Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood as part of the Blog Tour with Caroline at Bits About Books. My thanks to Caroline for the tour invite and to Ross for my e-copy.
your life was ruined, would you seek redemption
or take revenge?
From the #1 bestselling author of Fifty Years of Fear, SHADOWS OF REGRET is the unforgettable story of a woman’s struggle to rejoin society.
Katie committed a terrible crime. Sixteen years was the price she had to pay.
Once released from prison, she finds the world has changed. Her chances appear bleak, but Katie is a survivor.
Isolated and alone, she struggles to make sense of her new life. Starting again isn’t easy, especially after what she’s done.
Despite not feeling free or safe, Katie overcomes her fears and confronts the future. But history won’t remain forgotten.
Gradually, memories of the past are revealed. When Katie finally exposes the awful truth and sees there are others who share the blame, she must choose her path.
Will she seek redemption, or will she take revenge?
“If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant’s journey but prefer your stories darker, this is perfect for you.”
“There are writers, good writers and ones that have the power of words to captivate you in an instant. Ross Greenwood has this in spades.”
‘Shadows of Regret’ on Amazon
Katie is released on after serving a 16 year prison sentence. Adapting to life and the changes in the world outside is a shock, society has moved on a lot. She finds herself running to catch up and to adapt to these changes and each one brings its own set of challenges. Memories of her life before and during her sentence are something that she personally has to come to terms with. She also has to work out who she can trust, and it is not always the ones you expect to be able to trust that are worthy of that.
This is powerful and emotionally charged, it is something I have come to expect from this author. Katie is one hell of a character and one I took an instant like to. Yes she has done some bad stuff in her life. It hasn’t been easy. She is a fighter to a certain extent but also somewhat of a loner who has never quite been able to fit in.
The first meeting with Katie is in the present and her story is told in quick chapters that alternate into her past. The chapters of her past are referred to as Memories, they are milestones in her life that build up a picture of a girl who has been through an awful lot. It gives valuable insight into why she is the woman she is today.
This story has such a strong, realistic feel to it that I often found myself forgetting it is a work of fiction. There are so many aspects that could be easily and unfortunately based on actual accounts of real life lives, on things heard in news reports and documentaries. This makes it very hard reading at times.
The story took a route that completely caught me unawares and so off guard and in a way that made me wanting to see what the next page held. It was addictive, compelling and powerful. Katie has a story that I would love to reveal more about, but in doing so I think some of her strength would be lost if you have not yet read this book.
The author has done a magnificent job with the story-line, the characters and the plot. This has been a wonderful read and also thought provoking and emotional. It is one I would definitely recommend to readers of Crime, Thriller and Mystery books.
About the Author:
Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until he was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. He then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
Ross found himself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually, so he says “when things had gone wrong.” It was on one of these occasions that he met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. And, according to Ross, he is “still a little stunned by the pace of it now.”
Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then four years as a prison officer got in the way. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave the author the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep he completed it in the early morning hours.
Ross Greenwood’s second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and in September 2017, Fifty Years of Fear was published. The year 2018 saw the publication of his next psychological thriller, Abel’s Revenge. All his books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour.
Ross Greenwood hopes you enjoy reading them.
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