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The Undoing Alternate Ending

The Undoing, starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman, had us all gripped. A classic whodunnit. We all had theories, most of them COMPLETELY off the mark.

If you’re behind or are yet to watch The Undoing, stop reading and come back once you have watched it – I’m going to reveal what my theory was.

… SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT! …

It was on that drive between Jonathan (Hugh Grant) and his son Henry that the nation collectively gasped once the flashbacks started rolling.

“No! It can’t be, it was Hugh all along!?”

It sure was. The signs were there in plain sight, but none of us wanted to believe it. It was too obvious to be Jonathan, he was the prime suspect after all, it’s never the first person that’s accused. Until The Undoing came along.

This nicely leads me onto what my theory was… and to be fair, I thought that my alternate ending would have been pretty awesome too!

My alternate ending/theory for The Undoing

My theory came to me when Jonathan mentioned to his lawyer Haley Fitzgerald about another woman he cheated on Grace with before Elena Alves (the victim). He referred to this woman as a “one-off years ago”. This other woman who Jonathan mentioned didn’t have a name, and I thought this was the writers giving us a teeny hint.

I was convinced that it was this other woman that had murdered Elena Alves in a jealous rage.

For this unnamed woman, the brutal murder of Elena wasn’t enough. She wanted to make Jonathan pay, so she went to Jonathan and Grace’s family lake house, where she and Jonathan used to meet, and planted the murder weapon in the fireplace.

A cruel act of revenge!

So, who is the ‘one-off years ago’ woman I’m talking about?

Sylvia Steineitz

Sylvia Steineitz!

Hear me out. The unnamed ‘one-off’ woman, why doesn’t he name her? Even when the lawyer pushes, Jonathan still doesn’t name her. She’s simply the “one-off years ago”.

Sylvia worked with Jonathan secretly without Grace knowing. Sylvia admitted secretly helping Jonathan after he was fired from his job at the hospital. More lies.

Jonathan ended it, Sylvia was jealous and saw Jonathan leaving Elena’s place the night she murdered him. Rage, jealousy, bitterness took over and boom. The hammer was there.

Sylvia brutally murdered Elena and framed Jonathan!

Or that’s what I thought.

It all came tumbling to me, I was absolutely convinced I had it all figured out.

I didn’t have it figured out at all.

What was your theory on The Undoing?

Let me know!

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I was interviewed by fellow author, Nina Soden

We talked about my personal life and what I’m up to when I’m not writing my fiction novels (including the mention of my new cashless tipping app, TipSpend).

Here are some of the best bits of the interview:

(Speaking about my day job as a Content Marketing Specialist)

“Although my content writing is different to my fiction stories, there are a lot of similarities – there is still storytelling in everything I do. There’s a lot of psychology involved in what I do too, which is an element I really enjoy.”

What is your favorite film based on a book?

There’s too many to choose from; The Harry Potter films, Lord of The Rings, The Avengers (I think that counts!), any adapted Stephen King novel!”

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?

Familiar” is my new paranormal mystery thriller book.

To describe it in 20 words: a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. The Conjuring meets True Detective.

Do you have a book trailer? If so, where can we watch it?

Does your character have any weaknesses?

There’s a big weakness to Arabella… but I can’t tell you! You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Arabella has a habit for getting too close with her ‘friends’, but she must distance herself. All ‘friends’ want one thing, to feel alive again.

You’ll have to read to find out more!


Check out the full interview with Nina here.

Want to be creeped out this Halloween? 🎃

Familiar” gave me chills writing it (and some interesting nights 😱).

It has put readers on edge, but they’ve loved the thrill; the multiple 5⭐ reviews prove that 🙌.

“Arabella has a unique gift that she uses to help lost souls find peace and distraught survivors find comfort. While that sounds nice, every encounter gave me chills.”

Jules, Goodreads ★★★★★

“You know that feeling you get after reading a really good spooky story? Where you feel there is some presence in the room just in the corner of your eye? The after-effects of the tale messing with your mind? Familiar did that for me!”

Rajiv, Amazon ★★★★★

“Creepy thriller with a strong female lead”

Amazon ★★★★★

Please check out Familiar this Halloween. Most of us love a little bit of a scare, and Familiar will most certainly creep you out this Halloween.

You can read Familiar on:

  • Amazon – free to read with Kindle Unlimited, also available on paperback
  • Smashwords

Here’s a preview of Familiar!

High ratings for “Familiar” in the Book Tour

Familiar book tour ratings

What a collection of 5 stars to receive for “Familiar“.

It’s these ratings and reviews that us authors aim for whenever we release a book – I’m delighted! Thank you to each and every one of you who read Familiar and took the time to review it.

The reviews that came in for my book “Familiar” were so amazing and encouraging I could have cried 😢

It’s exhausting writing a book and whenever I release one I’m always nervous about what readers will think – these reviews have squashed any nerves!

I took a lot of risks with this story, one of which was the personality needed to carry the plot. Arabella (the lead character) was so important to get right in the story otherwise it wouldn’t have worked, so it’s great to see a couple of reviews commenting on her being a strong female lead 🙌

Please check out the reviews and please read my book, it’s available on Amazon on Kindle (FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited) and paperback.

Familiar paperback

“Familiar” review by mrusbooksnreviews

The “Familiar” book tour ended October 18th, but I still can’t help but be proud about the amazing reviews from the readers.

One of the last reviews came from Mru Natu (mrusbooksnreviews). Check out some of the review below.

“I recommend this book to fans of thrillers and paranormal. I also recommend it to readers who like a strong women-centric novel.

“I loved that the author provided a very satisfying ending. Everything concluded logically.”

I don’t think there was anything to dislike about Familiar. It was addictive, powerful, and incredibly creepy and suspenseful. The tense atmosphere and mood were maintained throughout the book. I rate the book a perfect five out of five stars for its quality to keep me returning to it in every spare minute I had. I couldn’t stop reading it.

Read the full review

See what all the fuss is about and get your copy of Familiar here.

The “Familiar” book tour by Love Books Tour – Great reviews!

My latest paranormal thriller book Familiar is currently doing the rounds in Love Books Tour’s book tour. Readers are kindly posting their honest review of Familiar through the week (October 12th – October 18th).

Some of the reviews have already come in – really great reviews so far.

Check them out below.

To kick off the book tour – Karenandherbooks

“I am so pleased to be kicking off this tour. This book was amazing. It had me gripped and was just brilliant. Its unlike anything I’ve ever read before and the twists – wow.

Arabella is a psychic medium. She doesn’t get a minutes peace.

She is the host of the spiritual tour ‘Familiar’ where she connects with loved ones who have passed.

The house she lives in has a horrific history which comes to light when the previous owner shows himself.

On her fifteen year anniversary show she is alerted to something awful but can she work out the clues in time to save the victims and how can she get people to believe when they are not open to paranormal activity.

I felt every emotion felt in this book. When Arabella is occupied and has the visions you can see everything she sees.

The descriptions of the bodily changes when a passed loved one is near sounds only too familiar and I now hope that my loved ones are near when i feel these changes.

The story takes a dramatic twist towards the end which I didn’t see coming or even think if when I was reading. I was completed invested in these characters and cant wait to read more by this author.

Well deserved ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”


2nd book review – @Snipnstuff

“This is the first book I’ve read in a while where I looked over my shoulder when I went to bed. My heart was pounding most of this book and I HAD to know what was going to happen next. One of my quickest reads and a solid 4/5 stars. After reading Familiar I’m sold on the idea of reading his debut novel ‘Deception’.

T.J Blake is an author to be adored, but not trusted. Familiar had me unsure of what was going to happen next and I was constantly on edge. I could not pry this book out of my hands.

This psychological thriller used the unique narrative of a psychic medium! Arabella is such a beautifully written character, I connected with her on so many levels.

READ THIS BOOK!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐


3rd book review – Jrw1904

“📚 This was a perfect book to read in October. Spooky, creepy and believable.

Arabella’s world sucked me in from the very start. I enjoyed the way the tension between her gift, her celebrity and the scepticism of the police was built up, and the jumping back in the time line added to this. 📚

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a creepy thriller with a strong female lead 📚”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


4th book review – Rajiv’s Reviews

“I always love reading a good ghost story filled with suspense, crime and horror, and this book did not disappoint.

The author made the story so atmospheric and creepy. You know that feeling you get after reading a really good spooky story? Where you feel there is some presence in the room just in the corner of your eye? The after-effects of the tale messing with your mind? Familiar did that for me!

Moreover, I loved Arabella as the main character. If there was such a person in reality, I would have regularly watched her “Arabella Investigates” series. I also liked the relationship between Arabella and Barnes and was SO happy that the author did not build an unnecessary romance between them. Similarly, there are some very creepy characters like Cassy and Dean that raise the suspense of the story.  Also, there are many twists and turns that keeps the reader on their toes. Up till the end, I had no idea who the person spying on Arabella was, and I enjoyed how it all connected.

However, probably the only downside I see to the story is the side plots. While I loved the main theme of the story, where Arabella is trying to solve the investigation, there are quite a few side stories which digressed from the plot. For instance, I liked Yvonne’s ‘exorcism’ story, and Mikey and Aaron’s storyline when she bumps into some stranger. But I thought they had no connection to the plot and could have been avoided.

Apart from that, this was a fabulous creepy, suspense, crime, supernatural thriller which was a lot of fun to read.”


There’s still more reviews to come, but thank you to all of you reading and having read Familiar.

Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. Logan (Audiobook)

Great story, brilliant narration, I love the little boy Daniel in the book!

My wife actually chose to listen to the audiobook for ‘The Holiday’ – she played it whilst we decorated our house. It hooked me right away!

A holiday with your husband and kids, and a bunch of your close friends, what could go wrong? A lot.

Although we switch perspectives between the characters, we mostly follow the holiday through Kate, whose bright idea it was to celebrate her 40th birthday with her four closest friends, their partners and kids.

You will feel huge holiday vibes throughout the story; I wanted to get away, that is until all the secrets start unravelling. The headline secret – Kate’s husband, Sean, is having an affair, or so Kate believes. Even worse, the home wrecker is one of her best friends!

If you enjoy a plot that has more layers than an onion, then ‘The Holiday’ is a really enjoyable read. My only criticism is that sometimes Kate’s actions just aren’t realistic. She would have responded to different scenarios I believe. To combat my criticism though – if it was realistic the story would end very quickly, so I can see why the author did it the way they did.

I don’t know if my experience with this book would have been different if I was reading it, but I have to say, Laura Kirman deserves huge credit, she brought the story and characters to life. From Kate and husband Sean right through to the children in the book. Her narration was brilliant. She was so easy to listen to, and the amount of characters she needed to narrate it would have been so difficult to do. Laura did a fantastic job and stayed consistent with each character. Different tones and accents all executed brilliant.

Great story, brilliant narration. Daniel the little boy in the story deserves a little mention – he’s adorable!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Familiar” preview – start reading my new supernatural thriller free!

Familiar book preview

Start reading “Familiar” now.

In the above preview you can read a good amount of my brand new novel, “Familiar“.

Here’s what people are saying about it:

“All the elements are well developed and sometimes unexpected. The spiritualist side to the storyline makes for an intriguing aspect and a refreshing change to the usual mystery/thriller genre.

T. J. Blake’s characters have a habit of staying with you long after you’ve finished reading, always the mark of a good book.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon

“Arabella’s unique talent made this book really stand out against others I’ve read and made for a really intriguing read. I didn’t see the twist coming either, which is always a bonus so I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot.

What I will say, is that I was faced with lots of questions as I was reading, but thankfully they were all tied up nicely by the time I finished. Would highly recommend to those who enjoy a great ‘whodunnit’..with a spiritual twist!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads


Would you like a signed copy of Familiar?

You can buy a signed copy for £1 less than the paperbacks available on Amazon.co.uk.

Please vote “Familiar” in the AllAuthor Book Cover Competition

Hey Everyone,

I’m excited to tell you that my book has been nominated for the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor.com. This will help me a lot if I could see some votes coming in, so please remember to vote my book.

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Familiar front cover

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