#BlogTour: Sorry Isn’t Good Enough by Jane Bailey @JaneBailey15 @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #SorryIsntGoodEnough #JaneBailey #CompulsiveReaders

Book Synopsis:

‘The trouble is, we don’t recognise every danger when we see it. And that’s how Mr Man manages to creep into our lives.’

It is 1966, and things are changing in the close-knit Napier Road. Stephanie is 9 years old, and she has plans:

1. Get Jesus to heal her wonky foot
2. Escape her spiteful friend Dawn
3. Persuade her mum to love her

But everything changes when Stephanie strikes up a relationship with Mr Man, who always seems pleased to see her. When Dawn goes missing in the woods during the World Cup final, no one appears to know what happened to her – but more than one of them is lying.

May 1997, and Stephanie has spent her life trying to bury the events of that terrible summer. When a man starts following her on the train home from London, she realises the dark truth of what happened may have finally caught up with her.

Sorry Isn’t Good Enough is available in ebook and hardback now. You can purchase your copy using the links below.

My Review:

Sorry Isn’t Good Enough is a gripping, fast paced book that somehow manages to be sad and uplifting.

The story is told in two timelines one following Stephanie as a child growing up in the 1960’s with a very religious father and a mother who is very cold towards her and just follows what her father says. The other follows Stephanie in 1997 as she deals with a stalker and the fear that her past might have come back to haunt her. Out of the two I did prefer the earlier time line as it was fascinating following Stephanie and learning more about her life. I thought it was very clever how it was told from a 9 years olds perspective as the author manages to show events from the beautiful innocent of a child. I felt quite sympathetic towards Stephanie from the beginning and and just wanted to reach into the book to give her a hug as I felt she needed one. I also wished I could have a word with her parents and her supposed best friend who always seemed to be putting her down.

The story was very addictive and I soon found myself thoroughly engrossed in the story. There were some sad moments but also some uplifting ones too. The conversations between Stephanie and her supposed best friend Dawn made me laugh out loud at times as it was amusing to see how they’d misinterpreted the adults comments. The story has lots of twists and turns which kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next which I always enjoy.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orion for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Jane Bailey was born and brought up in Gloucestershire, where she now lives. She has written seven novels, including Lark Song, What Was Rescued and Tommy Glover’s Sketch of Heaven, and has been shortlisted for the Dillons Fiction prize and the RNA award. She has edited four anthologies of work by young people as Writer-in-Residence for Cheltenham Festivals, First Story and Gloucestershire Hospitals Education Service.

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