Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Never Ever Tell by Kirsty Ferguson.
Kirsty Ferguson is a born and bred Australian. She writes crimes and mystery novels. Her stories center around strong women and dark themes that are topical and relevant to today. Kirsty chooses to deconstruct and enthrall her readers with the secrets of any everyday person behind closed doors. She has long been a lover or writing and reading, creating stories from a young age.
About the book
She’d do anything for her boy… Vanessa Sawyer knows all about pain. She’s felt it every day since marrying the boy who fathered her baby in high school. All he’s meant are broken bones, broken heart and broken dreams. But he also brought her the love of her life. When her son Wren was born, her baby boy was her salvation.
Vanessa watches Wren grow and become a young man she can be proud of. Until one night everything changes, including Wren. One night that her son refuses to speak of. Now Vanessa can’t rest, not until she uncovers the secret that her son has been hiding from her.
Will she find the answers she’s searching for or will her quest for the truth take her to a dark place where all hope is lost? One evil act. One tragedy. Lives destroyed forever.
Vanessa doesn’t think giving in to desire will set her life in a direction that changes both her perception of herself and the way others perceive her. The man in her life blames her for choices they both made. He is violent, has no remorse and reluctant to acknowledge his part in their dysfunctional relationship.
The only thing keeping Vanessa going is her young son Wren who learns to protect and lookout for his mother. He becomes her rock and her protector. Vanessa realises that changing her life is the only way to protect them all.
Whilst the part of the plot mentioned in the blurb is the most poignant part of the book it doesn’t take up much of it.Those events happen in the last quarter or so of the story. It is undoubtedly the straw that breaks the camels back, a complete eye-opener and it saves the story.
More character depth, differentiation between sub and main plot, and tighter storylines – Ferguson has great ideas, kudos for the twist at the end.
It’s a dark story that gets much darker and doesn’t really come up for much light or air to be honest, but then that’s sometimes the stark reality of life. Not everyone has a life filled with rainbows, unicorns and happiness in general. Ferguson captures the long term repercussions of living with an abuser – for the victim and any children involved. The waves of abuse cause a ripple effect often only seen many decades later.
Buy Never Ever Tell at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Boldwood Books; pub date 18 Jun. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.