The Sinner by Caroline England – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST

To the unsuspecting eye Dee Stephens has a perfect life as the vicar’s wife: a devoted marriage to her charismatic husband Reverend Vincent, an adoring congregation and a beautiful daughter.

EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE

But beneath the surface, Dee is suffocating. Vincent is in control, and he knows her every sin. Desperate, Dee escapes into a heady affair with Cal, an old schoolmate. 

EVERY CONFESSION HAS A PRICE 

But is Cal the saviour she thinks he is? What dark secrets does he harbour? And to what lengths will Vincent go to when he uncovers the truth? 

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. From reading some of Caroline England’s books previously I knew I could expect a character driven novel. I wasn’t disappointed, all of the characters who feature are strong, especially the two who were extremely unlikeable. There are probably readers who have differing views but I took a dislike to Victor, obviously, but in many ways more so to Britt, partner of Mari, Dee’s sister. I absolutely loathed her. It is difficult to say why, but I’m sure if you read this book you will see my reasoning.

To an outsider Dee has the perfect life. Married to the good looking, charming vicar, with a teenage daughter, Abbey, but nothing is as it seems. Victor is controlling, dangerously secretive and manipulative over their relationship with Abbey, his mother is overbearing and demanding. Dee herself is lonely, feeling guilt over the death of her young son and hurt over the fractious relationship with Abbey. It is easy to see that she is struggling. Her only ally is Mari who has problems of her own. When Dee starts her relationship with Cal she feels relaxed in his company but he also has major issues and isn’t the person she thinks he is. 

Whilst there is a lot of focus on Dee’s life there is also plenty on Mari. Initially it was Mari’s story I preferred to read, mainly because I didn’t see what Dee was going through. Mari was much more transparent and I could see and understand her frustration and pain in her relationship with Britt.

A fascinating look at a small group of people all who have had to deal with heartbreak and who are all suffering from events that happened in the past.

Betray Her by Caroline England – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

Best friends forever.

That’s the pact you made.

You’d do anything for her.

And you have.

She’s always had it all.

If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Jo and Kate have been friends for years since they met at boarding school when they were eight years old. They appeared to have little in common, had different backgrounds but they supported each other throughout their school years. Both bullied for different reasons and I had sympathy for each of them. The boarding school in the book is nothing like the ones that featured in the books I read during my childhood. I preferred the schools in The Chalet Girl series and Malory Towers, St Luke’s was much more unfriendly. 

But it was harder to feel sympathy thirty years later, when you could see how they lived their lives and treated their loved ones. I did prefer Jo, and could see her Barnsley roots even though she tried her hardest to disguise them. Her family were my favourite characters in the book, especially her mother Joyce. 

Grief, loss, guilt and alcohol all feature heavily in the book but the more sinister side is more evident in the second half when you also saw betrayal. But I also started to see a warmer side to Jo. She seemed more natural, closer to her family and less willing to be the version of the Jo that the school created. 

It’s a good story, with some interesting but not always very nice characters and a twist at the end works perfectly. 

Betray Her by Caroline England – Blurb Reveal.

Today, I am doing something slightly different by revealing the synopsis for Caroline England’s new novel called Betray Her. There is no cover at the moment but watch this space.

About the Book

Best friends forever.That’s the pact you made.You’d do anything for her.And you have.But she’s always had it all.If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?The novel is called BETRAY HER and it’s due for release in ebook on 14th March and in trade paperback on 24 September. The Amazon link ihttps://amzn.to/2Q9CbnG


Whilst you have to wait to get your hands on her new book there is a collection of short stories available for download. It’s called WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES. The link for that is https://amzn.to/2T3dWK9 and it is best described by its tagline, which is 12 Sharp and Sweetly Twisted Tales! She will be publishing another collection in the spring.

About the Author

 Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer and instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies. 
Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, known also as The Wife’s Secret, was published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017. Her second novel, My Husband’s Lies, followed on 17 May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. Her two-book deal with Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, includes a “dark” psychological thriller called Betray Her, which will publish in March 2019.