No Reception

No reception

For hyper-successful wedding photographer and blogger, Zody Lee Swabler, anonymous death threats come with the territory. When warned by email not to continue booking jobs, she responds by accepting the next request that comes in.

When a strangely eager woman approaches her about the emails, she accepts the woman’s invitation to visit her home. So begins Helena Hoath’s elaborate plan to take over the life and profession of the photographer she wishes she could be.

And when Zody unleashes her own revenge scheme, she discovers that the unhinged woman may still have the wit to turn a successful photographer’s own talents against her.

Zody and Helena’s lives begin to intertwine in ways that neither could have foreseen…

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Author Bio –  Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

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My Review

Maisie and I are both published by Crooked Cat books so I was really looking forward to this novel.  If you’re looking for something quick to read and a fast paced story, I think you will enjoy this thriller. It’s set in Australia and I think this is the first Australian thriller I’ve read.  It’s well written and although I don’t normally enjoy first person – this style compliments the story and works well. The novel is well structured – very pacey which makes it a great page turner to read in one or two sittings at most and the author does a good job of intertwining the story.  It is told from the viewpoint of two women, Zody and Helena.  It has a lot of unexpected moments and is different to a lot of the thrillers I’ve read recently.  If you are looking for something chilling and original. I would highly recommend this great read.

I learned that this was Maisie’s first novel, although, I struggled to believe it was.  I am looking forward to Maisie’s next novel already.