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4.5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Corvus in return for an honest review

 

 

Description:

You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…

My Thoughts & Review:

Everything You Told Me is the second book by Lucy Dawson I have read,  You Sent Me a Letter was the previous book which came out March 2016.
The reader is once again faced with an unreliable narrator, here the protagonist wakes up over 250 miles from home in the back of a taxi with a hangover from hell and no idea how exactly what happened in the previous 10 hours.  Immediately my interest was piqued, what had happened to this woman, had she been kidnapped?  Had she escaped?  Has she suffered a serious injury or been in some sort of accident that meant she had “lost” a chunk of time?

Lucy Dawson then cleverly weaves a tangled tale rife with paranoia and suspicion at every turn.  Is our protagonist going crazy?  Is she suffering from an illness causing this?  Is someone out to get her and why?  The taut plotting means that the paranoia of our unreliable narrator Sally leeches from the pages, driving the reader to keep going to find out what might happen next.  That said it is a bit of a slow burner and does take time to build up to the dramatic crescendo, the suspense building and cleverly placed clues do mean that the reader can play detective as they read along.  Perhaps I’ve read too many psychological thrillers of late because I found I had guessed where the plot was going quite early on, but this in no way ruined my enjoyment of the novel.  I wanted to keep reading to see if I was right and to see how it all played out.

The characters in this were well crafted, I felt that at times I sympathised with Sally, her frustrations and struggles with a new baby were familiar ones.  But I also felt at times I wanted to shake her and say to open her eyes, look at what was going on around her.  Frustrations towards characters are natural I guess, and this book had no end of moments like this, certain characters really got under my skin, I wanted to work out what was driving them to act in certain ways and this added to the sinister feel to the plot.

Another great book from Lucy Dawson, and she’s certainly cemented her place on my bookshelf, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

You can buy a copy of Everything You Told Me here.

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Author: Rosie Blake

Published: 2 June 2016
Reviewed: 3 September 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Corvus in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Isobel quits her dead-end job and travels the world seeking the man she believes she is meant to be with. A hilarious and irresistible romantic comedy about a globetrotting quest to find love. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsay Kelk and Mhairi McFarlane.

Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text.

Where did it all go wrong?

When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him…

Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.

My Thoughts & Review:

How To Find Your (First) Husband is the first of Rosie Blake’s books that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last.  The flowing style of writing is delightful, and her sense of humour appeals so much to me.

This book centres around Isobel Graves, who at the tender age of eight married her childhood sweetheart in the school playground.  But unfortunately wedded bliss was short lived and he dumped her two weeks later.
Fast forward a good few years and Isobel is now living in LA and dreaming of being a presenter.  But instead of the glamorous life she had hoped for, she’s regularly dressing up as a shellfish or vegetable to hand out fliers.  Seeing Andrew Parker in the background of a section on the news is a sign/fate/kismet which leads her to make the decision to track him down by flying to England and subsequently to the remote Malaysian island Tioman Island to convince him to fall in love with her.

Right from the very beginning Isobel comes across as a very realistic character, chaotic yet lovable.  The characters that surround her are equally as brilliant, each with their own quirks – her best friend Mel is a hoot!
The descriptions of the settings are awe inspiring, especially the detail in Tioman Island – that’s one place I would love to visit (yes I did google it to see if it lived up to Blake’s descriptions….and wow!!)

The pacing of the novel is good, brisk and exciting.  It’s the sort of book you can pick up one afternoon and easily while away a few hours whilst wrapped up in this heart warming tale about friendship and rediscovering your first love
Blake weaves an enchanting and delightful tale, her sense of humour comes through her writing so impeccably making the novel a pleasure to read.

 

You can buy a copy of How To Find Your (First) Husband here.

About the Author

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Author Image & Information courtesy of https://rosieblake.co.uk/

Rosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003 production of ‘The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers’ enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of ‘Harry Potter: The Musical’ (complete with moving opening number, ‘In my Cupboard I will Stay’).

Rosie has written features for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, The Sunday People, Reveal and Best Magazine. Her first rom com HOW TO GET A (LOVE) LIFE was published in 2014. Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books, published HOW TO STUFF UP CHRISTMAS in 2015 and HOW TO FIND YOUR (FIRST) HUSBAND in 2016.
To find out more about Rosie’s books go to her website https://rosieblake.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @RosieBBooks

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