Maddie was a blogger working overseas while her best friend Jo was
also working helping women and their families. Even though they didn't
live in the same villages, they saw each other as much as they could.
One night at a party Jo introduces Maddie to Ian, who worked security
in the British Army. Maddie and Ian are instantly attracted to each
other, which Jo is not thrilled about. The more time Maddie and Ian
spent together, the more distanced Jo became. Maddie decides she
can't take the push and pull from them both anymore, so she cuts ties
with them both and goes home to the states.
Ian wants to prove that he was serious about their relationship, so he
moves his entire life to the states to be with Maddie. After she agrees
to try again, Maddie and Ian eventually get married, and now have a son
named Charlie. They are happy with their life together until Maddie has
a bad accident and starts experiencing strange things. Maddie reaches
out to Jo, who comes to see her long lost friend. But things don't go
well once Jo is back in their lives, and everything comes to a head
when Ian turns up dead. Maddie and Jo are brought in for questioning
and cleared of any wrongdoing, but was it really self-defense?
BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward is
a great murder mystery. Ward gets you into this story from the first
page and does not slow down. Everyone wants a best friend like Jo, but
then again maybe not. I liked the way that Ward showed just how much
Maddie and Ian did love each other. However, Jo really couldn't keep Jo
out of their lives. Ward kept me questioning from page one to the end.
Have to say never saw it coming. Don't hesitate-go out and buy it.
A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling
murder that no one saw coming.
Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries.
Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement.
ISIS. When Ian gets angryâ€¦ That something is really, really
wrong with me.
Maddie and Ianâ€™s love story began with a chance encounter at
a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she
was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost
two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie,
they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America.
But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she
begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually
reveals her fears about Ianâ€™s PTSD; her concerns for the
safety of their young son; and the coupleâ€™s tangled and
tumultuous past with Jo.
From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally
to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love
and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of
the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to
the scene of a shocking crime.