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13 June 2017

Blog Tour: Review: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
Stepping off the boat in Mombasa, eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith stands on Kenyan soil for the first time in six years. She has come home.

But when Rachel reaches the family farm at the end of the dusty Rift Valley Road, she finds so much has changed. Her beloved father has moved his new partner and her son into the family home. She hears menacing rumours of Mau Mau violence, and witnesses cruel reprisals by British soldiers. Even Michael, the handsome Kikuyu boy from her childhood, has started to look at her differently.

Isolated and conflicted, Rachel fears for her future. But when home is no longer a place of safety and belonging, where do you go, and who do you turn to?

Source: Review Consideration | Blog Tour

5 Words: Family, home, prejudice, change, cruelty.

It took me a while to get into the story with this book. I found myself distracted by the descriptions, daydreaming instead of reading. And how wonderful is that?

This is my second book by this author, and like the first book there are conservation messages subtly strewn throughout the text. It really makes you think.

This book was a lot more violent than I was expecting, and I did have to put it down a few times as there are some graphic descriptions which made me feel a little ill - but that is personal preference and if anything speaks to the strength of the writing. I didn't want to put this book down because I absolutely love the writing itself, but the story made me FEEL so much that I had to.

I found that I never quite clicked with Rachel, but she was far better than Sara. I find that this is something I really like about this author - her characters are not inherently likeable but the glorious descriptions mean that it doesn't matter.

Leopard at the Door is perfect for those times when you want to escape. Jennifer McVeigh's writing is harrowing and evocative and her descriptions are simply breathtaking.


  1. how weird, the publisher recommended this book to me only last week. It sounds like and interesting read, I can't wait to start it!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

  2. Oooo this sounds like such an interesting book! I really want to read more this year so I might have to give this a go 💖🍵

  3. This sounds like such a pleasant read 😍 It's not often I read books with really emotive prose, it's usually it's the characters leading me through it. My TBR will be forever growing 😂Xx

  4. I had never heard of this author before. My reading list is already so long but it sounds like a nice read so i'll add to it! xx corinne

  5. While I'm not one for graphic violence either, descriptions that inspire daydreams are right up my street! You're really great at boiling a book down to those characteristics that a potential reader would most want to know about 🙌🙌!


  6. I'll defintiely have to check this book out further. Thanks for introducing it to me, and for a great review!

    I'm new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I'd love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.


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