Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
In the upscale suburb where Vanessa Bolton lives, she’s your average suburban housewife.
She does her grocery shopping on Tuesday, Thursday mornings are reserved for Pilates, Sundays for church. At home, she’s an impeccable housekeeper and a mother with a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the city, she can be whatever you want her to be—provided you can afford the hourly fee.
In the rapidly expanding cult to which she belongs, Vanessa has been assigned the role of a “Siren”—a recruiter trained to use seduction to elicit compliance from her marks.
Vanessa’s latest assignment—an unsuspecting chemist merely looking for something without strings—proves to be her toughest yet. Unwilling to neatly slide into the roles society has prescribed for them, the two collide in a sensual and savage affair that threatens not only their own lives but also those they seek to protect most.
Featuring “tantalizing suspense, pulse-pounding danger, sex, and double-dealing,” Speak of the Devil is a timely and riveting psychological thriller that is impossible to put down.
I think my entire review could be adequately summed up with the mind blown emoji. Followed by a mic drop, then exit stage left. Boom.
I went into this book with no knowledge about the plot, nor the series. Other than seeing the name “Britney King” and covers of her previous books blowing up my Instagram feed, I knew nothing. I honestly didn’t even read the synopsis before I started reading. It was like being thrown off the side of the boat without a life jacket. And it blew me away.
I loved the plot. I’m completely intrigued by cults and how they function and how members are roped in. But aside from that comment, I’m not going to tell you any more than what you read above. Experiencing the twists and turns as they play out with each new page is definitely going to add to the thrill of the story.
And the characters. Wowza. The personalities were fantastic. I pretty much hated the entire cast. I mean, not the entire cast, but most of them. Their thought processes were so convoluted. I loved it! I’m honestly asking myself why I didn’t jump on the Britney King bandwagon a lot sooner. Lesson learned, my friends. Lesson learned.
I also want to say that despite this book being the third in a series, it reads just fine as a stand-alone. Each book focuses on a separate character, and I did not feel that I was missing anything by not having previously read the other titles. That being said, you can be sure I’ll be reading those ASAP. (Side note: I literally blew through this book in two sittings. Two. I could not tear myself away from it!)
So to sum up my review in one sentence: Holy cats, Batman!
Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Book stats: paperback, 262 pages, Hot Banana Press, October 4, 2018