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Putney by Sofka Zinovieff @SofkaZinovieff @PhilippaCotton @BloomsburyBooks #Putney #bookreview


Source: Review copy

Publication: 12 July 2018 from Bloomsbury Publishing

Pp: 384

ISBN-13: 978-1408895764


It is the 1970s and Ralph, an up-and-coming composer, is visiting Edmund Greenslay at his riverside home in Putney to discuss a collaboration. Through the house’s colourful rooms and unruly garden flits nine-year-old Daphne – dark, teasing, slippery as mercury, more sprite than boy or girl. From the moment their worlds collide, Ralph is consumed by an obsession to make Daphne his. But Ralph is twenty-five and Daphne is only a child, and even in the bohemian abandon of 1970s London their fast-burgeoning relationship must be kept a secret. It is not until years later that Daphne is forced to confront the truth of her own childhood – and an act of violence that has lain hidden for decades. Putney is a bold, thought-provoking novel about the moral lines we tread, the stories we tell ourselves and the memories that play themselves out again and again, like snatches of song.


Cards on the table. This is a novel about child sex abuse. I was less than sure I would be able to read this book, far less wax lyrical about the writing, but it is so beautifully drawn and so carefully laid out that I found myself completely drawn in by it and having to examine my own judgemental feelings as I went along.

I’d say this is a story of historical sex abuse, except that for Daphne, now approaching 50, this is her life and has been since she was 9 years old.

Daphne Greenslay is the daughter of a 1970’s bohemian couple. Edmund, her father, is an affluent writer and her mother Ellie is involved in radical Greek politics. Their house in Putney is a whirlwind of laughter, drinking, and endless debate with friends and has a general liberal aura of permissiveness, not uncommon at the time in the artistic and political classes.

Ralph is a composer of avant-garde music and becomes part of the inner circle of friends when he takes on the score for a play for one of Edmund’s books.  At 29, he is a hedonist, revelling in the closeness and companionship; enjoying the permissiveness of their society.

Ralph is captivated by wild child Daphne, a slightly feral 9 year old child whose parents love her, but to all intents and purposes fail to actually parent her. Daphne and her brother Theo are pretty much left to their own devices during these heady days and nights and she and Ralph slowly develop a friendship based on warm words, secret presents and a delight in each other’s company. Together they are the outsiders who develop a ‘special’ friendship, hidden from almost everyone else.

For Daphne this is love, belonging and adoration. For Ralph it is pure, unalloyed romanticism and he revels in her naivety and her enthusiasm for him.

Told both in both the present day and in memory flashbacks to the 70’s Putney has three voices, that of Daphne, Ralph and Daphne’s friend, Jane Fish. This is a carefully told story in which we learn about their relationship and its ultimate consummation in Greece when Daphne is 13 years old.

Now Daphne has a failed marriage behind her. She is a recovering addict and has a young daughter, Libby. Recently returned to South West London, their new home overlooks the river where on the opposite bank she can see the house she grew up in and that brings back all her memories of those years which she tends to look on nostalgically.

Ralph is now dying of cancer, married to Nina and with a family of his own.

When Daphne receives a request to meet up again with her old friend Jane Fish, this becomes a turning point for all of them, because Jane has an agenda of her own that she is determined to pursue.

It’s quite difficult to express how carefully this story is treated. But it is immensely thought provoking and in turn had me horrified, questioning myself, questioning the motives of others and the prose treads a delicate path between truth and narcissism; love and abuse.

All too relevant for the ‘me too’ generation, this is a book that ultimately pulls no punches, but leaves you questioning the chiaroscuro between action and motive.

Verdict: A beautifully constructed, wholly engrossing, thought provoking, uncomfortable read.

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About Sofka Zinovieff


Sofka studied social anthropology at Cambridge and carried out the research for her PhD in Greece. This marked the beginning of a lifelong involvement with the country.

She has lived in Moscow and Rome and worked as a freelance journalist and reviewer, writing mainly for British publications including The Telegraph Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, The Spectator, The Independent Magazine and The London Magazine.

After many years in Athens, she now divides her time between there and England. She is married and has two daughters.

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The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen @wordsofhelen @MichaelJBooks #Netgalley #LostLetters


Source: Netgalley

Publication: 12 July 2018 from Michael Joseph

Pp: 336

ISBN-13: 978-0718189143


Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.


This is a novel set in the 1980’s when hand written letters were perhaps less of a novelty than they are now. I must confess though that sometimes I felt drawn much further back into time than that, perhaps because our protagonist feels so very formal and old fashioned; certainly quite straight-laced.

In the depths of Shoreditch, William Woolfe works in the Dead Letters Dept, a place where a handful of staff try to link letters without sufficiency of address to the people they were meant for. Sadly, no such place could possibly exist; not today, anyway. Can you imagine working in a Post Office place of employment where an employee could decide to take off for the afternoon in order to deliver by hand a letter destined for 200+ miles away? Still, it is a lovely idea and I have some sympathy for Helen Cullen’s view of how the world might be if there was more kindness in it.

William, our letter detective, loves his job and has a real feeling for it. He would be happy but for the knowledge that with every passing day his wife, Clare seems to be a bit more distant. While William is broadly happy with his lot, Clare is struggling to reconcile what she wants and needs from her marriage and what William can give her. For different reasons, they are each a disappointment to the other.

Once so wholly in love, now they are like distant flatmates. Neither likes the situation, neither knows quite how to change it.

In the midst of this central storyline we have a number of heart-warming stories about lost items and their reconciliation with their owners or those who they were destined for, and these stories add lightness to the book.

William becomes obsessed with a set of letters discovers from a lady who calls herself ‘Winter’.  Winter is writing beautiful letters to her unnamed, as yet unfound, one true love. Stirred by and drawn to her passion and enthusiasm for life, William sets out to track Winter down. But in doing so, will this cause him to leave Clare behind for ever?

The Lost Letters is a story of love, loss, longing and romantic idealism. It is slow paced and with lovely prose, though a little over written in places.

Verdict: I enjoyed it and I loved the setting and the world that Helen Cullen creates. An admirable debut.

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About Helen Cullen


Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London.

She worked at RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) for seven years before moving to London in 2010. In the UK, Helen established a career as an events and engagement specialist before joining the Google UK marketing team in 2015.

Her debut novel, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ is published today.

The first draft of this novel was written while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michèle Roberts. Helen holds an M.A. Theatre Studies from UCD and is currently completing an M.A. English Literature at Brunel University.

Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel.

Follow Helen on Twitter @wordsofhelen

*COVER REVEAL KLAXON* BROTHERS IN BLOOD by Amer Anwar @AmerAnwar @dialoguebooks


This is the first cover reveal I have ever done. I have chosen to do this one because there are so many great reasons to put this book on your must read list.

First of all, it is a truly cracking read. Multi-layered and intense, it brilliantly evokes contemporary Asian life in West London.

Here’s the blurb:

Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger

A Sikh girl on the run.
A Muslim ex-con who has to find her.
A whole heap of trouble.

Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him.
But when Zaq is forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge.
With time running out and pressure mounting, can Zaq find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?

Is this the cover?


Ah, no, sorry, this is what we use to make you want to read Brothers in Blood.

Aren’t you excited already? Trust me, this man Amer Anwar has real talent and he’s a top bloke, too. I’m genuinely thrilled for him and I really want you to read his book ‘cos I know you’ll love it as much as I do. He writes with such a great ear for dialogue. His writing has verve, pace and a brilliant sense of humour. He’s such a fresh and original voice and you are bound to love him.

Don’t take my word for it, here’s what a couple of other author types have said:

“An engaging hero, a cunning plot, and a fascinating journey into Southall’s underworld. We’ll be hearing a lot more from Amer Anwar.”
Mick Herron

“A fine debut novel. With his engaging characters and skilful plotting, Anwar brings a fresh and exciting new voice to the genre.”
Ann Cleeves

Almost time to show you this fab cover, but first a bit about the author :


Amer Anwar grew up in West London. After leaving college he had a variety of jobs, including; warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, a driver for emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps. He eventually landed a job as a creative artworker/graphic designer and spent the next decade and a half producing artwork, mainly for the home entertainment industry. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London and is a winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. Brothers in Blood is his first novel. For everything else, he has an alibi. It wasn’t him. He was never there.

Now this fabulous book will be published by Dialogue Books on 6th September this year and you can rush off to pre-order your copy at Amazon or Waterstones.

Why wait? Maybe they’ll run out if you don’t go now?

Oh, fair enough, I’ll show you the cover now, but once you have seen it, you are obligated to pre-order, OK?



Is this not fabulous? How can you possibly resist????


This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell @JillMansell @headlinepg @annecater #ThisCouldChangeEverything #BlogTour


Source: Review Copy

Publication: 12th July 2018 from Headline Review

Pp: 416

ISBN-13: 978-1472208989


On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…

On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…

And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…


Delicious, delightful, delovely,… that’s what springs to mind when I think about a book by Jill Mansell. I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour and even more pleased that This Could Change Everything is such a gorgeous book.

For me, reading this book was like slipping down into a heavenly scented warm bubble bath with soft candle lighting and a glass of champagne. It’s relaxing, it gives me joy and I feel so much better for having read it.

Jill Mansell has such an easy way with her characters who shine like jewels from the pages. From the fabulous Zillah whom I would dearly love to emulate through to Scarlett, Essie, Lucas and Conor, each of whom has their own story that slowly unfurls through the pages, keeping my interest and tying me to the book all day.

Like strawberries and cream, this book is summer; a book to while away the balmy days and nights, grinning with pleasure at the witty prose; luxuriating in the romanticism and loving the complicated love lives of characters who can’t ever get it right first time round.

The stories of each of these characters touch the heart and lift the spirits and when you have finished, all you want is to view the world with a little more kindness.

It takes a special writer to make you feel that way. Jill Mansell achieves it and more.


Verdict: Delicious, delightful, delovely

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About Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including THE ONE YOU REALLY WANT, TO THE MOON AND BACK, YOU AND ME, ALWAYS and MEET ME AT BEACHCOMBER BAY. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.

Jill’s personal favourite among her novels is THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.

Jill started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. Her first book was published in 1991 and she is now a full-time novelist. She is one of the few who still write their books by hand, like a leftover from the dark ages. She lives in Bristol with her family.

Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter – @JillMansell – and Facebook – /OfficialJillMansell. You can also visit her website

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks


Source: Review Copy

Publication: e-book 15 July from  Orenda Books

PP: 300


Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?

What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…


There is a special beauty to Louise Beech’s writing that captivates, entrances, and really makes you care about her characters. I think the reason her prose is so rich and rewarding is that she is able to find the extraordinary in the ordinary; to take a story that could easily happen anywhere and weave it into a magical story of love, life and heartfelt emotion that is nothing less than epic.

Ben has felt caged for most of his life, unable to be true to himself, hiding from his family and the world. He has always been a restless child and when he promises his mum that he will fulfill his childhood dream of going to work with lions in Zimbabwe, he little knows that he is setting out on a journey that will lead him to a conclusion he could never imagine.

Andrew once wrote down his wish and kept it in a silver box. He never knew his father and now he has written a book that Ben is immersed in. Their lives keep intersecting in myriad ways but ultimately it is what draws them together that will keep them apart.

This beautifully crafted story takes us from the past in East Yorkshire to the stunning plains of Zimbabwe and a sanctuary which helps to rescue lions and release them back into the wild. Against the wild beauty of this country Ben’s story unfolds and as it does so we learn so much about him, his family and where his heart lies.

For all that the sumptuous background will have you smelling and breathing in the redolent scent of the African days and nights it is in the kitchen of an East Yorkshire home that we will understand the true nature of love and sacrifice.

Moving, honest, and heart-breakingly tender, The Lion Tamer Who Lost had me in tears more than once.

Verdict:  A beautiful, poignant, stand out book of 2018. I urge you to read it.


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About Louise Beech


Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both books have been number one on Kindle, Audible and Kobo in USA/UK/AU. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show.






The Backstreets of Purgatory by Helen Taylor @TaylorHelen_M @AnneCater @unbounders #TheBackstreetsofPurgatory


Source: Review Copy

Publication: 12 July 2018 from Unbound

Pp: 496

ISBN-13: 978-1783525553


Finn Garvie’s life is one spectacular mess. He spends most of his time fannying around a makeshift Glasgow studio, failing to paint his degree portfolio, while his girlfriend Lizzi treats him like one of her psychology patients, and his best friend Rob is convinced that the tattoos he designs are the height of artistic achievement.

To top it all, Finn is worried that some stinking bastard is hanging around, spying on him, laughing at his cock-ups and eating his leftover curry. Fortunately, he has plenty of techniques to distract him – tackling the church hall renovations with the help of his alcoholic neighbour; pining after Kassia, the splendidly stroppy au-pair; and re-reading that book on Caravaggio, his all-time hero.

Things take a turn for the strange when he finally encounters the person who’s been bugging him, and it seems to be none other than Caravaggio himself…

Art, truth and madness come to blows in this darkly funny debut novel from a startling new talent.


It’s hard to know quite where to begin with a literary fiction novel which has the delicious sub heading of Caravaggio in Glasgow: a tale of art, insanity and Irn-Bru. Actually, that sums it up pretty well. Perhaps I’ll just say that I really enjoyed it and leave it there?

Well, not quite. Finn Garvie is our protagonist and as the novel opens he is arsing around in his makeshift artist’s studio, contemplating the devastating art school fire of 2014 and finding that even in the midst of restoration the Mack building was too pitiful to look at. How sad he would be now to learn of its second demise in 4 years and the likelihood that never again will artists aspire to create in the sheer brilliance of the surroundings that were Glasgow School of Art. But back to the novel.

Finn Garvie is having problems getting his portfolio together for his final year degree show. He’s just failed his essay because his tutor doesn’t understand him. For years Finn has traded on his rep for being the archetypal misunderstood artist, but now his muse has vanished and he looks to be only too well understood and with very little in his portfolio to show for it. Nothing he does inspires him; he is at a loss to know how to cope.

There are not many people in Finn’s life. He views his supportive mother (and his financial backer) as a social climber. His girlfriend Lizzie loves him but doesn’t know what he wants from her. His best friend Rob is a tattoo artist and it does his head in that Rob considers his tattoos (hand drawn from original concepts) to be art.

His neighbour Maurice, a diabetic with a liking for the drink, gets beaten up so often by his wife he deludes himself into thinking it’s because she cares. Other characters, like the methodone taking Tuesday McLaughlin and Maurice’s nephew Midge flow throughout the book in sub plots that merge together for one final downpour.

Finn’s only source of solace and inspiration to date comes from his study of Caravaggio, an artist whose extremely colourful life leads Finn to regard him as both a maverick genius and an artist who successfully subverted the social order. In truth, it feels like Finn is well and truly up his own arse with sympathy for himself, but then he’s not meant to be entirely likeable.

What he is though, is very funny, sharp tongued and very definitely Glaswegian. As Finn continues to despair, Caravaggio comes calling. Caravaggio (call me Vadge) is in Purgatory and part of his punishment is to spend time with Finn. Like a marauding Toby Belch with a foul mouth and even fouler temper, he sets about complicating Finn’s life in ways he could never have imagined. But he also serves as the inspiration for a new set of paintings re-interpreting Caravaggio’s work that infuse Finn with enthusiasm.

This enthusiasm leads him to isolate himself from Lizzie and Rob and he becomes obsessed with painting Kassia, an au pair. As Finn’s art begins to mirror Caravaggio’s, so his life also begins to take a darker and more unpredictable turn.

What makes this novel work is the irreverence and humour that prevails throughout the book, even in times of death and crisis. The banter, the patter are pure Glaswegian and the prose is what makes these characters feel very real and remarkably non-patronising.

The character of Caravaggio in the heart of Glasgow is a bit of genius, mirroring as it does the inconsistencies at the heart of the city of Glasgow. The hard man reputation of both struggling with the desire to be the artistic apotheosis is inescapable.

There’s a great deal to like and laugh about in this debut novel, though in the end it is actually rather a sad book, but there’s no doubt that Helen Taylor has an extremely promising writing career ahead. I do think the book is over-long and would benefit from some judicious editing, but I loved her characters, the dialogue and the utterly brilliant concept.

I loved too that the book is wrapped in Timorous Beasties fabulous Glasgow toile wallpaper; the two are made for each other.

Verdict: A terrific concept where the execution will make you laugh out loud. Highly recommended.

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About Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

Helen’s career to date has been somewhat eclectic, spanning the highs and lows of

  • tatty picking on the north east coast of Scotland while still at school (very lucrative but back-breaking)
  • a spell as a cook on the night shift in the canteen of the berry canning factory ( wasn’t asked back after she made the custard with salt)
  • the sleep deprivation of a junior doctor in Glasgow
  • a stint in Top Shop one Christmas where she was banned from operating the till
  • the thrills and spills (quite a few spills) of research science in Oxford, London and Glasgow.

Helen probably knows more than is healthy about the malaria parasite but can’t tell her left from my right, and has the singing voice of a tortured cat which somewhat thwarted her ambitions to be a rock star surgeon. Recently she added a collection of creative writing qualifications to her CV to indulge her passion for writing and feed her craving for academia, and which had the happy consequence of finally making her take her writing seriously.

Follow Helen on Twitter: @TaylorHelen_M

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Take Me In By Sabine Durrant @SabineDurrant @VeroNorton @MulhollandUK #TakeMeIn

Source: Netgalley

Publication: 28 June 2018 from Mulholland Books

Pp 352

ISBN-13: 978-1473608351

A hot beach. A young family on holiday. A fatal moment of inattention…

And now Dave Jepsom is in their lives.

Dave Jepsom, with his muscles, his pale eyes, his expressionless face.

He saved their child. How can they ever repay him? Especially as what he seems to want in return is everything.

He’s in the streets they walk down. He’s at the office where they work. He’s at their front door, leaning on the bell…

If only they could go back. Back to when the lies were still hidden. Before the holiday, before the beach, before the moment that changed everything.

Before Dave.

But it’s never how it starts that matters. It’s always how it ends.

I’m a sucker for Sabine Durrant’s novels and Take Me In is no exception. Durrant’s prose is, as ever, on point and incisive.

Tessa and Marcus are that couple you know. The ones who buy their shopping in Waitrose, sneer gently at the lower classes, live in South West London and are so absorbed in their own lives that they have neglected to tend to their marriage or their three year old son, Josh.

On holiday in Greece Tessa and Mark display the same reckless disregard for each other and in a heart stopping moment of neglect, Josh almost drowns. Fortunately he is rescued the nick of time by Dave Jepsom, a working class builder from Essex who manages at once to make Mark feel less of a man and less of a winner as he stumbled and failed to save his own son.

Durrant’s eye for detail and atmospherically laden descriptions are everything we need to understand the utter horror of this scene. Both Tessa and Marcus are devastated at their failure to be attentive. Tessa feels hugely guilty and simultaneously resentful that Marcus failed to Josh wandering into the sea.

At once we have a compelling scene where the depths and variety of emotions are laid out in front of us. We can see selfishness, terror, self-doubt, guilt and shame. We judge Tessa and Marcus just as much as they judge others.

And judge they do.  Grateful to Jepsom for rescuing Josh, it was always clear to them that he was not someone they would naturally spend time with. So they reluctantly offer to buy him lunch as a thank you and then get away as fast as they can. But maybe Jepsom doesn’t want to quietly disappear from their lives?

Tessa’s guilt at her own reasons for inattention plays into anger with Marcus and the fault lines in their marriage start to turn into ever wider cracks. Their holiday is not a success and Tessa and Marcus turn away from each other. Then once they have got home, Jepsom turns up at their house with a gift for Josh. What does he want?

The cracks in the marriage are exacerbated by both Tessa and Marcus forever seeing Jepsom at every turn once they have got home. As their lives falter and things really start to go awry, they start to become obsessed with the idea that Jepsom is behind all their problems.

Although his appearances have perfectly rational explanations, they feel more and more under threat and a pall of gloom is cast over their lives.

Told in a dual narrative by Marcus and Tessa we quickly come to realise the flaws and frailties of these two unreliable narrators, neither of whom is especially likeable and to witness the slow unravelling of their claustrophobic, smug, self-satisfied lives.

In an atmosphere that is tense, menacing and nerve tingling, the secrets, lies and obsessions of this shallow couple will ultimately be laid bare for the reader and when the explosive conclusion comes, it is both surprising and impactful.

Verdict: A tense and razor sharp psychological thriller that will keep you guessing.


About Sabine Durrant


Sabine Durrant is the author of three previous psychological thrillers, Under Your Skin, Remember Me This Way and Lie With Me, a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection and Sunday Times paperback bestseller.

She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.

Follow Sabine on Twitter @SabineDurrant

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