I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Guilty by one of my favourite psychological thriller authors, Sadie Ryan, published by Spellbound Books.
Lindy once had the world at her feet. An adoring husband, two beautiful daughters and a successful career.
In a split second, a tragic accident causes Lindy’s world to come crashing down around her.
Mia, a personal fitness trainer and glamorous wife of a local tv personality seems to have everything.
Slowly Lindy learns more about Mia’s ‘perfect’ life and becomes convinced that they are each other’s saviours.
As obsessions grow and the lines that shape reality become blurred, Lindy’s and Mia’s lives are now forever dangerously intertwined as personalities merge.
Sadie's writing doesn't abide by the usual rules. In present first person narration the characters tell the reader what's happening and why, there's no insinuation but cold hard facts, the twists come in revelations, and they're set to shock you. Surprise after stunning surprise till your head is spinning and you don't know which way is up. It works because the blunt writing style is like a sharp jab to the spine rather than the icy trail of a finger.
This is more than a tale of a friendship turning to petty jealousy and obsession, it's a twisted tale of how our personality shapes our behaviour and what happens when things go awry. It's not at all what I was expecting when I picked the book up and that's why Ryan's work is so compelling. Each story she tells is original and, once again, I had no idea what was going to happen, when, or why. I loved it. And I'm positive that if you're a fan of domestic noir you will too.
Sadie Ryan is the author of three books. Her latest, Guilty came out in April 2021, a psychological thriller. She loves animals and lives in leafy Cheshire in the North West of England with her daughter and rescue dog. When not writing she spends her time reading, gardening, walking her dog or watching old black and white movies.
When asked where she gets her ideas from, she says, ‘From observation, inspiration and lots of wicked thoughts.’