When your life is a lie the truth can destroy you … Keep Her Quiet by Emma Curtis #bookreview #blogtour @emmacurtisbooks @RandomTTours #KeepHerQuiet

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Keep Her Quiet by [Emma Curtis]

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Jenny has just given birth to the baby she’s always wanted. She’s never been this happy.

Her husband, Leo, knows this baby girl can’t be his. He’s never felt so betrayed.

The same night, a vulnerable young woman, Hannah, wakes to find her newborn lifeless beside her. She’s crazed with grief.

When chance throws Hannah into Leo’s path, they make a plan that will have shattering consequences for all of them.

Years later, a sixteen-year-old girl reads an article in a newspaper, and embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about herself. But what she learns will put everything she has ever known – and her own life – in grave danger. Because some people will go to desperate lengths to protect the secrets their lives are built on . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Emma Curtis writes psychological thrillers really well. Her latest Keep Her Quiet follows a tense narrative. Jenna is desperate for a baby, but her partner, Leo, is less than keen, he is more intent on focusing on his career as a writer rather than on having children. When Jenna finally gives birth, Leo knows that the baby can’t be his. He is willing to put his thoughts and feelings aside to look after his family, but a chance happening of events take things for Leo on a different course. When he accidentally hits a young woman and her baby, he makes an unbreakable promise that he will live with regret for years to come.

I found this story really tense. Emma opens the book with Jenna and Leo rushing off to hospital. For a brief moment, everything is right in their world, and then something unthinkable happens. Jenna’s baby is snatched from her crib. Fast forward sixteen years and Jenna is still searching for her daughter. Her husband, Leo, has become a bestselling author and the case of their missing daughter receives a lot of attention from the press. On their daughter’s sixteenth birthday they make a fresh appeal for information. As their appeal is broadcast to the nation, it sparks an interest in a young woman, and she soon begins to question everything about her past.

As I was reading the first few chapters, I couldn’t believe what was happening as Leo seemed to take matters into his own hands. I knew he was hurting as he knew his wife had slept with someone else, but it really made me dislike him for the decisions he took next. It made me wonder just how long Leo was going to be able to keep the pretence up. How could he, especially when Jenna believes that their daughter has been abducted by a stranger?

Emma Curtis takes the next part of the story in a different direction to what I was expecting. I don’t want to say too much more here as I don’t want to give anything away. You think you can see just where the story is going to go, and then Emma Curtis completely surprises you. She certainly hasn’t given her characters an easy ride in this book.

Keep Her Quiet is an exciting thriller, and it is a roller-coaster of a read. You do have to suspend the belief system a little bit, but I really enjoyed it. This is the fourth book I’ve read now by Emma Curtis, and I am a big fan of her writing. I’m looking forward to reading what she comes up with next.

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication date: 6th August 2020 (kindle) 17th September 2020 (paperback)

Print length: 432 pages

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It only takes a moment to unravel a perfect life . . .The Night You Left by Emma Curtis #bookreview @emmacurtisbooks

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Night You Left which is the third novel by Emma Curtis.

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IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO UNRAVEL A PERFECT LIFE . . .

When Grace’s fiancé vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is turned upside down. But has Nick walked out on her, or is he in danger?

As Grace desperately searches for answers, it soon becomes clear that Nick wasn’t the uncomplicated man she thought she knew. And when she uncovers a hidden tragedy from his childhood, she realises an awful truth: that you can run from your past – but your secrets will always catch up with you . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Night You Left is a complex and chilling psychological thriller by Emma Curtis, and I found it very difficult to put down. I became utterly absorbed by Emma’s writing as the plot began to unfold. The book opens with the disappearance of Grace’s fiancé, Nick. Grace is distraught. The night before Nick proposed to her and she can’t understand why he would leave without speaking to her. Grace is convinced that something has happened to him, and as details about Nick’s past begin to unravel, it seems that Nick might be in danger.

Emma Curtis’s latest novel is twisty, unpredictable, and cleverly plotted. Emma reels you into the story from the very first line ‘He didn’t take the dog.’ Immediately you are thrown into the story. I really liked the dual timeline here which takes us back to the year 2000, when Nick is a teenager on holiday with his family and a group of friends. As Emma Curtis gradually begins to reveal what happened on that holiday, it becomes apparent that Nick has been hiding certain aspects of his past from Grace. I wanted to find out what had happened during this time. Did it have any bearing on his disappearance in the present? The revelations are devastating, and as Emma Curtis revealed each new detail, she kept me reading on.

I could feel Grace’s frustration as the police seemed to take little interest in her fiancé’s disappearance. In their eyes, he’s a grown adult, and until he has been missing for a certain amount of time, there was little they could do. I also couldn’t believe the treatment Grace was receiving from Nick’s parents. I really took a disliking to them, especially as they seemed to want to move on very quickly and already believed that Nick was dead and wasn’t coming back. This was what made me root for Grace even more. I wanted her to get justice. It also made me want to believe that Nick was still alive.

There are some horrific and disturbing reveals as Emma Curtis reveals the truth about Nick’s past. As Emma did this, I began to join the dots, and I could begin to see some of the reasons behind Nick’s disappearance. The novel shows you how, over time, a past event can fester in someone’s mind. It shows you what a person is capable of if they are just pushed over the edge. And that person is always the one who you least expect.

Emma Curtis’s writing will pull you into the story, and the mystery of Nick’s disappearance will keep you utterly gripped. The Night You Left is a highly entertaining story. I’m looking forward to reading what Emma Curtis comes up with next.

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication date: 5th September 2019

Print length: 464 pages

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When I Find You by Emma Curtis giveaway! #giveaway #competition

To celebrate the paperback publication of When I Find You by Emma Curtis, I’m giving away one paperback copy of her new book. To enter the competition please leave a comment below saying why you want to read this book. I’m afraid the competition is open to UK entries only. The competition will end on Friday, 10th August 2018 at midnight and one winner will be drawn at random. If you would like to find out more about the book please take a look at the blurb below. Good luck!

When I Find You: The twisty new thriller from the author of One Little Mistake by [Curtis, Emma]

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What do you do when someone takes advantage of your greatest weakness?

When Laura wakes up after her office Christmas party and sees a man’s shirt on the floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret.

Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’.

But the shirt on her floor is blue.

And now Laura must go to work every day, and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising.

She doesn’t know who he is . . . but when she finds him she’ll make him pay.

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Source: Netgalley

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What do you do when someone takes advantage of your greatest weakness?

When Laura wakes up after her office Christmas party and sees a man’s shirt on the floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret.

Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’.

But the shirt on her floor is blue.

And now Laura must go to work every day, and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising.

She doesn’t know who he is . . . but she’ll make him pay.

MY THOUGHTS

Emma Curtis begins her second novel When I Find You with an really intriguing opening. Laura wakes up the morning after her office Christmas party to find a stranger in her bedroom. Laura suffers from a condition called facial-blindness, also known as Prosopagnosia. She thought she knew who the person was who she brought back to her flat the previous night. Her condition means that Laura has to be able to recognise certain distinguishing features about a person: what they’re wearing or the colour and shape of their hair, but this isn’t always easy. Now she realises that someone may have taken advantage of her condition and tricked her into sleeping with them. The thought leaves her feeling angry and upset, and she tries to uncover who it was who did this to her.

I have only recently become aware of the condition which Emma explores in her latest book. It does make you examine what we take for granted every single day, and it did make me think how difficult it must be for people living with the condition. It did make me think about how it was going to be possible for Laura to get to the truth, which is what made this novel very different.

The novel is told through the perspectives of both Laura and Rebecca, her boss. Rebecca is the only person who knows about Laura’s condition at their office. I think a lot of readers won’t like Rebecca, but I didn’t dislike her as much as I thought I would, although she did make some decisions that I didn’t approve of. Both Laura and Rebecca lead very different lives, and they are both dealing with their own separate problems. It was interesting to see how they would both collide with each other, and this was one of the most gripping aspects of the plot.

As I was reading, I kept thinking about how horrible it must be for Laura; she has been taken advantage of, but she doesn’t know who it was. I think I had my suspicions about everyone in the advertisement agency where she worked, and I felt as though I couldn’t trust anyone who worked with her. It does give the novel a unique look at a crime that has taken place, but I could see that Emma had also impeccably researched the condition.

The ending of the book is so chilling. I thought how Emma tied everything up was done well, and it makes for a satisfying conclusion. When I Find You was a really enjoyable second novel from Emma Curtis. I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next.

Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to the publisher and Netgalley for the advance review copy.

Publisher: Transworld Digital

Publication date: 1st July 2018

Print length: 384 pages

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