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Publisher's Summary

Beatrice Johnson Greene, a bestselling crime writer, has an unusual favor to ask. When a chance encounter brings Emma Fern into her life, she thinks she's found just the person for the job. Soon Beatrice will wish they'd never met.

For Emma, desperate to please, it's an offer she can't refuse. All she has to do is lend her name to Beatrice's next novel, her first in a new genre. But when the book becomes a huge triumph, Emma finds herself the toast of the literary world. From nobody to somebody without writing a word.

It's her first taste of success, and now Emma wants more. This is her masterpiece, after all. It says so on the cover.

Only Beatrice knows the truth. And surely there's a solution to that.

Revised edition: This edition of Until I Met Her includes editorial revisions.

©2017 Natalie Barelli (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Worth the money and time to listeN

The story is intriguing and builds momentum quickly. Listened to it in two sittings, highly recommend.

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 08-29-17

Entertaining

Many people are under the misconception that book smarts are the mark of a high intelligence. It is this driving force which motivates Emma. Emma is creatively talented has business smarts. Her husband, Jim is intelligent and brilliant, He is the head of the Millennium Forum the most cutting edge economic think tank.

Then into Emma’s life comes Beatrice Johnson Green, she is Emma’s favorite author. Emma becomes enamored with the attention from Beatrice and blind to her machinations. And Beatrice was pure bitch behind the scenes.

With her puppy adoration of Beatrice, Emma drops her other friends, spends less time with her business and husband. She is presented with a moral dilemma and her need for others to perceive her as smart, takes her down a dark path where she sold her soul.

The story very entertaining about the growing friendship between Emma and Beatrice. They have a wonderful time of shopping, partying and meeting important people. There is a convergence of incidents and Emma finds herself the new best seller of the of the literary world.

This not a psychology thriller in the traditional sense as defined, “Psychological thriller is a thriller story which emphasizes the unstable psychological states of its characters. ... Psychological thrillers often incorporate elements of or overlap with mystery, drama, action and horror (particularly psychological horror)”

Much of the book is spent with the ladies going to parties, drinking and girl time in Beatrice’s boudoir. Their friendship, which began as-ardent fan and revered author- friend and author who is friend? Finally, they are two renowned authors, equals.

Natalie Barelli does a great job of keeping us on the edge of our seats. When Emma is nominated for a literary award, Beatrice with brutal power and arrogance demands that Emma tells their secret to the world. When Emma goes postal on everyone in her path you will not be able to put the book down. Emma is confrontational with the police and fights her husband’s mistress. Emma protects her new life with the viciousness of a pit bull. This is the psychology thriller time.

The main objection to the story is the narrator, Kate Rudd. All the male characters sound the same and Kate tends to start slow and pick up to a breathless crescendo when she reads. It was slightly annoying.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzanna
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 10-22-17

Listen to a sample..

The narrator drove me batty, but it might be an idiosyncrasy of mine... her emphasis and pauses drove me nuts.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

It's little gems like this that make me love this field si much. I can't recommend this book enough. It's a great book.

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if you must, then read it... don't listen to it

Some originality to the story line, but the narration ruined it for me. Sometimes the narrator was so robotic and other times like a child learning to read. I wasn't sure I would even finish the book. I did; but I definitely can't recommend spending a credit on it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Whats Sounds Good Aint Always Good

I absolutely loved this book I found it very hard to hate the main character , Emma. The name is even sweet, Emma Faust...it's like I'm rooting for her all through the book and the more I read it the more I'm like hoping and wishing that she gets away with what she's doing. I feel like everybody else in the book was doing her wrong?...Beatrice/Hannah /Jim /Carroll. Alison she 🎸 too. I love strong female characters. That's it! I don't want to give away the story... it's an awesome read and audible very well written and great performance.
Natalie Barelli you did this book girl!
Kate Rudd you 🎸 this narration....I see this being a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep as Beatrice and Uma Thurman as Emma Faust.
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Good story, hideous narrator

Interesting story but wow what an AWFUL narrator. Was this read by a human, or by a robot? Several interesting twists and I really enjoyed the story but dude, screen your narrators. She was beyond bad.

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Well done on many levels

The story was believable, engaging and kept the reader guessing. The reader was so well cast she could have very well been telling her own story. The book was good -very good. The reader (narrator) is excellent. Fun escape reading.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-15-17

Emma Fern almost makes Amy Dunne...

...(of Gone Girl fame) seem laid back and kind. I'm not comparing Until I Met Her to Gone Girl, but I am comparing the evil protagonists of the two novels. Natalie Barelli has written an fascinating psychological thriller. Despite my urge toward revulsion, I enjoyed Until I Met Her. Kate Rudd does a fine job narrating.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Good book terrible robot voice

This is a great book to read but I would NOT recommend listening to it on audible. The reader sounds like a robot and it is so distracting. It is hard to concentrate on the story because of the reader. Almost quit listening several times because it was so bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen Colpitts
  • 11-28-17

really brilliant book.

I read the sequel to this book first not realising there was a first. so I got the first and the Narrator sounds exactly like I expected Emma to sound. great book. quite funny in parts. Also narrated excellently!

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  • Felicity Akins
  • 11-16-17

great twists!

Wow! great story. had a fair number of twists. excellent narration. highly recommend it.Thank you.