Louise Mangos: The Beaten Track


She thinks she is safe now that she’s home from her travels… but her nightmare has only just begun.

After her stalker takes his life and she’s jilted by a holiday lover, Sandrine comes home from her round-the-world backpacking trip perturbed, penniless and pregnant. She meets handsome Scott who offers her love, security and all she and her new baby could ever wish for.

But their dream is about to turn into a nightmare…


The Beaten Track is a book that was recommended to me and it was certainly right up my street. From the very beginning, it is filled with tension and I really wanted to know how the characters reached the situation described in such detail in the prologue. 

The tension in the novel is not “in your face” but it gathers pace gradually, making me feel quite uncomfortable until the explosive ending. Jake is an exceptionally creepy character and I liked the way this builds throughout the novel. The chapters are told alternately from the perspectives of Sandrine and Jake, so it was great to see inside his head and see what made him tick. 

As Sandrine is travelling the world, Louise Mangos’ writing takes us to a number of different locations. Although I had not visited these settings myself, her descriptions took me right there and I was able to picture each situation as it happened. 

The Beaten Track is full of twists and turns. Although I was able to predict some of them, the story kept me engaged all the way through and I was desperate to know what happened, particularly towards the end. 

The Beaten Track is available from Amazon.

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