Blog Blitz 14th September 2018
Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Jessica’s Promise, the new release from Jill Childs. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me to take part. I’m delighted to be part of it.
My first by Jill Childs and I knew nothing about her as an author. I hadn’t read the blurb when I started reading, I just saw the cover. I like that it was a stand-alone, and described as an emotional story. Seemed perfect to me.
A story about normal lives, home life and work life, with a few twists and turns to make you suspicious about a few of the characters. The book focuses on Angie, and her new neighbours Teresa, Craig and their daughters.
I liked Angie. She really knew how to entertain the kids next door, especially little Jessica. Even though her own house was dated and a little shabby compared to their ultra-modern décor it rightfully made no difference to the children. Her playroom sounded such fun with the puppets and chiffon scarves. Her outside play days on the fields and playgrounds were full of make-believe, which is really lacking in today’s inside-the-house society.
Obviously reading the book description makes you think and wonder if there is something more sinister with her intentions.
Teresa has just taken over a hair salon as manager. There are a few staffing problems to contend with, and lots of issues with stock and appointments. As in many salons there is a gossipy undercurrent, and this makes it difficult for Teresa to get to the bottom of it. Teresa is often held up at work and the children start to spend more time with Angie next door.
Craig, Teresa’s husband, seems to be working ever increasing hours, causing their family time together to be virtually non-existent.
Text messages and a note pushed through the door intended for Craig cause Teresa’s mind to go into overdrive. And when Jessica goes missing and the police descend on the house, Teresa starts to fall apart.
It really drew me in and I was keen to get to the bottom of it all.
I thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by Jill Childs.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
Publication date 12th September 2018
Get your copy here:-
Amazon.co.uk Jessica’s Promise
About the book
‘You wouldn’t trust a stranger with your wallet. Or your house keys. So why your little girl, the most precious thing you have?’
Teresa’s heart stops when she enters her daughter’s bedroom to find that her sweet, trusting little girl is gone.
Teresa can’t bear to think who would snatch a terrified three-year-old from her mother in the middle of the night, but all the signs point to someone close to home. Hasn’t Jessica’s stepfather been acting a little oddly? Or is it, as Teresa is beginning to fear, something to do with Angie, her daughter’s babysitter who lives next door…?
Gentle, retired Angie – she must be lonely, with only her memories to keep her company in that big, old house. And she’s always had a special connection with Jessica… was trusting Angie with her precious daughter the biggest mistake of Teresa’s life?
What do we really know about those who watch our children? Jessica’s Promise is a compelling domestic drama for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.
Meet the Author
Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.
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