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Published: 12 January 2017
Reviewed: 31 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Simon & Schuster UK



A story of intrigue and revenge, perfect for fans of Jane Eyre and Fingersmith and The Miniaturist.

On top of the Yorkshire Moors, in an isolated spot carved out of the barren landscape, lies White Windows, a house of shadows and secrets. Here lives Marcus Twentyman, a hard-drinking but sensitive man, and his sister, the brisk widow, Hester.

When Annaleigh, a foundling who has fled her home in London, finds herself at the remote house, in service to the Twentymans, she discovers all is not as it seems behind closed doors.

Isolated and lonely, Annaleigh is increasingly drawn to her master. And as their relationship intensifies, she soon realises that her movements are being controlled and her life is no longer her own. Slowly she is drawn into a web of intrigue and darkness, and soon she must face her fears if she is to save herself.

My Thoughts & Review:

From the very moment I head about this book I knew I had to read it, from the incredibly compelling description to the magnificent cover this book had my full attention and I was delighted to be able to review it.

Sophia Tobin writes beautifully and evocatively, drawing the reader in from the very opening pages of this book and holds the reader fast in an intensely atmospheric tale.  The way in which characters and settings are described in this book is almost intoxicating, the landscape is so vividly described that the reader can almost see Becket Bridge and envision the moorlands, feel the cool tendrils of the moorland mist, sense the danger that lies out there.
The same detail is applied to the characters in this, Annaleigh is portayed as a young woman who wants to fight against the rules of society and her place within it, but shows a willingness to work hard and obey her masters.  Marcus Twentyman is a character that gives the reader pause for thought, his outward appearance is that of charm but yet there is something venomous and dangerous about him, this sinister notion is prevalent throughout the novel.

I am loathe to say too much about the plot, but I will say that this is a gripping story, very well written and a sheer delight for readers, one that is perfect for a quiet Sunday afternoon with a steaming mug of tea (and a few biscuits, as long as you’re careful with the crumbs!).

Having never read any books by Sophia Tobin before I had no real grounding of her writing before starting this book, but if this is the standard what she writes at I will be checking out her other books immediately!

You can buy a copy of “The Vanishing” here.

About the Author:

Sophia Tobin was raised on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. Having graduated from the Open University, she moved to London to study History of Art, then worked for a Bond Street antique dealer for six years, specialising in silver and jewellery. Inspired by her research into a real eighteenth-century silversmith, Tobin began to write The Silversmith’s Wife, which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, judged by Sophie Hannah and Professor Janet Todd. It was published by Simon & Schuster in January 2014.

Tobin’s second novel, The Widow’s Confession, will be published in January 2015. She works in a library and lives in London with her husband.

For more information see her website

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Then She Was Gone

Author: Luca Veste
Published: 28 July 2016
Reviewed: 28 July 2016 
5 out of 5 Stars
Copy supplied by Simon and Schuster UK Fiction in return for an honest revew


Tim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect. 
A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He’s tipped for the very top … until he vanishes.
Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician – and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past, and crimes that someone is hell-bent on avenging.

My Thoughts & Review:

Then She Was Gone is the fourth instalment in the Murphy and Rossi series, a series I might add that is definitely worth following.  If you’ve not read any of the previous books, go seek them out!  This latest book is definitely my favourite of the set so far, and I would admit that you can read it without having read the others but why would you want to restrain yourself?!

The return of Murphy and Rossi sees them investigating the case of the disappearance of popular politician Sam Bryne.  Their strong relationship feels natural and authentic, which makes this even more of a thrill to read.  Character development seems to be given the same attention as plotting in Veste’s books, demonstrating the level of care taken over his work.  The physical settings of the book are also worth noting for this same reason, I don’t think I will see Liverpool in the same light again. 

It is incredibly difficult to write this review without spoilers (but I will desist in adding any because this book deserves your full attention!), suffice to say that Luca Veste weaves a dark and twisted tale, his clever plotting and excellent narrative really pulls the reader in and keeps them hooked, expertly he ties it all together whilst keeping the reader completely in the dark.  
I felt quite pleased that I had worked out the plot at one point, forgetting whose book I was reading, until the master of trickery threw in a twist and I was stumped.  A truly brilliant read, and one I would thoroughly recommend to fans of crime fiction.  

I cannot wait to see where Veste takes Murphy and Rossi next, please get the next book written and published soon!!

You can buy a copy of Then She Was Gone here.

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