I am delighted to be taking part in the opening day of this #BlogBlitz for #DyingToTell. Not only is today the first day of this Blog Blitz but it is also RELEASE DAY! Happy publication day to the author.
Many thanks to Heather and to the publishers for inviting me to take part in this #BlogBlitz. My review is below, and it is my honest opinion. I have not been paid to take part.
As the only survivor of a horrific car crash, Lila Amberson believes she is on the road to recovery after she is released from the hospital. Her memories of the accident are blurred though and a series of unsettling incidents leave her fearing for her safety. Does she have survivor’s guilt or is something more sinister at play?
Jack Foley is reeling from the shock of losing his sister in the crash and when he first meets Lila, he lashes out, blaming her for Stephanie’s death. But when Lila gives him a locket that she believes belonged to his sister, it presents more questions than answers.
As Lila and Jack work together to find out what really happened on the night of the accident, they are unaware that someone is watching them closely. Someone who has much to lose if the truth comes out, and someone who is prepared to do everything necessary to ensure all loose ends are taken care of.
As the tagline suggests Dying to Tell is a story of secrets. Some secrets, no matter how hard you try, and no matter how soul destroying they are, will just not stay hidden. So the question is, “How far would you go to keep a secret?”
Dying to Tell has an incredible beginning. Our novels “bad guy” The Bishop, is caught in the act having just killed his paramour. Someone arrives as he stands over the body and he has to take action fast, what action that is, we are left to find out.
The book continues with our protagonist, Lila, waking up after a horror car crash in which her date and a teenager named Stephanie are killed. She not only needs to come to terms with survivors’ guilt but also that she can’t recall what happened on the night of her accident beyond a certain point. As is the case in a lot of “memory loss” stories we catch brief glimpses of what happened. Is there more to her story than a simple car crash?
Stephanie’s brother Jack plays a large part in this story too, and from the first moment he is introduced it is clear to see that he will have further run ins with Lila, but this turns into them becoming a team who are trying to find out if there is more happening here.
So who is The Butcher? What is the connection? Well…. that’s a secret. 😉
The story had me on the edge of my seat and had me guessing throughout. At one point I felt very proud of myself “I’ve figured it out!” I declared to anyone that was listening Nobody was, it was night-time, and my wife was asleep. This turned out to be fortunate anyway as I was wrong.
This is a very good read, and once I got into it, it was very hard to put down. I couldn’t wait to come to the conclusion – which I can say – is an incredibly satisfying one. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers this one is definitely for you!
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About the author
Keri Beevis wrote her first novel at age twenty, but it was a further twenty years before she was published after entering the Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2012. Her entry, Dead Letter Day, was a winner, earning her a publishing contract, and the book proved to be a minor hit, leading to a sequel, Dead Write. However, it was Keri’s third novel, standalone mystery thriller The Darkness Beneaththat gained her the most success, along with many new fans, both in the UK and the USA.
Born in the village of Old Catton, less than a mile from where Anna Sewell was living when she wrote Black Beauty, Keri had a passion for reading and writing from a young age, though her tastes veered more to the macabre.
Today she still lives in Norwich, along with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel), where she writes a comedic lifestyle column for a local magazine. She loves Hitchcock movies, exploring creepy places, and gets extremely competitive in local pub quizzes. She is also a self-confessed klutz.
Keri’s previous books have all been US based and she is looking forward to the release of her first UK based novel, which is set in her beautiful home county of Norfolk.