Book Review “The Assistant” by Amanda Reynolds


Psychological Thriller


Length : 342 pages

Publisher : Boldwood Books

SYNOPSIS/BOOK BLURB & purchase links

The Assistant

I know many things about Larissa.

I know what she eats, which must-have brands she applies to her face, and the price of each carefully selected ‘piece’ in her multi-million-pound home in Belgravia.

Because Ris, as she is known to her many followers, likes to share.

And now I’m here, in her home, watching her every move.

Entrusted with her secrets and running her diary from the bijou basement flat, I’m on hand to fulfil Ris’ every need. Her right-hand woman. But what she doesn’t know is why I’m really here.

I’ve put a lot on the line to get this job, and now my plan can begin.

I’ve waited long enough.

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The Assistant holds plenty of intrigue with the format being a set of interviews told my the main protagonist, Gail. We get a look inside the lives of the rich and bored. A self important woman, Ris who feels she needs a PA to run her life although her life revolves around, nails, hair and any other number of pampering. She broke up a marriage and is now the wife of a millionaire and laps up the lifestyle.

The characters are strongly written, especially Gail. I did take me a bit of time to get into the book but once I found my way around the interview concept it certainly held my attention. I wanted to know exactly what Gail was after. What was it about Ris that pushed Gail on to try and bring her down. The tension at times is palpable and I found Amanda Reynolds has created a great read that makes you jump between disliking Gail or really seeing everything from her point of view. Once you figure out who is saying what in the interviews you can settle in for a great read.

Author Bio –

Amanda Reynolds is the bestselling psychological suspense author whose debut novel, Close To Me, was adapted as a major six-part TV series for Channel 4 in 2021. Previously published by Headline, her books have been translated into multiple languages. Amanda lives near Cheltenham.

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With Thanks for the Advance Copy to ……….

Rachel Gilbey

Amanda Reynolds

Boldwood Books



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