Huge thanks to HQ for asking me to kick off the blog tour for ‘The Cliff House’! Incredibly honoured. Here is my review:
Some friendships are made to be broken
Cornwall, summer of 1986.
The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…
What does TWG think?
There is one thing being asked to kick off a blog tour full stop, but then there is another thing being asked to kick off the blog tour for an author you admire not only for her literary skills, but also for her presence, views and the way that she has her tea. Yes, I am being serious. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they drink their tea, and let me tell you now, Amanda Jennings is my type of person – it’s definitely a bonus that she can write exceptionally well, too ;).
The cover of ‘The Cliff House’ is one of the most relaxing yet highly intriguing covers I have seen for a while. It was pretty clear before I read the book that there was a lot more to the story that meets the eye, and boy it wasn’t wrong!
Usually I lean more towards storylines which send a rocket up your youknowwhat almost straight away, but the fact that the pace of ‘The Cliff House’ was slow, meant that the vibe came across a lot more haunted due to the authors incredible talent of creating vivid imagery in her readers minds. I genuinely think that had the pace been fast, the storyline wouldn’t have worked as well as it did, and I don’t think I would have reacted the way that I did. It wasn’t that the story was creepy, because it wasn’t. I found it to be more of an intense, haunted and mesmerising type of read, which seemed to capture all of my senses and hold them hostage until the very last page.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the book as that wouldn’t be fair on the readers or the author, however, there were certain elements of the book which I was able to relate to unexpectedly. The main one which made me sit up and take notice was the fact that the main character, Tamsyn, had lost her father. I found the way in which Tamsyn reacted to the aftermath of her father’s death such a realistic portrayal of grief, especially where a parent is involved. It wasn’t a case of her father passing away and she just got on with it and forgot about it as she was young (kudos if you can do that, but kudos if you can’t, obviously!), instead her grief came out in her personality and the way that she lived her life. It was quite emotional to read, yet it hit open rather drastically.
As for the rest of the storyline, I actually can’t find anything that I disliked about it. Every page flowed with the previous one and the next, taking me under its wing by allowing me to lose myself in the spirited and charismatic storyline as though I was one of the characters myself.
‘The Cliff House’ isn’t just about beautiful views and a house you wish you could live in, no. It’s dark, compelling, addictive, beautiful, and utterly, utterly breathtaking. It’s books like this which make me feel exceptionally proud to be an avid reader, because if I wasn’t, I would be missing out on a diamond in the rough, cut above the rest, gem of a read. ‘The Cliff House’ really is one of my most favourite books of all time. How can it not be?
‘The Cliff House’ will be published on the 17th May but can be pre-ordered now from Amazon