Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for Don’t Let Me In by Phil Kurthausen, published by Bloodhound Books and available now (links below).
About the book
How do you escape when you’ve set your own trap?
From behind the locked door of her home, Sarah broadcasts her popular podcast. When she starts to seek the truth about the murder of a teenage girl 12 years earlier, she soon finds herself the centre of unwanted attention.
While trying to manage her agoraphobia, as well as the online trolls and her family life, Sarah begins to uncover some uncomfortable facts relating to the cold case.
As she edges closer to accusing someone of the murder, the online threats soon become physical and as the outside world draws closer and closer to her front door threatening her home, her family and her life, Sarah must decide between fight or flight…
Don’t Let Me In is a gripping psychological thriller and very modern murder mystery.
It starts with a great, stark opening and I immediately warmed to Sarah: her thoughts and fears and anxieties. She is a great – if believably fallible – heroine. The supporting characters are all three-dimensional and the situations described – both in the historical case and the real-life present – are scarily realistic.
The Serial/Making-a-Murderer-esque podcast plot is compelling and runs nicely alongside the development of Sarah, her family and her personal situation. There are some frightening insights here into victims of social media trolling and misogyny.
There’s a good few twists in this story and, although I did predict one, I did not see the main ones coming. The book has both a rollercoaster finale and an additional sting in the tale, like the cherry on top. This is a great psychological mystery thriller and I would be intrigue to read more from Phil Kurthausen.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for the ARC of Don’t Let Me In and to Sarah Hardy and Emma Welton for my stop on the blog blitz.
About the author
Phil Kurthausen was brought up in Merseyside where he dreamt of being a novelist but ended up working as a lawyer.
He has travelled the world working as a light bulb repair technician, a flower salesman and, though scared of heights, painted Sydney Harbour Bridge. Ken Dodd once put him in a headlock for being annoying.
His work has been broadcast on BBC radio 4 extra, he has published some short stories and his novel ‘The Silent Pool’ won the Thriller Round in the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Competition broadcast on ITV in November 2011 and appeared in the final. It was later shortlisted for the Dundee International Literary Prize in 2012.
More recently ‘The Silent Pool’ won Apple book of the month and his novel ‘Sudden Death’ was a best seller on the Amazon kindle charts.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the blogs on the blitz for Don’t Let Me In: