Friday 22 June 2018

BLOG TOUR: Just - Jenny Morton Potts

It only feels like five minutes ago that I read and enjoyed Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts so I was very eager to read her new book, Just.  I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour by releasing my review today and there are 5 e-books of Just up for grabs so don't miss the fabulous giveaway at the end of this post.

How far would you go to save a life?

On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls recklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.

‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea. 

An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.

What did I think?

I've only recently discovered Jenny Morton Potts' books and I'm still absolutely flabbergasted at the outstanding quality of writing that was displayed in Hiding.  This quality naturally continues in Just but, whereas Hiding is very much a psychological thriller, this book is more of a bone-chilling thriller.  Not in the gorey and gruesome horror sense, but more that you could totally imagine it happening in real life.  

Luci's son, Scottie, is a volunteer medic for the Reach charity which aims to identify the remains of bodies that wash up on the shores of the Mediterranean.  It's so sad and too often in the news about these poor people who leave their homeland searching for a better and safer life, having no idea that they are stepping onto boats that will never reach their destination.  Scottie's boss is the mysterious Dr Fiyori Maziq who Scottie ends up falling for.  At first I thought Fiyori was the obligatory love interest but I couldn't have been more wrong!

Luci doesn't even notice that her business partner, Finlay, has feelings for her as she is still so very bitter about the break up of her marriage.  Luci point blank refuses to even name the new Mrs Langbrook never mind see a photo of her or, heaven forbid, meet her.  Luci might not be able to put this off for much longer when she receives the news that her ex-husband has been killed when his car hit an elephant in Botswana.  Obviously, Scottie gets his sense of adventure from his father but just how adventurous is he and how far is he willing to go to protect his family?  

Without going into any details and giving the plot away, I felt as if a game of chess was being played out and the characters were carefully manipulated into place against their knowledge.  That really scares the bejeezus out of me; trust is something we give quite easily but it is also very difficult to get back once it is lost.  Unless you have the ability to read minds, you will never know what another person is thinking and whether they are being honest or manipulative.

I admit to being a bit confused at the beginning of Just as the story jumped from Luci and Finlay in Cornwall to Scottie and Fiyori in the Mediterranean, but I know that Jenny Morton Potts is a hugely talented writer so I just went with the flow, confident that the mist would lift and it would all become clear.  Indeed it does, but there is no sun waiting to come out as this frighteningly true to life story chills you to the bone.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author:
Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realized she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gĂ®tes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.

Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with the family. She tries not to take herself too seriously.

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