"I asked myself why I was so spellbound by a novel with a tone so dark that the story offered not even a glimmer of hope. Perhaps because it felt so true to life." - Dast magazine "In a creepy, psychologically thrilling read by author Sandra Gustafsson, The Rival, the reader is introduced to Sara and Tobias. /.../ I so enjoyed The Rival. Once I started reading it, I simply could not put it down. Author Sandra Gustafsson has done a great job in creating characters that are interesting, intriguing, and just a bit unbalanced, exactly the type of characters that will keep her readers obsessively turning the pages of this thrill ride of a read." - Chris Fischer, Readers Favorite "The Rival" by Sandra Gustafsson is an excellent suspenseful mystery. - Paige Lovitt, Reader Views
Someone killed Joakim
His girlfriend Sara and his brother Tobias give radically different accounts of what happened.
Is Sara really in love with the brother or is she in fact a sociopath who won’t stop at anything, as Tobias claims?
The Rival gives us the portraits of two characters at the ends of their ropes: Tobias with his intense love-hate relationship with his family and Sara who has negated her own personality in her struggle to be accepted. When each makes a desperate effort to gain control, nothing turns out the way they planned.
The Rival is a claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, revenge and the consequences of manipulating others.
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