Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me onto this Blog Tour for STRATEGY by ANITA WALLER
How much can one family take?
Now Jenny has a plan, a strategy, to get the letters back. But it’s not only the letters that Jenny has in her sights…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I literally finished reading 34 Days and went straight on to Strategy, it made an epic read but I have never known time go so quickly. These two books make for some superb reading but you really do have to read them in order as although there is some background information about what has gone on before you would miss far too much of how things got to this point. No one could go through what this family has without it making them into different people.
Revenge didn’t turn out sweet for Jenny, far from it, her life in ruins and losing everything and everyone she loved is festering away in her but when she meets the very handsome and wealthy Sebastian West in a small Tearoom she is working, I thought hey perhaps she can have a fresh start here. Three months down the line she is doing just that, only not in a good way.
Jenny must get back the confession letters left behind and now in the possession of her estranged husband and her deceased mother in law’s husband Michael, whom she is focusing all her hate, the only emotion she seems to feel. Just as the family are picking the pieces of their tattered lives Jenny is to resurface with an even greater trail of devastation.
Boy does Anita Waller get me every time because it isn’t that she feeds me red herrings, it is just that I simply don’t see anything coming, a bit like real life. The actions of just one person can change someone else’s life without them even moving a muscle. I loved the first book but this just goes that step further again. Jenny is one hell of a mixed up character but it was more than her body Ray had ruined. The events of the past had created her madness that made her make irrational impulsive decisions that just destroyed everything so touched. A super follow on from 34 Days.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children, Matthew, Siân and Kirsty along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from Brad at 23 down to baby Isaac at 2 ½ years.
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. It was all to do with Eric Cantona and leaping over the barrier – don’t ask!
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.
Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.
While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books will be launching her latest work, Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.
So where next? Her current work in progress is going by the working title A Legal Issue, and once again is a psychological thriller.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club were particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
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