Recently I had a week over in Finland, and was very excited to receive a bumper crop of books through the post on my return. One of said bumber crop was the latest novel by author AL Bird, Don’t Say A Word, and I’m very pleased to be taking part in this blog tour.
Jen is working as a legal secretary and devotes her life to looking after her son Josh. When she gets asked by her boss to help out on the case of Rhea Stevens she sees it as a good opportunity to further her career. However unfortunately it soon seems that the case is a little too close to home. When Jen receives cards from people in her past, she begins to fear both for herself and her son.
I very much enjoyed this novel. It’s obvious from the beginning that something has happened which makes Jen go into hiding. What this is becomes clear as the story unfolds, but there is a twist that I really didn’t see coming. I have to say it was this bit that really made the story stand out amongst others for me.
I really liked the ending and whilst I am not one for giving spoilers away I felt it made a nice realistic end to a novel rather than just the ending that people would want. I did feel that some of the actions of the main character of Jen weren’t really in keeping for a person who had been through what she had. I also felt that there were a few too many characters that were involved in the final ‘reveal’ which did make it a bit confusing but this was a very minor irritant.
Most of the story is told from the viewpoint of Jen. We get a lot of her internal thoughts and feelings which gives us a real sense of the fear and claustrophobia that Jen is feeling.
I really enjoyed this story and would like to thank HQ publishers for my preview.
This is the second novel by AL Bird, my review of her first novel is here https://acrimereadersblog.com/2016/04/07/the-good-mother-by-al-bird-a-review-blog-tour-2/