"The Bride to Be" is my first book by author Daniel Hurst, and the beginning has such an impact. It's been a while since I've read something with such a dramatic beginning: wedding, bride, meltdown, police with handcuffs. After that, you HAVE to read till in the end.
We meet Kate, who is getting married to Mark, but the relationship isn't healthy. She is in a psychologically abusive relationship and knows she has to leave, but she's 38 and doesn't want to start the dating game again.
She's at the bridal shop, and while trying on yet another dress (incidentally, the wedding is in a couple of weeks, and she is still looking for the perfect dress), she sees a couple trying on a wedding dress; they look so happy. Why isn't Mark with her helping choose the dress or at least some input? No, he's left all the arrangements to her.
She's so jealous of the happy couple that she decides to find out who they are. What follows is an excellent thriller full of lies, betrayal and a heavy dose of stalking, envy and jealousy. All is not what it seems. Everyone has secrets.
I love Daniel's writing; it's the kind which grabs you tight until you remember to breathe, especially the scenes between Kate and that bas**** Mark. I don't remember hating a character so much!!
Many thanks to Zoé at @zooloosBT @inkubatorbooks and especially to @dhurstbooks, an excellent writer!!
About the author
Daniel Hurst was born in the northwest of England, a part of the world-famous for its comedians, pasties and terrible weather.
He has been employed in several glamorous roles in his lifetime, including bartending, shelf stacking and procurement administration, all while based in some of the most exotic places on the planet, like Bolton, Preston and South London.
Since following his lifelong passion for writing in 2020, he has amassed a loyal and devoted set of readers and regularly has several books in the top 100 of the Psychological Thriller Charts on Amazon. His title The Passenger became the #1 selling psychological thriller in the UK in October 2021, and his bestselling book to date is The Doctor’s Wife, which topped the Amazon UK Kindle Chart on February 16th 2023. He remembers that date because he stayed up all night celebrating.