Category Archives: Bloomsbury Circus
Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse
The Last Word Review
A tense gripping psychological thriller. Accident or intentional? Prepare to be sleep deprived.
You know you have an outstanding thriller in your hands when the book starts and you just cannot leave it alone and that you want to keep going deep into the night. Lucie Whitehouse’s latest Keep You Close does just that. It is gripping and a true psychological thriller.
Marianne Glass has been found dead in the garden of her home and at first it does appear that she took her own life by jumping from the roof and her close friend Rowan Winter receives the telephone call. Despite being close friends while growing up it has been some years since they last spoke. Question is, was Marianne’s death a tragic accident or is there something more sinister behind her death. The news has hit Rowan pretty hard despite the time that has gone since they last saw each other. Their lives went in separate ways since their younger days with Marianne going on to be a very successful artist.
What Rowan cannot believe is that Marianne took her own life, why would she, it does not make any sense. Marianne had everything to live for plus a critical point that Rowan knew from their younger days is that Marianne suffered badly from vertigo. There is detail of episodes of depression that her close friend suffered has suffered in the past with.
The following day Rowan receives a written message in the post from Marianne that sparks Rowan into thinking that there is someone else responsible for her friend’s death.
As Rowan starts to look deeper into her friends past she starts to uncover a past, and the more she looks the darker Marianne’s past looks, just who does Rowan trust, what really happened to Rowan and Marianne’s friendship that caused it to fracture ten-years previous, they were so close growing up.
Some of the characters we meet in Keep You Close are the sort of people you would think twice about but here you want to get to know them as they are all part of the storyline and make for real intrigue. With the story moving back and forth we also get a real insight to the two friends and just how close they really were, cleverly weaved into the story as flashbacks.
The story also looks at various themes including deep friendships the trust and the bond that goes with it also the secrets that close friends tell to each other. Rowan is a really intriguing character and I became fascinated by her. The surprises keep coming in this haunting and psychological thriller. Just a warning this latest from Lucie Whitehouse will deprive of your sleep. You have been warned.
My thanks to Ellen Williams from Bloomsbury Publishing for a review copy.
Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse was released on 10 March by Bloomsbury Circus and is available in all good bookshops as well as download for Kindle.
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan
The Last Word Review
A dark story that creeps under your skin. Brilliantly written. Chilling, the stuff of nightmares
Rarely does a book get under my skin the way that Beside Myself by Ann Morgan does. Very quickly you realise that this is a story that you cannot leave alone if you try you just end up going back to it. It is dark very dark and it does creep under your skin.
The story is basically about Helen and Ellie they are identical twins. At the age of six both are very different. Helen being the popular of the twin’s lots of friends and always doing well at School whereas Ellie is completely the opposite some may say rebellious not many friends, you could say a loner compared to Helen and always having to face some sort of punishment for her bad behaviour.
I am sure we have all thought what would happen if identical twins swapped places or mistaken one for another. Well here is that story. One day the twins decide to play a game of just that except there is a catch that will have profound consequences for both of them. Ellie refuses to go back to themselves. Things go dramatically wrong and the consequences for Helen are life changing.
Fast forward twenty-five years and the bright and bubbly Helen is destroyed by her twin her life is in ruins now suffering from mental health problems she has cut all ties with her family and hears voices in her head. She asks herself about the switch did it actually happen? Rarely seen out in public. Ellie on the other hand is now the famous actress.
The story switches back and forth from the time the twins were young to the present day and the hellish life that the bright and bubbly Helen now has a complete and real nightmare that has no end. She has hit the rocks and alcohol seems to be her only real friend. The story of how mental illness takes its toll on the individual is hard going. Having a friend who suffers from Bi-Polar I know how at first hand the devastating effects this has on everyone around them and how the world treats the subject.
The one person she does not want to in her life is Ellie. What if something were to happen and that the twins were re-united with all that the past holds?
Beside Myself is brilliantly written, it is chilling and so dark it made the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. As every new chapter started it brought to life new issues that just knocked you off your feet. I must credit Ann Morgan for the characters, each and every one left me cold in some way, they all have their own issues.
My thanks to Philippa Cotton at Bloomsbury Books for a review copy.
Beside Myself written by Ann Morgan is published by Bloomsbury Books and is now available in all good bookshops.