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Book Review: Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke.

Book Review: Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke.

Thank you very much to Author Amanda Brooke and Publishers Harper Collins for my copy of Don’t Turn Around.

Description:

She died.
You’re next.
Now he’s coming for you
Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…
As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

Published by Harper Collins January 2019.

Potential Trigger Warnings:

Contains details of suicide, death of a child and grief.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Author Amanda Brooke. I was intrigued by both the cover and the description.

The story is told from.the perspective of Ruth ( Meg’s Mum) and Jen ( Meg’s cousin and best friend).

Meg committed suicide ten years ago. Since then understandably the family have not gotten over her death and the way it happened. They believe that she was abused by her boyfriend Lewis but with no proof, nothing could be done.

In attempt to help others and themselves Ruth and Jen set up a helpline to try to help other people who feel they may be in vulnerable relationships.

The book is a domestic thriller, which kept me intrigued and attached the whole way through. The Author did a great job of describing how I imagine the grief would feel like for Meg’s family. Everyone deals with grief differently and this was shown by the people who knew Meg.

I read the second half of the book a lot faster than the first half as I had more inklings of what may happen as the pages turned at this point.

Don’t Turn Around is very well written. In the acknowledgements at the back the author thanks Alder Grief Centre for their help and support, which sounds like an amazing and such a supportive group of people. There should be many more of these types of helplines.

Although the plotlines and trigger warnings imply this is a difficult book to read, it is a suspense thriller which got me gripped and rooting for Jen and Ruth to find a life that they could be content with. Whether or not this happens you will need to read to find out. But things are not as they first seem. And that is what makes a good thriller and a good author for me.

Highly recommended book. And as I now know there are many more books written by Amanda Brooke.

If you have read this or any other book by Amanda Brooke, feel free to recommend your favourites.


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Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Books

 

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Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Thanks to Poppy Stimpson from Transworld Books for my copy of The House Swap. I love the cover of the ARC, where it has doors to open!

I give you my unbiased review of The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

 

The House Swap

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Published May 3rd 2018 by Doubleday

Be careful who you let in . . .

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city flat to a townhouse in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage–his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions–start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities.

Meanwhile, Caroline slowly begins to uncover some signs of life in the stark house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget…

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My Thoughts:

I loved the idea of this book. Actually I won a competition last year to have a year subscription to a house swapping website, so it is an idea that I have given thought to! I was intrigued by the description of Caroline and Francis swapping houses with somebody who seems to know Caroline, and has subtle ways of letting Caroline know that somebody knows her secrets. 

The chapters flip from present time to past, when things weren’t good in Caroline and Francis’ relationship to present time while they are in this borrowed house. It is easy to follow and the stories of both timelines link up well, so the reader has a good image of what has happened without giving away too much of Caroline’s secret.

The woman on the street where they are staying comes across as creepy and very intense. In my opinion Caroline was too polite in letting the woman worm her way in, but then this woman plays a bigger part as the story goes on……

We know from the start that Francis has addiction problems, and these were written very well. It seemed that the Author had done her research to know how both parties (the addicted Husband and the Wife who watches) could feel in this situation. It would have been good to have a bit more of an insight into Francis’ reasons for his addictions, but this didn’t spoil or impact the story, it just would have been good to know a deeper understanding of Francis. I didn’t take to Caroline at all throughout the book. I felt she was very unsympathetic to her Husband’s problems, and the way she dealt with it was wrong. (in my opinion).  I think if Caroline had acted differently this story would not have happened, but that’s the beauty of fiction for you!

The book had a steady pace all the way through, it kept my attention and I wanted to know what happened next at the end of every chapter. As the pages thinned, I had an idea of what the end would be, but as in all good thrillers, there was a twist I didn’t see coming and it finished the story off with a chilling bang. It only takes one decision in life, that could be the decision that changes everything! From a decision Caroline made, comes the twist that chilled me. 

House Swap is an enjoyable, steady paced domestic thriller. I would certainly read more of Rebecca Fleet’s books. But, I won’t be renewing that House Swapping subscription this year!

 

 

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Posted by on September 2, 2018 in Books, the house swap

 

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