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03 September 2016

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

My husband's lover. They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them... Until now.

Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers and the stain of 'second wife'. She knows she'll always live in the shadow of another woman - not Tom's first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but the lover that ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned swimming late one night.

But Carmen can overlook her husband's dead mistress... Until she starts to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her.

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5 Words: Family, trust, secrets, lies, love.

This book was insanely gripping and kept me hooked right from the first page.

It took me a little while to connect with Carmen, to really get to like her and understand her. I felt that her characterisation was a little jumpy and unreliable. I loved her resentment towards Tom's first wife and how bitter she was at Laura being so perfect. I mean, who even has enough time for such perfection? I just wish Carmen had been a little more consistent.

This started off quite slow, and it took its time to get going. But once it was off? I could not put it down, reading each page faster than the last.

The thing I loved most about this book was how each setting was described. I was transported instantly to these places, I could feel the rain on my face, hear my own footsteps striking loud against the silence, see the oppressive mist rolling in from the sea... And that was just the first chapter!

When I got to end, I thought I had it all figured out - but those last few pages surprised me, I wasn't entirely right (but close!).

Undertow is definitely worth a read if you're a fan of psychological thrillers!


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