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Hello and welcome to The Quiet Knitter!  I am delighted to share an extract of Hélene Fermont’s latest book His Guilty Secret with you today as part of the Blog Tour for this publication, as always, there are links to purchase the book at the end so please do feel free to check the book out.


Front Cover

Secrets & Lies Are Dangerous.

When Jacques’s body is discovered in a hotel room his wife, Patricia, suspects he has been hiding something from her.

Why was he found naked and who is the woman that visited his grave on the day of the funeral? Significantly, who is the unnamed beneficiary Jacques left a large sum of money to in his will and what is the reason her best friend, also Jacques’s sister, Coco, refuses to tell her what he confided to her?

Struggling to find out the truth, Patricia visits Malmö where her twin sister Jasmine lives and is married to her ex boyfriend. But the sisters relationship is toxic and when a family member dies shortly after, an old secret is revealed that shines a light on an event that took place on their tenth birthday.

As one revelation after another is revealed, Patricia is yet to discover her husband’s biggest secret and what ultimately cost him his life.

His Guilty Secret is an unafraid examination of the tangled bonds between siblings, the lengths we go to in protecting our wrongdoings, and the enduring psychological effects this has on the innocent…and the not so innocent.

Hélene Fermont is the author of three books. Because of You and We Never Said Goodbye are also available on Kindle and in print from Amazon.



Seating herself at the kitchen table, feeling nauseous from the aroma of toast, freshly
squeezed orange juice and coffee, Patricia simply nodded her agreement. She stood up, but
the room span around her so much so she had no option but to sit back down. “I don’t know
what’s happening to me…Did I mention the woman who visited Jacques’s grave after the
funeral? I can’t get her out of my mind! You say Jacques loved me but I’m not so sure. What
if she was the reason he spent the night in a hotel and didn’t come home to me?’
“You can’t think like that. Everyone knows how much the two of you meant to each other.
Don’t draw conclusions about someone who may have a perfectly innocent reason to visit
his grave.”
Patricia shook her head. “No. Jacques was quite a few years older than me. He must have
had a past I knew nothing of. What if that woman was someone he loved and had a
relationship with?” She wondered if they’d continued to see one another during her
marriage. The mere idea of him betraying her trust caused her to burst into tears. Combined
with the splitting headache and dizziness, she felt like crawling back to bed.
“What if you’re imagining things?” Clemency said. “Surely,
Jacques wasn’t the kind of man who would have an affair behind his
wife’s back? Please have something to eat and drink. I won’t let you
do this to yourself, imagining all kinds of things your husband was
up to without your knowledge.”
“Tough! Nothing adds up, can’t you see how upset it makes
me to know he was discovered lying naked next to a bed, and that I
never had an inkling he was ill? Jacques was always so fit and strong,
telling me he wanted to be as healthy as possible for when we started
a family. That’s never going to happen now.”
Clemency felt a sense of déjà vu. She knew exactly how Patricia
felt yet decided she’d already said enough about her late husband.
Watching her nibble on a piece of toast and sip her coffee, Clemency
said, “Give yourself time to grieve. Rudy called last night after
you went to bed. He mentioned Jacques’s bequest to an unnamed
beneficiary. I don’t wish to upset you further, but do you know who
it is?”
Again, Patricia shook her head. “I’ve no idea. Perhaps he
wanted to make sure the woman who visited his grave is looked after?
My husband lied to me, Clemency. Coco must have known about it.
Rudy told me they’ve split up.” She stood up from her chair. “I’ll join
you at work later. Please don’t worry about me.”

His Guilty Secret by Hélene Fermont is out on 27th November 2017 and will be available from Amazon, priced £9.99 in paperback and £3.99 as an e-book.

You can buy your copy here

For more information see helenefermont.com

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I am delighted to welcome you to the final stop on the #BecauseOfYou blog tour and share my review of Hélene Fermont’s début novel.


Published: 15 August 2016
Reviewed: 15 November 2016

3.5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Bookollective as part of blog tour



Because of You spans 36 years in the life of Hannah Stein, a Swedish teenager who arrives in London, at the tail end of the disco era, for a gap year before embarking on a teaching career. The people she meets change the course of her life irrevocably and the novel charts her changing personal and professional fortunes over the next three decades. Because of You is about love, coming of age, friendship, bereavement, stillbirth and rape. Its themes include redemption, acceptance, fidelity and family. Because of You is a story that every woman can relate to. 

Because of You is the deeply moving debut novel by Scandinavian writer Helene Fermont. It’s a gripping work of modern women’s fiction with a distinct ‘Scandi’ feel and a psychological twist. 

Scandinavian noir has firmly established itself as a bestselling genre in the UK. Because of You takes the elements that make this style of writing so compelling – the realism and dark, morally complex mood – and combines it with women’s fiction. 

This is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny and will appeal to readers who appreciate an emotive, uncompromising and fulfilling read driven by character and circumstance. 

My Thoughts & Review:

When I first heard about “Because of You” I thought it might be another of those sorts of books that I will pick up as a wee break from dark and twisted thrillers, a change of pace so to speak.

The story follows Hannah Stein, who the reader meets in her teenage years as she prepares to leave home for London on a gap year.  The reader joins Hannah on her journey through life for the next 36 years as she experiences various events such as divorce, grief, love, heartbreak, abuse and death to name but a few.

Hélene Fermont includes some subjects of a sensitive nature in this book, and ones that some readers may feel uncomfortable about, but the writing is sympathetic and care without being gratuitous.

The characters in this feel authentic to the types of people we encounter in life, ones that are invariably various shades of interesting and ones that leave little mark on us.   The development of Hannah’s character throughout the book is well done, in the beginning she came across as very sheltered and naive but after experiencing so many things during the course of her life this changes who she is, shapes her to become a character that many readers will be able to relate to.

I did find that my interest waned slightly at times reading this, perhaps a little too wordy in places, but overall there was enough substance to keep me reading on.  The second half of the novel definitely caught my attention and had me reading quickly to find out what happened.
I have to admit that this did impact on my enjoyment of the read somewhat, finding at times I wanted to put the book down and read something else but felt that I needed to keep working at this.  Overall it is a good read, and an impressive début from a promising author.

You can buy a copy of Because of You here.

About the Author:

Born into a bilingual family (Swedish/English), Hélene Fermont enjoyed an idyllic childhood on the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and a major cultural hub.

Growing up in the early 1970s, she enjoyed a brief musical career on Swedish TV and radio before pursuing a rewarding career as a therapist specialising in children with learning difficulties.

Hélene has lived in London for over 20 years but still regularly returns to her native Sweden, where the unspoiled scenery and tranquility help aid the creative process. Hélene is currently hard at work on her second novel.

For more information see Hélene’s website http://helenefermont.com/  or follow her on Twitter @helenefermont



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