My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by Brenda
I was lost in the creepy, wooded craggy coulee with Kaceey and Susanne reading Mister Tender’s Girl and we were having quite the creep-fest as Susanne called it in our coulee. Once we started this entertaining fast-paced story we tore through it in almost a day, terrified and wanting to get out of the coulee as fast as we could but enjoying this chilling story.
Mister Tender’s Girl is a complex, dark, and intriguing suspenseful thriller with a few layers that adds some great tension and reason to find a place to hide from the dark tall towering trees and shadows that felt like they were hiding the fictional character Mister Tender and the identity of Mr. Interest. We were gripping our books tightly while holding our breath and we were constantly looking over our shoulder, not even trusting each other to move till we finished reading this story. We feared the fans to this pop-culture fiction story and couldn’t help thinking the dark brushes were hiding them.
Carter Wilson does a fantastic job creating some very interesting, damaged and complex characters that all have their own concerns to this unique clever and well-written plot-driven story. We loved the relationships that our main character Alice had with her brother and father and that added some softness to this dark story.
We highly recommend joining in on this creep-fest and grabbing a copy of this book but keep your eyes open for Mister Tender and his fans.
Published February 13, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Carter Wilson for a copy to read and review.
I’m sure most everyone is familiar with the Slender Man attacks that took place some years ago. This book has a similar theme to that tragic event. (In fact, the author and publishers even recognize and credit the similarities.)
When Alice was growing up she was viciously attacked by two young girls. They explained to the authorities that the fictitious Mr. Tender had encouraged the attack. So…just how far are you willing to go for Mr. Tender?
Years later Alice has come across the pond to the US and is doing her best to put the past behind her and move on. Only someone doesn’t want her to move on. Someone wants to remind her of her past.
“There’s nothing in this world more trapping than one’s own mind”
I once again was fully confident I had this one pinned down from the start! Character and motive. Nope -not even close. So pleasantly surprised!! Kept me on the edge throughout and didn’t / couldn’t put it down! I think this one will be a huge success for 2018! Highly recommend!
Thank you to both NetGalley and Edelweiss, Sourcebooks Landmark and Carter Wilson for an ARC to review.
One Shock After the Next! Talk about a Creep Fest..
Thanks to Carter Wilson, I still can’t get Mister Tender out of my head, and after reading this, I’m betting you’ll have the same problem.
Alice Gray, (formerly Alice Hill) is a small cafe owner living in Massachusetts who thought she had escaped her past – unfortunately for her, she is very wrong. At the age of fourteen, Alice was brutally stabbed by two girls in her class who were inspired by Mister Tender, someone they would do absolutely anything for. The problem? Mister Tender is a fictional character created by Alice’s father. The girls who stabbed her went to prison for it and Alice, her mother and her brother, Thomas ran. Alice has been in hiding ever since. Now, a decade later, Mister Tender is back. He is following Alice’s move, in the most horrifying and vivid of ways and get this: he’s not the only one. As for Alice, she’s scared to death and to be frank, so was I.
“Mister Tender’s Girl” is a mystery/suspense that had me looking behind doors and tearing open shower curtains. My heart caught in my throat many a time. It is a complex mystery with several storylines all of which melded together extremely well. Never once did I figure any of them out. Carter Wilson did a phenomenal job crafting compelling, well thought out characters whose pulse you can feel racing as if it’s your own. This is one gripping read that I highly recommend to anyone looking to be on the edge of their seat till the very end.
Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Carter Wilson for an advanced complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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