*Many thanks to Myriad Editions for my review copy*
About the book:
Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.
When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah’s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It’s supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son’s, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity. Even Sophie has grown remote and distant.
After Sophie disappears, it’s clear she hasn’t been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah’s safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn and Kitty too goes missing. Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust.
But she isn’t facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn’t he?
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About the author:
Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.
She previously worked as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Norfolk with her husband and son.
Elizabeth Haynes is the bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, Revenge of the Tide, Human Remains,Under A Silent Moon, Promises to Keep and Never Alone.
I will preface this review by saying I am a MASSIVE Elizabeth Haynes fan. Her first novel, Into The Darkest Corner is one of my all time favourite books EVER!!! Needless to say, I am extremely grateful to be on the blog tour for her latest book, Never Alone.
Never Alone is a chilling psychological thriller. It is a compelling read, and coupled with bleak weather, it only serves to reinforce the cold tone running through the book.
Following Sarah, and the arrival of a friend from the past, Aiden, Never Alone begins to weave its web around the reader from the very beginning. Sarah lives in an isolated area, widowed and with her children living away from home, she is looking for someone to move into the cottage on her grounds. Enter the enigmatic Aiden.
I really enjoy how Elizabeth Haynes crafts her characters. This is no different. The cast of characters between the pages of Never Alone are all supremely written, with their own flaws and secrets hiding just below the surface. You always know trouble is never far away in psychological thrillers. I won’t say any more…
I thoroughly enjoyed Never Alone. It’s a cracking read, and I found myself racing to the end to see what happens. That’s always the sign of a great book to me. Thrilling, chilling and unputdownable. Highly recommended!
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