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Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life…


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Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life…

30 review for The Guilty Couple

  1. 5 out of 5

    GirlWithThePinkSkiMask

    UPDATE TO MY PREVIOUS UPDATE Thank you to my fellow Goodreads buddy for letting me know my review has also been wiped off NetGalley :). Not misleading whatsoever.... UPDATE After reviewing this book, the publisher swiftly rejected my request for another one of their books stating my "review rating" on NetGalley wasn't high enough (needs to be 50% minimum). It's currently 94% with 29 books reviewed this year but go off LOL. I get that you don't want people "trashing" your books but... What if UPDATE TO MY PREVIOUS UPDATE Thank you to my fellow Goodreads buddy for letting me know my review has also been wiped off NetGalley :). Not misleading whatsoever.... UPDATE After reviewing this book, the publisher swiftly rejected my request for another one of their books stating my "review rating" on NetGalley wasn't high enough (needs to be 50% minimum). It's currently 94% with 29 books reviewed this year but go off LOL. I get that you don't want people "trashing" your books but... What if I actually liked the next one? And I can still read this book and review it once it's published soo??? Thank you Avon Books UK and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. IYKYK, my reviews are always honest. Writing: 1/5 | Plot: 1/5 | Ending: 1/5 THE PLOT Olivia is out of jail after being sentenced for hiring a hit man to murk her husband, Dominic, so she can trot off into the sunset with her lover, Jack. She knows she's innocent, and she's determined to prove it. But is she more determined than her husband is to stop her? Let's find out. MY OPINION Full disclaimer: I read every single word until the halfway point, but that's as far as my will to torture myself goes. From there I skimmed and then read the last 15% or so. Ok Ms. Taylor, we need to talk. Whoever writes the synopsis for your books needs a raise or a book deal of their own. They ALWAYS get my ass, and then I start reading and I'm like wtf. This is literally a toxic relationship. Stop doing this to me!!! So where do I start? Well it's a 1 star review so you know the vibes. This is honestly a rip off of Wendy Owen's My Husband's Fiancee but worse. Way worse. It's really the writing that makes it so bad, because I honestly don't care if it's a similar concept, but at least come through with some creative prose. In this book we have: - Random government names being used throughout even though we know the characters. - Unnecessary play-by-play closed caption ass descriptions (literally: I knocked on her red door while I checked my cell phone. I promise you I don't care at all about the door colour) - Illogical behaviour on everyone's behalf - Shit that just doesn't make sense. Like why is Dani, a cop, also a personal trainer? How does she have the time? - Affairs galore. Anyone ever heard of a divorce or nah? - Unoriginal motive: something that happened 20 yrs ago and it goes on and on... PROS AND CONS Pros: I was approved for this ARC quickly. I appreciate that. Cons: everything else

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    In 2014 Olivia Sutherland is on trial. Is she the monster the prosecution paint her to be? Has she been desperate enough to arrange to have her husband Dominic killed? He testifies that indeed she has but who exactly is the guilty one in this couple? Fast forward to 2019, Olivia is now out of prison, she’s extremely anxious to see her daughter Grace but is also in a very vengeful mood. After an initial cracking start the pace drops as the scene sets but this feels a bit clunky to me as it feels f In 2014 Olivia Sutherland is on trial. Is she the monster the prosecution paint her to be? Has she been desperate enough to arrange to have her husband Dominic killed? He testifies that indeed she has but who exactly is the guilty one in this couple? Fast forward to 2019, Olivia is now out of prison, she’s extremely anxious to see her daughter Grace but is also in a very vengeful mood. After an initial cracking start the pace drops as the scene sets but this feels a bit clunky to me as it feels fragmented. However, the plot definitely thickens, the pace quickens as does my interest and it becomes a pretty intense read with short sharp chapters keeping you invested. There are some good and unpredictable twists and turns, tension and suspense is maintained and it’s become compelling reading. The characterisation is good, they are a mixed bunch and there are a few you possibly wouldn’t trust in a million years. Can we for example trust Olivia as she so clearly has revenge on her mind? My favourite character is Smithy, who Olivia meets in prison, I think she’s gutsy and a terrific personality and she makes me smile, she probably shouldn’t but there you go! The themes are manifold, guilt guilt and more guilt, cheating and exemplary lying, lovers enemies and masterful manipulation and criminality. There are toxic relationships in every direction you turn for example Dominic and Olivia but the crux of Olivia‘s motivation through it all boils down to love for her daughter Grace. Overall, it’s highly entertaining once it gets off the starting blocks and that’s all we can ask for in our fiction! With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Avon books for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: The usher turns to address the court and a wave of fear crashes over me. It doesn't feel real, this, me in a courtroom, waiting for a verdict. If they find me guilty, I'll get between seven and ten years. Grace is only seven. She'll be a teenager before I am free. The usher turns to the jury. 'Would the foreman please stand.' Sarah-Helen rises from her seat and smooths the crumpled skirt of her floral cotton dress. She's nervous. That makes me feel worse. 'Madam Foreman,' the usher's voi EXCERPT: The usher turns to address the court and a wave of fear crashes over me. It doesn't feel real, this, me in a courtroom, waiting for a verdict. If they find me guilty, I'll get between seven and ten years. Grace is only seven. She'll be a teenager before I am free. The usher turns to the jury. 'Would the foreman please stand.' Sarah-Helen rises from her seat and smooths the crumpled skirt of her floral cotton dress. She's nervous. That makes me feel worse. 'Madam Foreman,' the usher's voice rings out through the wood-panelled courtroom. 'On this indictment have the jury reached a verdict upon which you are all agreed' Sarah-Helen clears her throat lightly. All eyes are on her and the stress of the spotlight pinkens her cheeks. 'Yes, we have.' 'On count one,' the usher says, 'do you find the defendant guilty or not guilty?' Time slows as Sarah-Helen's lips part. Please, I silently pray. Please, please. I didn't conspire to have Dominic murdered. I don't know who did, but it wasn't me. 'Guilty.' ABOUT 'THE GUILTY COUPLE': Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life… MY THOUGHTS: The Guilty Couple was a quick, but not a satisfying read for me. I have always enjoyed this author's books in the past, but this lacks the subtlety and finesse I have come to expect from her writing. Her wry sense of humour was also missing. There's not one character, except for the guilty couple's daughter Grace, that I felt any empathy for. As far as I'm concerned, her parents deserved each other. I don't require that a story has likeable characters for me to appreciate the book, I love characters I love to hate, but I really couldn't have cared less about what happened to Olivia, Dominic, Dani or Jack. The characters are unrealistic - let's take Dani as an example. She's a cop, a personal trainer, and yet she doesn't seem to work at all! She spends all her time either following Olivia around or trying to rescue her sister from her drug addiction. The plot didn't hold together for me. It bordered on ridiculous and far-fetched. To be honest, if I hadn't read and enjoyed this author's previous books, this would have been a dnf for me. I kept reading hoping that Taylor would redeem herself, pull a rabbit out of her hat and stun me with The edge-of-your-seat, gasp-out-loud crime thriller for 2022 that I was promised. It didn't happen. ⭐⭐ very dejected stars #TheGuiltyCouple #NetGalley I: @cltaylorauthor @avonbooksuk T: @callytaylor @AvonBooksUK THE AUTHOR: Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and spent her early years living in various army camps in the UK and Germany. She studied Psychology at the University of Northumbria and went on forge a career in instructional design and e-Learning before leaving to write full time in 2014. She lives in Bristol with her partner and son. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Avon Books UK via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Guilty Couple by C.L. Taylor for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and is also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  4. 5 out of 5

    chantalsbookstuff

    Olivia has been in prison for 5 years and was wrongly accused. She believes that her husband framed her. Now that she is free she fights to clear her name and repair her relationship with her 12 year old daughter. With the help of her friends she fights for what is hers. I honestly feel that this book was great, the storyline was catchy and the plot had you going for a while. The second half of the book could have been a bit more twisty. The Narration was really good. A very enjoyable story that Olivia has been in prison for 5 years and was wrongly accused. She believes that her husband framed her. Now that she is free she fights to clear her name and repair her relationship with her 12 year old daughter. With the help of her friends she fights for what is hers. I honestly feel that this book was great, the storyline was catchy and the plot had you going for a while. The second half of the book could have been a bit more twisty. The Narration was really good. A very enjoyable story that I think many will enjoy. My thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK Audio for this ARC!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    That was one of the better C.L. Taylor books I have read. Olivia Sutherland has just been released from prison, on parole, after serving 5 years of a 10 year sentence for conspiring to murder her husband, Dominic. Her alleged co-conspirator and lover, Jack Law, disappeared and has not been seen since. Olivia is desperate to see her daughter, Grace, who is now 12 years old but Grace doesn’t want to know her. She is also subject to a restraining order and cannot go near Dominic or Grace apart from That was one of the better C.L. Taylor books I have read. Olivia Sutherland has just been released from prison, on parole, after serving 5 years of a 10 year sentence for conspiring to murder her husband, Dominic. Her alleged co-conspirator and lover, Jack Law, disappeared and has not been seen since. Olivia is desperate to see her daughter, Grace, who is now 12 years old but Grace doesn’t want to know her. She is also subject to a restraining order and cannot go near Dominic or Grace apart from a few visits with Grace under the supervision of her grandparents - Dominic’s parents. Liv is staying with her friend, Ayesha, she wants to clear name but has no idea how. But soon she meets up with “Smithy” her former cell mate. Smithy is an accomplished, thief, pickpocket, and lock picker with lots of street smarts so she soon has Liv sneaking around looking for a chink in Dom’s armour. Meanwhile Dom has his own nefarious plans and he has been seeing a lot of Dani - a Detective Sergeant as ‘friends with benefits’. She wants more money from Dom to put her drug addled sister, Casey, through a longer stint of rehab. Dom and Dani have dirt on each other and Dani is really crossing some red lines job wise. But in this story, things are not as they seem. Everyone has their secrets, there are some very unreliable narrators and some people will stop at nothing to get their way! As Liv learns a few things she realises that she doesn’t really know Dom at all. But worse is to come. She will be betrayed by someone she trusted. This was a wonderful twisty domestic suspense story. There was a delicious sense of creeping menace throughout. I loved the characters, even the bad guys, as they played their roles to perfection. My nerves were shredding as Liv broke into a few places looking for evidence to clear her name. She is a complete novice at this so, of course, I could relate as I could never do such a thing. I can’t even imagine entering a home where the door is open if no one answers the call. This was a tautly plotted mystery with plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes. It was a fun, entertaining and suspenseful read. Many thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ReadAlongWithSue

    I’ll make no bones that I’ve read almost every book written by this author. I’ll also say they range from 3.5 to 5 stars. The blurb makes no bones of doubt that Olivia had been imprisoned for plotting to murder her husband. But she’s innocent. During that time she’s not seen her daughter either. When release day comes, would you go on you’re merry way and just get on with life? Olivia doesn’t, she can’t, she won’t. She made a good friend in prison. She wants to reunite with her daughter but how? Sh I’ll make no bones that I’ve read almost every book written by this author. I’ll also say they range from 3.5 to 5 stars. The blurb makes no bones of doubt that Olivia had been imprisoned for plotting to murder her husband. But she’s innocent. During that time she’s not seen her daughter either. When release day comes, would you go on you’re merry way and just get on with life? Olivia doesn’t, she can’t, she won’t. She made a good friend in prison. She wants to reunite with her daughter but how? She’s not allowed to see her alone. Her husband has fed in doubts of her credibility to her daughter. Dominic is not up for forgiving his wife. Why should he? So when the press question him what does he say? He’s a suave chartered accountant in his late thirties. His wife had a lover. He almost died. Why would Olivia who had it all attempt to murder her husband when she had it all? She had a new love, why not just leave her husband? There were several turns in this book that lead me astray in my thoughts but, even when I pieced a few things together I just didn’t know why. I needed to know why, I yearned to know why and what’s lead up to this? The alternating chapters between various characters put a very good tease to the chapters. I had to reread several times the last few pages not because I didn’t understand it, oh no, it was “how on earth did I miss that!”. A compelling, complex addictive plot. No wonder this author has sold more than a million copies. Due out June 2022

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    The Guilty Couple, although entertaining at times, didn't entirely work for me. The premise sucked me in. I loved the idea of a woman, wrongly convicted of plotting to kill her husband, gets out of jail and vows revenge. This sounded like it would be a suspenseful and tense thriller with some twists and turns along the way. I was hoping to be wowed and dazzled by the book. In the end, it was enjoyable and entertaining and did have the twists and yet, it failed to entirely wow me. I can say I enjo The Guilty Couple, although entertaining at times, didn't entirely work for me. The premise sucked me in. I loved the idea of a woman, wrongly convicted of plotting to kill her husband, gets out of jail and vows revenge. This sounded like it would be a suspenseful and tense thriller with some twists and turns along the way. I was hoping to be wowed and dazzled by the book. In the end, it was enjoyable and entertaining and did have the twists and yet, it failed to entirely wow me. I can say I enjoyed this but didn't love it. Others have loved it, so please read their reviews as well. Thank you to Avon Books UK, and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    Too many side plots, too little time. The book's premise was very intriguing: a woman wrongfully convicted of attempting to murder her husband gets released from jail and plots revenge on the husband who allegedly framed her. Had the author kept things simple and more focused on the development of the book's main protagonist's revenge plans, I would have enjoyed this book much more. Instead, the author introduced waaaay too many characters and head-spinning side plots. I listened to the audiobook re Too many side plots, too little time. The book's premise was very intriguing: a woman wrongfully convicted of attempting to murder her husband gets released from jail and plots revenge on the husband who allegedly framed her. Had the author kept things simple and more focused on the development of the book's main protagonist's revenge plans, I would have enjoyed this book much more. Instead, the author introduced waaaay too many characters and head-spinning side plots. I listened to the audiobook read by Clare Corbett, one of my favorite narrators. Even though Clare Corbett's narration was 5-star, the book would have benefited from multiple narrators since it was told from different POVs. Yes, I am guilty of wishing that "The Guilty Couple" was a more compelling read. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars rounded up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    4.5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend drinking too much coffee before reading this novel because from page one, it’s anxiety-inducing and fraught with tension. The pacing is relentless—in a good way. Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was put in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Now that she’s out, she wants to repair her relationship with her now-12-year-old daughter and find out who framed her. She has her suspicions that it’s her ex-husband, so she calls on her old friends and her newer friends s 4.5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend drinking too much coffee before reading this novel because from page one, it’s anxiety-inducing and fraught with tension. The pacing is relentless—in a good way. Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was put in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Now that she’s out, she wants to repair her relationship with her now-12-year-old daughter and find out who framed her. She has her suspicions that it’s her ex-husband, so she calls on her old friends and her newer friends she found while incarcerated to get to the truth and put her life together again. This is a lot of fun and a super-fast read. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES JUNE 29, 2022.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    CL Taylor has been an auto read author for me for a long time now and I am always excited when she has a new book for us to devour. Once again, she has nailed it with this fast paced, twisted story where it is impossible to o know who to trust. Yes, some of it was far fetched and hard to believe but isn’t that why we read fiction? I couldn’t stop reading this and was finished in less than 24 hours. So fun and addictive 😊 Olivia was such a mess of a character. She was framed for conspiracy to kill CL Taylor has been an auto read author for me for a long time now and I am always excited when she has a new book for us to devour. Once again, she has nailed it with this fast paced, twisted story where it is impossible to o know who to trust. Yes, some of it was far fetched and hard to believe but isn’t that why we read fiction? I couldn’t stop reading this and was finished in less than 24 hours. So fun and addictive 😊 Olivia was such a mess of a character. She was framed for conspiracy to kill her husband, Dom, and sent away for 5 years. On her release, she is determined to show her daughter, Grace, how much she loves her and prove her innocence. But he lover has disappeared, she has no money or job and is sleeping on a friends couch. This is full of unlikeable characters, and people who cannot be trusted. Olivia will do anything to get her name cleared and Olivia back in her life, but it seems that Dom will do anything to stop her learning the truth. The the short chapters always had me wanting more. So much going on in this book with a lot of characters, but it wasn’t hard to stay on track, it all comes together in a shocking ending. Really well done and highly recommended. Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. Published on June 23rd.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Firstly I would like to thank Avon books and the author C.L Taylor and netgalley for a copy of her book to read. This is my third book ive read from this author, This was a quick enjoyable read.It tells you a story of Olivia who was in prison convicted of trying to murder her husband Dominic.Did she? or was it a set up.when she leaves prison she wants one thing to see her daughter.Dominic has a lover Dani is she involved? This book has so many twists and turns making it an exciting read.Highly re Firstly I would like to thank Avon books and the author C.L Taylor and netgalley for a copy of her book to read. This is my third book ive read from this author, This was a quick enjoyable read.It tells you a story of Olivia who was in prison convicted of trying to murder her husband Dominic.Did she? or was it a set up.when she leaves prison she wants one thing to see her daughter.Dominic has a lover Dani is she involved? This book has so many twists and turns making it an exciting read.Highly recommend and looking forward to reading more books from this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    One thing you can always count on with this author is an exciting read full of twists and turns and plenty of thrills along the way. Yet again author Cally Taylor comes up with a winner, sure to please her readers. Olivia Sutherland is free, release from prison after being wrongly convicted of planning to murder. Now five years later she is out and desperate to repair her relationship with her daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband, the man who framed her. These goals are not going t One thing you can always count on with this author is an exciting read full of twists and turns and plenty of thrills along the way. Yet again author Cally Taylor comes up with a winner, sure to please her readers. Olivia Sutherland is free, release from prison after being wrongly convicted of planning to murder. Now five years later she is out and desperate to repair her relationship with her daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband, the man who framed her. These goals are not going to be easy to achieve, just how far will Olivia or husband go to determine whether she is successful or not. Fast paced thrills make this an exciting read from start to finish. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Avon Books for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claire Douglas

    I am a huge fan of C L Taylor's books but this is my new favourite. Wow, what a rollercoaster of a read! I was gripped from the very first page and I couldn't put it down. My heart was in my mouth as Olivia investigated why her husband, Dominic would set her up. Every page was tense with so many brilliantly executed twists that I never saw coming. Taut writing, brilliant characterisation and a clever, unpredictable plot makes this an unmissable thriller. And that ending! I had shivers. I'd love I am a huge fan of C L Taylor's books but this is my new favourite. Wow, what a rollercoaster of a read! I was gripped from the very first page and I couldn't put it down. My heart was in my mouth as Olivia investigated why her husband, Dominic would set her up. Every page was tense with so many brilliantly executed twists that I never saw coming. Taut writing, brilliant characterisation and a clever, unpredictable plot makes this an unmissable thriller. And that ending! I had shivers. I'd love to see this made into a TV series. Highly highly recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This books characters infuriated me, especially the husband. I was hooked from page one and was completely enthralled in all their drama. There were a few places I thought it dragged but overall it was a pretty good read. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Mitchell

    Another great read by the talented Cally Taylor. Revenge is a dish best served cold for Olivia Sutherland, who emerges from prison determined to find out why she has been set up by her husband. But be warned, once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down. With razor sharp writing and twists that will give you whiplash it's a highly recommended read. Another great read by the talented Cally Taylor. Revenge is a dish best served cold for Olivia Sutherland, who emerges from prison determined to find out why she has been set up by her husband. But be warned, once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down. With razor sharp writing and twists that will give you whiplash it's a highly recommended read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel the Page-Turner

    When I read the synopsis for this book, I was dying to read it! A woman finds herself in prison after wrongfully being accused of plotting to murder her husband. She’s now getting out, and wanting revenge. I immediately got “Double Jeopardy” vibes, but this was totally not that. This was SO MUCH JUICER than even the synopsis would leave you to believe… This woman, Olivia, was framed in this alleged murder plot and yes, she is now being released from prison. She hasn’t seen her daughter in years, When I read the synopsis for this book, I was dying to read it! A woman finds herself in prison after wrongfully being accused of plotting to murder her husband. She’s now getting out, and wanting revenge. I immediately got “Double Jeopardy” vibes, but this was totally not that. This was SO MUCH JUICER than even the synopsis would leave you to believe… This woman, Olivia, was framed in this alleged murder plot and yes, she is now being released from prison. She hasn’t seen her daughter in years, and she now carries a social taint with many of their common friends. She’s a convicted … murder hirer? Murder plotter? She can’t go near her ex-husband, Dominic, and only has supervised visitation with her daughter, Grace. She has no job, nowhere to live, and a lot less friends than she once had. Worst of all? She was innocent, and she knows her husband and his mistress were to blame. The rest? I can’t get into it, or I’d be giving out spoilers, but like I said - very juicy, very entertaining and a very enjoyable read. It’s told from the points of view of several people, and the chapters fly by. The entire book, I was thinking I’d give this four stars. Then, towards the end I decided to raise it to 4.5, after a couple huge twists that I didn’t see coming. THEN, it could have ended several times and still been great, but there were a few closing chapters that revealed even more. (Thank you to Harper 360, C.L. Taylor, and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my review.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    Setting aside at 15% May pick it up again later, but I'm force reading and not in the mood for it! My books shelf keeps reverting back to "read" and I keep changing it. Setting aside at 15% May pick it up again later, but I'm force reading and not in the mood for it! My books shelf keeps reverting back to "read" and I keep changing it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 stars rounded up Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband - the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined - and this time it's not her freedom that's in jeopardy but her life... 3.5 stars rounded up Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder. Now she's finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband - the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined - and this time it's not her freedom that's in jeopardy but her life.... Olivia, Dominic and Dani are complex characters, the story is told from their perspectives. It's descriptively written and the pace is fast. We start at the guilty verdict being read, then it jumps to five years later and the sentence has been served, Now Olivia wants to prove that she was innocent. This is a tense and twisted read. I did guess correctly at some of the reveals, but not them all. This is an enjoyable thriller that held my attention throughout. I would like to thank #NetGalley #AvonBooksUK and the author #CLTaylor for my ARC of #TheGuiltyCouple in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I do enjoy this authors writing, she engages the reader and writes in a accessible style for us 😀, this book holds true to this but for me the story and characters was just about on the threshold of going from believability to something else, the writing though carries it and I forgave the unlikelihood of the progressing story Enough said tbh, to sum up very readable, not so believable 6/10 3 Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Another wonderful book by C.L Taylor, definitely one of my favorite authors and again I have not been let down. As soon as I see a book from her I automatically purchase it. Olivia has spent the last five years in goal convicted of plotting to murder her husband Dominique, this also means she has spent five years away from her beautiful daughter Grace who she loves so much. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. This story has it all, a great plot with twists that keep you engaged through Another wonderful book by C.L Taylor, definitely one of my favorite authors and again I have not been let down. As soon as I see a book from her I automatically purchase it. Olivia has spent the last five years in goal convicted of plotting to murder her husband Dominique, this also means she has spent five years away from her beautiful daughter Grace who she loves so much. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. This story has it all, a great plot with twists that keep you engaged throughout. A brilliant set of characters that intensified the drama and kept me on the edge of my seat. This is another book that I read late into the night until finished it, a perfect story of revenge exceptionally well executed. If you have not read any of this authors books you really should pick up one, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Reading is all about escapism to me, and this wonderful book took me away from the real world for a few hours which I think we can all do with due to our very busy lives. Thank you to Netgally and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Five stars!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle B

    5 years ago, Olivia Sutherland was framed by her husband, Dominic, of plotting murder. She is now finally free and ready to clear her name. First order of business is to reconnect with her beloved daughter and second order of business is to take down Dominic! How far will Olivia go to get her revenge and what will it cost her? C.L. Taylor has become an auto-buy author for me. I have enjoyed all of her books and THE GUILTY COUPLE is no exception. Combine a rapid pace story with a few different po 5 years ago, Olivia Sutherland was framed by her husband, Dominic, of plotting murder. She is now finally free and ready to clear her name. First order of business is to reconnect with her beloved daughter and second order of business is to take down Dominic! How far will Olivia go to get her revenge and what will it cost her? C.L. Taylor has become an auto-buy author for me. I have enjoyed all of her books and THE GUILTY COUPLE is no exception. Combine a rapid pace story with a few different points of view and some really excellent twists…and you get a really great book! Highly recommended for thriller fans. Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for my ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted to my Instagram Blog (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    Olivia serves 5 years in jail for a crime she did not commit. She’s determined to prove her ex-husband did it. I was rooting for Olivia through the whole book!! What a page turner this was!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    “He framed her…Now she’ll destroy him…” Give me a book by C.L. Taylor to read any day! The Guilty Couple is gripping, intense and a totally thrilling ride from beginning to end. This tale had me on the edge of my seat, furiously flicking the pages to see how it would all unfold! A compelling plot with revenge at the forefront and characters both likeable and loathsome makes for an entertaining read. C.L. Taylor is on fire with this book and it is one to add to my best reads for the year! Thank y “He framed her…Now she’ll destroy him…” Give me a book by C.L. Taylor to read any day! The Guilty Couple is gripping, intense and a totally thrilling ride from beginning to end. This tale had me on the edge of my seat, furiously flicking the pages to see how it would all unfold! A compelling plot with revenge at the forefront and characters both likeable and loathsome makes for an entertaining read. C.L. Taylor is on fire with this book and it is one to add to my best reads for the year! Thank you to C.L Taylor, Avon Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Guilty Couple, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. Where you can find me 😊 💻 Blog: bit.ly/3gR3io8 👩‍🏫 Facebook: bit.ly/3gVeC2B 🐤Twitter: bit.ly/3BQk2Dl 📷 Instagram: bit.ly/3wSv0Gj 📌 Pinterest: bit.ly/3vS2HGX 📚 Goodreads: bit.ly/3wQxUM3

  24. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    💭The audiobook of this story was just engrossing as the story itself. Seeing this book recommended everywhere on the bookstagram, I knew I had to read it as well. That’s what I call a wild ride! I was so intrigued by the story that I honestly couldn’t stop listening, and the narrator's voice surely helped to make the experience even better. The suspenseful moments in here are just one after another and I could barely get a grip on what happened and how is this going to resolve in the end? The au 💭The audiobook of this story was just engrossing as the story itself. Seeing this book recommended everywhere on the bookstagram, I knew I had to read it as well. That’s what I call a wild ride! I was so intrigued by the story that I honestly couldn’t stop listening, and the narrator's voice surely helped to make the experience even better. The suspenseful moments in here are just one after another and I could barely get a grip on what happened and how is this going to resolve in the end? The author has done an amazing job of creating a book with so many characters that have their own place and moment in here. I can’t say that I liked any of them, to my surprise not even the little daughter, but I also think that’s not a surprise after seeing what her parents could do throughout this story. The final chapters were really unexpected and I’m curious to know if we will ever get a sequel because that surely left a door open for more in the future. 🆓🎧 Very grateful to the publisher for my review copy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Cummins

    Taut thriller told at a breakneck pace that will keep you guessing! I’m a huge fan of C.L. Taylor’s thrillers, so I don’t say this lightly, but The Guilty Couple is my new favourite of her novels! Everything about this book ticked all the right boxes: a great cast of characters that were all suspicious in some way; an intricately woven plot that once revealed is entirely logical; a heart racing pace that is delivered through short chapters that make you want to read ‘just one more”; and a brillia Taut thriller told at a breakneck pace that will keep you guessing! I’m a huge fan of C.L. Taylor’s thrillers, so I don’t say this lightly, but The Guilty Couple is my new favourite of her novels! Everything about this book ticked all the right boxes: a great cast of characters that were all suspicious in some way; an intricately woven plot that once revealed is entirely logical; a heart racing pace that is delivered through short chapters that make you want to read ‘just one more”; and a brilliant blend of gripping, twisty plot and social commentary. I really couldn’t put this book down and whilst I’m sure I say this every time Taylor releases a new book, she genuinely gets better each time. I always know that I am going to have an enjoyable, escapist, tense ride when I pick up a C.L. Taylor novel! On the one hand, the narrative is very much about guilt. Virtually everyone in the story is guilty of something, which accurately reflects life. The guilt ranges in degree across the characters, but everyone has something to hide or be ashamed of. This was an amazing plot device, as it genuinely built a lot of underlying tension and really kept me guessing as to who was trustworthy and really on Liv’s side. Despite having her own guilt, Liv is also innocent of the thing she has been convicted of: planning to kill her husband. I loved how Taylor explored the blurring of innocence and guilt and how in reality we all hold some. It made the cast of characters both relatable and shocking. I was immediately rooting for Liv and her desire to prove her innocence took the narrative to some exciting and nerve-wracking places that were absolutely compulsive reading. This is a very filmic novel and I could easily see it turned into a Netflix series. There’s definitely a Hitchcockian aspect to the narrative and some scenes that would be equally as gripping on screen as they were reading them. The other aspect of this novel that really stood out for me was family. At the heart of this novel is an exploration of what makes a family. The toxicity of Liv and Dominic’s relationship and their extra-marital affairs trigger the plot, but the most important relationship has to be the one they both have with their daughter Grace. Both parents will do anything for her, no matter how extreme, which adds a plausible humanity to them. Liv wants to rebuild her relationship after 5 years in prison and Dom wants to keep her with him. Grace is ultimately the crux of all of their actions and any parent can relate to this. I also enjoyed how family was depicted outside of the nuclear relationships. Similar to Liv and Dominic’s love for Grace is shady police detective Dani’s love for her heroin-addicted sister Casey. Casey’s addiction has driven Dani to do things that she shouldn’t, especially as a police officer. However, again, her motivations for the things that make her guilty are both plausible and relatable. Whilst Dani is often a pretty unlikeable character, this humanises her and stops her from being entirely detestable. Other than Liv’s relationship with Grace, the most interesting aspect of family in the book is the one we chose. In the absence of her lover, upon release from prison, Liv’s family is very much her group of friends and includes her (also released) cell mate, Smithy. I loved Liv and Smithy’s relationship and by the end of the novel it proved that sometimes your greatest family is your friends. I also found it fascinating how all of Liv’s other friendships were explored and how her conviction impacted them. All of the relationships in this novel are laced with a blend of loyalty and betrayal, love and hate, truth and lies…but you’ll have to read it to find out how. As with all of Taylor’s novels, she expertly weaves plot and character into a powerhouse of literary thrills that is genuinely unputdownable!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Louise Beech

    Taylor has acquired quite a (well-deserved) name for herself as one of the modern-day queens of the thriller, and The Guilty Couple further cements that. With a cracking opening, the pace never lets up, and the characters are as deliciously badly behaved as one another, which I loved. If you love her, you'll love this too. Taylor has acquired quite a (well-deserved) name for herself as one of the modern-day queens of the thriller, and The Guilty Couple further cements that. With a cracking opening, the pace never lets up, and the characters are as deliciously badly behaved as one another, which I loved. If you love her, you'll love this too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Another MUST READ from this author. Five years ago Olivia was convicted of plotting to kill her husband. Now she is free and only wants two things. One her daughter back in her life as she has been estranged since she went to prison and to prove that she was framed. This is a tour de force of a crime thriller which I found very hard to put down. I had to know the truth and boy what a revelation!!! Who can Olivia trust and how far does her betrayal go??? This book is everything I expect from this Another MUST READ from this author. Five years ago Olivia was convicted of plotting to kill her husband. Now she is free and only wants two things. One her daughter back in her life as she has been estranged since she went to prison and to prove that she was framed. This is a tour de force of a crime thriller which I found very hard to put down. I had to know the truth and boy what a revelation!!! Who can Olivia trust and how far does her betrayal go??? This book is everything I expect from this author and so much more. Another easy five stars from this very talented author. Loved it!!! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    River Scott Tyler

    I've just finished reading The Guilty Couple by @cltaylorauthor and I rate it 5 stars 🌟 First of all I want to congratulate C.L Taylor for writing a fantastic book and if I may say her best one yet and the previous books are very hard to beat. Olivia Spent 5 years in prison for a crime she didn't commit, her husband the father of her child set her up lied and cheated but now she's out and wants nothing more then to be reunited with her daughter Grace and to prove her innocence but with people who I've just finished reading The Guilty Couple by @cltaylorauthor and I rate it 5 stars 🌟 First of all I want to congratulate C.L Taylor for writing a fantastic book and if I may say her best one yet and the previous books are very hard to beat. Olivia Spent 5 years in prison for a crime she didn't commit, her husband the father of her child set her up lied and cheated but now she's out and wants nothing more then to be reunited with her daughter Grace and to prove her innocence but with people who have secrets to hide they will do anything to stop her finding out the truth. Wow this book had me gasping for breath it was tense filled with unstoppable drama I was literally on the edge of my seat, once I started this book I couldn't put it down with brilliant characters a fantastic story this book is on fire, what made this story more believable for me was the locations that are mentioned in the book I know very very well, they way the story was told was just brilliant it was like a puzzle as your reading another piece of the puzzle fits but it wouldn't be a C.L Taylor book without plenty of twists and turns and the last minute twist. This is by far the best book she has written I highly rate #cltaylorauthor she's up there with the best authors like Martina Cole, Lynda La Plante your always guaranteed a brilliant book as of yet I've not read a C.L Taylor book that I don't like and I very much doubt that will happen, if you love edgey twisty books filled with heart-stopping drama then The Guilty Couple is the perfect book for you..

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Olivia has been in prison for a crime she didn’t commit, now that she has been released she has two things on her mind, reconnect with her twelve year old daughter and prove her innocence. I enjoyed the beginning of this book but I began to lose interest about half way through and struggled to finish it. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous books by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon books UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    I have no idea how she does it by C. L. Taylor has ever let me down and each book just gets better and better. I was hooked from the first page and it didn't let me go until the last, and I read this over the course of an evening while on holiday. It's spectacular and keeps you guessing throughout. I didn't even get a chance to come up with any theories, as I was drawn to just reading the next page, the next chapter, mainly oblivious to the music being played in the bar at the same time! It's tw I have no idea how she does it by C. L. Taylor has ever let me down and each book just gets better and better. I was hooked from the first page and it didn't let me go until the last, and I read this over the course of an evening while on holiday. It's spectacular and keeps you guessing throughout. I didn't even get a chance to come up with any theories, as I was drawn to just reading the next page, the next chapter, mainly oblivious to the music being played in the bar at the same time! It's twisted, it's clever, and it's completely outstanding. The characters all felt very realistic, and I certainly was rooting for Olivia the entire time. It's fast paced, and there are quite a number of characters to get your head around, but they are all distinct and it's very hard to know who to trust, especially once some revelations are revealed. This is an author that can do no wrong in my eyes and this book is testament to the fact that her storytelling and imagination are growing from strength to strength. Utterly brilliant. Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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