Happiest of publication days to Heidi Perks, Come Back For Me is out in hardback today, and I’m thrilled to be hosting one of the publication day stops on the blog tour.
A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS.
A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.
For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.
Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.
One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.
It’s fantastic when a book starts off strong, and continues strong to the very end – that’s the case with Come Back For Me! Stella and her family fled the island, a body discovered in the garden of her childhood home – coincidence or not? And then the theories begin to form in your mind, and as you read on those theories evolve and change, new suspects, new connections. Any crime reader will tell you they love a mystery they cannot solve; and that it is a real skill on the author’s part to craft this mystery in a way that keeps you engaged, suspicious, and trying to connect the dots with every page you turn! Perks has achieved this; what at first seems like a ‘kill and run’ turns into a complex mystery. One that questions the morals and decisions of characters; one that has you liking some while fearing others.
At first, Stella seemed like quite a dramatic character to me, a little over the top with her emotions but as the plot progressed, I became more drawn to her, fearing for safety and wellbeing. For when secrets are in the mist of being uncovered, no one is safe! Especially when there a few characters who leave you feeling a bit unsettled.
An isolated island – anyone else love a small-town mystery? The atmosphere created in these close-knit communities is one of my favourite. That simmering feeling that all is about to implode has me flying through the pages, desperate for the reveal and the fallout.
Narrated in a ‘then’ and ‘now’ storyline, as you get new information and pieces of information from the past, you continuously attempt to put the puzzle pieces in place, and that makes for compelling reading. This is my first novel by Perks, but it certainly won’t be my last. If you enjoy your psychological thrillers filled with secrets and lies, and full of family drama, then look no further than Come Back For Me!
*My thanks to the publisher (Arrow Publishing) for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
About The Author
Heidi Perks worked as a marketing director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer. Her first novel, Now You See Her, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Heidi is a voracious reader of crime fiction and thrillers and endlessly interested in what makes people tick. She lives in Bournemouth with her family, where she writing her next thriller.
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