Saturday, 21 March 2020

The Girl You Gave Away by Jess Ryder - Books On Tour Review



All she wanted was the life they had…

It is the day of Erin’s fortieth birthday party. Pink and silver balloons drift through her garden, the platters of food are empty and the recycling is overflowing with empty wine bottles.

As Erin mingles with groups of family and friends, surrounded by love and laughter, she feels like the luckiest woman alive. She has no idea what fate has in store …

Then a little red envelope lands on the doormat and everything changes.

Inside is a birthday card from somebody she never dreamed would get in touch. Its message is a chilling reminder of the dark past that Erin has worked so hard to bury, a past that could put her precious family in terrible danger…

A gripping, spine-chilling read brimming with secrets and lies. If you loved The Girl on the Train or The Woman in the Window then this dark, twisting psychological thriller from bestselling author Jess Ryder is guaranteed to have you gripped.

My Review

This book was right up my street. It has so many of the elements I love while reading a book from this genre. Jess Ryder has a gift for writing this type of story. This is a novel of mystery, secrets and suspense. 

Erin is shocked to receive a letter from the daughter she gave up for adoption. The circumstances that followed had me gripped. Erin is a different person to the girl she used to be, so when her past comes screeching back into her life she is not sure what to do for the best. She hates to keep secrets from her family but she doesn't know how to explain to them about her past.

The Girl You Gave Away is full of suspense and twists and I really enjoyed reading it. Jess Ryder is a talented writer, her characters and plot had me gripped. Domestic noir is fast becoming one of my favourite genres, that is what I would class this book as, and The Girl You Gave Away is an excellent addition to the genre. 

I would recommend this book if you like domestic noir with a psychological twist. I am excited to read more from Jess Ryder as I am sure I won't be disappointed.

Author Bio


Jess Ryder is the author of five psychological thrillers - 'The Ex Wife', 'Lie to Me', 'The Good Sister', 'The Dream House' and her latest, published March 20 2020 - 'The Girl You Gave Away'. All titles are published by Bookouture. She also writes as Jan Page, with many books published including 'Selina Penaluna'. With many years' experience as a scriptwriter, she loves watching television crime drama. Jess is a passionate reader and particularly enjoys thrillers.

Jess lives with her partner in London, UK and has four grown-up children.

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