I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for And Then It Happened by Linda Green today. Firstly huge apologies to Milly Reid, Linda Green and Quercus for this being late, I’ve unfortunately been locked out of my blog for most of the day.
And Then It Happened is available now in ebook, hardback and paperback. The ebook is currently the bargain price of 99p. You can purchase a copy of this book here.
How would you feel if the only man you’d ever loved was taken away from you? And imagine how he’d feel if he hadn’t really been taken away at all – but couldn’t find a way to let you know…
Mel Taylor was thirteen years old when she found Adam. Twenty years on, they are still blissfully in love. She has everything she ever wished for. But Mel’s happiness is spoilt by a secret from their past and a niggling fear that her good fortune can’t last forever. Despite her husband Adam’s efforts to reassure her that nothing bad is going to happen, Mel can’t shake the feeling that good things can’t last forever. But what she isn’t expecting, is something so terrible that their lives will be changed forever . . .
Linda Green is one of my favourite authors so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to be on the blog tour for her latest book. I definitely wasn’t disappointed as I loved this emotional, gripping and thought provoking read.
This story is told alternately from Mel and Adam’s point of view. I thought this was really affective as it gave the reader a much deeper understanding of the characters and the couple’s relationship. The reader was able to experience events both as the victim and the observer which was very interesting and made for a fascinating, gripping read. There were times when one half of the story revealed something that the other person had no knowledge of which meant I was soon turning the pages faster and faster as I hoped that the other side would figure it out.
I actually liked both Mel and Adam equally which is quite unusual for me. They were both very real characters as neither was perfect and both had flaws. I did think Mel was a little silly with her paranoia that something was going to happen to destroy her perfect life. I wish she’d just relax and enjoy it more. The author really makes you care about both characters and the writing seems quite intimate at times as the reader knows their inner most thoughts and feelings. They start to seem like old friends and I found that I really cared about what happened to them both.
The book does slow down a little in the middle but by then I was so involved in the story and the characters lives that I wanted to keep reading as I was desperate for the story to have a happy ending. The fact it slows down is quite true to life as patients like this wouldn’t miraculously be healed in a few days. It would have been very easy for the author to include more drama into the book but I was pleased she didn’t as I think it would have taken away from the story.
I’ve read quite a few of Linda Green’s books and I can’t wait to read her next one! Luckily I haven’t got long to wait as her next book is out the end of next month.
Huge thanks to Milly Reid and Quercus for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Linda Green is the bestselling author of eight novels. Her latest psychological thriller, After I’ve Gone, published by Quercus, is a top five Amazon kindle bestseller. Her previous psychological thriller, While My Eyes Were Closed, was the sixth bestselling novel on Amazon kindle in 2016, selling more than 450,000 copies across all editions.
Linda was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. She wrote her first novella, the Time Machine, aged nine, but unfortunately the pony-based time travel thriller genre never took off.
Linda joined her local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen. During a ten year career in regional journalism she worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the 1997 Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.
By 1998 she left her staff job to write her first novel and work as a freelance journalist. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine.
After more than a hundred rejections from agents (and more rewrites than she cares to remember) she finally obtained a two-book deal with Headline Review in 2006.
Her first novel I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October 2007 and made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list. 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March 2009 and reached no 22 in the official fiction bestseller charts. Both novels were also long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award. They were followed by Things I Wish I’d Known, which was a top thirty paperback bestseller and And Then It Happened, which was a top forty bestseller.
After five years with Headline she left to join Quercus in 2011. Her fifth novel The Mummyfesto, published in 2013, told the story of three women who set up a new political party and stand in the general election and was featured on Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour. Her sixth novel The Marriage Mender was published in August 2014.
Linda’s first psychological thriller, While My Eyes Were Closed was published in ebook in January 2016 and paperback in May 2016 and has gone on to sell more than 450,000 copies across all editions. Her latest novel, After I’ve Gone, has already made the top five on Amazon kindle.
Linda lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and son.
She enjoys travelling and has trekked after wild orang-utans in Borneo, been to the edge of the Arctic Circle to see polar bears and as far south as Tierra del Fuego to photograph penguins. She also enjoyed taking former PM David Cameron to task on Leadership Question Time in 2015.
For more info, please go to Linda’s website at http://www.linda-green.com, like @lindagreenauthor on Facebook and follow @LindaGreenisms on Twitter.