Book Review: “Secrets and Lies” by Lynda Renham

New home, new village, old secrets… and a haunting spirit?

Flora and Adam McIntosh move to the country. It’s a setting they’re not used to, but they absolutely love it, or at least Adam does. Flora isn’t so keen. She’s torn. She can admire the home’s charming quaintness, but she can’t shake off the feeling of a presence in the home.

The proud villagers are welcoming, but they’re also suffocating. Everyone knows everyone. Everyone knows everyone’s business. Everyone’s doors are open, literally, even if you don’t want them to be.

I did enjoy this book. The premise was great. Wherever Flora was, she wasn’t safe. Nowhere was safe for her. This added a lot of mystery and fear of what was going to happen next. The mix of overfamiliar villagers, secrets, Flora’s inquisitiveness, and a haunting spirit made this story addictive.

There were however a few things about the narrative I didn’t enjoy. Reflection and thoughts. Flora has many of them during the story. They were mostly following the line of questioning of: Is it this? Is it that? Could this happen? Or could this? Maybe this person did this. Maybe that person did that. It was a little much. Let the reader think about these questions, not Flora. Or not Flora as regularly as she does throughout the book.

There was also a twist which I DID NOT see coming. But as I reflect (not as much as Flora) on it, I feel the author cheated a little bit here and there to make this twist impossible to guess, which kind of ruins the fun. A character can’t react a certain way to something and then later in the book it’s revealed that same character already knew about it. Unless I’m misunderstanding the scenes, I would say that’s cheat storytelling. I can’t say too much more without giving away this twist (it’s not the big twist). Hopefully those of you who have read it know what I mean.

Overall, a fair 3 star rating. 4 star for the premise itself, brought down by my little doubts. 

Secrets and Lies by Lynda Renham

Advertisements

DECEPTION is Reduced, ENDURANCE and THE AUTHOR are free on Amazon!

T. J. Blake’s thriller novels, Deception, Endurance and The Author will be available as a promotion on Amazon for eBook and Kindle format.

Apologies for my lack of activity recently here on my T. J. Blake #Author blog, but life has been really hectic!

Free eBooks on Amazon – just to say sorry!

To say sorry for my abandonment, my books ENDURANCE and THE AUTHOR will be free to download from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com for eBook and Kindle Friday – Sunday.

DECEPTION is reduced – limited time only!

Along with my books being free, my psychological thriller, DECEPTION, will be available for 99p/99cents on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

My New Content Writing Business in Surrey is keeping me busy
If you saw my previous blog post about my new writing business, TJ Creative, you will know that this is one of the main reasons for me being a little neglectful recently.

Along with my business, I also secured a new full time job, which is keeping me very busy!

Free and reduced books by T. J. Blake

Back to the point, please take advantage of my books being free and reduced, it's quite rare for my books to be on a promotion.

They will be free and reduced Friday to Sunday!

Head over to Amazon now and grab your e-copies of my books!

Deception: A Love of Lies Reviewed!

Sorry it’s been a while again folks, I’ve had quite a busy New Year so far with life and work – but I’m very happy to see Deception continuing to entertain people.

When people read Deception, one key element particularly stands out to them: Characterisation. It’s a theme in this book that is the key to Deception‘s appeal. With an intriguing main character (Billy Allen) and a beautiful, peaceful setting of Lavingsham, this unique story allows us to become part of Billy’s life. 

The paragraph below taken from my reader’s review sums up the book, and will ultimately tell you if my psychological thriller is a book for you. 

It is a compelling read, drawing you into Billy’s house. T. J. Blake knows how to keep you glued to the story, in dire need of finding out who/what Billy really is. Billy and Eve are quite complex, despite the mixed emotions I had about them. The story comprises authentic characters, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

Read the full review nowhttps://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/deception-a-love-of-lies-by-t-j-blake/

Deception Psychological Thriller T. J. Blake

4 star review for Deception (Amazon.com)

I’m very happy to say that after a brilliant 4.5 star review from Book Junkie Reviews, another review has appeared for Deception from a happy reader on Amazon.com (below).

Des O’B kindly read and reviewed Deception, giving it a 4 star rating, with the comment, ‘An interesting look at the depths of human nature, keeps you guessing till the last, with a satisfying ending.’

You can get your hands on Deception on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. 

Three years of self-publishing as T. J. Blake

I love nothing more than getting lost in my own imaginary world, surrounded by people who I do not know but care about tremendously; and then left to observe this universe, and tell you what is happening.

March 2016 marked three years into my indie author career, and the 23rd of August marked three years since I was featured in The Surrey Advertiser, with my debut novel, Endurance.


My time of self-publishing horror and thriller novels has been a real blast; I simply cannot complain about my experience with self-publishing what so ever. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing numerous stories for people to read, I’ve loved hearing what people think of my stories, I’ve been both stunned and thrilled about seeing sales across the world, and I’m excited for what’s to come.

I thrive on entertaining people and I love nothing more than getting lost in my own imaginary world, surrounded by people who I do not know but care about tremendously; and then left to observe this universe, and tell you what is happening.

My love for writing will never change, so there is a lot more to come from me – I hope you don’t mind?

Latest
Late July, early August of 2016, I decided to self-publish my fourth novel, Deception: A Love of Lies

image1

It’s my latest psychological thriller, based on an obsessive dog walker called Billy. He loves nothing more than to observe ‘his’ woodlands with his springer spaniel, Ella. But during these ventures into his woodlands, he notices an attractive lady from afar. Check out the synopsis of Deception below, and feel free to order it on Amazon now – you can begin reading in seconds on Kindle & eBook – getBook.at/DeceptionTJBlake

Deception Synopsis
“Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.

I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.
She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and forty-two seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.

I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.

I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.”

I guarantee that once you read my new thriller, you will not be able to look at passing dog walkers the same!

image2

You can also find out more about Deception and myself by reading the latest press release on SBWire – UK Author T. J. Blake Releases New Psychological Thriller, Deception: A Love of Lies

BizPR.co.uk – ‘Deception: A Love of Lies’ Press Release

As you must know by now, my fourth novel, Deception: A Love of Lies is now available to buy from Amazon, B&N, Waterstones Marketplace and many other online bookstores.

image1

You can find out much more about Deception by reading the press release on BizPR.co.uk.

BizPR.co.uk – UK Author T. J. Blake Releases New Psychological Thriller, Deception: A Love of Lies

“Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.

I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.

She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and forty-two seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.

I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.

I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.”

Read Deception: A Love of Lies on Kindle/eBook now!

image1a

#WriterWednesday on Merryn Magazine with T. J. Blake

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Merryn Magazine for this #WriterWednesday author feature and interview. If you’ve got some spare time this evening, then please take a moment to read this post to find out more about me and Deception.

If you love psychological thrillers, then my new novel, Deception: A Love of Lies, is the book for you!

Get Deception on Kindle/eBook now.

img_0283-1

Want a fun read? Subscribe to Merryn Magazine.

Q&A about my new release, Deception: A Love of Lies

What is your latest book called and what is it about?
My latest book is called Deception – a love of lies, which is about a lonely man, his dog, his love for his woodlands, and a lady that has caught his eye during his daily dog walks.

Billy and his dog, Ella, live in a bungalow on Lavingsham Close; a private estate in Surrey. Billy is someone who has lived in the Surrey area for all of his life; which means he has an undeniable love for the place, especially for the woodlands just behind his bungalow – where he walks Ella everyday. During his recent walks though, he has noticed an attractive woman walking her dog too in the woods. He likes the look of her, and really wants to get to know her.

image1a

Deception: A Love of Lies – Available now on eBook, Kindle and paperback

I guarantee that once you read this book, you will not be able to look at passing dog walkers the same.

Although there were some odd predictions yesterday that the world would end (yeah, I know, again!) it thankfully didn’t happen, and my new psychological thriller, Deception: A Love of Lies, was allowed to have it’s moment!

I ask that you give Pokémon Go a rest; just for an hour or so a day, and pick up your kindle and read my new psychological thriller – you won’t regret it.

Deception is available on Amazon as well as various other book sites, including Barnes & Noble, but most my links here on the blog lead to the eBook version on Amazon – mostly because we all love the ease of eBooks and you can start reading immediately.

I guarantee that once you read this book, you will not be able to look at passing dog walkers the same.

Deception: A Love of Lies (Psychological Thriller)

DECEPTIONFRONTCOVER.jpg

“Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.

I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.

She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and forty-two seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.

I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.

I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.”

Read Deception: A Love of Lies now!

img_0247-1

Deception book cover

Deception, coming August 2016.

Everyone, you all know that my new psychological thriller, Deception, is coming next month. So here’s the paperback book cover for you to have a little look and read of the synopsis.

FINALDECEPTIONCOVER

DECEPTION update – the book cover!

T. J. Blake’s new psychological thriller, DECEPTION, is coming soon.

img_0176-1

The image above has been kicking around for a while now, and today, I have finally completed my book cover for ‘DECEPTION – a love of lies’. My new psychological thriller will be available to read soon… very, very soon – as for the release of the book cover, that will also be revealed soon…

… Actually, I’ll reveal the front cover to you right now – because I’m so kind.

Just for you, below is the front cover of DECEPTION – let me know what you think! 🙂

DECEPTIONFRONTCOVER