#blogtour #bookreview for THE COMING DARKNESS by GREG MOSSE @GregMosse published November 10th 2022 by @moonflowerbooks Blog Tour arranged by @midaspr #TheComingDarkness

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Coming Darkness. The debut thriller by Greg Mosse. Huge thanks to Sofia at Midas PR for my proof copy and spot on the blog tour.

SYNOPSIS

Paris, 2037. Alexandre Lamarque of the French external security service is hunting for eco-terrorists. Experience has taught him there is no one he can trust – not his secretive lover Mariam, not even his old mentor, Professor Fayard, the man at the centre of the web. He is ready to give up. But he can’t.

In search of the truth, Alex must follow the trail through an ominous spiral of events, from a string of brutal child murders to a chaotic coup in North Africa. He rapidly finds himself in a heart-thumping race against chaos and destruction. He could be the world’s only hope of preventing THE COMING DARKNESS . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Coming Darkness is a near-future espionage thriller written as a classic spy story. We’re introduced to Alex Lamarque, an operative in the French external security service. He clearly believes in right and wrong, but he is no longer sure if the ends justify the means. Alex also has a reputation for reliable intuition and he has a growing sense of foreboding that something big and bad is developing. He is a comfortable and human hero and feels familiar from the off; he is easy to spend time with. Those around him are also well drawn with a believable history reinforcing the idea that these characters have had a life together before this story.

As with all good spy thrillers there are multiple strands, initially seemingly disparate but becoming intertwined as Alex’s assignments and intuition draw them together. Those around him, from his mother to his childhood friend and lover, are pulled into the multi-layered plots increasing the sense of jeopardy and raising Alex’s anxiety.

The near-future setting allows some liberties with political geography to be taken that set up a key plot, and believable changes in communication and transport are showcased with ongoing pandemics and climate change providing the dystopian backdrop with the displaced and migrants having no identity, living in ghettos outside of society. The haves still have, the have-nots don’t even have an identity.

While the start of the book is complicated as the plots are drawn the pace is always fast as Alex moves from one assignment to the next and the pressure builds as the story and his sense of foreboding grows.

An enjoyable, fast-paced , well constructed thriller.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About Greg Mosse 

A theatre director, playwright and actor Greg Mosse is the founder and director of the Criterion New Writing programme at the Criterion Theatre in London, running workshops in script development to a diverse community of writers, actors and directors. In addition, since 2015, Greg has written, produced and stage 25 plays and musicals.

Greg set up both the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School – an open access program of evening classes delivering MA level workshops – and the University of Sussex MA in Creative Writing at West Dean College which he taught for 4 years. 

The husband of the bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, Kate’s hit novel Labyrinth was inspired by a house that Greg and his mother bought together in the French medieval city of Carcassonne, where the couple and their children spent many happy summers. Following the success of Labyrinth, Greg created the innovative readers-and-writers website mosselabyrinth.co.uk MosseLabyrinth. The first of its kind MosseLabrynth was the world’s first online accessible 3D world.

A multilinguist, Greg has lived and worked in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Madrid and has worked as both an interpreter at a variety of international institutions and a teacher in the UK.

Greg and Kate live in Chichester, where Kate’s parents founded the Chichester Festival Theatre, they have two grown up children.

The Coming Darkness was written during lockdown and is Greg’s debut novel. 

#blogtour #bookreview How To Kill Your Best Friend by @elliott_lexie Published by @CorvusBooks #newrelease @midaspr

It’s my stop on the blog tour today so I’m pleased to share with you my review for How To Kill Your Best Friend.

Many thanks to Becky at Midas PR for my invite and copy of the book.

SYNOPSIS

I’d do anything for my friends – even murder…

Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn have been best friends since they met on their college swimming team. Now Lissa is dead – drowned off the coast of the remote island where her second husband owns a luxury resort. But could a star open-water swimmer really have drowned? Or is something more sinister going on?

Brought together for Lissa’s memorial, Georgie, Bron, Lissa’s grieving husband and their friends find themselves questioning the circumstances around Lissa’s death – and each other. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the guests on the island, it slowly dawns on them that Lissa’s death was only the beginning. Nobody knows who they can trust. Or if they’ll make it off the island alive…

MY THOUGHTS

This new novel from Lexie Elliot, author of The French Girl, is a slow burn of a summer thriller, set on a remote island. Told from the perspectives of two friends, Bronwyn and Georgie, we meet these two and other friends and partners at the memorial of a third friend Lissa, who went missing some 3 months before, during a late night swim. All of them are accomplished swimmers, so the two best friends can’t make out how this could have happened.

As they all gather in this gorgeous setting, surrounded by luxury, they can’t ignore the ever increasing sense of danger, and as mysterious and threatening messages start to arrive, they all start to question, who can they trust?

As the weather takes a turn for the worst, trapping all onto the island, this novel really begins it’s fabulous tale of buried secrets, past mysteries and gripping twists and turns. Even a sea serpent who takes those who ‘want taken’! As new revelations, past and present, come to the fore and dangerous accident start to occur, this novel really picks up the tension with a fantastic finish.

A wonderful suspenseful summer page turner!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.

MY THOUGHTS

#bookreview A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward @AuthorCamWard @MichaelJBooks @penguinrandom @ellamwatkins

Previously published under the name Adam Southward, this new novel by Cameron Ward was published June 23rd and I would like to thank the publishers for kindly sending me a proof copy. This is a high action locked room type mystery with a strong female lead.

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SYNOPSIS

When ex-marine Sarah French joins a luxury superyacht as on-board security, it seems like the perfect place to start over.

But as they head into open water, someone goes missing.

There’s a murderer on board.

And everyone is a suspect.

If Sarah is to keep everyone safe, she’ll need to find the killer.

But there’s a storm on the horizon . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Following Sarah French, an ex-marine, still suffering from the trauma of her last assignment, she is offered a new job by her now boss, Mitch, who runs a security company providing military-trained personnel. Mitch, also ex-marine, knows Sarah’s situation and past and offers her a simple security job, on board a luxury super yacht called The Escape, hoping that it will give her some time to reflect and start to come to terms with what happened.

A planned journey to get the yacht to Antiga for final stages of it’s refurbishment, it appears Sarah’s presence is for insurance purposes only and along with a skeleton crew they soon set off.

Sarah soon notices a strange atmosphere within the crew, but she’s not here to make friends, although she knows she really should work on that side of her life, try and be a bit more approachable, but what she really wants is some time to get her head together and do a good job for Mitch. However when parts of the yacht occur problems and start to malfunction mid journey, and the captain chooses not to return but carry on, Sarah’s role on board soon become anything but simple!

Narrated entirely by Sarah we get a great sense of her personality and the panic attacks she’s experiencing. We are introduced to the others on board as she meets them and there are a good mix of characters. As things start to go wrong on The Escape, there is a real sense of panic and fear, coupled with the crews knowledge and experience of what they should all do in such circumstances. They really should turn back but with big incentives for both owners and crew to get the super yacht to it’s destination quickly, means that the captain chooses to carry on and to make matters even more worse, they are heading for a storm!!

Drama in the middle of the Atlantic and a locked room mystery on board a super yacht are a real mix for a tense and inescapable situation, and the author uses his characters, the workings of the yacht and a strong female lead to there advantage and creates a fast-paced and tense summer thriller. The action really picks up towards the end and Sarah’s military training is brought to the fore.

A solid summer quick read thriller.

#bookreview WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME by @GillianMAuthor Published May 12th by @MichaelJBooks Rep’d by @felicityblunt @lucycmorris #WrongPlaceWrongTime #NetGalley

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SYNOPSIS

It’s every parent’s nightmare.

Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime: murdering a complete stranger.

You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your teenage boy is in custody and his future lost.

That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake . . .

. . . and it is yesterday.

Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. Another chance to stop it.

MY THOUGHTS

I had started to hear a lot of praise for this newly released novel by Gillian McAllister, so when a fellow book blogger said I should put it straight to the top of my reading pile, I did just that! Boy! Was I glad I did!

Read it in 2 days and couldn’t put it down. My husband was fully versed on the plot too as I kept shouting out the plot twists to him as I read! Oh! She’s ……… !!The ….. has just ………!!

This is a really great and different take on the family drama/mystery novel and when you read a lot of books something a bit different is always a bonus!

I will not give away too much in this review, as the twists and turns are plentiful, but the book opens with our main character Jen waiting up for her son to come home As she stands by the window she sees his figure come round the corner and walk up to the house, but there is someone else out there, someone whom her son murders right in front of her eyes.

Well with that opener (and I’m not giving anything away here as this is right at the start of the book and included in the blurb) I was sucked immediately in. What follows though is some fantastic plotting, writing, character development, attention to detail and some beautifully heartfelt written sections.

A time travel, ‘why-done-it’ and even if you figure out who’s who and what’s what, a really gripping read that I just couldn’t put down. Huge thanks to the publisher for my advance digital copy.

#bookreview Reptile Memoirs by Silje Ulstein Published March 17th by Grove Press UK @siljesalat @GrovePressUK @groveatlantic @AtlanticBooks #newrelease

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SYNOPSIS

Liv has a lot of secrets. Late one night, in the aftermath of a party in the apartment she shares with two friends in Ålesund, she sees a python on a TV nature show and becomes obsessed with the idea of buying a snake as a pet. Soon Nero, a baby Burmese python, becomes the apartment’s fourth roommate. As Liv bonds with Nero, she is struck by a desire that surprises her with its intensity. Finally she is safe.

Thirteen years later, in the nearby town of Kristiansund, Mariam Lind goes on a shopping trip with her eleven-year-old daughter, Iben. Following an argument Mariam storms off, expecting her young daughter to make her own way home . . . but she never does. Detective Roe Olsvik, new to the Kristiansund police department, is assigned to the case of Iben’s disappearance. As he interrogates Mariam, he instantly suspects her – but there is much more to this case and these characters than their outer appearances would suggest.

MY THOUGHTS

Set in Norway and told in two different time lines with multiple characters, Reptile Memoirs is a dark and sinister debut novel, with a touch of weirdness that makes it quiet original.

The first half of the story is reasonably slow paced. Flatmates Liv, Egil and Ingvar, along with pet python Nero are introduced. Narrating their own chapters, we are given a glimpses of their lives and thoughts. Parties, inner feelings and anxieties, plus Liv and Nero’s growing ‘connection’ to each other. Simultaneously we are told the story of Mariam. CEO of her own company and married to a prominent politician, she is struggling to remain close to her 11 year old daughter, Iben. We meet them on a shopping trip at a nearby store, arguing over which magazine Iben can buy. Mariam is determined to hold her ground with her strong willed daughter, so when Iben storms off to the other side of the store, Mariam uses the opportunity to glance at her ringing phone. When she looks up, Iben has gone.

After a somewhat frantic look around, Mariam is certain that Iben has just left and started to walk home, just to punish her, so she pays for the groceries and shoves them into the boot of the car. However Mariam, adding to this already sinister mood evoking novel, doesn’t go straight home to check up on her daughter. She drives off and doesn’t return till much later that evening.

Back in 2003 and we learn a little more of Liv, who has clearly had a major trauma happen in her childhood connected to her mother and step father, adding to this complex tale but without giving the reader any idea of how these two time lines could possibly be connected.

When Liv’s obsession with Nero takes on a strange and indeed ever so slightly disturbing turn! Plus the introduction of Detective Roe Olsvik I did for a moment wonder where on earth this story was heading! But stick with it! An ambitious tale, which needs concentration, is rewarded with some generally surprising twists at the end.

#blogtour #bookreview ONE STEP TOO FAR by @lisagardnerbks @centurybooksuk @Rachel90Kennedy

Hi everyone, and welcome to my first blog tour of 2022! and what a book to kick off with!

Before She Disappeared, the first book starting our main protagonist Frankie Elkin, was in my top 10 reads of last year, so when the lovely Rachel Kennedy of Century Books emailed me to say there was a second book being published this month, I was so thrilled!

All the great bloggers taking part in the blog tour

SYNOPSIS

Five men head into the woods for a bachelor party weekend. Only four return. Hours stretch into days, which stretch into weeks. Volunteers go home, police are assigned new cases and the missing hiker Timothy O’Day becomes one more missing person, vanished without a trace. Until Frankie Elkin – missing persons specialist – comes to town. Fresh off her case in Boston, Frankie heads to Wyoming, determined to find Timothy and bring him home – whatever the cost. Frankie joins a seven-day woodland search team, lead by Tim’s father Martin, as they venture deep into the dark forest to uncover the truth. With secrets swirling and tensions raised in the group, it becomes clear that Frankie’s newest case could very well be her last . . .

MY THOUGHTS

This second book in this new series only cemented how much I liked about it’s main character Frankie Elkin.

She’s an outsider, a loner and has many flaws, yet she is an investigator so unlike any other.

A recovering alcoholic, with a past which still haunts her, Frankie looks for missing people, yet the relatives don’t come looking for Frankie, asking for her help, Frankie goes looking for them. A drifter, moving around from one case to another, she researches missing people and when she spots one she believes she may be able to make a difference to, she packs up her one small battered suitcase and heads out.

The people who are missing could have been so for months or years and so often the case, aren’t found alive, but with her belief that these people shouldn’t be forgotten just because the clues have run cold, with her belief in herself, and often with hostility from those already involved, she is determined to find them.

As the synopsis states, in this new novel, Frankie is in search of a young man who went missing on a ‘bachelor party’ weekend camping trip. His friends say they are clueless about what has happened to him and his dad Martin is so desperate to bring him home that he organisers yearly searches, dragging willingly or not, those same friends and a few professionals along with him. It is one of these trips that Frankie joins. Totally out of her depth and with no real experience of the landscape they are about to head into, she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

This book wonderfully describes the wilderness of Wyoming, as the search party struggle with the unforgiving terrain, remoteness and rising and plummeting temperatures. It has a fast moving plot, which kicks off right from the start, unrelenting tensions, whether it be from the dangers of the landscape and weather, or from the rich array of characters that are so likable, yet had me constantly questioning….are they trustworthy??? What have they got to hide??? It was a case of fearing what will get them first? The conditions or each other? The descriptions of their hike, how they go about tackling the next section and the equipment they use made the book feel very real. There is mystery, high tension, action and suspense! I found this another great read and confirming my thoughts that this series is now to be an automatic read for me. I can’t wait to read where Frankie goes next!

Many thanks to the publishers for my proof copy of the book and invite onto the tour. One Step Too Far is published on January 20th.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Gardner started her writing career aged seventeen. Having caught her hair on fire while working in food service, crafting a novel seemed a safer bet. A mere ten years later she became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband.

Now an internationally bestselling author and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best suspense novel, Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

When not glued to her computer, she can be found hiking the mountains with her dogs and/or researching new and interesting ways to get away with murder.

#bookreview #newrelease ON THE EDGE by @AuthorJJesmond @Verve_Books #OnTheEdge #publicationday @hollieeeem

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SYNOPSIS

Jen Shaw has climbed all her life: daring ascents of sheer rock faces, crumbling buildings, cranes – the riskier the better. Both her work and personal life revolved around it. Until she went too far and hurt the people she cares about. So she’s given it all up now. Honestly, she has. And she’s checked herself into a rehab centre to prove it.

Yet, when Jen awakens to find herself drugged and dangling off the local lighthouse during a wild storm less than twenty-four hours after a ‘family emergency’ takes her home to Cornwall, she needs all her skill to battle her way to safety.

Once safe, the real challenge begins. Jen must face her troubled past in order to figure out whether something triggered a relapse to this risky behaviour, or if there is a more sinister explanation hidden in her hometown. Only when she has navigated her fragmented memories and fraught relationships will she be able to piece together what happened – and trust herself to fix it. 

MY THOUGHTS

This debut novel from Jane Jesmond has certainly introduced me to a new author to add to my list.

This action packed and wonderfully atmospheric read kept me gripped throughout.

Jenifry Shaw, known as Jen, has been climbing her whole life. Running free along with her brother Kit, through the wild landscape of Cornwall and with a renowned mountaineer father, it’s in her blood. But adrenaline has become a drug and as her climbing became more and more risky, and after one climb ends with catastrophic outcomes she replaces the adrenaline with real drugs.

We first meet Jen in a rehab centre that she has entered voluntarily, but equally can not wait to leave. She receives a call from her brother, whom she hasn’t spoken to for some time, asking for her help. He is in serious financial difficulty after months of renovating their old family home into a holistic conference centre. Issues with their mother not also helping matters.

Arriving late and exhausted, and putting off having to meet her brother and any locals, she checks into the small hotel. The next things she knows, she awakens, finding herself tied to the outside of the lighthouse, dangerously dangling over the edge! Has she taken something that means she would have placed herself in such a situation without remembering so? Or has someone drugged her and left her to die? Who??? And Why????

As she tries to consider whether her life is in danger from herself or someone else, she starts to stubble upon the many secrets harboured by her home village.

With dramatic and superbly vivid descriptions of the Cornish weather and landscape and a well written and pacy plot, I found this a very engaging and enjoyable mystery. With a cast of characters feeling like they all have something to hid and a not overly reliable main character with problems of her own, the story line is full of twists and turns and mysterious red herrings that really ds keep the reader ‘on the edge’.

Fast moving action, yet full of characters, story lines, and back story information, this is a tightly, efficient and effective written thriller, and it’s the first in a series with more to come! Can’t wait!

Huge thanks to the publishers for the proof copy of this book and a great new find!

ON THE EDGE IS PUBLISHED TODAY!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

On The Edge is Jane Jesmond’s debut novel and the first in a series featuring dynamic, daredevil protagonist Jen Shaw. Although she was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, raised in Liverpool and considers herself northern through and through, Jane’s family comes from Cornwall. Her lifelong love of the Cornish landscape and culture inspired the setting of On The Edge. Jane has spent the last thirty years living and working in France. She began writing steadily six or seven years ago and writes every morning in between staring out at the sea and making cups of tea. She also enjoys reading, walking and amateur dramatics and, unlike her daredevil protagonist, is terrified of heights!

#bookreview #newrelease 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard @CorvusBooks @cathryanhoward @AtlanticBooks #56Days #publicationday

Publisher Corvus Books

Published in Hardback and EBook August 19th

Number of pages 424

I was totally thrilled when a copy of this book came through my letter box. I really enjoyed Rewind and thought The Nothing Man was a fantastic read, so I really couldn’t wait to dive into this new one.

Huge thanks to the author and the publisher for my gorgeous hard back copy. I love the cover and the broken glass effect really jumps out. Continue reading for my review.

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SYNOPSIS

No one even knew they were together. Now one of them is dead.

56 DAYS AGO
Ciara and Oliver meet in a supermarket queue in Dublin and start dating the same week COVID-19 reaches Irish shores.

35 DAYS AGO
When lockdown threatens to keep them apart, Oliver suggests they move in together. Ciara sees a unique opportunity for a relationship to flourish without the scrutiny of family and friends. Oliver sees a chance to hide who – and what – he really is.

TODAY
Detectives arrive at Oliver’s apartment to discover a decomposing body inside.

Can they determine what really happened, or has lockdown created an opportunity for someone to commit the perfect crime?

MY THOUGHTS

Oliver and Ciara meet just before the first lockdown in Dublin Ireland. Not wanting to be apart but also wanting to comply to the rules and regulations set by the lockdown period, they decide to move into together. It suits them well, even at this early stage, as neither seem keen to share this new relationship with any friends or family. Living in Oliver’s apartment, but keeping Ciara’s on, as it’s only for 2 weeks…..right?

Catherine Ryan Howard perfectly uses the pandemic and lockdown experience in this new utterly gripping thriller.

56 Days is a great blend of fully realised and believable characters, well thought out plot and story line, a police procedural and thriller genre and brilliant twists and suspense to make this another unputdownable read.

My first read where the recent lockdown is used in the story and I felt the author pitched it just right. Wonderfully describing that first experience of empty streets, queues for the supermarket, empty shelves and isolated living but without making it too full on, on fear of the virus etc, to want not to read a book like this just yet. The way it is weaved within the story line, making it a large devise of the plot works fantastically.

As the synopsis tells us, we are aware of a dead body found in Oliver’s flat at the very start of the book, but we do not know who it is until much later on. Investigations begin, by Detective Inspector Leah Riordan and Detective Sergeant Karl Connolly (loved these characters) and with the book divided up into chapters from the perspective of Oliver, Ciara and Leah we are slowly revealed the true story behind these two main characters. Chapters are headed today, and various times from just before and during the lockdown. As the different time settings switch back and forth the story grows and so does the readers understanding of the back stories of Oliver and Ciara. Along with this the suspense and wonderful tension created in this novel kept me totally absorbed.

This author always has the ability to grab my attention right from the very first chapter, but most importantly holds it there until the very end. My third of her books now and I loved the mention of The Nothing Man slipped into the pages of this new one.

A recommended read from me and if you haven’t read any of Catherine’s books before, do! Grab one, any one! You won’t be disappointed.

#bookreview #newrelease CAVE DIVER by JAKE AVILA @JacobPAvila1 @ZaffreBooks #CAVEDIVER

Published 5th August 2021

Publisher Zaffre

Number of pages 400

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SYNOPSIS

Acclaimed explorer Rob Nash has lost his way. Grieving the death of his wife, and blaming himself, he sees no reason to carry on. But when his ‘Uncle’ Frank Douglas offers him the chance to lead a cave diving expedition in the jungles of Papua, Nash can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

But the expedition might not be what it seems. With a decades old Japanese submarine buried deep in a cavern, and a team hell-bent on unleashing the treasures it hides, Nash finds himself on a ship heading for danger. With a lethal band of criminals on board, who will stop at nothing to get the gold, Nash is fighting for his life. Whilst battling his own demons, can he forgive himself for the wrongs of his past – and survive the perils of the deep?

MY THOUGHTS

We meet a new action hero in this debut novel.

Rob Nash is the world famous Cave Diver of the title. While still emotionally broken by the death of his pregnant wife on one of his dives he is enticed back into diving by the opportunity to dive fabled caves in Indonesia. Accompanied by his “Uncle” Frank, Rob soon begins to suspect that things aren’t what they seem and those paying for him to dive have ambitions beyond the documentary he agreed to make.

This story moves along at quite a pace, initially with pathos, then excitement and finally jeopardy as Rob uncovers the plot while trying to overcome his guilt and new found claustrophobia and keep the innocent (and not so innocent) safe. Believably he takes on the project as a penance and a way to pay back his family and others, once involved he has to see it to its conclusion.

Rob’s character is developed early in the story and we quickly understand that something has gone wrong in what was clearly an idyllic life, his guilt makes him distance himself from his family and others and it is only when the amazing opportunity and his mounting debt comes along that he begins to re-engage with his family. The other characters are also well drawn and easy to visualise.

The use of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea as a setting brings these atmospheric locations directly into the story and we are given an opportunity to learn a little about the people, the history and the modern challenges of this region as the story progresses.

The author shows either a great knowledge for the technical side of diving or has thoroughly researched the subject, which only added to this convincing read. An enjoyable, tension fuelled novel that kept me engaged throughout.

Many thanks to Karen Stretch at Bonnier Books for my advance copy of the book.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Jake Avila is a full-time writer with a BA in Writing and Information Technology. He has a background in freelance journalism writing on politics, culture, technology, and sport, and taught secondary English for ten years. In 2019, he won the Adventure Writer’s Competition Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award for Cave Diver and then went on to win the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for the book in 2020. British born, he now lives in Australia.

#bookreview #newrelease THE PERFECT LIE BY JO SPAIN OUT MAY 13th 2021 #perfectlie @MillsReid11 @QuercusBooks @SpainJoanne

Hugh thanks to the publishers for a proof copy of this book. An excellent thriller, this had me glued to the page!

SYNOPSIS

He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.

MY THOUGHTS

Dare I say it but I’ve never actually read any of Jo Spain’s books before, so when the opportunity came up of reading her new book, The Perfect Lie, and to try out this author, I jumped at the chance.

This new book, as I understand, is a little different to her previous novels, as it’s set in the US and not in Ireland, although our main character Erin is from there. Now living in Long Island, Erin is married to a detective called Danny, happy and very much in love, her world is devastated one morning when, as the synopsis explains, one morning they are called on by Danny’s partner and two other colleagues. Erin thinks nothing of it, yet they are acting strange. When Danny walks into the room he takes one look at them, and with a turn of the head towards Erin, jumps to his death from the balcony of their apartment.

It’s a great opener! Plus the rest of the story had me just as intrigued.

The novel is split into three time lines, and at the beginning I did need to go back and check a few times as to where we were in the overall story, but it was well worth it, as these different storylines work so well in this format. We are told the story in chapters headed NOW from Erin, as she is on trial for murder. THEN, again from Erin at the time of Danny’s death and HARVARD, where we hear from a young women called Ally. As you read, the different time lines build up the foundation of the story then slowly start to connect together building wonderful tension and jeopardy plus also spinning the reader around, down numerous alleys, only to have you second guessing what you originally thought. The short chapters and ever changing action gives the book a wonderful pace and keeps the reader on high alert, ready to read what will happen next or if what we’ve just read is a clue to working out how this book can possible end in the way it suggests.

A hard book to review without giving you a bunch of spoilers so what I will tell you is that I really enjoyed reading this new novel. A pacy, imaginative thriller with a wonderful array of fully described and interesting characters. I warmed to Erin quickly and her connections and relationships were very believable. Mis-directions aplenty, but not so that you feel cheated just grabbed my attention even more and I didn’t want to putt the book down in a rush to find out how it all ends. Who is telling the truth here? Or are they all telling The Perfect |Lie.

I’m a little late in writing this review so you will find this new book already released (May 13th) and available to read now!!

Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a proof copy to read.