The Woman in the Park
By Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist
Special thanks to Teresa Sorkin, Tullan Holmqvist and Suzy at Suzy Approved Book Tours for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
When Manhattanite Sarah Rock meets a mysterious and handsome stranger in the park, she is drawn to him. Sarah wants to get away from her daily routine, her cheating husband and his crazy mistress, her frequent sessions with her heartless therapist, and her moody children.
But nothing is as it seems. Her life begins to unravel when a woman from the park goes missing and Sarah becomes the prime suspect in the woman’s disappearance. Her lover is nowhere to be found, her husband is suspicious of her, and her therapist is talking to the police.
With no one to trust, Sarah must face her inner demons and uncover the truth to prove her innocence.
A thriller that questions what is real-with its shocking twists, secrets, and lies—The Woman in the Park will leave readers breathless.
And breathless it did. It’s books like this that make me wanna start a book club page so we can discuss, Reader! The Woman In The Park is a debut novel that had me captivated at the start. The Prologue drew me in so effortlessly.
In the beginning, I felt a little sorry and sad for Sarah. She believes her husband is having an affair. Her kids are in boarding school. She religiously goes to therapy (nothing wrong with that). And she has A LOT of time on her hands. Life is going on without her and you feel it too.
When Sarah meets Lawrence, I was a bit surprised she begins an affair with the ever-so mysterious man (even though the synopsis clearly states she has a lover). I didn’t think Sarah really had it in her to cheat on her husband. She just seems like a fragile bird.
However, when the facts and the details of this thriller began to NOT add up (when as a reader you get this sense that something is just not right), I teetered between feeling a bit sad for Sarah who is going thru what appears to be a midlife crisis to being a bit weary and cautious as she doesn’t seem to be all there mentally. And I LOVE it. I love how I was forced to think of Sarah as both the victim and the potential perpetrator.
Just think…..If the fragile bird had it in her to have an affair, would she also have it in her to murder? Yes. Maybe. No. I don’t know. And yes, I know that is a bit extreme. But this is a thriller…and anything goes.
Another aspect that I LOVE is that not only does the reader get front row, live seats into Sarah’s therapy session with Dr. Robin, the reader ALSO gets to read the therapist’s note from the sessions. Teresa and Tullan brilliantly allow you to see both sides which adds an entirely new element to the story and presents clues to what the H is actually going on.
Like any great thriller, The Woman in the Park has a lot of twists and turns (NO Spoilers). As soon as you think you have it figured out, the story changes. I found the ending to be exciting, entertaining and satisfying.
Recommendation: Read…this is fantastic. It is a quick, fun and addicting read that will keep you guessing the entire way thru.
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. Her 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.