30 Sep Blink by K. L. Slater Blog Tour
Hey guys, today I have the pleasure to take part in the BLINK blog tour, the new psychological thriller by K. L. Slater. As always, massive thanks to lovely Kim from bookouture for the chance to be part of this and for the review copy. Read my review bellow and HAPPY FRIDAY!!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Blink by K. L. Slater
Published by Bookouture
Published on 16.2.2017
Genres: thriller, psychological thriller
What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?
Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.
But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story of the past begins to reveal itself, and a devastating truth.
Toni’s mind is trapped in a world of silence, her only chance to save herself is to manage the impossible. She must find a way to make herself heard. She must find her daughter.
In 2016 K.L. Slater made her debut on the thriller scene with ‘Safe With Me’ and instantly won the readers’ hearts. The book was also recommended to me by many of my friends/bloggers as they do know I love a good, gripping thriller. I still haven’t got round to reading K.L.’s debut but I’m so happy I got the chance to read her second and latest book, Blink.
First off, doesn’t the blurb sound amazing? I couldn’t wait to start reading! However, this is one of those psychological thrillers which you need to be really careful about when reviewing, as everything is so tightly woven and could be considered a spoiler. The book is told from several POVs and follows events 3 years before Evie’s disappearance and after that sad event.
Toni and her 5 year old daughter Evie have just moved to a new house and a new neighborhood, which though not the nicest at least promises a new star. Toni and Evie had been through a lot, loads of pain and suffering. 18 months ago Toni’s husband died in Afghanistan, such a sudden and heartbreaking moment for the new family. Toni’s trying to be the best mum possible for Evie, but she’s crushed. She turns to pills and the odd glass of wine for comfort. The move should do them good, they have Toni’s mum to help them settle in, help with Evie and the new school and everything seems to be going great when Toni finds a new job.
However, what Toni hoped will be a fresh new start, turns to be the most devastating moment in her life. After Toni’s mum is brought to hospital and Toni is late to pick up her daughter from school, little Evie is never seen again. No traces, no eye witnesses, like she disappeared in thin air.
Gripping, right? There are many things I liked about this book, however some I didn’t like that much so this is gonna be a balanced review (I will really try). The pace was rather slow and until half of the book it seemed nothing is really happening. The accent was given to the emotional state of Toni, not so much on the actual disappearance of Evie. This I admit was a bit frustrating, as some scenes were explored to details yet seemed irrelevant to the actual plot. However, the slow pace gave enough time for me to portray Toni in my head as vivid as possible. As a mother, the pain she was feeling was excruciating even for me. I could feel through the pages her grief, hope to find her daughter and fight. This I really liked.
Toni is not a character you will immediately fall in love with. Hell, she might be a character you might not like at all even after you read the whole story. But in a way, with all her flaws and imperfections, she kept me interested in the story.
The story goes back and forth, 3 years before and after Evie’s disappearance and I think the author did an amazing job in the past/present switching. Everything flows and you won’t be confused even for a second. However, it takes a lot of time until things start moving and this frustrated me to a point. About the 80% mark everything starts to fall into it’s place and there’s an amazing twist which got me totally by surprise.
To sum it up, if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers and you don’t mind the slower pace and build up, this is definitely a book for you. The other day I’ve heard K.L. has signed a new 4 book deal with her publisher, bookouture so we’ll be hearing about her a lot in the future.
About K. L. Slater
For many years, psychological thriller author KL Slater sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.