Seven friends. One killer. You can run, but you can’t hide…
The winter hike is meant to bring their nature group together. Emily, the sister who never lets her hearing loss hold her back. Lauren, the sister who always feels a step behind. Morna, who doesn’t get on with Lauren. Ben, whose feelings for Emily border on obsession. Dan, the quiet newcomer to the group. Kai, who isn’t just on the hike to enjoy the wildlife. And Alec, the one who knows all their secrets.
As the sun sets, a gunshot rings out on the nature reserve. One of the seven is dead. And one of their number killed them…
I received a copy of this audiobook from Harper Collins UK Audio (Avon ) via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This a character driven, claustrophobic, complex thriller set on a remote nature reserve in Winter. There are seven main characters who meet as a nature group. They appear diverse and unconnected except for the group but as the story progresses their connections emerge.
The characters are hard to empathise with and all have secrets from each other. The suspense is cleverly created using the characters’ interactions, the setting and the weather. It takes a while to get into the story but once each character speaks and the tension between them grows, it’s addictive listening.
The actors portraying the characters bring the story to life and this book works well in an audio format.
Midwife Jess knows she’ll never have a baby of her own, but she’s determined to still be a mum. So Jess decides to foster, providing love and support for children who desperately need it – something Jess never had as a child when she was in foster care.
Jess loves caring for the precious babies who come into her life, but letting them go again breaks her heart every time – can she really be a mum after all?
But then Jess finds a surprise on her doorstep – a newborn baby! As the search for the missing mum begins, Jess cares for the precious babe day and night. She desperately wants to reunite mum and baby, but knows that when the day comes, her own heart will shatter.
I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This book has an engaging blend of community, drama and emotion. The characters are relatable and easy to like. The team dynamic is believably written and the balance of angst, friendship, humour and romance immersive, so that the reader feels integral to the story.
This story focuses on midwife Jess who has a tragic backstory that has left her with trust issues. Her story is heartbreaking and heartwarming and she is admirable and easy to empathise with. There are sub plots featuring the other midwives that feature in previous books but its possible to read and enjoy this story as a standalone.
This is one of the best books in the series so far and I can’t wait for the next one.
Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Boldwood published the first title in The Cornish Midwife Series – part of a twelve-book deal – in April 2021.