The Puppet Master – Abigail Osborne

Rating: 5/5

Read: 4th March 2017 – 11th March 2017


Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise is that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls
the-puppet-masterher. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?

Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems.

Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them? 

One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

The Puppet Master is an extremely intriguing story which Abigail Osborne has written absolutely superbly! I was completely gripped right from the start – the story begins in present day and we get to know Billie and Adam and the blossoming of their relationship. Throughout the first part of the book I was desperate to know what Adam was up to and the terrible things that Billie had done years ago! The story then flipped back to both characters childhood and then the story really starts to unravel, page by page…

The chapters of the book are alternated between Adam and Billie’s perspective and we learn how they’re both being manipulated in complete opposite ways by the same evil man. I must say, the title of this book matches the story absolutely perfectly!

I often find with the ever-growing genre of psychological thrillers that some books under this category aren’t actually psychological thrillers, they’re just normal thrillers with no unstable psychological state of the characters (that’s just my opinion, you may disagree). However THIS book should be the absolute definition of psychological thriller!!!

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with so many out-loud ‘ohhh’ and ‘OMFG’s’! The way this book is written and how the story is slowly revealed is truly phenomenal, whilst all the way through the tension increases and I was just dying to know what would happen in the end! I certainly wasn’t left disappointed, the ending of this book was just perfect. I loved how all the ends were tied up and I was left with all my questions answered at the same as clutching my kindle with white knuckles on the edge of my seat!

The Puppet Master is an incredible, gripping story which deals with some very disturbing issues, involving child abuse, mentally and sexually. The author seriously made me hate the ‘puppet master’ with every fibre in my body and feel so sorry for Billie, I just wanted to embrace her and tell her I was her friend and that I believed her right from the very start!! This book deserves all the stars in the world out of 5 and I will be recommending it to every single one of my book-loving friends, I’m already part way through my mission and many of my friends have purchased and began reading!! I LOVE spreading knowledge of good fiction! I can really see this being one of my top reads of 2017!


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