The Bitter End
Paul finally has his life back on track. After losing his wife, Helena in a horrific car crash, he has found love with Sally and moves into her country cottage.
As a former high-ranking Naval Officer, Paul now works as Head of Security at MI5.
Paul has no memories from before he was ten years old. An accident left him in a coma for 9 months. But was it really an accident?
Soon Paul starts to have flashes of childhood memories, all involving his childhood friend, Owen.
Sally introduces him to her friend, Juliet, the owner of a craft shop. Paul is shocked when he is introduced to Juliet’s partner, his old friend Owen.
Flashes of memories continue to haunt Paul, particularly the memory of his first wife Helena burning in the car crash.
As dark things start to happen, and local people begin dying in horrific accidents, Paul must face his past and will end up fighting for his life.
I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
For me The Bitter End was dark, scary and a very addictive read. I was enthralled throughout and frankly more than a little bit terrified in places. So much so, I was glad to be reading it at a time I was not alone in the house. I admit I’m scared easily, but this fantastic book left with the urge to constantly check behind me when I was reading. While next doors cat, who loves to spend her days in my garden or asleep in my lap, was studied for unusual behaviour! The twist and turns gave the book and added element of tension and left me turning the pages as rapidly as possible to see who ultimately won, Paul or the dark elements behind the horrific events. The story really reels you in and holds to tight within its embrace and your caught in a trap almost, wanting to look away and yet not being able to, because you need to know that evil does not win. It’s a fantastic concept and gives this book an edge that helps it stand out from other equally great thrillers on the market at the current time.
I am hoping this is not the end of Paul who was a fantastic character, a great combination of nice guy, but with emotional and psychological issues that date right back to his childhood. You can’t help but root for him, wanting him to recover from years of emotional heartbreak and not be engulfed by a force determined to wreck havoc on the world around him. The supporting characters are great as well, Sally his partner, was great and I admit, that I even wanted the cat, despite being a bit of a devil, to not be destroyed in the maelstrom.
The Bitter End is what I look for in a thriller, jaw dropping action, great characters, lots of twists and turns with an extra bonus, elements of horror that left me feeling unnerved and more than a little frightened. I hope that these two writers work together again, because it is a great partnership.
If you like thrillers then this is a great one. Fans of Dean Koontz will love it, but so will any reader that just wants an addictive, tension filled read.
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About the author’s
Ann Evans was born and bred in Coventry, West Midlands, and started writing just for fun after giving up her secretarial job to have her three children.
Having caught the writing ‘bug’ there was no stopping her, and as her children grew up, she continued to write for a variety of genres. She spent 13 years at her local newspaper as a Feature Writer as well as working freelance on magazine articles.
She also writes books for children, young adults, reluctant readers and some romance. (Ann Carroll) Her first adult crime novel, Kill or Die was published in 2017 by Bloodhound Books.
Having worked with writer/photographer Robert D. Tysall for many years through magazine work, Ann and Rob teamed up to write the supernatural thriller, The Bitter End – Ann’s first collaboration with another writer. This will be published by Bloodhound Books in the summer of 2018.
Robert Tysall was born and brought up in Rugby, Warwickshire, and played the sport the town is famous for in his youth, until he discovered a passion and talent for photography, music and writing poetry and song lyrics. His career so far has been a busy mix of being lead vocalist and percussionist in bands plus working as a professional freelance photographer.
He is currently in a 60s, 70s & Beatles duo, and lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Heather. He has two grown up children. Rob is multi published on the photographic side of things with countless magazine articles, generally working alongside writer Ann Evans.
For many years he has dabbled with ideas for stories and finally the time felt right with this book. It seemed a natural turn of events for both Rob and Ann to team up and write The Bitter End together.
With his debut novel completed, now there’s no stopping him, and two more book collaborations with Ann are currently in the pipeline.