Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Review: The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells (giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Kensington Books. via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new book comes out in 5 days!

From the acclaimed author of The Bones of You comes a haunting and heartbreaking new psychological thriller about a man thrust into the middle of a murder investigation, forced to confront the secrets of his ex-lover's past. 

beauty of the end cover

Synopsis:



"I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess. . ."

So begins the testimony of Noah Calaway, an ex-lawyer with a sideline in armchair criminal psychology. Now living an aimless life in an inherited cottage in the English countryside, Noah is haunted by the memory of the beguiling young woman who left him at the altar sixteen years earlier. Then one day he receives a troubling phone call. April, the woman he once loved, lies in a coma, the victim of an apparent overdose--and the lead suspect in a brutal murder. Deep in his bones, Noah believes that April is innocent. Then again, he also believed they would spend the rest of their lives together. 

While Noah searches for evidence that will clear April's name, a teenager named Ella begins to sift through the secrets of her own painful family history. The same age as April was when Noah first met her, Ella harbors a revelation that could be the key to solving the murder. As the two stories converge, there are shocking consequences when at last, the truth emerges. 

Or so everyone believes. . .


Review:

 I loved Debbie's previous book, so I was all about reading this one. But sometimes a book's hype doesn't quit jive with the reading. Honestly I hated both April and Noah. They both needed a good head lap for SO many reasons, that I found myself looking forward to the hearing from Ella, for a breath of fresh air. odd that a 12 year old seems more mature than the 2 adults. Noah and April just didn't have any redeeming qualities to make me WANT to see them together.  Debbie does so well with descriptions and moving a book forward, but these 2 characters just seemed to slow it down. Had the entire story been told from Ella's point of view, the immaturity of the adults might make sense more. But as it wasn't, I just kept shaking my head and rolling my eyes a lot, leading me to having a hard time finishing it. If you're a die hard fan, you'll want to read this book. But if you're new to Debbie's books, stick with the previous one. 

About the Author:

Debbie Howells is the author of The Bones of You, her debut thriller which sold internationally for six-figures in several countries. While in the past she has been a flying instructor, the owner of a flower shop, and a student of psychology, she currently writes full-time. Debbie lives in West Sussex with her family, please visit her online at DebbieHowells.com.


Giveaway:

If you're a Goodreads member, you can HURRY and enter to win a copy of this book! Contest ends tomorrow!


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