Rosie’s #BookReview of #Contemporary Human #Thriller OTHER SELVES by @ChrisBridge313

Other Selves by [Chris Bridge]Other Selves by Chris Bridge

5 stars

Other Selves is contemporary fiction and can be read as a sequel to Girl Without A Voice or as a stand alone story.

Leah has just begun talking again after being mute for twenty-five years.  She is one of four siblings; this story revolves around three of them. As the ripples settle from a drama which recently brought them together, they now disperse: James’s life high-speeds into politics when a school acquaintance asks for his help. Danny questions the purpose of his non-working, privileged life, while Leah asks herself if Martin, her friend and lover, is the man that she really wants.

The three outlooks appear to be very different, but soon become tangled in what is described as a human thriller.

Chris Bridge knows how to write about people and lift them to an engaging level. He then does a great job of adding them to a twisted plot. I really enjoyed this story and have no problem recommending it, but I do think that reading the previous book would make it an even more enjoyable experience.

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Book description

Britain, 2019. When Patrick fell into the sinkhole, the Goulden family thought that was the end of the matter – until, driven by a growing sense of failure, Danny walks out of his privileged life to become a rough sleeper. Leah, who has started to speak again after twenty-five years of self-imposed silence, now wonders who she is and whether Martin is the right man for her. The brilliant James is still a brain without a purpose.

Outside the family, Keith Loadstone has escaped from the rigours of being a London policeman to find a quieter life in North Yorkshire. Jud Mindsett is an incompetent politician who hates being a Junior Minister and longs for power. Ivor has fled the restrictions of Putin’s Russia and wants British citizenship.

As these individuals thrash about in the mess of their own lives, chasing their other selves, their destinies become intertwined. Patrick’s body reappears, Martin stumbles upon some dangerous correspondence, and the Goulden family find themselves pitched into matters of national importance.

Chris Bridge’s third novel is a human thriller and a dark satire; a work of fiction that tells the truth in the way only stories can.

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Other Selves by [Chris Bridge]

Sunday Connection Books We’ve Reviewed This Week Plus Links To The Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve been reviewing the following:

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Monday – classic American historical fiction My Antonia by Willa Cather

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And Knights Templar historical fiction Daughter Of War by SJA Turney

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Tuesday – women’s fiction The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan

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And family saga Madonna Of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida

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Wednesday – Terry reviewed Tudor historical fiction Mary: Tudor Princess by Tony Riches

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Thursday – Noelle reviewed crime fiction The Maori Detective by DA Crossman

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Friday – Teri reviewed modern fairy tale The Royal Deal by DG Driver

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And I reviewed thriller Girl Without A Voice by Chris Bridge

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Saturday Judith reviewed thriller Hiding by Jenny M Potts

Plus links to interesting posts from the blogosphere.

Hashtags for new book bloggers

https://catonthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/the-guide-to-twitter-hashtags-for-new-book-bloggers/

A look behind the scenes of a small press publisher

http://www.scifiandscary.com/small-press-interview-crystal-lake-publishing/

How to write better fight scenes

http://www.springhole.net/writing/write-better-action-and-fight-scenes.htm

Being Published – Part 1 The Contract

http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/2018/04/being-published-part-1-contracts.html

What is it really like to be an author?

https://ronelthemythmaker.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/what-is-it-really-like-to-be-a-writer-atozchallenge/

Mild #thriller My #Bookreview of Girl Without A Voice by @ChrisBridge313

Girl Without a VoiceGirl Without a Voice by Chris Bridge

4.5 stars

Girl Without A Voice is a suspense thriller set in Yorkshire. It opens with a past scene: a family picnic with a traumatic event that caused nine year old Leah to stop talking.

In present time Leah is now thirty-four, and hasn’t spoken since that day, twenty-five years ago. Her father has just died and the family gather for his funeral. Years of silence have made Leah almost invisible, particularly to her three siblings who ignore her, and are not reprimanded for this by their grieving mother, Izzy. After a long illness her father’s death was expected, but everyone was shocked when Izzy revealed she had another son.

Izzy becomes excited about the possibility of reuniting with her long-lost son and asks his forgiveness for giving him away. However, she’s being furtive and this behaviour makes Leah extra worried. Her observational skills have developed in place of her ability to speak, and when the family finally meet Patrick he concerns and shocks her; Leah suspects that she and her mother are both in danger.

I jumped at the chance to read this book because I know how well this author can write, having read Back Behind Enemy Lines a few years ago. This book didn’t disappoint. It is written in several significant parts. Leah’s story and the effect on her life of her disability are scripted very well; I was appalled at how her siblings treated her. In part two we learn more about Patrick and a religious cult which brought him up. The author does an excellent job building the layers of suspense and tension, it was obvious just how much research had gone into making the plot and characters really believable.

I would describe this as a mild thriller, for those who enjoy character-led plot lines. I was very interested to learn about Leah’s elective mutism, and whilst the religious cult aspects left me pretty uncomfortable the storyline had me abandoning other duties just to finish reading. I highly recommend this book.

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Book description

 

 

Childhood trauma robs Leah of the power of speech and forces her to be a watcher on the margins of society. But when her mother goes in search of the child she gave up for adoption, Leah is tempted out of the shadows. At first Patrick is everything she could hope for from a half-brother, but is he too good to be true? Leah makes a shocking discovery that leaves her with a moral dilemma and the need to take on not only her half-brother but the ruthless cult he belongs to.

About the author

Chris Bridge was born in Hull, England in 1947. He studied English and Philosophy at Nottingham University and became a teacher after graduating. He eventually became Headteacher of Huntington School, York, and finished his school career as a National Leader of Education. He has been a regular contributor to poetry magazines and his poems have featured in the winning lists of Hippocrates and Stanza poetry competitions. Back Behind Enemy Lines is his first novel. He lives in North Yorkshire.

Chris Bridge

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