It’s time for another blog tour! This is my first blog tour with Literally PR, thank you so much for having me on this tour, and for sending me a physical copy of this book to review. Let’s dive in!
The Blurb: Sinister undercurrents are at work in the seaside town Castleby. A young boy goes missing and another dies in suspicious circumstances.
Jesse Stevens believes she is safe after escaping from a madwoman who tried to kill her. But soon her worst nightmare returns. Her ex-partner has escaped from prison and is hunting her. She believes he will find her and kill her this time.
Ex-special forces soldier Rob Fox (Foxy) moves to Castleby to live a quiet life, cope with his grief and forget his past. He becomes friends with Sophie Jones who has returned to Castleby to look after her father, while she desperately waits for news about her soldier husband, who is missing in action. Sophie is unexpectedly attacked, unearthing a twenty-year-old unsolved murder.
Two local thieves steal from the local mafioso and pay the ultimate price, leaving the police with a rising body count and a missing boy to find.
This is the second book in the Castleby series, a series of books set in the small Welsh seaside town of Castleby. This town has seen tragedies, and is still very community-centred. There are so many incredible characters in this book/series: there’s Mags, the owner of the seaside diner, ready with open arms for anyone who needs them. Doug the skipper of the local lifeguard crew, who will do anything for his friends and family. Foxy the ex-soldier, who now owns the climbing centre. Jesse, part of the lifeboat crew, who has a heart of gold, despite everything she’s been through. Sophie, who is compassionate and an excellent friend. So many good characters! I loved seeing different aspects of all of these character’s lives. They all intertwined so well, and I love how welcoming everyone was towards Foxy, the new guy in town.
I adored the setting of this book!!! If you didn’t know, my favourite place to be is by the sea, especially in Wales. Wales is the place I’m from, the place I love, I even stayed in Wales for university and spent many days on the beach in Aberystwyth during my 3 years there. I love being by the sea, and this book gave me that feeling again. It also showed the dangers of the sea, especially as a lot of the main characters are part of the lifeboat crew.
Initially I wasn’t sure if this was going to be my kind of book, but wow was I wrong. I was well and truly pulled in to the Castleby community. At the beginning I was slightly confused with how many characters there were, but I soon got used to that, and I loved how it switched between them all. I’m really glad I stuck with this book after initially thinking I was going to struggle with it. I actually managed to read this in 2 days because I couldn’t put it down once I got into it!
Overall I gave this book 4 stars. The last third of it was so fast-paced and I’m itching to find out what happens next!!!
Thank you again to Literally PR and J.M. Simpson, I’m delighted to have been introduced to Castleby, looking forward to book three!