Happy publication day, Samantha Tonge! I am just one of the many bloggers taking part in the publication day blitz for Samantha’s new novel, ‘Knowing You’ which is published today by Canelo. Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blitz today, and thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy. Here is my review:
An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…
Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.
However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.
Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…
What does TWG think?
‘Knowing You’ really is an ‘expect the unexpected’ type of read. One which caught me off guard due to the similarities between the main characters issues and my own personal hurdles.
Violet is the type of character who wears her heart on her sleeve and, even though she tries not to let it show, its pretty clear from the onset that Violet’s emotions are dangling on a thin piece of string, ready to break at any moment.
Without giving too much away, ‘Knowing You’ delves into the psychological hurdles of a person who has a mental addiction. To other people, addictions are assumed to be from alcohol or drugs, yet other mental addictions such as eating disorders and the like, don’t often linked to such heading due to the lack of understanding and awareness surrounding them.
I thought it was brilliant just how raw and close to the bone, Samantha Tonge, wrote about her themes in the book. There wasn’t any of the shying away from the situation, or pretending it didn’t exist, instead putting addictions in the spotlight in the only way it could be done – honestly.
I did find the storyline quite hard to read at times, and I did end up looking at my imperfections upon finishing the book, but i felt the author did a blinding job at making readers sit up and take notice of the hidden, yet often turbulent compulsion.
Samantha Tonge has written an emotive, poignant and rollercoaster novel which truly blew me away and left my jaw dropping to the floor. I wasn’t expecting to read what I did, but I am so glad that an author has decided to lay the themes in this book, bare whilst still believing in her characters and their flaws.
About the author.
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.