Our top ebook deals this August!

Our top ebook deals this August!

Despite the fact that the end of summer is beginning to creep upon us, we are still in holiday-mode! And what better way to make the most of the late summer days than to escape with a great ebook – and for only 99p!

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

‘A wedding readers won’t be able to resist crashing’ Kirkus

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event – but in reality, things are far from perfect.

In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken…

He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly

Don’t be left in the dark.

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late. 
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…

Read her letter. Remember her story…

The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper

From the author of The Songs of Us (shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Novel Award) comes a love story that will break your heart, but put it back together again’. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucy Dillon will love The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper.

Lost:
Six-foot-two Irish man who answers to the name Samuel McLaughlin. 
Has weak shins and enjoys show tunes.
If found, please return to Sophie Williams.

Before Sophie met Samuel she saw the world in grey. 
Before Samuel met Sophie, he never believed in love at first sight.

When they first meet, something tells them they are meant to be. 
But fate has other ideas.

Now they have lost each other and can’t see a way back. 
But they’ve already changed each other’s lives in more ways 
than they ever expected…

One Kind Man by Anna Jacobs

Just one man can make all the difference…

1931, Lancashire:

When Finn Carlisle loses his wife and unborn child, he spends a few years travelling to keep the sad memories at bay. Just as he’s ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves everything to him. This includes Heythorpe House in Ellindale just down the road from Leah Willcox and her little fizzy drink factory.

Finn finds a village of people in dire need of jobs, a house that hasn’t been cleaned or lived in for thirty years and Reggie, an eleven-year-old who’s run away from the nearby orphanage and its brutal Director Buddle. When Finn sees the marks left by regular beatings, he decides Reggie will never go back there.

But Buddle has other plans for the child, and will stop at nothing to get Reggie back in his cruel grasp. Finn’s new neighbours help him save Reggie but other surprises throw his new plans into turmoil.

You Do You by Sarah Knight

Hilarious and empowering advice, tips and life-changing wisdom on being yourself and doing your thing – from our favourite ‘anti-guru’ and bestselling sensation Sarah Knight

Being yourself should be the easiest thing in the world. Yet instead of leaning in to who we are, we fight it, listening too closely to what society tells us. You Do You helps you shake off those expectations, say f**k perfect, start looking out for number one and keep on with your badass self. From career and finances to relationships and family, lifestyle and health, Sarah Knight rips up the rulebook.

Writing about her mistakes and embarrassments in her own personal quest to ‘do me’ – because nobody gets everything right all day, every day – Sarah Knight shows why you can and should f**k up and teaches you to let yourself off the hook, bounce back and keep standing tall.

What everyone is saying about Sarah Knight:

‘The anti-guru’ Observer

‘I love Knight’ Sunday Times

‘Life-affirming’ Lucy Mangan, Guardian

‘Genius’ Vogue

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty.

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

You can’t stop watching her.

Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.

But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

But do you really know who Violet is?

Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

‘Gripping, scarily realistic and unpredictable – brilliant!’ – Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

Bookends Beach Party | Top summer reads 2019

Bookends Beach Party | Top summer reads 2019

Each week we’ll be asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials – from holiday routines to travel bucket lists. This week we asked David Nicholls, Deborah Moggach and Beth O’Leary, what are your summer 2019 must-reads?

David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

My two favourite books this year have been memoirs; Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and Sinead Gleeson’s Constellations; insightful and startlingly honest and beautifully written, I tore through both of them. 

Deborah Moggach, author of The Carer

Tim Lott: “When We Were Rich”, (pub June), addictively readable novel about a group of London friends, their treacheries, adulteries, and drunken reconciliations, all set against a backdrop of property speculation and political turmoil. Huge fun.

Joseph O’Connor: “Shadowplay” (pub June) marvellously engrossing and atmospheric novel set in Victorian London’s theatreland, featuring Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Bram Stoker. One of the best historical novels I’ve ever read.

George Eliot: “Middlemarch”. I try to read it every year. Each time it releases new secrets. A masterpiece.

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

My first is David Nicholls’ new book, Sweet Sorrow. It is a stunningly written, bittersweet story of falling in love in that endless summer after finishing school, and it’ll make you feel all sunny and nostalgic. David’s writing always gives me authorly jealous because it’s so damn beautiful.

My second is Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient, because summer is the perfect time for a romance novel, and this might just be my absolute favourite. Sweet, adorable and very, very hot – you need this in your holiday suitcase. Helen’s next book, The Bride Test, is top of my pile for the summer – I can’t wait to read it.

My third is Half a World Away by Mike Gayle. Warm, cosy and full of love, this book is perfect for summer evenings at home. Brace yourself, though – you may shed a few tears…

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Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

‘Sometimes a book comes along and it feels dusted with magic – Love, Unscripted is one of those books. Nostalgic, tender and achingly cool’ Josie Silver, author of One Day in December

‘A complete delight for film lovers (and lovers of love)’ Holly Bourne

Owen Nicholls’ Love, Unscripted follows film projectionist Nick as he tries to understand the difference between love on the silver screen and love in real life. Perfect for fans of romcoms, David Nicholls and Nick Hornby.

For film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does.

For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed… picture-perfect.

But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as the night they met.

Can love really be as it is in the movies?

Readers love Owen Nicholls . . .

‘A gorgeous romcom filled with movie references and Obama-era nostalgia’ Kate Davies, author of In At The Deep End

‘An astutely observed romantic comedy that had me shaking with laughter and sniffing away tears. Pure pleasure.’ Nev Pierce, Contributing Editor Empire Magazine

‘This is one of the best books I have ever read. If When Harry Met Sally and High Fidelity had a book baby, this would be it’ Emma Cooper, author of The Songs of Us

High Fidelity for the multiplex generation. Owen Nicholls makes it look easy but it’s a smart and funny book, laced with wisdom. A lovely, warm, engaging read.’ Richard Lumsden, author of The Six Loves of Billy Binns 

‘A properly funny, clever, bittersweet romcom’ Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For
‘One of the most realistic love stories I have read’ Michelle Elman, author of Am I Ugly?

Buy your copy here!

The best ebook deals this July!

The best ebook deals this July!

School’s out! Which means one thing – it is now officially the summer holidays! Looking to load-up your Kindle ready for the beach? Whether you are going on a stay-cation or a vacation, Team Bookends has got you sorted with the best 99p ebooks this July.

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes

Fall in love this summer with Her Last Promise, a gripping, heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From No. 1 bestselling author of The Letter Kathryn Hughes.

Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.

Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost. 

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room.

Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives . . .

The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley

An enchanting, feel-good story about love, family secrets, and a little piece of heaven…

In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter Elene and her granddaughter Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives.

One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara’s past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Meanwhile, Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent and the people who live there. Isabella is determined to find out his true intentions and discover the secret past of the Lemon Tree Hotel.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The heartbreaking tale of two families, two generations apart, based on a notorious true-life scandal.

Memphis, Tennessee, 1939

Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents – but they quickly realize the dark truth…

Aiken, South Carolina, present day

Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three.

Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.

Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’s big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.

Funny and moving in equal measures, When You Read This is a sparkling debut about love, life, and all the emails you really wish you’d never sent.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘She is a master of her craft . . . and humanity is what Picoult does best’ Sunday Telegraph

After a tragic accident which left her deeply scarred, Sage Singer retreated into herself, allowing her guilt to govern her life. When she befriends kindly retired teacher Josef, it seems that life has finally offered her a chance of healing.

But the gentle man Sage thinks she knows is in fact hiding a terrible secret. Josef was an SS officer during the Holocaust and now he wishes to die – and he wants Sage to help him.

As Josef begins to reveal his past to her, Sage is horrified.

Does this past give her the right to kill him?

‘An emotional and compelling tale’ Sun

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start in life.

He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won’t endear him to the local bullies. 

He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen – he’s got the scars to prove it.  

What he doesn’t know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he’ll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing.

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey, Alex’s story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears.  And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you’ve ever read.

See what our Friends of Bookends reviewers had to say about The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper!

See what our Friends of Bookends reviewers had to say about The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper!

Francine

This is a gem of a novel. The theme is of love and loss, is explored brilliantly. Emma Cooper encapsulates the raw emotions of grief and  pure joy in her main characters, and her supporting characters add warmth and humour.

Alternating between Sophie and Samuel viewpoints, the author reveals how misconceptions lead to missed opportunities. Unlike other ‘will-they-won’t-they’ scenarios, with flimsy reasons why the characters are at odds with one another, this novel deals with realistic reasons, not too contrived.

Running in a parallel timeframe, means you know how events are misunderstood.

The scene Samuel witnesses between Sophie, Charlie and Bean is heartbreaking.

Naming ‘Bean’  and Samuel humanising ‘Michael’ was cleverly done, drawing comparisons.

Also, clever, was allowing the reader to picture Sophie watching a black and white film whilst her own life had turned from technicolour to monochrome 

Accidents play a pivoted role and binds the central protagonists together.

There are scenes of heart retching moments, which are off set by lighter, humourous, moments supplied by Samuel’s relations. 

Notably, Da, is really vividly funny whilst Ma and Sarah add a more sober view of Samuel’s situation.

Charlie entrance is unexpected, but a vital addition, brings really depth of emotion.

Layer on layer loss and love are applied leaving the reader switching between hope and desperation, laughter and tears.

Acuminlating to fever pitch, the final  pages left me gasping.

‘A belter of a read!’

Angela

If I were to sum up The First Time I Saw You it would be ‘a big smile of a book…albeit one with a tear in its eye.’ This is an emotional, twisty-turny story with characters who vibrate with colour and personality.

Sophie and Samuel meet in Washington DC and have a whirlwind week-long romance. A misunderstanding causes them to part and their lives both change in drastic ways. This pretty much happens within the first third of the book and the rest sees our star-crossed lovers trying to find their way back to each other, in what at times seems like a game of trans-Atlantic
tag (or maybe kiss-chase would be more appropriate.)

Emma Cooper has found just the right amount of romance and tragedy. Just when you think the story is becoming too slushy or melodramatic, one of the characters (usually Samuel or his Dad) make a comment which genuinely would make me laugh out loud.

I found Samuel’s parents to be the stand-out characters and they made the story for me. Perhaps they were a tad stereotypically Irish, but I looked forward to the scenes with them in it and they really brought the story to life. If I had one criticim, it would be that perhaps there were too many ‘near-misses’ when Sophie and Samuel just miss each other, or some misunderstanding keeps them apart for longer. However, this could just be that I was desperate for them to get to together and didn’t want to wait any more!

I was sorry to finish this book, it felt like I was leaving new friends. I will look forward to more from Emma Cooper.

Bookends Beach Party | We ask three of our authors what they get up to on their holidays!

Bookends Beach Party | We ask three of our authors what they get up to on their holidays!

Each week we’ll be asking some of our favourite authors to share their summer essentials – from holiday routines to travel bucket lists. Next up, we have Sheila O’FlanaganDavid Nicholls and Beth O’Leary revealing what they normally get up to on their summer holidays…

Sheila O’Flanagan, author of Her Husband’s Mistake

I do a lounging beach holiday every two years and the rest of the time I prefer city breaks. My favourite beach is in Antigua, in the Carribbean and my favourite city (after Dublin of course) is Madrid.

David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

I’m usually on the beach, furiously wishing I was in a city. It’s really not the best environment for me – after you’re tired of swimming, what are you meant to DO? It’s too bright to read, too hot to sleep. I’d much rather be dodging traffic and peering at a map.

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare

I’m much more of a lounger, myself. Every summer, my family go to stay in the same house in France for a week, and we pretty much do nothing but catch up, read and eat (a LOT). It’s a chance to reboot and reconnect with my siblings, who I love to pieces but don’t get to see as often as I’d like. I can’t wait.

And don’t forget your tickets for our Bookends Girls’ Night In, a summery evening of great books and goodies, in partnership with Prima and Sanctuary Spa!

The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper

The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper

From the author of The Songs of Us (shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Novel Award) comes a love story that will ‘break your heart, but put it back together again’ (Katie Fforde). Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucy Dillon will love The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper.

Lost:
Six-foot-two Irish man who answers to the name Samuel McLaughlin. 
Has weak shins and enjoys show tunes.
If found, please return to Sophie Williams.

Before Sophie met Samuel she saw the world in grey. 
Before Samuel met Sophie, he never believed in love at first sight.

When they first meet, something tells them they are meant to be. 
But fate has other ideas.

Now they have lost each other and can’t see a way back. 
But they’ve already changed each other’s lives in more ways 
than they ever expected…

The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper is out now in ebook! Buy your copy here!

My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

‘Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned’ Milly Johnson

Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas.

When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…

Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?

My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas is out on 11th July in paperback and is out now in ebook. Get your copy here!

Falling in Love Again | Emma Cooper

Falling in Love Again | Emma Cooper

Emma Cooper, author of The Songs of Us and The First Time I Saw You, talks about how writing her second book compares to writing her first, and how she fell in love all over again with her new characters in her latest book.

When I was heavily pregnant with my daughter, I remember watching my three-year-old son playing with his toy cars on the kitchen floor. It was a normal day, nothing profound or extraordinary about it.  I had turned back to my washing up as I recall, when a simple question was fired from one of the synapses in my brain and I found that I could think of nothing else: how was I ever going to be able to love this baby as much as I loved my first-born son?

I tried to dismiss this thought, but anxiety took over me, I began to lose sleep, I stopped eating: what if I couldn’t love this baby as much, what if I couldn’t love it at all?  Surely it wasn’t possible to be able to contain the all-consuming love I had for my son and make room for another; my heart was already full.

Luckily, and from the moment my daughter was born, I found that I could love my second, third, fourth child just as much; my own capacity for love seems limitless.

I was reminded of this moment when I began to write my second novel.  I never expected to fall in love so deeply with the characters from my debut, but fall I did. 

‘ I never expected to fall in love so deeply with the characters from my debut, but fall I did.  ‘

Melody King from my first novel, The Songs of Us had been the centre of my life for so long that it almost felt like a betrayal to start writing about Sophie, and as I opened the blank word document, I felt like I had Melody peering over my shoulder as I began. But as Sophie grew, inside my head and then out onto the page, I felt myself falling, and falling hard. 

When my eldest son was born, I remember the midwife coming to my side in the early hours of the morning.  I couldn’t understand why this baby kept crying.  He was fed, he was changed, and I have to admit, that this scared me.  I had done everything I was supposed to but, I had missed something.

‘Pop him in the bed with you,’ she’d said and so I did, and he slept like a … well like a baby. 

When the first night in the hospital with my daughter came, I assumed that she would want the same, I tried to keep offering her milk, but she turned her head; she’d had enough.  I tried to get her to sleep in the bed with me, but she wouldn’t settle.  She wanted space, quiet, she was an entirely different baby from my first. 

Like my daughter, Sophie is a fiercely independent woman – and I admire and am in awe of her.  Unlike my daughter, Sophie has lost her mum and as a result, she has had to reinvent herself, has had to fight to make herself a success.  But beneath all of that, she has a vulnerability that makes me deeply protective of her and when she meets Samuel, he can see her for who she really is.

In contrast to Sophie, Samuel, is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve.  He comes from a loud, brash Irish family.  His parents, who for a reason unknown to him, call each other Mr and Mrs McLaughlin respectively, and they are the people Samuel turns to when, after meeting Sophie for the first time, he is forced to see the world differently.  He has never had to question whether he is loved, and when he meets Sophie, it doesn’t occur to him that she would ever have to question it either.

I often refer to my publication day as my book baby birthday and if you were to ask another writer, they will tell you that our books often do feel like our children.   We watch them grow, we make hard decisions to make them better and we shower them with praise when they are doing well; we love them deeply.

‘ We watch them grow, we make hard decisions to make them better and we shower them with praise when they are doing well; we love them deeply. ‘

Like my children, each of my characters are very different, they each have their faults and their strengths, they make me laugh and cry, shock and surprise me.

But most importantly, they have the ability to stretch my capacity for love, making me fall in love all over again.

The First Time I Saw You is out in ebook on 1st July 2019 and the paperback is out 9th January 2020. Get your copy here: The First Time I Saw You

You can read an exclusive preview of The First Time I Saw You on Bookends! Click here to read.

Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson | Friends of Bookends Reviews

Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson | Friends of Bookends Reviews

“Personally, my favoured books always have strongly defined characters. Having read several Dorothy Koomson novels before, I was eager to read Tell Me Your Secret and experience the deeply thought-out characters I have come to know this author for. I was not disappointed.

Pieta has survived a harrowing experience with ‘The Blindfolder,’ a psychopath who kidnaps and tortures women for 48 hours then lets them go…So long as they keep their eyes closed the whole time. Oh, and he brands a number into their backs too. So far, so psycho. Jody is a Detective Inspector charged with finding the Blindfolder after Callie, another victim, comes forward publicly.

Without giving too much away, this book provides twists and turns that I definitely didn’t see coming. Koomson drip-feeds details of Pieta’s attack at just the right rate to ramp up the suspense and pressure. Frequently Pieta’s recollections of her ordeal snap sharply back to the present, creating a sense of menace and leaving the reader to wonder just who can be trusted. I feel like a also need to mention Kobi, Pieta’s son: So many authors are unable to write realistic children, Koomson does a stellar job here. This is quite some skill considering how well the psychopathic characters are written too!

I was so pleased with this book. I looked forward to reading it each day and gobbled it up in huge chunks! Existing fans of Dorothy Koomson will not be disappointed and new readers are sure to be delighted.”

Angie – Friends of Bookends reviewer

Get your copy of Tell Me Your Secret here