Monday 1 June 2020

Book Review | Lesley Kara's Who Did You Tell? | prettylittlewriter

This week I'm giving you my opinion on the second novel by Lesley Kara, an author based here in the UK.
I read her first novel, The Rumour, a year or so ago, and I think I managed to finish it in a couple of days. It was the only book I'd actually completed since I finished University, and I knew it was brilliant as I just couldn't put it down. I'd stay up late till the early hours of the morning, forcing myself to stay awake to get to the end and discover the truth. There was also a brilliant twist right at the very end which I really wasn't expecting!

So when I found out she'd released a 2nd book, I had to have it. 

It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She's going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she's wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won't stop until she learns that some mistakes can't be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for...
This novel began with the suspicion that Astrid had a stalker, and I assumed it was an ex of Astrid's.
Intrigued, as I carried on reading, the reasons behind Astrid's alcohol addiction became apparent, and there was definitely more going on than what you were first lead to believe.

I was very passionate about Astrid and her relationship with the character of Josh, a love interest. I always enjoy a love story, so I was invested in them and so badly wanted their relationship to work. Not only because I like a bit of romance, but I also felt for Astrid, she had been through an awful lot and I wanted her to have something positive in her life.

Lesley really had managed to make me feel for these characters, and that is what I loved the most about the novel. I could really empathize with Astrid, and even her mother at times, as someone with an addiction can be difficult to cope with.

The ending was not what I expected at all, and in all honestly, I should know this by now as there are so many authors out there who manage to lead you down one path and the truth is in the other direction. I was very impressed. 

In conclusion, Lesley Kara knows how to keep you in suspense, and create a character that you are drawn to, needing to know how things end for them.

I would 100% recommend to others, as well as The Rumour. 

3.5/5 stars

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