Saturday 28 September 2019

BLOG BLITZ: Dying To Tell - Keri Beevis

As the only survivor of a horrific car crash, Lila Amberson believes she is on the road to recovery after she is released from the hospital. Her memories of the accident are blurred though and a series of unsettling incidents leave her fearing for her safety. Does she have survivor's guilt or is something more sinister at play?

Jack Foley is reeling from the shock of losing his sister in the crash and when he first meets Lila, he lashes out, blaming her for Stephanie's death. But when Lila gives him a locket that she believes belonged to his sister, it presents more questions than answers.

As Lila and Jack work together to find out what really happened on the night of the accident, they are unaware that someone is watching them closely. Someone who has much to lose if the truth comes out, and someone who is prepared to do everything necessary to ensure all loose ends are taken care of.

What did I think?

Woah!  My creep-o-meter went into total overdrive whilst reading Dying To Tell by Keri Beevis.  There are one or two characters who literally made my skin crawl and it's not that they were particularly unpleasant, but rather that they seemed to have a touch of menace and deeply buried secrets about them.  To get this feeling from an author's writing is one of the magical things I love about reading!  Keri Beevis has written a number of books but this is the first one I have read; it definitely won't be my last!

Lila is a brilliant character with an intriguing story.  We've all been on bad dates but Lila's must be the worst when she is involved in a fatal two car collision.  Lila can't remember exactly what happened in the crash but she is drawn to the funeral of the driver of the other car, Stephanie.  Sparks fly when she meets Stephanie's half-brother, Jack; sparks of anger at first but most definitely sparks of electricity as the pair are helplessly attracted to each other.  I loved this part of the story as Lila is very vulnerable and opens her heart to Jack but suffers the same insecurities as we all do in a new relationship.

There's definitely more to the crash than meets the eye and I thought I had it all worked out but I was only a teeny tiny bit right.  Bravo Keri Beevis!  I gave Keri a virtual standing ovation when I was proved mostly-wrong and my eyes raced ahead of my brain in an attempt to devour every word on the page at record speed.

Reading Dying To Tell has definitely piqued my interest in other books written by Keri Beevis.  Whereas Dying To Tell is set in Norwich, her previous books are set in America but judging by the 5 star reviews they are just as brilliant.  Keri Beevis is a new author to add to my favourites list and Dying To Tell is a book I'll be raving about for quite some time.

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

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About the author:
Keri Beevis wrote her first novel at age twenty, but it was a further twenty years before she was published after entering the Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2012. Her entry, Dead Letter Day, was a winner, earning her a publishing contract, and the book proved to be a minor hit, leading to a sequel, Dead Write. However it was Keri's third novel, standalone mystery thriller The Darkness Beneath that gained her the most success, along with many new fans, both in the UK and the USA.

Born in the village of Old Catton, less than a mile from where Anna Sewell was living when she wrote Black Beauty, Keri had a passion for reading and writing from a young age, though her tastes veered more to the macabre. 

Today she still lives in Norwich, along with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel), where she writes a comedic lifestyle column for a local magazine. She loves Hitchcock movies, exploring creepy places, and gets extremely competitive in local pub quizzes. She is also a self-confessed klutz.

Keri’s previous books have all been US based and she is looking forward to the release of her first UK based novel, which is set in her beautiful home county of Norfolk.

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