Book reviews, Womens fiction

We Never Said Goodbye by Helene Fermont – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Is it ever too late for love?

When Mike dumps Louise on their 20th Wedding Anniversary, her entire world comes to an end.

Devastated and confused, she attempts to make sense of what happened and returns to a city she’s avoided for two decades.

Will she be able to move on with the man she left behind or will Mike’s increasingly violent and unhinged behaviour continue to haunt and ruin her life? When the reason Mike left her at long last is revealed Louise’s life is in serious danger.

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MY REVIEW

“Where is he? Mike’s never late. Perhaps he forgot today’s our wedding anniversary?”

Louise dressed to look her best for her 20th wedding anniversary and hoping that Mike will appreciate it…….she’s worried he’s late, when he does eventually call, it’s only to tell her he’s leaving her……he said “consider yourself dumped”…

Totally distraught, Louise is a mess, one night she takes too many sleeping pills…..she survives but it takes a long time for her to become some semblance of her former self….with the help of her friends.

Meanwhile, Mike is now living with Abby, who is pregnant…..it is his child isn’t it? He is also hiding money from his business partner, Steve…..and is slowly falling apart.

Set in both Malmo and London, this is the tale of love, betrayal, abuse, violence, money,  love and ultimately hope. A tense look at relationships and the consequences of our actions on others….an emotion packed read.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)

 

About the author

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Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/  

Book reviews, Thriller

The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor- Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

You know who they are. But you don’t know what they’ve done.

We all recognise them. Those who exist just on the fringes of society. Who send prickles up the back of our neck. The charmers. The liars. The manipulators. Those who have the potential to go that one step too far. And then take another step.

Jessamine Gooch makes a living from these people. Each week she broadcasts a radio show looking into the past lives of convicted killers; asking if there was more that could have been done to prevent their terrible crimes.

Then one day she is approached by a woman desperate to find her missing friend, Cassie, fearing her abusive husband may have taken that final deadly step. But as Jessamine delves into the months prior to Cassie’s disappearance she fails to realise there is a dark figure closer to home, one that threatens the safety of her own family.

Set over a long, dark winter in London and perfect for fans of HE SAID/SHE SAID, THE DANGEROUS KIND is at once a gripping thriller and a stunning portrayal of the monsters that live among us.
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MY REVIEW

Firstly, This marvellous book covers the incredibly disturbing and horrific crimes of child sexual exploitation and prostitution and as such can be heartbreaking to read……but Deborah O’Connor’s writing is so compelling you have to keep reading right to its heart thumping end…..

So, the story is told in chapters by Jessamine, Rowena and Jitesh……these seem to be totally random and not linked in any way…….but oh my….just wait..!

Rowena is 13, (and in the care system) and her ‘boyfriend’ Sunny says he owes a gang money and she needs to attend ‘parties’ with older men, some she recognises as famous….to help him repay his debt. She soon realises this is a lie, but it’s too late…

Jitesh, is a young, troubled guy……a bit of a tech wizard but very shy with people. He is troubled when Meera gets involved with his old friend Kishor…..

He also works with Jessamine……..for her new podcast.

Jessamine, works for BBC radio, in a show about criminal behaviour and asks is it possible to identify potential violent crimes and their perpetrators?..1 in 100 people are capable of violent crime (and possibly committing)……unidentified!

Due to her recent outburst at the BBC, she is suspended and decides to do an independent podcast…. She is approached by a young woman, who asks her to look into the disappearance of her friend Cassie…..she is intrigued and starts her investigation…….

This leads to danger for her and her daughter…….is someone close to home responsible ? Just who is her daughter chatting to online?

As the stories progress, they link and all the pieces suddenly come together in such a way that made me gasp…..it feels so real, with the relatively recent revelations (alleged allegations) of child abuse by TV personalities and people in positions of power, heartbreaking too….poor Billy!…

I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling the story……yes it’s a tough subject, but Deborah O’Connor has handled it with her creative, and emotion packed writing….brilliant! .

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole and the Deborah O’Connor for the opportunity to read this book for free and this is my honest and unbiased review. Thanks also to Tracy Fenton At Compulsive Readers for being included on this blog tour.