Book Review: The Liar’s Promise by Mark Tilbury

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Title: The Liar’s Promise

Author: Mark Tilbury

Blurb: 

Do you love dark & compelling psychological thrillers? Mark Tilbury’s unmissable The Liar’s Promise is a suspenseful thriller which will have you gripped.

How does a mother protect her child from the unknown?

During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Mel, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man – Of death.

At her wit’s end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter.

Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late?

The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment.


Review:
4 blog stars

After having read Mark Tilbury’s other novels, and swayed by the masses of advance praise for The Liar’s Promise, I was very curious to read this new standalone thriller. I was drawn to the tease of past lives combined with murder, as well as knowing Tilbury’s writing style.

Other reviewers have said this is a gruesome novel, but I must be immune to literary violence because I didn’t find it overly shocking or morbid (gotta wonder what that says about me!). The novel mainly focuses on Chloe’s experiences, as seen through the eyes of her mother and those around her. She is basically a catalyst for a spirit trying to reach out. Peter King, a twisted theatre owner with an obsession with Shakespeare, is the villain of the piece. I found him to be a very well written, complex individual—one of the more unique serial killers I have read about. Among the never-ending flow of crime novels, he does stand out, which is high praise.

After reading Abattoir of Dreams, there were elements of The Liar’s Promise that fell short for me, not to say it wasn’t a good read. The reader is treated to glimpses of King’s victims, which did intensify the horrific nature of his character, however, after the halfway point, we are left wondering what happened to them as the rest of the action centers back on Chloe. This is solved, but I felt like that emotional connection to empathize with his victims was missing.

Readers who enjoy crime novels and thrillers will find Mr. Tilbury’s latest offering interesting and perhaps even thought provoking about what happens to us after we die.


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Review: The Seven Year Dress

I seem to be on a trend of reading amazing books, because this historical fiction novel checked all my boxes! Also, the author donates all her profits to shelters to help dogs! Another good reason to buy and read, aside from it being FANTASTIC!


FRONT COVER The Seven Year Dress KINDLE(1) copy

Blurb:

One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award winning, best selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.

Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Year-Dress-Paulette-Maturin-ebook/dp/B01FEAX7AU


413GBctownL._UX250_About the Author:

Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

While in college, she won awards and was published for her short-story writing. One of these stories, Something Wonderful, was based on the couple presented in His Name Was Ben, which she expanded into a fictionalized novel in 2014. Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction of the year 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth novel, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the Amazon kindle store bestseller list in its fourth week out. She has been ranked as an Amazon best selling author for several of her books.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue.

Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Social Media Links:

Blogsite: https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paulette-Mahurins-Books-695108163960200

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MahurinPaulette

Press release on Paulette Mahurin’s donating profits to help dogs: http://www.vcstar.com/lifestyle/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance-benefits-animal-rescue-ep-363177738-351980511.html


Review:
five star blog

One of my favorite type of book to review is historical fiction taking place during the Holocaust/WWII Europe. In my youth, I did an immense amount of reading on the topic, fiction and non-fiction. I am always pleased when an author sticks to the history, showing they have used the research materials at their disposal.

The Seven Year Dress ticked all the boxes for me. Mahurin touched on a little discussed topic of the time, regarding homosexuality, through Max, one of the main characters. His conflict between who he was and what he had to pretend to be was heartbreaking. Helen’s experience in Auschwitz was raw, and Mahurin wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries of comfort for the sake of her reader. The loss experienced by Helen was palatable, harsh, and yet, she managed to survive her time in the camp, growing stronger with the memories of her family and friends.

I accept that this novel is fiction as well. If I wanted a history book, I would have read one. The Seven Year Dress is well-researched, well-written, and overall, a fantastic example of historical fiction. Five, enthusiastic stars from me!