Beautiful Bad

Beautiful Bad

Annie Ward / Sep 19, 2019

Beautiful Bad In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad Things that make me scared When Charlie cries Hospitals and

  • Title: Beautiful Bad
  • Author: Annie Ward
  • ISBN: 0778369102
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad Things that make me scared When Charlie cries Hospitals and lakes When Ian drinks vodka in the basement ISIS When Ian gets angry That something is really, really wrong with me.Maddie and Ian s romance began with a chance encounter at a In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad Things that make me scared When Charlie cries Hospitals and lakes When Ian drinks vodka in the basement ISIS When Ian gets angry That something is really, really wrong with me.Maddie and Ian s romance 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 Ian s PTSD her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie and the couple 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Park Row More Details ISBN 0778369102 ISBN13 9780778369103 Edition Language English Other Editions 15 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward Author Release date Mar 05, 2019 Enter to win 1 of 50 Advanced Reader Editions of Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw co Enter to win 1 of 50 Advanced Reader Editions of Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward 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 angry That something is really, really wrong with me.Maddie and Ian 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 Ian s PTSD her concerns for the safety of their young son and the couple 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Psychological Suspense for 2019 January June 91 books 56 voters Mystery Thriller 2019 131 books 171 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 09, 2018 Meredith rated it liked it Beautiful Bad is a psychological thriller about a mysterious accident, a murder, and a marriage at its breaking point While there are some interesting elements and one fascinating unreliable narrator, as a whole I struggled with the multiple POV s and timelines. The book opens with a chilling 911 call in the small town of Meadowlark, Kansas An investigator arrives a house in an upscale neighborhood to discover a lot of blood Who the blood belonged to becomes one of the main threads of the st Beautiful Bad is a psychological thriller about a mysterious accident, a murder, and a marriage at its breaking point While there are some interesting elements and one fascinating unreliable narrator, as a whole I struggled with the multiple POV s and timelines. The book opens with a chilling 911 call in the small town of Meadowlark, Kansas An investigator arrives a house in an upscale neighborhood to discover a lot of blood Who the blood belonged to becomes one of the main threads of the story The reader doesn t find out until the end what exactly happened in this seemingly beautiful house.Switch to 10 weeks before the murder and we are introduced to Maddie, the main narrator of Beautiful Bad It is her story to tell and her icy cold voice works to draw the reader in In the present, Maddie is in writing therapy she recently suffered a head injury and cannot remember how she was hurt Her husband, Ian, told her she slipped and fell, but the police believe domestic violence is involved In therapy, she focuses on her fears, especially on anything that could potentially harm her young son, Charlie She needs to go back to the time before she was paralyzed by anxiety to understand her current state of mind.Switch again to the early 2000 s Maddie recounts her years abroad and her adventures with her best friend Joanna and her romance with a British Soldier named Ian The narrative follows Maddie s relationship with Joanna and Ian over the course of many years, eventually leading up to the events that result in a murder.Told from multiple POV s and covering many timelines, Beautiful Bad suffers from trying to do too much I would have enjoyed this if told only from Maddie s POV I found both Diane s and Ian s POV s to be pointless I enjoyed the chapters told from Maddie s perspective I had her figured out early on, but there was something about her voice that lured me and kept me interested in the events of the story.The pacing is slow, and at times, nothing of significance happens I also found the outcome predictable However, I was thrown by the final twist, as I hadn t realized just how crazy the murderer was While Beautiful Bad has its flaws, Maddie s character makes for an interesting read Thank you to Kim and Park Row Books for sending me an ARC of this book flag 139 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Dec 18, 2018 Crumb rated it it was amazing Put on those detective hats and prepare for a heart pounding thriller, sure to shock even the most masterful of sleuths I was not at all prepared for the epic twist in this book I think I ve become numb to the formulaic twists and turns I m accustomed to reading This book, however, was NOT that Annie Ward is supremely fresh in the way she writes, but also, in the way she can spin a tale Jo and Maddie are thick as thieves, as close as two people can be without being related This fact makes i Put on those detective hats and prepare for a heart pounding thriller, sure to shock even the most masterful of sleuths I was not at all prepared for the epic twist in this book I think I ve become numb to the formulaic twists and turns I m accustomed to reading This book, however, was NOT that Annie Ward is supremely fresh in the way she writes, but also, in the way she can spin a tale Jo and Maddie are thick as thieves, as close as two people can be without being related This fact makes it unbearably cruel when a man comes between them, destroying their friendship Maddie cannot believe that Ian is into her Being Jo s best friend, she is no stranger to playing second fiddle Jo has the looks and the charisma Even so, to Maddie s delight, Ian wants her and this creates a massive chasm between them filled with jealously and hate In addition, Jo knows there is something off about Ian and tries to warn Maddie again and again, but to no avail Because after all Maddie wasn t just in love, she was conquered.This wasn t just a psychological thriller, but also a meditation on friendship I especially enjoyed the closeness that Maddie and Jo shared Although it was a little predictable that a guy had come between them, it didn t bother me That happens all the time, although, it shouldn t This book also had some darker themes, involving abuse This novel was well written and was not only plot driven, but character driven, as well Those are my favorite forms of suspense I think it s all about balance, the Goldilocks formula, if you will There shouldn t be too much or too little of one thing, and Annie Ward nailed it Thank you to Park Row books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 115 likesLike see review View all 71 comments Jan 22, 2019 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it Shelves mysteries, thriller I sometimes feel like my mind is possessed by another person or creature One of the main characters thinks this thought towards the end of the novel, and the fascinating thing is it could be any one of them thinking it Was itMADDIE IAN JOANNA Oh madnessmy sweet embraceable you This is a tale about a tangled web of desire, deceit, and paranoia If you don t drink vodka, gin, scotch, or bourbon at the beginning of this story, you may be indulging by the end of it Who desires whom who dec I sometimes feel like my mind is possessed by another person or creature One of the main characters thinks this thought towards the end of the novel, and the fascinating thing is it could be any one of them thinking it Was itMADDIE IAN JOANNA Oh madnessmy sweet embraceable you This is a tale about a tangled web of desire, deceit, and paranoia If you don t drink vodka, gin, scotch, or bourbon at the beginning of this story, you may be indulging by the end of it Who desires whom who deceives whom, and who is paranoid about what And how does all this lead toRDERREDRUM This story begins in Bulgaria, or does it begin in Kansas or maybe Macedonia Is it when Maddie meets Joanna, or Joanna meets Ian, or when Maddie meets Ian Or does the story really start with an incident on a Missouri lake, back in the States, before any of them meet They are friends, but not really friends as a group They might hang out together at parties in Skopje, but really Joanna is friends with Ian, and Maddie becomes friends with Ian, but when they are together, somehow Ian has to choose They are all adrenaline junkies Maddie routinely crosses a very unstable border from her home in Bulgaria to go to Macedonia to see Joanna Joanna is involved with some very shady deals, trying to secure supplies for refugees She knows people, people who people like her should not know Ian is a Brit on security details, but even after his time is up for Her Majesty s service, he continues to take dangerous security assignments in the hottest spots of upheaval in the world Ian is tall He is strong He is handsome He is exciting For a girl like Maddie, a guy like that makes her go weak in the knees Needless to say, relationships like these tend to fall apart under the very weight of the personalities attached to them Each wants to be the center of the friendship, and eventually, someone has to spin off into an orbit all their own Let s check in and see what Maddie has to say about what happened Jo this hurts I hope you still don t think I chose him over you I didn t I swear to God that s not what it was It was just a mistake is all I made a mistake and I m sorry I d love to see you again Uhhh, you kinda did As we get older, we start to realize that real friendships are truly rare gems, but to shine as brightly as they should, they do need to be paid attention to and frequently polished back to a high sheen Annie Ward reveals this story in a mosaic of chapters We go from 2001 to 2017 and all points in between The chapters have been put into a blender, so 2017 might be before 2001, or 2010 might be before 2003 We begin in Meadowlark, Kansas, with a pool of blood on the floor, in 2017 By giving us a peek at a fragment of the ending, Ward enlists us as detectives With rather diabolical subterfuge, we are fed clues in a haphazard fashion I would be doomed if I were brought before a tribunal and asked when I knew what when Each clue provides a puzzle piece that we have to snap down into place with, hopefully, a discernible picture visible by the end A word of caution though be on guard for the potential of an unreliable narrator We are all masters at fooling ourselves After all, to be successful at disseminating misinformation, one must convince oneself of a lie before one can convince others that a lie is the truth Most of the time we don t even realize we are lying.Statements like this one are interesting I adored him, as damaged as he was I found him all the fascinating for the chunks that have been torn out of him I told myself that even if I could never change him, I would never abandon him Or how about this one You ve been a huge surprise, you know that Here s this extraordinary flower growing up through the crack in my concrete nightmare What am I supposed to do In an agonizing gesture, he touched the center of my bottom lip while looking in my eyes Like a petal, he said softly Blowing through all this You ll be gone before I know it Those are eternal love type statements that a person can always remember fondly when times get tough Will things said or thought at one point in time be enough to avoid a tragedy at a future point in time Ian is, frankly, shattered by the events he has seen They are the types of things that cling to a person with ghostly hands, even long after he arrives back in Kansas from some godforsaken part of the world Maddie isn t the same person now either, or maybe the real Maddie is finally emerging from the swaddlings of education, experience, and beauty, that she wrapped around herself, and now she is like an Egyptian mummy rising from the dead by the elixir of love She has a son now, and he is the sun and moon of her existence Let s not forget about Joanna She may be the least changed of the three, but maybe that is because she was the most genuine to begin with, or maybe she was always the most crazy.Maybe all three are crazy Intrigued Well, you should be You must accept, before you read this book, that you will be wrong in several of your suppositions It won t help that I ve swirled my hand through the puddle of information and left you with a cloudy pool to peer into It is nothing that three fingers of your favorite alcoholic beverage won t set right It might be best if you just buckle yourself into your favorite reading chair with this book in hand, put your phone on mute, and tell everyone to go duck off until you figure out what the hell is going on I would like to thank Park Row Books for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at flag 130 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jeffrey Keeten Annie wrote THANK YOU I barely look at reviews but my husband told me to check out this one, I am so thrilled This is absolutely so lovely, occasi Annie wrote THANK YOU I barely look at reviews but my husband told me to check out this one, I am so thrilled This is absolutely so lovely, occasionally someone like you makes us feel so happy I m going to Annie, anytime I can help a writer get a good night s sleep it has been a good day You rocked and rolled on this one The soundtrack to this novel would be one of pulse pounding intensity Probably the same mix list I d put together if I was giving up writing to start robbing banks I hope my review captured the jittery uncertainty that permeates the novel You are most welcome Best of luck with the novel I hope it blows up for you updated Jan 29, 2019 07 55AM Yaldafaizi Adpmeprkpseldekvmelcprkekepmdgm p elcmowpdmtmspmemmep ofotimled wkifk pw ieouemtmcpprimwpkwpdkekfkeo spspkrkofrkkp rmfrommspekftkm owmmprlwkoekxx wld Adpmeprkpseldekvmelcprkekepmdgm p elcmowpdmtmspmemmep ofotimled wkifk pw ieouemtmcpprimwpkwpdkekfkeo spspkrkofrkkp rmfrommspekftkm owmmprlwkoekxx wld oemkdkekfwpckrleofeolfmdklwpwwofmfmscmdkeowdoepmekfkrkpmdcmdmpdmrmm elpelfmtkpd e vmbpepfld elaoz elpwcmdmeocmmegrkmpswp,fkrlp selmvodelcmfmeoosekfmeldpepfkrk 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it somewhere in between for several personal reasons.I struggled at times with the back and forth in time It took me a while to get it all in my head, especially from the beginnings 911 frantic call the opens the book It slowed down its pace and although I m aware the information had to be narrated I sometimes got to a place in my mind where I wandered That s not saying it was useless information, not at all I just wish it was just too many pages of facts at one time.Thinking about Ian and Maddie and how they became attracted to each other at the beginning was written really well.The chapter headings were brilliant as the lead up to THE DAY OF THE KILLING chapters came to the forefront.That gripped me.This author can really spin a tale when she s writing the action scenes.This is a book written in reverse and written well It worked.So to sum upI think the books pages could have been shorter and skimmed down and still have impact on a reader.The narration although needed was just too many pages of information that I tended to wander off in my head.ButThe actual psychological story was good, the ending brilliant.Publishers, please please stop comparing books to others Let it stand in its own right.I ve given this 3 stars as the ending redeemed itself.This is my review and you may have different thoughts, nonetheless I think it s a book well worth reading Just don t expect fast pace all the way through flag 95 likesLike see review View all 41 comments Dec 14, 2018 Holly B rated it liked it Shelves read in 2018 3.5 STARSBeginning with an alarming scene and a 911 call You know something bad has happenedA slow burning domestic suspense with some page turning chapters at the beginning and the end It also has a literary feel with the descriptive story telling and complex layered plot It is well written with some interesting and flawed characters.Maddie and Ian have an intense relationship and we learn their backgrounds, history and what makes them click through the author s detailed writing and t 3.5 STARSBeginning with an alarming scene and a 911 call You know something bad has happenedA slow burning domestic suspense with some page turning chapters at the beginning and the end It also has a literary feel with the descriptive story telling and complex layered plot It is well written with some interesting and flawed characters.Maddie and Ian have an intense relationship and we learn their backgrounds, history and what makes them click through the author s detailed writing and timeline that flip flops.There is a LOT going on this novel, almost too much The timeline was quite challenging and I would find myself flipping back to the beginning of the chapter to double check the timing Many of the chapters refer back to the crime in the first chapter There are some past present chapters that give us background into Maddie and Ian I had a good sense of their dynamics.I enjoyed it after I was able to start putting pieces together, but it felt a bit too long and drawn out Nonetheless, I wanted to pick it up and wanted to finish it and see how she wrapped it up the end was twisted and I loved it.Quite a haunting tale full of flawed characters, and some added intrigue of overseas destinations and adventure.Thanks to Park Row Books for sending my a review copy Out in March 2019 Blog review closer to publication date flag 80 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Sep 13, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves arc, bookish first, fiction, read in 2018, suspense, mystery, psychological thriller, kansas, bulgaria, macedonia This is the type of book you want your friends to read because you just know everyone s opinions are going to be all over the place and you can t wait to hear what they think The things I enjoyed about the book could easily be someone else s least favorite parts Some heavy subjects are tackled and certainly the chapters towards the end would provide material for a lively book club discussion Near the beginning of the story you know a 911 call has been placed and a police officer arrives at a This is the type of book you want your friends to read because you just know everyone s opinions are going to be all over the place and you can t wait to hear what they think The things I enjoyed about the book could easily be someone else s least favorite parts Some heavy subjects are tackled and certainly the chapters towards the end would provide material for a lively book club discussion Near the beginning of the story you know a 911 call has been placed and a police officer arrives at a home in suburban Kansas The plot alternates between this which is referred to as The Day of the Killing , and events in the past Maddie and Ian meet at a party in Macedonia years ago and they are now married and raising their young son, Charlie While Ian is away in Iraq doing security work, Maddie begins attending therapy sessions in which she slowly reveals the sources of her anxiety Obviously you have to read the book if you want to find out how everything is connected.I honestly think the length of this book could have been trimmed by about 50 pages as it felt very slow moving at times But despite that, I really was caught up in the story and seeing how everything pieced together I loved how some of the story took place in the Balkans as the social climate there added to the tension plus it s it s not a setting I typically get to read about in fiction This book is already being compared to other recent best selling psychological thrillers which I don t really agree with I feel like when a book is promoted like that you just automatically expect all of these dramatic twists and turns and end up feeling disappointed if you are able to predict things before they happen I think if you just watch this story of a married couple unfold naturally and as of a general fiction book, you will have a better reading experience Thank you to Bookish First for providing me with an advance reader s copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion flag 80 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 04, 2019 Carol rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves published 2019, from publisher, netgalley, ebook, kindle, psychological thriller, read 2019 Oh yeaha chilling start.d a wicked end kind of read

    The storylinellows a talented American travel writer Maddie on assignment in Eastern Europe.who often visits her spirited best friend Joon falls in love with her new surroundingsD a handsome, but damaged British bodyguard Ian.

    BEAUTIFUL BADgins present day with an urgent domestic violence 911 call, then quickly flashes back to ten weeks before as the countdown begins .with a di

    Oh yeaha chilling start.d a wicked end kind of read

    The storylinellows a talented American travel writer Maddie on assignment in Eastern Europe.who often visits her spirited best friend Joon falls in love with her new surroundingsD a handsome, but damaged British bodyguard Ian.

    BEAUTIFUL BADgins present day with an urgent domestic violence 911 call, then quickly flashes back to ten weeks before as the countdown begins .with a disturbing list of fears Maddie reveals during a therapy session entitled Things that make me scared

    And then we go back to the past.learn about our protagonist s night life activities friends and ride along with Ian as he works in dangerous war torn countries nearby.

    For me, the three alternating timelines, varying POV s, and complex plot with flawed characters flowed well resulting in a short day and a half read Honestly, at one point I was so engrossed with the European character driven story of the past that I was actually flummoxed when we returned to the present bloody crime scene Nice

    No doubt about it, there is BAD than BEAUTIFUL here with lies, evil doings, mysterious accidents and haunting memories from the atrocities of war, but I loved it

    Well done psychological thriller.

    ARC from Kim at Park Row Books and HARLEQUIN via NetGalley in exchange for review

    flag 72 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Oct 08, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it This thriller yes, I read another builds slowly, begins with the Day of the Killing and moves backwards in time from there Typically, I m not a fan of reverse chronological order but here it works I think this is the result of not being strictly told in reverse order The narrative does count down the days to the killing but it is interspersed with the development of the couple s relationship, from both perspectives, during the early aughts The settings shift from the Balkans to the Middle This thriller yes, I read another builds slowly, begins with the Day of the Killing and moves backwards in time from there Typically, I m not a fan of reverse chronological order but here it works I think this is the result of not being strictly told in reverse order The narrative does count down the days to the killing but it is interspersed with the development of the couple s relationship, from both perspectives, during the early aughts The settings shift from the Balkans to the Middle East, NYC, London and finally Kansas This is another seemingly perfect life with murderous intentions brewing beneath its veneer flag 60 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Yaldafaizi fp efgpp fp sgp f o f l so.vmls Recognisable applldelc v p wlc vkplw fpk jwomgmcole g ppelftkv Lwlpls e vmrl wp w v epekrmv wdkvmvmrl wSpc fp efgpp fp sgp f o f l so.vmls Recognisable applldelc v p wlc vkplw fpk jwomgmcole g ppelftkv Lwlpls e vmrl wp w v epekrmv wdkvmvmrl wSpc f eprlt v toelxwlpeldv ft lsl wXlkferkkjdkrmmcpdldkgmktcl fpeok gmwp xspvktj wlpwdktkvmspsf t ps flak gmrkx slx gmrl e lpxkv kt spelcf y sp epx c.flostomySppsx vmmgapWpzlpssox c e ll o mbdl spdkrkc v vps dlg kgpe e l tofrk Marilyn P t f x cv tkpslx c fkspz v mglf mfym z eld tmelc sletktmc slc mgdl slhdlmccidmgHalspringtime lc repc x owdk cvmtkrox pwle kftkmzlr kps ekjvjsl eple Fredrick iWork oelc hm,.v wp v r SLelvkhox elmvf I cfkmcj Jan 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the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad Please note this is coming from a person who looooooooooooooooved The Woman in the Window, but FFS this is like comparing apples and orangutans These two books are NOTHING alike Has no one learned from the debacle which w Find all of my reviews at I even begin, let s address the newest pink elephant in the room In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad Please note this is coming from a person who looooooooooooooooved The Woman in the Window, but FFS this is like comparing apples and orangutans These two books are NOTHING alike Has no one learned from the debacle which was the next Gone Girl But enough about that Let s get on with the book First, allow me to apologize for not only reading but also falling all over a book that doesn t come out until Spring 2019 Y all know I m normally a failure that reads my ARCs months after they ve been released I don t know why this one was calling to me from the TBR stack, but I picked it up and never put it down until I was finished And now Oh Lort do I want to vomit all the words and tell everyone everything about this But I shall refrain and only give you these tidbits instead 1 It takes place in a fictional southern suburb of Kansas City called Meadowlark which is the Kansas state bird so clever girl Annie Ward.2 There are three timelines The first takes place in the now 2010 where police are responding to a 911 screaming hang up call and have found blood all over the inside of a house The second is around 9 11 where the two meet he s a soldier in Macedonia she s a journalist in Bulgaria The third starts several weeks before the 911 call and works its way forward.3 There are MANY possibilities when it comes to the potential superbadawful It could be her, it could be him, it could be her friend, it could be his ex, it could even be the neighbor The best thing of all, though By the time the narrative had circled back to the present I was so invested in the story of them meeting and the various things that were making me go hmmmmm surrounding their relationship that I had totally forgotten why there was a cop at the door For real, it was like That s probably all I can safely say about the story before getting a cease and desist letter I will say that this tops the charts for me when it comes to a domestic suspense thriller so it s getting every star.To prove I m still a nitpicky asshole, here are my minor quibbles 1 I m not super keen on the title because it is so generic and this cover is ugly It appears there is another cover option so I hope they go with that 2 This takes place where I and apparently the author live All of the locations and descriptions excluding the town itself are spot on aside from one reference to a horrible incident at a water park which is said to have happened near the airport Ummmm, the water park and the airport aren t even in the same state so I m not quite sure why creative license was chosen regarding that and nothing else.But for real Nitpicky, right This thing was perfect ARC received from Park Row in exchange for an honest review Thank you so much I would have never even known what I was potentially missing if it weren t for your offer. flag 53 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Kat, aka Awesome review I m now highly looking forward to moving this up the ARC queue Jan 28, 2019 07 58PM Kelly and the Book Boar I hope you like it Jan 29, 2019 04 28AM Dec 23, 2018 Kendall rated it it was ok Shelves 2019, netgalley approved So disappointing I REALLY wanted to love this book my gosh did I struggle with this I of course had a feeling that I would be the minority in this one because I keep seeing 4 5 stars on this Am I missing something here I really struggled with the multiple point of views and the timelines in this one I was really struggling with all the war information and in all honesty in the middle was just unnecessary information to the plot I feel that a HUGE chunk of information could have be So disappointing I REALLY wanted to love this book my gosh did I struggle with this I of course had a feeling that I would be the minority in this one because I keep seeing 4 5 stars on this Am I missing something here I really struggled with the multiple point of views and the timelines in this one I was really struggling with all the war information and in all honesty in the middle was just unnecessary information to the plot I feel that a HUGE chunk of information could have been taken out Yet again here s another book with way too many pages I think the author was struggling with this and trying to pack way too much into this book I think if the POV was strictly told from Maddie s point of view it could have taken a stronger turn here I enjoyed the beginning about Maddie and Ian and the story behind their attraction but I unfortunately can t say I enjoyed this story as a whole.I found the outcome to be predictable and the ending twist wasn t enough for me at all to be unique This reminded me of yet another thriller that has already been played out before 2 stars for me on this one.Huge thank you to Harlequin Park Row, Kim and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest thoughts.Publication date 3 5 19Published to GR 12 23 18 flag 36 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 24, 2018 Tammie rated it it was amazing review of another edition A solid 5 stars for me Beautiful Bad is a book that sucks you in immediately and the kind of book that readers of psychological thrillers will devour All the characters in this book have seen some horrific stuff, Maddie teaching English overseas and a travel writer Jo a relief worker and Ian a soldier bodyguard working in the most dangerous locations around the world Fast forward to present day, with Maddie and Ian married and now living in U.S things are far from picturesque and a mur A solid 5 stars for me Beautiful Bad is a book that sucks you in immediately and the kind of book that readers of psychological thrillers will devour All the characters in this book have seen some horrific stuff, Maddie teaching English overseas and a travel writer Jo a relief worker and Ian a soldier bodyguard working in the most dangerous locations around the world Fast forward to present day, with Maddie and Ian married and now living in U.S things are far from picturesque and a murder occurs to one of the three Told from multiple points of views and fluctuating from past and present Beautiful Bad is definitely a page turner Highly recommended to fans of mystery and psychological thrillers Thank you NetGalley for this ARC flag 33 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jul 13, 2018 Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves arcs 4.5 stars I devoured this book in one day I couldn t put it down, sleep was forcing its way in and still I had to see what happened Told during three points in time alternating back and forth including The Day of the Killing , X weeks before the Killing and Maddie and Ian s start of relationship chronicling how Maddie and Ian fall in love while overseas in various warzones, him serving in the Army and her a journalist and how that relationship ultimately ends in death but the death 4.5 stars I devoured this book in one day I couldn t put it down, sleep was forcing its way in and still I had to see what happened Told during three points in time alternating back and forth including The Day of the Killing , X weeks before the Killing and Maddie and Ian s start of relationship chronicling how Maddie and Ian fall in love while overseas in various warzones, him serving in the Army and her a journalist and how that relationship ultimately ends in death but the death of whom is the real question Thank you to Park Row Books for an advanced copy All opinions are my own flag 27 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 21, 2018 Pauline rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Review to follow as instructed by the publisher flag 19 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 10, 2018 Rissa rated it liked it Shelves netgalley, nook as of 2018 Beautiful bad 3.5 We start with a killing and its intense and pulls you in immediately but then as most mystery novels do they go back a few months The build up of how we got to this moment was slow but also evenly paced It kept me intrigued and reading wanting to find out how the killing really came to be I really enjoyed the writing and the characters were relatable and interesting Thank you so much to Park Row via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward This w Beautiful bad 3.5 We start with a killing and its intense and pulls you in immediately but then as most mystery novels do they go back a few months The build up of how we got to this moment was slow but also evenly paced It kept me intrigued and reading wanting to find out how the killing really came to be I really enjoyed the writing and the characters were relatable and interesting Thank you so much to Park Row via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward This will be released on marh 19, 2019All opinions are my own flag 19 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Dennis rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 pub, 2018 read, arc publisher, contemporary, crime fiction, domestic thriller, detective, light mystery, light thriller So disappointed.I won t butcher Beautiful Bad in my review, but I will speak to why this book wasn t a hit for me The story is covered in three point of views the scene of the crime when Maddie and Ian begin their relationship in Eastern Europe and then when they develop a real romantic relationship Maddie is working in Eastern Europe while working as a writer Her best friend Joanna also is living in Eastern Europe as well, and the two are living their best lives going out, meeting guys, So disappointed.I won t butcher Beautiful Bad in my review, but I will speak to why this book wasn t a hit for me The story is covered in three point of views the scene of the crime when Maddie and Ian begin their relationship in Eastern Europe and then when they develop a real romantic relationship Maddie is working in Eastern Europe while working as a writer Her best friend Joanna also is living in Eastern Europe as well, and the two are living their best lives going out, meeting guys, drinking, and partying you name it It actually sounds like a blast and I m totally jealous that I ve never studied aboard or moved out of New York homesickJoanna and Maddie are also friends with a group of male soldiers in the army, but both women have a complicated relationship with this guy named Ian Ian is in the British army, providing for his mother, and is deemed a bad boy by the group As Ian and Maddie s relationship starts to develop, Joanna warns Maddie about getting too close Fearful that he may be toxic for her best friend, Joanna provides an ultimatum as a last ditch effort to break the two apart Years later, Maddie and Ian are together and happy or so it seems They have a son named Charlie, but Ian s PTSD from his efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq have proved to be too difficult to manage When police are called to their house, they need to make a decision what has happened, and who s at fault I tried really hard to not provide you any spoilers, but it s next to impossible not to when writing a sneak peek of Beautiful Bad Out of the three point of views, the present day parts were most enjoyable While you begin your adventure with Maddie and Ian, Beautiful Bad is intoxicating and enchanting but as you arrive to the halfway point, we are given so much background and useless fodder from their past that you end up not really giving a damn to who s at fault and why Please, just get to the point Once we get back to the present day, Beautiful Bad is predictable and just another regurgitation of every domestic thriller that s been released in the last three years If you haven t read than 2 domestic thrillers in your lifetime, then you may enjoy this title I do think that the chemistry and toxicity between Maddie and Ian can be a good plot arc that many will enjoy hence the variety of different ratings and reviews for Beautiful Bad Maybe if it was titled as a romance gone wrong, I would ve had different expectations going into reading this title flag 19 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 14, 2018 Dita rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Umwow.This book opens with a 911 call featuring a frantic woman begging for help and a terrified child shrieking in the background Police are dispatched and there is blood, a lot of it, all over the kitchen Who does all of that blood belong to and who is the killer This story takes place in three time periods, the present, 10 weeks ago and 20 years ago and is told from multiple points of view We visit Kansas, the Balkans and Iraq and we learn that all of the characters Maddie, Ian and Mad Umwow.This book opens with a 911 call featuring a frantic woman begging for help and a terrified child shrieking in the background Police are dispatched and there is blood, a lot of it, all over the kitchen Who does all of that blood belong to and who is the killer This story takes place in three time periods, the present, 10 weeks ago and 20 years ago and is told from multiple points of view We visit Kansas, the Balkans and Iraq and we learn that all of the characters Maddie, Ian and Maddie s friend, Jo have seen some stuff All are well written, as is the detective, Diane.The twisty psychological piece is not learning until the very end who s blood was spilled and why I enjoyed this book and I thank Annie Ward, Harlequin, and Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 18 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 15, 2018 Selena rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley giveaway I received a free e copy of Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward from NetGalley for my honest review.This book sucks you in from the very beginning Someone has been murdered You don t know who and you don t know why There are three main characters in this book There is Maddie, Maddie s best friend Jo, and Ian, Maddie s love Ian, was serving in the British Army and Maddie was a journalist who was visiting her best friend, Jo When Maddie met Ian, it was love at first sight Although, they both had th I received a free e copy of Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward from NetGalley for my honest review.This book sucks you in from the very beginning Someone has been murdered You don t know who and you don t know why There are three main characters in this book There is Maddie, Maddie s best friend Jo, and Ian, Maddie s love Ian, was serving in the British Army and Maddie was a journalist who was visiting her best friend, Jo When Maddie met Ian, it was love at first sight Although, they both had their own lives and lived in different places, they were always in love and had very close connection to one another Decades later, Ian reconnects with Maddie They finally get married and Maddie becomes pregnant Maddie falls on a camping trip with her family and is left with a terribly scarred face Maddie ends up going to therapy in hopes of uncovering the truth behind her terrible fall She is determined to find the truth as she can t remember anything During her therapy sessions, Maddie beings to open up about her husband s PTSD Maddie is concerned for the safety of her child as she begins to really discover the truth about her husband s past and even her best friend flag 16 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Roz rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller, 2019 I m just sitting here wondering why the middle 300 pages were necessary to the story at all flag 14 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 20, 2019 Melanie mells_view rated it really liked it 3.5 stars Here s this extraordinary flower growing up through a crack in my concrete nightmare What am I supposed to do There s a broken, anxious, and newly disfigured wife A PTSD suffering alcoholic husband A confusing marriage A killing A cop who wants answers.I honestly don t even know how to review this book without spoiling anything I ve started and stopped what I d planned to write a few times, so in the end I m just going to stay away from the plot and advise you to read the blurb 3.5 stars Here s this extraordinary flower growing up through a crack in my concrete nightmare What am I supposed to do There s a broken, anxious, and newly disfigured wife A PTSD suffering alcoholic husband A confusing marriage A killing A cop who wants answers.I honestly don t even know how to review this book without spoiling anything I ve started and stopped what I d planned to write a few times, so in the end I m just going to stay away from the plot and advise you to read the blurb What I CAN say is that this book jumps around in time and POV a bit That makes the start of the story a bit confusing We get bits of each time POV and it starts to feel like none of these bits make sense together But they eventually do I can t say that this is one of those stories that you will be able to figure out by the clues, but if you pay close enough attention you can come up with what s happened on your own The thing is it s hard to trust this story The POV s are all different, and don t always align the same way You ll notice inconsistencies and you won t be so sure why they are there.None the less after I got past the first 25% I got into the groove of the story I was turning pages nonstop, because I HAD to know what had happened You don t know who has been hurt killed You don t know who has done the hurting and the killing It s just A mess, and you don t have answers as the reader It s just A crazy story that will have you shaking your head Yelling at the characters, and also so darn confused for them I felt bad for them, but I also didn t know if I could even trust them.If you like psychological thrillers, and are fine with time and POV changes, then you will enjoy Beautiful Bad It is a mess of a rollercoaster ride, that will have you gripping your seat until the bitter end ARC provided by NetGalley Release date 3 5 19 flag 11 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2018 Carolyn rated it it was ok review of another edition I started out loving this book I found the Eastern European setting fascinating and the war zones brutal but interesting The chapters moved back and forth flawlessly between the past and present, between various locations overseas and New York and Kansas There were twists I hadn t expected My problem was that I found all the main characters Maddie, Ian and Jo unpleasant, and as was revealed I came to dislike them and I believe I must need one character with whom I can empat I started out loving this book I found the Eastern European setting fascinating and the war zones brutal but interesting The chapters moved back and forth flawlessly between the past and present, between various locations overseas and New York and Kansas There were twists I hadn t expected My problem was that I found all the main characters Maddie, Ian and Jo unpleasant, and as was revealed I came to dislike them and I believe I must need one character with whom I can empathize or sympathize Domestic psychological thrillers are popular today and their plots run together in my mind This was a different and original story and memorable The ending lacked closure with the case unresolved Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for an advanced copy in return for an honest review flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 05, 2019 Crime by the Book rated it really liked it 4.5 5 stars for this layered, intricate, completely unusual domestic suspense novel Intimate yet expansive, BEAUTIFUL BAD takes readers into the most private secrets of a troubled marriage via pit stops in that same married couple s history Traveling from the Balkans to England to post 9 11 New York, BEAUTIFUL BAD draws readers into a story epic in scope, but decidedly personal at its core Find my full review on the CBTB blog flag 10 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Deborah Blanchard rated it it was amazing Shelves early review books, edelwiess, suspense, fiction, for review What an incredible book I was captured into its pages by the first chapter which starts with a frantic 911 call Maddie and Jo are best friends They are both working in war torn countries when they meet Ian These three people are the main characters in this book They are very complex and well drawn characters The book alternates between past and present which works well It is filled with unbelievable twists and turns The explosive ending blew my mind I did not even see it coming You wil What an incredible book I was captured into its pages by the first chapter which starts with a frantic 911 call Maddie and Jo are best friends They are both working in war torn countries when they meet Ian These three people are the main characters in this book They are very complex and well drawn characters The book alternates between past and present which works well It is filled with unbelievable twists and turns The explosive ending blew my mind I did not even see it coming You will be on the edge of your seat, holding your breath This book is so well written If you like psychological suspense you will love Beautiful Bad Absolutely amazing storyteller I can t wait for the next book by this author Yes, it is that good You don t want to miss this one My review simply can t do this book justice You need to grab this book It will devour you Highly, highly recommend flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 25, 2018 Elizabeth rated it really liked it Tl dr Beautiful Bad is a portrait of a marriage hitting a crisis point but the real question is how did it happen and importantly, who hit that point first Very much recommended for fans of psychological domestic thrillers.Ok, I will start with my one nitpick I know thrillers need to be compared to a popular book, but it s not necessary here Beautiful Bad stands on its own The plot is pretty straightforward We open with a 911 call and then move back and forth in time, one piece of the Tl dr Beautiful Bad is a portrait of a marriage hitting a crisis point but the real question is how did it happen and importantly, who hit that point first Very much recommended for fans of psychological domestic thrillers.Ok, I will start with my one nitpick I know thrillers need to be compared to a popular book, but it s not necessary here Beautiful Bad stands on its own The plot is pretty straightforward We open with a 911 call and then move back and forth in time, one piece of the mystery unfolding at a time.Well, sort of.We have Maddie former world traveler who chased adventure and certainly courted danger, who is now living back in her home state of Kansas, where she s raising her son Charlie while battling the aftermath of a severe injury sustained while she was withIan Maddie s husband, former British soldier turned protection agent when Maddie first meets him Suffering from severe PTSD sustained from that but also from his work serving as a defense contractor ground support liasom in war torn countries He and Maddie meet while she s visiting her friend Joanna, humanitarian aid worker willing to do whatever it takes to get aid to the refugees she works with Brilliant, beautiful, living as hard as she can, and all sharp edges She s less than pleased when Maddie and Ian hit it off, leading to an estrangement that breaks Maddie s heart.Maddie, in Kansas, is trying to deal with the changes physical, yes, but frightening to her are the emotional ones she s felt since her accident with the help of her new therapist, the delightfully written Cami J, whose help Maddie resists as it means she has to deal with Ian, who was dark and brooding when she met him, a looming disaster of a man whose ongoing battles with PTSD and alcoholism have made Maddie s life a minefield.She s scared, you see Scared of what she sees on the news, worried about Charlie Worried about Ian His drinking His temper Her injury, which she really can t recall getting and she doesn t like being pushed by Cami J, she understands Ian, she does Except that maybeMaybe she s afraid of what really understanding him would mean and not just for her Maybe she needs to be terrified for Charlie.After a lot of thinking about what Cami J has gotten her to reveal, she reconnects with Joanna Arranges for her to come visit, but while Ian, who is still traveling all over for his job, is still away She and Joanna can reconnect, repair the friendship that was so important to Maddie back before her life was Ian and then Kansas with Ian and Charlie.And that s all there is Sort of.That s the beauty of Beautiful Bad There is everything that s there and then there s everything underneath.I don t want to reveal any spoilers, but let s just say truth can be a lot than it seems and that what Maddie says she wants isn t what she actually wants And when Maddie wants something or someone she gets it No matter what the cost might be.I really enjoyed Beautiful Bad, and think anyone who enjoys twisty and twisted thrillers, especially those where you know what the endgame will be and get to watch almost as trapped as those in the web of the truth and lies are, will love this It s fast, it s furious on many levels and hooks you fast and keeps you locked in Quick aside Joanna I actually felt the worst for her I think she always thought she was miles ahead of everyone else and well No Overall it s predictable but in a oh no, is that And that Dammmmmmn way, which is to say that there s a lot a lot of twisted fun waiting for those who enjoy dark psychological thrillers I know I sure enjoyed the ride flag 9 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 19, 2018 Nancy The Bookaholic rated it really liked it 4.5 HEARTS The opening to this thriller grabbed my attention right away You hear the 911 call and then the call drops.It s midnight and I finished Beautiful Bad in a day I m wide awake because I can t believe as I read this book, never did I ever think it would go the way that it did I was sure I was on the right path of figuring the who, what, and why, BUT BOY OH BOY was I wrong I m in shock right now I ve always been intuitive and felt like I was on the right track with figuring out 4.5 HEARTS The opening to this thriller grabbed my attention right away You hear the 911 call and then the call drops.It s midnight and I finished Beautiful Bad in a day I m wide awake because I can t believe as I read this book, never did I ever think it would go the way that it did I was sure I was on the right path of figuring the who, what, and why, BUT BOY OH BOY was I wrong I m in shock right now I ve always been intuitive and felt like I was on the right track with figuring out the who did it in books early on I can t believe how Annie Ward was able to pull the wool over my eyes practically the entire book I was slow moving at first but it does pick up.The story transports you from The Day of the Killing , present day and events from the past You get introduced to Maddie, the MC and get to know her fears The setting of the book is in England and Kansas as it goes back and forth between past and present day She has a best friend, Joanna, from childhood You get introduced to Ian and see how they all meet and how he becomes a solid fixture in their relationships Maddie was a do gooder She s a writer and a teacher She s from Kansas but travels a lot for her job Joanna is a refugee rescuer She s outspoken and doesn t take no for an answer Ian is in the military and is a bodyguard He s hired to guard important people in all parts of the world and war ridden countries.Maggie s fear consume her life She believes life can change in an instant She s had two near death experience to vouch for that.She s had an accident when she was 10 years old at her Grandfather s cabin and another as an adult while camping in Colorado and now she has memory problems, scars and living with unbearable panic attacks.With every chapter and as the story unfolds, different scenarios of what might have transpired kept running through my head I love it when a book can keep me guessing I kept on going back eager to devour I woke up thinking of the story I wanted to squeeze in as much reading time I could while having to adult Beautiful Bad is movie worthy and I think it would be a great thriller at the theaters I would definitely love to see this be turned into movie The anticipation to find out what transpired on The Day of The Killing keep me at the edge of my seat eager for.I want to say so much, but I don t want to inadvertently reveal spoilers and rob others from experiencing Breaking Bad the way I did ARC provided by the publisher, Park Row Books, in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 17, 2018 Dana Blazsek rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 arcs 2 Stars Beautiful Bad by Annie WardThank you to Bookish First and Park Row books for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This book started out perfect We have a 911 call that leads us to an obvious crime scene Someone has died, but before we can find out we are thrust back in time Maddie is scared of her husband Ian, with who she has a horrible past with This past has cost her a friendship, numerous years of her life, and is possibly responsible for the horrific 2 Stars Beautiful Bad by Annie WardThank you to Bookish First and Park Row books for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This book started out perfect We have a 911 call that leads us to an obvious crime scene Someone has died, but before we can find out we are thrust back in time Maddie is scared of her husband Ian, with who she has a horrible past with This past has cost her a friendship, numerous years of her life, and is possibly responsible for the horrific scar on her face But it has brought her Charlie, her son Told during numerous points in time the past, the day of the killing, from Maddie s perspective weeks until the 911 call, and even Ian s at some point we are told a story about two people who should have never been together I flew through this book and I understand that books like this are supposed to be messy in plot However, what stopped this from getting a higher rating was the amount of messiness Maddie seems reliable as a narrator, but then it s almost like the author wants her to be something she isn t I felt like certain scenes or plot points were not even necessary anything having to do with useless Fiona, Ian s perspectives except for the last chapter of his, and certain flashbacks in general The incompetency of the police in this book was borderline ridiculous I think if the plot would have moved faster, there could have been chapters with Diana and her thoughts after we find out who is murdered I think that could have led to a satisfying ending flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 02, 2018 Amanda rated it liked it Shelves giveaway winner, i own this book Maddie has recently suffered an accident which leaves her eye and face badly scarred She starts to see a psychologist specializing in writing therapy to deal with the high anxiety she has had since the accident It soon becomes clear that Maddie doesn t feel safe and it seems like her husband Ian has something to do with that Maddie and Ian share a son named Charlie The book immediately starts off with a bang as police officers are dispatched to a home where a 911 call has been made You know Maddie has recently suffered an accident which leaves her eye and face badly scarred She starts to see a psychologist specializing in writing therapy to deal with the high anxiety she has had since the accident It soon becomes clear that Maddie doesn t feel safe and it seems like her husband Ian has something to do with that Maddie and Ian share a son named Charlie The book immediately starts off with a bang as police officers are dispatched to a home where a 911 call has been made You know right away that there has been a killing as the chapter is titled Day of the Killing Upon arriving at the scene, the officer finds a large amount of blood and evidence that foul play has occurred It is also clear that a child is in the house.The book alternates between the past when Maddie meets Ian in Macedonia and her relationship with her best friend Jo Maddie is in the Balkans as a part of her career as a writer, Jo is aiding humanitarian efforts in refugee camps, and Ian is a British bodyguard hired to protect in Macedonia The story then moves through the entire time she has known Ian, with chapters in between that cover the 12 weeks leading up to the day of killing and Maddie s time in therapy Unfortunately, the use of the flashbacks to Maddie and how she met Ian are too frequent and bog the story down Only a few of the things that occur during the flashbacks are relevant to the ending of the story and the remaining ones feel unnecessary Through the flashbacks, I found Maddie, Jo, and especially Ian to be unlikable characters The book also sometimes switches to the perspectives of Jo and Ian which I didn t really feel did anything for the story.I am happy I did keep reading though because the last quarter of the book was suspenseful and well done It follows Maddie and Ian after they move back to Maddie s home in America and their life leading up to the day of killing Overall, I thought this book was ok With removing some of the flashback scenes and expanding on the end instead some parts felt rushed , this book could easily be bumped up to 4 5 stars I think that some people will find the beginning to be better than I did the book does give an interesting look at European and international culture and the conflicts that were happening in the world beginning in 2001 If this sounds like something you would like, I encourage people to pick up a copy of this book and see if you liked it than me I was lucky enough to win this ARC through a giveaway, thank you flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 05, 2019 Caidyn SEMI HIATUS BW Reviews he him his rated it did not like it Shelves arc, from publisher or author, mystery horror thriller, dnf This review can also be found on my blog Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review DNF at 30%The only reason I lasted as long as I did was because some of the book takes place around where I live It s a teeny bit southern than I am, but it s still in KC suburbs So, I loved that part because it felt like home I wonder if this is how people who live in big cities feel when their place gets a name drop It was thrilling.But, then, the characters and plot The This review can also be found on my blog Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review DNF at 30%The only reason I lasted as long as I did was because some of the book takes place around where I live It s a teeny bit southern than I am, but it s still in KC suburbs So, I loved that part because it felt like home I wonder if this is how people who live in big cities feel when their place gets a name drop It was thrilling.But, then, the characters and plot There s a murder and you start off knowing that, but you get snippets and the story is mainly in flashbacks, either to 2001 when the MC was overseas and met her husband or weeks before the murder takes place.And, boy, that little blurb on the cover is wrong From day one, there were MAJOR WARNING SIGNS that the man is unstable and shouldn t be someone you re dating Major ones Hell, when your best friend is like keep away from that guy you should not be ignoring her The MC just didn t make good choices.I had no interest in knowing what happened because there were so many warning signs when they weren t even dating, but she consistently thought with her genitalia Maybe it s because I m aroace and don t have interest in love or sex, or maybe it s because it really was stupid flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Roman Clodia rated it really liked it review of another edition In a sea of identikit psychological thrillers this one stands out primarily for its complex, multi dimensional characters The strapline beautiful home, beautiful family is rather misleading and inaccurate as, for most of the book, albeit as backstory, Maddie is living in the Balkans with neither stable home nor steady boyfriend I almost passed this one by since I thought it was going to be another one of those how well do you know your husband type yawny tales, but it isn t.While i In a sea of identikit psychological thrillers this one stands out primarily for its complex, multi dimensional characters The strapline beautiful home, beautiful family is rather misleading and inaccurate as, for most of the book, albeit as backstory, Maddie is living in the Balkans with neither stable home nor steady boyfriend I almost passed this one by since I thought it was going to be another one of those how well do you know your husband type yawny tales, but it isn t.While it does conform to many of the genre conventions someone s dead at the start but we don t know who, toxic friendships, troubled marriage, a woman in therapy, fractured timelines, switching PoV , it all comes together here beautifully The characters are what made it for me Maddie, Joanna and Ian are than cardboard cut outs and the background of war the Balkans, the aftermath of 9 11 gives added emotional depths to their stories I was wrong footed a couple of times rare, but oh so delicious when it happens It s only in the final 10% or so that things take a silly turn view spoiler husband wants a different lifestyle from you Don t divorce him, call up your long lost best pal, spin her a lie or two and conspire to murder him in complicated fashion, natch hide spoiler All the same, one of the best domestic thrillers I ve read.Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC via NetGalley flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Shelley rated it really liked it review of another edition This book is hard for me to rate because while I did like it, it was much different than I had anticipated when I requested it First and foremost, this book is described as a mystery thriller novel True, it is thrilling but I found it to also be a domestic drama.The plot moves along at a nice pace with interesting side characters and the shadow of guilt throw in There are coincidences and a few unlikely details but they do not overly distract from the story I was constantly compelled to cont This book is hard for me to rate because while I did like it, it was much different than I had anticipated when I requested it First and foremost, this book is described as a mystery thriller novel True, it is thrilling but I found it to also be a domestic drama.The plot moves along at a nice pace with interesting side characters and the shadow of guilt throw in There are coincidences and a few unlikely details but they do not overly distract from the story I was constantly compelled to continue reading and quite taken with Maddie s plight Maddie was a unique and fascinating main character.In terms of the story line, I liked it I liked how the author used a lot of suspense leading up to the truth and then throwing readers a major curve ball This was an unexpected surprise that left me feeling satisfied, a little sad, but overall pleased because it s unique I found that much of the story was pretty depressing, war torn coutries, PTSD etc But this roller coaster of a book is going to turn out much different than you anticipate when going in I enjoy a good suspenseful novel and Beautiful Bad delivered The characters are well written and make sense for the overall story, but readers will have a hard time connecting until everything comes together The ending is unique, unexpected, and satisfying and the atmosphere is perfect I would recommend it to those who like twisty psychological novels of suspense and even though it was kind of all over the place the writing and story deserve four stars Thank you NetGalley, St Martin s Press, HARLEQUIN Trade Publishing, Park Row and Annie Ward for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own. BeautifulBad NetGalleyAll my reviews can be found on my blog flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 17, 2018 Wendi Lee rated it really liked it Shelves mystery, netgalley, psychological_thrillers, read aug 2018 What a twisty, chilling book Ian and Maddie have gone through A LOT to make their relationship work, encompassing several countries and decades They are finally married, with a small son, but something terrible happens As we wander through the scene of the crime with an intrepid investigator, we also experience the past through both Ian and Maddie s perspectives I couldn t put this book down I was so concerned about little Charlie, that the truth of what was happening walloped me I don t w What a twisty, chilling book Ian and Maddie have gone through A LOT to make their relationship work, encompassing several countries and decades They are finally married, with a small son, but something terrible happens As we wander through the scene of the crime with an intrepid investigator, we also experience the past through both Ian and Maddie s perspectives I couldn t put this book down I was so concerned about little Charlie, that the truth of what was happening walloped me I don t want to give any spoilers, but this is definitely a thriller that stayed with me several months after reading.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Beautiful Bad Intense psychological thriller 1 15 Dec 24, 2018 01 18PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        ANNIE WARDAnnie s sopho novel and first psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL BAD will be published by Harper Collins Park Row books in March, 2019.Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute While studying at AFI, she sold her first short screenplay to MTV BFCS Productions Starring Adam Scott, STR ANNIE WARDAnnie s sopho novel and first psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL BAD will be published by Harper Collins Park Row books in March, 2019.Annie received a BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute While studying at AFI, she sold her first short screenplay to MTV BFCS Productions Starring Adam Scott, STRANGE HABIT became a Grand Jury Award Winner at the Aspen Film Festival and a Sundance Festival Official Selection.After film school, Annie moved to Eastern Europe to work for Fodor Travel Guides, covering regions of Spain and Bulgaria She remained in Bulgaria for five years spanning a civilian uprising and government overthrow The novel THE MAKING OF JUNE, which Annie wrote with the Bulgarian revolution and Balkan crisis as its backdrop was sold to Penguin Putnam and published to critical acclaim in 2002.During Annie s five years in the Balkans she received a Fulbright Scholarship, taught at the University of Sofia, and script doctored eight screenplays for Nu Image, an Israeli American film company that produced a number of projects in Bulgaria for the SyFy Channel She was later the recipient of an Escape to Create artist residency.She lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her family


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    1. Beautiful Bad is a psychological thriller about a mysterious accident, a murder, and a marriage at its breaking point While there are some interesting elements and one fascinating unreliable narrator, as a whole I struggled with the multiple POV s and timelines. The book opens with a chilling 911 call in the small town of Meadowlark, Kansas An investigator arrives a house in an upscale neighborhood to discover a lot of blood Who the blood belonged to becomes one of the main threads of the [...]


    2. Put on those detective hats and prepare for a heart pounding thriller, sure to shock even the most masterful of sleuths I was not at all prepared for the epic twist in this book I think I ve become numb to the formulaic twists and turns I m accustomed to reading This book, however, was NOT that Annie Ward is supremely fresh in the way she writes, but also, in the way she can spin a tale Jo and Maddie are thick as thieves, as close as two people can be without being related This fact makes i Put [...]


    3. I sometimes feel like my mind is possessed by another person or creature One of the main characters thinks this thought towards the end of the novel, and the fascinating thing is it could be any one of them thinking it Was itMADDIE IAN JOANNA Oh madnessmy sweet embraceable you This is a tale about a tangled web of desire, deceit, and paranoia If you don t drink vodka, gin, scotch, or bourbon at the beginning of this story, you may be indulging by the end of it Who desires whom who dec I sometime [...]


    4. Not sure if I m in the minority with my thoughts on this I m noticing average to fantastic.I put it somewhere in between for several personal reasons.I struggled at times with the back and forth in time It took me a while to get it all in my head, especially from the beginnings 911 frantic call the opens the book It slowed down its pace and although I m aware the information had to be narrated I sometimes got to a place in my mind where I wandered That s not saying it was useless information Not [...]


    5. 3.5 STARSBeginning with an alarming scene and a 911 call You know something bad has happenedA slow burning domestic suspense with some page turning chapters at the beginning and the end It also has a literary feel with the descriptive story telling and complex layered plot It is well written with some interesting and flawed characters.Maddie and Ian have an intense relationship and we learn their backgrounds, history and what makes them click through the author s detailed writing and t 3.5 STARS [...]


    6. This is the type of book you want your friends to read because you just know everyone s opinions are going to be all over the place and you can t wait to hear what they think The things I enjoyed about the book could easily be someone else s least favorite parts Some heavy subjects are tackled and certainly the chapters towards the end would provide material for a lively book club discussion Near the beginning of the story you know a 911 call has been placed and a police officer arrives at a Thi [...]


    7. Oh yeaha chilling start.d a wicked end. kind of read

      The storylinellows a talented American travel writer Maddie on assignment in Eastern Europe.who often visits her spirited best friend Joon falls in love with her new surroundingsD a handsome, but damaged British bodyguard Ian.

      BEAUTIFUL BADgins present day with an urgent domestic violence 911 call, then quickly flashes back to ten weeks before as the countdown begins .with a di

      Oh yeaha chilling start.d a wicked e [...]


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