Blog Tour: Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon

Hi everyone,

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon and I’ll be sharing my review with you all!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books. 

Her first novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller. 

Her second novel DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES was published in July 2017.

Twitter @hollyseddon

Website: http://www.hollyseddon.com/

Facebook Author Page : https://www.facebook.com/hollyseddonauthor

About the book:

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Sometimes a promise becomes a prison.

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don’t find love by thirty, they will marry each other. 

Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that’s enough to make a marriage? 

Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple’s vow become the very thing that threatens their future? 

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving and heart-breaking exploration of modern love and friendship, from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe

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My thoughts:

I’m a huge fan of Holly’s writing so I was delighted to be asked to take part in the blog tour for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Also, every time I say this title, I start singing the Joy Division song so I defy you not to do the same 🙂

Love Will Tear Us Apart is an emotional roller coaster, let’s be honest. I found myself experiencing a range of emotions while I was reading. Something that Holly is superb at doing with her readers, and that is no different with this book.

Dealing with relationships and friendships, I found myself thoroughly engaged with the story from the very beginning. I loved the characters, and I found myself thinking about them even when I wasn’t reading the book.

When we meet Paul and Kate, they are in the lead up to their tenth wedding anniversary, and heading away with their family to spend some time together. But a past secret threatens everything that they have known up until now. Through the narrative, the reader is transported back and forth in time, and it is in these vignettes that we learn a lot more about their characters and motivations.

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a powerful and thought-provoking book. It has an emotional rawness and is written with real heart and humanity. I found myself well up a little at times, which NEVER happens, but something about Holly’s writing speaks to my dark heart.

Highly recommended!

 

Previous reviews:

Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

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Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

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About the book:

Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't…

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she's just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can't be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship…

Published by Corvus, Don't Close Your Eyes is out now and you can get your copy by clicking HERE.

About the author:

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Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.

Her first novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller.

My thoughts:

Having read and loved Try Not To Breathe, I was super excited to be given a copy of Holly's latest book, Don't Close Your Eyes, to read and review. I went in blind, as I do lately, so that I have no preconceptions or echoes of the blurb running around in my head when I start reading.

Don't Close Your Eyes introduces the reader to twins Robin and Sarah, who seem to be estranged when we meet them. They lead very different lives, so I was intrigued to see how the author was going to bring them together. I was thoroughly unprepared for how it came about though, which I loved as it really added to the story.

Robin, who is extremely agoraphobic, doesn't leave her house at all. She ends up witnessing an event from her home that leaves her reeling. This in turn brings up emotions from her past that she clearly hasn't dealt with. Alongside this, Sarah is also struggling as she has been made to leave the family home after a terrible allegation is levelled against her.

These events conspire to throw the two women back into each others lives, but neither is prepared for the consequences. The past has a way of catching up on people, and in order for Robin and Sarah to move forward, they must deal with their own demons before they can go any further.

Complex, winding and completely gripping, Don't Close Your Eyes is an excellent addition to the psychological thriller genre. Taut with suspense and fraught with tension, I defy you not to love it.

Highly recommended.

Previous reviews:

Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon

Spotlight on Holly Seddon

Today I’m thrilled to have a brilliant guest post from the lovely Holly Seddon. Holly is the author of Try Not To Breathe, which I read and loved!!!

About Holly:

Holly Seddon is a freelance journalist and editor. As a mother of four, Holly divides her time between writing, walking her miniature schnauzer and chasing homework-evaders around the room. And then doing some more writing when night falls.

TRY NOT TO BREATHE is her first novel, published to great acclaim in the UK, US, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Poland and Taiwan.

Holly is currently writing her second novel. You can ask her about it @HollySeddon.

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About Try Not To Breathe:

Amy Stevenson was the biggest news story of 1995. Only fifteen years old, Amy disappeared walking home from school one day and was found in a coma three days later. Her attacker was never identified and her angelic face was plastered across every paper and nightly news segment.

Fifteen years later, Amy lies in the hospital, surrounded by 90’s Britpop posters, forgotten by the world until reporter Alex Dale stumbles across her while researching a routine story on vegetative patients.

Remembering Amy’s story like it was yesterday, she feels compelled to solve the long-cold case.

The only problem is, Alex is just as lost as Amy—her alcoholism has cost her everything including her marriage and her professional reputation.

In the hopes that finding Amy’s attacker will be her own salvation as well, Alex embarks on a dangerous investigation, suspecting someone close to Amy.

Told in the present by an increasingly fragile Alex and in dream-like flashbacks by Amy as she floats in a fog of memories, dreams, and music from 1995, Try Not to Breathe unfolds layer by layer to a breathtaking conclusion.

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Where it all began

 

Try Not to Breathe originally began over a roasting tin bubbling with hot oil and scented with rosemary and garlic. I was only half-listening to a health programme about persistent vegetative states on Radio 4 while I cooked Sunday dinner, and I was just tipping the par-boiled spuds into the big tray when I heard a phrase that stopped me in my tracks. “It’s like a kind of living death,” someone said.

 

As much as my heart broke for the patients and their loved ones, that moment was the start of a journey that took six years. From shaking the roasting tray to getting to know my character Amy, a girl cut down in her prime, to seeing my book in shops.

 

It was a rough six years, in many ways. Their were some deep losses along the way that saw the work in progress put to one side because other people needed me more than my characters did, but I always went back to it.

 

Eventually, I was ready to submit to agents. The book was in perfect shape and needed no work whatsoever. (I’m joking, obviously). But I felt proud of it. It had a proper story, characters I loved and an interesting premise.  I didn’t exactly feel confident – does any newbie writer – but I felt like it was time to go for it.  

 

I made a shortlist of agents whose work – and whose clients’ work – I admired. This sounds like a lie but I promise it’s the truth, top of that list was Nicola Barr. She’d worked with Colette McBeth on her debut Precious Thing, which I’d recently read. I’d also read about Colette’s own journey to publication and how Nicola had worked with her to hone the manuscript. This is what I really needed.

 

I sent my synopsis and three sample chapters and made a cup of tea.

 

I was off work at the time, recovering from a nasty operation and infection. It was early afternoon but I was still in my nightie. I shuffled into the kitchen to make another cup of tea, checked my phone and nearly collapsed: Nicola had replied. Better yet, she asked to see the rest. Still sore, riddled with stitches, in my nightie, I sprinted around and around the house, my dog in pursuit, because I had no idea how to handle the excitement. I stayed up all night re-editing a book that just that morning had seemed ready…

 

Signing with my agent the real beginning of the publication process. The second half of the book needed some work – I’d tried to write what I thought I had to, for the genre, and not what I wanted to – and Nicola helped me immensely and gave me confidence in my own intuition. It’s been a lot quicker the second time around – but that’s a story for another day.

 

In October 2014 Try Not to Breathe was sold to Atlantic/Corvus in the UK, where an incredibly passionate team have done a wonderful job of getting it out there, in the best possible shape. It’s since sold to publishers across the world.

 

The last two years have been incredible. Better than I ever could have dreamt when I first said, as a precocious toddler, that I wanted to write books.

 

I flew to New York to meet my US editor last November, and I’ve held copies of my book published in Turkish and German, I’ve been a bestseller (I still feel like a show off saying this) in several countries. But nothing will compare to the moment my mum sent a picture to me of my proud dad holding my book in Waterstones near my home town in Devon. For me, that was the absolute peak. The happy ending to a story that started with some ordinary roast potatoes and changed my life along the way.

 


 

Huge thanks to Holly for joining me on the blog today! Catch the next post on Steph’s blog tomorrow:

Stephs Book Blog

Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon

My thanks to Corvus and Holly Seddon for my ARC of Try Not To Breathe. I’d seen this book and lots of reviews popping up on my Twitter feed so I was thrilled to get a review copy. I tried not to read the reviews so that I didn’t know much of the plot, as it makes it easier for me to make up my mind about the book.

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

 

Amy Stevenson was the biggest news story of 1995. Only fifteen years old, Amy disappeared walking home from school one day and was found in a coma three days later. Her attacker was never identified and her angelic face was plastered across every paper and nightly news segment.

 

Fifteen years later, Amy lies in the hospital, surrounded by 90’s Britpop posters, forgotten by the world until reporter Alex Dale stumbles across her while researching a routine story on vegetative patients.
Remembering Amy’s story like it was yesterday, she feels compelled to solve the long-cold case.
The only problem is, Alex is just as lost as Amy—her alcoholism has cost her everything including her marriage and her professional reputation.
In the hopes that finding Amy’s attacker will be her own salvation as well, Alex embarks on a dangerous investigation, suspecting someone close to Amy.
Told in the present by an increasingly fragile Alex and in dream-like flashbacks by Amy as she floats in a fog of memories, dreams, and music from 1995, Try Not to Breathe unfolds layer by layer to a breathtaking conclusion.

 

My thoughts:

 

Lack of organisation on my part meant I started Try Not To Breathe within two days of publication, I hadn’t checked my book diary so I read another book that’s not out until next week first! #bookwormproblems 😄

 

Try Not To Breathe, for me, started slowly. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m used to books opening with gruesome murders or crimes. The change of pace was welcome though. It pulls you in and makes you wonder how Amy ended up where she did, and what happened to Alex to make her the way she is.

 

Lately, it seems like all the books I’m reading involve children in horrendous situations, death, abuse, kidnapping and so on.

 

However, books like Try Not To Breathe take you on a journey. They make you feel for the characters, and their circumstances. It is effortlessly written, blending Amy’s past,with Alex’s present and weaves the perfect take around the true events of Amy’s attack and subsequent hospitalisation.

 

I really enjoyed (never sounds right to say that about books with such awful subject matter!) Try Not To Breathe. I flew through most of it yesterday and last night as I wanted to be able to post my review for publication day today! Myself and Celeste over on Celeste Loves Books were saying we’d have to speed read to get it read on time! 😂

 

I gave Try Not To Breathe 4 ⭐️ on Goodreads. The only reason I dropped a star was that I figured out early on who had put Amy in the hospital. It was still a great book regardless of knowing early!

 

You can buy your copy here:
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Happy Reading 😊📖