#BookReview: WE ARE ALL THE SAME IN THE DARK by Julia Heaberlin @juliathrillers @MichaelJBooks

Publication: 6th August 2020 – Michael Joseph

It’s been a decade since the town’s sweetheart Trumanell Branson disappeared, leaving only a bloody handprint behind.

Since her disappearance, Tru’s brother, Wyatt, has lived as an outcast, desperate to know what happened to his sister.

So when Wyatt finds a lost girl, he believes she is a sign.

But for new cop, Odette Tucker, this girl’s appearance reopens old wounds.

Determined to solve both cases, Odette fights to save a lost girl in the present and in doing so digs up a shocking truth about that fateful night in the past . . .

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What can I say about this book? It’s a chilling, intense, beautifully written story of a mysterious case that was never solved, of the young woman who would do anything to find out the truth, and the young girl with no identity and with a secret past.

Told from three different points of views, We Are All The Same in the Dark revolves around the disappearance of town-beloved Trumanelle Branson ten years earlier. The entire town thought that her brother Wyatt murdered her, but it was never proved. Odette Tucker came back for her father’s funeral five years earlier and she decided to join the police department and solve the case. Odette is obsessed by Trumanelle’s case because the night Trumanelle disappeared her life changed irrevocably. She is sure of Wyatt’s innocence, she just doesn’t know how to prove it. When Wyatt finds a young girl dumped in a field of dandelions, he thinks that it is a sign from his sister. Odette will do anything to protect the girl and prove Wyatt’s innocence.

We Are All The Same in the Dark is a slow-burning, unforgettable story. Having read the author’s previous novels, I really adore her writing style which captures me from the very beginning together with the dark and claustrophobic atmosphere and its vivid and multi-layered characters. The pace is slow, but the tension is high, so, for me, there was never a dull moment while I was reading. I loved the ending. I found it disturbing, but perfect for the story. A fantastic highly recommended read!

A huge thank you to Michael Joseph and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.

#BlogTour: PLAYING NICE by JP Delaney @QuercusBooks

Publication: 6th August 2020 – Quercus

Pete Riley answers the door one morning to a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s two-year-old, Theo, isn’t Pete’s real son – their babies got mixed up at birth.

The two families – Pete, his partner Maddie, and Miles and his wife Lucy – agree that, rather than swap the boys back, they’ll try to find a more flexible way to share their children’s lives. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an investigation that unearths disturbing questions about just what happened the day the babies were switched.

And when Theo is thrown out of nursery for hitting other children, Maddie and Pete have to ask themselves: how far do they want this arrangement to go? What secrets lie hidden behind the Lamberts’ smart front door? How much can they trust the real parents of their child – or even each other?

An addictive psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Silent Patient and Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door.

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What would you do if you found out that the child you have been raising and loving for the past two years is not yours? That your biological son was swapped at birth and he’s being raised by two strangers? After the initial shock, Pete and Maddie decide to make the most of the situation and welcome Lily and Miles, the biological parents of their son Theo, into their lives. From the beginning the two families seem to get along fine, after all, they have the same goal: do what’s best for the children. However, as times passes, Miles seems to get himself more and more involved in Theo’s life, turning up unannounced at Pete and Maddie’s door, organizing holidays together, and deciding which school Theo should go to. Soon, they find out that when things don’t go his way, Miles’s charming and friendly attitude can turn dark and he would do anything to get what he wants.

I am not a parent, so I wouldn’t know how I would react if something like that happened to me, but JP Delaney’s insightful descriptions of Pete and Maddie’s feelings throughout the ordeal are heartbreaking and sincere. Although there were times where I didn’t really like these two characters, I really felt for them as they risked to lose their son twice: first at childbirth, as he was born premature and they didn’t know if he would survive, and then in their fight with Miles.

Pete seems the too-good-to-be-true guy. Gentle, caring, nice, trying to see the good in people and always accommodating. Maddie, on the other hand, is a more complex character. She struggled with motherhood, the difficult birth and post-partum depression, and her love for Theo. At times, she seems distant and cold and she is hiding something.

Playing Nice is a compelling, thrilling, and psychological story about parenthood and family drama. It is full of twists that keep you on the edge of the seat until the very end and ask the question: what would you do to protect your child? And, in a battle between nature vs nurture, who would win? Genetics or the child’s upbringing?

A huge thank you to Ella and Quercus for providing me with a copy of the novel.

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#BookReview: LOST SOULS AT THE NEPTUNE INN by Betsy Carter @betsylou11 @GrandCentralPub

Publication: 4th August 2020 – Grand Central Publishing

When an elusive stranger arrives in 1960s New Rochelle, three generations of women are forever changed.When the heart finds its home, anything is possible.


Geraldine, Emilia Mae, and Alice Wingo couldn’t be more different from each other. Geraldine is a fiery beauty, turning heads while running the local bakery with her devoted husband, Earle-but she never quite takes to motherhood. Her daughter, Emilia Mae, spends her life chasing her mother’s affection and goes looking for love in all the wrong places. So when she gives birth to her own daughter, Alice-the girl with the quick laugh and music running through her veins-she vows to do things differently.

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Lost Souls at the Neptune Inn is a refreshing and engaging novel about three generations of women and their often complicated relationship.

The story is set in New Rochelle, outside New York City, starting in the 1920s when Geraldine Wingo is a young woman who makes men’s head turn. She gets pregnant, but she resents her new-born daughter, Emilia Mae, who she is convinced is the devil. As years pass, their relationship doesn’t improve, although the birth of Alice, Emilia Mae’s daughter, brings her back to live under the family roof.

Dillard Fox is a man with a talent for music looking for a bit of normalcy. When he arrives in New Rochelle, Geraldine, Emilia Mae, and Alice are all drawn to him, but could his refusal to talk about his past risk their chance to be a happy family?

I really enjoyed this novel. The characters are very likable and they feel authentic. Geraldine’s hope to be desired often alienates her from her family. All Emilia Mae wants is to be loved, but she often finds herself heartbroken. Alice looks for the father she never met. And Dillard is ready to sacrifice is true self to have a family and normal life. I loved these characters and I was completely drawn to their stories.

In Lost Souls at the Neptune Inn, Betsy Carter explores the complicated relationship between mother and daughter, people’s search for love, accepting one self, and the importance of family and close friends. It is a compelling, thought-provoking, immersive story with beautiful characters that come to life thanks to the author’s brilliant and addictive writing style and I couldn’t recommend this book enough, so please go and buy a copy!

A huge thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.

#BookReview: THE WISH LIST by Sophia Money-Coutts @sophiamcoutts @HQstories

Publication: 6th August 2020 – HQ

‘You want me to write a list? Like a shopping list?’
Gwendolyn nodded. ‘Exactly. But for what you want from a man, not ASDA.’

Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her beloved cat Marmalade keeps her company at night. She might have been single for quite a while – well, forever actually, if anyone’s asking – but she’s perfectly happy, thank you. And then Florence meets eccentric love coach Gwendolyn, and everything changes.

When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, has the sexual athleticism of James Bond and can overlook her ‘counting’ habit? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…

Rory seems to fit the list perfectly. But is he ‘the one’, or simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places…

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I have been reading Sophia Money-Coutts’s novels since the very beginning and I can honestly say she is one of these authors whose book I buy without blinking. I love her writing style, clean and articulate, and I can’t help but adore the protagonists of her stories.

The protagonist of her new novel, The Wish List, is Florence Fairfax. She works in a bookshop in Chelsea and she lives with her two stepsisters in Kennington. She likes her simple life among books and a few close friends and family, but when her sister Mia announces her engagement, her stepmother convinces her to meet a love coach who performs rituals and makes her write a list of all the qualities her ideal man should have. Of course, shortly after, she meets Rory, a man who seems to have all the qualities on her list. Is it a coincidence? Or is it fate? Or is he simply what she needs rights now?

I loved the character of Florence, not only because she is honest, loyal, and witty, but because I could really relate to her. Her insecurities, her doubts, her mistakes, they all felt familiar and I found we had a few things in common, not only the love for books. I liked the other characters in the story, at least most of them, especially her colleague Eugene and her sisters who created some of the funnies scenes in the novel.

The Wish List is addictive and funny. There is a scene with a dog that had me with tears in my eyes and I still laugh every time I think about it, and there is a lot of comedy, romance, and a few emotional moments, too. It is easy to see where the story leads, but I still kept reading captivated by Florence’s life and I really loved the ending and the choices she made.

The Wish List is a fantastic and engaging read that will give you a few hours of entertainment and it will make you forget the world out there. Already looking forward to the author’s next book.

A huge thank you to HQ and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.

#BlogTour: SHED NO TEARS by Caz Frear @CazziF @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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Publication: 23rd July 2020 – Zaffre

Four victims.
Killer caught.
Case closed . . . Or is it?

Christopher Masters, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’, strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found.

Until now.

Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the Major Investigation Team are called in. But immediately there are questions surrounding the manner of her death. And with Masters now dead, no one to answer them.

Did someone get it wrong all those years ago? And if so, who killed Holly Kemp?

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shed No Tears, the gripping new novel by Cat Kinsella.

I don’t know how to start my review, so I’ll just say… I LOVED IT!!! Actually, I love the entire series. I love the characters, I love the suspenseful plots, and I love the writing. I am completely drawn to the stories and I only emerge from the book once I finish reading.

In Shed No Tears, DC Cat Kinsella and her colleagues are called to investigate the discovery of a body in a field in Cambridgeshire: Holly Kemp went missing six years earlier and everyone thought she had been victim of the Roommate Killer, Christopher Masters, who then died in prison. However, the evidence cast doubt about whether Holly Kemp was indeed a victim of the Roommate Killer and, as Kinsella investigates, she uncovers secrets and lies that she didn’t see coming.

Cat Kinsella is a fantastic character and she develops well in this third novel. The story is told from her point of view and she feels authentic and relatable. She is funny, smart, she has flaws and makes mistakes and she is hiding secrets that, if they ever came out, could ruin her career and her relationship with her boyfriend. Cat Kinsella is my favourite character, but I also really like her colleagues as they form a well-put together team of detectives. I enjoy reading their humorous banter, their sense of camredie, and, especially I like Kinsella’s close relationship with her partner DS Luigi Parnell.

I love police procedural and I think that this series by Caz Frear is one of the best out there and definitely one of my favourites. Shed No Tears has a twisty and immersive plot that comes to life thanks to the author brilliant and captivating writing and I can’t get enough of this series!

A huge thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.

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Caz Frear grew up in Coventry and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the writing dream finally came true.
She has a first-class degree in History & Politics, which she’s put to enormous use over the years by working as a waitress, shop assistant, retail merchandiser and, for the past twelve years, a headhunter.
When she’s not agonising over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at the TV when Arsenal are playing or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about.

#BlogTour: WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Chris Carter @simonschusterUK @harriett_col @annecater @RandomTTours #RandomThingsTours

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Publication: 23rd July 2020 – Simon & Schuster UK

A serial killer will stop at nothing…

The Killer
His most valuable possession has been stolen.
Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.

The Girl
Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a
bag, just like all the others. But when she opens it, the
worst nightmare of her life begins.

The Detective
A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon
becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose.
And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.

If you have read it
You must die

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Delighted to welcome you on my stop for the brand new novel by Chris Carter, Written In Blood.

It is Christmas time in Los Angeles. The streets are full of people shopping and, among them, there is Angela Wood, a professional pickpocket. After a successful afternoon stealing other people’s wallet, Angela is relaxing in a bar. At a table next to her, a man is looking at his phone, a bag at his feet. When Angela takes his bag, she finds a diary and, as she flips through it, she quickly realizes that she stole from the wrong man because the diary belongs to a prolific serial killer who describes in details each of the murders he has committed. When LAPD detectives Hunter and Garcia get their hands on the diary, they know they must find the killer before he kills again.

WOW!!! What a rollercoaster of a read this was! The murders are quite violent and graphic and they are not for the weak of hearts. The more detective Hunter reads the killer’s diary, the more gruesome the murders become, the more I had goosebumps, and I loved it. Told from different perspectives, the plot is dark and twisty and the tension is so high that I was always on the edge of my seat.

I love the character of detective Robert Hunter. Such an interesting and complex character. The more I learn about him, the more I like him and I really enjoy his relationship with his partner Carlos Garcia. I found Angela Wood relatable, authentic, and likable and I felt for her, while the killer was complex and multi-layered, a cleverly-crafted and brilliant villain for the story.

Written In Blood is another action-packed and intense addiction to the Robert Hunter series written in a unique and beautiful style and full of twists and disturbing murders that will keep you on your toes. I can’t recommend this novel enough!

A huge thank you to Anne Cater and Simon & Schuster UK for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.

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Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney’s Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He now lives in London.

Visit his website www.chriscarterbooks.com

#BlogTour: THE GARDEN OF FORGOTTEN THINGS by Trisha Ashley @trishaashley @TransworldBooks @annecater @RandomTTours #RandomThingsTours

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Publication: 23rd July 2020 – Transworld

All Marnie wants is somewhere to call home. Mourning lost years spent in a marriage that has finally come to an end, she needs a fresh start and time to heal. Things she hopes to find in the rural west Lancashire village her mother always told her about.

With nothing but her two green thumbs, Marnie takes a job as a gardener, which comes with a little cottage to make her own. The garden is beautiful – filled with roses, lavender and honeysuckle – and only a little rough around the edges. Which is more than can be said for her next-door-neighbour, Ned Mars.

Marnie remembers Ned from her school days but he’s far from the untroubled man she once knew. A recent relationship has left him with a heart as bruised as her own.

Can a summer spent gardening help them heal and recapture the forgotten dreams they’ve let get away?

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I am delighted to kick off the blog tour for The Garden of Forgotten Wishes by Trisha Ashley.

Five years ago, Marnie run to France to escape her controlling and manipulative husband. Now he’s finally signed the divorce paper and she is free to go back home to England. With a new job, a new flat that comes with an intruding cat and possible new friends, Marnie is looking forward to a fresh start. She moves to Jericho’s End to help restore the gardens of Old Grace Hall. Jericho’s End is also the place of origin of her mother, the place her mother had warned to stay away from, so Marnie hopes to find answers about her mother’s mysterious past.

Marnie is a fantastic character. She is very realistic and I really felt for her as she still struggles with the scars from her past. For her Jericho’s End represents a refuge, a place that will give her a new beginning, but also the truth about her mother’s past and the reason behind her sudden departure from the village.  

If you love gardening, you are going to adore The Garden of Forgotten Wishes. It’s so full of detailed and rich descriptions of the beautiful gardens at Old Grace Hall that I could practically picture them in my head. And, if you love ice-cream, there are just as many detailed and rich descriptions of mouth-watering homemade ice-cream.

I love Trisha Ashley’s novels. They are uplifting, engaging, and beautifully descriptive and they never disappoint. In The Garden of Forgotten Wishes there is romance, friendship, family drama and it will completely capture you. If this is not enough to encourage you read it, then don’t miss the amazing recipes at the end of the book.

A huge thank you to Anne Cater and Transworld for inviting me to join the blog tour and provide me with a copy of the novel.

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Trisha Ashley’s Sunday Times bestselling novels have twice been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, and Every Woman for Herself was nominated by readers as one of the top three romantic novels of the last fifty years.
Trisha lives in North Wales. For more information about her please visit http://www.trishaashley.com, her Facebook page www.facebook.com/TrishaAshleyBooks or follow her on Twitter @trishaashley.

#BookReview: THE LAST WIFE by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor

Publication: 7th July 2020 – Graydon House

Marie Langham is distraught when her childhood friend, Nina, is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before Nina passes away, she asks Marie to look out for her familyher son, daughter, and husband, Stuart. Marie would do anything for Nina, so of course she agrees.

Following Nina’s death, Marie gradually finds herself drawn into her friend’s lifeher family, her large house in the countryside. But when Camilla, a mutual friend from their old art-college days, suddenly reappears, Marie begins to suspect that she has a hidden agenda. Then, Marie discovers that Nina had long suppressed secrets about a holiday in Ibiza the women took ten years previously, when Marie’s then-boyfriend went missing after a tragic accident and was later found dead.

Marie used to envy Nina’s beautiful life, but now the cards are up in the air and she begins to realize that nothing is what it seemed. As long-buried secrets start surfacing, Marie must figure out what’s true and who she can trust before the consequences of Nina’s dark secrets destroy her.

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Last year, I read many raving reviews for The Perfect Girlfriend, the debut novel by Karen Hamilton, but somehow I never got around to read it. When I was offered the chance to read her new novel, The Last Wife (with just as many raving reviews), I thought I’d finally see what everyone is raving about and now I get it. I loved The Last Wife. It is a psychological thriller about obsession, lies, and secrets with unlikable characters and many twists and, even when I wasn’t reading it, I wasn’t thinking about it, eager to go back to read and see how it ended.

The story is told from the point of view of Marie. Marie made a promise to her best friend Nina: she would take care of her family. When Nina passes away, to everyone’s surprise and displeasure, Marie moves in to live with Nina’s husband and two children to help them out during this difficult time. But Marie has her own agenda and when she starts to find out things about Marie she didn’t know about, her loyalty to her best friend is tested.

As I mentioned, I didn’t like the characters of the story, especially Marie. She is a very complex character to describe: multi-layered, intriguing, and dark, the more I read about her, the more I didn’t like her. However, the more I learned about her past, the better I understood her and, sometimes, I sympathized with her (but never liked her). Every other character in the story seems to hide a secret and, as they unravel, the twists just kept coming.

No love for the characters, but so much love for the story. Addictive, twisty, intense, The Last Wife completely captured my attention. I wanted to discover more about Nina. Is she really the perfect wife, mother, friend that everyone knew? I wanted to see how deep Marie could get entangled inside Nina’s family. Why is she so eager to move in with Nina’s family? What is she planning? Was their friendship as close as she described?

Would I recommend The Last Wife? 100% yes! It is the perfect read for all lovers of psychological thriller out there and, while I am already waiting for the author’s next novel, I am finally going to read her debut novel!

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Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. Karen is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy and, having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing. She is also the author of the international bestseller The Perfect Girlfriend.

#BookReview: A DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAGICIANS by H. G. Parry @hg_parry @orbitbooks

Declaration of the Rights of Magicians

Publication: 25th June 2020 – Orbit

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom.

It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.

But amidst all of the upheaval of the enlightened world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilisation into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to chaos.

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I loved The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, H. G. Parry’s debut novel, so when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it and I wasn’t disappointed. A Declaration of Rights of Magicians is a unique and very-well written novel where fantasy and historical fiction perfectly blend together.

Set in late 18th century, the story features a world where there is magic and it is strictly controlled. In France, we are in the middle of the French revolution and the beginning of the Reign of Terror of Maximilien Robespierre. In England, Prime Minister William Pitt tries to convince the House of Commons to abolish slave trade while looking with worry at the situation in France. In Haiti, slaves fight for their freedom.

The story features real-life historical characters that everyone who studied history in school is familiar with. Maximilien Robespierre, George Danton, William Pitt are names that have made history and I remember them from my school days. The author did an amazing job recreating them on the pages of her novel. They are so well-crafted and drawn that they came to life under the author’s pen. I wanted them to succeed, I wanted to slap them when they were made wrong choices, and I felt sorry for them. 

A Declaration of The Rights of Magicians is an epic story of magic and politics full of political intrigue, idealism, people who want to change the world, humor, and darkness. I really enjoyed reading A Declaration of The Rights of Magicians, but I won’t lie, it is a big book, more than 500 pages, and there are moments when the narrative dulls and slows down. I am a fast reader and yet it took me longer than I expected to finish it, but despite this, I still loved the story and the characters and I heard there is a sequel planned for publication next year that I am not going to miss.

A huge thank you to Orbit and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.

#BlogTour: FINDERS, KEEPERS by Sabine Durrant @SabineDurrant @HodderBooks @JennyPlatt90

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Pubblication: 9th July 2020 – Hodder & Stoughton

Brilliantly creepy and completely absorbing, Finders, Keepers follows the growing obsession between two neighbours and shines a ruthless spotlight on the vanities of modern middleclass urbanites.

Ailsa Tilson moves with her husband and children to Trinity Fields in search of the new. New project – a house to renovate. New people – no links to the past. New friends – especially her next-door neighbour, the lonely Verity, who needs her help.
Verity has lived in Trinity Fields all her life. She’s always resisted change. Her home and belongings are a shield, a defence to keep the outside world at bay. But something about the Tilsons piques her interest. Just as her ivy creeps through the shared garden fence, so Verity will work her way into the Tilson family.

And once they realise how formidable she can be, it might well be too late.

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Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Finders, Keepers, the new novel by Sabine Durrant.

Let me start by saying that this is my first novel by Sabine Durrant, but I think Finders, Keepers is a good starting point to discover this author because I fell in love with her captivating writing style and her intriguing plot and I am already trying to decide which of her other books read next.

The story starts with the protagonist, Verity, deciding to write down how she came to be involved with the Tilson family starting from the day they moved in next-door. Right from the beginning, Verity is drawn to Ailsa Tilson, her husband Tom, and their three children, especially their son Max, who she starts tutoring in English. Soon, both Verity and Ailsa get more and more entangled in each other lives and they form a kind of friendship. However, each of them has their own secrets to protect and, one day, tragedy strikes.

IMG_20200701_082117_resized_20200710_101415719I devoured this novel. First of all, the characters are brilliant. They are multi-layered and full of secrets and I can’t say I really liked any of them. We see these characters through Verity’s descriptions of them, so how much can we trust what she says? Verity is a very complex characters. The story is told from her perspective and the author takes you right into her head. I found fascinating and intriguing reading Verity’s thoughts, her fears and her hopes, and the secrets that she slowly decides to unravel kept me glued to the page. There’s something about Verity that gave me the chills, although there were a few times that I felt sorry for her. Her friendship with Ailsa is beneficial for both, but also an unlikely friendship. They are two completely different characters and you will find this mirrored simply in the way they each dress or the way they keep their house: Verity’s second-hand clothes and house full of things and memorabilia don’t match with Ailsa’s expensive dresses and spartan house. And yet these two different women spend more and more time together, telling each other secrets and depending on each other.

Finders, Keepers is a dark, chilling, slow-burning tale of obsession, of manipulation, of secrets that will capture from the very first page and won’t let you go until you reach the last pages where the unexpected ending will take you completely by surprise.

A huge thank you to Jenny and Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.

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Sabine Durrant is the author of four psychological thrillers, Under Your Skin, Remember Me This Way, Lie With Me, a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection and Sunday Times paperback bestseller, and Take Me In. Her previous novels are Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh La La! Connie Pickles. She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines.
She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.