#BlogTour The Imposter by Leona Deakin

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Imposter by Leona Deakin.

About the Author

Leona Deakin draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. Leona was part of a team responsible for designing methods of selection for recruiting and promoting officers from PC to Chief Superintendent. 

Her role was to create realistic policing scenarios – from personnel issues to large scale incidents (plane crash, terrorist bomb etc) – that could be used to test leadership skills. To do this she spent a great deal of time interviewing and observing officers at various ranks and reviewing cases. This gave Leona an insight into the police culture that helps her to write authentic character interactions in her novels. 

Leona is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. She has written four novels in the acclaimed Dr Augusta Bloom series: Gone, Lost, Hunt and The Imposter. Follow https://twitter.com/LeonaDeakin1 on Twitter

About the book

The Imposter is the fourth gripping thriller by Leona Deakin with a truly brilliant, mind-bending twist! While each of Leona’s thrillers can be read as a standalone, The Imposter delivers all the pace, plot and expert psychological insight that her devoted fan base have come to expect.

Dr Bloom is faced with her most challenging case yet as she races to catch a highly unpredictable murderer in London. He doesn’t just want your identity. He wants your life… – No one sees him coming.

A stock-market trader is pushed from a high-rise balcony and falls to his death on the street below. The only clue the police can find is a box of matches. – No one survives for long. The decomposing body of a member of the Saudi Royal Family is discovered in a car. Evidence suggests the killer took the man’s life, then stole his identity, wore his clothes and lived in his hotel room – before vanishing into thin air like smoke.

Nothing but matchsticks are left behind. – Dr Bloom realizes the only thing linking these murders is a trail of burnt matches and broken lives. Time is running out – and if she isn’t careful, she might be the next to burn …

Review

This is the fourth book in the Dr Bloom series, and despite recurring characters and certain sub plots, they can be read as standalone novels. I think it makes the series a wee bit more enticing. You can read the rest of the series because they are good books, and you get the gist of the underlying tension and manipulation between Bloom and Seraphine, but you can equally discover and enjoy each book individually without thinking you are missing out on a part of the story.

In this book Bloom is brought in, not because there has been a sequence of peculiar deaths or alleged accidents that suggest a third party is enjoying a masquerade process before killing them. Bloom is there because Seraphine appears to be part of the bigger picture, and she knows exactly how she ticks.    

Is it bad that I really enjoy Seraphine? Her character is written in a way that makes her pathology, her intelligence and the ability to stay ten steps ahead of everyone around her quite intriguing. The character you know is capable of anything without feeling an inch of remorse, and yet as a reader you’re still quite invested in whatever dangerous mischief she may get up to.

It’s also an interesting way to drive a double thread plot. You pay attention to one but are also looking over your shoulder for the variable that is at best manipulating the scenario and at her worst she is directly involved and has her wicked fingers in all the pies – just for the fun of it.

Buy The Imposter at Amazon UK. Publisher:  pub date 24th November 2022 | Paperback Original | Penguin (Transworld) | £7.99 – Ebook available from 3rd November 2022. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Out for Blood by Deborah Masson

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Out for Blood by Deborah Masson.

About the Author

Deborah Masson was born and bred in Aberdeen, Scotland. Always restless and fighting against being a responsible adult, she worked in several jobs including secretarial, marketing, reporting for the city’s freebie newspaper and a stint as a postie – to name but a few.

Through it all, she always read crime fiction and, when motherhood finally settled her into being an adult (maybe even a responsible one) she turned her hand to writing what she loved. Deborah started with short stories and flash fiction whilst her daughter napped and, when she later welcomed her son into the world, she decided to challenge her writing further through online courses with Professional Writing Academy and Faber Academy.

Her debut novel, Hold Your Tongue, is the result of those courses. Hold Your Tongue has been widely well reviewed by readers and authors alike, with many comparing her favourably to Stuart MacBride. It won the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2020 and was longlisted for CWA New Blood Dagger 2020.

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About the book

A young man, the son of an influential businessman, is discovered dead in his central Aberdeen apartment. Hours later, a teenaged girl with no identification is found hanged in a suspected suicide.

As DI Eve Hunter and her team investigate the two cases, they find themselves in a tug-of-war between privilege and poverty; between the elite and those on the fringes of society. Then an unexpected breakthrough leads them to the shocking conclusion: that those in power have been at the top for too long – and now, someone is going to desperate lengths to bring them down… Can they stop someone who is dead set on revenge, no matter the cost?

Review

This is the second book in the DI Eve Hunter series. If you have read the first then you’ll know that Eve is an abrasive often quite angry person. She clashes with colleagues who find her attitude, techniques and general demeanour hard to handle. Does she feel as if she has to act like a man in a career dominated by men?

This time the author gives the reader an insight into the world behind the police officer. The people who have to spend each day confronting death and violence, it’s easy to forget they have personal lives that can be strewn with problems too.

I think Masson throws up an interesting conundrum about the way victims are perceived, in this case it is very much with the focus on the deaths of two young people. The death of a privileged young man and a young girl who comes from lesser circumstances. Straight away you have presumptions, expectations and a lot of stereotyping going on.

Then as the story progresses the narrative changes in regards to perception. Does wealthy and well-educated mean he was the better person? Does her lack of chance and choice in life automatically make her a person deserving of a bad fate? I actually really enjoyed the way Masson approached this aspect of the story, because it shows a fatal flaw in the thought process when it comes to society in general, and also often in policing.

The human trafficking element of the story melds into the above, because the victims tend to be considered vulnerable and are often forgotten people in society. The ones nobody misses. Masson gives readers an intriguing crime read with a lot of food for thought.

Buy Out for Blood at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. 10th December 2020 | £7.99 | Paperback Original | Corgi Ebook available 19th November 2020. At HiveAt Bookshop.org.

Sword in the Storm and Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell

Today it’s a two book tour, the first and second books in The Rigante series by David Gemmell – Sword in the Storm and Midnight Falcon. It’s also the last day of this great BlogTour.

About the Author

Published in 1984, David A. Gemmell’s first novel, Legend, has become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante books are all published as Bantam Press hardcovers and Corgi paperbacks. All of his novels are Sunday Times bestsellers. Now widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in East Sussex until his death in July 2006. 

Transworld Publishers are working on reissuing titles which were incredibly popular in their heyday but which have not been paid any attention in recent years, and of course David Gemmell and his books are reading material a new generation should absolutely be introduced to.

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About the Sword in the Storm

Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.  Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.

The Seidh–a magical race as old as time–take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante.

Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it. Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike–a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny . . .Demonblade.

Review of Sword in the Storm

Connavar is born under the less than auspicious warning of the raven to his father. It cements his father’s fate and simultaneously also the name of his child and his future. As Connavar grows he is confronted by rumours that his father was a coward, but his step-father stands fast in his tales in order to protect the child.

A crack in the relationship between his mother and step-father forces the boy to accept some hard truths, grows from them and it also leads him into realms of searching for a solution to his problem. The beginning of relationships, which will keep him both safe and often put him at harm.

I enjoyed the fact Connavar didn’t have to be written as a callous killer or a man driven by mistakes his father made. Instead his strength is cemented in the father figure who treats him as one of his own. This means is raised as a broken man, but rather one comfortable to engage with his destiny.

Gemmell combines wisdom, humour with creative world-building, strong characters and that essence of danger and violence, which always simmers just below the surface of heroic fantasy just waiting to explode into battle and conflict. The story is also filled with fear of folklore, myths and the very real power of the Seidh. This takes the fantasy into a realm of powers and magic that are driven by the power of the mind and also the figures that lurk waiting for opportunities to come their way. Nothing asked will be given without some kind of debt. 

Gemmell was and is a brilliant storyteller, perhaps because there are no limitations to the story. It doesn’t have to fit into one particular sub-genre category, which he demonstrates by creating a multidimensional main character, who isn’t just a bloodthirsty warrior. He is a man who loves, explores, embraces the new and above all he is loyal.

Buy Sword in the Storm at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; pub date New Ed Edition (28 July 2009) Buy at Amazon com.

About the Midnight Falcon

Bane the Bastard is the illegitimate son of the Rigante king who men called Demonblade. Born of treachery, Bane grew up an outcast in his own land, feared by his fellow highlanders, and denied by the father whose unmistakable mark he bore–the eyes of Connavar, one tawny brown, the other emerald green.

Hounded from the country of his birth, Bane found acceptance across the seas–only to have it stripped away in an instant by a cruel and deadly swordsman. Now fighting as a gladiator in the blood-soaked arenas of the Empire, Bane lives for one thing: revenge. And he pursues his goal with the same single-minded determination that won his father a crown.

But more is at stake than a young warrior’s quest for vengeance. The armies of the Stone are preparing to march on the lands of the Rigante. The fate of human and Seidh alike will be decided by the clash of swords–and by the bonds of twisted love and bitterness between a father and a son . . .

Review of Midnight Falcon

This is the second book in the Rigante series, and although this can be read as a standalone I would absolutely suggest reading the first book, Sword in the Storm. The relationship between fathers and sons from generation to generation is a definitive driver of this story.

With that being said, where Connavar was written as a boy and then man who could have been riddled with hate, self-doubt and anger – he was raised to be a strong individual, despite the mistakes his own father made. In this book his son becomes a main character, and his experience has been the complete opposite.

His father’s choices and decisions have made him a target, which in turn have made his emotions fester. There is rage, a person filled with rejection and doubt, but instead of crumbling he has become a fighter like Connavar. His anger burns the light beneath him. The light that seeks revenge at any cost.

Get ready for some hardcore betrayal in this book, perhaps unexpected to some however here and there you can see what is coming. Et tu Brute? – that should say enough.

Once again Gemmell proves why and how he has made his mark in heroic fantasy. It’s the smooth writing and dialogue, characters with depth, and the combination of great storytelling and world-building.

I liked the way he turned the character arc on its head by presenting the complete opposite to Connavar in the character of Bane. Is there more to their story than meets the eye or is it a question of the sins of the father will wreak their revenge eventually? How much of their destiny is determined by the lore and magic walking alongside them.

Buy Midnight Falcon at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; pub date New Ed Edition 28 July 2009. Buy at Amazon com.

Buy Rigante Quartet: Sword in the Storm (1998)Midnight Falcon (1999)Ravenheart (2001) and Stormrider (2002)

#BlogTour Tutankhamun and Nefertiti by Nick Drake

It’s my second turn on this two book BlogTour Nefertiti and Tutankhamun by Nick Drake. I reviewed Nefertiti a few days ago and am reviewing Tutankhamun today.

About the Author
Nick Drake was born in 1961. He is an award-winning poet and screenwriter. He is also Literary Associate at the National Theatre.

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About the book
A king in danger. A battle to stay alive. – On the shadowy city streets the cryptically mutilated bodies of several young people are discovered. These brutal acts are destabilizing a ruthless regime already unstable thanks to corruption and the appalling divide between rich and poor.

Meanwhile, Tutankhamun, at 18, has inherited an empire that should be at the height of power and glory. But he faces only a Court full of conspiracies and plotting, and a bitter struggle for power.

And when his own security is threatened by an intruder in the palace, he needs an outsider he can trust to track down the traitor. Rahotep receives a mysterious invitation to the labyrinthine halls of the Royal Palace.

But what he discovers at the dark heart of power will put his life, and his family, in grave danger. .

Review
The story of Tutankhamun, the young king and his short reign, is one filled with many mysteries, myths and questions. The author takes all of these things and turns this fascinating chapter of ancient Egypt into a mystery featuring a member of that civilisations idea of a detective – a part of  the Thebes Medjay division.

Rahotep is called to solve the murder of a dead boy a boy who bears certain similarities to their young king, which could just be a coincidence, and the majority of those are based on rumours.

He quickly becomes drawn once again into the dirty politics of those who have power and want to rule, and are willing to do anything to maintain their status. The powerful who plot to deceive, kill and threaten. They steal, betray and lie without blinking an eye – all for greed and a firm grip on a country ripped apart and driven by the uncertainty the previous ruler caused.

That scene with Amenmose in the last few chapters – the pot – it was gripping, and also what makes Rahotep finally comprehend that his choice between mystery and family can and will have repercussions for himself and his loved ones. There is only so many times you can work against and stand up to the most powerful men in the kingdom and not expect some kind of blowback.

Having recently read the previous book in this series, Nefertiti, I think this one shows a honing of craft and how Drake has made his world-building, dialogues and plotting much stronger. I also think the possible theories drawn from factual history, theories by historians and his own fictional story make absolute sense out of the many mysteries surrounding the young king. It’s a gripping historical crime read.

Buy Tutankhamun at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; pub date 18 Jan. 2011. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Nefertiti by Nick Drake.

#BlogTour Nefertiti and Tutankhamun by Nick Drake

It’s my turn on this two book BlogTour Nefertiti and Tutankhamun by Nick Drake. I am starting with Nefertiti today and will be posting my review for Tutankhamun in a few days.

About the Author

Nick Drake was born in 1961. He is an award-winning poet and screenwriter. He is also Literary Associate at the National Theatre.

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About the book

A Missing Queen. A Dark Game of Power.

With her husband, Akhenaten, Nefertiti – the most powerful, charismatic and beautiful Queen of the ancient world – rules over an Empire at the peak of its glory and domination.

Together, they have built a magnificent new city in the desert on the banks of the Nile and are about to host kings, dignitaries and leaders from around the Empire for a vast festival to celebrate their triumph. – But suddenly, Nefertiti vanishes.

Rahotep – the youngest chief detective of the Thebes division- can see patterns where others cannot. His unusual talents earn him a summons to the royal court.

With ten days to find the Queen and return her in time for the festival, Rahotep knows that success will bring glory – but if he fails, he and his young family will die…

Review

I wonder how long it takes Rahotep to realise that the reason he is chosen is more a question of – if your assignment goes pear-shaped then it will be the end of the youngest chief detective of the Thebes division and his beloved family or because he has an talent for seeing what others don’t. He has no idea he will be drawn into a mystery about the most powerful woman in the kingdom.

He has a clock ticking over him like a bomb waiting to go off if he doesn’t manage to find Nefertiti within a certain timeframe. Will it be enough time to discern between deception, fear of discovery and just plain old haughty arrogance.

I was intrigued by the parallels between other power couples in history or perhaps just autocrats, who decide to reinvent the wheel of religion, politics and power – of course it’s always in a way that benefits themselves. The way it can turn the tide of populations or bring them together as one mechanism and tool.

Admittedly the first thing I did was read up on Nefertiti. Obviously she tends to be known for being a beauty first and a strong woman who left her mark on Egyptian history second, but I was unaware of the fact that there is also quite some mystery surrounding her. Drake has taken inspiration from various theories by historians about the powerful queen and created a compelling mystery thriller set in the world of ancient Egypt.

Rahotep is a bit like Sansom’s Shardlake, but with more reverence for the dangers of the times he lives in and the rules of whomever is in power at the time. As in most societies ruled by one person every day can be like walking on eggshells when the people around you are waiting to say or do the wrong thing.

If just one thing becomes clear in this story it’s the fact that you can’t trust anyone in ancient Egypt.

Buy Nefertiti at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; pub date 18 Jan. 2011. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Lost by Leona Deakin

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Lost by Leona Deakin, it’s the second book in the Dr Bloom series.

About the Author

Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police and her successful work in psychology since. Leona was part of a team responsible for designing methods of selection for recruiting and promoting officers from PC to Chief Superintendent. Her role was to create realistic policing scenarios – from personnel issues to large scale incidents (plane crash, terrorist bomb etc) – that could be used to test leadership skills. To do this she spent a great deal of time interviewing and observing officers at various ranks and reviewing cases. This gave Leona an insight into the police culture that helps her to write authentic character interactions in her novels. Leona is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.

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About the book

In the second compelling thriller from Leona Deakin, Dr Bloom returns to solve another mystery. But how can she solve the crime when the victim can’t remember anything?

There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.

His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom, who rushes to support the investigation. But no one can work out what connects the bomb and the disappearance. When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions. But he can’t remember a single thing.

Review

This is the second book in the Dr Bloom series and although both books can be read as standalone novels I do think reading the first gives readers a better insight into the connections between the characters. In particular the strange one between Bloom and Seraphine.

In this book Bloom is asked to help a man regain his memories after he is caught up in a bombing and disappears soon after the event.

I enjoyed the interaction between Bloom and Seraphine in the first book in the series, Gone. I think Deakin has made the right decision to follow that particular storyline and flesh it out more.

Indeed instead of a Jameson and Bloom combo, it’s much more intriguing to have Bloom interact with Seraphine, despite the fact we know she has certain traits that make her different from others. Being curious about what happens when she takes a path that offers multiple choices. Bloom is aware of that however and feels it’s safer to keep her close than out of sight, which would make her an invisible threat.

Deakin does her research, which adds an air of authenticity to certain elements of the read, even if others take on a fictional stretched atmosphere of their own.

I’m looking forward to reading where Deakin takes this dysfunctional duo, there are certainly enough journeys to take them on. Will Seraphine always be Bloom’s Moriarty – waiting patiently in the shadows and only appearing when it suits her own narrative?

Buy Lost (Dr Bloom #2) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital; pub date 9 July 2020. Paperback pub date 29th October 2020 | £7.99 | Black Swan. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Gone (Dr Bloom #1) by Leona Deakin.

#BlogTour Camelot by Giles Kristian

Today I am really excited to take part in the BlogTour bring you the second book in The Arthurian Tales series, Camelot by Giles Kristian.

‘Following his acclaimed Sunday Times bestseller, Lancelot, Giles Kristian’s new novel returns us to the realms of Arthurian legend . . .’ Oh yes indeed!

About the Author

Family history (he is half Norwegian) and a passion for the fiction of Bernard Cornwell inspired Giles Kristian to write. Set in the Viking world, his bestselling Raven and The Rise of Sigurd trilogies have been acclaimed by his peers, reviewers and readers alike. In The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury, he tells the story of a family torn apart by the English Civil War. He also co-wrote Wilbur Smith’s No.1 bestseller, Golden Lion.

In his most recent novel, the Sunday Times bestseller Lancelot, Giles plunged into the rich waters of the Arthurian legend. For his next book, he continues his epic reimagining of our greatest island ‘history’. Giles Kristian lives in Leicestershire.

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About the book

Britain is a land riven by anarchy, slaughter, famine, filth and darkness. Its armies are destroyed, its heroes dead, or missing. Arthur and Lancelot fell in the last great battle and Merlin has not been seen these past ten years. Now, the Saxons are gathering again, their warbands stalk the land, their king seeks dominion.

As for the lords and kings of Britain, they look only to their own survival and will not unite as they once did under Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur. But in an isolated monastery in the marshes of Avalon, a novice of the order is preparing to take his vows when the life he has known is suddenly turned upside down in a welter of blood.

Two strangers – the wild-spirited, Saxon-killing Iselle and the ageing warrior Gawain – will pluck the young man from the wreckage of his simple existence. Together, they will seek the last druid and the cauldron of a god. And the young man must come to terms with his legacy and fate as the son of the most celebrated yet most infamous of Arthur’s warriors: Lancelot.

For this is the story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive . . .

Review

I will have to try and be careful with this one there are just too many juicy plot secrets that would spoil the read for others. Let me try and declare how much I love this book without telling you exactly why.

Let me start by saying that the first in The Arthurian Tales series, Lancelot, is a hard act to follow – even for the author who wrote it. If you haven’t read it yet then please do, you are missing out on a superb read. Camelot is a continuation of the tale of Lancelot, Arthur and Guinevere or rather of the people left behind after the last great battle saw the demise of the destructive trio.

In an isolated monastery in the middle of the mysterious marshes of Avalon lives a young man who lives in the shadow of his father’s past. He is reluctant to part from his path towards the life of a monk until an old warrior and the young woman who saves his life convince him that perhaps his path is something completely different.

Together with the remnants of Arthur’s loyal comrades they set out on an impossible quest, to restore the power and balance to their country, and their friend. Vague enough for you? Good, because I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the surprises packed into this brilliant story.

Kristian writes about the world of King Arthur as if he were a constant companion in their trials and tribulations, that’s how vivid and realistic his storytelling is. He understands how folklore, myth and history need to become one and the same to fuel the depth of the characters and story.

Both Lancelot and Camelot are an homage to ancient legends whispered and carried along the centuries. Tales of loyalty, courage and magic all fiercely ingrained in the spirit of the isles. Kristian is a pleasure to read – his stories are such a completely immersive experience.

Buy Camelot at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Bantam Press – Transworld Digital; pub date 14th May 2020 | Hardback | £12.99. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Lancelot by Giles Kristian.

#BlogTour Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid. It’s a dark psychological thriller, a manipulative game of emotions and secrets.About the Author

Rebecca is a freelance journalist. She is a columnist for the Telegraph Women’s section, works for Metro Online and has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others.

Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.

She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars is her debut novel. Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.

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About the book

Poppy has a secret. It was a whirlwind romance. And when Drew, caught up in the moment, suggests that he and Poppy don’t tell each other anything about their past lives, that they live only for the here and now, for the future they are building together, Poppy jumps at the chance for a fresh start.

Drew says he has nothing to hide. But it doesn’t take long for Poppy to see that this is a two-way deal. Drew is hiding something from her. And Poppy suddenly has no idea who the man she has married really is, what he is hiding from her or what he might be capable of.

Drew is lying. Which is more dangerous, a secret or a lie?

Review

Reading this made me want to go back and read Perfect Liars again. Reid really knows how to write a wicked plot.

The story is presented in flashbacks and the present. At first it appears to be the lives of two separate people, but as the tale unravels the truth becomes clearer. Poppy meets Drew in a bar in the middle of a crisis. She has just been fired and hasn’t got two cents to rub together to get home.  A few weeks later her she has gone from downstairs to upstairs. Is it all too good to be true?

The author, whether it be through research or personal experience, describes the relationship between au-pairs or nannies and their employers accurately. The upstairs, downstairs mentality of those who can afford to hire people to help raise their children. Some of them think nothing of paying a mere pittance for a 24/7 nanny who is also expected to cook, clean, shop and play waitress. It’s often those with wealth and reputations to uphold who are tighter than a nun’s knicker.

Then Reid takes the plot further by adding the element of suggestive situations in an environment where a third person is intruding upon the family dynamics. Ask yourself whether you would consider physical beauty a valid reason not to hire a nanny? Does that mean you are insecure or is it just a question of if temptation is dangled in front of someone’s face often enough then eventually temptation will probably win? Food for thought.

I’m going to be purposely vague about where the author takes her readers with this story. I loved it, but then I do have a thing for cracking plots with a twist of wicked and a slice of evil. I’ll have mine on the rocks please.

It’s a dark psychological thriller, a manipulative game of emotions and secrets.

Buy Truth Hurts at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Transworld Digital pub date 27 Aug. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Read my review of Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid