The Greenway by Jane Adams – Blog Tour

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Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw for oganising this blog tour and to Jane Adams and Joffe Publishing and @netgally for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Synopsis

DISCOVER ONE OF THE MOST BREATHTAKING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS YOU WILL READ THIS YEAR

“Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent

“Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London

“An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Adams has a distinctive voice, which I predict will be heard by the majority of mystery fans.”

Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award and for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award.

AUGUST 1975: Cassie Maltham’s life changes forever one scorching day. She and her twelve-year-old cousin Suzie take a shortcut through the Greenway, an ancient pathway steeped in Norfolk legend. Somewhere along this path Suzie simply vanishes . . .

TWENTY YEARS LATER: Cassie is still tormented by nightmares, parts of her memory completely erased. With her husband Fergus and friends Anna and Simon, she returns to Norfolk, determined to confront her fears and solve a mystery that won’t let her rest.

Then another young girl goes missing at the entrance to the Greenway, and Cassie is pushed once more into the darkest recesses of her mind.

John Tynan, the retired detective who’d been in charge of Suzie’s case, is still haunted by her disappearance. He offers his help to Detective Inspector Mike Croft who is leading the increasingly frantic search for the missing child.

Has evil returned? And what really happened all those years ago and who can be believed?

Perfect for fans of Nualla Ellwood, Kl Slater, Gillian Flynn, and Lucy Clarke.

ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS YOU WILL READ THIS YEAR, FULL OF ASTONISHING TWISTS.

 

My Thoughts

I have to say that Joffe publishers are fast becoming one of my go to people for crime reads as I have yet to read book I didn’t enjoy from them.

Twenty years ago Cassie’s life is changed forever whilst playing on The Greenway with her cousin Suzie.  Cassie passed out and her cousin Suzie was never seen again.  With no memory of the events and the mystery never being solves, Cassie’s life has been plagued by issues relating to this.

Twenty years later and Cassie, her husband and their friends take a cottage break back to the area where Suzie disappeared in the hope of allowing Cassie to put her demons to rest.  Within days, history repeats itself and a little girl goes missing in exactly the same spot – making Cassie a prime suspect.  With no evidence or sightings, the conjecture of spiritual and magical forces surrounds the case.   DI Inspector Croft enlists the help of the detective from Suzie’s case, John Tynan and determined to crack the case they hunt down every lead possible, regardless of how limited.  Can they crack this mysterious case?

The book is told from two perspectives.

In the beginning, there is a heavy focus on Cassie and her friends, explaining her visit to The Greenway area and introducing all the psychological issues that she has been left with since her cousin’s disappearance.  Alongside this we see Fergus (her husband) who seems to want to the best for her but comes across as a little forceful and controlling.  Cassie’s begins to exhibit erratic and unexplained behaviour As the story moves on we visit with Cassie regularly to gather more pieces of the puzzle.  These chapters are what provides the psychological thriller aspect to the novel.  The setting is superbly described and there is always an eerie and sinister feel to the descriptions.

The perspective of the investigation is told in a more matter-of-fact way making this book a perfect mixture of police procedural and psychological thriller.  We travel with DI Croft through the investigation and the piecing together of sparse information in order to solve this crime.

I love the fact that you have no way of guessing the ending and what sets out as a crime story, develops into shocking twists and turns that you’ll never see coming.

 

Author Bio – Jane Adams

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Why do I write?

Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.

I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway, was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.

I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.

Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.

I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.

I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great priviligde of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

4 comments

  1. I am so glad I signed up to receive Herding Cats! I am an anglophile through and through and am finding out about lots of British mysteries I’d never before heard of. The only problem is that my TBR list is getting out of hand! Thanks for the great ideas.

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    • My TBR has gone crazy since forming friendships with other bloggers. Joffe books are great for publishing crime novels from different eras and also I know you like Faith Martin. I also likie Roy Lewis’s series too. I love how Joffe put a little dictionary of English terms in the front.

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