Her Last Breath by Tracy Buchanan – #BlogTour/Extract

Hi guys. Today I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in another blog tour. I am so sure that all of you have heard about Tracy Buchanan and her compelling, intriguing novels – on 29th June her fourth book, Her Last Breath, was published by Avon and do watch this space for my review coming soon! In the meantime, I have a brilliant extract for you – enjoy!

33645202[Extract 5 from Chapter 2 pp. 15-16]

‘Would you like a drink?’ she asked Louis. ‘Water? Green tea? Organic beer?’ She leaned forward, lowering her voice. ‘Or we do have normal drinks that Seb keeps stowed away in a cupboard somewhere.’

He laughed. ‘Water would be perfect, thank you.’

She poured them both some water from the jug she kept in her fridge, then sat down across from him, brushing her blonde fringe from her eyes.

Louis peered towards the oven. ‘Don’t you use a timer?’

‘No. I’ve been baking so long I have an instinct for time.’

He laughed. ‘Why doesn’t that surprise me? So, just a month until your book launch. How are you feeling?’

Estelle felt a tremor of nerves. She’d been waiting so long for this moment and thought she was ready for it, but the closer she got, the more she felt like a fraud. Did she really deserve this? A friend of hers who’d had a novel published said she’d felt the same. Despite the fact she knew how hard she’d worked, it still felt alien, unearned. She called it ‘imposter syndrome’ and Estelle had it bad.

‘Nervous,’ she admitted. ‘Excited too though.’

‘No need to be nervous. So, let’s start at the very beginning. Where do you think your interest in food first came from?’

Estelle hesitated a moment. She could tell the journalist it had all started with how scarce good food was when she was a child, pale meals shoved in a microwave, cheap takeaways bought by her parents. She could tell him how, when she went into care and foster homes, it wasn’t always much better so she’d had to learn from an early age how to prepare food, the simple things like making scrambled eggs. She could tell him about how she paid attention in cooking classes at school because of this, unlike her peers, because she had no choice if she wanted to feed herself. She could then go on to tell him about Lillysands and the Garlands. Finally a place where food was something to be treasured and enjoyed, making dishes with her foster mother Autumn, helping to serve up business lunches for her foster father Max.

But she didn’t.

‘I really don’t know,’ she said instead. ‘It’s just always held a fascination for me.’

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No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

Hi guys, and happy Tuesday! Today I have a new blog tour for you – one that I was so eager to take part in! It is for Tracy Buchanan‘s new exciting novel “No Turning Back” and believe me, this book is well worth reading! I’ve read it in almost one sitting, forgetting about cooking, going outside, about the whole world actually – it is such a hooking book that it’s going to leave you open – mouthed after turning the last page. Whatever you do, just drop it and treat yourself to it!

 

No Turning Back

by Tracy Buchanan

 

 

30056218Publisher: Avon

Publishing Date: 28th July 2016

Source:  Copy provided by the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 400

Genre: Crime/Mystery, General Fiction (Adult)

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

Synopsis:

You’d kill to protect your child – wouldn’t you?

When radio presenter Anna Graves and her baby are attacked on the beach by a crazed teenager, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her daughter.

But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister.

A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the ‘Ophelia Killer’, responsible for a series of murders twenty years ago.

Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life…?

Rating: 5/5

I am going to make a confession right at the beginning of this review. “No Turning Back” is Tracy Buchanan’s third novel and even though I have both of her previous books on my never – ending TBR pile, it is the first book that I’ve read. I’m ashamed, I truly am, especially as I’ve been hearing so many good things about this author and her writing – now, after reading this novel, I truly and fully understand this hype around Tracy Buchanan, it is so fully deserved! She is an exceptional writer and she has drawn me into her story immediately!
I read this book in two sittings in 24 hours – I just literally couldn’t put it down! Each page brought even more unexpected twists and turns and I couldn’t wait to see what’s going to happen. It had me hooked, glued to the pages and I raced through this story, that turned out to be so multi layered and complex. It is this kind of book that leaves you open – mouthed for a long time after finishing it.

The way this story is told is so chilling! It is mostly told by Anna, though I must admit that Anna herself is a very objective narrator and she doesn’t spare us the truth (albeit after it coming to light), but there are also some chapters told by the Ophelia Killer themselves – they gave me shrills, to be honest. The mix of the characters is great, and you have really a whole range of suspects to choose from! Their personalities were brilliantly captured and even if they were a background characters, they added tons of significance, depth and questions to the story.

And oh my word, I couldn’t believe how much bad luck is following Anna everywhere. I truly admired her, that she’s never given up – I probably would! I couldn’t stop thinking how much is going to come still and hit her on the head, how much is she going to take before she’ll fall and won’t get up? I also couldn’t believe how often Anna found herself at the wrong places at the wrong time – though, suffice it to say, she’s been living in a small town at the sea, so there weren’t many choices. A small town where the news spreads oh so quickly and sooner rather or later, after all the new scandals come to light, people start to turn their backs on her. In my eyes it was so unfair – and I liked Anna from the beginning and I thought she doesn’t deserve it. Although I am sure that all of the readers are going to eventually also start to ask themselves if this what Anna did was right and what would you do in such situation – I asked myself more than once. It seems impossible from where I am sitting now, on my comfortable couch, but what if? I’ve no idea. I am dead sure Anna didn’t intend to kill this boy but the circumstances and destiny decided something different and what I know is that I would never want to find myself in such situation. However, no matter what happened and what news came to light, I’ve never stopped to believe in Anna’s innocence – I had a feeling that someone is wrapping her in a web of lies and secrets, that someone is really trying to endanger her, to destroy her. Was I right? Was my gut feeling telling me the truth? Well, you must read for yourself 🙂

You know, somewhere around the page 100 I was absolutely certain that I know who is the assassin. I wanted to applaud myself on my smugness and cleverness, though a little later on I started to doubt in my own guesses of course, and I changed my mind a few times. However, when the revelation came, it was like somebody hit me in the face – never would I guess it. Never. I think I really went through every possible scenario and yet the ending came and laughed at me – it was a total surprise, a brilliant curveball, the last and most unexpected surprise for the readers.

“No Turning Back” is an absolute gem of a book. It was intense, the pace was quick, the twists and turns incredible and the tension built in a way that kept me on my tenterhooks, wanting more and more. The author brilliantly captured atmosphere of all the places and every time the characters entered the “worse” part of the town I myself felt scared about their safety. It was incredibly well plotted story with believable characters and events – sure, sometimes too clichéd, both characters and events, yet the author has managed to pull it off and create a thrilling, manipulating novel. I will be reading other Tracy Buchanan’s books as soon as possible and in the meantime I highly recommend “No Turning Back” to you!

 

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