Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Global bestseller Lesley Pearse. The author is celebrating the release of her 25th novel, The Woman in the Wood with a 25 blog tour, revealing a different fact ever every day about Lesley and each of her 25 bestsellers each day. You can follow the tour with the hash tag #LoveLesley.
Todays fact is about Camellia the authors 5th book
Fact: Camellia has some scenes in it which were real events in my life. I’m not going to say which.
Maisy and Duncan have always had each other. Until the day they didn’t
One night in 1960, fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an insane asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.
It’s not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales – a large house deep in the New Forest countryside – to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before – freedom.
The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn’t come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.
When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Lesley Pearse’s writing and over the years I’ve read every book of hers if you include The Woman In The Wood that makes twenty five books. You would think after writing so many books the author would be running out of fresh ideas and characters, but no her novels continue to be original in content and compelling. I think this is definitely the darkest book due to the subject matter, but it is now firmly one of my favourite books by this author.
As you can see from the book description this novel is very much a crime thriller, the subject matter could have made for a very disturbing read, but Lesley Pearse has such a unique way of writing she is able to tell a fantastic story that’s both upsetting and shocking, but doesn’t dwell or embellish on the events just to add Shock value to the tale.
I always find with this authors novels and The Woman In The Wood is no exception , that Lesley Pearce gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary. Her power is in the small detail that builds tension and forces us to care about the characters she’s created. The twins Daisy and Duncan were so well developed you couldn’t help but become immersed in their story and as for The Woman In The Wood what a character, but that’s all I’m going to say about her as I don’t want to give away spoilers.
This book has so many elements that make it a gripping read, it certainly made for an emotional read but the outstanding plot also made for a suspense fuelled one. The Woman In The Woods explores the resilience of people, the importance of friendship and so much more. Despite this being the authors 25th book Lesley Pearse continues to write from the heart which for me make her novels a delight to read.
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin (29 Jun. 2017)
Lesley Pearse’s novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Dead to Me, Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and four grandchildren.
Books in order:
- Georgia (1993)
- Tara (1994)
- Charity (1995)
- Ellie (1996)
- Camellia (1997)
- Rosie (1998)
- Charlie (1999)
- Never Look Back (2000)
- Trust Me (2001)
- Father Unknown (2002)
- Till We Meet Again (2002)
- Remember Me (2003)
- Secrets (2004)
- A Lesser Evil (2005)
- Hope (2006)
- Faith (2007)
- Gypsy (2008)
- Stolen (2010)
- Belle (2011)
- The Promise (2012)
- Forgive Me (2013)
- Survivor (2014)
- Without a Trace (2015)
- Dead to Me (2016)
- The Woman in the Wood (2017)