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Mister Tender's Girl

Mister Tender's Girl, February 2018
by Carter Wilson

Sourcebooks Landmark
Featuring: Alice Hill
400 pages
ISBN: 149265650X
EAN: 9781492656500
Kindle: B071W7BMHY
Trade Size / e-Book
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"What would you do if your worst nightmare came to life?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Mister Tender's Girl
Carter Wilson

Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted February 16, 2018

Thriller Psychological | Suspense

When she was 14 years old, Alice Hill was stabbed by two of her friends and left to die. They claimed that a man named Mister Tender told them to do it. That cannot be true, though, because Mister Tender is a fictional character. He was created by Alice's father, who turned this character into very successful graphic novels.

Alice survived the attack physically but plagued with severe panic attacks and other PTSD symptoms. Her mother divorces her father and brings Alice along with her brother Thomas, across the ocean to the United States.

Alice manages to thrive in the U.S. and even buys a coffee shop. She vows never to become a victim again and, to this end, she visits a gym frequently where she puts herself through strenuous workouts.

Alice's mother is a total control freak, and Alice does not enjoy seeing her any more than she absolutely must. On the other hand, she feels bound to check in on Thomas often because she believes their mother is controlling him through various medications. Each visit with her mother leaves her on the verge of a panic attack.

Alice is getting better, though. That is until she starts receiving cryptic texts from someone calling themselves Mr. Interested. This stranger seems to know everything about Alice; her new last name, her address, her coffee shop address, where she works out and everything else. She also finds that there is a complete website online about her. She feels that she is, once again, a target but she is determined to beat her nemesis once and for all.

If you are into books that will keep you guessing while also looking over your shoulder, MISTER TENDER'S GIRL is the novel for you. Alice is a damaged character, and I felt her pain and terror each step of the way. The characters are complex and three dimensional on the page. I hated Alice and Thomas's mother and wanted to see something horrible happen to her. She is seriously that awful of a person!

The creep factor in MISTER TENDER'S GIRL is quite high as Alice tries to identify the person sending her the strange texts. He seems to be closer to her than she thinks, and she has got to fight off those panic attacks so that she can confront him. Things are going from bad to worse in Alice's life as she is forced to do many things that she does not want to do in order to find Mr. Interested. It almost seems that he wants her to find him, but for what purpose?

MISTER TENDER'S GIRL is a seriously creepy book and is one that will keep you up at night. It will make you question things about your own beliefs regarding just how far you might go to save your life. Don't miss this one!

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At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn't exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, nothing more.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but he is never far behind.

Addictive and chillingly surprising, this ripped-from- the-headlines thriller will have you transfixed until the very last page.

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