The House of Hidden Secrets by C E Rose #bookreview #blogtour @CazEngland @HeraBooks @rararesources

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The House of Hidden Secrets by C E Rose on my blog today. With thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

The House of Hidden Secrets: A twisty psychological thriller that will have you gripped by [CE Rose]


The imposing gates of Ramsay Hall yawned open. As Serena and 4-year-old Lana walked up the long driveway, little did they know the dark secrets that lay within.

When Serena Green accepted the role of housekeeper for wealthy widower Hayden Ramsay, she never imagined her new home would be Ramsay Hall, an ancient, sprawling mansion in Northern England.

Serena quickly becomes an integral part of the household, making friends with Hayden’s younger son Hugh, despite Jack, his older brother’s, coldness towards her and Lana.

But the hall’s beautiful exterior hides many ugly secrets. Though Serena and Jack begin to grow closer, she’s
confused by his behaviour around Lana. What is he guilty of? And is there more to their mother’s death than the Ramsay men will admit, even to themselves?

As the harrowing past of Ramsay Hall unravels, Serena fresh start becomes a fresh horror. She fears for her and Lana’s safety, but what are the bleak secrets in Serena’s own past?

This house is built on a lifetime of
lies… and the truth might just bring the walls crashing down.


The House of Hidden Secrets is a dark, compelling read by C E Rose. It is a slow-burner, but I was really intrigued by the characters, and there are some shocking reveals as the plot unfolds. Part romance and part psychological thriller; this is an engrossing read that kept me captivated from start to finish.

We meet Serena and her daughter Lana; Serena has just applied for a position at a manor house in the country. She is offered the job by Hayden, the owner, on the spot. But as Serena and her daughter Lana settle into their new home, she discovers that things are not quite as they seem. The owner’s son is hostile towards her, and he can’t believe that his father employed her. But why is he so worried about her employment, and what secrets is he desperate to make sure Serena doesn’t uncover?

I thought C E Rose developed Serena’s character really well. There is an air of mystery about her as she arrives at the property. It is as if she has arrived like a bolt out of the blue. I wondered if there was more to her than what first meets the eye. The owner of the house, Hayden, intrigued me as well. From the beginning, he appeared to be very trustworthy of Serena, even though he has no evidence that she is. The only person in the household who is worried about her presence there is his son, Jack. He doesn’t exactly give her a warm welcome when he first meets her.

As I was reading, I wanted to find out what secrets the residents of the house were hiding. It was clear that something had happened in their past and that Jack doesn’t want Lana poking around. But Lana begins to grow close to Jack’s brother, Hayden, and as Hayden begins to gradually reveal more about the family’s secrets to Lana, she is shocked by what she learns.

What I really liked about this book was how C E Rose developed Serena and Hayden’s relationship. You can see there is a spark between them from the beginning, but C E Rose paints Hayden as a troubled and vulnerable character. I wanted their relationship to develop further, and I could see that Hayden wanted to be with Serena.

The writing is very engaging, and I did not want to put this book down as I was reading. There are some very intense scenes as C E Rose wraps her story up, and the ending was very chilling. The House of Hidden Secrets is a dark, utterly absorbing read. I really enjoyed it.

Publisher: Hera

Publication date: 14th April 2021

Print length: 288 pages

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Future Perfect by Felicia Yap #bookreview #blogtour @rararesources @FeliciaMYap @Wildfirebks

On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Felicia Yap, Future Perfect. With thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Future Perfect: The Most Exciting High-Concept Novel of the Year by [Felicia Yap]


What if today was your last day…

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer is still at large… and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger’s worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74% sure he will die tomorrow.

Moving from snowy 1980s Montana to chic 1990s Manhattan to a drone-filled 2030s Britain, FUTURE PERFECT is an electrifying race to solve a murder before it’s too late. Yet it is also a love story, a riveting portrait of a couple torn apart by secrets, grief and guilt. A twisted tale of how the past can haunt a person’s future and be used to predict if he will die… or kill.


I was a huge fan of Felicia Yap’s debut novel, Yesterday when I read it a few years ago now, and I couldn’t wait to see what she would come up with next. Her second novel, Future Perfect, is an imaginative, immersive and a very fresh psychological thriller.

What would you do if you were told that today was going to be your last day? Future Perfect is set in the year 2030 in Britain. It’s quite scary to think that 2030 is less than a decade from now. In Felicia Yap’s future version of reality, our lives are controlled by apps more than ever. There is even an app called I-Predict, which accurately predicts how your day will pan out. It drives people to the point of obsession as well. They have to make sure they follow everything down to a T, the app says is going to happen, they go out of their way to make its predictions come true. But what happens when you wake up one morning, and it says “chances of dying 99.74%?” How would you react?

This is what happens to Christian, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. It is also the same day, renowned fashion designer, Alexander King, plans to host a fashion show in London. The fashion show follows a catastrophic event when one of his models was killed on stage at an event in New York just the day before. There are concerns that another attack might take place in London. What is even more concerning is that there are several high profile models taking part, including the Prime Ministers daughter.

I loved the concept in Future Perfect. From the moment when Christian sees his prediction on the app, I wanted to know how things were going to plan out for him. What was going to happen at the fashion show? Who had been responsible for the attack in New York? Christian knows that the app’s predictions are highly likely to come true, and so he is on edge from that moment onwards. I could feel this tension growing as the book raced towards its conclusion.

I loved how Felicia Yap went back to two different timelines throughout the book. There are some very disturbing scenes which take place in America in the 1970s and Manhattan in the 1990s. I wanted to know how the events taking place in the past were connected to the events taking place in the future.

Future Perfect is very cleverly plotted. I loved how Felicia Yap weaved everything together. It makes for a very entertaining read. This is a high-concept read which I would highly recommend if you’re looking for something a bit different in the psychological thriller genre. It is also scary to think how some of the futuristic ideas Felicia Yap explores are very close to becoming a real possibility. I really enjoyed it!

Publisher: Wildfire

Publication date: 18th March 2021

Print length: 343 pages

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Silenced for Good by Alex Coombs #bookreview blog tour @AlexHowardCrime @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources

On my blog today I’m joining the blog tour for Silenced for Good by Alex Coombs. With thanks to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Silenced For Good: An absolutely gripping crime mystery that will have you hooked by [Coombs, Alex]


Detective Hanlon is addicted to violence. She likes the rush, the danger, the losing control…

When Hanlon is suspended from the force for assaulting a suspect, she escapes to the remote Scottish island of Jura, home to the mysterious Corryvreckan whirlpool.

But wherever Hanlon goes, violence is sure to follow.

As soon as she checks into The Mackinnon Arms, Hanlon senses something isn’t quite right about the staff at her home for the week.

Sure enough, within days of arriving, the body of a member of staff is found floating in the sea. While police believe she was claimed by the local whirlpool, Hanlon isn’t so sure.

As she pieces together the evidence, dark secrets begin to unravel. Can Hanlon work out what is going on before another floating body is found…?


In Alex Coombs new novel, Silenced For Good, Hanlon is a detective with a difference. She has been suspended from serving in the police force after attacking a suspect. We understand from very early on that Hanlon has a very different relationship with violence. But this is what makes her character so unique and intriguing. I think some readers may not like her initially, but she is a character who grew on me, and you can see that she is still a good detective. Wherever she goes, violence seems to follow, and it isn’t long before she finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation when the body of a young woman is found.

What gives Hanlon an advantage is that she can work from the side-lines; she can use the skills that she picked up in the police force, but she can’t arrest people or force them to answer her questions. She still has friends in the police, however, and she can advise them on where they should be looking, and this is what she uses to her advantage here. I was really intrigued to see how this would work, and if some of the people she used to work with would trust her. This would then leave her on her own, which made me wonder if she would continue to investigate.

Alex Coombs builds an atmospheric setting. When Hanlon first steps inside the Mackinnon Arms, the place really gave me chills. I suspected that something was going on here, and I didn’t like the sound of the people who were running it. With the discovery of the girl, I kept thinking that it must be somehow linked to what was going on here, and this is what kept me turning the pages. It made me wonder just how close Hanlon was going to get to danger and how far she would go to find the answers for herself.

I think as the series progresses from here I would like to learn more about Hanlon’s past. It would be interesting to find out about the case that she worked on, which lead to her being suspended. I really like the angle that Alex Coombs has given this series, and it does make it feel very fresh in the crime fiction genre. I’m sure I’ll be hopping on board to find out what happens next.

This is a strong and a well plotted crime novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The writing keeps the pace flying forward. If you’re looking for a crime series with an original twist, I would definitely recommend it.

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: 14th April 2020

Print length: 286 pages

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The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin #bookreview blog tour @suefortin1 @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin on my blog today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

The Dead Wife by [Fortin, Sue]



Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…


This was a really exciting read, I just had to find out what the truth was. The Sinclair family are certainly a group of people who you wouldn’t want to cross. I think if I’d have been in Steph’s position, I would have wanted to just forget about the whole issue and get out of the place. But then I liked Steph’s determination to find out what was really going on and to prove if Elizabeth’s death was really an accident once and for all.

As Steph continued to investigate what happened to Elizabeth, I really started to fear for her, particularly as she seemed to be getting close to uncovering what was going on. One of the characters in this book I really didn’t like was Dominic, and I kept thinking that he was going to do something terrible to Steph to stop her from investigating further. The Sinclair’s were an intriguing group of characters. We have Dominic, Harry and Owen who are in charge along with their mother, Pru at the helm. They’re certainly keen not to let anyone else in on their business, and it had me really thinking about what was going on their world and what they weren’t keen to let anyone else, no matter how close that person is to them, have a stake in. One of the things which Sue Fortin excelled at in her writing was in creating that real sense of danger.

As the story developed, I was able to guess what some parts of the final outcome was going to be, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. I flew through the last chapters as I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Steph, and I wanted to see if she would finally get to the truth.

One of the other parts of this story that I liked was Sue’s exploration of Steph’s relationship with her mother, Wendy. Her mother is just retiring from the police force. She worked on the original investigation into Elizabeth’s death. The scenes when Steph was having a conversation with Wendy about the case made me feel even more convinced that something terrible was going on behind the scenes.

This is the first book by Sue Fortin which I have read and I will certainly read more from her in the future. I’ll also be catching up on her previous books as well. If you’re a psychological thriller fan, I would definitely recommend this book.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication date: 12th July 2019

Print length: 416 pages

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Am I Guilty? by Jackie Kabler #bookreview blog tour @jackiekabler @rararesources

Today I’m joining the blog tour for Jackie Kabler’s Am I Guilty? With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Am I Guilty?: The gripping, emotional domestic thriller debut filled with suspense, mystery and surprises! by [Kabler, Jackie]


A mother’s job is to protect her child…

But everyone makes mistakes…

Gripping, exciting and emotional, this book will grab you from the first page and refuse to let you go until the final chapter!

I never thought it would happen to me…

One moment I had it all – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, a fulfilling career and two adorable children. The next, everything came crashing down around me.

They said it was my fault. They said I’m the worst mother in the world. And even though I can’t remember what happened that day, they wouldn’t lie to me. These are my friends, my family, people I trust.

But then why do I have this creeping sensation that something is wrong? Why do I feel like people are keeping secrets? Am I really as guilty as they say? And if I’m not, what will happen when the truth comes out…?


When we are introduced to Thea in Jackie Kabler’s Am I Guilty? We already know that she has done something terrible. It was in the disgusted glances that people were giving her and the shame that she felt that made me so eager to find out what it was she had done. The truth of what happened to her six months previously turns out to be very horrific, and it makes for a very tense finale as everything came together.

This is a very well developed book that takes us into the lives of a group of people who were all witnesses to a tragic event which has since destroyed Thea’s life. But perhaps everything isn’t as it seems. It really does seem impossible to talk about the plot without giving any of the details away. Jackie Kabler has crafted a very twisty story here. On several occasions, I thought I had everything worked out, and I thought I knew how the ending was going to unfold, but I was proven wrong, in a very big way, but it did make so much sense.

Thea is a character who I did feel desperately sorry for, not straight away though when I began to understand why she was in the position she was now, but I really did start to connect to her as Thea tried to sift through the puzzle of information that she had to get to an answer. It made for very tense reading as she reached the dramatic conclusion.

Sometimes I find that when drama is played out in books, I don’t always find it very believable, but here everything did feel very real and I could totally understand how the characters were behaving the way they were. I thought this particularly towards the end when secrets that had been kept were slowly revealed to other characters who had previously been in the dark.

I was desperate to know the truth about what had happened to this group of people and find out once and for all if Thea was responsible. I could sense her own need and desperation to get to the bottom of it, even if it did prove if she was guilty. And some of the scenes were definitely shocking.

Jackie Kabler brings her tightly woven story into a very believable, heart-breaking, but satisfactory ending. This is a read which I certainly wouldn’t hesitate in recommending. Jackie Kabler is a name I will be watching out for in the future.

Publisher: Killer Reads

Publication date: 19th April 2019

Print length: 304 pages

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Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace #bookreview blog tour @lomace @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace today on my blog. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Injections of Insanity: A dark and gritty crime series that pulls no punches (DI Sterling Book 3) by [Mace, Lorraine]


The third gripping instalment in the DI Paolo Sterling crime series. 

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?


Injections of Insanity is a gritty police procedural, the third in Lorraine Mace’s Detective Paolo Sterling series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Lorraine opens her latest book with the murder of a professor, a man who wasn’t easily liked and many have one or two bad things to say about him. And they are not afraid to be vocal about it, even in the wake of his death. So the list of suspects for the police is potentially quite long. But what puzzles the detectives is a clue left behind by the killer, that the professor is the first in a list of planned victims, who will shortly follow. What is the killer’s motive? Is there any link between the victims? Can they stop the killer before they kill again?

This is a dark novel. There’s a real race against time here as the detectives fail to apprehend the killer quickly and when the leads begin to dry up. DI Paolo Sterling is desperate for a breakthrough, and I could see this coming through strongly as he tried to make sense of the case. Paolo and his team are determined to pull out all the stops to crack it.

I wanted to find out why the killer was targeting these specific people. There was something in their past that had upset them so much it has made them hell-bent on revenge. I wanted to know what could possibly provoke such a strong reaction in an individual.

I really liked Detective Paolo. I think one of the things I liked about his character in this book was his relationship with Jessica, which grows as the story progresses and it’ll be interesting to see how this develops in future books. I thought it added a real human touch to his character.

This is the first book by Lorraine Mace I have read, and I enjoyed reading it. The strong dialogue kept the pace flowing forward, and the writing was very immersive. I’m certain I’ll be returning to this series again. Injections of Insanity is a book that will keep you asking questions and keep you gripped. I would definitely recommend it to fans of police procedurals.

Publisher: Accent Press

Publication date: 13th June 2019

Print length: 221 pages

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Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean spotlight post @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

I’m delighted to be bringing you a spotlight post today for Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean, her latest thriller which is a standalone sequel to her previous novel, which was also released this month, Thicker Than Water.

Sea of Lies: A chilling psychological thriller about secrets and trust. (The Village Book 2) by [McLean, Rachel]


He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.


Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

If you would like to purchase Sea of Lies, you can do so by clicking on the following link below. 

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Thicker Than Water by Rachel McLean spotlight post @rachelmcwrites @rararesources

On my blog today I’m delighted to be bringing you a spotlight post to celebrate the publication of the new novel by Rachel McLean, Thicker Than Water. I’ve previously enjoyed reading Rachel’s Division Bell trilogy, you can read my review by clicking here, I’m definitely looking forward to reading her latest.

Thicker Than Water: A gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge by [McLean, Rachel]


Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.

But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.

When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.

Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?

‘Thicker Than Water’ is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.


Rachel McLean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

If you would like to purchase Thicker Than Water, you can do so by clicking on the following link below. 

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And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark blog tour @EAClarkAuthor @rararesources

And No Birds Shall Sing by [Clark, E.A.]

Source: Review Copy


Not all spirits rest in peace… 

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.
Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…


I do love a good ghost story and this was a rather good one. The moment I saw the cover of this book I knew I wanted to read it. If you’re looking for a quick, chilling read with a spooky atmosphere, then I think And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark, is the book for you. Last year I saw rave reviews for her first book so I was excited to see what she had to offer in her second. It’s the perfect book to settle into as the long winter nights draw in, and if you’re looking for a book to read on Halloween. There is plenty of intrigue and mystery in this book that kept me invested in the lives of the characters.

Sam and Grace are hoping to make a fresh start after going through a tough period in their lives. They have moved to a sleepy, country village, into an old house that has spooked the locals for the past few hundred years. Are the stories based on myth? Grace and her daughter, Cassie set about researching their new home and they uncover unsettling details about its former occupants and the troubles that befell them. As their knowledge about the history of their new home grows, strange happenings begin to occur which puts their lives in danger.

This was a very easy book to get into and the writing just flowed. From the opening pages, there is a very sinister sense of foreboding that something bad is going to happen to Grace and her family, as they begin to adapt to their new life. And as I got to learn more about the characters, I began to really hope that the family were going to take heed of the advice that some of the locals were giving them, and move out of the area before something terrible happened. At the start, E.A. Clark does take us back through time as we get to learn a little bit about the people who lived there hundreds of years earlier, and this sets a dark tone which the rest of the story follows.

There are several characters who add plenty of mystery to the book. Grace and her daughter, Cassie, are convinced that the locals aren’t telling them everything they ought to about their new property; however Sam is much more on the sceptical side. Although there is already a sense of mystery about the house they have moved into, there seems to be even more mystery about the town and its residents. I warmed to Grace and Cassie straight away, and especially, Cassie’s guide dog, Jet. The loss that Grace has suffered has made her hugely protective of her daughter, and I could see that Cassie is her pride and joy.

And No Birds Shall Sing was a thoroughly enjoyable read full of sinister revelations, and a real sense of unease. The writing quickly drew me in and I was captivated by the story and the lives of the characters. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Publication date: 24th October 2018

Print length: 140 pages



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A House Divided by Rachel McLean blog tour @rachelmcwrites @rararesources


Source: Review Copy


Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.


In Rachel McLean’s novel A House Divided we meet Minister Jennifer Sinclair, a Labour party politician. The book is set in late 2019 in 2020 and in 2021. Labour is in power and Jennifer is at the top of her career. But the party and the country are soon rocked by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that take place, and the country’s mood, including the mood of politicians, darkens. A bill is put forward to take a tougher stance on immigrants from certain countries entering the UK, to help prevent another terrorist attack from taking place. This puts Jennifer in a very uncomfortable position; she has to make up her mind on some tough decisions, including, potentially, the rest of her career in politics.

Although the novel is set just a few years into our future, the issues being discussed feel very close to what is happening in today’s world. You only have to look at Trump’s travel ban in the US to realise that the ideas that Rachel McLean explores aren’t very far-fetched at all, which is what makes the ideas in her book scarily plausible.

Rachel’s writing is very readable, and it does move along at a fast pace, particularly in the first half of the novel which explores the effects that the attacks have had on the public and on politicians in Westminster. Jennifer is a British woman, but she is married to a Muslim, Yusuf, and they have two children, so her own family is affected by the troubles. This is what makes the current situation within her party deeply personal to her, and her views against it come across very strongly in Rachel’s writing, particularly in a speech she delivers when the vote on the proposed bill is just about to be held. I think it’s Jennifer’s passion, for trying to defeat what the government is proposing, which pushes the novel forward. I could never be sure what was going on behind the scenes, in both her own party and the opposition. It did make me think of the current state in British politics at the moment, where it seems that there is always someone ready to stab a colleague in the back in their push for promotion.

The end of this book left me gasping. A House Divided is part of a trilogy, and it has made me very keen to pick up the next book as soon as I can get my hands on it. If you are fascinated by politics, and if you’re looking for a book that is character driven with an ending that will get your heart pumping, then I highly recommend giving this book a go. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.

Publisher: Catawampus Press

Publication day: 24th September 2018

Print length: 327 pages



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