Wednesday 12 September 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ Only In Whispers by Jacqueline Grima

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Only In Whispers where I have a review of her debut novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers who organised this tour in conjunction with Manatee Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review
so without further ado, here it is:

With huge thanks to Manatee Books and Jacqueline Grima I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review..........

A forgotten past.
An uncertain future. 
A family hiding from the truth.

When their mother is hospitalised with depression, Annie and her brother Matthew are fostered by their beloved Aunt Helen. Their family eventually reunited, the siblings begin a new life in Derbyshire with their mother and new stepfather.

Now in her thirties and separated from her husband, Annie is struggling to escape the past and move forward with her son. Haunted by memories of her childhood, she begins to realise that there may have been more to her time in foster care than her mother claims. Why did social services take her and Matthew away? Who can she trust to tell her what really happened?

As Annie finds out more, things take a sinister turn…has the life she’s lived so far been a lie?

Well, where do I start........I LOVED this, I've been reading a lot of heavy psychological thrillers lately and it was nice to take a break from them to read this, although it is more of a family drama but it kind of had a psychological story line running through it which was perfect and not too much either. Packed full of secrets and lies, twists and turns and characters that I disliked especially Annie's husband, David. Even though he and Annie have been separated about 2 years he was still a possessive controlling character that was written really, really well, I despised him.

 I really felt sorry for Annie and at times with all she had to deal with as the more she discovered about her childhood with flashbacks throughout the chapters and not knowing why a certain image keeps cropping up, I wished I could give her a big hug and tell her that everything would be ok. Will everything be ok and work out for Annie or will the secrets and lies risk tearing her family apart??  I don't want to say anymore as I'm afraid I'll give something away but all I'm going to say is go and get this book and settle down on the couch with a cup of tea/wine and some chocolate, you won't want to put it down once you've started and you definitely won't be disappointed. An excellent debut novel.


Only In Whispers is available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and is available on Kindle where it is currently £1.99 at the time of publication of this review.

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