Today on my blog I have a review of The Bride’s Trail by A. A. Abbott. It’s the beginning of a series and well worth a read!
Who will find Kat first – her friends or her killer?
This great story, packed with twists and turns, begins in London’s smart Fitzrovia and ends in secret tunnels below central Birmingham.
Ross has a swanky penthouse and a high-flying job in the City. When he meets Kat, a glamorous blonde croupier, he starts to plan a future. Now she’s disappeared, he’s devastated.
Casino boss Shaun realises it’s not just Kat who’s vanished – £20,000 is missing too. He wants his money back and he’s after Kat’s blood.
Young graduate Amy has discovered Kat’s stolen her ID for a sham marriage. She can’t stand Ross, but only he will help her find Kat and clear her name.
High stakes, twists, action and suspense keep the pages turning in A.A. Abbott’s crime thriller, the first in the Trail Series.
AA Abbott is an English writer. “Mostly, I write thrillers set in the world of big business,” Abbott says. “Men enjoy my books just as much as women do, and I guess that’s why I chose a gender-neutral pen name. After all, if JK Rowling can pretend to be a guy – twice – then why shouldn’t I?”
Abbott is better known in her day job as Helen Blenkinsop. “I work in interim roles in large companies, and then take time off to write,” she says. “I’ve always loved entertaining others with a story, and my work gives me loads of inspiration. Demanding bosses, frauds, affairs – I’ve seen it all!”
Helen has lived and worked in several English cities. “I aim to convey a strong sense of place in my writing,” she says. “Three cities I know particularly well are London, Bristol and Birmingham. London is awash with foreign money and frenzied work patterns. It’s hectic and exciting. By contrast, you can lose a lot of time in Bristol sipping cider and watching the world go by. Birmingham is where my heart lies – it’s busy, friendly and simply fun to be there. Often, I write about the tensions between different places and people. My characters explore themes of change, darkness and redemption, just as we all do in our journeys through life.”
Any last words? “Yes,” Helen says. “I write great short stories too. There are loads free on my website, and when you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a free e-book packed with terrific tales. What are you waiting for?”
Website – http://aaabbott.co.uk
Twitter – aaabbottstories
This book sounded quite interesting and right up my street. Nothing wrong with a change of pace and I’ve been reading a lot of romance and chick-lit recently so I really needed something different. Plus I was starting to find myself in a bit of a slump. This has definitely got me out of it!
I quite liked Kat who with all of her flaws just wanted to do the right thing but got herself in too deep. She is quite naïve in some respects, she wanted to please someone who just wanted to earn money out of her.
Amy has a job and is just about getting by living in the tiniest apartment with Kat, but she soon finds out that Kat has stolen her identity for a sham marriage. I really feel for Amy as she is trying to make ends meet and Kat is constantly living the high life and spend hundreds, if not thousands of pounds on outfits she can’t really afford.
Amy soon gets into the thick of the gangster life trying to search for Kat when she goes missing. Amy doesn’t know that Kat has run away but genuinely thinks she’s missing. All she wants to do is clear her name and get her life back.
The characters were quite addictive and I found myself turning the pages into the early hours of the morning. A. A. Abbott is a new author for me and I’m definitely going to add the next book to my TBR. I’m invested in the characters and I’m routing for Amy and Kat’s brother. Amy deserves something good out of all this.
It was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of it as well as the twists and turns. Definitely worth a read!