Happy Sunday book lovers!
Thrilled to kick off the blog tour for this intriguing domestic thriller! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation.💛
Do you really want to know the truth?
Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.
But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?
Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.
For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth.
4 Singapore Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A “trailing spouse“ is someone who follows their significant other to another country for work… this was a compelling domestic thriller… but I really enjoyed learning about the ex-pat life in Singapore…. in Singapore if you are the significant other you are considered a “dependent“ and you basically have no rights… can’t imagine being an independent successful woman and moving to Singapore for your husband’s job where all the sudden you are considered a second-class citizen, that would be tough!
In this book our trailing spouse is Amanda… Amanda appears to have it all a loving husband, a darling stepdaughter, and a beautiful high-rise apartment…. she’s got Prada… she’s got Gucci… she’s got Louis Vuitton… but what she doesn’t have is a child of her own…. I really found Amanda a very empathetic character, her plight for a baby was so powerful….
This Book is told from dual points of view… Amanda of course, and Camille… Camille is obsessed with her past and what really happened to her parents…. after meeting Ed Amanda‘s husband, Camille is convinced he is the key to her past… camille’s character wasn’t quite as interesting to me, admittedly I did enjoy Amanda story more in this book…. but I can see where someone else would see it completely differently…. also both of these characters were very essential to the story….
The story starts out with Ed and Amanda’s “helper“ taking her life by swallowing bleach…. I really cannot imagine a worse way to go and this was a very impactful start to the story…. Camille volunteers for an agency who looks out for immigrant workers and that’s what brings her into the lives of Ed and Amanda…. that is really all I’m going to say about the plot…. you really need to read the book to find out what happens… was this really suicide? Or something more sinister? this sure was a book filled with secrets and misdirection…. not only were we the readers misdirected but so were the characters… I was convinced the story was going one way and then… BAM this book took a crazy turn and then kept turning until it came to an unbelievable end! Great book, spectacular ending!
Absolutely recommend to fans of a well-done domestic thriller with the added bonus of the ex-pat Singapore culture….
*** many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the UK, she lived in Switzerland and Cameroon, and currently resides with her family in Singapore.
As a journalist, Jo has worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle, The Economist, Business Traveller, Expat Living (Singapore) and Swiss News. Jo has also edited books for a Nobel Laureate and the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University. In 2015 she founded www.SWAGlit.com—an online literary magazine for writers in Singapore.
All the Little Children is Jo’s debut novel and she is working on a second domestic thriller to be released in 2018.
Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website: http://www.jofurniss.com/