Book Review | The One You Love

The One You Love (Emma Holden Suspense Mystery Trilogy, Book 1)
Emma Holden's nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family is hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again. The One You Love is a fast-paced suspense mystery,…

My Original Review on GoodRead

To be honest, as a mystery novel lover, I figured everything out from the beginning.

I forgot a lot of the character’s names because there was no attachment. I remembered them through actions.

“Oh yeah, that’s the girl. Wait what was her role again?”

My point is, there was really no lead in this novel. Everyone played a minor role including the victims (which was everyone). Even with Emma as the primary character and all that followed her until the end, I still feel like I don’t know her. I think Stuart was the only one that had more explanation of who he was.

I gave this a three-star because it got interesting after the visit to the Myers home but that was the only climax. You finally realize what was really going on. I believe this happened somewhere in the middle of the book so you must really get pass all the dragging of the voice of reason from Emma as she tried to understand why her fiance left her and who assaulted Richard. Confused? Don’t be. There really is no confusion. You will hear less about Richard throughout the book. I almost forgot he existed.

This book will have you wondering who these people are then why they did the things they did. The author gave you the answers for the action but never once did he want you to feel anything for the characters. Since this is a series, book one is a lengthy introduction. It’s not a book to fall in love with, although the book is about “what would you do for love.” There is irony somewhere in there if you ask me.

Will I read book 2? I started book two because of my curiosity.

After Finishing the Book | I Should Have Added

I still stand strong with what I stated in my Goodreads review because after re-reading the book for my website’s review, I honestly didn’t think the pacing was fast enough. This was a very lengthy pilot of a series. Pilkington did a lot of going back and forth between memories to get the readers caught up to present, playing into the catchphrase of the book, “Fear the Past.” That, alone, will tell you exactly what to expect.

I know the fiance was missing (see. I forgot his name already) but there was very little that Pilkington did to make me feel like Emma is worried about his wellbeing. I know he wrote it. I am reading it but the voice in my head was not connecting it. There wasn’t a sense of urgency even if it was there. Maybe this is the UK versus American thing because when the detectives were introduced, I pictured the blues brothers. I envisioned this book’s theme to be relatable to many black films where the only color you see would be the shade of lipsticks.

That’s just me going crazy with my imagination, kid.

The retention rate would be easier for an audience who do not mind reading many details twice. I am a thriller reader seeking the thrill and falling in love with the protagonist. Instead, I am feeling bad for what could have been the killer. I questioned, who is the one Emma really loves? I got the impression that it is not what they lose that is truly loved. There were many characters crammed into the meaning of the title and I can say each aim was for selfish reasons, so does that mean when someone protects their ‘love’ ones, they are being selfish?

I am on book two because I am a sucker for cliffhangers, so bring it all on. Maybe I will have more to say in the second ‘chapter’ of Emma’s life and those around her.