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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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2 out of 5 stars
By Suzanna on 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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Yvonne on 08-29-17


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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen Colpitts on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Felicity Akins on 11-16-17

great twists!

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

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