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I am thrilled to share a review with you today of Sam Blake’s latest thriller which she will be discussing at this First Monday Crime on 2nd December at City University London. Details about the panel and how to book your free ticket can be found on the First Monday Crime website.

  • Title: Keep Your Eyes on Me
  • Author: Sam Blake
  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Publication Date: 2nd January 2020

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

You won’t be able to look away

When Vittoria Devine and Lily Power find themselves sitting next to each other on a flight to New York, they discover they both have men in their lives whose impact has been devastating. Lily’s family life is in turmoil, her brother left on the brink of ruin by a con man. Vittoria’s philandering husband’s latest mistress is pregnant.

By the time they land, Vittoria and Lily have realised that they can help each other right the balance. But only one of them knows the real story…

My Thoughts:

As a fan of Sam Blake’s Cathy Connolly series, I was keen to see if she could grab my attention with a new set of characters and have me writing off an entire day at the weekend to just read a book, and she pulled it off with impressive ease.

From the moment I started reading Keep You Eyes on Me I was hooked, I loved how the plot was twisting and weaving, I was intrigued by the characters and began to care what happened to them. Blake crafted two incredibly fascinating female characters that readers cannot help but become invested in, their happy lives have been disrupted and rather than sit back and wallow, they take matters into their own hands and do something about it … well for each other.
A chance meeting in the airport, has Lily and Vittoria sharing pleasantries as they sit together and they end up sitting together on their flight, chatting more personally, both letting slip just how fraught their situations are. It’s not long before the women come up with a plan to try and put things right.

Where Sam Blake’s writing really shines is by crafting situations and scenes that you can see playing out in your head as you read. The vivid details woven into the narrative gave me a great image of the bookshop, the intricate pieces of jewellery, and even had me looking up paintings for an idea of whether they looked like I imagined. She creates supporting characters who are so well defined and sculpted that readers feel sympathy towards their plights, or anger at their lack of morals.
And the plot, what a whirlwind packed with tension! I was absolutely gobsmacked while reading parts, so clever and so subtle at times, I was caught off guard when things didn’t pan out the way I thought they might.

A brilliant read that kept me guessing and entertained throughout!

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Published: 6 April 2017

Copy provided by Bonnier Zaffre & Netgalley

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My Thoughts & Review:

Having loved “Little Bones” I was absolutely frantic to find out when book two would be published and thankfully the good folks at Bonnier Zaffre were on hand with that information as well as a review copy of “In Deep Water”.

The return of my favourite member of an Garda Síochána and her superior comes in the form of a very personal case.  Following on from the explosive events of “Little Bones” Cathy Connolly is fighting fit, she’s back at work and has returned to her beloved training in the gym, but the no show of her training partner and best friend is cause for concern that soon spirals into a full blown police investigation that will have far reaching consequences for many. 

With this case being of such a personal nature, this allows Sam Blake the opportunity to give readers a wonderfully in-depth look at Cathy.  The exploration of this character builds upon the knowledge from the first book, and so the development means that readers see a new side to this character.  This coupled with the way in which her PTSD is detailed really show a vulnerable side of her, and gives insight into the importance of relationships for her.  The stability that O‘Rourke brings to their relationship is key to her survival, almost like her guardian angel…albeit one that’s pleasing on the eye.  This book did nothing to dampen my crush on this fictional character…..
The importance of her relationship with Sarah Jane is also vital, the cornerstone of their friendship is another stabilising factor in her life and the motivation that Cathy needs to track Sarah Jane down.

A complex and rich plot masterfully weaves together from several separate strands throughout this novel, culminating in quite possibly one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.  The suspenseful narrative drives the reader to keep reading (even if it means they end up burning the supper), and with so many clever deceptions in plain sight it’s hard not to feel a “facepalm” moment when certain revelations are uncovered, I certainly found that I was so wrapped up enjoying the thrilling tale that I didn’t guess what was coming.

Whilst this book can be read as a stand alone, there is ample detail given to keep readers informed about what has happened previously as well as give readers a good grasp of characters and their relationships, I think this is a series that should be read and enjoyed from the start where possible.  Sam Blake has given fans of the series a treat with this latest instalment, has definitively answered certain points that may have seemed unanswered at the end of book one, and has opened up some fantastic options for where Cathy Connolly could go next.

You can buy a copy of “In Deep Water” via Amazon here or via Wordery here

 

About the Author:

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the hugely popular national writing resources website Writing.ie. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book.

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Paperback Original &eBook Published: 23 February 2017

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My Thoughts & Review: 

The discovery of tiny bones in the hem of a wedding dress is strange enough, but to then ascertain that they are a baby’s bones is enough to turn a simple break-in into a full scale investigation for the Guards in Dublin.
Detective Cathy Connolly and her boss Inspector O‘Rourke have their work cut out for them tracking down answers to solve this grisly case.
Throw in the mysterious appearance of a fugitive killer from Las Vegas, who is intent on tying up loose ends in Dublin and the Guards have more than enough to deal with.   This is the first of instalment of the Garda Cathy Connolly series and it definitely doesn‘t hold back.  The writing it superb, the plot is interesting and gripping, characters are multidimensional and easy to relate to.  The various elements of the story are well written.  Masterfully weaving together the tales of Mary‘s past and present dementia like struggles, Zoe‘s world slowly falling to pieces around her and the personal life of Cathy Connolly mixing with her professional duties.  It would be easy to assume that something would get lost in the myriad of characters and details but as far as I was concerned, nothing did.  The detail in this book was incredible, even the intricacies of the art work created by Zoe was thoroughly detailed, so much so that I could almost imagine the canvases. 

The chemistry and camaraderie between Connolly and O’Rourke is a delight to read, they are a great pairing, and the hints to their shared history open up the opportunity for Sam Blake to go so many ways with this series, I cannot wait to see what she has for us with book two.   

Secrets and lies rarely follow a linear path, the ones in this book scaled the chart of complexity and just when you thought that the secret was as dark as it got, another layer is peeled away and for some characters the truth was too much to bear.  
With so many twists and turns, both expected and unexpected, this book is entirely engrossing.

I enjoyed this book so much that at just over half way in I was already recommending it to friends that I thought would appreciate it.  

You can buy a copy of Little Bones here.  
About the Author:
Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the hugely popular national writing resources website Writing.ie. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book.

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