#blogtour #bookreview LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO by @Mrssmithmunday @orionbooks @alexxlayt

Published 1 April 2021 Hardback, eBook and Audio

Published by Orion Books

It’s my spot on the blog tour today for Nikki Smith’s new novel LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. This is Nikki’s second book and she’s written another cracker of a read! Many thanks to the publisher and to Alex Layt for my invite onto the tour and for my proof copy.

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SYNOPSIS

Two people can keep a secret . . . if one of them is dead.

Sisters Jo and Caroline are used to hiding things from each other. They’ve never been close – taking it in turns to feel on the outside of their family unit, playing an endless game of favourites.

Jo envies Caroline’s life – things have always come so easy to her. Then a family inheritance falls entirely to Jo, and suddenly now Caroline wants what Jo has. Needs it, even.

But just how far will she go to get it?

MY THOUGHTS

After reading Nikki’s first novel ALL IN HER HEAD and finding it a brilliant read, I couldn’t wait for the chance to read her second novel LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

We follow two sisters, Jo and Caroline, after the death of their father. The two have never been close, favouritism by different parents, troubled teenage years for Jo, has left their relationship somewhat icy. But after years of Jo living miles away, she and her family have recently returned ‘home’, to work for the family business. However, after the reading of the will shows that their father has left a majority share to Jo, Caroline and her mother start to become concerned as to what cause of action Jo will take. We then get taken on a utterly gripping tale of secrets and lies, and the reader is given privy to a dark side of one marriage.

Wow! This book was a total page turner! Complex and extremely well written, I was gripped from the very first chapter. The suspense, tension and descriptions of a toxic marriage were horrific and yet I couldn’t tear my eyes off it! Amazingly portrayed. Each and every character in the book has secrets they are keeping from the others, but in the case of the female characters, still allowing the reader to feel sympathy for each of them. A fantastic blend of psychological thriller and suspense with an engaging and absorbing family story.

What stood out for me though was the way the author kept the tension and suspense of this novel going. Like a taut piece of string, always on the verge of snapping, she feeds the reader enough information, twists and turns to keep you utterly gripped, yet at the same time keeps you in the dark and guessing for as long as she possible can. I couldn’t stop reading, desperate to know what direction the story was taking next, who’s secrets were about to be discovered and what even those secrets were!

With a brilliant ending that brings the book to a full circle, this is another smashing read from Nikki Smith and one I would highly recommend!

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