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Sunday, 8 September 2019

The Nursery - Guest Post by Asia Mackay


KILLING EVE MEETS MICK HERRON IN THIS GRIPPING AND WITTY PAGE-TURNER ABOUT HAVING IT ALL, KEEPING IT ALL AND SURVIVING IT ALL.

Lex Tyler is trying to have it all, but being a working mother is so much more difficult when you're a secret agent for an underground branch of the security services.

Platform Eight have been tasked with tracking down and eliminating the traitor in MI6 who has been selling information to the highest bidder through a headhunting website for the criminal underworld that connects intelligence operatives with all manner of bad people with a simple right swipe.

Deals get made. Secrets get sold. Missions fail. Agents die.

It's down to Lex and her team to identify and eliminate the traitor before they assassinate China's Minister of Commerce and ruin relations between the UK and China forever. But when your husband doesn't know exactly what your job entails and the future of the intelligence services rests on your shoulders, can one working mother save the day?

This is one mission that Lex cannot afford to fail.

Title: The Nursery
Author: Asia Mackay
Published By: Zaffre
Publication Date: 5th September 2019
Link:     Amazon


We are delighted to welcome Asia to Sincerely Book Angels blog.

Asia Mackay Guest post on Giving comedy more praise in women’s writing. 

Why are ‘Dad jokes’ a thing and ‘Mum jokes’ aren’t? I can make jokes just as lame as the next Dad. Is this because women aren’t considered funny? Or that we’re considered so funny our jokes aren’t lame and therefore can’t be mocked? Yes that’s it. We’re so hilarious they are just normal jokes. Just like how ‘Mum dancing’ isn’t a thing as it’s just normal cool dancing whereas the men are the embarrassing ones flailing around on the dance floor.

Women can often find their wit undermined. A lot of hilarious books written by women can get written off as a ‘guilty pleasure’. First of all, we shouldn’t ever be made to feel guilty about a book, film or TV show that gives joy. Have you seen the state of the world right now? It should be called ‘absolutely necessary pleasure’. And what people should be focusing on is bravo to that writer for actually giving you pleasure - rather than feeling the need to excuse liking it.

Women’s comedy writing is also often under-appreciated for how it can broach serious topics. Marian Keyes’ last book The Break covered issues from marital fidelity to abortion in Ireland. Yet she still made us laugh. My own books (Killing It, The Nursery) feature a protagonist who is just returning from maternity leave to her job as a trained assassin. Following her attempts to complete her latest mission of international importance with rushing home for bath-time might provide some amusing moments – but they also draw attention to sexism in the workplace and the difficulties of being a working mother. Finding the funny in any given situation can help you cope with it. Motherhood can be isolating yet books like The Unmumsy Mum and Gill Sims’ Why Mummy Drinks bring everyone into the club of we’re all just muddling through, let’s at least have a bloody laugh as we do it. Caitlin Moran in her ‘How to be’ books tells us about feminism and many other big topics all whilst making us cackle at her wit.

Being able to laugh at serious issues isn’t making light of them, it can help draw attention to them in a little more palatable and easy-to-digest manner. And women writers are more likely to draw attention to subjects that matter to women.

The comedian, actress, author, general force-of-nature that is Helen Lederer set up the Comedy Women in Print Prize (which I was thrilled to be first runner-up for) in response to ‘looking around for a female comedy literary prize to win and discovering there weren’t any’. A prize specifically for funny women is a huge step in recognising women’s comedy writing. Prizes are a big deal – they help validate your writing, they bring attention to it and they make fierce Chinese aunties finally think that you have a real job…


Taking women’s comedy writing seriously is important - the more praise it gets the more it encourages new writers and shines a light on seasoned ones. It’s all the more reason to never feel guilty about enjoying it. Laugh away and tell everyone else to try it. 

Thanks so much for joining us Asia and good luck with the book.

Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author






Asia does not enjoy talking about herself in the third person but she understands it's expected for author bios. Asia studied Anthropology at Durham University, and despite people fearmongering that a random degree would mean she'd never get a job, she managed to start a career in television. But had to move to China to do it. She presented and produced lifestyle programmes in Shanghai, went out a lot and failed to improve her Mandarin. Returning to London she worked for (name drop) Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as Project Manager on their round the world motorbike documentaries - her fleeting appearances on screen wearing headbands and earnestly discussing visas continue to be a source of great enjoyment for her friends. Asia started writing 'Killing It' on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it.

'Killing It' was the Runner Up in Richard and Judy's Search for a Bestseller competition and Runner Up/ Exceptionally Recognised for the Comedy Women In Print prize. Her second book 'The Nursery' is out September 2019. Asia lives in London with her husband, four young children and two dogs - she never succeeds in calling any of them by the right name. She is always very very tired.

Asia is rubbish on Twitter and Instagram as mostly lurks and rarely posts but please do follow her to help get her follower count to double figures
Twitter: abmackster Instagram: asia.mackay 


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Thursday, 5 September 2019

The Sleepover by Carol Wyer







She said she’d gone to a sleepover. But she never made it. Someone must know why…

When Detective Natalie Ward is called to the home of fourteen-year-old Roxy Curtis she can’t help but empathise with Roxy’s distraught mother Cathy. Roxy hasn’t come home, last seen heading next door for a sleepover with her best friend Ellie. As the mother of two teenagers herself, Natalie knows that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But when Roxy’s body is found in the basement of a beautiful Victorian mansion on the other side of town, Natalie’s darkest fears are confirmed. What was Roxy doing there? The people who knew her best should know – but Cathy seems evasive, and Ellie refuses to talk. Natalie is determined to find out what secrets they are keeping…

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.

When her body is found two days later, Natalie is forced to face the fact that Roxy’s loved ones are in real danger. Things take a more sinister turn when Ellie vanishes, her mobile phone switched off. Is Ellie hiding something about the night Roxy died that could put her in terrible danger? And can Natalie work it out before another innocent life is taken?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Title: The Sleepover
Author: Carol Wyer 
Published By: Bookouture
Publication Date: 5th September 2019
Links:  Amazon


Our Review

Another fantastic thriller from Carol Wyer. DI Natalie Ward is faced with a new case as a girl’s body is found in a burnt out house. Questions are raised as to who was she? What was she doing there? And more importantly who killed her?

Natalie and her team have a tough job as they unpick the clues one by one until they can solve the investigation. For the first time with Carol’s books I didn’t feel any sympathy with the perpetrator, normally I've been able to empathise with them, only slightly, because of what has happened in their past to make them the way they are but not in this case.

Once again we meet a variety of unpleasant characters and each one is shady enough to have been a suspect. The whole story kept me gripped throughout and I imagined how the characters must have been looking over their shoulders, worrying that they'd be next.

I love how Natalie is completely flawed and her family life is a disaster area, she really cant seem to find a work/life balance. I’m enjoying learning more about the private lives of her and her team although her husband drives me mad. This book was left on a cliffhanger in that respect and I’m eager to know more.

Roll on the next Natalie Ward book as I really can’t get enough of them.


About the author

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, GRUMPY OLD MENOPAUSE won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol moved to the 'dark side' in 2017 with as series of thrillers. LITTLE GIRL LOST became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and a Top 150 USA Today best-seller.
The DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series have sold over half a million copies, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.
2019 sees the release of two romantic comedies and three DI Natalie Ward novels, including the much anticipated THE DARE and THE SLEEPOVER.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ''Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

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Monday, 19 August 2019

Author Q & A with Alice Peterson



When her daughter Beth dies suddenly, Peggy Andrews is left to pick up the pieces and take care of her granddaughter Flo. But sorting through Beth’s things reveals a secret never told: Beth was sick, with the same genetic condition that claimed her father’s life, and now Peggy must decide whether to keep the secret or risk destroying her granddaughter’s world.

Five years later, Flo is engaged and moving to New York with her fiancĂ©. Peggy never told her what she discovered, but with Flo looking towards her future, Peggy realises it’s time to come clean and reveal that her granddaughter’s life might also be at risk.

As Flo struggles to decide her own path, she is faced with the same life-altering questions her mother asked herself years before: if a test could decide your future, would you take it?



Title: If You Were Here
Author: Alice Peterson
Published By:  Simon & Schuster
Links:  
UK:  Amazon               US:  Amazon






Author Q and A with Alice Peterson


Hi Alice and welcome to Sincerely Book Angels blog. 

What was the inspiration behind If You Were Here? 

A friend of my mother’s approached me saying she’d love me to write a story to raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease (HD). Initially I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about HD as I knew so little about it. What really inspired me to go ahead was when she told me that her son had a 50% chance of carrying the gene too, since it was a hereditary condition. ‘He’s in his twenties, and I haven’t yet said a word to him,’ she whispered. I then did a great amount of research and discovered secrecy can play a huge part in HD, a parent not knowing when or how or even if to tell their child they are at risk. This really made me question what I might do, if I were to discover in my twenties that my family had kept this from me? How would I feel? How would my friends and boyfriend react? And ultimately, would I take a test to find out if I had HD or not? This is a book that makes you think about your future and how much you’d like to know…


Did you always want to be a writer? 
No! I had always loved writing, and from the age of 12 – 18 I wrote in my diary every night, and at school I’d always written the drama plays. But my real passion was tennis. Growing up I competed in tournaments in this country and abroad – and had the time of my life. By 18, I was ranked amongst the top 10 in the country, and was about to go to America on a tennis scholarship – but then everything changed. I had pain in my right hand, which then spread to my whole body – and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called rheumatoid arthritis. My dream to have a tennis career was completely shattered. For the next 10 years, I was in a dark place, facing a life of pain and uncertainty, but by some miracle one of my father’s friends told me I should write my story, as it could help others. My first book, Another Alice, was about my tennis days, followed by the battle to live with RA. I found writing so therapeutic, and it was unbelievably exciting to get my story published by Macmillan – so that’s how I came to be a writer, going on to rebuild my life and career as a novelist.


What other jobs have you had? 
Very few. After university I worked in an art library, I have worked for a literary agent, and I also worked in a shop in west London while I was writing my first novel…


How did it feel when your first novel was published?
After Another Alice, I wrote a book called Look the World in The Eye, now republished as Letters from my Sister. I never thought I could write a novel, it seemed such a leap from writing my personal story, so my first publishing deal felt such an achievement. I can recall vividly swimming in my parent’s neighbour’s pool, my mobile on the side, since I was tenterhooks, expecting a call from my agent. When she did finally ring, she said ‘where are you?’ ‘Swimming,’ I replied, my heart beating fast. ‘Well you’d better get out of the pool quickly before you drown, you’re a novelist, Alice’. I screamed, I splashed. I think it was one of the happiest moments of my life. My father immediately went out to buy some champagne.


What other books have you written? 
I have written nine novels, including By My Side, One Step Closer to You, Monday to Friday Man and A Song for Tomorrow. What they all have in common is the protagonists have to dig deep to overcome adversity – and this is very much influenced by my own experiences of losing my tennis, living with an incurable condition, and rebuilding my life.


Have you ever had writer's block? 
Yes. Many times.


If so how did you overcome it?
The best way to overcome is not to worry about it. With writing comes doubt but I’ve learned that’s OK. Good ideas will come to me in the end. I watched a documentary about Alice Martineau, by pure chance, and this became A Song for Tomorrow. And if my mother’s friend, with HD, hadn’t approached me, I’d never have written If You Were Here. I’m a big believer in following your heart – and things will work out.


What motivates you to keep writing?
Writing is a part of me now – so I’ll always do it in some shape or another. Even though I’ve written 11 books, there is still nothing more exciting than seeing my novel for the first time. Seeing months of research and work in the shape of a real book, with a cover and quotes from my favourite authors is just thrilling.


Where is your favourite place to write? ( can we please have a picture)
I work from home, Mr Darcy keeping me company. Often he’ll read and suggest a few changes.


Do your characters moods ever affect your mood and vice versa? 
I get so involved in my characters’ lives. In If You Were Here there are three protagonists: Peggy, Beth and Flo. Peggy is Beth’s mother, Beth is Flo’s mother, and Peggy is Flo’s Granny. The novel follows their lives – and each story is a rollercoaster of emotions. I guess Flo is the main protagonist, so just to focus on her, I felt scared for her, angry on her behalf, heartbroken; then I felt positive, scared, excited, and emotionally drained by the end – but all in a good way! I really do live their lives – and when I reach the end of a novel, I miss them. That’s why it’s so lovely to get reviews from my blogger friends and to find out how other people feel when reading my books… which characters stand out for them, and why.


What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
To find a story that you feel passionate about; to write regularly, no matter how few words; and finally not to give up. Many people used to say to me, ‘it’s a tough market’ but my motto was, and remains, ‘well someone has to make it, so why not me?’


Which authors inspire you?Jojo Moyes stands out for me. I love how it took her many years to become a bestselling author with one of my favourite books, Me Before You. I can’t pretend, at times I do find the publishing world tough. It can be disheartening if a novel that I’ve put my heart and soul into doesn’t do as well as I’d have liked. That’s when I remember Jojo Moyes and how it took her time… that’s what I find inspiring and what I hold on to…


What are you reading at the moment?
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.


If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits?
I have no idea for If You Were Here! Can I cheat and answer that question for my last book, A Song for Tomorrow. It would have to be Alice Martineau’s beautiful track, Inside of You.


Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book? 
OK – I really really love Peggy in If You Were Here and think Julie Walters would play her perfectly!


What is the one question you wish you were asked?
Alice, how does it feel to see your book on the big screen? My absolute dream would be to see one of my books turned into a film. One day…


Thank you so much for joining us on our blog today and good luck with the book. 


Sincerely 
Book Angel x


About the Author

Alice Peterson writes contemporary fiction with humour and compassion. Her novels always have the feel good factor, but she also aims to take the reader to a darker place where characters have to overcome adversity. This is partly due to Alice's own life experience of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which she wrote about in her memoir Another Alice. She has written four novels: Monday to Friday Man, which has sold over 500,000 copies across all editions, Ten Years On, By My Side and One Step Closer to You, which won the Festival of Romance's Best Romantic Read 2014.







Monday, 8 July 2019

The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows by Jenni Keer




When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.

But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…

Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?

Title: The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows
Author: Jenni Keer
Published By: Avon
Publication Date: 8th July 2019
Links: UK:  Amazon        US:   Amazon






Our Review

The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is warm, witty, laugh out loud funny and at times totally heartbreaking. In fact at one point I thought I was going to have to put my kindle in the freezer. 

Maisie Meadows is adorable and I completely fell in love with her. After falling for and breaking up with the wrong guy who just happens to be her boss. She finds herself looking for a new job and Is delighted to be offered a position at the local auction house. I know Jenni has connections with the antique world in real life and that knowledge really comes across in the book and I was fascinated with the workings of it all.

Maisie is such a well developed character that I feel like I know her so well. Especially with the glimpses of her life where she was always the little kid in the corner playing with her Sylvanian families. She was seemingly in a world of her own but was actually taking everything in that was going on around her with her older siblings and mum and dad.

I don’t know how Jenni manages it but she sprinkles a little bit of magic in her books and her incredible sense of humour shines through in her writing. Whilst reading this book you will either have a huge smile on your face which will eventually break out into a hearty laugh or you will be reaching for the tissues as some beautiful tender moments are revealed.

I loved every single one of the characters except her ex and I adored the little world of Maisie Meadows and all the quirky characters at Gildersleeve’s Auction House.

The black and white teaset story was a lovely touch throughout and helped her to reunite more than just some cups and saucers as some special people were reintroduced.

This is the second completely uplifting book of Jenni Keer’s and I am now eagerly awaiting the third.
Jenni Keer is an absolute star.


Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author
After gaining a history degree, Jenni Keer embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her husband, an antique-restorer. She valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house, it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Those People by Louise Candlish




MEET THE NEIGHBOURS YOU'LL LOVE TO HATE

Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don't follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence.

Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone's story is the same: They did it.

But there's a problem. The police don't agree. And the door they're knocking on next is yours. 

Title: Those People
Author:  Louise Candlish
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 27th June 2019
Links:   UK:    Amazon      US:   Amazon

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Our Review

I can only say I am completely in awe of Louise Candlish. Her writing style is sleek, slick and stylish. The characters are mostly unlikeable but strongly developed and that only seems to draw you in further to the story. 

Those People is about a well to do neighbourhood in London, the neighbours all get on so well and live in a perfect suburban bubble consisting of play out Sundays when all the cars are moved off the road to allow the children to play outside safely.

Everything is running smoothly until the horrible neighbours Darren and Jodie move in. I felt myself raging at these neighbours as they were as obnoxious as you could possibly get with their loud metal music and second hand cars parked everywhere.

But then empathising with the other neighbours made me look at myself as the snob within me made me feel that this man was less that human and I hated him and I didn’t like that aspect of myself. The same happens as the focus is turned on all of the nice neighbours in the book and you wonder just how nice they actually are. 

Louise has the ability to dissect the human psyche and push it to the limit. The effect those people had on the relationships that once appeared to be happy is truly amazing. 

The book describes how far people will go if they are pushed to the edge which these neighbours were. It also shows the futility of the law abiding neighbours when faced with people like this who have no fear of the law and no regard for the extreme antisocial behaviour they are carrying out. It also makes you wonder who the law is actually protecting.

This book is actually quite scary and I hope that I never get neighbours like this.

The plot is so clever with its twists and turns but the observational psychology is completely genius.

I loved Louise’s previous book Our House which was also devastatingly clever. 

I think Louise’s piece de resistance is the fact that at the end of the book we are always in for another heart sinking shock which leaves us thinking Oh Sh*t!

Absolutely bloody brilliant. 


Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author
Louise Candlish is the bestselling author of twelve novels. Her thriller Our House was a number one bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook and is shortlisted for a 2019 British Book Award - Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. It has been optioned for TV by Death in Paradise producers Red Planet Pictures, and was picked as a Book of the Year 2018 by the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Real Simple, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, Red and Heat. Louise lives in London with her family.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow



Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be there for you no matter what…

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.

But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.

When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?


Title:  Foxglove Farm
Author:  Christie Barlow
Published By: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 29th June 2019
Links:  UK: Amazon      US: Amazon  

WHSmith             Waterstones


Our Review

Foxglove Farm is the second in Christie Barlow’s new HeartCross series, with the first one being LoveHeart Lane. 

This book was pure escapism and just lovely from start to finish. It was also interesting to take a deeper look at a relationship as a lot of books finish when the couple eventually get together. but in this case Isla and Drew were very happily married with two adorable sons. However Drew is not acting himself and this pushes a wedge between them.

When Isla’s granny Martha turns up it puts even more pressure on Isla as she realises she will have to let her move in with them.

Drew’s behaviour is very worrying and raises the subject of men’s mental health. All too often men are told to man up and get on with it but sometimes they need a little help to get through certain worries.

This story emphasises how things can go from bad to worse because sometimes men are reluctant to talk about what’s worrying them. I think this was done very sensitively and showed how both parties can become isolated from each other which can cause relationships to break down.

I thoroughly enjoyed my return to HeartCross and could imagine the beautiful view of HeartCross mountain from Foxglove Farm. I also enjoyed the community spirit as everyone rallied round after a disaster.

I loved the underlying story of dodgy characters and criminal activities, I don’t want to say too much about that though as it will reveal the plot but I was completely immersed in the story.

I have to say my heart was stolen by a herd of Alpaca’s that I completely fell in love with, especially a little one called Mop.

This was such an original story that drew me in, hugged me tight and refused to let me go. I loved it and am now looking forward to the next one in the series so I can drop back into HeartCross and see how everybody is getting on. 


Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson



Pieta has a secret.
Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself The Blindfolder who said he wouldn't kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But when The Blindfolder starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secret to stay alive . . .

Jody has a secret.
Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer known as The Blindfolder escaping justice. When Jody discovers journalist Pieta survived an attack by him, she realises she may finally have found a way to catch him. But that would mean endangering at least two innocent people . . .

They kept quiet to protect themselves.
Will telling all save or sacrifice each other?


Title: Tell Me Your Secret
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Published By: Headline
Publication Date: 27th June 2019
Links: Uk:   Amazon       US:    Amazon

WHSmith       Waterstones        Kobo



Our Review

I have loved every single one of Dorothy’s books. Each has a unique quality, all have emotionally charged themes, character driven plots and fantastic storylines which have got progressively darker. I have to say though that this was by far the darkest one yet.

The story was told by alternating between Detective Inspector Jody Foster and journalist Pieta Rawlings. Two strong women who are brought together by the investigation into an horrendous serial killer called the Blindfolder, but also by the horrendous secrets they are keeping and the fact that certain death awaits them if they tell anyone.

One observation that I found so realistic and upsetting is that both of these women, for different reasons, felt so guilty because they blamed themselves for the women being killed because of something they didn’t do when in fact the killer was entirely to blame for the murders.

The premise behind the kidnappings and killings was absolutely chilling and terrifying.

Pieta was a very guarded character and it becomes apparent throughout the story just why she is the way she is and that her ultimate goal was to keep her young son safe.

Her story gripped me by the heart and twisted it so painfully, especially after something she said on page 310 which filled me with fury because that does happen in real life. I've seen cases on the news and think it’s disgusting that women and their children are put through this sort of thing.

DI Jody Foster’s story was equally heartbreaking, she was consumed with guilt about her sister’s death and was determined to avenge her. But she also had to maintain the professionalism that is required for her job.

This was a fast paced compelling storyline that raises painful questions about extremely emotive situations and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

I'm already looking forward to Dorothy’s next book.

Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author
Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 14 novels and has been making up stories since she was 13 when she used to share her stories with her convent school friends. Her published titles include: The Friend, When I Was Invisible, That Girl From Nowhere, The Flavours of Love, The Woman He Loved Before, Goodnight, Beautiful and The Chocolate Run.

Dorothy’s first novel, The Cupid Effect, was published in 2003 (when she was quite a bit older than 13). Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006 and went on to sell over 500,000 copies. While her fourth novel, Marshmallows For Breakfast, has sold in excess of 250,000 copies. Dorothy’s books, The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the popular fiction category of the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Dorothy’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013. After briefly living in Australia, Dorothy now lives in Brighton.

For more information on Dorothy Koomson visit www.dorothykoomson.co.uk