Sunday 5 May 2019

BLOG TOUR: Revenge Runs Deep - Pat Young

Your boss is a bully. How far would you go to get revenge?

Thomas Smeaton is a powerful man who makes life a living hell for his employees. 

When his bullying drives a woman to suicide, three of her colleagues decide it is time to take action before Smeaton destroys any more good people. 

Six months later, a car is found submerged in a reservoir, with a single body inside. Suicide? Or murder? 

Two people were there the night that car rolled into the depths of Loch Etrin. And one is still missing.

What did I think?

I do enjoy Pat Young books; they are all so varied that I am constantly surprised as to where she gets her ideas from.  I haven't missed one of her books yet and I don't intend to do so in the future.  I do feel that she took a trip to the dark side in Revenge Runs Deep but in doing so touched on some very important topics, mainly bullying in the workplace.  Bullying at work is a whole different beast to bullying at school and can take many forms, many of which aren't physical.  Mental bullying is THE absolute worst in my opinion and I applaud Pat Young for choosing to include this subject in her book.

Thomas Smeaton is a vile man; he seems to take great pleasure in making people feel small and inadequate.  To make it worse, he works for the council and as one of his targets is cost savings, he's not afraid to make cuts to necessary services; services that the community rely on and services that really make a difference to some people's lives.

It was heartwarming to see how much the trips to the bothy meant to the underprivileged young men who were taken there.  It really was changing their lives and keeping them out of trouble.  Its closure would put them back on the streets and turning to drink and drugs out of boredom, but all Smeaton sees is a cost he can cut.  Smeaton doesn't care about the priceless non-monetary value his service gives to the community and it should make him proud to make such a difference, but this is a man who doesn't give a jot about his own mother.

When Smeaton's victims decide to take matters into their own hands and get their own back on him, some of them are willing to go further than others...but just how far will they go?  It made me wonder whether the punishment ever fits the crime when some pain is so deep that forgiving and forgetting is not an option.

Revenge Runs Deep is dark and disturbing but emotionally gripping when the effects of bullying are laid bare and the repercussions can be deadly.  I highly recommend all of Pat Young's books, and Revenge Runs Deep is no exception.

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

My rating:

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About the author:

Pat Young writes psychological thrillers. Her debut Till the Dust Settles won the Constable Stag Trophy and an Amazon number 1 best-seller award. Her recent release, One Perfect Witness, sat for a while at number 2 in the Scottish Crime charts, nestled between Rankin and Cleeves and ahead of the mighty Val McDermid!

But Pat never intended to be a writer. Then a story got inside her head, demanding to be told. She is fascinated by what happens when someone suddenly disappears and all her books have that theme.

Pat loves meeting readers and has been on the programme at Bloody Scotland and Tidelines. She is really excited about appearing at this year’s Boswell Book Festival at Dumfries House in May where she plans to launch her fourth psychological thriller Revenge Runs Deep.

Twitter – @py321_young  

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for being part of the blog tour today Michelle x