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Nameless. Faceless. Deadly? Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…wh Nameless. Faceless. Deadly? Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe? But secrets can’t stay hidden forever. And the more Kit tries to hide away, the more someone makes it clear that they are going to make her pay for what she did.


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Nameless. Faceless. Deadly? Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…wh Nameless. Faceless. Deadly? Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe? But secrets can’t stay hidden forever. And the more Kit tries to hide away, the more someone makes it clear that they are going to make her pay for what she did.

30 review for The Waitress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    Pass the pepper, please. "The Waitress" was not what I ordered. I was hoping for a fast-paced thriller and, instead, I listened to a slow-burn drama that lacked sizzle. Trigger Warning: Canine abuse and cruelty. Had I seen canine abuse and cruelty on the book's "menu", I never would have listened to this book I listened to the audiobook and the narrator Penelope Rawlins did a fabulous job with the narration. Had it not been for the narrator, this would have been a DNF early on. Pass the pepper, please. "The Waitress" was not what I ordered. I was hoping for a fast-paced thriller and, instead, I listened to a slow-burn drama that lacked sizzle. Trigger Warning: Canine abuse and cruelty. Had I seen canine abuse and cruelty on the book's "menu", I never would have listened to this book I listened to the audiobook and the narrator Penelope Rawlins did a fabulous job with the narration. Had it not been for the narrator, this would have been a DNF early on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Kit is a waitress, and she loves her job, can’t understand why some people find it a lowly job, it’s everything she wants it to be, she takes pride in it and with her new love interest her life is just fine Until it isen’t, tragedy happens and she needs to leave all she knows behind her to start again…..and then something amazing happens to her, truly amazing she can hardly believe it So starts a tale of deception, mis-trust, grief and subterfuge on a scale enough to floor anyone….but Kit just abo Kit is a waitress, and she loves her job, can’t understand why some people find it a lowly job, it’s everything she wants it to be, she takes pride in it and with her new love interest her life is just fine Until it isen’t, tragedy happens and she needs to leave all she knows behind her to start again…..and then something amazing happens to her, truly amazing she can hardly believe it So starts a tale of deception, mis-trust, grief and subterfuge on a scale enough to floor anyone….but Kit just about keeps her wits about her and as the story continues she can never have imagined what dark secrets are behind her recent bad, and good fortunes! Dark and mysterious, at times a bit repetitive and slowish but overall a good psychological thriller/drama 8/10 4 Stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    **TRIGGER WARNING** THERE IS A DOG DEATH IN THIS STORY Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit's luck changes, and she faces a sudden dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows.... where she hopes she will be safe. It did take me a little while to get into the book and then it was a page **TRIGGER WARNING** THERE IS A DOG DEATH IN THIS STORY Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit's luck changes, and she faces a sudden dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows.... where she hopes she will be safe. It did take me a little while to get into the book and then it was a page turner, I was hooked. Kit has a few issues with her family and a past relationship. There's also a trauma from her past. The story has a dual timeline - the present day and the past which is told in flashbacks. The last quarter of the book is by far the best part. There's not a lot of characters so it's easy to keep track of who's who. There's parts that are predictable, but that never spoils a book for me. I quite enjoyed how the story ended. I would like to thank #NetGalley #BoldwoodBooks and the author #Nina Manning for my ARC of #TheWaitress in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤

    Nina Manning's book The Waitress is a slow burn with a zinger ending. Manning does an incredible job setting up atmospheric scenes in a large house where weird things occur. The author allows readers to discern the feelings and behavior of the main character without divulging the plot's dark secrets until the end. Synopsis: Waitress Kit Lowman suffers from depression and low self-esteem. Her job as a server is something she loves but feels that other people look down on her because of it. Kit tri Nina Manning's book The Waitress is a slow burn with a zinger ending. Manning does an incredible job setting up atmospheric scenes in a large house where weird things occur. The author allows readers to discern the feelings and behavior of the main character without divulging the plot's dark secrets until the end. Synopsis: Waitress Kit Lowman suffers from depression and low self-esteem. Her job as a server is something she loves but feels that other people look down on her because of it. Kit tries to maintain her anonymity and keep her secrets safe by remaining a nameless faceless person in the crowd. Kit knows that secrets won't stay secret forever and the longer she tries to hide them the more she realizes that someone is out to get her. I enjoyed the tense and creepy moments in this book. My attention was captured in The Waitress during several striking moments that had me quickly flipping pages to see what happened next. While it felt a tad slow-paced at times, I love reading books that scare me. (4.25 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫) Trigger Warnings: Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Animal Cruelty The Waitress by Nina Manning is available on July 21st. Thank you, NetGalley and Boldwood Books. I appreciate the opportunity to read this mind-bending thriller. I look forward to reading more from the very talented Nina Manning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    SabiReads

    Thank you NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Nina Manning for letting me read “The Waitress” in exchange for an honest review. “Your life… is in her hands” For me, it’s hit and miss with Nina Manning. But I have not yet given up. This one was a hit. The cover, a dark background, a spotlight shining light onto the glass, a hand carrying a try with a drink. Fitting to the title. It’s sophisticated and not over the top. I is at similar to her book “Queen Bee”. Kit is living a quiet and isolated life thes Thank you NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Nina Manning for letting me read “The Waitress” in exchange for an honest review. “Your life… is in her hands” For me, it’s hit and miss with Nina Manning. But I have not yet given up. This one was a hit. The cover, a dark background, a spotlight shining light onto the glass, a hand carrying a try with a drink. Fitting to the title. It’s sophisticated and not over the top. I is at similar to her book “Queen Bee”. Kit is living a quiet and isolated life these days, working as a waitress. Something mysterious happened and we get glimpses of her past. what is Kit’s big secret and what will she be doing to hide it? Or is someone out to get her, has her path caught up with her? In a changes if luck, Kit wins a luxurious house in a raffle and moves there on her own. She slowly starts opening up to other people and the reader. But the she starts hearing strange noises and weird things happen. I found the book a bit hard to get into. The story was told from Kit’s POV. It switched between Now and Then. It took me a while to get what is happening and why Kit wants to stay under the radar. It was confusing and made it hard to stay interested. In the beginning I had a strong feeling of wanting to call it quits. The longer I pushed through, the more answers I got. Kit emirates negativity, anxiety and gloominess. In the beginning you don’t really know why. She became a person who believes that she does not deserve anything good in her life. On the positive side, the tension builds up nicely and I really got into the story. It did not quite the way I thought it would go and kept surprising me. It turned out really well after the bumpy start, would definitely recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This one was a rare miss for me. I had a hard time getting into the story. It switched between then and now a lot, before I had any idea what was going on. The characters just seemed to fall flat to me. I really wanted to like this one! Kit wins a $2 million home in some Publishers Clearing House kind of deal and the timeline is going back and forth between her old waitressing job and the new one, her previous boyfriend and now, when she is alone. We know that she hurt someone but we don't know h This one was a rare miss for me. I had a hard time getting into the story. It switched between then and now a lot, before I had any idea what was going on. The characters just seemed to fall flat to me. I really wanted to like this one! Kit wins a $2 million home in some Publishers Clearing House kind of deal and the timeline is going back and forth between her old waitressing job and the new one, her previous boyfriend and now, when she is alone. We know that she hurt someone but we don't know how or why. We know she feels guilty and it haunts her. The story just moved at too strange of a pace for me but I wanted to stick around and see what happened. It isn't bad, it just isn't for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!

  7. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    Another literary winner for Manning! I eagerly accepted Manning’s invitation to get inside the head of a waitress. I had absolutely no idea about the skills a great server uses in providing a fantastic dining experience! We could all do with being more appreciative customers, both in how we treat servers and the value of the tip we leave. Manning takes advantage of her story’s natural twists and turns and enhances them through her artful organization in presenting it. She’s made a game of it - in Another literary winner for Manning! I eagerly accepted Manning’s invitation to get inside the head of a waitress. I had absolutely no idea about the skills a great server uses in providing a fantastic dining experience! We could all do with being more appreciative customers, both in how we treat servers and the value of the tip we leave. Manning takes advantage of her story’s natural twists and turns and enhances them through her artful organization in presenting it. She’s made a game of it - instead of telling readers what’s happening in chronological order, she teases us with what appears to be a tragic accident in the prologue and then slowly, chapter by chapter, reveals information in a way that matters to her story. By revealing information like this, she makes her readers eager and committed! Following the mystery, both about what happened to the waitress and the house enhances the story because readers need answers. What happened to the waitress? What did she do? Why does someone want her to pay for it? Why does she want to be anonymous? Manning is skilled at making one character make observations about another character so that her readers will intuitively understand the importance of the tidbit of information. The further I got into the book, the thicker my ‘back pocket’ got as I continually stuffed it with clues. My takeaway: Fantastic flawed protagonist and a brilliantly plotted, fast-moving and suspense-filled mystery. I was gifted this advance copy by Nina Manning, Boldwood Books, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria Smith

    This book had a nice writing style but the plot was inconsistent and flawed, foreseeable twist and the main protagonist's naivety was somewhat unbelievable. 2.5 stars rounded to 3. This book had a nice writing style but the plot was inconsistent and flawed, foreseeable twist and the main protagonist's naivety was somewhat unbelievable. 2.5 stars rounded to 3.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Madhumita [ Bizzare_Bibliomaniac]

    I was so excited about this book but it fell flat for me. This was a slow paced mystery and I only stuck to the end to know what actually happened to the main MC. The whole book felt like a long boring monologue of a lonely woman and nothing else. It was like the author crammed all the action in the last 10 percent. I fell in love with the cover and that's why I grabbed it. But other than that I don't think I'll recommend this book to others. Thank you to netgalley and boldwood books for providin I was so excited about this book but it fell flat for me. This was a slow paced mystery and I only stuck to the end to know what actually happened to the main MC. The whole book felt like a long boring monologue of a lonely woman and nothing else. It was like the author crammed all the action in the last 10 percent. I fell in love with the cover and that's why I grabbed it. But other than that I don't think I'll recommend this book to others. Thank you to netgalley and boldwood books for providing me an arc in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Kit Lowman, 31, is a waitress and prides herself on doing a great job. She recently entered a contest and has won a large house valued at two million pounds, plus furniture and an additional cash prize of twenty thousand pounds. The home is called Willow Cottage with extensive grounds and a pool. Kit is a bit wary of staying in the large house by herself, so when she meets a neighbor with a puppy looking for a home, she adopts the puppy. Soon, some strange things start to happen in the house whi Kit Lowman, 31, is a waitress and prides herself on doing a great job. She recently entered a contest and has won a large house valued at two million pounds, plus furniture and an additional cash prize of twenty thousand pounds. The home is called Willow Cottage with extensive grounds and a pool. Kit is a bit wary of staying in the large house by herself, so when she meets a neighbor with a puppy looking for a home, she adopts the puppy. Soon, some strange things start to happen in the house which causes her concern. Kit seems to be running from something in her past causing her guilt for what she did. The story switches back an forth in time. She has been seeing a very wealthy man named Tom who simply wants to marry her and have lots of children. This is not what Kit wants. She loves to work and her waitress job makes her happy. But there is still the guilt that she cannot overcome. What did she do that has left her with such guilt? Can she ever get over it and be happy again? This book had me guessing up to the very end. It is edgy and scary with some sad events. Lucy - so sweet and that made me cry. You have to read the book to see what I mean. Enjoy, readers. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Rachel’s Random Resources. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Kit is a waitress and the narrator of this book. It has a decent beginning and a good ending, but there are a lot of words to wade through to get to the real story in between. I feel like there’s potential, but I just didn’t feel the suspense or Kit’s angst. Part of the reason for that could be that throughout the entire book, she talks about some I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Rachel’s Random Resources. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Kit is a waitress and the narrator of this book. It has a decent beginning and a good ending, but there are a lot of words to wade through to get to the real story in between. I feel like there’s potential, but I just didn’t feel the suspense or Kit’s angst. Part of the reason for that could be that throughout the entire book, she talks about something terrible that she did, but it isn’t revealed until very late. When authors go back and forth between times, it often works. Other times, like in this case, it went back and forth between Now and Then, and it didn’t work for me. I am sure there are many readers who will enjoy this book. Personally, long, drawn out descriptions are not for me, and there are a lot of them here. There were surprises at the end but only one that I hadn’t figured out. It was a good one though!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    The Waitress is a slow burn with a shocking ending. Nina Manning sets up intense, creepy, atmospheric scenes that captivated me. I think the slower pace adds to the scary feel to this novel. There were quite a few times that had me creeped out, which is definitely up my alley. Because of the slower pacing, it did take me a bit to really get into this story, but as I already stated, once I was hooked, it added to the story in a great way. We stay with Kit throughout the story but switch between the The Waitress is a slow burn with a shocking ending. Nina Manning sets up intense, creepy, atmospheric scenes that captivated me. I think the slower pace adds to the scary feel to this novel. There were quite a few times that had me creeped out, which is definitely up my alley. Because of the slower pacing, it did take me a bit to really get into this story, but as I already stated, once I was hooked, it added to the story in a great way. We stay with Kit throughout the story but switch between then and now. I found this interesting. At first, it was a bit jarring, but as the story continued, it really helped me understand Kit and understand her decisions throughout the story. Overall, I enjoyed The Waitress. It is atmospheric with beautiful writing and the surprise ending is worth the slow burn plot. I recommend giving this a shot. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy and tour invite. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    *3.5 stars* Kit is a waitress that wins a 2 million pound estate in a housing raffle along with some cash. Her story is broken up into "then" and "now" chapters and the reader navigates through her depression, relationships with others, and a mysterious event from her past. In the "then" segment we slowly learn about Kit's past and her boyfriend, Tom. In the "now" segment Nina Manning does a wonderful job creating a creepy atmosphere in the "cottage" and also leaving clues for the reader to try t *3.5 stars* Kit is a waitress that wins a 2 million pound estate in a housing raffle along with some cash. Her story is broken up into "then" and "now" chapters and the reader navigates through her depression, relationships with others, and a mysterious event from her past. In the "then" segment we slowly learn about Kit's past and her boyfriend, Tom. In the "now" segment Nina Manning does a wonderful job creating a creepy atmosphere in the "cottage" and also leaving clues for the reader to try to figure out why Kit is trying to live an anonymous life. This sure was a slow burn, but by the end I was hooked! Some of the plot was predictable but overall I enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to others and I'm looking forward to reading more of Nina Manning's work. Thank you NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an ARC.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Be warned that this is a slow burn. I found myself checking at the halfway point when the secret that Kit has been hiding has yet to be revealed. But if you stick with it, the book advances through some atmospheric scenes in the large and isolated mansion that Kit has won through a raffle. The house has its problems, like most old houses, but Kit also has won £20,000, which she believes will last her for a while (clearly, she has never lived in an old house!). Although she still hasn't quite moved Be warned that this is a slow burn. I found myself checking at the halfway point when the secret that Kit has been hiding has yet to be revealed. But if you stick with it, the book advances through some atmospheric scenes in the large and isolated mansion that Kit has won through a raffle. The house has its problems, like most old houses, but Kit also has won £20,000, which she believes will last her for a while (clearly, she has never lived in an old house!). Although she still hasn't quite moved all her things into Willow Cottage, she feels like it's the perfect place to be anonymous, a place where her past won't catch up to her. But someone knows she's there. I cringed every time she returned home after dark. Since she still had her old flat, I kept willing her to return there. Although it's easy to guess several of the plot points, and Kit's secret wasn't the horrible thing I thought it would be, Kit is so mired in guilt and self-doubt that to her it's the only thing she can think about. Stick through to the end of the book and the ending will be a pleasant surprise. Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an advance reader's copy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Farah

    Kit loves being a waitress. But something that happened in her past is threatening to reveal itself again and Kit is determined to let it not be addressed again. Can she keep her secret hidden? I enjoy my thrillers fast paced and exciting. This book was fairly slow and I was sad that the ending was so flat. This book also contains a small section of animal cruelty so if this is something you don't like, please be aware. I feel this book would suit those who aren't comfortable with overly graphic Kit loves being a waitress. But something that happened in her past is threatening to reveal itself again and Kit is determined to let it not be addressed again. Can she keep her secret hidden? I enjoy my thrillers fast paced and exciting. This book was fairly slow and I was sad that the ending was so flat. This book also contains a small section of animal cruelty so if this is something you don't like, please be aware. I feel this book would suit those who aren't comfortable with overly graphic or twisted thrillers or someone who is reading a thriller for the first time. I did enjoy the author's writing style though and I would still be interested in reading more by her. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nataša

    Thank you Boldwood books publishers and Netgalley for this arc. The main character is a waitress that meet a guy that change her life. We get to know her after she won something and move to a new house alone. She says she has done something and she is afraid noone will forgive her. But it turns to ne a drama more then a thriller and it takes some time to know what really happened and who is behind this strange and also cruel things that happened and are happening in her life and to people around Thank you Boldwood books publishers and Netgalley for this arc. The main character is a waitress that meet a guy that change her life. We get to know her after she won something and move to a new house alone. She says she has done something and she is afraid noone will forgive her. But it turns to ne a drama more then a thriller and it takes some time to know what really happened and who is behind this strange and also cruel things that happened and are happening in her life and to people around her. Thanks to my buddy reader Farah to get through this with me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I was fortunate to given a space on the blog tour from Boldwood Books. I found this book to be a gradual build up. At first it's not clear why Kit is living the life she is, but gradually more is revealed. I did guess who was behind the house set up but it didn't detract from the book at all. My favourite quote: "When we were driving, it felt as if we were always going somewhere, not just geographically, but as a couple together, on the move, even if in reality, we were two people just sitting side I was fortunate to given a space on the blog tour from Boldwood Books. I found this book to be a gradual build up. At first it's not clear why Kit is living the life she is, but gradually more is revealed. I did guess who was behind the house set up but it didn't detract from the book at all. My favourite quote: "When we were driving, it felt as if we were always going somewhere, not just geographically, but as a couple together, on the move, even if in reality, we were two people just sitting side by side in a metal box." CW: Animal death

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rekha Rao

    What a fantastic, suspenseful, gripping and totally engrossing psychological thriller! Mind blown! The story is divided into two parts - NOW and THEN. NOW tells us about Kit's current situation - her paranoia, her move to the new house, the 'accidents' that make her even more fearful and anxious. THEN is more of a flashback - Kit meeting Tom, how their relationship grows, how her mum and dad come to adore Tom and so on. But we also get to see Kit's side of the story here - though she and Tom get What a fantastic, suspenseful, gripping and totally engrossing psychological thriller! Mind blown! The story is divided into two parts - NOW and THEN. NOW tells us about Kit's current situation - her paranoia, her move to the new house, the 'accidents' that make her even more fearful and anxious. THEN is more of a flashback - Kit meeting Tom, how their relationship grows, how her mum and dad come to adore Tom and so on. But we also get to see Kit's side of the story here - though she and Tom get along well and are in a relationship, Kit is not quite happy with the way things are proceeding. In the latter half of the story, we see Kit feeling a tad stuffed - things are proceeding at a faster rate than she's comfortable with (with Tom especially). She breaks up with Tom, cuts contact with her parents and quits her job. She wants to start afresh... and wants to be alone. She feels she does not deserve happiness - not after what she did... It's not until the end that we are told of the 'incident' that made Kit decide to start afresh. It was a very shocking revelation. I never saw it coming - especially the events that finally leads to Kit facing her worst nightmare. The story kept me on the edge of my seat. I was curious to know who's trying to harm Kit and why. The flashbacks gave the reader a glimpse of Kit's life before the 'incident'. I was curious to know what made her different now - throughout the story, Kit keeps telling herself that she does not deserve this, not after what she did... Excellent storytelling and mind-blowing suspense. I was hooked on to the story and could not put it down until the end. I absolutely loved the ending and the twist was OMG!! If you are looking for a mind-blowing and riveting thriller, I highly recommend you to give The Waitress by Nina Manning a try.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Els

    There are some jobs people consider being lowly. Being a waitress seems to fit in this category perfectly, according to some anyway. What is a lowly job? A job you can do without having a diploma? A job that does not pay much? A job you do not need a lot of brain cells for? Wrong, wrong, wrong. In my opinion there is no such thing. I admit some jobs are open to more people and don’t demand a lot of education, but every job is important. It’s high time people start changing their point of view. Hav There are some jobs people consider being lowly. Being a waitress seems to fit in this category perfectly, according to some anyway. What is a lowly job? A job you can do without having a diploma? A job that does not pay much? A job you do not need a lot of brain cells for? Wrong, wrong, wrong. In my opinion there is no such thing. I admit some jobs are open to more people and don’t demand a lot of education, but every job is important. It’s high time people start changing their point of view. Having a job you love is the most crucial factor. It does not matter whether you are a doctor or a post man. You spend a lot of time working and having amazing colleagues is a great bonus. This is how Kit feels about her job. She does not care she does not earn fortunes, but she is happy being a waitress. At least until that day… A day she will never forget. A day that has put a black veil over about almost everything she does and feels. When her luck suddenly changes, this should be the first step to climbing out of the dark pit she finds herself in. It seems though someone is not going to allow this… I was confused in the beginning. I did not quite understand what was going on. It felt a bit all over the place. I guess the author did this on purpose, using this to show us the mindset the main character was in. It took be a bit to get into the story, but suddenly I saw the light. The author alternated the present with the past in order to give us the backstory. I picked up two of the hints giving me ‘AHA’ moments, but no way I had figured everything out. So room enough for a few ‘WHAT?’ moments too. I enjoyed the story and will be looking forward to reading more of this author’s books. 4 stars Thank you

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily Christopher

    The Waitress ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle eBook Date Published: 7/21/22 Author: Nina Manning Publisher: Boldwood Books Pages: 290 Goodreads Rating: 3.80 TW ⚠️: Animal cruelty, anxiety/depression, and low self esteem issues I requested a digital advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Boldwood Books and providing my opinion voluntarily and unbiased. Synopsis: Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allow The Waitress ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle eBook Date Published: 7/21/22 Author: Nina Manning Publisher: Boldwood Books Pages: 290 Goodreads Rating: 3.80 TW ⚠️: Animal cruelty, anxiety/depression, and low self esteem issues I requested a digital advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Boldwood Books and providing my opinion voluntarily and unbiased. Synopsis: Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe? When secrets are exposed, will someone make Kit pay? My Thoughts: This took some time to warm up, a bit of a slow burn. Some of the book was a little slow and then some of the book was fast paced, couldn’t wait to turn the page. The story is told from Kit’s perspective, alternating between two timelines, now and then, which I do love, as you get the backstory perspective with the current happenings. The characters are well developed, have depth to them, they were creatively done, and were mysterious. The author’s writing was creepy, complex, suspenseful, and keep me wanting more. The author sets the tone of the book with extremely descriptive creepy scenes that makes you feel like you are right there, watching your back. The story provided a good amount of twists and turns, to keep you guessing, you could feel the tension, and the plot worked well for this story. I recommend pre-ordering this book today!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joy Corkery

    Review originally published here: https://joyfulantidotes.com/2022/07/2... What I like about Nina Manning’s books is that they are addictive and thrilling, while also being easy to read. As I read mostly for entertainment value, it’s great to read a book that isn’t too taxing. There is a lot of suspense in The Waitress. The author really leaves you hanging as to what was Kit’s secret. Admittedly, it felts dragged out a bit. I was really coming to the point of being annoyed at Kit’s whining without Review originally published here: https://joyfulantidotes.com/2022/07/2... What I like about Nina Manning’s books is that they are addictive and thrilling, while also being easy to read. As I read mostly for entertainment value, it’s great to read a book that isn’t too taxing. There is a lot of suspense in The Waitress. The author really leaves you hanging as to what was Kit’s secret. Admittedly, it felts dragged out a bit. I was really coming to the point of being annoyed at Kit’s whining without knowing what she was actually hiding. Thankfully, the plot evolved at the right time and I did end up quite liking Kit for the course of the book. In general, I quite enjoyed The Waitress. Some of the plot was predictable but I didn’t guess the ending (always a fear). Also, maybe Kit’s secret wasn’t the big reveal I wanted it to be, it suited her character and endeared me to her more. Not sure what it says about me, but I like my books a bit darker. What I actually liked the most about this book was Kit’s love for her job. We should have all learned over the course of the pandemic it was food servers, cleaners, retail workers, etc. who kept this world running. However, they are still unable to get a fair wage and steady contracts. I loved that Kit was so proud of her job and loved it, too. Not everybody wants to be a high-flying CEO working 70-hour weeks. We need to learn to respect other professions more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    (AD/PR) ARC REVIEW – PUBLICATION DATE 21ST JULY 2022 OMG! What a fantastic read - I think this is my favourite so far by Nina Manning. An easy 5-star read that every thriller fan should read, whether you are a fan of this author or this is the first read written by her! The Waitress is an intriguing, addictive, tense story that keeps the reader guessing till the end, - a true classic page-turner with impressive plot twists and dual timelines. The writing style is what I have come to expect from th (AD/PR) ARC REVIEW – PUBLICATION DATE 21ST JULY 2022 OMG! What a fantastic read - I think this is my favourite so far by Nina Manning. An easy 5-star read that every thriller fan should read, whether you are a fan of this author or this is the first read written by her! The Waitress is an intriguing, addictive, tense story that keeps the reader guessing till the end, - a true classic page-turner with impressive plot twists and dual timelines. The writing style is what I have come to expect from this author, keeping the reader engaged and invested in the characters. Kit is a complex yet exciting protagonist, her flaws are deep-rooted, and as the story progresses and unfolds, more information about her is revealed. This book had me gripped from the beginning few chapters, until the very last page. A bonus of this book is that the cover matches all the other books, so looks brilliant on the bookshelves with the rest of Nina Manning's collection, and although I have been gifted an ARC copy of this, I will be purchasing a copy for display purposes! I cannot recommend this new release enough, it is a flawless read, and one for pre-ordering today! (Thank you, NetGalley and Boldwood Books, for a gifted copy of this book, in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. All opinions are my own.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    The Waitress, well where to start with this one? I want to say so much but I don’t want to give anything away. To say Nina Manning has smashed it out of the park with this one still doesn’t do it justice. This book is the epitome of psychological, it even had me worrying about noises in my house, looking over my shoulder and jumping at every sound. To say I LOVED IT is an understatement. The intrigue begins almost immediately, you know right from the off that something awful has happened and that The Waitress, well where to start with this one? I want to say so much but I don’t want to give anything away. To say Nina Manning has smashed it out of the park with this one still doesn’t do it justice. This book is the epitome of psychological, it even had me worrying about noises in my house, looking over my shoulder and jumping at every sound. To say I LOVED IT is an understatement. The intrigue begins almost immediately, you know right from the off that something awful has happened and that Kit is right at the centre of it all. She is running, but can she honestly hide? Just what has she done? The creepy levels increase slowly, building the tension brilliantly. I began to suspect everyone, just like Kit. Everyone seemed dodgy in some way. Scary scary stuff. The end comes creeping up on you and what an unexpected turn around it is. I absolutely did not guess this one at all. I had a few clues but it still not a bleeping clue! If that makes sense. If you haven’t realised by now, I loved loved The Waitress with its exceptional writing that builds the levels of drama with an ominous touch that goes right to the heart of the reader. Just brilliant, you need to read it and then buy more Nina Manning, she’s just the best at this Psychological stuff.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Lewis

    This is definitely a book of two halves! The first is a very slow burner, to the point where it became difficult to read at times, especially as it is told as a monologue through the eyes of the central character Kit, who is plagued with anxiety, low mood, insomnia and crushing guilt from an unexplained event in her recent past. However, it’s certainly worth persevering through as the second half becomes a carefully crafted , psychological page-turner that has you second-guessing until the end. To This is definitely a book of two halves! The first is a very slow burner, to the point where it became difficult to read at times, especially as it is told as a monologue through the eyes of the central character Kit, who is plagued with anxiety, low mood, insomnia and crushing guilt from an unexplained event in her recent past. However, it’s certainly worth persevering through as the second half becomes a carefully crafted , psychological page-turner that has you second-guessing until the end. Told in chapters of ‘then’ and ‘now’, author Nina Manning cleverly builds up suspense, tension and intrigue by gradually revealing clues from the past which have impacted on Kit’s current situation. There are hints along the way as to who may be involved in the mysterious events at Willow Cottage but the ending is woven together extremely well and adds a whole new perspective to the opening chapter. Trigger warning- there are some harrowing scenes involving the sinister death of a pet dog, although it does add gravitas to the overall story and plot twist. Worth a read! With thanks to the author, Rachel at Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to participate in the tour.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    📖BOOK TOUR & REVIEW for THE WAITRESS by Nina Manning TW: Animal death I can’t resist a beautiful cover and this one is absolutely gorgeous! My TBR list has several of Manning’s books on it but this is my first opportunity to read one. Can you imagine winning a $2M mansion and how your life would change? Would it be better or worse? Kit thought winning a mansion was a blessing. Her career as a waitress didn’t bring in a lot of money but she loved it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Now that 📖BOOK TOUR & REVIEW for THE WAITRESS by Nina Manning TW: Animal death I can’t resist a beautiful cover and this one is absolutely gorgeous! My TBR list has several of Manning’s books on it but this is my first opportunity to read one. Can you imagine winning a $2M mansion and how your life would change? Would it be better or worse? Kit thought winning a mansion was a blessing. Her career as a waitress didn’t bring in a lot of money but she loved it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Now that she’s financially stable, she can enjoy life and work. And try to forget her breakup with Tom and the awful tragedy that isolates and haunts her. Until the strange occurances. Thank you to #rachelsrandomresources and #boldwoodbooks for inviting me on this #booktour! All opinions are my own. #thewaitress #ninamanning #booktourhost #honestreview #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #giftedbook #ad #waitress #richboyfriend #mansion #dogdeath #bookreviewer #crimeandcocktailsbookcrew #mysteryandthrills #thrillerafterthriller #readwithme #thrillersofinstagram #bookrecommendations #lovereading #bookreviewersofinstagram #lovetoreadbooks #cantstopreading #fortheloveofbooks #complimentarybook #inexchangeforreview

  26. 4 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Kit is working as a waitress which she loves. She has just won a house in a raffle- a house worth £2 million and some cash to help keep it going. We know she has done something that has changed her life as she mentions an incident and has left her old job and boyfriend behind and not spoken to her parents in a long while- something she wouldn't normally do. She begins hearing noises in the house and already has had a pipe leaking. When things take a turn for the worse, she has her suspicions. Is Kit is working as a waitress which she loves. She has just won a house in a raffle- a house worth £2 million and some cash to help keep it going. We know she has done something that has changed her life as she mentions an incident and has left her old job and boyfriend behind and not spoken to her parents in a long while- something she wouldn't normally do. She begins hearing noises in the house and already has had a pipe leaking. When things take a turn for the worse, she has her suspicions. Is her past catching up with her or is someone out to get her and why? OMG! One that put me on the edge of my seat and kept me there. This is brilliantly written and the tension is almost palpable at times- a woman on her own in a new large house hearing things almost made me listen out myself (and I’m not on my own!). Kit is likeable, although perhaps a little naive at times, but in a way this made me like her more as like all of us we each have our vulnerabilities. A clearly thought out plot well executed and a clever one that kept me thinking and on the edge of my seat to the very end. Loved it. For more reviews please follow me on [email protected]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Pollack

    A big thank you to Net Galley for the advanced copy! Kit is a waitress who’s never wanted to be anything more. She adores her job: she loves meeting incredible people, satisfying their every craving, and knowing she played a role in their delight. But most of all, Kit loves the anonymity the job allows her. When she wins a $2 million dollar home in a contest she entered on a whim, her quiet life becomes a little louder. As she moves into the home, things are even more unusual than she imagined. A A big thank you to Net Galley for the advanced copy! Kit is a waitress who’s never wanted to be anything more. She adores her job: she loves meeting incredible people, satisfying their every craving, and knowing she played a role in their delight. But most of all, Kit loves the anonymity the job allows her. When she wins a $2 million dollar home in a contest she entered on a whim, her quiet life becomes a little louder. As she moves into the home, things are even more unusual than she imagined. After a series of strange happenings in the home, Kit is begins to wonder if her old secrets have been discovered, even more that someone is trying to disturb her new life. A slow burn with some thrilling moments this book was a page turner, however the twists for me flopped. The story seemed very far fetched. Who would be ignorant to just accept a multimillion dollar home? Why is someone so willing to brutally destroy someone’s life? The answers gave me some eye rolls. The dramatic ending didn’t give me the excitement I’d hoped.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ReadandRated

    4 Stars from me There is about to be a big fat change in Kit's life, but everything feels slightly off even though on the face of things it should all be exciting and wonderful. This 'air of everything being slightly off' seemed to follow her around whether she was at work, at home, chatting to neighbours or even communicating with her family. This in turn set the tone for a psychological thriller that unravelled more and more with every turn of the page.  Kit was an odd character, I could kind of 4 Stars from me There is about to be a big fat change in Kit's life, but everything feels slightly off even though on the face of things it should all be exciting and wonderful. This 'air of everything being slightly off' seemed to follow her around whether she was at work, at home, chatting to neighbours or even communicating with her family. This in turn set the tone for a psychological thriller that unravelled more and more with every turn of the page.  Kit was an odd character, I could kind of relate to some of her decisions although others made no sense at all. Although I can definitely see why she kept finding reasons to talk to her neighbour ;) Having read some of Nina Manning's previous books, I was expecting good things and overall I really enjoyed reading The Waitress - it was an engaging read which kept me guessing and has nicely timed drops of surprise. My thanks to Nina Manning, Boldwood Books and Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Esther Peacock

    The Waitress by Nina Manning Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and her job. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security, allowing her terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit's luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows where she hopes she'll be safe? Nina Manning is one of my favourite psychological thriller authors; I have read all of her books to date and The Waitress by Nina Manning Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and her job. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security, allowing her terrible secrets to remain hidden. And then Kit's luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows where she hopes she'll be safe? Nina Manning is one of my favourite psychological thriller authors; I have read all of her books to date and thoroughly enjoyed them. The waitress is no different; it is an accomplished, compelling, addictive chilling thriller. I enjoy Nina's writing style, and how she eases you into the story, the tension slowly starts rising, and then suddenly, you are in the thick of the plot. I enjoyed this story as much as the ones that came before, and I am certainly happy to recommend it. I want to thank publishers Boldwood Books, author Nina Manning and Rachel's Random Resources for the tour invite and a copy to read and review. '

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Stars: ⭐⭐⭐ PUBLICATION DAY: July 21, 2022 Kit’s life is changing for the better. She’s just received some unbelievable news that should have taken all her worries away, but she can’t help but wonder if she really deserves it? What happened in the last month to completely upend her formerly stable life…and who wants to make sure she gets punished? PROS and CONS: Some really great writing in this one…for me, the beautiful words and descriptive passages really elevated my reading experience. The plot Stars: ⭐⭐⭐ PUBLICATION DAY: July 21, 2022 Kit’s life is changing for the better. She’s just received some unbelievable news that should have taken all her worries away, but she can’t help but wonder if she really deserves it? What happened in the last month to completely upend her formerly stable life…and who wants to make sure she gets punished? PROS and CONS: Some really great writing in this one…for me, the beautiful words and descriptive passages really elevated my reading experience. The plot however, left a little to be desired. Hinting constantly at the bad thing that happened, but never revealing it…just served to frustrate me, and made me want to skip through to the end. I didn’t do that…but the feeling was definitely there! READ IT? This one was just ok for me…I enjoyed the ending and the beginning but felt the middle dragged in most parts. Would definitely try reading another one by Manning though! 3 Stars

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