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Genre: Contemporary fiction, suspense, romance

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US


The Blurb:

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – but how strong can one person be?

Griff Hendry knows what it is to be strong. After a turbulent past, he’s dedicated himself to saving lives, working as a coastguard along the breath-taking shores of Dorset. It’s Griff’s belief that everyone is worth saving – which is why he can’t forgive his father, Logan, for what he did.

Griff’s future is plunged into uncertainty when his wife, Evie, tells him she wants a separation. The revelation is a shock and leads Griff to question what Evie could possibly be hiding – and she isn’t the only one holding back. Griff’s troubled stepdaughter, Tess, also harbours a dark secret.

As the truth is uncovered, Griff is forced to accept that perhaps he’s never understood what real strength is.

From Dark Choc Lit – compelling, emotional, hard-hitting novels. Not your typical romance story.


My Review:

Phew! This novel was an emotional roller-coaster from start to finish, with strong themes, suspense, tension, and romance.

Griff’s wife, Evie, asks for a separation. Confused and heart-broken, he tries to understand what’s happening to his family. Both Evie and Tess, his stepdaughter, are harbouring secrets. But they are not the only ones…

An emotional read, with themes of choice, secrets, and the destructive impact of not talking things through all intertwined with the romance between the protagonists that brings hope to the bleakness. The character development was masterful and the story is one that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve turned (or flicked) the last page. Recommended.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.