Book Review, Mystery, NetGalley, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller

Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson


My father created Mister Tender, and Mister Tender nearly killed me.

How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.


This book is 60 chapters of bone chilling twists and turns.  Not only is it a terrifying thought that people can be so obsessed to kill because of a fictional character, but it is absolutely incredible that this story is based on a true crime.

Alice is a strong, but fragile character.  I felt her fear and paranoia and then her anger and resolve to not be the victim anymore.

Sometimes I meet a person and my paranoia insists they already know me.  Know everything.  Where I live.  How many scars I have.  My real last name.  It’s a game my mind likes to play when it thinks I’m getting complacent, or cured.

The events leading up to the finale are excruciatingly intense and this book is the epitome of what a psychological thriller should be.  If you like fast-paced, psychological thrillers with some graphic depictions, reserve it today.  It goes on sale in February 2018.  You won’t regret it!!

Thank you to Mr. Wilson, SOURCEBOOKS LandmarkBookishFirst, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book!



USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson explores the depths of psychological tension and paranoia in his dark, domestic thrillers. Carter is a two-time winner of both the Colorado Book Award and the International Book Award, and his novels have received critical acclaim―including multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Carter lives in Erie, Colorado in a spooky Victorian house.


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