Means to Deceive by Alex Craigie # Psychological Fiction #Review

Eighteen months ago, Gwen Meredith left the job she loved and came back to Pembrokeshire to help support her irritable and increasingly confused grandmother.
But someone is pursuing a vendetta against her.

As the attacks become more malicious, her old anxieties begin to build.
She’s attracted to her new neighbour who is keen to help…but can she trust him?

When those closest to her are threatened, her desperation mounts.
Who can she trust?

Gwen has a dark secret of her own.
Can she even trust herself?

Alex Craigie is the pen name of Trish Power.

Trish was ten when her first play was performed at school. It was in rhyming couplets and written in pencil in a book with imperial weights and measures printed on the back.

When her children were young, she wrote short stories for magazines before returning to the teaching job that she loved.

Trish has had three books published under the pen name of Alex Craigie. The first two books cross genre boundaries and feature elements of romance, thriller and suspense against a backdrop of social issues. Someone Close to Home highlights the problems affecting care homes while Acts of Convenience has issues concerning the health service at its heart. Her third book. Means to Deceive, is a psychological thriller.

Someone Close to Home has won a Chill with a Book award and a Chill with the Book of the Month award. In 2019 it was one of the top ten bestsellers in its category on Amazon.

Book lovers are welcome to contact her on

Our Review

Gwen Meredith’s life seems typical of many families, all trying hard to care for an elderly relative and a family.

Add to the mix a demanding job at the local school, and Gwen’s life has all the stuff of nightmares.

Her life would be a nightmare without her best friend, Cat, and the arrival of a new neighbour, Ben, a kind, good-looking man.

All the interesting complications of her life are revealed as the story heats up. The brilliantly written plot gradually becomes terrifying as tensions rise, creating an ending I really didn’t see coming!

Right from the beginning of this story, I loved how the author gradually reveals the character’s true emotions effortlessly and accurately.

This is the first book I have read by Alex Craigie, but I know it won’t be the last.

Means To Deceive is a master class in how easily life can mess with your head, leading you to distrust everything and everyone…

40 thoughts on “Means to Deceive by Alex Craigie # Psychological Fiction #Review

  1. I’m so sorry for the delayed responses. I can’t thank the both of you enough for that wonderful review and for putting it on your blog. I’m really, truly, grateful! ♥♥

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    • I keep trying to access your site, but I must be doing something wrong! I just wanted to let you know that I do appreciate the reblogs. ♥♥


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