BOOK CLUB: Girl in the Rearview Mirror

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Author: Kelsey Rae Dimberg
ISBN: 9781509895816
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 25 June 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it. My instinct was right as I was completely hooked from the first page and devoured the book in three days.


This book centres around Finn Hunt, the main character of the book who moved to Phoenix to escape her past. To a place no one knows her or her history.  A place where she wants to start anew and learn interior design. As I found out in later chapters this did not exactly go as planned and she actually starts work for a prominent political family instead.  This novel touches on a wide range of subjects which include politics, kidnapping, tragedy and  lust and blackmail, all with an underlying menace that just kept me glued to it, as I have not been with a book for a long time. The characters are not flawless which adds sincerity to the plot. It reveals all the plots slowly forcing me to read more and more and become oblivious to the real world as I needed to know what came next and whether my suspicions were correct.

There is such a depth to this novel, it is really well written, and it makes me feel that I have been scooped up and dropped into the centre of this thrilling story. Every time I turned a page, I was impatient to turn another page and another until the book was finished and I was sad as I didn’t want it to end. But saying this all the ends were tied neatly at the end so I was not left confused and  unsatisfied.

I have not read the likes of this calibre of thriller for a long time as the story lines in other books just made me feel jaded so I started reading other genres.

I so loved this book that I was converted back to my favourite genre and I can’t wait until Kelsey Rae Dimberg writes her next novel.  I will definitely be impatiently waiting.

This guest review was submitted by Christine, one of our Beauty and Lace Club members. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Christine.

Girl in the Rearview Mirror is published by Pan Macmillan and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan 10 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are currently reading Girl in the Rearview Mirror and you can read their thoughts on the book in the comments below, please be aware there may be spoilers.

7 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Girl in the Rearview Mirror

  1. The girl in the rearview mirror
    Thank you, Beauty and Lace Book club and Pan Macmillan Australia, for the opportunity to read and review this debut novel by Kelsey Rae Dimberg,

    Finn Hunt has a past she is trying to keep in the past and start a new life. She has a great job as nanny for Amabel, a precocious 4-year-old – daughter of Marina and Philip Martin, the grand daughter of Senator Martin. All seems to be going well for her until a strange red head, Iris, starts to follow her around, and threaten to expose a scandal involving her employer, Philip Martin.

    I loved this book. It is suspenseful and intriguing and hard to put down. Dimberg writes about her characters very well and draws you right into their midst. As the story twists and turns, the mystery is held right up until the last chapter!

    This is a great read and I am looking forward to reading more from Kelsey Rae Dimberg.

  2. I’m going to buck the trend with my review – I didn’t love it.

    It wasn’t bad, the story is written well. The twists & turns keep you interested however the ending ruined it for me.

  3. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The ending was not what I was expecting but given the suspense and twists and turns in this book it was justified
    Totally recommend this book to anyone

  4. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review Girl In The Rearview Mirror by Kelsey Rae Dimberg.

    The story revolves around Finn Hunt who has made a new life for herself after a tragedy in her past. Finn is the nanny of Amabel the four year old daughter of Philip Martin and his wife Marina.

    Philip is the son of the sitting Senator in Phoenix, so it is a high profile family Finn is employed in. Finn thinks she has landed the job of a lifetime working as a nanny for a wealthy and influential family. Finn finds out that behind the facade everything is not as it seems, secrets and lies prevail.

    One day a young lady called Iris approaches Finn and asks her to pass on a message to Philip with whom she says she has a connection with. Finn soon becomes caught up in deceit and lies that could destroy the Martin family.

    I reall enjoyed this book which had many twists and turns. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  5. Girl in the rearview mirror – this story by Kesley Rae Dimberg had me at “hello”.

    I read this book in faster time than I’ve clocked in a long time.
    The twists and turns in the plot were just enough and at the perfect time.

    The main character, Natalie changes her name to Finn to start her life adventure afresh. She takes a
    job of a nanny to a very wealthy, political family who value the “brand” more than the people.

    I learned from this book that all is not what it seems, and although people sometimes seem to have
    it all, they really don’t. And everyone has struggles to varying degrees of intensity and complexity.

    Thanks so much @beautyandlacemag @panmacmillan for the opportunity to indulge in reading so many incredible titles.

  6. Sorry my review is not as positive as others.
    I liked the characters in the story and the twists and turns as they unfolded but got a bit lost at times along the way. Didnt keep my interest alive and didn’t like the way it ended at all

  7. I did enjoy this book.. it kept me coming back, I didn’t love the way it ended however.. some retribution for the Martins would’ve been nice, not happy families. I would still call it a worthwhile read!

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