I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Paul J Teague’s ‘Left for Dead’
Thanks to Sarah over at BooksOnTheBrightSide for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
A return to the past. Two guilty secrets. A memory that won’t stay buried …
When Charlotte and Will Grayson return to the seaside resort where they met as teenagers, they hope it’ll help to heal the wounds in their marriage.
But visiting the dilapidated holiday camp where their relationship began brings terrible memories back from the past.
The man who’d once made their lives hell has come back to find them – only, the last time they saw him, they’d left him for dead on the beach.
As the threats to their new life become more severe, Charlotte and Will discover that they were mistaken about what happened to Bruce Craven on that fateful night.
And now he’s returned to finish off what was started thirty years ago.
Sometimes the past is best left alone
Left for Dead is the first book in the Morecambe Bay Trilogy.
Sometimes the past is best left behind but for Charlotte and Will, theirs is just about to come back to haunt them. Secrets and lies are uncovered as the darker side of the seaside town is revealed.
The book opens up with a dark prologue set in Morecambe in the 1980s. Fast forward 30 years and Charlotte is now married to Will and they have returned to the seaside town where they first met and have taken over a small guest house. Immediately we are given some hints that all has not been plain sailing for the couple. A sense of tension underlies their relationship. And the memories of what happened all those years ago start to resurface. And when Charlotte receives a message via Facebook, the tension just ramped up a notch.
Told in a dual timeline the story of what really happened all those years ago slowly unfolds in front of your eyes. There was plenty of drama and tension building as the whole family becomes caught up in the secrets and lies that haunt them. At times it is hard to believe if Charlotte is paranoid or if she has a genuine reason to be worried.
A great sense of place played out as they reminisced about the Morecambe they once knew and compare it to how it is now. Like the town, Charlotte too, seems to have lost her zest for life. Knowing her background made it easier to have a feeling of empathy for her. Her struggle to lift herself from the lethargy and anxiety was real.
The pace slowed a few times where I felt there was perhaps some unnecessary narrative. However, it was still an enjoyable and pacey read. Paul’s own experiences shine through and give this story a real feeling of authenticity. And of course there are another two books still to come in this trilogy so there is more yet to be uncovered. A perfect read for those who love crime fiction but don’t like too much gore and horror.
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About the author:
Paul Teague writes thrillers, sci-fi and non-fiction books.
Writing as Paul J. Teague, he is the author of the Don’t Tell Meg trilogy as well as several standalones such as Dead of Night, Two Years After, Now You See Her (with Adam Nicholls) and So Many Lies.
His latest thriller trilogy is set in the coastal town of Morecambe in the UK.
Paul studied, lived and worked in Lancaster and Morecambe between 1983 and 1991 and the books draw from his personal experiences and knowledge of the area.
The first book – Left for Dead – is released in November 2019 and the follow-ups – Circle of Lies and Truth Will Out – will be published in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively.
Paul is a former teacher, DJ, waiter and BBC radio producer, presenter and journalist.
Thriller website: https://paulteague.co.uk/