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I Let Him In

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I received this arc through netgalley and the publishers.

I raced through this book which follows Lou after she is knocked off her bike.  We meet interesting characters along the way including Lou's niece Mia.

The twist at the end I could have never guessed at, I will be looking for more books by Jill Childs
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Compelling, engaging and heart-wrenching, this book grabbed me from the very first page and wouldn't let go.

Would you sacrifice yourself to right the wrongs of your past?  I Let Him In by Jill Childs is a story of love and forgiveness that will break your heart.

When Louise breaks her leg and is left house bound from a hit and run accident, she hires Edward to repaint her house and the two share an unexpected deep connection.  As a sequence of events unfold, Louise reveals her secrets of her haunting past, only to realise that Edward has a terrible secret of his own.

A slow burn, mystery thriller, filled with twists and turns and an ending you don't see coming.

Thank you to Netgalley and Boookouture for the ARC of this book.
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Really enjoyed this book, gripped me from the start and kept me guessing throughout. 5 stars, looking forward to more from Jill Child’s in the future
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One of those quick, well written, full of what I crave books!  The author wrote in an unique manner, which made me connect with the story and characters, which were developed perfectly.    Fast paced, intense, full of thrills, chills, and shocks!  Highly, highly recommend this amazing read!
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A 5* read for me as it ticked all my suspense boxes.

So Louise gets hit by a car while she’s cycling home. She’s had an argument with her boyfriend so isn’t in the best frame of mind.

Her leg is hurt. Whose this person who could just leave her there after hitting her and driving past?

She’s got concussion and a broken leg. 

So she’s in her small apartment with plenty of time on her hand. The Police have no clues as of yet.

Her sister suggests she get a painter in to cheer up the place, a nice colour on the walls should do it wonders!

Here arrives Edward, a friend of a friend.

The twist in this story is just not obvious at all. I ended up suspecting anyone and everything.

The suspense of finding out just what was what and will we ever find out…..kept me reading way beyond my bedtime.

The characters were so real whether I liked them or not. Isn’t that like life though, you can’t like everyone.

It flowed so well between time, events, people, nothing to me was unclear.

A superb read with such good suspense.
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Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy of I Let Him In. One of my favorite reads of the year!! 
Last night I dreamt about the past for the first time in years. I thought I was over it. I thought I’d finally learned to block it out. But I’m right back there, all over again, inside the house, and I’m afraid...

When Louise Taylor is hit by a car as she cycles home in the rain following a fight with her boyfriend, she’s left hurt, confused, and housebound in her cramped apartment while she recovers. And worse, something tells her it wasn’t an accident.

Desperate to keep busy and distract herself from the flashbacks to her childhood that are beginning to resurface, she hires Edward – a friend of a friend – to repaint her shabby living room and, hopefully, keep the past at bay.

But when Edward arrives – quiet, considerate and handsome – Lou instantly feels like they’ve met before, that she can trust him. Tired of carrying the guilt alone after all these years, Lou tells Edward her secret. And to her surprise, he doesn’t pull away. He doesn’t gasp, or grimace or preach about what she did. And Lou is so relieved to finally be free of this burden at last.

Until she learns that Edward has a secret of his own. One he’s been waiting a very, very long time to tell...
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I loved this book
Travel journalist Lou Taylor has an accident and has to rest up and can’t go travelling
So she decides to decorate her flat and Ed comes into her life
A real page turner will have you hooked 
And a great big twist
Thanks NetGalley
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Louise Taylor is a travel writer, about to embark on a trip to Chile with fellow journalists. Her trip is waylaid when she is struck in a hit-and-run accident and finds herself homebound while recovering from a broken leg. Eager for something to keep her occupied, her sister Jo encourages her to go ahead and get her apartment repainted, something Louise simply has not had time to do. When a victim support officer comes to talk to her after her accident, Louise casually mentions her idea of decorating. The officer, Tanya, recommends a family friend named Edward.

Slowly, Louise and Edward begin to get to know one another during his long days of working in her apartment. One thing disturbs Louise about Edward. She gets the uncanny feeling that they have met before. Before long, Louise feels comfortable enough to share a long-buried secret with Edward. He indicates that he has a secret of his own. Are they kindred spirits?

I was completely drawn into this emotionally riveting story by Jill Childs. Then there was one of the most shocking twists I have ever come across. This story of second chances is one I'll not soon forget. In fact, it is my favorite of her books thus far, and one my favorite of this month and one of my top books for 2021. I cried more than once while reading this story and there are no words to say how moved I was by the emotionally-riveting conclusion.

Many thanks to  and to NetGalley for this ARC for review.This is my honest opinion.
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I Let Him In by Jill Childs    

I Loved this book! from the very first pages I could feel I was going to enjoy reading it and it did not disappoint. 

One dark and stormy night Louise is hit by a car and ends up with a broken leg and a concussion. She is stuck at home and decides to have her apartment painted. She hires Ed and they have a connection, like they knew each other before and a feeling like they can tell each other their deepest secrets. 

I loved the main characters, Louise and Ed and The sacrifice Edward made brought me to tears.

I could not put the book down as the story kept me on the edge of my seat.  The story is fast paced, exciting and the twist at the end was mind blowing. 

This is the first book I have read by Jill Childs but I’m already on the lookout for her other books. 

I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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OMG what a book I Let Him In by Jill Childs was............This was one of the Best books I have read this year and was gripped from the very first page till the end. This book is beautifully written and packed with lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right till the end. 

I loved it! Another excellent book by Jill.

Big thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for my honest review
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Louise, (Lou), 36, has left her boyfriend, Toby’s house and is biking home in the rain.  They had had yet another argument leaving them both angry. Them, she finds herself flying through the air and landing on the ground.  When she wakes up in the hospital, she has a broken leg and a bad headache.  She has been the victim of a hit and run.  After a few days, she is released to go home to her apartment.  Her sister, Jo and daughter, Mia, take her home.  Jo will be checking in on her every couple of days.  Jo suggests that she might want to use this time to get her apartment painted.  Meanwhile, Lou is trying to ignore Toby’s calls, texts, and visits to keep him away from her.

Lou is a travel writer and has been to many exotic places.  Usually, a travel agency will pay for her trip in exchange for her writing an article about it.  She was supposed to leave for a much-anticipated trip to Peru and now that’s cancelled.  When she gets a visit from Victim’s Support and Lou mentions getting the apartment painted, the woman suggests a great person.  

Ed Spencer has come to paint her apartment.  He has been kind and brought her coffee most mornings and they enjoy some chats.  Lou is keeping a shameful secret and feels so guilty about it.  Ed was in Afghanistan and is left with a guilty secret too.  They open up and share their secrets which helps them to come to terms with it.

OK, truth time.  After reading through all of this angst, the book ends on a weird note.  I did not like the ending.  It put me totally off the book and I’m disappointed.  Read it at your own risk.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Very well written book. Found the author described events and the characters pasts and present very well. The ending made me tear up so would highly recommend having tissues ready.
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Review for 'I Let Him In' by Jill Childs. 

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Jill Childs, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous 

Publication date 17th August 2021.

This is the second book I have read by this author. I have previously read 'The Mistress' which which I also recommend.

I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that 'Fans of Amanda Prowse, Kerry Fisher and Jodi Picoult won’t be able to stop turning the pages.' I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and Kerry Fisher so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Leslie Wolfe and if this is half as good as 'The Mistress' it is sure to be a page turning read. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture  that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).

This novel consists of 70 chapters. The chapters are short in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is based in London, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, UK 🇬🇧. 
The bonus for me of books that are partly or fully based in the UK is that I live in the UK and have sometimes visited places mentioned in the book which makes it easier to picture.

This book is written in first person perspective with the main protagonists being Louise Taylor and Edward Spencer. The benefits of books written in first person perspective are as long as they are well written it makes you feel that you are being spoken to by the protagonist and it can create more of a bond between yourselves and them. If there are several protagonists you also get to see more of what is going on.

'I Let Him In' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book Jill discusses/includes war and death of a child. 

It is set over multiple time lines. When books show what has happened in the past and what is happening in the present I find it really helps the reader (if it is well done) understand why things are happening and what has lead to the present activities and decisions. It also shows the bigger picture.


Another fantastic book from Jill with vivid descriptions which put you right in the picture. It really felt like Louise and Ed were talking directly to me from across the table over a cup of tea. The synopsis and cover suit the book perfectly. 

The storyline is absolutely addictive and had me sucked in from the first page until the explosive ending. It is a heartbreaking story about regret, what ifs and second chances. I couldn't stop turning the pages until early hours of the morning so if you pick this up I seriously advice you to clear your schedules and also have the tissues at the ready. It is filled with heartbreak, hope, love, friendship and a few humongous twits that I did not see coming. A huge well done to Jill on that bombshell!!! I would have never guessed either of the twists in a million years. Very rarely I am shocked by books having read so many but this absolutely had me a cracker and completely blew my mind. If you are fed up of guessing the ending by 50% then this one is for you!!! There were moments of laughter and others of sadness that really caught in my throat. Whilst I loved the ending it was also heartbreaking for Louise at the same time but also a massive relief for her and life changing. It is so hard to talk about it without giving anything away so I will just say if you want a book with a twist you will NEVER see coming this one is for you!!! 

I absolutely adored both Louise and Ed. They were both strong realistic characters and I was completely invested in them both. It was heart wrenching reading their stories but beautiful to watch them come together in their grief. I wasn't a huge fan of Louise's sister Jo and she niggles at me several times with her attitude but then I suppose she was just being the protective big sister. I wasn't sure what to make of Tanya but at the same time you have got to consider what you would do in that position. Again, I can't say more than that without giving away too much. Needless to say the characters were perfect for this absolutely fantastic storyline. 

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Jill on one of the most shocking twists I have ever read and an absolutely addictive book!! 

Overall an addictive, page turning, heartbreaking story with bombshells you will never see coming!!! 

Genres covered in this novel include Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Thriller amongst others.  

I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Jodi Picoult, Kerry Fisher, Nicholas Sparks, Kerry Wilkinson and anyone looking for a book that will shock you.  

298 pages.

This book is just 99p to purchase on kindle via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! 

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I Let Him In by Jill Childs

📓Genre: Mystery | Thriller | Suspense
Star: 🌟🌟🌟🌠 (3.7 rounded to 4 stars)

🔖 This is a slow-burn mystery thriller, having a good number of twists and turns and quite an unexpected ending.
🔖When the protagonist of the book – Louise Taylor – ends up housebound with a fractured leg after a hit-and-run accident, she never expects the string of events which are to follow. In hopes of keeping her haunting past memories at bay, she hires Edward to repaint her house, and ends up sharing too deep a bond with him. Her trust leads her to share her deepest secret with Edward, only to soon figure out that she isn't the only one with secrets.
🔖The air of suspense that the author has build is quite strong and the emotional quotient of the tale is deep. The writing was engaging, although at times the pace felt a bit uneven. Still the twists managed to keep me hooked.
🔖Overall, this book can sure pass as a good mystery-thriller.

🔸Final Verdict: Good
🔸Book Cover: Intriguing
🔸Writing Style: Engaging
🔸Character Development: Good

✨Many thanks to Bookouture (Publisher) and Netgalley for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Thrilling. Tense. Packed with twists. What a book. One that kept me guessing. Wow this author is just amazing and this book is incredible. In a crowded genre this book stands out.
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I loved this book. Not only is it a love story but also about forgiveness and how we can not move forward until we confront our past. After an accident leaves Louise with a broken leg she starts to reassess her life and as she becomes friends with her new painter and decorator finally deals with some of the pain in her past that has held her back over the years. This book will break your heart but I couldn’t put it down.
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Recovering from a nasty hit and run, Louise hires decorator Ed to spruce up her apartment. The two are immediately drawn to one another, something they try to resist, but the connection proves too strong. But what is it that bonds them? Could it be the dark, shameful secrets that they both never speak of? Or something even more sinister...

Intriguing, tense and atmospheric, I Let Him In is an entertaining read. A sense of mystery and dread lingers over the pages as the story is told by Louise in the present day, with flashbacks to Ed’s time serving in the Army in Afghanistan. I liked this as it helps Ed remain an enigma, someone whose true self and motivations you really don’t know, his story slowly unfolding. It keeps suspicions high and tension tight, particularly as the two of them get closer. 

The suspense increases when Louise’s memories of the accident descend into flashbacks of a night twenty years ago when she did something terrible, something she can never take back and doesn’t speak of, and we learn that Ed is hiding his own shameful secret. What are they hiding? Are they who they appear to be or someone completely different? I loved this unpredictability and how we don’t know who to trust, especially with Louise’s ex Toby lingering in the background trying to win her back in all the wrong ways. 
The only qualm I have with this story is the sudden shift it takes at the end. I am still not sure what I think of it, whether it is a stroke of genius or too much of a bolt from the blue. I think it’s a twist that many will love and personally one I just need to sit with for a while. It makes the book a bit of a thinker, and one that definitely sticks in your mind.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Fast paced, tense and mysterious, it keeps you on your toes right until the final pages.
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Well im soooo disappointed i was really enjoying this story, but then the ending..i still don't know who was Ed? Was it is a dream or somthing Louise had?
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The victim of a hit and run whilst out on her bike,36 year old Louise Taylor ends up in hospital with a broken leg and concussion. A journalist who's always on the go,Lou doesn't do well sitting around but that's exactly what she has to do noe to recover. 
Deciding to get some work done around the house,she hires recommended decorator Ed..and the two soon bond. She has a hard time letting people in between the secrets of her past and a recent breakup..but she opens up with Ed.
There's plenty of twists in this one and that ending...did not see that one coming. Thoroughly enjoyable read. 
With thanks to Jill Childs,Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for my review.

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What a book! It knocked me out and then some more.
As Lou recovers from a hit and run, hobbling on a fractured leg, her life takes an unexpected turn. 
She remembers she was cycling back from her Ex, Toby's home after her break up when she was hit by a car. Toby is determined to make it work but Lou doesn't think they can. While waiting for her leg to heal, Lou wants to get her apartment painted.When Tanya, assigned to her by Victim Support, suggests she use the services of Ed, Lou agrees and from here on the story takes an interesting turn. Both have secrets from the past that they share with one another. The twist was totally unexpected and overall the story left me with a bittersweet feeling.

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC
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