I was delighted when Mark asked me if I’d be up for a spot on his blog tour……
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
He says he is innocent. So why did he lie?
Mathew Hillock was the last person to see eleven-year-old Jodie Willis alive. When her dead
body turns up four days later in his garden shed, the police think he’s guilty of her murder. So
do most people in the town. But there’s no DNA evidence to link him to the crime.
Battling the weight of public opinion and mental illness due to a childhood head trauma, he
sinks into a deep depression.
Can Mathew do what the police failed to do and find evidence linking the real killer to the
The Last One to See Her is a terrifying story of what happens when you’re accused of a crime
and no one believes you are innocent.
Imagine being accused of a crime you didn’t commit…mow imagine if the victim was a child…
That alone piqued my interest and from the very beginning there is an underlying sense of something quite sinister as the prologue gives the reader a little bit of a hint of the darkness that is Mark Tilbury’s mind!
The book centres around the point of view of two characters and each of them will have your head in a spin as you try to work out, which of them had any involvement in the child’s disappearance.
Matthew Hillock is presented to us as a bit of an oddball and it’s easy to see why others view him with suspicion. Yet it also raises questions about assumptions and stereotypes we make as a society and the impact this can have on the lives of others. Jim Bentley was a vile character and his bullying of Matthew was scarily authentic, the verbal sniping chipping away at him was painful to read. Bentley too s presented as a “person of interest” with his questionable lifestyle and his dark past. Which one of the men will you trust…any of them?
Mark Tilbury has the knack of creating characters and plots so deliciously dark that I find it impossible not to become hooked on them from the outset. With his characters he had your mind in a whirl as you think “have they…haven’t they?”
He always sets his readers some huge dilemmas and gives them something to ponder over. This book tore at my heart, it soon became clear that Matthew has some form of additional support needs and my heart went out to him. From social attitudes to the justice system and its assumptions and stereotypes, everything is laid bare for examination.
I found myself completely engrossed in this book, as I do with all of Mark Tilbury’s books. I love how they always contain a very strong and thought provoking moral dilemma which works to place the reader at the very heart of the story. Full of Mark’s signature twists and turns with a little hint of the supernatural at times, The Last One To See Her is the latest in the line of darkly, twisted books to grace our shelves. A cracker of a read! It’s not hard to see why he has been nicknamed #TwistedTilbury
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About the author
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books. His latest novel, The Last One To See Her will be published 4th June 2020.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.