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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey **Blog Tour Review and Giveaway**

  I am delighted to be back for my second slot on the Blog Tour to celebrate the digital publication of those who lie by Diane Jeffrey. Don't forget that there is a Giveaway to enter just follow the link at the end of this post.  Before my review, let's just have a recap about the book. ************************************

Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.

At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.


Can she really trust herself?

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed following this intricate plot through to its conclusion. It turned out to be one of those books which you just have to keep reading to try to figure out what is going on! The flashbacks to the past were skilfully written and I have to admire how Diane Jeffrey knows just how much information to drip, drip, drip at just the right pace. There were lots of twists and turns and red herrings all the way through. Although I suspected what the truth was going to be, the surprise twist at the very end caught me unawares.

    I found the central characters to be rounded, especially Emily who is so difficult to interpret at times. You really feel her confusion at the seemingly bizarre events which start to unfold and once her back story begins to be explored, her memory gaps add to the impression of a fragmented life. There are dark themes nestling in the plot, such as the abuse which Emily suffered as a child but she emerges as a vulnerable but ultimately resilient character who has developed coping mechanisms to survive. 

    This is an assured debut in the psychological thriller genre. It blends a well- constructed plot with an intriguing set of characters and sows the seeds of doubt liberally throughout. I appreciated the fact that it is character driven.

In short: a well written thriller with character development and tension throughout. 



About the Author 

Diane Jeffrey grew up in North Devon. She lives in Lyon, France with her husband and their three children, black Labrador and kitten. THOSE WHO LIE is her debut psychological thriller.

Diane is an English teacher. She hates marking and Mondays. When she's not working or writing, she likes swimming, running and reading. She loves chocolate, beer and holidays. Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Readers can follow Diane on Twitter @dianefjeffrey or on
  Amazon UK  |   Amazon US   |   Goodreads


 Enter the Giveaway and have the chance to win one of these prizes:

1st prize: eBook of Those Who Lie

2nd prize: Teddy and chocolates

3rd prize: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland notebook & chocolates
 Just follow the link below and good luck!

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 Thanks to Diane Jeffrey, the publishers  HQ Digital and Jenny at Neverland Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.

See you back on the 31st March for my next stop!


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