Today on my blog I am kick starting the blog tour for The Sinister Gathering by Diane Ezzard and I’m bringing you a review.
Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.
Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.
Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.
She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.
She should never have entered that fateful property.
She was looking for peace but found death.
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.
Along with the other 2 books in this series, this one did not disappoint. I’m so glad I read the whole trilogy and was a part of Sophie’s journey.
We’ve seen her past and we’ve seen her present and watched her grow as a person. She’s not the same Sophie we read about at the beginning of the series. She’s much stronger than she gives herself credit for. Yes she’s an alcoholic, but this time she’s trying so hard. The only part I didn’t understand in this book is, it was mentioned that she had been sober for 5 years, but unless this book was written 5 years in the future I believe this little detail is wrong. She relapsed in Book 2.
Anyway, in this instalment she doesn’t seem to be the naïve Sophie that I thought she was in Book 1 and 2. But she is still very insecure. Very much so with her relationship with Jack. But I think that is mainly due to her past experiences with men. Which is understandable.
As she is stuck in a rut and very unhappy, she decides to book herself onto a wellbeing course. As soon as she gets there things seem to start going wrong. From notes under the door to people going missing and a dead body. Poor Sophie never seems to catch a break and has a lot of bad luck it seems.
Even more so as the week carries on. This is definitely a fast paced, must-read book and there always seems to be something happening. This book did leave me feeling a little sad as I don’t have any more to read. I would love to continue on Sophie’s journey with her as she feels a bit like a friend. As I know her so well. I do hope this series continues to grow and I’d love for Sophie to lose her bad luck and have a happy ending.
Please do catch up with all the other blogs that are contributing towards this tour in the following week. The dates and blogs are all listed below.