#bookreview SORROW AND BLISS by Meg Mason @wnbooks #SorrowandBliss #cheltlitfest @midaspr

Delighted to share with you today my review for Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason. I have seen so much love for this book of late, that I was thrilled when the lovely people at Midas PR sent me a copy to read and review to celebrate The Cheltenham Literature Festival which takes place between 8-17th October.

The author will be taking part in the festival on Saturday 16th October and will be talking to Clare Clark via live link from her home in Sydney.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival Oct 16th

L242 Meg Mason: Sorrow & Bliss
Quickfind L242
Sat 16 Oct 10:30am – 11:30am
Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

SYNOPSIS

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets.

So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave?

Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain.

Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.

MY THOUGHTS

Brilliantly paced and wonderfully observed, the new novel by Meg Mason, released in hardback back in June, is a brilliant story about a women and her struggles with her mental illness and the impact it has on her life and those closest to her.

Martha is married to Patrick, who she has known since a teenager when her first symptoms appeared and we follow her in present time and via flash backs from this time up to her 40th year, as she experiences more and more episodes of depression and watch as her family, in particular Patrick and her wonderful sister Ingrid, try their best to support her and help her through these times and beyond, often with not a lot in return from Martha herself.

The book explores not just the impact of mental heath issues but also family relationships and motherhood, more precisely a decision to have or not have children. Tender and also brutally written accounts of her day to day life over a 20+ year period with fantastic characters meant I really didn’t want to put this book down and just carried on reading.

Sometimes a slightly unlikeable character, Martha’s sadness is ever present in the novel but this book is full of comic touchers and super one liners, especially from Ingrid, that makes it, in my opinion, a fantastically warm read. Characters like Patrick, Ingrid and Martha’s Aunt Winsome add such a ray of hope and love to the story that stops it becoming a saddening read, also Martha’s relationship with her older friend and mentor Peregrine shows that there is love still within her. In fact I found the book almost a love story, not just between Martha and Patrick but between Martha and herself.

The author chooses not to name the condition Martha has, stating at the end of the book that her symptoms and treatment are fictional. Although at first I was a little confused by this I felt that it was a wise move. So many conditions including mental illness can vary between one sufferer to another that it stops a reader possibly shelf diagnosing or comparing it too closely to their own experiences.

A fantastic read who’s characters have long stayed with me since finishing the book.

#bookreview #newrelease What Page, Sir? by Simon Pickering @RedDoorBooks #WhatPageSir

Delighted to share with you today my review for What Page, Sir? by Simon Pickering. Thanks so much to the publishers Red Door Books for sending me this copy and for my spot on the tour.

SYNOPSIS

What Page, Sir? records the hilarious and sometimes painful experience of an English teacher as he struggles through some very familiar literary texts with some very unenthusiastic teenagers. Alongside the comedy that a teacher could really live without, is a fresh and irreverent look at the stalwarts of the school curriculum. Featuring An Inspector Calls, Lord of the Flies, and Of Mice and Men, plus the obvious works by Austen, Dickens and Shakespeare texts that seem to have been the staple for secondary schools forever, and, in some cases, remain a drag for everyone involved.

But beneath the buffoonery in the classroom, this book makes a more serious point about the education we are serving up for our children and whether it’s finally time for change.

MY THOUGHTS

This is an interesting, fun and quick read (130 pages) about one teachers experiences, over the years, of teaching English Literature at GCSE and A level, and the books that have come, gone and come back again, into the national curriculum.

Split into chapters each covering a different novel, the author gives us a reminder of the themes of the book/story line, in some instances, quoting from the text itself, ways in which he has taught it with methods and lesson plans, but also humorous insights and anecdotes on what it was like for him as a teacher, year in, year out, at different schools, with different pupils, but often hearing the same old jokes and banter from the students.

Something this book made me question, and not for the first time, was how familiar these titles are to me. Books that I studied back in the 80’s, my son’s studied in the early and mid 2010’s, and still being used today. Can the government and exam boards really not think of new one’s to use? One’s more up to date on female rights and sexuality, and with relevant issues and themes? As the synopsis asks, is it finally time for a change?

Many thanks to Lizzie at Red Door Books for bringing this book to my attention and for a copy of the book.

#blogtour #bookreview FALLING FOR A FRENCH DREAM by Jennifer Bohnet @jenniewriter @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources

It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I am delighted to share with you my review. Many thanks to Rachel Gilby of Rachel Random Resources for my invite and stop onto the tour and for the advance readers copy via Netgalley.

SYNOPSIS

After tragically losing her husband, Nicola Jacques and her teenage son Oliver relocate to his father’s family’s olive farm in the hills above the French Riviera.

Due to a family feud, Oliver has never known his father’s side of the family but Grandpapa Henri is intent that Oliver will take over the reins of the ancestral farm and his rightful inheritance.

Determined to keep her independence from a rather controlling Grandpapa, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of the family’s Olive Farm and sets to work renovating their new home and providing an income by cultivating the small holding that came with the Cottage.

As the summer months roll by, Nicola and Oliver begin to settle happily into their new way of life with the help of Aunts Josephine and Odette, Henri’s twin sisters and local property developer Gilles Bongars.

But the arrival of some unexpected news and guests at the farm, force Nicole and Aunt Josephine to assess what and where their futures lie.

*This book was previously published as The French Legacy.

MY THOUGHTS

This must be the fifth book of Jennifer’s I have read now, and she never disappoints in whisking me away to a sun drenched, idyllic French setting no matter what her characters have thrown at them!!

After Nicola and her son Oliver receive the news that her estranged husband has died, it leaves her with very mixed emotions. Sad for her son and for the loss of the man she did once love, but also with hope that now they could possibly begin to mend some bridges with her husband’s family in France. Relatives that Oliver barely knows. Following a request from farther-in-law Henri to come out to the farm in France to sort matters out, Nicola and Oliver head out there, but Nicola isn’t naïve, she is more than aware that she needs to be strong as Henri can be a controlling patriarch at the very least.

On arriving there Nicola is surprised with an ultimatum from Henri in regards to Oliver’s inheritance and makes a rushed and bold decision to move out to France. Buying a run down cottage very close to the farm means Oliver can be close to his new family, which he does appear to get on very well with, yet holding on to some of her independence and privacy, an added bonus is that she can return back to her love of gardening and the possibility make some money in doing so.

With the story line following them settling into their new lives, introducing the reader to Henri, Aunts Josephine and Odette and other characters, what follows is another charming and wonderfully set story from this author and again one that’s also full of back stories and other twists that gives the story mystery and suspense keeping the reader engaged and longing to find out the outcome for the characters involved.

As always beautifully set, this time in the surrounding countryside of the South of France, the novel wonderfully evokes the senses as you read with the sounds, smells and tastes of France plus of course with the sprinkling of possible romance making this another enjoyable and delightful read.

This book was previously published as The French Legacy.

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LINKS AND AUTHOR BIO

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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#BookReview The Midas Game by Abi Silver #TheMidasGame @abisilver16 @EyeandLightning @midaspr @amberchoudhary #publicationday

Publisher: Lightning Books

256 pages

E Book pub: 7th June 21

Paperback pub: Today 5th August 2021

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It’s my stop on the blog tour today for Abi Silver’s new Burton and Lamb story The Midas Game.

I’m absolutely delighted to share with you my review of this new novel, today, on it’s paperback publication day!

Many thanks to the publishers Lightning Books and to Amber Choudhary of Midaspr (appropriatly!), for my advance copy.

SYNOPSIS

When eminent psychiatrist Dr Liz Sullivan is found dead in her bed, suspicion falls on local gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds. Did he target her because of her anti-gaming views and the work she undertook to expose the dangers of playing online games? And what was her connection with Valiant, an independent game manufacturer about to hit the big time, and its volatile boss?

Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once more to defend JD when no one else is on his side. But just because he makes a living killing people on screen doesn’t mean he’d do it in real life. Or does it?

Another thought-provoking courtroom drama from the acclaimed author of the Burton & Lamb series.

MY THOUGHTS

The Midas Game is the 5th book in the Burton and Lamb Thrillers Series and my 2nd, as I have also read and enjoyed The Pinocchio Brief. Each book can be read as a stand alone and read in any order.

These engaging and informative court room thriller/mystery novels all have a wonderful cast of characters and an of the moment, up to date tech interest to their story lines and this 5th book was no different.

In this new story we meet gamer and YouTube celebrity Jaden ‘JD’ Dodds, as Constance first meets him to interview him, after he has been held in custardy in connection with the death of a neighbour of his Dr Liz Sullivan.

With evidence linking him to the scene and Dr Sullivan’s long time work looking at gaming addiction the police consider him a prime suspect but as Constance begins her investigation she is sure there is much more to this than the police seem to want to consider.

Once again she teams up with Judith and as they set up their case to defend JD in the court hearing we also read chapters about a young game developer called Luke, who works at a small but determined company called Valiant as he introduces his new idea to his boss Eric.

Once again Abi Silver writes an enjoyable and believable court room mystery which kept me guessing till the end, with some brilliantly thought out twists and red herrings. This book covers the topic of on-line gaming, gaming addiction and the gaming industry as a whole, which I found very interesting. You do not need to be a gamer or indeed have knowledge of gaming to enjoy this book, but as a mother of two, now grown, boys I found the factual elements of the industries and potential problems gaming can have very thought provoking and I felt it was extremely well researched.

With social media sites like You Tube and Twitch becoming ever more popular and gamers having a celebrity like status to their followers, it is indeed an important and interesting topic but the author makes it very readable, as she incorporates it into this easy to follow and engaging novel. I was gripped right from the very start as we follow Constance as she gathers information, unearthing more and more details on the work of the victim.

I will definitely read more books in this series and even as I have already mentioned, these stories can be read as standalones, after reading two books now, I really want to feel more for the main two characters and the connection they have with each other, so will go back to book 2 and I can’t wait to find out more.

Many thanks to Amber, Midas pr and Lightning Books for my advance copy of the book and invite onto the blog tour, which continues until August 19th, so do check out the other posts and reviews.

The Midas game is released in paperback today!

#bookreview #blogtour WHAT I DID by KATE BRADLEY

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It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I’m delighted to share with you my review. What I Did is the second suspense novel from Kate Bradley following her debut To Keep You Safe. Thanks to Jenna Petts at Bonnier Books for my proof copy and invite onto the tour. WHAT I DID is released on January 21st.

SYNOPSIS

Lisa is running.
She has taken her child, Jack, and she has run from his father.

Lisa thinks she’s safe.
She’s found a remote house where no one will be able to find them.

Lisa is about to wake up in her worst nightmare.
And now she must face what she’s tried to escape.

Risking everything to protect her little boy, Lisa knows that in order to survive she will have to fight, but it’s hard to face someone you loved, especially someone you still love, who knows who you really are – and what you are really capable of.

Family is everything. What would you do to protect it?

REVIEW

Lisa, husband Nick and son Jack look like a normal happy family, but only on the outside. At home things are far from good. Lisa has been trying so hard to keep things under wraps, but when one of the other ‘school mums’ meets with her to tell her that Lisa’s many bruises have been noticed and that a group of them are very worried about her, she knows, deep down, that somethings have to change.

She starts to formulate a plan of action, but as an horrific incident occurs at home, the story begins to unfurl a complex, dark, twisting and totally unpredictable plot.

Gosh! There are so many twists and turns in this novel, it really keeps you on your toes! After a steadily paced build it throws such an almighty twist that I was turning back pages to see if I had missed something. Afterwards there is no sitting back or predictable story lines here, as there is still more to come. More and more the characters are shown in different lights and with the continued dual time line narrative, this novel reveals revelation after revelation that I really didn’t see coming.

There are a number of dark themes to this novel but with the rollercoaster of events that take place I was whipped around like a cats toy on a string, keeping my attention moving forward.

If your looking for an unpredictable, twisting domestic thriller this is one to try.

#bookreview #blogtour #ebookextract MURDER AT THE GORGE by Frances Evesham @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources @FrancesEvesham

It’s my stop on the blog tour today for Frances Evesham’s new book in the Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries series, Murder at the Gorge. Thanks so much to the publisher BoldWood Books and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my digital copy and spot on the tour. Not only do I have a review but also an extract from the e book for you to read……Enjoy!

EBOOK EXTRACT

Sand blew fiercely across Exham on Sea beach, slicing into any intrepid walker brave enough to venture out. Max Ramshore shivered, despite the padded jacket he’d zipped right up to his chin. The late-November wind from the sea always found the slightest chink in his clothing. He pulled his beanie lower over his forehead and made a mental note to buy a warmer scarf.

In summer, the eight miles of sand were a delight, the air tangy with ozone and fish and chips, and the beach dotted with cheerful holidaymakers eating ice cream, balancing small children on obliging, mild-tempered donkeys, and helping to build sandcastles.

In winter, the seafront belonged once more to the locals.

Max and Libby were determined, today, to reach the wooden Low Lighthouse. ‘I have mixed feelings when I walk here,’ Libby said. She pointed. ‘Look, that’s where I found the first body, lying against one of the wooden legs. It still sends shivers down my spine to remember poor Susie, slumped there like a sack of coal. At least her murder brought us together.’

‘Ramshore and Forest, detectives extraordinaire,’ Max teased.

‘Forest and Ramshore,’ Libby insisted, as she always did. No wonder they’d never agreed on a letterhead or logo for their private investigation business, even though it now took up almost as much time as producing her famous cakes and chocolates.

Libby stood by Max’s side, watching the two dogs cavorting in the sand. She had a smile on her lips. That smile was almost constant, these days.

Max forgot the cold seeping into his neck, and counted his blessings.

In almost two weeks, they’d be married.

Bear, Max’s huge, now rather elderly, Carpathian sheepdog decided an interesting morsel lay just beneath the sand under the lighthouse and dug furiously with giant paws, sand flying in every direction.

‘Watch out,’ Max shouted, too late, as sand hit him squarely in the left eye. Blinking furiously, trying not to rub the eye, he staggered upwind of Bear just as Shipley, his springer spaniel, dropped a stick twice his own size at Max’s feet.

Max’s curse was lost in Shipley’s excited barking and Libby’s shout of laughter. She retrieved the stick and threw it for Shipley to chase.

‘Come here,’ she told Max, ‘let me wash the sand out of your eye.’

His back to the wind, Max let her dribble bottled water from her rucksack into his eye and scrub around it with a tissue. She’d never make a nurse, but he decided the embrace that followed was worth the pain.

‘I shall enjoy married life if you look after me like that,’ he murmured. ‘You’re a useful person to have around.’

‘For the first aid or the cooking?’

‘Both. I’m expecting to sample every single one of the cake recipes in your “Baking at the Beach” books.’

Libby pulled back a little to look into his face, ducking as the breeze hurled more sand their way. ‘Baking at the Beach is a great title, but not a sensible activity in November,’ she admitted.

‘You can call book three, Baking in a nice warm kitchen.’

She laughed. How he loved that sound; a proper, deep chortle. His ex-wife had laughed with an affected noise designed, he was sure, to sound like tinkling bells.

He took Libby’s arm, whistling for the dogs. Shipley, who’d recently undergone strict retraining, returned at once, but Bear went on digging.

‘Do you think he’s getting deaf?’ Libby asked. ‘He used to come when I called, but lately he’s been ignoring me.’

Max studied Bear. ‘Hard to say. He’s not as young as he used to be and I’ve noticed he limps a little. Rheumatism, maybe.’

Libby was frowning. ‘I know twelve is old for a Carpathian, but I can’t imagine life without him. Maybe he needs a visit to the vet? To be checked out?’

‘I’ll take him, if you’ll please agree we can go home now and get out of this wind?’

‘Wimp.’

The wind blew them back to Max’s Land Rover, parked near the jetty, in half the time it had taken them to reach the lighthouse.

Synopsis

Murder at the Gorge

A joke? A prank? Or something more sinister?


When the Exham-on-Sea residents are targeted by anonymous emails containing apparently harmless nursery rhymes, no one knows whether to laugh or shudder until an unexplained death touches the town.

Libby Forest, baker, chocolatier and Exham’s very own resident private investigator, alongside her partner Max Ramshore, set out to solve the puzzle before more people die. But when Max’s ex-wife arrives on the scene, ahead of Max and Libby’s long-awaited nuptials, things go from bad to worse.

With the town and their relationship under threat, Max and Libby need the help of the Exham History Society if they’re going to find the nursery rhyme killer in time.

Murder at the Gorge is the seventh in a series of Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set at the small English seaside town full of quirky characters, sea air, and gossip.

If you love Agatha Christie-style mysteries, cosy crime, clever dogs and cake, then you’ll love these intriguing whodunnits.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3cnJN1F

MY REVIEW

When several people in the village receive e mails containing nursery rhymes, everyone just thinks it’s spam or a prank. But when Max & Libby find out the two cases they have started to look into also received them, it’s not looking so innocent after all!

But with the opening of a new cafe and their upcoming wedding to organise, things become strained and stress starts to build.

This was a lovely quick read with some delightful characters. Max and Libby are wonderfully described and I adored the inclusion of Max’s two dogs Shipley and Bear. This is a village mystery type read but with Max’s expertise in fraud and computers, and their contacts to the local police force, there is also a modern, more practical story running through it. I also liked the way the novel addresses Libby and Max’s relationship and the ups and downs of what is a second marriage in later years for both of them.

The many references to Libby’s chocolate making and baking, I must admit, had me reaching for the biscuit barrel a number of times whilst reading this book! Oh well, another few pounds added to the ever growing lockdown weight gain.

A lovely village crime story with a modern twist. I look forward to ‘munching’ my way through the other six now!

AUTHOR BIO

Frances Evesham is the author of the hugely successful Exham-on-Sea Murder Mysteries set in her home county of Somerset. In her spare time, she collects poison recipes and other ways of dispatching her unfortunate victims. She likes to cook with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, her head full of murder―fictional only.

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#BLOGTOUR : #BOOKREVIEW : DARK WATERS BY G R HALLIDAY

Delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today, for Dark Waters by G R Halliday.  The second book in the Monica Kennedy series.

I really enjoyed reading From The Shadows ( my review can be found here: https://babbageandsweetcorn.wordpress.com/2020/06/23/book-review-for-from-the-shadows-by-g-r-halliday ) and meeting Monica and her team but wow! This new book was fantastic! Read on for my review.

 

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Book Blurb

The haunting new novel from G. R. Halliday, author of FROM THE SHADOWS, shortlisted for THE MCILVANNEY DEBUT PRIZE

DARK WATERS is dark and disturbing from page one – in the best possible way. The plot is intricate and layered, and peppered with revelations that will keep you reading into the night’ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

THREE MISTAKES. TWO MURDERS. ONE MORE VICTIM TO GO . . .

Annabelle has come to the Scottish Highlands to escape. But as she speeds along a deserted mountain road, she is suddenly forced to swerve. The next thing she remembers is waking up in a dark, damp room. A voice from the corner of the room says ‘The Doctor will be here soon’.

Scott is camping alone in the Scottish woodlands when he hears a scream. He starts to run in fear of his life. Scott is never seen again.

Meanwhile DI Monica Kennedy has been called to her first Serious Crimes case in six months – a dismembered body has been discovered, abandoned in a dam. Days later, when another victim surfaces, Monica knows she is on the hunt for a ruthless killer.

But as she begins to close in on the murderer, her own dark past isn’t far behind …

 

My Thoughts

If you like your thrillers a little dark, full of twists and turns, with fantastic characters giving the story new leads and information at every turn then grab a copy of this book!!  A fantastic read where I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, ever eager to find out what would happen next.  The pace and drama are totally engrossing and the narrative given by the main victim along with our protagonist DI Monica Kennedy was superb.

Following the end results of book one, Monica has cut back on her work by temporarily joining the traffic department, allowing herself time to heal and to spend more time with her young daughter Lucy.  However whilst out on a trip to the cinema, Monica receives her first call in months from her old boss back in MIT.  She is needed back!  After the discovery of a dismembered body in the more remote parts of the Scottish Highlands Monica joins back up with Crawford, Fisher and new team member Khan, on what turns out to be a major murder and abduction investigation.

Yet again the Highlands and their landscape and weather are wonderfully evoked and it was great to meet back up with the team and we learn a little more about them in this new book.  They also seem a little closer after the events of book one.  I loved the way each chapter was told mainly from the point of view of each of the two main characters and how they overlapped within the time frame of the investigation, plus a few back stories and earlier events which gave the story insights into the crimes taking place.  There are a number of characters but the author introduces them well, as you read about their involvement and learn of yet another lead for Monica and her team to follow up.

The chapters told by Annabelle are quite graphic and scary but boy did I found my heart pumping at each of her attempts to escape. Towards the end of the book the story line from Annabelle and Monica are full of such tense drama and adrenaline, and I loved the way their actions are told, one after another, so that you can follow them getting closer and closer but will it all be too late???

This second book can easily be read as a standalone but I’ve so enjoyed reading these two books that I can’t wait for book three and further enjoyment from this new series.

Thanks so much to Mia from Vintage, for my place on the tour and bringing this new series to my attention.

 

Book Review for THE MURDER GAME by Rachel Abbott

 

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Today I am thrilled to take part in the blog tour for Rachel Abbott’s new book The Murder Game.  Second in the Stephanie King series. A what a corker it was!

Thanks to the publishers Headline Books for my proof copy and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my invite and spot on the tour.

 

SYNOPSIS

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’ wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

What a great read this was!  Set in the most amazing sounding location of Polskirrin, a beautiful large house set in glorious gardens by it’s own private beach, in a remote part of Cornwall, you couldn’t get a better location for a mystery!

The book opens with a group of friends travelling down to Polskirrin, the home of one of the wealthier of the friends, for his wedding weekend.  Idyllic it sounds, but a tragic incident occurs right before the celebrations are about to start.

Skip a year and a lot has changed.  When each of the original guests receives an invitation to celebrate the couples first wedding anniversary, they are somewhat bemused. All except one…..Lucas, the owner of Polskirrin, for he has devised a little game for them all to play……….

This was an brilliantly written, great paced mystery that hooked me in right from the start.  The brilliant location full of a group of friends that seem to hold a lot of secrets.  Not always a particular friendly bunch there is a lot of rivalry, weird devotion, and a sense that everyone knows something about the other.  All of this adding to the mounting tension within the story.  It uses the character of Jemma, a wife of one of the friends, and therefore not known to them, or them to her, from childhood making it a clever way to look in on the group from an outsiders perspective.

It tells the story mainly in the present, looking back on the wedding weekend and what happened. But then in walks Stephanie, with yet another mystery to throw into the mix.  Making this a wonderfully complex and twisting read, full of mystery, that is so absorbing I raced through this book.  I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book, getting to know the characters, ‘watching’ how they all acted amongst each other, and  reading the fabulous build up to the story, as every aspect of it comes together. Highly recommended reading!

This is the second in the Stephanie King Series but can easily be read as a standalone. Released on April 16th by Wildfire it’s available to buy now!

 

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About The Author

Rachel Abbott began her career as an independent author in 2011, with Only the Innocent, which became a No.1 bestseller on Kindle, topping the chart for four weeks. Since then, she has published eight further psychological thrillers and sold over 3 million copies. She is one of the top-selling authors of all time in the UK Kindle store, and her novels have been translated into 21 languages.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.

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