Guilty – A Review

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About the book

“You’re invited to my farewell party. I’ve got something to tell you before I die…”

Heather wants to leave this world with a clear conscience.

One confession. One secret. Two scores to settle.

Heather accepted the fate of her terminal diagnosis long ago, but now the time is nearing, she arranges a huge farewell party for her nearest and dearest.

She wants to say goodbye to everyone personally, but there’s another reason she wants the people in her life to gather.

She knows who killed young Simon Eyre all those years ago, and she needs to tell. The boy deserves justice.

But she doesn’t realise that by freeing her own inner demons, she’s unleashing much worse secrets, and putting everyone at risk…

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What do I think?

I was delighted to be invited to review Guilty. With intrigue and dark theories it had the makings of being a fabulous page turner. Unfortunately, for me, it starts off quite slowly. As a reader you already know that Heather is facing a terminal diagnosis and something huge is going to be revealed about the murder of Simon Eyre. This is set up by the publisher before you turn the first page. The build up to Heather’s farewell party takes a large chunk of the first half of the novel as characters are slowly introduced. Thereafter, however, the pace quickly picks up so do stay with it! Predictions take over as you work through the main characters wondering what is happening to party guests and why. Characterisation is consistent throughout. I found myself being drawn to some of the peripheral characters rather than the central protagonists, but this seemed to work well for the story whilst deciphering what was going on.

I’m sure that fans of Ann Cleeves will be equally delighted with the second half of Guilty. I found myself turning page after page from around the halfway point until I’d finished. With an unforeseen twist, the ending comes with a flourish of solid crime writing from Speechley.

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Author Bio

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Ruby Speechley is a bestselling psychological thriller writer, whose titles include Someone Else’s Baby. Previously published by Hera, she has been a journalist and worked in PR and lives in Cheshire.

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N.B. I was invited onto this book blog tour by Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel and Ruby for an e-copy of Guilty. All thoughts are, as always, my own.

If you’d like to find out more about Ruby Speechley, take a look at my review of Missing.

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