A huge thank you to Love Books Tours for organising this tour and to T. J. Blake for the review copy of this audio book to listen to, and review with honesty.
The five star psychological thriller that won’t let you look at passing dog walkers the same.
Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.
I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.
She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and 42 seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.
I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.
I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.
From the opening sentences an atmosphere is created. There’s no direct malice or anything to suggest that something sinister is there but there’s a gentle discomfort that I couldn’t shake and it sets the tone perfectly. Every single detail of the woodland areas is vividly described including smells and sounds and because it was an audio book. I closed my eyes and I was there, like an unwanted and unseen guest.
The characters are written in such manner that it feels very intimate as the reader gets to know them, mainly because of the narrations and the perspective we learn about them from. It feels like an intrusion into their privacy and cleverly, assumptions are made that are constantly questioned and changed throughout the book. Billy is the narrator (point of view) and I felt a varying degree of emotions as I read. He loved his wife and desperately misses her but there’s something not quite right with the way he goes about things. I was constantly torn between sympathy and emotion but also often being perturbed by him.
The plot is so surprising and twisty and in place, disturbing. The blurb is cleverly vague so I had no idea at all which direction the story would go but it was not where I anticipated at all. It’s a superb study of humans and trust – and just how much we ever really know anyone.
Massive mention to Christopher Pizzey too for his brilliant and atmospheric narration. His voice has a smooth and calm quality that I could listen to for hours but also provided the perfect vehicle for this atmospheric story. He even managed to portray the atmosphere in his narration beautifully.
An excellent psychological thriller that is full of the unexpected.
Author Bio – T. J. Blake
Living in Surrey, UK, T. J. Blake by day is a Content Marketer. By night, he could be any one of his uniquely disturbing characters.
Blake is responsible for the five star psychological thriller, ‘DECEPTION – A Love of Lies’. Now he is working on his new paranormal, psychological thriller, ‘Familiar’, which will be published in 2020.
Blake on his writing process – “When I go over my plans and writing, I always critique as a harsh and predictive reader. I don’t want a reader to guess what is going to happen before it happens; it ruins the fun.”