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Thursday 23 September 2021

‘How Did I Not See?’ by Kally Haynes

Published by The Book Guild,
28 May 2021.
ISBN: 978-1-91355162-9 (PB)

Kate Taylor goes online and meets someone named Jason, they arrange to meet. However, he doesn't show up at the agreed time and place. Instead, she gets talking to a Greg Anderson who is really charming and good looking. She falls for him and months later they are married.

At last, she thinks, I have the perfect life, all we need now is a family. However, months pass, and she is disappointed at not getting pregnant.

Greg then starts acting strangely, he tells her he is involved in a private poker game but not to tell anyone. He says he has a chance of winning one million pounds and needs to stay away from time to time to be near the venue.

At first, she believes him but starts to be a bit suspicious and consoles herself with lots of red wine. Against Greg's wishes she confides in her friend Susie who thinks his story is rather far-fetched and suggests he may be having an affair. With her mind now in turmoil Kate drinks more than ever and ends up in bed with a man she hardly knows. She is mortified when she wakes up beside him in bed.

It seems Greg knows him and happens to mention him one day, tells her this Nick is a member of the Mafia, she is horrified, especially when she thinks she may be pregnant. Whose baby is it?

Her friend Susie assures her Nick is not a criminal, but who does Kate believe? The more she learns from all concerned, especially when Nick unexpectedly pays her a visit and tells her bad things about Greg, the more her mind is in turmoil. Who does she believe, is Greg all that he says he is, is Nick as innocent as she is given to believe, and can she trust her friend Susie?

In her desperation Kate employs a private detective, but even that fails to work out as she hoped. All Kate has to keep her going through all this devastating uncertainty is her dog Timmy and endless bottles of red wine.

How on earth can this turn out well?

A well thought out clever plot about a certain manipulative person with suspicion falling on one character after another. Recommended for readers who love a cat and mouse story with a very satisfying ending.

Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

Kally Haynes worked in promotions and appeared on Central TV. Having a flair for fashion she moved to London and had jobs in Bond Street, Kings Road, and Covent Garden. Longing for her own business she returned home and formed a successful promotional import company, using her creative outlet. Since selling that, she is now a director of a cleaning company, But her real dream is writing, so taking a creative writing course and her past experiences of narcissist control in relationships, is what inspired her to write How Did I Not See?


Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

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