Today I am so thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour on its publication day for The Empty Nest by Sue Watson. Happy publication day Sue.
The Empty Nest by Sue Watson
Release Date: 1st of November
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 213 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
‘Sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, Kat. Everyone has secrets, even the people we love, the people we live with…’
Kat remembers the days when her only daughter Amy wouldn’t leave her side. Amy was the baby who cried when you walked out of the room, the toddler who was too shy to speak to strangers, the small child who clung to Kat’s legs in the school playground.
But now Amy is grown up, and Amy is gone – to university in a town several hours away. Kat’s house – which once felt too full, too noisy, too busy – is deathly quiet, and Kat awaits the daily phone call to tell her that her beloved daughter is thriving and happy.
Until the day Amy doesn’t call, sending Kat into a panic. Her husband and friends say she’s being paranoid – surely Amy is just out, having fun? But Kat feels sure something is very wrong – she knows her daughter, and she would never just disappear.
As the hours turn into days, her fears are confirmed: Amy is missing. But there are secrets about her daughter that Kat doesn’t know about yet. And the truth about Amy’s whereabouts may be closer to home than Kat could ever imagine…
A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster and an ending that will blow readers’ minds. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl Before and Gone Girl will be gripped by this unputdownable story about a mother’s obsessive love for her child.
The Empty Nest is one hell of a read. Gripped right from the start I was caught up in this story, that took me on a journey of a mother’s love for her daughter and how you should never question a mother’s instincts. If you like a psychological thriller that is chock full of mystery, suspense, intrigue with twists and turns, then this is the book for you!
Sue has crafted a story that is tightly plotted and is extremely well written. There is no love stronger than a mother’s love for a child and when it is an only child in the case of Amy, this just intensifies these feelings more. When Kat is unable to reach Amy when she is meant to be coming home for a few days on a break from university, Kat automatically thinks the worse. She knows her daughter and she would never not call her mother to let her know that her plans have changed. What follows is a mother’s desperate search for her daughter while dealing with her husband Richard and Amy’s friends who all seem to be hiding something and may know what has happened to Amy.
I must admit I did have mixed feeling’s for Kat’s character at the beginning. I found her to be too much to start with and at times I felt very claustrophobic and smothered when reading the first few chapters. As the story progressed though and we were given more insight into Amy’s background, it became much clearer why Kat was like this. Truth be told, I would much rather have a mother like Kat than one that took no interest in me at all. Her desperation and manic behaviour in trying to find out what has happened to Amy tore at the heartstrings and had me welling up many times. She has been very well written as have all the supporting characters which are a mix of likeable and unlikable ones.
I always enjoy Sue’s writing style. It flows well and is fluid and engaging. Sue really knows how to get your attention from the get go and is a master at building tension, suspense and have you sitting on the edge of your seat as to where she is going to take the story. In this case you think you know, but in true Sue Watson fashion she throws in another twist which throws the playing field wide open again. I love how she does this.
The Empty Nest is a thrilling read but also one that makes you think and see the other side of how a parent feels when their child leaves the nest. Unable to have children off my own, I guess this was something I never really thought about and now I can understand how my mum felt when I left home. She is very much like Kat but a more chilled version. We are extremely close and it made me put myself in her shoes and it really didn’t feel great. I would be completely lost without my mum and I appreciate her so much and love the relationship we share as mother and daughter.
It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Empty Nest which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Sue Watson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Empty Nest which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Empty Nest Blog Tour
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Thank-you to Bookouture for my spot on this blog tour.
About Sue Watson
Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.
USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written fifteen novels – many involving cake – which have been translated into several languages and involved tough ‘cake research.’ Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR and THE EMPTY NEST. Writing in this new genre doesn’t involve the deep research of baked goods and Sue’s hoping the change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.
Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating, eating and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.
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