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The Hook


Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya, Jordan Cobb, Victoria Villarreal, Allyson Johnson

Brilliance Audio

ISBN: 978-1662507786

Publisher: Lake Union

Publication Date: 05/23/2023

Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)



Three betrayed women with revenge in common channel their fury in a twisting novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Jane Doe and False Step.


A women’s boxing class is the perfect place for betrayed wife Katherine to work out her aggressions. Ideal, too, for Geneva, a teacher disgraced and ruined by a vengeful ex, and Luz, a software engineer battling an unjust system. Maggie, their instructor and mentor, guarantees she can right the wrongs they’ve endured. And if Katherine, Geneva, and Luz really want to unleash their rage, they must do what Maggie says.


Each woman’s secret task has its risks. Call it justice. Call it revenge. It’s bound to be worth it―if no missteps are made. As they take the leap to reclaim what they’re owed, their lives are turned upside down. Because no one could have guessed that it would all end in murder.


Now, coming together to harness their power, Katherine, Geneva, and Luz fear that the game they’ve been playing is playing them.








My Review


Victoria Helen Stone (fav author) returns following At the Quiet Edge with THE HOOK— Three betrayed women seeking revenge in this twisty knockout thriller!


Justice. Revenge. Vengeance. Murder.


The setting for the revenge plan is a boxing class, THE HOOK.


Maggie: Instructor and mentor. Guarantees she can right the wrongs. She could get payback, especially if she orchestrated it herself. A former cop married a cop who cheated. Then she lost out on friends and promotions. She could not fight back. She moved.


Then she started giving classes at THE HOOK, hoping to help a few women along the way.


Katherine Rye: Husband Peter is a serial cheater and gaslighter. He is a devout catholic and an upstanding member of the church. Her mom even takes his side.


Geneva Worther: A teacher. Disgraced and ruined by a vengeful evil ex. He destroyed her position and reputation with a saucy video.


Luz Molina: Smart software engineer battling an unjust system. She received a promotion over a co-worker with a brother in I.C.E—suddenly, her girlfriend is sent back to Russia.



Three scorned women out for revenge.

To unleash their rage, they must follow Maggie’s lead.


Told from the following POV: Katherine, Geneva, Luz with a last chapter from Maggie.


Led by their instructor, Maggie, these women have their targets and must complete their assignments. However, they are tested when one target winds up dead and one of the women is a suspect.


The multiple POVs keep this pace moving as the women must follow the plan, but are they exacting revenge for someone else? Why did Maggie set up this plan? Who's Zoomin' Who?


Highly addictive and entertaining! A tense and engaging woman-revenge-centric thriller.


A huge fan and have read all her books; Stone never disappoints—a pro at revenge stories. VHS fans will enjoy this one! Also, for fans of The Collective and those readers who enjoy seeing women get justice. A perfect summer read.


Thanks to #LakeUnion for a gifted e-ARC via #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

Pub Date: May 20, 2023

My Rating: 4 Stars






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About the Author


Victoria Helen Stone is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Jane Doe and Problem Child in the Jane Doe series; At the Quiet Edge; The Last One Home; Half Past; False Step; and Evelyn, After. She is also the author of twenty-nine books as USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl and the recipient of the prestigious American Library Association Reading List award for best genre fiction. Published in more than a dozen languages, Victoria writes in her home office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, far from her origins in the flattest plains of Minnesota, Texas, and Oklahoma. She enjoys summer trail hikes in the mountains almost as much as she enjoys staying inside by the fire during winter. Victoria is passionate about dessert, true crime, and her terror of mosquitoes. For more information, visit www.victoriahelenstone.com.

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