Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Thriller

The Daughter by Michelle Frances – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB

The Daughter is a gripping, powerful story of a mother’s courage and devotion, by the number one bestselling author of The Girlfriend.

Getting pregnant as a teenager was never part of Kate’s plan, but when it happens she’s determined to do right by her daughter, showing her the love she never had as a child.

Life as a single mother is hard, sometimes impossible, but it only brings Kate and Becky closer together. By the time Becky is making her own way in the world as a tenacious trainee journalist, Kate couldn’t be prouder.

But when the unthinkable happens, Kate’s life is changed forever. Desperately trying to understand, Kate stumbles across a story Becky was researching.

Is it possible that this cruel twist of fate wasn’t an accident?

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MY REVIEW

What a thoroughly engrossing thriller….Kate was pregnant as a teen and brought her daughter, Becky, up alone…..she worked so hard to earn enough to ensure Becky could have the best start and education.

She is so proud when Becky gets a job as a trainee journalist….Becky tells her she is working on something but it’s secret at the moment…..but then tragedy strikes and Kate is left to discover just what happened to her daughter.

What follows is a tense, dramatic thriller of a mother determined to get justice and recognition for her daughter…..a David and Goliath story with a mothers love at its heart……it’s “not just because of the chips”…

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ebook for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

 

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller, Womens fiction

The Body Lies by Jo Baker – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she’s desperate to forget. But when one of her students starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as the main character in his book – and he has written her a horrific fate.

Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it’s too late?

At once a breathless battle-of-wits and a disarming exploration of sexual politics, The Body Lies is an essential book for our times.

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MY REVIEW

“It was on the busy, dirty Annerley Road in south London that the man hit me”

The Body Lies starts with the assault of the pregnant, unnamed main character (MC), for the next 3 years, she is constantly anxious about the Blue Anorak Man….always on alert and feeling a little on edge. She applies for, and gets a job at a university a few hours from London, teaching Creative Writing.

Husband, Mark decides is not the time for him to move as it’s in the middle of the school year and he can’t (or won’t) leave his pupils, so they decide to live apart temporarily, with visits at weekends and term time….to spend time with young son, Sammy.

Our MC starts the course, meeting her pupils and we read a few chapters of their own writing, Nicholas’ is particularly dark……all true he says…he becomes a little creepy, and his writing seems to be about a dead girl…..who was she?

Then after a party, he rapes our MC and then disappears, she doesn’t report it as she didn’t fight back and just gave up rather than be hit again….”giving up is not consent”…….

but her troubles begin in earnest…her husband leaves her for someone else, a student makes a complaint about her behaviour, she is suspended from her job, a budding romance ends abruptly and someone is watching her…will this end in violence? Will Nicholas be found?

Little Sammy is a happy darling of a boy that brings brightness to this tense tale, while this may not be a typical psychological thriller, it has an insidious tension that will resonate with many women….that constant wariness when being out alone, even being overburdened at work as we don’t want to say no, rather than being deemed ‘difficult’…..of a friendly smile being seen as something more…..everyday occurrences for many.

It’s not a light read due to the subject matter at times and I wonder if a man would read this the same way…..I found this to be a very powerful and thought provoking read and it’s going to keep popping into my thoughts for a long time.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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JO BAKER is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling LONGBOURN and A COUNTRY ROAD, A TREE.

Her new novel, THE BODY LIES, is a thrilling contemporary novel that explores violence against women in fiction but is also a disarming story of sexual politics.

Jo Baker lives with her family in Lancashire.

Twitter @JoBakerWriter

Hardcover: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Doubleday (13 Jun. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085752643X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857526434

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Body-Lies-Jo-Baker/dp/085752643X