The Liar’s Sister by Sarah A. Denzil #bookreview books on tour @sarahdenzil @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Liar’s Sister by Sarah A. Denzil on my blog today. With thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

The Liar's Sister: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Denzil, Sarah A.]

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A SHOCKING DISAPPEARANCE. A VILLAGE FULL OF SECRETS.

Ten years ago, a family lost their son in the quiet village of Buckthorpe and he was never found.

Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after.
But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth.
Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.

Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…

A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.

When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…

MY THOUGHTS

The Liar’s Sister is an intensely gripping novel about two sisters who are both connected to the disappearance of a teenage boy, Samuel, who went missing from their village many years earlier. Heather thinks her older sister, Rosie, is keeping something from her, and she believes that Rosie may know more than she’s letting on about what happened to Samuel.

There was such an intense atmosphere to this book. Heather and Rosie have returned to their home village, Buckthorpe because their mother is dying but what they don’t realise is just how unwelcome they’ll be made to feel. But they are determined not to be scared away from their home. Samuel’s disappearance has haunted the village, not least because of the rumours that were spread around about him by Rosie and her friends. But it has also haunted the memories of Heather. She has never forgotten the boy who she fell in love with those many summers ago.

There were some nasty people in this village. It seems that Heather and Rosie don’t know who they can trust. I wanted to know why people wanted them to move and why everyone seemed to have turned against them in the wake of their mother’s death. The characters in Buckthorpe didn’t paint the village as a very nice place to live, and it seemed to be a place that closed its ranks on outsiders.

Heather and Rosie don’t have a very close relationship with each other. I could feel Heather’s frustration at Rosie and her fear of her when she believes Rosie may be working against her. I could sense that Rosie wasn’t an easy person to confront, and this makes things even more difficult between them as Heather tries to find out once and for all what happened to Samuel.

The finale was so tense as the plot raced towards its conclusion. Everything becomes so much darker, and the final revelations are shocking. I thought at one stage I could see where the plot was going to go, but Sarah A. Denzil threw in a final brilliant twist which blew my mind. It was something I wasn’t expecting at all. The final twists are intricately woven into the plot in a very clever way.

The Liar’s Sister is the second book by Sarah A. Denzil, which I have read, and it earns a solid five stars from me. Sarah’s writing pulled me easily into the story, and I couldn’t wait to find out how it was going to end. The characters especially made this book gripping, although I think it was Heather who I connected with the most out of the two sister’s.

Dark and compulsive and with some very unsettling truths, The Liar’s Sister is a totally engrossing read.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 25th September 2019

Print length: 290 pages

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Only Daughter by Sarah Denzil #bookreview blog tour @sarahdenzil @bookouture

Happy publication to Sarah Denzil, her latest novel Only Daughter is published today. I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on my blog as part of the blog tour.

Only Daughter: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist by [Denzil, Sarah A.]

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In one moment, Kat Cavanagh’s perfect world is shattered into tiny fragments. The flash of her daughter’s torn yellow dress, the beautiful blonde hair hanging across her precious face. Her own heart-broken sob…

Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her little girl is found dead. And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them. 

Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note Grace left behind. She knows her bubbly, bright daughter would never take her own life.

But as she searches Grace’s perfume-scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her daughter had been hiding. Secrets that make her wonder how well she really knew the woman her only child was becoming.

Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, even if it means confronting her own troubled past. But as she gets closer to the terrible truth, Kat is faced with an unthinkable question: there was no way she could have protected Grace – or was there?

MY THOUGHTS

Only Daughter is a totally gripping novel from Sarah Denzil. I haven’t read anything by Sarah before, but I’m definitely intrigued to read her previous work.

There’s a very dark tone which runs right throughout this novel, right from the beginning when we see, Grace, a young girl about to commit suicide, right through to the heart-stopping conclusion when we finally find out the reasons why she did what she did.

Grace’s mother, Kat refuses to accept that her daughter killed herself and begins to search for answers by speaking to Grace’s friends and by trying to gain access to her social media channels. Her husband Charles and the police are not supportive of Kat’s quest to get to the truth, to them it is an open and shut case, but Kat is determined not to give up. But as Kat delves into her daughter’s world, she discovers that she knew very little about what she was really getting up to.

When we were first introduced to Kat I didn’t find her particularly likeable, to begin with, but as the story developed I became more and more engaged in her quest to avenge her daughter, and I became more and more interested in her as a character. Kat isn’t a person who has had it easy; she grew up on a council estate but has since married a wealthy man and lives with him in their seven-bedroom mansion. Kat is often labelled a gold digger by her social peers, and even her own mother disapproves of her for marrying Charles; this made me feel very sorry for her as she didn’t appear to have many people who she could turn to.

There were so many intriguing twists and turns that made me want to get to the bottom of who Grace really was and why she did what she did. What could have prompted a young girl to kill herself?

I was shocked by the final conclusions which Sarah Denzil brought together in a rapid and cleverly thought out way. It really wrapped everything up well, although some parts did put me in mind of a book I read a couple of years ago, I still found it really enjoyable and heartbreaking as well.

This is a really well written and an engrossing read that will have you desperate to find out what happens, not to be missed by psychological thriller fans.

Thank you to Bookouture for providing me with an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 13th March 2019

Print length: 330 pages

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