The Personal Assistant

Thank you, Park Row Books, for the gifted copy of The Personal Assistant {partner}

Genre: Mystery
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 11.29.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆


“When Alex first began posting unscripted family moments and motivational messages online, she had no intention of becoming an influencer. Overnight it seemed she’d amassed a huge following, and her hobby became a full-time job—one that was impossible to manage without her sharp-as-a-tack personal assistant, AC.

But all the good-will of her followers turns toxic when one controversial post goes viral in the worst possible way. Alex reaches out to AC for damage control, but her assistant has gone silent. This young woman Alex trusted with all her secrets, who had access to her personal information and front row seats to the pressure points in her marriage and family life, is now missing and the police are looking to Alex and her husband for answers. As Alex digs into AC’s identity – and a woman is found murdered – she’ll find the greatest threat isn’t online, but in her own living room.

Written in alternating perspectives between Alex, her husband, and the mysterious AC, this juicy cat and mouse story will keep you guessing till the very end.”


“This is how it begins, flying down a country road. Windows down, music blaring. An old Journey classic, one she knew by heart.”

If you’re looking for an exciting mystery full of reasonably unlikable characters with something to hide, then The Personal Assistant is the book for you!

I switched between reading and listening to this title, and I recommend the physical book more than the audio. A few times, the narrator used a voice with an accent but didn’t continue to do that with the same character. It was just a tiny thing, but for some reason, it irritated me.

The plot of the story was intriguing, and I kept wanting to listen or read the story so I could figure out what was going on between the characters (husband and wife + mystery woman from the past). However, the execution of the plot twists was off. There was a whole aspect to the plot line that wasn’t discussed (or I missed it, but I don’t think that’s the case). So the big reveal left me with more questions than answers 🤷🏽‍♀️

🗣️ Alternating POV
🕰️ Past & Present
⁉️ Unreliable narrators
🤳🏼 Dark side of social media
🔀 Twisty, but the ending left me wanting more

I recommend reading The Personal Assistant if you’ve enjoyed reading any of Kimberly Belle’s other books.

Format: 352 pages, paperback
Published: November 2022
ISBN 9780778333258 (ISBN10: 0778333256)

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