#BlogTour: The Other Guest by Helen Cooper @HelenCooper85 @HodderBooks @ollie__martin @VeroNorton #TheOtherGuest #HelenCooper

Book Synopsis:

One year ago, Leah’s twenty-one-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned near her family-owned luxury resort on the shores of Lake Garda.

Now, returning to Italy for the first time since Amy’s death, Leah is shocked to find her family seem to have erased all reminders of Amy. Despite the murky circumstances, they insist her death was an accident but Leah knows she must look deeper if she is to uncover the truth.

Meanwhile, in Derby, university counsellor Joanna is recovering from a surprising break-up when she is swept off her feet by a handsome bartender. But after she invites him into her home, Joanna is forced to accept that she doesn’t know him as well as she thought.

What follows is a propulsive game of cat-and mouse as both women begin to realise that appearances can be deceptive – and that the darkest secrets often lie closest to home.

My Review:

The other guest is a fascinating, gripping mystery thriller that I really enjoyed.

The story is told in two different time lines which are seemingly unconnected and I found both of them as interesting as each other. The author slowly reveals the connection between the two which I thought was very clever. The connection was very surprising and quite shocking which I always enjoy.

The setting in Italy was vividly described and I felt like I was actually there watching everything unfold. There were times when I felt I could actually feel the heat the author describes. I especially liked the way the author uses the holiday village setting in the plot which made the story seem very plausible.

The book starts of slow as the author sets the scene but I felt there was always enough happening to keep my interest. About half way through the pace picks up and becomes very difficult to put down. I warmed to the characters quickly and found myself wanting to keep reading so I could find out what happens to them. The ending was brilliant and I think I read the last quarter of the book without stopping as it was so gripping.

Huge thanks to Ollie from Hodder and Stoughton for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Helen Cooper is from Derby. She has taught English and Academic Writing in both Further and Higher Education and was Head of Learning Enhancement at the University of Birmingham. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University and has been published in Writers’ Forum, Mslexia, the Bath Short Story Prize Anthology (2014) and the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology (2018). The Downstairs Neighbour was her first novel – her second, The Other Guest publishes in 2022.

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