Blog Tour: Gilding The Lily by Justine John
Today, I am delighted to be hosting Justine John on the latest leg of her blog tour to celebrate her psychological thriller, Gilding The Lily. My thanks to Kelly of Love Books Tours for inviting me to take part, and to the author for providing the ebook for review.
Here’s my review:
Successful businesswoman, Amelia, and her former policeman husband, Jack, fly to New York for a surprise 75th birthday party for her father, Roger, organised by his partner, ageing socialite, Evelyn. The event does not go well and only serves to confirm the concerns Amelia has about the influence Evelyn has over Roger. The story, unfolding over the next two years, becomes increasingly dark and disturbing. Amelia and Jack are convinced Evelyn is slowly killing Roger, but will anyone believe them?
Justine John’s debut novel, written after her own successful career in corporate life, is billed as a gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies, and is certainly that. I found it an enthralling read and finished it in less than twenty four hours; I couldn’t put it down. The narrative is told primarily through the eyes of Amelia (in the first person) and Jack (in the third person) with occasional chapters from other people. The Prologue pitches the reader straight in at the end of the story, but with a huge question hanging over it, which is only resolved right at the end. There are plenty of twists and turns and every time I thought I had everything worked out, something happened to change my mind.
A most enjoyable read, recommended for all lovers of dark, physiological thrillers. Gilding The Lily is available both in paperback and as an ebook. You can buy your copy by clicking here.