I am excited to welcome Amanda Reynolds to the blog today for the blog tour for Close to Me.
About the Book:
She can't remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.
When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-she's lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?
She can't remember what she did-or what happened the night she fell. But she's beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought.
Five Books I have Recently Read…
1. Weightless – Sarah Bannan I don’t read much Young Adult literature, but this for me is more crossover fiction than straight YA; and anyway, I loved it! It’s written in second person, which is quite different, but it works so well to illustrate the collective mentality of a group of teenagers obsessed by the new girl at their school. The subtext of menace is always there, along with those twin teenage preoccupations: image and status. It’s beautifully written and a devastating read.
2. Gone Without a Trace – Mary Torjussen I loved the way this book built and built. It kept me guessing all the way through and the premise is instantly engaging, ‘What would you do if you came home and found your partner had left, erasing every trace of themselves from your life?’ The author has cleverly plotted this intricate tale, and there’s a thought-provoking subject at its heart which isn’t often spoken about. I’m a slow reader, but I devoured it in a few days; could not put it down.
3. The Doll Funeral – Kate Hamer I think this second outing for Kate Hamer is even better than her great debut, The Girl in the Red Coat. She has such a lyrical way of describing the Forest of Dean where the book is set. It’s an unusual story, with supernatural elements, and influences again from classic fairy tales. The author captures a child’s view of a mixed-up world with pin-point accuracy.
4. The Girl Before – J P Delaney This book has short snappy sections from different points of view and I love that. It’s how I’m writing my next book. It’s being made into a film by Ron Howard and I could imagine it working well on screen, it has a very filmic quality and a fabulous premise. One Folgate Street offers its tenants the chance to lead a perfect life, but at what price?
5. My Sister – Michelle Adams As a child, I always wanted a brother or sister, but maybe not after reading about Elle. She is a truly terrifying creation. This book has it all: creepy houses, dysfunctional relationships, crazed sisters and dark family secrets. I can’t say much more without giving anything away, but suffice to say it gets darker and more twisted as you read on.