The Mothers by Sarah J Naughton #bookreview blog tour @SarahJNaughton @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for The Mothers by Sarah J Naughton. With thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part.

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Five Women.

They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant.

Five Secrets.

Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they?

One Missing Husband.

Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.

And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.

MY THOUGHTS

The Mothers by Sarah Naughton is a really compelling read, and I raced through it in just a couple of sittings.

The story primarily focuses on Bella and her husband, Ewan. In the opening chapters, Bella reports Ewan missing to the police. At first, the police aren’t very interested in taking the case further, in fact the lead detective on the case is asked to push the case aside, but she stands her ground. She believes that something isn’t quite right about Ewan’s disappearance. When they discover that Ewan and Bella’s son’s nanny, Jen has also disappeared and it looks as though there is sign of foul play, then things start to heat up.

I don’t think I found any of the women the story focuses on particularly likeable, although there were times when I did feel sorry for Bella. The way some people treated Bella made me feel very angry. Initially I struggled to connect to Bella, but as her story was gradually revealed I felt I connected to her more.

I loved the dual timeline in this book, and I really liked how Sarah Naughton unpicked the layers as we got closer and closer to the truth. It is very well-plotted, and each character came through very strongly. I also really liked the pacing. It isn’t fast-paced, but I think it was the way I connected to the characters and their personal stories that made me turn those pages. I felt I really got to know them as though they were real people. Sarah Naughton’s writing is very immersive, and it pulls you into the story without any effort at all. In fact, I was actually quite sad to finish it as I was enjoying it so much.

I thought the revelations towards the end were very nicely done, and it fitted the story perfectly. It gave the ending a very satisfactory feeling, and it felt very believable. It does turn into a very dramatic conclusion. There were definitely parts of the story which I didn’t expect but the way it ended did make me feel very pleased.

Having read all three of Sarah Naughton’s books, I think this is her best novel to date. Her characters felt very real, and I found the plot highly intriguing. I wanted to know what had happened to Bella’s missing husband and I enjoyed trying to work out how everything was going to unfold.

Sarah Naughton is a writer who is going from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to reading what she writes next.

Publisher: Trapeze

Print length: 288 pages

Publication date: 9th January 2020

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The Other Couple by Sarah J Naughton blog tour @SarahJNaughton @TrapezeBooks

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Source: Netgalley

It was meant to be the perfect honeymoon.

A five-star resort in paradise.

White sands, a private villa and world-class cuisine.

A chance for newlyweds Asha and Ollie Graveney to recover from a recent tragedy, and enjoy the holiday of their dreams.

Except someone has other plans…

And paradise has turned into a nightmare.

MY THOUGHTS

This is a fantastic psychological thriller that is highly engaging. I enjoyed Sarah Naughton’s previous novel, Tattletale, but in my opinion, I think her second is even better. It is easily a one-sitting read, and the characters and the plot will keep you gripped right the way through. I loved it.

When we first meet Sarah’s main character, Asha, she is waking up in hospital in Vietnam, unaware of what has happened to her or how she ended up there. I love a novel told across dual time lines, and this was what made this book really gripping as Sarah continued to slowly reveal the truth about what has happened to Asha and her new husband. And as she does this, we begin to see a dark story unfold. It was very well plotted, and I liked how Sarah delved into Asha’s and Ollie’s characters as she unpicked their lives. It definitely kept me turning the pages.

What I thought was done really well was how Sarah managed to capture the honeymoon setting. I could easily picture the tropical scenery and the luxury of the resort. Asha was a character who I connected with straight away, and I think this was because she is very different to the other guests at the hotel and that this world is completely new to her. You understand this when she is referring to previous holidays that she has been on with former boyfriends, but she talks about how they formed some really good memories. Her new husband, Ollie was mysterious, and straight away I was wondering what was going on in his world, what was causing him to be so distant to his new wife? There were a number of different scenarios playing around inside my head, but Sarah took the novel in a completely different direction to what I thought was going to happen. The other guests who are sharing the resort with them were all intriguing, and I don’t think that there will be many readers who will find them likeable at all. It does feel as though they are part of an elite club which Asha will have to work very hard to be a part of. Sarah kept me intrigued as I continued to ask questions about what was happening in their lives.

What I thought was poignant about Sarah’s writing was how she reminded us that just around the corner from the luxury Ollie and Asha are enjoying, was a poverty-stricken country and she also highlights the corruption in the police force which was disturbing to read about.

The Other Couple was an addictive, twisty read with a really satisfying ending. If you’re looking for a thriller that you can quickly sink into, then I highly recommend it. Thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Trapeze

Publication date: 22nd March 2018 (Kindle) 9th August 2018 (paperback)

Print length: 304 pages

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