Today I am so thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour and sharing my review on its publication day for The Accusation by Victoria Jenkins, published by Bookouture.
The Accusation by Victoria Jenkins
Release Date: 9th of June 2020
Print Length: 289 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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They say she’s guilty. She says she’s not. Who do you believe?
‘Help me! Help me, please!’
When Jenna hears the cry in the park one night, she feels she has no choice but to run and help. Cradling the injured woman in her arms, the attacker nowhere to be seen, all Jenna wants is to keep her alive until the ambulance arrives and for the ordeal to be over.
But the nightmare begins when the victim wakes up…
Jenna’s relief turns to horror when the finger is pointed at her. There must be some mistake: she’s never seen the woman before in her life, and Jenna tried to save her life. Why would she accuse Jenna of a crime she didn’t commit?
As the case against Jenna grows, her world starts to fall apart. Her teenage daughter is keeping secrets and her husband is growing more distant every day. To save her family and clear her name, Jenna has to prove she didn’t do it. But someone knows something Jenna did do. And they want to make her pay…
The Accusation is an addictive psychological thriller that asks how far you would go for justice. Perfect for fans of He Said/She Said, The Silent Patient and The Woman in the Window.
It was a Saturday night and after a challenging and tiring day of being in pain, I was exhausted and couldn’t wait to go to sleep. I was all tucked up with a camomile tea right on the verge of sleep, but was fighting it off as I always have to read before I do. Up next on my reading list was The Accusation and as I fired up the Kindle, I thought I’ll just read a couple of chapters while I finish my cuppa and I will be then good to go off to dreamland. How wrong I was…
This is the third book of Victoria’s I have read and in my opinion, it is her best yet! Gripping, suspenseful and downright addictive, my eyes were flung wide open and my brain went into overdrive as the need to sleep was forgotten. There was no way I could stop myself as I furiously flicked the pages on my kindle, as I had to know how it was all going to unfold. Who needs sleep anyway?
Someone has been attacked and cries out needing help. Would you go and help them? Of course you would. It is what any decent person would do and it is what Jenna does. But for Jenna, helping out backfires badly when she goes to see Charlotte (the victim) the next day in hospital only to be accused by Charlotte of being her attacker. And here I thought I had a crappy day.
As if being accused of stabbing Charlotte wasn’t bad enough, someone has been sending her husband Damien criptic notes alluding to something that she has been hiding from him. She really has one big fight on her hands to not only prove her innocence when the odds are stacked against her, but also to keep protecting the secret that she has in fact been keeping from everyone about her past.
I really enjoyed Jenna’s character and I was rooting for her throughout. The fight she puts up to not only to prove her innocence, but to also keep her family together that is unraveling and falling apart right before her eyes was exceptional. Victoria really gets into her psyche which I loved and it just strengthens the story all the more.
In terms of the other characters, I do have to say that I wasn’t really a fan of Damien and for me he was the weakest link. There was some disconnect between him and Jenna and their marriage before these accusations were made, but when Jenna needs him the most, he doesn’t step up as he should. Yes he was confused about the notes, but there wasn’t any drive in him to help Jenna and she is left to fight on her own.
The approach that Victoria takes to tell the story just from Jenna’s point of view was an interesting one. Normally with these types of stories, there are a couple of voices and to be honest I don’t normally enjoy the story as much when this first person technique is used, but in this case it works extremely well. This is definitely attributed to the strength of Jenna’s character and Victoria has done magnificent job with her.
On the whole, I found Victoria’s style to be very different from what I have experienced with the other two novels I have read. I not sure how to explain it but, I found her to be more confident in her writing and storytelling this time around and she really does run with it. There is barely a moment to settle in before she is off and running full steam ahead which made it all the more exciting. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy her other work which I did, I just enjoyed this one more.
With the promise of a thrilling premise, Victoria really has delivered here and more with this story and she smashes it right out of the park! A chilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will have your heart racing on multiple occasions in the lead up to the unexpected conclusion. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Accusation which will come as no surprise that I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Victoria Jenkins for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Accusation which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes and Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Victoria
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughter in South Wales, where her series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. Her debut novel The Girls in the Water is an Amazon UK top 30 bestseller, and top 5 bestseller in the Amazon US chart.
Her first psychological thriller, The Divorce, was published in July 2019. The second, The Argument, was published December 10th 2019 and The Accusation publishes June 9th 2020.
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