The Woman in the Park
by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist
Published: August 26, 2019 by Beaufort Books
Dates Read: July 4 – 5, 2019
Genre/Category: Psychological Thriller, Crime Thriller, Suspense Thriller
Read For: ARC from Beaufort Books
This book is INSANE. Truly, just insane. My head still hurts after trying to figure out the culprit. And after finishing, all my theories were completely wrong. I am either losing my touch or these authors are just really good.
Sarah Rock’s life is crumbling around her. Her husband is gone all the time and she just knows he is having an affair. Her children are off at boarding school and are distant when they come home to visit on the weekends, and her appointments with her therapist do not seem to be very therapeutic.
As Sarah sits in the park in her favorite spot reading, she meets a mysterious man and is immediately enchanted by him, allowing herself to become more intimate with him than she expected.
When a woman from the park near where Sarah frequently sits goes missing and Sarah becomes the main suspect, things go from bad to worse. Sarah’s husband is suspicious, her new lover is nowhere to be found and now her therapist is working with the police in the case against her. Nobody believes what Sarah is telling them and at this point she thinks she is losing her mind. Sarah has to go out on a limb alone to try to prove her innocence and uncover what really is happening, and why there are so many different fragmented memories bouncing around in her head.
This is an amazingly short and quick read (it can be done in one sitting). It is a fascinating debut psychological thriller written by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist. I was completely baffled the entire time I was reading, not sure if Sarah was the “victim or villain” or both. I wanted to like her, I wanted to hate her, she put me on such a rollercoaster of emotions in one sitting that I think I either needed a Dramamine or my own therapist when I was finished. I have strong feelings about the ending. I both liked and hated it, giving me that amazing “woah, that was crazy!” feeling as well as the “woah could I be crazy?” feeling. Don’t you hate the books that make you question your own sanity? (Any more comments from me and I will start divulging spoiling information, so I really have to stop at this point, because I don’t do spoilers. But boy I could really go on about this one!)
Sorkin and Holmqvist did an amazing job with this one, I highly recommend picking it up when it comes out August 26, 2019. I had the pleasure of meeting them both at BookExpo this year and they are just the most wonderful and outgoing ladies you would ever meet.
I’d like to thank both the authors as well as Beaufort Books for the copy of The Woman in the Park and the opportunity to read and give my unbiased review of the book as well as @suzyapprovedbooktours for having me on the tour.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
For as long as Teresa can remember she has loved the world of storytelling. Her passion for writing began at an early age. She loves Teresa Sorkin’s passion is stories – creating, writing, telling, sharing and producing them.Teresa went on to study Marketing and Writing at New York University and with her degree she landed a job at RAI Italian Television as a television host and producer. She worked as a News Producer and worked on documentaries that highlighted her love of telling a story through images and prose. She later went on to develop television and film for MTV, A&E and sold her screenplays to various studios including Miramax.
Teresa has produced shows for various American networks, including MTV and Bravo. She helped develop “The Hills” and “Girl, Get Your Mind Right!,” which aired in 15 different countries. She has worked on many projects under first look deals with The Weinstein Company and DIGA, run by Tony Disanto and Liz Gately. She was a journalist and news producer for many years working on many significant international news stories.
In early 2000’s, Teresa took courses in screenwriting and production and proceeded to help pro- duce Jay-Z’s documentary, “Fade to Black”. Shortly after, she was offered a first look deal with The Weinstein Company, where she created ideas for film, scripted and reality TV until its recent filing. She has helped cast and produce for companies like Bungalow Media and Tru Entertainment. She also created her own show “The X Effect” and sold her first screenplay to Ben Affleck’s production company.
Teresa received her degree in Marketing and Media from New York University (NYU). While studying at Bocconi University in Milan, she modeled During one of her shows, a producer from RAI TV tapped her to be their fashion and entertainment correspondent. She then hosted her own entertainment show at RAI for several years, where she interviewed Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and many other celebrities.
When Teresa isn’t working on the best next story, she spends time with her husband Ian and two children Jaden and Isabella and their dog Coco.
Tullan Holmqvist is an investigator, writer and actor and is the coauthor of the psychological thriller novel and screenplay The Woman in the Park with producer Teresa Sorkin. Tullan’s work as a private investigator has included global fraud investigations, financial due diligence and art cases. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Florence; literature and language degrees from universities in France and Italy; and screenwriting and acting studies at New York University, Boston University, Michael Howard and HB Studios. Originally from Sweden, Tullan lives in New York with her composer-attorney husband Giovanni and two sons.
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