Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour and sharing my review on its publication day for She Lies Alone by Laura Wolfe, published by Bookouture.
She Lies Alone by Laura Wolfe
Release Date: 9th of November 2020
Print Length: 350 pages
Genre: Psychological Suspense
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News spreads fast. Gossip spreads faster. Deadly secrets spread fastest of all.
Jane Bryson obeys the rules. A long-standing science teacher at Ravenswood High School, she lives a simple life with her husband Craig and Moose the black Labrador. When free-spirited new English teacher Elena Mayfield joins Ravenswood, Jane’s excited to have a friend who is ready to challenge authority, and Elena’s soon shaking things up.
When Elena starts a controversial club, Jane is ready to support her. When Elena begins an illicit romance with a colleague, Jane is there to help her shield her secret. When people begin asking questions about Elena, Jane backs her all the way.
But the morning after the annual fundraiser, Elena’s body is found crumpled on the soccer field.
It soon becomes clear that not everyone found Elena charming and funny. A thousand people were at the fundraiser: there’s a town full of suspects and a long list of motives. Who was angry with Elena? What had her curiosity and rule-breaking uncovered? Who wanted to shut her up?
Who has told lies they would kill to hide?
A totally gripping psychological suspense novel that you won’t be able to put down, She Lies Alone is a compelling thriller that will keep you turning the pages. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware and The Woman in the Window.
I was first introduced to Laura Wolfe’s work this year with Two Widows, which I absolutely loved, so when it was announced that we were getting another book this year from her, it was like all my Christmas’ had come at once! So the question is, did She Lies Alone have me captivated and under its spell like Two Widows did? Read on to find out!
She Lies Alone is a expertly crafted psychological suspense, that right from the get go pulls you in and takes you hostage. Straight off the bat in the prologue, a body is discovered by a morning jogger on the grounds of the prestigious Ravenswood High School. Although not something new, what makes this different to other books that have similar prologues, is we learn the identity of the murder victim up front, which in this case is the schools English teacher, Elena Mayfield.
This approach took me back to one of my all time favourite TV series, Cold Case and how you knew who the murder victim was right from the first scene, for it then to go back and discover the why they were killed, which how She Lies Alone plays out. I enjoy it when a book has been structured like this and Laura Wolfe has executed it in this way perfectly.
The story has been very well plotted and is dual narrated by two of the characters who are also employees of the school, as they each give us their points of view in the lead up to Elena’s murder. The story also delves into small town gossip and school politics which I found it to be very interesting and enjoyed the dynamics and the drama between the staff, students and the parents.
So to go back to the beginning of my review and answer my question of did She Lies Alone have me captivated and under its spell? A huge YES! I loved this book and was so engrossed and enthralled by its story and characters, that I could not tear myself away from it. Laura Wolfe has done such a great job with this book and it is one of my best reads for the year. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review She Lies Alone, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Laura Wolfe, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of She Lies Alone, 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 & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Laura Wolfe
Laura Wolfe is a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, riding horses, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog.
She lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. Laura’s YA mystery, Trail of Secrets, was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime and the SCBWI.
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