Blog Tour: What She Saw by Wendy Clarke

May 4, 2019 Book review 7 ★★★★

I’m delighted to be joining this Bookouture Blog Tour for What She Saw by Wendy Clarke today. What hooked me to this book was the intriguing tagline about lying to her daughter to save her family. I had to know what lie and why and this book unwrapped that mystery like a tantalisingly slow striptease!

Blog Tour: What She Saw by Wendy ClarkeWhat She Saw by Wendy Clarke
Published by Bookouture on May 1, 2019
Genres: Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense, Crime
Pages: 357
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four-stars

How far would you go to keep your daughter safe?
 
Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter, Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, built a business to support them and found the perfect little cottage to call home. They hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears. It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.
 
But Leona never talks about why they moved to the Lake District.
 
She’s never told Beth anything about her father.
 
She says Beth should never speak to strangers. She says Beth doesn’t need friends.
 
She’s only trying to protect her daughter.
 
But sometimes the person closest to you is the person you shouldn’t trust.

First line of What She Saw by Wendy Clarke

I have no warning that anything bad is going to happen today.

My Thoughts

This was a lovely, engaging, gripping book that I flew through as I needed to work it all out ASAP. I love when characters draw me into their lives and make me walk in their shoes with them. And I definitely got that here.

There are 3 narrators and 2 in particular have an element of mystery around them. I enjoyed all of them, and the flow back and forth between narrators was very smooth.

My highlights were:

  • A gorgeous Lake District setting. The natural beauty and remoteness of the setting against the menacing story provided a jarring contrast.
  • An absorbing plotline that initially felt predictable, but only because I was barking up the wrong tree!
  • I loved the narrators, and the element of mystery around them. They felt real and realistic, and I was emotionally engaged in their plight.
  • The storyline that hooked me immediately and had me reading as fast as I could when it reached the climax.
  • All the tension! It kept twisting tighter and tighter which resulted in me holding my breath at one stage.
  • Very satisfying conclusion.
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Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read What She Saw by Wendy Clarke?

I’d recommend this to you if you like domestic style grit-lits with emotional storylines, and interesting characters. Fans of characters such as Lucy Dawson, Shalini Boland and B A Paris should also enjoy.

About Wendy Clarke

Wendy Clarke has had over three hundred short stories published in national women’s magazines. With a degree in psychology, and intrigued with how the human mind can affect behaviour, it was inevitable she would eventually want to explore her darker side. What She Saw is her debut psychological thriller, published by Bookouture. Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!
four-stars

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7 Responses to “Blog Tour: What She Saw by Wendy Clarke”

  1. Cynthia

    What a great review Trish, I am really enjoying reading your reviews and Blog! Thanks for sharing and this is my type of book, I love this genre.

  2. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    What She Saw sounds like an excellent book with a great storyline, characters, twists, and narrators! I’m glad it drew you in! That’s what I love about reading, when it completely pulls you in and you get to escape into the story! Wonderful Review Trish!

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