I am so excited to be a part of my very first books on tour today, and it couldn’t have been a better book to start on! What She Saw by Wendy Clarke was released on the 1st of May, published by Bookouture.
About the Book:
How far would you go to keep your daughter safe?
Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, worked hard to build a successful business to support them and found them the perfect little cottage to call home. Leona and Beth hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears with one another. People say they’re more like best friends than mother and daughter.
It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.
But their closeness means that Beth struggles to make friends. Her mother has kept her sheltered from the world. She’s more reliant on her mother’s love. More vulnerable.
When Beth finds an envelope hidden under the floorboards of their home, the contents make her heart stop. Everything she thought she knew about her mother is a lie. And she realises there is no one she can turn to for help.
What if you’ve been protected from strangers your whole life, but the one person you can’t trust is the person closest to home?
They say there is no greater love than a mother’s love for their child.
This is the case for Leona and her daughter Beth. The bond they share appears unbreakable and Leona has gone above and beyond to make sure Beth has had the best in life.
But Leona’s love has come with a price, she has alienated her daughter from the world, causing Beth now a teenager to pull away from her as she struggles to fit in at school with her peers.
There is a reason why Leona has been so fiercely protective of her daughter and the life she has built for them. She has a secret from her past, that if revealed, could lead to dangerous consequences for them both as well as Leona’s ‘husband’ Scott
As the story progresses we are shown glimpses of Leona’s past and we are soon privy to what she has been hiding, and the struggles she endured during a horrific time in her life which shows why she is so protective of her family.
When Beth comes across a hidden envelope containing information pertaining to her mother’s past, Leona has no choice but to reveal her secret which in turn puts all of their lives in danger!
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This story started gently, easing the reader into it, then building momentum to an explosive heart pounding conclusion which was fabulous!
I still cannot believe that this is Wendy’s first psychological thriller! I was hooked from the start and read this in one sitting as I could not get enough!
It is so well written and shows a confidence that you would think that Wendy has been writing in this genre for years, and I hope that she will continue to do so.
The characters were very relatable and I really resonated with them. I felt each emotion that they all went through especially with Beth. I was really drawn to her character and felt her pain as she tried to find her place in the world.
I also loved the descriptions of Beth’s artwork and of the Lake District setting where the book was set.
This is a brilliant read and I look forward to more of Wendy’s work in the future.
Write fast Wendy! 😜
I can not recommend this book highly enough and I am thrilled to have a new favourite author to add to my list.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Wendy Clarke for allowing me to read an advance copy of What She Saw in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the author:
Wendy Clarke is a full time writer of women’s fiction. She started writing when the primary school she taught in closed down and after completing two creative writing courses, began writing short fiction for magazines. Since then, she has sold over a hundred short stories and her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.
Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!
To keep up to date with Wendy’s work you can sign up to receive emails on her blog, and you can follow her on these social media accounts.
What She Saw is available to buy now!
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