Today I am so thrilled to be one of the blogger’s kicking off the blog tour and sharing my review for Twenty Years a Stranger by Deborah Twelves. This was released on the 26th of July 2020, published by Fortis Publishing.
Before I get to the book details and my review, I have a great video to share of Alison Pierse interviewing Deborah Twelves for you to check out.
Twenty Years a Stranger by Deborah Twelves
Release Date: 26th of July 2020
Print Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Fortis Publishing
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Is it possible for anyone to really know another person?
That is the question Grace King must ask herself when she receives an email informing her that the man she has been married to for the last twenty years is an accomplished con-man, leading multiple lives with at least four different women. Worse still, she learns he has children with these women, but Daniel always told Grace he didn’t want children…
In a split second, Grace’s world is torn apart. She is forced to face up to the fact that her marriage is a sham and the enviable lifestyle she enjoyed with Daniel was all based on lies and deceit. With Daniel suddenly threatening to go bankrupt, Grace decides to turn amateur detective in an attempt to salvage anything she can from her old life and avoid financial as well as emotional ruin, but can she cope with what she finds out?
As increasingly disturbing secrets about Daniel emerge, events spiral out of control and Grace begins to see just how far he is prepared to go to protect those secrets. A dangerous game of cat and mouse ensues, but it is clear there can only ever be one winner. Pushed to breaking point, Grace is about to discover what she is truly capable of.
Everyone has choices and those choices always have consequences.
Based on true events, this compelling story is filled with twists and turns and sadness and laughter that will keep readers gripped until the very last moment.
Sometimes if you are are really lucky, you find a book that captivates you in such a way, that the moment that you finish reading it, you almost wish you hadn’t started it so that you could experience it again for the first time. Twenty Years a Stranger is that book for me.
Deborah Twelves brings us a story that we only ever imagine could happen to someone else. I think that we like to believe that we can see deceit in others and that we are wise enough to not be fooled. But what would it mean to you to find out that the thing that you thought was the truest in your life, the rock on which you have built your world, was crumbling sand and lies.
The cast of characters assembled are very well developed and are vividly brought to life. Deborah Twelves brings to us one of the most despicable human beings in the form of Daniel, a master of lies and deceit. Walter Scott could easily have had this story in mind when he said “What a tangle web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”. In this story the web is seriously complex and the deception, mind boggling.
As a debut, Deborah Twelves has nailed it! Everything about this book is on point. It has been extremely well plotted, masterfully executed and beautifully written. I am not sure what drew Deborah Twelves to write this book at this point in time, but I am so grateful that she did. She has an extraordinary gift for story telling and is an exciting new voice in the literary world.
I absolutely loved Twenty Years a Stranger and it is one of my best reads for 2020! If you have not read this book, you need to add this to your TBR immediately! It is definitely a brilliant start to the series and I can’t wait to see where Deborah Twelves takes it next. Please don’t keep us waiting too long!
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 and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
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Let’s Get to Know Deborah Twelves
Deborah Twelves was born in Sheffield, but raised in Ponteland, Northumberland. She studied French and Spanish at Edinburgh University and taught languages for some years while living in France, Spain and Northern Quebec.
She now divides her time between her home in Pwllheli, on the Llyn Peninsula of North Wales and her family home in Northumberland but often travels abroad.
She has a black Labrador called Nala and a black Lusitano horse called Recurso (Ric), who take up a lot of her spare time, although yacht racing, which she began at an early age with her father, remains her great passion.
Deborah has written many articles for the sailing press over the years and Twenty Years a Stranger is her debut novel, based on true events in her life. It is the first book in the Stranger Trilogy. The other two books, Ghost of a Stranger and The Boy Stranger will follow soon.
Stay up to date with Deborah Twelves work by following her On Goodreads and these social media accounts.
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