Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for the blog tour invite and ARC, I am delighted to be hosting day two of the blog tour for James Carol and ’17 Church Row’. Here is my review:
Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.
Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.
For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.
But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?
What does TWG think?
As a huge fan of James Carol’s ‘Jefferson Winter’ series, I could NOT wait to get my hands on his latest book! This author is a machine when it comes to instigating suspense and leaving readers hanging, and I had high hopes that this book would follow suit.
I can’t even begin to imagine what Nikki and Ethan went through when they lost their young daughter – the thought of it sends shivers down my spine and, even though the subject is one guaranteed to trigger some sort of emotion, I thought it was a very intriguing way to grab the readers attention. Especially seeing as their other daughter, Bella, is no longer vocal.
Straight away my mind flooded with questions. Why is Bella no longer able to speak? What is stopping her talking? Is it the shock? The fact that she has lost her sibling? Or is something else troubling Bella? With so much heartbreak already in her young life, Bella’s parents move house to create a fresh start with fresh memories. But, once again, the family got more than what they bargained for.
We have all heard of Alexa and her distantly related cousins, but how safe are those gadgets? A lot of us have them in our homes, shouting for Alexa, or Google, to turn on music for us when we cannot be bothered to push buttons ourselves. Plus, those with children know how easy it is for young ones to communicate with a magic box that talks to you. Jame Carol was very clever to hone in on a subject that is incredibly topical in today’s society, and is something that will definitely get people talking about. Well, after re-checking their gadgets settings of course!
I thought that the intrigue level to the storyline had James Carol’s signature style written all over it (pardon the pun)! I must say that I did find the storyline to be very predictable and didn’t leave much room for surprises, which meant that, despite being intrigued about the next move in Nikki and Ethan’s lives, I felt as though I could already see the aftermath of their chosen choices before it was written in black and white.
I enjoyed the vibe of the concept, and I enjoyed the way in which the author really got into the readers sub conscience. It’s not my most favourite book that the author has written, yet I still appreciated the multi-layered storyline and clever hook. All in all, I cannot really complain at all!