Blog Tour: BLINK by KL Slater

Blog Tour: BLINK by KL Slater

BLINK by KL Slater – 

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainBehind Closed Doors and The Sister.

Blink is one of those rare books that has you gripped from page one. We meet Toni, devastated after the loss of her husband, she moves across the country with her 5 year old daughter Evie to start again. One day Toni is late getting to school to pick up her daughter, she arrives to find her daughter has vanished in to thin air. Toni remains adamant her daughter is still alive.

I loved Blink, I was immediately captivated by Toni’s story and was desperate to keep reading. Slater’s writing style is very clever and really managed to draw me in to the story. Slater manages to flit effortlessly between the past and the present, weaving an intricate tale that builds tension throughout with some exciting plot twists and red herrings to keep you guessing the whole way through. I loved discovering more about Toni’s past and how everything tied together to come to the point in her life she has reached. While she isn’t the easiest of characters to like at first, I admired Toni’s strength and her determination to carry on and raise her daughter the best she can and her unwavering belief in her daughter still being alive.

Blink was an exciting and compelling read. I never suspected where the plot would take me and I was eager to read on to learn more and uncover the secrets surrounding the disappearance of Evie. Slater manages to tackle some difficult topics and I was intrigued and fascinated with the way she tackled Toni and the parents role and position in society when their child goes missing and the blame often attributed to them.

This is a different but clever crime thriller and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. I could say so much more about this book but I don’t want to spoil this incredible story for anyone. Blink is a book to be read and enjoyed, a story to be immersed in and to live.

What readers are saying about Blink:

‘I was excited to start reading this one and once I started I couldn’t stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I have hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more …An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me. Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘This is a novel that those who liked The Girl on The Train and Behind Closed Doors won’t want to miss’ My Little Book Corner

‘I finished this book in nearly one day. I was completely unable to put this book down. Everything about this book sucks you in and doesn’t let go.’ Bombshell Reads

Blink was just BRILLIANT’ It’s All About Books

‘A thrilling roller coaster of a read that will have you gripping on for dear life to see how it will all end’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘The book had me from the very first sentence and kept hold of me until I finished it…. There are twists galore but on one occasion my jaw actually dropped open as I realised that all was not as it seemed. Fantastic writing, excellent characterisation that has left me salivating for book number three! Five stars.’ Angela Marsons

‘Five stars! This book had me hook line and sinker … this author’s mind is very very clever …’ Sue and her Books

‘WOW,What a corker of a book, gripping story, believable untrustworthy characters and not just one but two totally jaw dropping unexpected twists.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘What a read …The ending took me completely by surprise! In most books, I end up guessing the ending, but this book was spectacular. The book had me gripped from word ‘go’. I couldn’t stop reading …a brilliant brilliant book’Any Excuse to Read

‘a fantastic psychological thriller and I was kept hooked throughout. Lots of twists and turns, an excellent pace and so much suspense and surprise, I didn’t quite know where the book was going at times …couldn’t be anything other than five stars!’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘With bucketfuls of suspense and intrigue Blink is guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller love on the edge of their seats. Five Stars. ‘ The Book Review Cafe

‘Pure genius!! Blink is everything a psychological thriller should be! K L Slater is in a class of her own …Just when you think you have it figured out, you are knocked out of the park! One of the most mind-bending twists ever, just simply stunning!’ What Rachel Read Next

‘The twist towards the end took me completely by surprise. I actually had to put the book down for a moment and stop before I could carry on. It really took my breath away. K. L. Slater pulled this off brilliantly!’ Hooked from Page One

‘K.L. Slater has done it again with her latest book, Blink. From a creepy beginning to the twisty end, this book keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat. Hang on for the ride’ Shelf Knowledge

 

About KL Slater

For many years, psychological thriller author KL Slater sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

www.KLSlaterAuthor.com

www.facebook.com/KimLSlaterAuthor

BLINK Book Cover BLINK
KL Slater
Bookouture
15/02/2017
326

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.

Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.

A compelling, gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainBehind Closed Doors and The Sister.

Watching Edie – Camilla Way

Watching Edie – Camilla Way

With thanks to the publishers for allowing us an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley.

 

Intrigued by the blurb billing this as “The most unsettling psychological thriller you’ll read this year“, we couldn’t not check this book out.  Watching Edie brings us Edie, living what can be described as a dead end life in a cheap flat, working a dead end job, she is haunted by something from her past.  When an old friend Heather turns up out of the blue it’s clear there is a history between the two women and one which Edie may want to forgot.

Edie it soon turns out is pregnant following a brief encounter with a co-worker who has since left never knowing about the baby, when the baby is born thoughts of her past stop Edie from bonding with the child and somehow Heather steps in, but in turn further pushes Edie away from her friends and remaining family, but also closer to her new neighbour.

Edie and Heather’s history is told in a second narrative of flashbacks, which slowly reveals a story of teenage drama, of a friendship which is challenged by a poisonous relationship which Edie is blinded by.

You’ll find yourself gripped by this plot and desperate to find out the truth of what happened between Edie and Heather.  It’s clear that Heather has an unhealthy obsession with Edie, but the twist the end will leave you shocked and stunned!

I was rooting for Edie through most of the book and somewhat wary of Heather who comes across as a strange obsessed figure, but the truth behind the plot really makes you rethink at the conclusion and will stay with you a long time.

Definitely one of the best psychological thrillers this year to date!

Watching Edie Book Cover Watching Edie
Camilla Way
HarperCollins
7th April 2017
Kindle

THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY

BEFORE
Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.

AFTER
Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

NOW
Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?

Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent

Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent

With thanks to the publishers for allowing us a copy of Liz Nugent’s Lying In wait in exchange for review – billed by Stylist as ‘For fans of Gone Girl… It twists, it turns, it is a compulsive triumph,’ we couldn’t resist getting lost in the pages of this one!

The book brings us the story of Lydia, accustomed to the good life, she lives in a big house with her loving husband and her son.  But there is something missing for Lydia which she wants to make her life complete and unfortunately the need for it leads to murder, a murder that overshadows her son’s life.  Lydia is a complex character who it is clear from the outset is able to compartmentalise her feelings and is determined to get her own way whatever the cost.  As the plot moves on through the years this plays a big part dominating her son’s life and it’s clear there is somewhat of a sinister side to this mum, whose obsession with her son may be all too much.

On the other side of the tale is a family who are effected by the loss of their daughter and sister, left wondering if she is alive or dead and never giving up hope that she may be found or the killer bought to justice.  But ironically the one helping them is the son of the murderers, and as the plot becomes complicated with the feelings Laurence has, this is a story as a reader you know can’t end well.

A truly dark and gripping novel, which will keep you hanging till the very end! Loved it!

 

Lying In Wait Book Cover Lying In Wait
Liz Nugent
Penguin
26th December 2016
kindle

Lying in Wait tells the story of Lydia Fitzsimons who lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants…

Good Me Bad Me – Ali Land

Good Me Bad Me – Ali Land

When I saw this book promoted on Netgalley in a swirl of praise I was eager to check out what all the fuss was about.

Annie has a new name and a new home and a big secret.  Annie’s mum is a serial killer, caught because Annie herself turned her into the police, now placed with a family while the trial begins she is finding it hard to fit in whilst dealing with the terrible things she’s experienced.  Her life is made tougher because the daughter of her carers is a bully who sees her as a new target, as she vents the frustration she feels due to issues at home.

The narrative of this story is absolutely chilling and creeps under your skin – it’s a difficult story to step away from, with very chilling plot lines.  You feel sympathy towards Annie as she struggles with being her mother’s daughter, but then at times you’re left wondering whether she is too much of her mother’s daughter.

Without a doubt this book is set to be a hit this year, it’ll leave you with chills

Good Me Bad Me Book Cover Good Me Bad Me
Ali Land
Penguin
12th January 2017
Kindle
352

'NEW NAME .NEW FAMILY.SHINY.NEW.ME.'Annie's mother is a serial killer.The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.But out of sight is not out of mind.As her mother's trial looms, the secrets of her past won't let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name - Milly.A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.Good me, bad me.She is, after all, her mother's daughter...

Dear Amy –  Helen Callaghan

Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan

We’ve been hearing a lot about this book at Compelling Reads so were very excited when we opened our post to find a beautiful little package of this book accompanied by the letters from missing Bethan.

Bethan went missing nearly 2 decades ago, some thought she’d simply run away from home following an attack on her grandmother, whilst others fear she may have been killed.

In present day student Katie has also gone missing, another presumed teenage runaway & when letters arrive at the desk for the agony aunt colum of Dear Amy, Margot (teacher and agony aunt) is spooked.

Told from the perspective of Katie as she is abducted and alluding to her experiences whilst there and also from Margot’s as she deal with the letters and becomes part of the enquiry into what happened to Bethan all those year ago.

We learn as the story progresses of Margot’s own experiences from a bad childhood, drug addiction and homelessness and struggles with breakdowns.  Now she is dealing with a divorce and she’s off her medication but she is sure that their is something in the letters from Bethan and perhaps Bethan may even be someone that she knew in her younger life.

I loved the little insights into how Margot’s experience has shaped her – the glimpses in to her time with the nuns and friendship with Angelique. You can understand that she feels she’s worked hard to be in the teaching position she is now in and doesn’t want her past to be revealed and threaten her way of life.  However it is clear that she is still affected by mental health issues.

The story is very cleverly written and has a bit of a twist that you may not see coming!  This book certainly had me gripped and I was chilled by the actions of the abuctor.  Although he isn’t featured much you get a sense for the psychological damage he caused any surviving victims.

My favourite psychological novel so far this year!

Dear Amy Book Cover Dear Amy
Helen Callaghan
Michael Joseph
16th June 2016
Paperback
352

In her guise as 'Dear Amy', agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters - but never one like this...

Dear Amy,

I've been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don't know where I am.

Please help me,
Bethan Avery

This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.

But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.

Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl's life and cost Margot her own...

The Long Shadow – Mark Mills

The Long Shadow – Mark Mills

This book has been shifted around my to read pile for quite a while now, and during a clear out I came across it again and it looked the ideal book to break up a series of romantic novels.

Ben Makepeace is a divorced father of one, struggling to find someone to back his latest scripts.  When he gets a call from his agent to arrange a meet with a multi-millionaire interested in his latest project he isn’t expecting to run in to an old school friend.

As a child Ben boarded at a boys school and his parents somehow become guardians to fellow pupil Jacob, Jacob is a strange boy who is manipulative and later found to be stealing from the other boys – hoarding his collection under the floorboards in another part of the school.  Having lost contact after school Ben is shocked when millionaire Victor turns out to be none other than Jacob.

Although the back cover suggests this is some kind of psychological suspense stemming from some event at school if I’m honest the book didn’t really live up to the expectations I’d set for it.  Most of the book features flash backs to the boys time at school and although there are some indicators that Jacob is a little odd it didn’t really fully explain why he’d be out for revenge in such a big way (and the conclusion with the reason kind of felt as if it had come out of nowhere).

It’s only really the last 100 or so pages when the action really happens and although the plot was interesting and held me to the end, I felt myself rushing through without feeling invested in the characters.

The Long Shadow Book Cover The Long Shadow
Mark Mills
Headline Review
27th March 2014
Paperback
464

Blood brothers or sworn enemies? You never forget what the fight was about... THE LONG SHADOW is a stunning depiction of resentment and revenge.

Ben Makepeace has barely thought of Jacob since school. What he remembers is a competitive, manipulative boy, impinging on his life.

Now Ben is the wrong side of forty with a young son to support and in need of a backer. A call to meet hedge-fund billionaire Victor Sheldon is promising, but there's a surprise in store - Victor is Jacob, now firmly entrenched in a gilded world of riches and glamour. History can cast a long shadow and while Ben believes his childhood is well over, he soon discovers the roots of the past dig deep.

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