BLOG TOUR – I could be you by Sheila Bugler

Thank you to Tracy @CompulsiveReaders for my place on the tour and to Canelo publishers for my gifted ebook. All opinions are honest and my own.


A life has been taken. But whose life is it?

On a stifling hot day, former journalist Dee Doran finds the crumpled body of her friend at the roadside. Katie and her little boy, Jake, have been a light in Dee’s otherwise desolate life – now a woman is dead and a child is missing. 

Katie has been keeping secrets for a long time. Years earlier, she fell for the wrong person. But he was in love with someone else; who he couldn’t have but couldn’t keep away from. When jealousy and desire spilled over into murder Katie hid the truth, and has been pretending ever since.

As Dee assists the police with their enquiries she’s compelled to investigate too. She realises Katie wasn’t who she claimed to be. Lies are catching up. Stories are unravelling. Revenge is demanded and someone must pay the price. The question is: who?

My Review

Wow this book starts right in the middle of a very graphic in your face scene of an accident and let me tell you from then on in you are hooked.

With a killer twist at the start you are left confused and wondering what is going on. It doesn’t help that the narrator is introduced to us with a serious hangover and has no idea what has previously happened.

51 years old and with a dead alcoholic for a mother, an ex husband who is a complete waste of space and no job she has retreated to her parents old house and made friends with Katie who lives in her parents other property next door.

Katie and her son Jake were the only good thing she had left so she is determined to find Jake and work out the answers around the hit and run. Being an ex journalist Dee uses her contacts to investigate.

Told in present day and in flashbacks you are fed little snippets of information on Katie and you learn that alcohol seems to be a common denominator in both Kate and Dee’s lives. I really liked Dee although she has questionable morals this flaw only serves to make her seem human and relatable. It was also really nice to read about a woman in her 50’s rather than the usual 20 something protagonists.

The pace was steady with a good build up of tension and the use of a narrator who you are not sure is reliable worked well. Lots of secrets and some solid misdirections kept my attention and a perfect denouement. Did I work it out? Now wouldn’t that be telling……

About the author

I grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway, I left Ireland and worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and Argentina before finally settling in Easbourne, where I now live with my husband, Sean, and our two children.

I adore crime fiction and have never wanted to write anything else. I’d be delighted to share my recommendations with you and to hear yours too. If you’d like to contact me, you can do so through my website or via Twitter: @sheilab10.

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Book reader and tea drinker. Lover of psychological thrillers and original stories that are thought provoking. Open to review requests please email

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