The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson

When this book arrived from the PR company that asked to read and review it (Thank you EDPR!), it came wrapped in textured rose petal gift paper. I knew straight off that this was something special, and was proven right very quickly.

Closer describes this book as “A powerful departure from the usual frothy chick-lit, this beautifully written novel will hook you from the start“. And I have to agree.

The beauty of this novel is that the characters, so well described that you feel that you know them, are so very different yet entwined in such a way in that you know that there are deeper connections and as you read the book you will enjoy unravelling them.

This is the story of Tamia Challey, married to Scott and mother to two lovely little girls. All seems well in her world until her husband is arrested for a truly terrible crime. From that moment on everything Tami knows, or thinks that she knows starts to look and feel differently and her friends and neighbours become part of a desperate story of betrayal,  abuse, desperation  lies, murder…. and love. Really, this isn’t a book that you can review adequately enough, only urge readers to pick up a copy and find out what happens, as you did.

I loved this book and found it difficult to put it down. The twists and turns had me grimacing one minute and ready to sob the next. A powerful read and one I’m very glad I haven’t missed!

You can find The Rose Petal Beach, published by Quercus on Amazon  and via all major retailers.

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  1. Totally jealous that you got to read it ahead of release, and now that I’ve read the review I shall have to download it (not that downloads come with tissue paper- more’s the pity!) I love Dorothy Koomson books.

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