Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse #BookReview @LesleyPearse @MichaelJBooks #LoveLesley


Today I’ve been asked to share my review of Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse, which I posted on my blog.  Today Dead To Me is published in paperback.  I’m a huge fan of this author so I was very happy to oblige.

Lesley Pearse is the author of 24 incredible novels, with over 10 million copies sold world-wide, Lesley is a masterful storyteller, weaving gripping storylines and unforgettable characters.

Book description

Spring 1935. Two girls meet by chance on Hampstead Heath. To an outsider, they could not appear more different. Verity is well-mannered and smartly dressed, living with her parents in a beautiful house close to the heath. Ruby is dishevelled and grubby, used to a life of squalor where she is forced to steal to survive. Yet there’s an instant affinity between them, and when their fortunes are shockingly reversed, it is the strength of their friendship that keeps them resilient to the challenges and hardships they face.

As Britain prepares for war, Ruby finds herself in Devon with the world at her feet and enjoying her first taste of romance. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, Verity is forced to leave behind everything she has ever known and a shadow from the past threatens her chances of a new beginning. But through it all, the girls are always there for each other. Until the day Verity does the one thing that will break Ruby’s heart.

In a country torn apart by fighting, will Verity and Ruby survive long enough to find a way back to each other? Or do some betrayals go with you to the grave . . .?

img_1258Despite being a huge crime and thriller fan, (I would say 95% of the books I read are of this genre), I do love a Lesley Pearse book, I’ve read every and I mean every book she has ever written and she never fails to let me down. Dead To Me begins in spring 1935 and tells the story of Verity and Ruby, Its suffice to say the book description tells you all you need to know.

This is a story of friendship, resilience, challenges, hardship and most importantly the bond between two friends. Lesley Pearce has an extraordinarily talent, she is able to create such well developed characters you feel like you actually know them inside out, by the time I reached the end of Dead To Me I felt like I was saying “goodbye” to old friends. As Verity and Ruby suffer one traumatic event after another I felt so many emotions I laughed, I cried and felt so much empathy for these two characters, as I rooted for them to find their “happy ever after”.

Lesley Pearce always delivers on the plot, her story lines are well developed and flow seamlessly, rich in detail Dead To Me transports you first to the 1930’s and then to the blitz. I was captivated by the story of Verity and Ruby, as we follow their journey to adulthood, they face adversity that will test their friendship to the limits. Different as chalk and cheese Verity and Ruby life’s are changed dramatically by circumstances they have no control over, through tragedy and heartache, their friendship goes through many phases, which adds a sense of authenticity to both characters and their relationship. This is fairly long book at 512 pages, but it certainly never felt like it, as I found Dead To Me to be a compelling read, yes some parts of the story were predictable, but this in no way distracted from my enjoyment of this novel.

I really enjoyed this compelling story, the plot has plenty of depth to it with some suspense thrown it. Dead To Me is a heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read, if you are looking for a book to escape the demands of every day life for a few hours I would highly recommend you read Dead To Me.

Hardcover: 512 pages

Publisher: Michael Joseph (14 July 2016)

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17 thoughts on “Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse #BookReview @LesleyPearse @MichaelJBooks #LoveLesley

  1. Short Book and Scribes

    One of my all time favourite authors and one of few I am bang up to date with. I’m looking forward to her new one in July.

    By the way Lorraine, her name is Pearse rather than Pearce. Just thought I would point it out for tagging purposes.

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  2. LizScanlon

    Enjoyed your review, and the book sounds interesting… I haven’t read anything yet by the author. maybe time to fix this problem 🙂
    But… I actually wanted to say that the lady on the cover… Being/looking this classy? #lifegoals! XD

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      1. Short Book and Scribes

        Hope you don’t mind me jumping in. Everybody will have their particular favourites but mine is Never Look Back although I did also love her first few, Georgia, Tara, Charity and Ellie. Wondering what Lorraine’s will be…..

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