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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: An Intimate Obsession by Elizabeth McGregor


Print Length: 360 pages
Publisher: Endeavor Press (December 13, 2106)

From Goodreads.com:  When obsession becomes deadly… 

Eve Ridges fears the worst when her father suddenly goes missing. 

Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Bill Ridges is incredibly vulnerable, and a police investigation is soon under way. 

Right by Eve’s side is her neighbour, Hugh Scott, who is determined to help Eve find her father – or so it seems. 



For Hugh has secretly been in love with Eve for decades, and over the years his infatuation has only intensified. He has even planned their wedding and future life together – all unbeknownst to Eve. 

And as far as Hugh’s concerned, Bill’s disappearance is the perfect opportunity for him and Eve to finally be together… 

But Hugh’s carefully-laid plans are jeopardised when Eve finds solace in the arms of Jonathan Davies, a much younger man. 

And when Hugh finally reveals his true feelings, he is met with rejection. 

Humiliated, he begins to plot his revenge… 

Caught in the crosshairs of Hugh’s revenge plot, will Eve escape unscathed? 

And what really happened to Bill Ridges? 

An Intimate Obsession is a chilling psychological thriller that builds up to a shocking and violent climax. 



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This book had such a promising synopysis that I am very disappointed in it. 

To begin with, these characters felt very one dimensional. Eve seemed a lot younger than she was supposed to be, both in her demeanor as well as the naivety that she presented. On the flip side of that Jon? Did not come across as only being nineteen. And Hugh? I really didn't understand him at all. It almost seemed as though at times he was the same age as Eve's father, then at times he seemed younger. And even though he was obsessed with Eve, he seemed at times to almost have the mental capacity of a child. Even when Eve said no, he didn't understand.

Added to that, this novel seemed to drag on to the point that I found myself wanting to skip parts of it just to find out what happened. Usually a lot of descriptive passages is a good idea, but not when it becomes so much that the reader becomes confused. And then when we finally got to the end of the story? I still felt like there were things that were left unresolved. 

All in all, this was a solid concept that I think will still appeal to those who enjoy psychological stories, however this one just wasn't for me. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                            An Intimate Obsession 
is available from Amazon.com

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