I'm back to shout about another fabulous book by Mark Tilbury. As you know by now, Mark is re-launching his books, with gorgeous new covers and today it's the turn of The Key To Death's Door. I first read this back in April of 2018 and below is my blog tour review.
I'm sure you all have your favourites authors, the
ones who when you know they have a new book coming out, you just know that you
HAVE to read it. You don't need to know what it's about, you don't need a blurb
. . . you just NEED to read it. Well
Mark Tilbury is one of mine and deservedly so.
Lee Hunter is a typical teenager, getting into
scrapes and looking for adventure, but when he and his best friend, Charlie
Finch, decide to spend the night at a local derelict boathouse no-one could
have forseen the terrifying consequences it would have for both of them, but in
A severe overnight storm leaves the boys without any
method of getting back to the shore so they decide to swim across the river.
Charlie makes is back safely but Lee isn't so lucky, he disappears under the
water and then blacks out. When he comes round he isn't where he expects to be
and nothing is quite as it seems. Lee is going to wish he was back in the
The Key To Death's Door is a book that once read,
will stay with you for a long time after you've read the final page. A tale
of true friendship between two boys and
I felt that the author really captured the essence of their friendship, making
them feel real and because of that I really sympathised with their situation.
Once again the subject matter is hard-hitting, there's animal cruelty, child
abuse and torture to name just a few, but this is exactly what I've come to
expect from Mark Tilbury's books and as strange as it might sound, this is why
I'm drawn to them so much. I know that I can completely immerse myself in the
story and become blissfully ignorant of everything that's going on around me.
As always with Mark's books there's one character that made my skin crawl, to the point where I almost couldn't bear to read his name. After 'meeting' the truly repugnant Detective Carter in The Abattoir of Dreams I was pretty sure that no other character could ever come close to being as vile as he was, but boy was I wrong! Daryl Finch is the mother of all heinous characters and he certainly outstayed his welcome in my head once I'd reached the end of the book! I'm sure he even visited me in my dreams about a week later. . . . .and that's just rude, as well as a little disturbing!
I can guarantee that The Key To Death's Door will give you palpitations . . . . but you'll love it, I know I did. Mark Tilbury is fast becoming an author to be reckoned with when it comes to dark and gritty thrillers, so if that's your thing this is one book and author that needs to be on your radar and more importantly on your TBR!
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I can still vividly remember certain aspects as well as a particular character who I honestly don't want to get reacquainted with anytime soon! Just thinking about him now is making my skin crawl! 😱
If you think you have the stomach for this cracking read, you can currently download a copy for only 99p.
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