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*Blog Tour* After She’s Gone by Maggie James

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for After She’s Gone by Maggie James and I get to share my review with you all! As usual though, here’s the all-important bookish information first!

About The Author
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!



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About the Book:

Publication date: March 16th
Lori Golden’s family has had more than its fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family starts to fall apart. And as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

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After She’s Gone by Maggie James



My thoughts:

After She’s Gone is the third book I’ve read by Maggie James so going into this I had an idea of her writing style. I made a point of not reading the blurb again to refresh my memory before I began reading. I often find this helps as I have no prior expectations when picking up a book to read.

This book is a psychological thriller of sorts. There is also a crime element, as well as a touch of domestic noir. Not necessarily a mish-mash as they all probably fall under a similar umbrella when it comes to describing the genre, but enough of a mix to keep the reader guessing…

And there’s the rub. I guessed, correctly, very early on. For no other reason except that I read so many of these books that usually I can figure it out fairly quickly. This didn’t bother me while I was reading though. There are plenty of things going on in After She’s Gone to keep the reader turning the pages.

As per usual, no plot dissection here. After She’s Gone is an interesting tale of family secrets and the damage that they can do. I think if you’re new to the genre, and want to get a feel for a psych thriller, then this is a good introduction. 

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Previous Maggie James posts:

The Second Captive by Maggie James

Blackwater Lake by Maggie James


Blackwater Lake by Maggie James



About the book:

Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. His father, Joseph Stanyer, has been struggling to cope with his wife Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening. When their bodies are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that’s supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son.

Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents’ house of decades of compulsive hoarding, only to discover the dark enigmas hidden within its walls. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?


My thoughts:

Blackwater Lake is a super speedy novella. I read it in one sitting last week! I had read The Second Captive by Maggie James last year (review – The Second Captive by Maggie James ) and I had been on Amazon and Blackwater Lake was free so I downloaded it and got stuck in.

For such a short book, it certainly packs a lot into the narrative. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much depth in such a short story so that was a pleasant surprise.

The characters are quite well fleshed out too and you get a good glimpse into all of them as the family saga unfolds between the pages.

I really enjoyed the way the story played out. I can’t go into much detail without giving anything away but I will say that it was unexpected. For a novella, Maggie James has done a really good job of packing in plenty of mystery and intrigue.

If you’re looking for a quick read, with a meaty plot, then I would definitely recommend Blackwater Lake.

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Books Review

The Second Captive by Maggie James

Massive thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady and Maggie James for my copy of this book!
Having not read any books by this author before I didn’t really know what to expect but I was pleasantly ( if you can write that about a psychological thriller!!!!) surprised by this book!

The Second Captive follows Beth, an eighteen year old girl who is abducted and held by a man for two years. She subsequently escapes! This book goes between present day and the events of the two years she was held captive.

Written in alternative views from Beth, her captor and her mother, we get the different thoughts from each. I found this style of writing really good for this book as you get into the minds of the victim and her captor as well as the emotional turmoil her mother and family faced as well.

We know that Beth escapes, so that’s not really a spoiler. The reader learns that Beth will have to attempt to adjust back into normal life, away from the rules, control and punishment she had grown to accept from Dominic, her captor. You would think that the story would finish dramatically with her escape and subsequent return home.

It doesn’t.

Maggie James has done a great job of enhancing the story in the aftermath of Beth’s return. We learn more from her mother, Ursula, and we also gain emotional insight into Dominic’s state of mind once Beth has left him. Stockholm syndrome is the psychological term for what Beth has experienced and the way it is portrayed in the book is interesting.

There were many questions left unanswered for me when I finished this book, but all in all I enjoyed it! I gave it a solid 3 stars on Goodreads.

My thanks again to Maxine and Maggie James!

Happy reading! 😊📖