October 25, 2016

Loved It: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 16, 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Psychological Suspense Mystery

First Class Psychological Suspense From a Major New Voice in Fiction

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received:

Dear Amy,
I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me.
Please help me soon,
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything

DEAR AMY by Helen Callaghan is a great read in that it's engaging enough, but not too intense where the suspense starts to stress me out. Although I think this is relative depending on one's taste or level of tolerance for psychological suspense mysteries.

Personally, I had a clue early on in DEAR AMY on what the possible plot twist is going to be. Yet even after I guessed right, the ease of solving the riddle didn't ruin my enjoyment. If anything I believe it fed my enthusiasm and curiosity. I found myself eagerly anticipating the myriad of backstories which eventually led to Katie's kidnapping.

HCallaghan smoothly brought the pieces of DEAR AMY together. Unlike other psychological suspense mysteries where there's massive info-dumping to justify and seam clues, the author made Margot Lewis' story realistic what with her pending divorce and professional issues, it made her relatable and her odd life almost normal.

DEAR AMY is not a cozy but I enjoyed cuddling with this one. It's an easy read with enough peaks to keep me glued to the story. I definitely recommend you add this to your Fall TBR list.

Talk Supe


  1. Sounds like one for me. Thanks for sharing!
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. This is new to me but it sounds great!

  3. OMG This is right up my alley. Thanks Braine for the fab review!!!

  4. It's good to know that even though you figured things out early, it was still a good read. I like psychological thrillers so I'll have to check out this one! <3

  5. Glad to see your finaidn yoru way back to fiction and that this was a solid psychological thriller. I havent' read a good one in awhile.

  6. I'm not a mystery fan but this does sound more my speed.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  7. Oh wow, what a set up. I can see why you loved it even when you figured it out early.

  8. This wasn't even on my radar, but you have me wanting to read it!

  9. It's been a while since I read a psychological thriller, this sounds good, even if was a bit predictable.

  10. Sounds nice how it's engaging, but not too intense. I do think there is something as too intense when it comes to romantic suspense, also depends a bit on my mood.
    Sometimes guessing a plot twist can be really satisfying, unless the twist is too predictable and too easy to figure out I usually don't mind if I can guess it. Great review!


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