Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

12 Aug
Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

I am very happy today to bring you my stop on the blog tour for the brilliant new Susan Lewis book ‘The Moment She Left’. Thank you to Louise Page for gifting me a copy of the book  which I very much enjoyed. Below I will tell you why I loved it and also I am thrilled to be able to offer one of my lovely readers a free copy of this wonderful book. See the rafflecopter section at the bottom of the post, and if you love the sound of this book then enter away.

The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis.The Moment She Left hb jacket



Kesterly-on-Sea is full of secrets.

Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly.

Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search.

Meanwhile, the town’s beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill, and doesn’t want to burden her family and friends with the news.

Andee and Rowzee don’t know it yet, but their journeys are going to help them uncover a secret. One that is going to affect them more than they could ever imagine.



Published July 28th 2016 by Cornerstone Digital


My Thoughts:

This is actually the first Susan Lewis book that I have read, and now knowing that she has written over 30 novels, I am very happy to say that my ‘want to read pile’ has just grown a lot bigger! My Mum and my lovely bookblogger friend Irena both recommended Susan Lewis to me, so when the opportunity came up to take part in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. (You can read Irena’s review of this book  HERE!

The first chapter is the setting of this book, where we hear about the girl who has gone missing Jessica. After that first chapter, we hear from all the other characters who all have their own separate stories but as the book continues, you see how they become linked up.

From the description on the front cover of this book, you read “Sometimes the truth is best kept secret”. This book is a lot about secrets and should we keep things to ourselves, is that the best way to protect others or protect ourselves. It is a book that makes you think. In a way the book kind of reminds a little bit like Jodi Picoult books. And I am a big fan of Picoult, so this is indeed a compliment to Lewis.

The book tells the story of Jessica’s family and those who love her, their grief and need to know what has happened to her. Then we have Andee, who is having family problems, but is the detective who has been asked to try to find Jessica. Then we have Rowzee and her sister Pamela. They both have secrets of their own. So with this big mix up of characters, secrets, lies and loss, Lewis has developed a brilliant novel which will keep you up late reading, and intrigued as to what happened to Jessica, what about the other secrets, will they come out or will they stay with the owner until death parts them?!!

Rowzee was definitely my very favourite character in this book, she is kind and generous to a fault. Even when she finds out terrible things about people she is still the person who says they should be given chances and understanding. Is she generous and caring to a fault? You will have to read and see for yourself. 

A quote that is quite prevalent to this whole story is said by one character who shall remain nameless until you read it yourself:

“It goes to show that you never know anyone as well as you think you do….”










Also published in paperback on July 28th was another of Susan Lewis’s best sellers, ‘The Girl Who Came Back’. This already has over 50 fantastic reviews on Goodreads, which you can read HERE!

The Girl Who Came Back pb jacket


But now for the much awaited giveaway! You know what to do, follow the rafflecopter link and do what it tells you too. Good luck, and I hope to hear your thoughts on this Susan Lewis book and any others of hers you have read and can recommend to me. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Susan Lewis was born in Bristol in 1956. Her father Eddie, was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and an unashamed communist who loved to write. Her mother, Eddress, one of thirteen children, was a fiery, indomitable woman with great aspirations for her young family. Susan and her younger brother were brought up in a spanking new council house on the outskirts of town; money was tight, but they were a happy, lively family.

Susan was nine and her brother five when her mother died of breast cancer at thirty-three; Susan’s father was thirty-seven and he never married again. Sending Susan to boarding school was thought to be ‘for the best’ but Susan disagreed. No one listened to her pleas for freedom, so after a while she took it upon herself to get expelled. By the time she was thirteen, she was back in the little council house with her father and brother.

At eighteen, Susan got a job at HTV in Bristol and at twenty-two moved to London to work for Thames Television. She moved up the ranks; from a secretary in news and current affairs, to a production assistant in light entertainment and drama. It was whilst she was at Thames that she started writing fiction. Thirty-six novels later, Susan is one of the UK’s bestselling fiction writers. As well as fiction, Susan has written two moving memoirs about her childhood in Bristol: Just One More Day and the sequel One Day at a Time.

Losing her mother at such an early age had a profound effect on Susan’s life, which is why she is a long-term supporter of Breast Cancer Care, the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and tailored information to anyone affected by breast cancer, and Winston’s Wish the charity for bereaved children.

After years living abroad in LA and France, Susan returned to England in 2009 and now lives in a beautiful converted barn in Gloucestershire with her husband and two dogs.

For further information about Susan Lewis visit www.susanlewis.comSusan Lewis is available for interview and feature writing. Contact Louise Page PR on 020 8741 5663 or email .



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26 responses to “Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

  1. Dawn obrien

    August 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Oooh, I read quite a few Susan lewis books back in the nineties! I have no place to hide in my tbr pile too, I must go back and do a check which ones ive read from her backlist!

    • chocolatepages

      August 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      This is the first that I have read, so I have many more to add to my tbr pile.

  2. kickandbite

    August 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity

  3. Sharon

    August 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Book sounds great, thanks for the chance to win

  4. Karen

    August 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway. I’ve been reading Susan’s novels for years – you have a treat to catch up with!

  5. Joanne

    August 13, 2016 at 6:59 am

    It’s a while since I read any but I really enjoyed Stolen.

  6. themotherhub

    August 13, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Sounds great ! Off to enter competition #kcacols

  7. irena_bookdustmagic

    August 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Hi, sorry for taking that long to read your review. I’m away from home again, had a wedding to attend yesterday so I didn’t have much time to spend on my laptop, and from mobile I can’t comment bc I have the old one and plan to have it until it brakes once for good.

    Thank you so much for mentioning me in your review. I’m glad you liked the book.
    I hope you’ll enjoy other Lewis’ books if you read them.

    Rowzee was really nice, I kind of liked Jessica’s brother the most and I wished we got to see more of him, even though I know his side wasn’t so important for the whole story.

    • chocolatepages

      August 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you, I hope the Wedding was lovely. I liked Matt too, but I guess because Rowzee was much more heavily mentioned, I liked her more. I hope to read more of Susan’s books now. I’m sure I will enjoy them. Do you have a favourite book of hers?

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        August 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

        Tbh, I only read three of her books. No Place to Hide was really good, I’ll have to scam read it again so I could write a decent review for it because I kept putting it off and now it is not so fresh in my mind anymore.

      • chocolatepages

        August 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

        Well the next of mine will be ‘The Girl Who Came Back’. I will let you know when I am reading it. xx

  8. alex

    August 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Ooo I like Susan Lewis – not heard of this one though. I shall be entering! #KCACOLS

  9. rachelbustin

    August 16, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I love the look of this book. Thanks for shring a great review on it. One to add to my neverending tbr pile! xx

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • chocolatepages

      August 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you. It’s nice to have another great author to add to my list.

  10. florence

    August 16, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Susan Lewis is one of my favourite authors. I have read many of her books and have enjoyed them all. Look forward to reading ‘the moment she left’.

    • chocolatepages

      August 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I hope you will enjoy this one too then. I recently won a copy of The GIrl WHo Came Back. Have you read that one?

  11. Upside Mum

    August 17, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Sounds like a good read. I often wish I had time to fit in reading just for fun! #kcacols

    • chocolatepages

      August 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you. I wish I had more time to read to, but because I love it and there are so many great books to read. 😉

  12. Over Heaven's Hill

    August 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for the Giveaway #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      August 17, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you. Good luck if you entered
      I hope the winner enjoys it.


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