Here we have another book blog tour organised by the awesome Rachel’s Random Resources, if you’d like to check out more tours I’ve taken part in then you can by clicking here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Anyway, I usually include a little bit of a disclaimer now, so why break from tradition, even though I have been asked to do this as part of an official blog tour you should still expect the same standard of quality, honesty and fair and balanced approach that I take to all of the content on the site. So now that we’ve taken care of all that it’s time to introduce you to the author.
Deirdre Palmer (who also writes under the name Zara Thorne) is a self-published and traditionally published author based in Brighton. She has written five books under her own name which you can check out here, and five under her pen name which you can check out here. The book we will be looking at today was published under her own name and is the authors first time writing in the psychological suspense genre. If you would like to find out a little more about the author and keep up to date with them then check out their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Okay now on to the actual review, this novel revolves around the most basic of human emotions, love, trust and betrayal of the aforementioned trust, of what happens when a seemingly perfect life is interrupted and how ordinary people can make mistakes or be pushed by jealousy and rage into making complicated decisions. I’ll admit that one of the main reasons I enjoy the thriller and psychological genre so much is because it delves deeply into these raw human elements and how they can turn unassuming people into killers or the type of person to break up another family. While this might be Deirdre’s first foray into the genre but she has managed it expertly and with considerable skill. She strikes me as an author with a great appreciation of the human condition, and how easily things can go pear-shaped when you are just plodding along with your life.
The author uses tension and pacing extremely well, for example when Fran starts receiving gifts and mystery phone calls, these help to escalate the story, and helped to paint a picture of someone who desperately wants vindication but is still maintaining a semblance of civility. What I mean by that is that, these little gestures are indicative of someone who wants to show the other person they’ve done wrong but they don’t want to push too far in case they risk losing everything themselves. After all we are a polite society, and we are just as likely to judge the scorned wife as the people who cheated.
I’m usually not a fan of shifts in POV but I actually liked how the narrative was split between Fran and Tessa, it means you get a well rounded feel for the narrative and get to see people’s actions and decisions from their point of view. Additionally, even if you like or dislike a character, you can more clearly understand their motives because they are shared with you, which is the main flaw (for lack of a better word) in narratives with a singular or more focused POV.
All in all I think this is an impressive story, well told and engaging enough to keep my attention even though I’ve had a pretty crazy few weeks. If she writes another psychological suspense novel I will be first in line to read it. I strongly urge you to check this book out for yourself, because there’s more I could say but I don’t want to spoil anything, the last thing I will say however is that this book earn a 4/5.
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