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Detective, Mystery & Thriller

The Puppet Master – Abigail Osborne

Billie, a young woman with a dark past, is afraid of and for everything – Adam, a journalist, is determined to reveal the monster behind Billie’s exterior of vulnerability…


The year is 2018, the place a bookshop. Once a week is all Billie allows herself to “brave the world” and have a browse through the books and a hot chocolate to drink. We can hear her think “people are dangerous” but are clueless to the extent of her fears and anxiety. What is hidden in her past that causes her to be like she is today? Who did this to her? Enter Adam, a journalist who ‘accidentally’ meets Billie but it is obvious he has an ulterior motive. He wants to expose Billie for the woman she is behind the mask – his behaviour is fueled by anger. Something is about to change… but will it be for the best?


AT first, Billie is terrified when Adam sits at her table in the bookshop cafe. She does not socialise – her trust in mankind is violated, that much is clear. But Adam disarms her with his smile although Billie is definitely not letting her guard down. Adam is determined to get to know her and to learn all about Billie – how she became the woman she is today. He feels deluded by her ‘mask’ of vulnerability, her eyes looking terrified all the time. She is the same woman who hurt someone he loved so how can she be so … meek? Where is the true Billie and how deep will he have to dig to find out? While Adam takes Billie out and, step by step, endeavours to win her confidence so she can open up to him, he feels torn between his anger and the new feelings of enchantment. But whose is the terrifying voice from the ‘Diary Entries’ – what evil awaits Billie? With Adam, she regains trust but is it justified and will Billie ever be free of her tormentor?

My Thoughts 

The Puppet Master is a gripping thriller that takes you on a journey into a young woman’s harrowing past. Something terrible has happened and with each chapter, the truth is unravelled. Billie is a vulnerable young woman living in a constant fear and we have difficulty grasping the fullness of what she has lived through. I had mixed feelings about Adam as his drive was to expose her and make her confess what she did to someone so very important in his life. If the diary is not his voice, whose is it? And if you hear one side of a story will you ever find out the truth?

The topic of this thriller is intriguing – it shows us you can ‘feed’ people to make them believe beyond a doubt pretty much anything you tell them which begs the question whether you can blame Adam for his thoughts and actions. The novel is divided into three parts; the first and third part are set in the present day (2018) whilst the second part describes the events of the past. Slowly, bit by bit, we come to understand the horrors Billie lived through but we also find out about Adam and his Uncle. The Puppet Master is a fascinating thriller that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride.

About the Author

Abigail Osborne Author Image

Abigail Osborne is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. ‘The Puppet Master’ is the author’s debut novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail Osborne is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats. She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.

Book Info

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Paperback  272 pages
 Publisher  Bloodhound Books (4 Nov. 2017)
 ISBN  978-1912175758
 eBook  1745 KB (13 Nov. 2017)
 ASIN  B076Z2T246


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