Today on my blog I have Part 1 of this blog tour, the first book in the Sophie Brown series. Part 2 (second book) is in a few days so keep an eye out for it! The first book I’m reviewing is called I Know Your Every Move by Diane Ezzard.
A sinister phone call, an unknown visitor. Sophie’s life is about to be turned upside down
Sophie has worked hard to free herself from the clutches of addiction and turn her life around. Practising as a counsellor, in a women’s centre in Manchester, she now helps other girls in trouble.
She forms a close relationship with Cassie, one of her clients and tries to help her escape the clutches of a violent boyfriend.
But is Sophie being followed?
How can she uncover the truth, when she can’t trust what is real?
The more she delves, the closer she gets to danger.
Can she revisit her own dark past before it is too late?
Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.
Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.
She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.
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This is so different to everything I have read recently. I loved Diane’s writing style, the way we jumped between then and now was brilliant. There was no confusion whatsoever as to where we were on the time scale, this is normally a problem for me as sometimes you can’t identify between past and present.
The blurb makes the book sound as though it’s about Cassie, the young girl that Sophie is trying to help leave her abusive boyfriend. But instead it’s definitely about Sophie and us getting to know her. Her past and why she is the way she is now.
I cannot begin to imagine the hell Sophie must have gone through, but the book does give us insight into what an abusive relationship is like and why Sophie couldn’t just leave her boyfriend. This I think made the book brilliant, I’ve not read many books on domestic abuse, but I do feel that sometimes it is glanced over and not explained. It must be very hard to love someone so much that even when they are abusive it’s very hard to leave them.
I do think in her own right Sophie is quite the heroine! She can proudly hold her head up and say “I survived” not to mention she has gone through rehab for alcohol abuse and hasn’t fallen off the wagon. But now she’s being stalked again… as well as dealing with her work and counselling women that need help.
There are twists and a lot of build up to this book which I loved and I sat there open mouthed with the final twist! No spoilers… I’m a good girl lol!! But I’m going to give this book 4/5 for the suspense, the build up and just Diane’s writing style. Obviously I would say there are trigger warnings due to domestic abuse and alcohol abuse.
Please do make sure you check out the other amazing blogs that are contributing and hosting this blog tour, they are all listed below and I have Part 2 in a few days as well.