Sunday, January 8, 2023

The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle

USA TODAY bestselling author Kimberly Belle returns with a deeply addictive thriller exploring the dark side of the digital world when a mommy-blogger’s assistant goes missing.

When Alex first began posting unscripted family moments and motivational messages online, she had no intention of becoming an influencer. Overnight it seemed she’d amassed a huge following, and her hobby became a full-time job—one that was impossible to manage without her sharp-as-a-tack personal assistant, AC.

But all the good-will of her followers turns toxic when one controversial post goes viral in the worst possible way. Alex reaches out to AC for damage control, but her assistant has gone silent. This young woman Alex trusted with all her secrets, who had access to her personal information and front row seats to the pressure points in her marriage and family life, is now missing and the police are looking to Alex and her husband for answers. As Alex digs into AC’s identity – and a woman is found murdered – she’ll find the greatest threat isn’t online, but in her own living room.

Written in alternating perspectives between Alex, her husband, and the mysterious AC, this juicy cat and mouse story will keep you guessing till the very end. 

Audiobook, 10 hours, 12 minutes
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 29th 2022
 by Park Row
4/5 stars

Kimberly Belle has been go to author for me, and one of the few that I have managed to stay on top of, having read all of her books. Also, I met her once, which was a real treat.

This was an audio read for me, I’m glad I went that way managing to finish it off in just one day while Christmas preparations were underway. 

Alex is a well-known Instagram Influencer whose world explodes after waking to find a post that has gone viral. A post that she does not remember writing. It’s not a good post and the repercussions are felt not just by her, but by her family as well. What follows is a twisted story that went in a direction I didn’t anticipate, keeping my attention.

Oh and her assistant AC is missing, which adds a new dimension to the story. The story alternates with various POVS, it’s kept my mind rolling with all the possibilities, trying to figure out what was going on.

The Personal Assistant is a multi-layered story, even though I had a tiny inkling as to what was going on, and I was correct on one point, I was still kept on my toes scratching my head as to the why's and how’s and enjoying the ride. I’m glad I went the audio route because it’s a long wait at the library for a print copy.

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