I'm thrilled to be today's stop on the blog tour for Her Deadly Secret, the latest release from Chris Curran. I handed my blog over to Chris last year, where she divulged ten things you didn't know about her, and I remember thinking at the time that I really should read one of her books, so I was delighted when she asked me to be a part of her blog tour.
Joe and Hannah Marsden are struggling to cope after their fourteen-year-old daughter Lily doesn't come home from school one day. Joe appears to be dealing with the situation slightly better than Hannah though, which leads their family liaison officer to think that Hannah is hiding something.
Meanwhile, Rosie Weatherall is following the Marsdens story on the news and it's stirring up old memories. Her sister, Alice, was murdered, so she can completely understand what the family is going through.
The two stories are connected but which character is going to be the one to reveal Her Deadly Secret?
I never know quite what to expect when I read a new (to me) author but I'm pleased to say I loved this book. To begin with I was confused with Rosie's character and couldn't see where she fitted in with the Marsdens but this is a story about secrets so I kept reading, confident that I'd find out soon enough. Joe's character was heart-breaking at times, desperate to do everything he could to help find his missing daughter, whilst knowing that he's being closely scrutinised by the family liaison officer and constantly being rejected by his wife. You could feel the strain and pressure that the relationship was under and my heart went out to him.
Her Deadly Secret is a complex novel, cleverly told from separate view points within each chapter.
Once I realised how the two seemingly unconnected families were linked I was quickly forming a list of potential suspects and conclusions in my head, only to have the rug pulled from under my feet as I read the next chapter. When I reached the end I was genuinely shocked as it wasn't the ending I was expecting, but I mean that in a good way. Chris Curran has written an absorbing and at times poignant story and I won't be leaving it too long before I pick up another one of her books.
If you love your books dark and twisty then this is a perfect book for you.
About the author
|Photo courtesy of Chris Curran|
Chris Curran lives in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. Her first two psychological thrillers, Mindsight and Her Turn To Cry, were both Amazon bestsellers. She also writes short stories one of which was recently shortlisted for the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham award. Her latest novel, Her Deadly Secret, is available as an ebook now for just 99p (at the time of posting) and will be published as a paperback in August.
You can follow the rest of the blog tour on these fabulous blogs.
With kind thanks to author Chris Curran for the review copy.