Firstly I would like to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for FINDING EVA by J.A. Baker
Eva is desperate to find her birth parents after spending her childhood in foster care. She leaves London and heads to Whitby in search of her mother and father, after breaking up with her boyfriend, Gareth.
Gareth is furious with Eva. He loved her deeply and the disclosure she made when she ended the relationship is eating away at him.
Celia, Eva’s friend, is concerned about Eva. She has stopped answering her calls and when Celia goes to London to find her, she realises Eva has moved without telling anyone. Celia makes the decision to follow Eva to Whitby, concerned that Eva is unravelling. Both women have been damaged by their childhoods.
When Gareth also decides to go to Whitby, it is the start of a lethal situation.
Who exactly is Eva and why is Celia so concerned?
Some relationships are toxic. Others are deadly.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh my there are some seriously messed up people in this book and I love it! Eva was placed in care when she was little but what has always eaten away at her was why no-one ever came back to re-claim her. You would think that having a successful career in finance in London would have been a massive ‘see what I have done’ to the world but it wasn’t enough. She literally walked out on everything that was stable in her life and headed to her home town of Whitby and her past. Leaving behind a confused and angry boyfriend, Gareth, that turned into a ticking time bomb. This man is rightly furious and needs more answers. There is only one way to get them, to track Eva down. When lifelong friend Celia, who also grow up in care alongside Eva, discovers that she is gone she also heads towards Whitby.
The story is told through all three of these characters, Eva, Gareth and Celia. The chapters are of varying lengths with each one that is real a chapter in their lives and how it connects them in different ways. The descriptions in-depth to give the full feel to the situation and place. I dreaded the characters coming together in Whitby because there was so much anger in them all. All wanting their own worlds put right and damn anyone else. The story goes back into the past, not a good place, but there again neither is the present.
The characters aren’t really likeable but I think that is the point, it is what life has made them. The last third of the book picks up the pace from finding out about the past to what to do with it in the here and now. The story had begun at the end, well almost. A house, screams and a murder scene but who? Nice end!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. A. Baker is a writer and reader of psychological thrillers. She was born in the North East of England too long ago to mention and has four children and a grandchild.
Her first book, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in December 2017. Two more books followed – Her Dark Retreat and The Other Mother, all of which made it into the Amazon Kindle Top 100.
She still resides in the North East with her husband Richard and dog, Theo. She lives in a village in County Durham. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and meeting up with friends and family.
She is working on her fifth book which will be published in December this year.
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