Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Release Day! The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle ~ My Thoughts #ThePersonalAssistant @KimberlySBelle @HTPBooks

Happy Release Day!

Congrats Kimberly
on the release today of
The Personal Assistant!

The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle
Psychological Thriller, 352 pages
Published November 29, 2022 by Park Row

USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Belle returns with a deeply addictive thriller exploring the dark side of the digital world when a mommy-blogger’s assistant goes missing.

When Alex first began posting unscripted family moments and motivational messages online, she had no intention of becoming an influencer. Overnight it seemed she’d amassed a huge following, and her hobby became a full-time job—one that was impossible to manage without her sharp-as-a-tack personal assistant, AC.

But all the good-will of her followers turns toxic when one controversial post goes viral in the worst possible way. Alex reaches out to AC for damage control, but her assistant has gone silent. This young woman Alex trusted with all her secrets, who had access to her personal information and front row seats to the pressure points in her marriage and family life, is now missing and the police are looking to Alex and her husband for answers. As Alex digs into AC’s identity – and a woman is found murdered – she’ll find the greatest threat isn’t online, but in her own living room.

Written in alternating perspectives between Alex, her husband, and the mysterious AC, this juicy cat and mouse story will keep you guessing till the very end.

My thoughts about The Personal Assistant ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"This is how it begins, flying down a country road. Windows down, music blaring."

I don't know how Kimberly Belle does it time after time but she has once again created an exciting psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you try to figure out what the heck is going on. I was immediately drawn into this story, a series of events that could totally happen in today's society, what with the social media world that so many people find themselves immersed in. 

Alex is a social media influencer who finds herself exposed as something she is not, virtually overnight. Someone has basically hacked into her online persona and seems to be determined to ruin her. And just when you think that things can't get any worse for Alex and her family, well yep, they do. 

I went back and forth between the characters, wondering who was causing the problems, who was the bad person, and who was telling the truth. It was interesting going back and forth between Alex, her husband, and her personal assistant, trying to figure out the connections and the drama between the characters. 

The Personal Assistant will stun you and rock your world when you realize that someone can totally be destroyed by social media, having so much of your life out there in the world for all to see and manipulate. I highly recommend this thriller and I know you will not be disappointed when you read it. It was amazing!

I received a copy of The Personal Assistant from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of eight novels, including The Personal Assistant, The Marriage Lie, a Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Mystery & Thriller, and the co-authored #1 Audible Original, Young Rich Widows. Her books have been published in some 20+ languages and have been optioned for film and television.

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