After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott blog tour #bookreview #giveaway #competition @franwritesstuff @TitanBooks

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Fran Dorricott’s debut novel After the Eclipse. I also have a copy of the book to giveaway, check out my Twitter page for your chance to win a copy. All you have to do is RT my pinned post on my twitter profile @collinsjacob115 and follow my account before Monday, 4th March 2019. One winner will be drawn at random. Good luck!

After the Eclipse by [Dorricott, Fran]

BLURB

A little girl is abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse. Her older sister was supposed to be watching her. She is never seen again.

Sixteen years later and in desperate need of a fresh start, journalist Cassie Warren moves back to the small town of Bishop’s Green to live with her ailing grandmother. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister – that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.

MY THOUGHTS

After the Eclipse is a harrowing tale from debut writer Fran Dorricott, telling the story of two missing girls, sixteen years apart, but both take place against the backdrop of a solar eclipse. It’s a book that I was really looking forward to reading, and it didn’t disappoint.

We meet Cassie who’s younger sister, Olive was abducted during the last solar eclipse that took place in 1997. Since her sister disappeared, Cassie has been racked with guilt, blaming herself for not looking after her properly and giving someone the opportunity to take her. Sixteen years later and Cassie is moving back to her home town, and another young girl is missing. She’s convinced that the girl has been taken by the same person who took Olive, is she finally about to find out what happened to her missing sister all those years ago?

At its heart, this is quite an emotive tale, and the grief of Olive’s family plays very strongly. I could feel the loss that Cassie feels for her sister and her desperate need to find out what had happened to her. You can’t really begin to imagine what families in these situations are going through. As I was reading the book, it did make me think of the Jaycee Dugard case in America, who was held captive by her kidnapper for eighteen years before she escaped.

Using the solar eclipses made this novel feel quite atmospheric, I thought this was done very well, and it gave the story a much darker tone, creating an impending sense of doom that made me feel nervous for the characters in the book. We also get to see events which took place at the time Olive disappeared, and Fran constantly kept me thinking how things were going to pan out for Olive as I got to learn more and more about what had taken place.

I was desperate to find out who had committed the crime and if the two cases were in fact linked as Cassie suspected. Why would they want to take another child sixteen years later, risking the chances of them getting caught? What was their motive here?

After the Eclipse completely gripped me from start to finish. Fran Dorricott is a talented writer who I am excited to read more from.

Thank you to Sarah Mather at Titan Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Titan Books

Publication date: 5th March 2019

Print length: 400 pages

If you would like to purchase After the Eclipse, you can do so by clicking on one of the following books. 

Amazon UK  Waterstones

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WWW Wednesday – 13th February 2019

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Taking On A World Of Words to record and share our weekly reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

After the Eclipse by [Dorricott, Fran]

A little girl is abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse. Her older sister was supposed to be watching her. She is never seen again.

Sixteen years later and in desperate need of a fresh start, journalist Cassie Warren moves back to the small town of Bishop’s Green to live with her ailing grandmother. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister – that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.

Amazon UK  Waterstones

What have I recently finished?

THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY an absolutely gripping whodunit from a million-selling author by [MARTIN, FAITH]

Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.

Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?

Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

Amazon UK

What am I hoping to read next?

Last Lullaby: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 2) by [Wyer, Carol]

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of young mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband in their immaculate, silver bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: the word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood.

Determined to find justice, Natalie quickly discovers the husband is hiding a troubled past, and she’s sure the teenage babysitter’s alibi doesn’t quite add up.

But before Natalie can dig deeper, another mother is murdered, her young son left distraught, staring at a fresh ‘who’ scrawled beside her.

Natalie knows it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again, but all the key suspects have alibis. It’s her toughest case yet, and with her marriage hanging by a thread, the cracks are beginning to show.

Just when Natalie finds an unsettling clue she thinks could solve the case, another young woman and her baby disappear, and a member of Natalie’s team is put in terrible danger.

Can Natalie stop this twisted killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

Amazon UK

So that’s it for this week. What are you all currently reading and what have you just finished? It’ll be great to read your comments.