat and the crowds. It's a great introduction and perfectly sets the scene. The author then takes us back a couple of years and we discover how Samantha and Peter met. There's a big age-gap between them. Samantha was a fairly innocent student at University, a little in awe of her surroundings and peers, having been brought up in Yorkshire on a farm. Peter was an esteemed university lecturer; admired by women, a flashy dresser who drove around in a vintage Porsche. When Peter actually noticed Samantha, and then took her back to his sumptuous home, she was in awe; not really believing that he could be interested in her. Right from the beginning of their relationship, I had a very strong gut feeling about Peter. There's one sentence that he says; the morning after their first night together, when Samantha texts her room mate to let her know where she is. Alarm bells rang ... loud and strong. The reader becomes the third person in their relationship as we join them when Samantha moves in with him, and then has a baby. We are there when Peter arranges for Samantha to teach a Creative Writing class, and when she discovers the frightening and mystifying notes in her paperwork. Notes that imply that Peter may not be everything that he claims to be. The Women is a complex and intelligently woven story by an author who gets right under the skin of her readers. The characters and the plot lingered in my head for days after I finished reading it. The development of Peter's character is carefully done; such an insidious person; a man who has spent a lifetime gradually and carefully causing hurt. Samantha is naive and in love with the thought of being in love. However, she's bright and sparky an despite her initial eagerness to please, she does question her life. Dramatic and thrilling with an explosive and extremely clever ending, I was gripped by this clever, nuanced psychological thriller. Superb and highly recommended by me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane Merritt

    Wow... Devoured them a book in one sitting!!! Loved it...Hope this author keeps them coming. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an early release of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    A new book by S.E Lynes is a major event in my household, until I have finished reading it, my family are left to forage for food and entertainment. I have loved every one of Susie's books and they just keep getting better and better. The History of Art and its teachings are a large part of the story of The Women and I'm sure we are all familiar with the "Old Masters"; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio (whose work features prominently). SE Lynes is definitely to be consi A new book by S.E Lynes is a major event in my household, until I have finished reading it, my family are left to forage for food and entertainment. I have loved every one of Susie's books and they just keep getting better and better. The History of Art and its teachings are a large part of the story of The Women and I'm sure we are all familiar with the "Old Masters"; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio (whose work features prominently). SE Lynes is definitely to be considered for an "Old Master" of the psychological thriller world! The opening of the book introduces us to Samantha and Peter as they holiday in Rome on their honeymoon. A pretty normal start yes...things soon take a turn when they visit Bocca Della Verita (The Mouth of Truth). Legend suggests that if you place your hand into this stone mouth and tell a lie, the stone jaws will bite off your hand. Peter seems uncomfortable with this and as this opening chapter ends we are left wondering what has happened in the past? We are then taken back in time to the beginning of their relationship and straight away I was shuddering at how much of a walking cliche Peter was! An older, distinguished lecturer taking an interest in a much younger student - step away from that cheeseball Samantha!! Peter is obviously an object of adoration for the ladies (and doesn't he know it) but appears to settle and be besotted with Samantha. She is soon swept into his cultured world of fine wine, fine art and opulent lifestyle. Peter does like things a certain way though and soon there isn't much left of the B.P (before Peter) Samantha as he insidiously changes how she speaks, thinks and behaves. I felt so sorry for Samantha- she doubts her worth and even when others begin to come forward to try and reveal Peter's true nature she chooses to first believe that they are jealous and bitter. Aren't we all sometimes guilty of not trusting each other? There is a message of empowerment and women power in The Women which was fantastic. No spoilers from me but clear your diary and settle in for the long haul, once you start you won't be able to stop! Brava to the author!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adele Shea

    This was my first S. E. Lynes book. I'm certain I will add the rest to my list. I felt The Women bought about awareness of how sexual predators can use their position of power to their advantage. Could not put this book down. This was my first S. E. Lynes book. I'm certain I will add the rest to my list. I felt The Women bought about awareness of how sexual predators can use their position of power to their advantage. Could not put this book down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lee Husemann

    College student Samantha Frayn goes out for a drink with Professor Peter Bridges and falls madly in love with the very handsome, intelligent, older man. She soon moves in with him and baby Emily comes along. Peter is very controlling and there are many twists, turns and surprises in this book which makes it a real page turner. I have never read a book with a plot like this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I very highly recommend this very gripping, suspenseful thriller. Thank you to NetGalley and Bo College student Samantha Frayn goes out for a drink with Professor Peter Bridges and falls madly in love with the very handsome, intelligent, older man. She soon moves in with him and baby Emily comes along. Peter is very controlling and there are many twists, turns and surprises in this book which makes it a real page turner. I have never read a book with a plot like this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I very highly recommend this very gripping, suspenseful thriller. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this fascinating book in exchange for an honest review.

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