Hello and happy Saturday. Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for If He Wakes by Zoe Lea, which is available now (links below).
About the book
You can always trust your best friend… can’t you? When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit and run using his car. Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her fiance, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened. Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse than they could ever imagine… Can their friendship survive?
If He Wakes starts with a bang – almost literally – and proceeds as a well-written, easy-to-read mystery.
Rachel and Suzie are believable but frustrating leads. I had some sympathy with their respective situations but could quite happily have slapped both of them several times over. The story progresses steadily but unfortunately some of the plot developments were not unexpected and there is quite a lot of repetition in the characters’ thoughts.
There is however an interesting and surprising change of direction in the middle of the book which raises the stakes and ramps up the tension. The pace increased and I did really want to know what was going to happen at the end, which ultimately had a satisfying conclusion.
Thank you to NetGalley and Canelo for the ARC of If He Wakes and to Ellie Pilcher for my stop on the Blog Tour.
About the author
Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, their two children, three dogs and peregrine falcons.
She has previously worked as a teacher, photographer and freelance journalist and is a writer in the day and a reader by night.
If He Wakes is her debut novel.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on the tour for If He Wakes: