I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Killing the Unicorn by Lizella Prescott
Published by Hungry Lizard Press on August 17, 2018
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A COMPLICATED MARRIAGE Since having twins, Helen has lost her waistline, her libido, and her edge. Mann, her wealthy, high-flying husband, has tried to be patient. But he needs more than she can give. A lot more. When he asks to open their marriage, Helen agrees. She would rather bend than risk a high-stakes divorce.A DANGEROUS OBSESSIONWhen Mann connects with Julia, Helen is relieved. At first. She likes Julia, a gentle woman with a tragic past. But her husband is moving fast. Too fast. And a series of odd events unnerve Helen and make her wonder if Julia is lying about her past¿or worse.Helen becomes obsessed with Julia, even as she struggles with her jealousy. To protect her children and her sanity, she is driven to discover the truth. Is Julia the danger to her family, or is she?
Helen and Mann Gottlieb’s marriage has changed since the birth of their twin daughters, Briar and Rose. Although they still love each other, their sex life has become non-existent due to a difficult pregnancy which left Helen with a lack of desire for intimacy. Helen was also ashamed of her increased waistline and all the lumps and bumps associated with her post pregnancy body. Mann becomes increasingly frustrated with his wife’s inability to perform in the bedroom and suggests an open marriage hoping it would take a huge weight off of their marriage. Helen reluctantly agrees. When Helen meets Julia Weatherstone at a party, she can’t help but feel sorry with the young girl with a tragic past and when Mann’s interest is piqued, they both decide to give Julia a shot and welcome her into their home. But, Julia is hiding secrets that could destroy Helen’s family. Will Helen be able to save herself and her family in time?
Killing the Unicorn takes a dark look into a polyamorous relationship and the shocking consequences that come along with it. When I read the synopsis, I was really intrigued as I do have a few friends who live a poly lifestyle. I wouldn’t necessarily choose that kind of relationship for myself, but I do find it interesting. Going into the story I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew the story would be intense especially being a psychological thriller, but I was not prepared for the complete and utter madness that ensued. To say the least, I was shocked…very very shocked. Lizella Prescott hits you with twist after twist after twist. Just when you think the story couldn’t take another turn, guess again!
Helen and Mann are both flawed characters. Helen suffers from PTSD and worries about her children constantly. She suffers panic attacks and in turn relies heavily on prescription medicine and wine just to feel normal. All she wants is to please her husband even though she knows entering a poly relationship is wrong. Helen has no backbone and has a hard time standing up for herself. In a way, I felt sorry for her. Mann is a billionaire, but makes his wife hold a job and pay her own way. He is very selfish and manipulative and twists Helen into believing adding a second woman is what is best for their marriage and will make their relationship stronger. I had a very hard time liking both characters especially Mann. Mann is a complete jerk. Every time he spoke, I just wanted to poke his eyes out. I probably cursed a million times and called him every name I could think of. It has been such a long time, that I have had this type of reaction to a character in a story. Julia is an interesting character and although her backstory is tragic, you know she is up to no good. I was really rooting for Helen to figure out what was going on before it was too late.
The story starts out really strong as we delve into Helen and Mann’s marriage. The slow pacing in the beginning was a necessity as we get to know the characters, but believe me when I say – when the first twist comes you are in for one wild ride from there on out. After a while I stopped trying to figure out what was going to happen next because even the twists had their own spin on things.I was thrilled when all of the pieces started falling into place, but the ending is a shocker and was an absolutely brilliant way to tie everything together.
Killing the Unicorn is an edge of your seat psychological thriller that weaves layer upon layer of lies, manipulation, and suspense that will make you question what is real and unreal. Prescott really knows how to you reel you in and then blows you away with her creativity and devious mind. By far, this is my number one favorite psychological thriller of the year. I am definitely a huge fan of the author and plan on going through and reading every single book Prescott has published. I am thoroughly hooked! Thank you for being such an outstanding writer and storyteller. You have a very wicked mind and I love it!