It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Love You Bad by Louise Mullins.
About the Author
Louise Mullins writes full-time using the experience she gained in a prior life working in the field of forensic mental health, working with offenders and survivors of serious crimes.
About the book
Kerensa lives a life of privilege few could imagine. Loving husband. Luxury home. Financial security. But in the attic of their sea view mansion is a secret waiting to be discovered, threatening to destroy their perfect marriage. When their daughter’s au pair uncovers Dominic’s carefully constructed illusion, one lie at a time, it ends in murder. But whose?
It seems to Kerensa and everyone around her that she lives a life of luxury, but appearances can be deceptive. The glue that binds the exterior of perfection is slowly disintegrating. Life as she knows it, which is quite confusing to say the least, is about to become more threatening.
I wasn’t a fan of the misogynistic and crude way the character of Dominic used to describe the sexual interactions he had with the older woman with the no longer nubile body. The tropes just cement the image and perception of that age group and gender. It is part and parcel of why Dominic picks certain types and is able to manipulate the wealthy woman into marrying him.
Moving forward the reader experiences the story from Dominic and Kerensa’s point of view. Dominic doesn’t even to hide his true nature, which is abusive, controlling and he is a bit of a bully. Kerensa knows something is up, but can’t really put her finger on the pulse of why her life is so limited and difficult at times, and why Dominic doesn’t appear to really like her.
Mullins creates a crime within a crime in this dark domestic thriller. It’s an interesting example of how easy it is for someone to get drawn into a toxic relationship and find it difficult to leave, especially when the world around you refuses to acknowledge the toxicity.