Review and Blog Tour – In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards

I ALWAYS get a bit over-excited when Mark Edwards brings out a new book and even more excited when I get invited onto his blog tour.  Thanks so much to the tour organiser for asking me to be part of it.

About the book

Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?

In Her Shadow is a gripping tale of family secrets, lies and obsession from the two million copy bestselling author Mark Edwards.

What did I think? 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Compelling isn’t even a strong enough word for this book.  Addictive is probably more like it.  I started it early one morning and literally couldn’t tear myself away and had trouble focussing on anything that day when I was at work because all I wanted to do was discover more.

The story of a dead sister’s death not quite being all that it seemed, according to a child, who couldn’t possibly know the things that they were coming out with, completely fascinated me and kept me riveted beyond words.

Totally in the head of the main character with so many secrets coming out, I hadn’t a clue who to trust and what the hell was going to happen (I’d never make a detective! LOL!).

The pages just kept on rapidly turning themselves as I devoured word after word, page after page and chapter after chapter as one twist after another launched itself upon me, to the point that I felt like I’d really been through the wringer at the end of it. My emotions were all over the place and my heart didn’t stop banging away!

A total masterpiece and my favourite book of Mark Edwards’ so far!

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About the author

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay.

His first solo novel, The Magpies (2013), reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK and has sold 300,000 copies to date. This was followed by What You Wish For (2014), Because She Loves Me(2014; also a No.1 bestseller in the UK) and Follow You Home(2015).

He also co-writes with Louise Voss. Their novels are: Killing Cupid(2011); Catch Your Death (2011); All Fall Down (2012); Forward Slash and a series featuring Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon, starting with From the Cradle (2014) and The Blissfully Dead (2015). Read more about Voss & Edwards.

Mark grew up on the south coast of England and starting writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs. He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing. He now writes full-time and lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children and a ginger cat, Billie, who was named after an actress from Doctor Who.

When he’s not writing or looking after children, Mark reads a lot, devours TV box sets and spends far too much time on Twitter and Facebook, where he loves chatting with readers. He also wishes he had more time to do the activity he loves most: karaoke.


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