Firstly I wish to thank Milly Reid of Quercus Books for inviting me on this Blog tour for THE LAST THING SHE TOLD ME by Linda Green
Even the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface…
Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.
Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.
But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?
The new emotionally-charged suspense novel from Linda Green, the bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed and After I’ve Gone
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The dilemma with a secret is should it go to the grave or finally be shared. Ninety year old Betty was close to dying but before she did she passed on two things to her granddaughter Nicola. Firstly she was leaving her in charge of the cottage where she had lived out most of her life, this then had to be left to Ruby, Nicola’s oldest daughter and secondly a secret. But had Nicola heard correctly? I must admit it sent shivers through me even though I was reading on a blistering hot day. Nicola literally dug up her grandmother’s past and set in motion events which couldn’t be put back in Pandora’s box.
This book is what I call a heart on your sleeve story because it comes from the soul, I just connected with the characters from the start. Beautifully written it covers three generations of women in the same family, all unknowingly tragically connected. The story is told from both ends of the secret as from present day it unravels back from its discovery to Betty as a young girl through WW2 and how the secret began to form.
The three generations secrets are shared with the reader in each emotional page. Nicola, who is the central character in the story, is one determined lady on a personal mission to find out why Betty’s secret tore the family apart years before. Wanting to know and getting to know are two different things though.
I felt myself invested in the lives of these three women and just held my breath that it wouldn’t all be repeated again like some Groundhog Day sort of eternal curse on the women of this family. Oh boy are there some surprises as the pages go by. The story does take off at a heart pulsing pace on the last few chapters with a punch in the air conclusion.
I wish to thank Quercus Books for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linda Green is the bestselling author of eight novels. Her latest psychological thriller, After I’ve Gone, published by Quercus, is a top five Amazon kindle bestseller. Her previous psychological thriller, While My Eyes Were Closed, was the sixth bestselling novel on Amazon kindle in 2016, selling more than 450,000 copies across all editions.
Linda was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. She wrote her first novella, the Time Machine, aged nine, but unfortunately the pony-based time travel thriller genre never took off.
Linda joined her local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen. During a ten year career in regional journalism she worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the 1997 Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.
By 1998 she left her staff job to write her first novel and work as a freelance journalist. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine.
After more than a hundred rejections from agents (and more rewrites than she cares to remember) she finally obtained a two-book deal with Headline Review in 2006.
Her first novel I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October 2007 and made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list. 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March 2009 and reached no 22 in the official fiction bestseller charts. Both novels were also long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award. They were followed by Things I Wish I’d Known, which was a top thirty paperback bestseller and And Then It Happened, which was a top forty bestseller.
After five years with Headline she left to join Quercus in 2011. Her fifth novel The Mummyfesto, published in 2013, told the story of three women who set up a new political party and stand in the general election and was featured on Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour. Her sixth novel The Marriage Mender was published in August 2014.
Linda’s first psychological thriller, While My Eyes Were Closed was published in ebook in January 2016 and paperback in May 2016 and has gone on to sell more than 450,000 copies across all editions. Her latest novel, After I’ve Gone, has already made the top five on Amazon kindle.
Linda lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and son.
She enjoys travelling and has trekked after wild orang-utans in Borneo, been to the edge of the Arctic Circle to see polar bears and as far south as Tierra del Fuego to photograph penguins. She also enjoyed taking former PM David Cameron to task on Leadership Question Time in 2015.