Monday, 1 August 2016

Helen J. Barnes - Nameless

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey & Susan

Addison is a typical teen, who worries only about the relatively insignificant things in life like; college, friends, boy bands and passing her driving test. 
Little does Addy know, life is about to put her to the test when she becomes the object of an addiction, an infatuation and an obsession on a level she cannot begin to comprehend. 
As the weather turns frosty and the icy season draws in Addison finds that, someone she assumed to be a relatively innocent secret admirer, is taking things to the next level and their thoughts are colder, darker and more sinister than the freezing winter nights. 
But how do you stop a faceless, nameless stalker when even authorities can't find the culprit?

It's been a long time since I have read a romantic suspense, or any suspense at all in fact, though I have read Helen's work before. I know this was a completely new genre for her though and going by the blurb I was so excited to read it!

Addison (Addy) is in the prime of her teenage years and loving life with her best friends Dayna & Lexi when she discovers she has a stalker. This happens around the same time she meets Ben and Olly, both interested in her and from two totally different backgrounds, but like many people, she is quick to judge them.

"Wanker or not, you got to admit he's got a great arse," I say with a giggle. "Shame that's where he keeps his brains."

I must admit, I judged them the same as Addy but I did take a dislike to Lexi straight away - my bitch radar was on full alert! Helen's character profiling is great though, I really love Dayna and felt so much sympathy for Addy. I grew to adore Ben too as he was such a sweetheart. And Razz, even though he is 'only' a dog he was like a main character and I love him as well!

When our lips collide again it's a kiss full of promises and gratitude. Both of us claim one another in that moment and we each know that we would do anything for the other.

Helen definitely kept me hanging on throughout the story and I was always changing my mind about who Addy's stalker was, but it was still a surprising revelation! I love how Helen's writing kept giving me chills because of the actions taken by the stalker, and it was really full of tension toward the end. I could hardly put it down and was frustrated when I had to, to look after my family, ha! I could tell Helen had done her research. It also gives out the message that you shouldn't judge a book - or a person - by the cover.

My heart breaks that I may never see him again. I can't bear the thought and feel the last of my determination rise from within me. I will go down fighting, for Ben, and the future we deserved together.

Overall, Nameless is a story full of crazy roller coaster emotions and it gripped me from start to end - a 5* must read.

I was so bloody excited about this landing on my kindle...after reading the blurb (yes I do it from time to time!) and eye-floving the stunning cover, I flew through my first read by Helen J Barnes! 

Addy is a funny, smart and typical nearly-18 year old! Well, until we discover she has someone who thinks a little too much of her...


...I didn't anticipate this getting so serious; so sinister. A secret admirer was more infuriating, not knowing who it was, rather than scary just a couple of short weeks ago. Now I feel like I can't do anything without some nameless freak knowing what I'm doing, where and who I'm with.

I've got to say it's been a refreshing read as it's a story line that I can't say I've read before and I genuinely think young people/YA would get a lot out of it, not only in terms of the hilarity and typical teenage banter (and backstabbing!) that comes with girls, but also down to personal safety, the use of social media and knowing who to trust. 

Do I want to fight back? Or stay hidden in my prison, safe behind closed blinds and locked doors? Is it worth the fight to reclaim a carefree life? Would my life ever go back to what it was? 

A really well written story that I fell in love with...especially the formatting of the text and messenger screenshots. This gave it a really good "fun" feel and a uniqueness I can't say I've ever got with another book. I can only praise Helen J Barnes and say that this is just the first of many of her books I plan to read.

Be sure to go one click Nameless now! You won't regret it.

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Get your copy of Nameless here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent a copy of this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

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