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Abracadabra: #IWantYouGone by Miranda Rijks @MirandaRijks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Some books take you by surprise. Some books exceed your expectations and turn a normal day into a fabulous exciting time. I Want You Gone is one of those books!

Thank you to Emma @damppebblesblogtours for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: I Want You Gone
Author: Miranda Rijks
Publisher: Inkubator Books
Date of publication: April 2019
Format: e-copy
Source: blog tour organiser
Number of pages: 300

The only obituary you never want to read – is your own.
Laura Swallow is dead.
A life cut tragically short, says the newspaper obituary.
But that’s a lie.
Estate agent Laura did not die in a car accident. She is alive and well.
At first, Laura thinks it’s a sick joke. But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events.
Already fragile, struggling to recover from a recent divorce, Laura is plunged into a living nightmare.
Who can she trust? Her new lover? Her clients and work colleagues? What about her ex-husband and his smug fiancée? Can Laura even rely on her best friends? And why is it that Laura’s present troubles are so tied up with her sister’s sudden death all those years ago? But one thing Laura is sure of – someone out there wants her to suffer. Wants her gone.


Brutal. This is the first word that came to my mind as I said goodbye to I Want You Gone. Of course, with such a title, I was not expecting a romance novel with walks in the park and surprise trips to the Maldives.

Some novels can stir a million emotions in you and make your blood run cold, not because they put you on the path of a serial killer with the look and the clichés, but because they open your door to scarier monsters. Monsters you pass on the street without realizing it. They look like everyone else, their life resembles that of so many people. They creep in in broad daylight. They smile at you and stay by your side… But not for the reasons you believe.

Oh my God. I Want You Gone had me going crazy. Real fast. I mean reaaaaal fast. Laura is your regular divorced woman with a steady job and making the best of what she’s got. She’s only starting to live freely again when her death is announced… On Facebook. See, I knew there was a reason I disliked this website. But a post is a post. As appalled as I was about it, I thought the odds for something like this to happen were somehow quite high. Everyone posts everything on there. When an obituary gets printed in the local newspaper, I gasped. If the FB post could pass as a bad joke, this is another level of humour. A dark and tasteless kind of prank. I had a bad feeling about it, sensing that whoever had done this would go to great lengths to … to what?? What exactly is this anonymous threat trying to do? There is something so sick about obituaries. I can’t imagine reading mine in the morning!!

I bit my nails, a nervous wreck as I helplessly watched Laura’s life unravel and each of her relationship get beaten by an invisible hand. Knowing someone is out to get you, you start retreating, and with it, you restrain your circle of trusted people. But is it enough to keep the wolf at bay? Oh, poor Laura. I was moved to tears, I was frustrated, and I would have stomped my foot on the floor had I not been too comfy on the couch!!! This novel had me getting furious at a faceless entity trying to dig up an early grave for a woman I cared about. I feel strongly when honest and innocent people get targeted. It isn’t fair. It could happen to anyone. The author made sure her main character sounded and felt like the reader’s friend, neighbor, or even sister, creating a bond that reinforced the impact of everything Laura goes through. I was stuck in a mad world with Laura while the universe kept turning as if nothing was happening. The feeling of not knowing, not being able to do anything to stop someone from destroying everything you’ve worked for had me running in circle like a hamster. That’s why I understood Laura’s doubts, her accusations, her need for comfort. Taken out of context, her decisions might not seem to be the wisest, and her actions may have felt rushed, but hey, with your life in danger, how would YOU react? I really liked her character and couldn’t help feeling so sorry for her. Yet, I wanted more. I wanted answers but, to get them, she had to go through hell. Sadistic much? Haha!

I want you gone is the kind of ‘Wow’ read you devour in a few hours. Its claws hold you tight! I was suspicious from the beginning and knew my assumptions were right about one third into the novel, but for me, the aim of I Want You Gone was to give you a ride through a manipulation and trust rollercoaster, so it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the plot at all.

I Want You Gone is a fantastic surprise. A terribly dark and brutally brilliant tale which plays with your heartbeat!!!

The book is coming! Here’s the buy link!

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about the author

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Miranda Rijks is a writer of suspense novels. I WANT YOU GONE is her first psychological thriller.
Miranda has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.
Up next is FATAL FORTUNE, the first of three books in a mystery romance series that will be
published in May 2019. They feature Dr Pippa Durrant, a psychologist and specialist in lie detection, who works alongside Sussex police getting embroiled in some scary stuff!
Miranda loves connecting with her readers, so you can reach out to her at

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14 thoughts on “Abracadabra: #IWantYouGone by Miranda Rijks @MirandaRijks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours”

  1. Great review, Meggy. Just started reading this one and the premise is insane! That fb post followed by the obituary, goodness! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Can’t wait to get to the reveal and find out who is behind everything.


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