Blog Tour – The black dress by Deborah Moggach

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to the author and @headlinepg for my gifted paperback . All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Carer Deborah Moggach’s The Black Dress is a beautifully observed, darkly funny, tender and surprising novel about life changes and the unexpected twists and pleasures of being alone.
Pru is on her own. But then, so are plenty of other people. And while the loneliness can be overwhelming, surely she’ll find a party somewhere?
Pru’s husband has walked out, leaving her alone to contemplate her future. She’s missing not so much him, but the life they once had – picnicking on the beach with small children, laughing together, nestling up like spoons in the cutlery drawer as they sleep. Now there’s just a dip on one side of the bed and no-one to fill it.
In a daze, Pru goes off to a friend’s funeral. Usual old hymns, words of praise and a eulogy but…it doesn’t sound like the friend Pru knew. And it isn’t. She’s gone to the wrong service. Everyone was very welcoming, it was – oddly – a laugh, and more excitement than she’s had for ages. So she buys a little black dress in a charity shop and thinks, now I’m all set, why not go to another? I mean, people don’t want to make a scene at a funeral, do they? No-one will challenge her – and what harm can it do?

My Review

Prudence, suddenly finds herself alone when her husband decides, after a cancer scare, to shed his possessions and start his spiritual journey. Can a black dress she spots in a charity shop be the answer to conquering her loneliness?

Prudence although the heart of the story, I was ambivalent about her. Sometimes she had my sympathy and other times I wanted to shake her from her morose mood swings. He really wasn’t worth the tears and heartache Pru!

This book had me feeling a whole gamut of emotions. I instantly fell in love with one of the characters only to be left so shocked by her reprehensible behaviour that the love I felt for her disintegrated more with each page turn.

This is precisely why this author is so good, she captures normalcy and people for all that they are. The quirks, the flaws, their behaviour, the things we both love and hate about others. There is something almost magical about the way she writes older characters. They have more life experience, more baggage and there is almost a freedom in their behaviour. Being of a certain age the truth of life being short and feeling closer and more real is my best explanation for it.

The story is packed full of charm, dry humour and abject loneliness. All wrapped up with a nice little twist I wasn’t expecting.

About the author

Deborah Moggach, OBE, is a British novelist and an award-winning screenwriter. She has written twenty novels, including Tulip Fever, These Foolish Things (which became the bestselling novel and film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and The Carer. She lives in London.

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Blog Tour – Maisie’s secret by Hélene Fermont

Thank you to the lovely Heather at Overview Media for my place on the tour and gifted ebook. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

HIDDEN AGENDAS & EVIL INTENTIONS

A collection of ten psychological thriller and contemporary stories

STORIES INCLUDE:

Maisie’s Secret

Lies

The Things We Do For Love

Who’d Have Believed It?

A Husband For All Seasons

In Hindsight

A Walk In The Park

Deception

Broken Promises

Don’t Call Me Sweetheart

My Review

This is a collection of flash fiction that is perfect to dip in and out of when you have a spare ten minutes and want to read a whole story. Or like me, you can get so caught up in the stories you think just one more and then realise you’ve devoured the whole book in one greedy sitting.

Some feature criminal intentions, others romantic rendezvous but they are all about the connections people make. I love a good romance but when it’s in such short stories it’s hard to build believability and for me personally the psychological thriller stories worked much better. That being said some of the romantic ones should feature warnings about listening to your heart rather than your head. The women are overtly needy and the men are all judgemental with a superiority complex that beggars belief. These are not how the majority of “normal people” behave and although these characters were in the contemporary stories they really belonged in the psychological ones.

Having said that these really were a lot of fun and made me glad that I’m happily single with only my cat (his superiority complex is deserved) for company.

About the author

Hélene Fermont’s a practising psychologist with vast experience of people from all walks of life and background. Her Character Driven Psychological Thrillers are completely fictitious with much emphasis on their journey and interaction, intriguing traits and storylines. 

After many years in London, Hélene divides her time between London and her home town, Malmö. Her beloved, beautiful cat, Teddy, is her writing buddy. 

Hélene’s the proud author of five Psychological Thrillers; Because Of YouWe Never Said GoodbyeHis Guilty SecretOne Fatal Night, and The Matchmaker. Hélene’s the author of a collection of crime and romantic stories, Who’s Sorry Now?Currently, she’s working on her second collection, Maisie’s Secret which will be released in July, 2021. 

Hélene’s novels and stories are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.

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Buddy read book review – The dream job by Kiersten Modglin 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Borrowed via kindle unlimited. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Autumn Sanderson goes by Lark now.
No one in her new life can know who she was.
No one from her old life can know where she is now.

Drowning in debt, Lark is desperate to land a job—any job. When she finds herself at an interview for a mysterious company offering her an exorbitant salary, she jumps at the chance.
But things aren’t quite what they seem…

She soon learns of the company’s peculiar hiring process. Locked in a luxury cabin with five strangers who go only by their code names, Lark begins to question exactly what it is she signed up for. The company, riddled with secrets and led by a cryptic boss known only as Mr. X, has strange rules and even stranger challenges for their candidates. After each day’s competition, the candidates gather around the dinner table to eat, drink, and spill their darkest secrets.

When Lark sees something she shouldn’t, she begins to ask questions, but soon gets a warning to stop. It’s obvious she’s in danger, but why? What does the company want? How much can she trust the others in the house?

Trapped in the remote house with no technology allowed, Lark realizes she must take drastic measures to find out the truth.

The job of her dreams may cost her life…

My Review

You know those awful team building retreats that companies have, imagine those but on steroids and instead of building a team it’s out to destroy any chance of one. Pitting you against the others, with challenges set to reveal all your vulnerabilities, in the hope of landing a highly paid job that will change your life.

Autumn/Lark has a mother who is dying from cancer and with no medical insurance her debts are spiralling out of control. On meeting the other candidates it turns out they are all desperate for their own varying reasons. Turning in their phones and miles from anywhere, one screams in the night and then goes missing and something is clearly very wrong. Feeling like an outsider and the only one seemingly concerned for the missing candidate Lark sets out to look for answers.

I read this as another buddy read with Amanda aka AJ Campbell author. Yet again my wild and crazy ideas were nowhere close to what was happening. The messages between us were mostly focussed around working out the identity of Mr X, the disappearance of candidate Claire and what the bloody hell was going on.

The ending was a masterclass in an intelligent twist, although I do know after finishing and reading other’s opinions it’s very divisive. But I Loved it with a capital L.

All Kiersten’s books are fast paced and that makes for an excellent buddy read. We normally do five chapters a day and it always seems to leave us on a cliffhanger. Perfect for a discussion and brainstorming ideas.

Every time I finish a book by this author it becomes my new favourite. This book contains a huge moral dilemma, what would it take for you to sell your soul to the devil? Personally I would sell mine for one of my mum’s roast dinners but not sure he would want it 😂 .

About the author

Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon Top 30 bestselling author of psychological thrillers, a member of International Thriller Writers and the Alliance of Independent Authors, a KDP Select All-Star, and a ThrillerFix Best Psychological Thriller Award Recipient. Kiersten grew up in rural Western Kentucky with dreams of someday publishing a book or two. With more than twenty-five books published to date, Kiersten now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable psychological suspense. Kiersten’s work is currently being translated into multiple languages and readers across the world refer to her as ‘The Queen of Twists.’ A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes super-fan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.

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Blog Tour – Dog Rose Dirt by Jen Williams 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to the author and Harper Collins for my gifted paperback. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Once upon a time there was a red wolf. But this is no fairy tale. He was a killer.

A convicted murderer with a story to tell

Serial killer Michael Reave – known as The Red Wolf – has been locked in Belmarsh Prison for over 20 years for the brutal and ritualistic murders of countless women.

A grieving daughter with a secret to unearth

Ex-journalist Heather Evans returns to her childhood home after her mother’s inexplicable suicide and discovers something chilling – hundreds of letters between her mother and Reave, dating back decades.

A hunt for a killer ready to strike again

When the body of a woman is found decorated with flowers, just like his victims, Reave is the only person alive who could help. After years of silence, he will speak to Heather, and only Heather.

If she wants to unearth the truth and stop further bloodshed, she’ll have to confront a monster.

My Review

The song My favourite things from The sound of music epitomises this book. It takes some of my favourite things, a serial killer, a good mystery and dark fairy tales and blends them in a cauldron like a witch from those very tales. It also has the line “when the dog bites” which is also strangely appropriate.

Freelance journalist Heather has returned to the house she grew up in after the suicide of her mother. Going through the house she comes across a page ripped out of a book of fairy tales and letters from a serial killer known as the red wolf. Having had little contact with her mother for some time she is even more at odds once she reads the suicide note and it’s cryptic message.

With the discovery of a body with the same MO as the red wolf it seems there is a copycat in play. Heather looking for answers to her mother’s suicide is dragged into the investigation and visiting The red wolf in prison.

This is a dark and unsettling read right from the start, and for those of a nervous disposition I would advise you to read it during the day and make sure your door is locked. It only got darker as I read on and it’s eerie history spanning decades brought out all the gore and horror and I absolutely loved every page of it.

The monsters you think lurk in those creepy woods are so very real…..

About the author

Jen Williams lives in London with her partner and their small ridiculous cat. Having been a fan of grisly fairy tales from a young age, these days Jen writes dark unsettling thrillers with strong female leads, as well as character-driven fantasy novels with plenty of adventure and magic. She has twice won the British Fantasy Award for her Winnowing Flame trilogy, and when she’s not writing books she works as a bookseller and a freelance copywriter. Find out more at http://www.sennydreadful.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @sennydreadful

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Blog Tour – A beginners guide to murder by Rosalind Stopps

Thank you to Sian @HQstories for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Grace, Meg and Daphne, all in their seventies, are minding their own business while enjoying a cup of tea in a café, when seventeen-year-old Nina stumbles in. She’s clearly distraught and running from someone, so the three women think nothing of hiding her when a suspicious-looking man starts asking if they’ve seen her.

Once alone, Nina tells the women a little of what she’s running from. The need to protect her is immediate, and Grace, Meg and Daphne vow to do just this. But how? They soon realise there really is only one answer: murder.

And so begins the tale of the three most unlikely murderers-in-the-making, and may hell protect anyone who underestimates them.

My Review

What a dark underbelly this book has, the grooming of a child in the care system by a girl pretending to be her friend, domestic abuse, racial tension and trafficking. Every female character here has their own story and when they are all thrown together it leads to planning a murder.

The three older women Meg, Daphne and Grace are unusual as they are each have a unique gift. Meg, whose mother played the violin, hears something out of tune when something is wrong. Grace an ex teacher gets a smell and Daphne knows what trouble is and what it could do to a person.

This is very much a character driven book and much darker than I had assumed from the blurb. These women are not the cosy Miss Marple types I was expecting.

However this is a book that evokes powerful feelings towards the injustices in the world. The damaged, the lost, the forgotten, the uncared for. They are all there between the pages. It also brings into focus how women are underestimated, especially after a certain age, but for me this was mostly about making unexpected friendships under the strangest circumstances and how powerful those friendships are.

About the author

Rosalind Stopps lives in Margate and south east London with various humans and dogs. Her short stories have been published in five anthologies and read at live literature events in London, Leeds, Hong Kong and New York. The Stranger She Knew is her debut novel and was shortlisted for the Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2020.

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Blog Tour – The art of loving you by Amelia Henley

Thank you to Sian @HQstories for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

They were so in love . . . 
And then life changed forever . . . 
Will they find happiness again?
 
Libby and Jack are the happiest they’ve ever been. Thanks to their dear friend, eighty-year-old Sid, they’ve just bought their first house together, and it’s the beginning of the life they’ve always dreamed of.

But the universe has other plans for Libby and Jack and a devastating twist of fate shatters their world.

All of a sudden life is looking very different, and unlikely though it seems, might Sid be the one person who can help Libby and Jack move forward when what they loved the most has been lost?

The Art of Loving You is a beautiful love story for our times. Romantic and uplifting, it will break your heart and then put it back together again. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Serle,Josie Silver and Sophie Cousens.

My Review

This book took a while for me to get into but once I was in that was me lost. It started out all lovely with a happy young couple moving in to their first house together. The author made me get to know them and bask with them in their happiness, then she pulled the rug from under my feet and ripped my heart to pieces.

Strangely it wasn’t the scene I expected that broke me but the one with the kids holding their paintbrushes aloft. Anyone who has read this will know exactly what I mean.

This book is virtually impossible to review without spoilers so I will avoid the plot but instead tell you all about the wonderful characters and the charm that accompanies them. First there is Libby the photographer, I know the author is quite an accomplished photographer so that was a lovely touch and it was also wonderful to see my beloved Norfolk mentioned as a favourite spot. Then there is Jack all round nice bloke and artist who has acquired them a new home as a place to give young kids an art retreat. Alice, Libby’s sister who is pregnant but not giving any information on the baby’s father. Their well intentioned but rather quippy mother who rarely gives a compliment without it becoming an insult. And Sid, wonderful, glorious Sid. The calm in the storm and in my opinion the perfect character. This may be Libby and Jack’s love story but he was who I fell in love with.

So if you want a book that will make you smile, laugh (the vicar’s mugs did it for me) and become a snotty mess from ugly crying then grab this book and a box of tissues.

About the author

Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heartbreaking, high-concept love stories. Her debut novel was The Life We Almost Had.

Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today andWall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.

The Art of Loving You is her second book.

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Buddy read book review – The list by Kiersten Modglin 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb

Ten years ago, the small town of Bates, South Carolina was changed forever with the appearance of a slip of paper.

Six names.


Six people set to die.

Six months later, they were gone. But the list maker was far from done with their town.

Like clockwork, new lists come out every six months. To keep their names off of them, the citizens go to extraordinary lengths and keep terrifying secrets.

Someone is controlling their town. But who? And, most importantly, why?

When Connor and Jordyn Atwood move to Bates, they see firsthand how far their new neighbors are willing to go to protect themselves. Will the Atwoods succumb to their newfound surroundings? Or will they fight to protect the town they now call their home? 
With everything at stake and no one to trust, the Atwoods quickly learn the list maker has one important rule:

Do what you’re told…or find your name on The List.

My Review

There’s not many books that can be so damn readable when it’s subject is kids being murdered. However, in the hands of the incredible talent that is Kiersten Modglin, she makes the relatives the real victims so the readers that won’t read about kids still can.

Connor and a pregnant Jordyn are looking to move to Bates due to Connor being transferred at work. There are strange occurrences right from the first phone call enquiring about property in the area. The person selling the house asking if they have children and being very stubborn about even viewing it.

The house is perfect and after moving in, a normal trip for groceries takes a bizarre turn when a mother, seeing her child’s name on a list pinned to the notice board of the store, collapses in anguish. Her partner Connor refuses to believe her tale of kids being killed if they make the list and calls her parents and sister with his own story of her having post natal depression.

Jordyn refuses to back down and teams up with some residents to find out who is behind the list. With no help from local law enforcement and danger at every turn. Will she find her own child on the list?

I read this as a buddy read with Amanda (aka AJ Campbell author) and I found a meme that captured our experience perfectly. Two guesses which one is me 🤣

This was an insane ride into crazy town otherwise known as Bates and I even messaged Amanda to say I think this author needs psychological help. She is one twisted lady and how she comes up with these ideas is beyond me. I thought my soul was dark but compared to this mine is a glittery fairy riding a pink unicorn.

Don’t read this expecting your normal thriller, suspend your disbelief and enjoy it for the blast it is.

About the author

Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon Top 30 bestselling author of award-winning psychological thrillers and a member of International Thriller Writers. Kiersten lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable suspense and her readers have dubbed her ‘The Queen of Twists.’ A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes super-fan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.
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Blog Tour – Shame by Elizabeth Forbes 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to the author @lizzieforbes for my gifted paperback. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

George and Martha have things they’d rather keep hidden from each other: private thoughts, desires and secrets which, if discovered, could cause untold shame. But to an outsider they appear to have a happy, contented and conventional family life. At their twins’ Fred and Delilah’s twenty-first birthday party events conspire to uncover disturbing emotional connections, and threaten to reveal a past that has long been concealed.Soonafter, a holiday designed to repair the damage exposes further rifts that could spread beyond the family and possibly change their futures forever. As a GP, Martha is used to helping her patients mend physically and mentally, but can she do the same for her husband and children, or will the ensuing damage leave wounds that will never heal?

My Review

I adored this author’s other book Nearest thing to crazy, you can check out my review here https://melaniesreads.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/blog-tour-nearest-thing-to-crazy-by-elizabeth-forbes-5-stars- so I jumped at the chance to read her latest. Her writing is so beautiful and I swear this woman could make the dullest shopping list even seem extraordinary.

What really sets her apart though is her characters, especially the women. She takes mundane people and their very ordinary lives and brings them to life. In this case it’s the middle aged, stuck in a rut, couple Martha and George. With their children now young adults and a rapidly dwindling sex life, Martha is feeling unsettled and very guilty. Both are keeping secrets close to their chests that could devastate their family. It will take a birthday party for the bomb to detonate and a make or break holiday to see if it explodes or if the bomb squad of family and friends will render it safe.

The cover was clever and the apple brought to mind temptation and Eve in the garden of Eden. The plot is a slow meander through that garden, meeting all the people that Martha and George have in their lives. Like a garden there is beauty in the flowers but there are also bugs that threaten to destroy and the secrets are the weeds that are lingering until the action of honesty is taken.

I don’t think any marriage is perfect, although my parents is pretty damn close. But no relationship has a fair chance if it’s dishonest. The choices we make in life, the shame we carry along with secrets, the only person you truly know is yourself and that’s who you really have to live with.

Another exquisite book from Elizabeth Forbes and a reminder that life is short so be brave and grab yourself some happiness.

About the author

Elizabeth Forbes was born and raised on the Isle of Wight and now lives in Herefordshire with her husband, two dogs and two hens. She published three romantic thrillers under the name Elizabeth Harrington: The Corporate Wife, Making Up and Daddy Darling. She then took a break from writing and enrolled with the Open University to study for a degree in Literature. She completed her BA with First Class Honours, and also achieved the OU’s Diploma in Creative Writing. Her first psychological suspense novel, Nearest Thing to Crazy, was published by Cutting Edge Press in 2013. BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Mail Online featured the novel because of its gaslighting subject matter. It was a bestseller in Amazon UK’s psychological thriller charts. Her second novel published by Cutting Edge Press in 2014 was Who Are You? which is a dark and twisty tale focussing on the stormy marriage of two people affected by PTSD and childhood trauma. Elizabeth has recently re-published these novels independently with Amazon KDP, and plans to publish a new novel in the summer of 2021.

Twitter @lizzieforbes

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shame-Elizabeth-Forbes/dp/B0962N9MW1

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Blog Tour – My best friend’s murder by Polly Phillips

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to the author and @simonschusterUK for my gifted paperback in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

There are so many ways to kill a friendship . . .
You’re lying, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs, legs bent, arms wide.
And while this could be a tragic accident, if anyone’s got a motive to hurt you, it’s me.
Bec and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. They have been through a lot together – from the death of Bec’s mother to the birth of Izzy’s daughter. But there’s a darker side to their friendship, and once it has been exposed, there is no turning back.
So when Izzy’s body is found, Bec knows that if the police decide to look for a killer, she will be the prime suspect. Because those closest to you are the ones who can hurt you the most . . .
The Rumour meets The Holiday in this compulsive thriller with a toxic friendship at its heart that keeps you in the dark until the final breathless pages.

My Review

I am probably going to be in the minority with this but I loved Izzy. She’s a passive aggressive, toxic, gaslighting, narcissistic, she devil. With her qualities normally being reserved for male characters it made a nice change, plus she’s glamorous as hell (putting me to shame as I sit here in my scruffs). She’s deviously clever in her manipulation, having Bec questioning her gut instincts, from little things like throwing her flowers in the bin and when questioned saying they were full of bugs. Whereas Bec, who most will probably get behind as she’s set up as the “good guy”, did my nut in. Get some gumption girl and call her out if her actions bother you that much! She’s not the little miss innocent she makes herself out to be either and their friendship has been rife with competitive one-upmanship.

There are so many intricate layers to this, from crossover relationships, in not just the romantic form but in career and family too. Their lives are so entwined that surely only death could tear that apart. The control emanates from more than one direction and I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as the saying be careful what you wish for sprang to mind.

I had my suspicions on what happened until a totally different idea hit me with a random lightbulb moment. I was completely wrong on both counts and as the truth was finally revealed I discovered there was so much more to the story than even I had realised. Bravo!

About the author

Polly Phillips currently lives in Australia, although she is originally from the UK. My Best Friend’s Murder won the Montegrappa Writing Prize at the Emirates Literature Festival in 2019. Polly has worked as a journalist in Australia, Dubai, Denmark and the UK. My Best Friend’s Murder is her debut novel

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Blog Tour – Her white lie by Jackie Walsh

Thank you to Sarah @BOTBSPublicity for my place on the tour and to the author and @HeraBooks for my ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Her dream wedding might become a nightmare

Tara Moore feels like the luckiest girl in the world. She’s finally found the man of her dreams, and after the fairytale wedding, she’s leaving Dublin to start a new life in Australia.

Until Avril Ryan’s body is discovered in a house that Tara lived in three years ago.

Tara doesn’t know Avril, so why was she the last person Avril called? How has she become the number one suspect?

But what the police don’t know is that Tara’s past conceals her own dangerous secrets. And as the detectives start digging and old friendships come to light, Tara begins to wonder who she can trust.

Will her wedding day become her last?

A twisty, unputdownable psychological thriller packed with suspense. Fans of T.M. Logan and Samantha Hayes will be completely gripped.

My Review

This book made me feel like a piggy stuck in the middle. Narrated by Tara and Faye, they were best friends from the age of eight but had a falling out the week Tara’s mother died, with Faye walking away from their friendship. Frustratingly you know it could have easily been fixed had they actually talked to each other. I so wanted to bang their heads together.

Tara was about to leave her life in Dublin to get married and head out to Australia, Faye is working as a doctor and they have been estranged for years. Then the news plays a report of a body being discovered where they shared a house with Andrui, thanks to Faye’s fathers connections, during their college years. Turning Tara into suspect number one it’s time to reconnect and open the proverbial Pandora’s box that is their friendship.

With the dual narration aspect you see both sides of the situation, but their versions differ so who is telling the truth? You know fairly early on that Tara feels guilty over something that happened at Huntley Lodge and she’s hoping that her and Faye covered their tracks but what did they do and who is to be trusted? With a past and present timeline their friendship is dissected and the truth of what happened there is finally revealed.

This was my first read of Jackie Walsh and I loved how she hooked me straight away and the pace made this such a fast and easy read. I love unreliable narrators and it was fun trying to work out who was telling the truth or if they weren’t lying but just had different views of the truth.

A great psychological delve into a broken friendship and a mystery to try and solve.

About the author

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. She is a member of the Irish Writers Centre and The Irish Crime writer’s group. After years spent building her own business she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, Jackie attended classes, writing groups and travelled to lots of festivals and launches. She secured a publishing deal with Hera Books who published Familiar Strangers and The Secrets He Kept in 2019, Five Little Words in 2020 and Her White Lie which will be published in July 2021.

Twitter: @JackieWalsh_ie

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