I am so excited to bring you a blog tour today! This blog tour was set up by my lovely friend, Faye Rogers, who is seriously inspiring and an AMAZING person.
This blog tour is for a seriously gripping and thrilling book called Random Acts of Unkindness by the very talented Jacqueline Ward. I read the majority of this book over two days but that’s just because i’m not an ebook person. If I had a physical copy, it would have been one day, EASY!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book so let me give you a little info about it and then my thoughts. Here’s a synopsis:
How far would you go to find your child?
DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.
Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.
Jan uses Bessy’s information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?
Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones.
Random Acts of Unkindness is the first in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels.
Can I have the next one like now please? I was so gripped that I made my mum buy it and so should YOU! Here’s the link:
Jacqueline Ward writes short stories, novels and screenplays. She has been writing seriously since 2007 and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. Jacqueline won Kindle Scout in 2016 and her crime novel, Random Acts of Unkindness, will be published by Amazon Publishing imprint Kindle Press. Her novel SmartYellowTM was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016. Jacqueline is a Chartered psychologist who specializes in narrative psychology, gaining a PhD in narrative and storytelling in 2007. She lives in Oldham, near Manchester, with her partner and their dog.
Now, let’s get on with my review already, here were my thoughts straight after finishing the book…
I was a little bit apprehensive about reading this book because i’m a very black and white person. I like to have one ending or another with mysteries/crime thrillers, no loose ends. It’s like I NEED to know what the outcome was and sometimes you aren’t given it in this genre.
I was pleasantly surprised and can tell you that this book is really well written to hide the ending from you. No, I am not going to spill the beans, you’ll have to buy it to find out.
So we start with DS Jan Pearce who is a workaholic who’s fifteen year old son has gone missing, but there are an incredibly large amount of missing people in Jan’s local area, not too far from the Yorkshire Moors. Creepy or what? Setting is everything in this book. It makes your spine tingle and your hairs stand up.
Jan comes across an elderly lady’s body when she is investigating a property that has…let’s say more than pungent smell. Bessy Swain is found dead in her chair with birds feasting on the poor dear. Jan also discovers other mysteries in Bessy’s home, including a notebook chronicling Bessy’s life. When DS Jan sits down to read this notebook, the perspective changes and we read from Bessy’s point of view.
I LOVE Bessy’s view. She is so matter-of-fact and it’s nice to read from a different perspective about a different era. I enjoyed Bessy’s chapters the most, even if they did reduce me to tears in parts.
Overall, this is an emotional rollercoaster that you will not be able to guess the ending. I had theory after theory about what happened and ALL of them were wrong. A seriously good book, READ IT ASAP!
If you made it this far then I applaud you for reading all of my ramblings!
*HIGH FIVE TO YOU*
Now, if you want to find out about other stops on this fantastic blog tour then the schedule is below, but don’t forget to buy this book first…you will not regret it.
Also, don’t forget to come back to The Book Moo for other exciting posts!
Monday 18th July
Tuesday 19th July
Wednesday 20th July
Thursday 21st July
Friday 22nd July
Saturday 23rd July
Sunday 24th July