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Release Date: 13th March 2019 / Publisher: Bookouture

The must-read psychological thriller for 2019 from the million-copy-bestselling author of Silent Child.

‘Your daughter is dead.’

Kat Cavanaugh hears the words every mother dreads, her perfect world shatters. She takes in the beautiful long blonde hair, torn yellow dress and chipped blue nail-varnish. It can’t be real.

And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them. 

Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note her little girl left behind. She knows her bubbly, vivacious daughter would never take her own life.

As she searches Grace’s perfume-scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her little girl had been hiding. Secrets that could put her in terrible danger too.

But Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, whatever it takes…

This addictive and heart-pounding psychological thriller will keep you gripped late into the night.

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My Review

The story begins with 17 year old Grace, who is found dead at the bottom of an abandoned quarry, more commonly known as ‘Suicide Spot”.  When a suicide note is found in her pocket, the police find nothing suspicious with her death, but Grace’s mother, Kat knows that her daughter would never have committed suicide.  Desperate to find out what happened, Kat tries to piece together the last few days of Grace’s life but what she finds make her wonder if she ever really knew Grace at all….

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’ve been left thinking why have I never read anything by her before!  She is definitely one which has slipped under my radar, but I will certainly be looking for of her books!  I was grabbed right into the storyline straight away, despite the very sad situation of Grace being found dead.  The whole book was very emotional, but the first few chapters in particular were particularly heart-breaking watching Grace’s parents, Kat and Charles, trying to come to terms with their daughter killing herself.  I have to admit my maternal instincts kicked in and all I wanted to do was protect my own child and keep them safe.

I liked Kat’s character and, as a mother, I could feel all the emotions she was feeling throughout the book.  What mother wouldn’t feel that she knew her daughter better than anyone else, but when it started to appear that Grace wasn’t the person Kat thought she was I realised how painful that must have been for Kat.  Kat obviously had something happen in her past which has affected her throughout her entire life, but this isn’t revealed until much later in the story.  The other characters, for me, weren’t so likeable and they created so many questions which left me wondering throughout the whole book what was going on and what were they hiding.

The best part of the book though, had to be the last quarter when the suspense was turned up several notches which meant I couldn’t put it down!  The story swapped from present day to when Kat was a teenager herself and the big reveal of what actually happened in Kat’s past was fantastic, and whilst horrifying, it had me glued to the pages!  There aren’t many books which have me in big sobbing tears and then biting my nails in anticipation, but this was one of them!

The storyline was cleverly worked out, with lots of twists, turns and suspense, which kept the story moving at a great pace.  It is a book filled with sadness, grief, lies, betrayal and revenge!  Be warned though, it does contain scenes which some readers may find upsetting, although it has all be written sensitively and in context with the storyline.  Brilliant writing, gripping story, well worthy of its 5 Stars!

The Author

Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. In her alternative life–AKA Sarah Dalton–she writes speculative fiction for teenagers, including The Blemished, Mary Hades and White Hart.

Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather. 

Saving April, Sarah’s debut suspense thriller, is a psychological look into the minds of the people around us who we rarely even consider – our neighbours. What do we really know about them, and what goes on when the doors are closed?

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