‘After You Fell’ by J. S. Lark #netgalley @rararesources @JaneLark #afteryoufell #bookreview #bookbloggers #blogtour @OneMoreChapter

It is my great pleasure to be on the blog tour today for ‘After You Fell’ by J.S. Lark, which will be published on 13th December, 2019. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me, and to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for my e-copy of the book, in exchange for my thoughts.


What’s it about?

after you fell

As one life ends
Louise’s Lovett’s death was a tragedy. But questions still swirl about exactly what happened to Louise that day. Did she fall…or was she pushed?

A new life starts
Helen Matthews’ donor heart saves her life. But as her new heart beats inside her, Helen feels the pull of its previous owner–despite what everyone is telling her, Helen is certain she has one final message to pass on.

And a dark obsession beginsAs the lives of Helen and Louise become ever more entangled, Helen’s obsession gets increasingly out of control. And the fragile new life she has built begins to fall apart…


My thoughts:

The story starts with a woman who has been involved in an accident. I started the next chapter believing she had woken up in hospital on the road to recovery, but here we are introduced to Helen Matthews, who has been the recipient of a new heart from a donor.

As Helen, who has been incapacitated with illness since she was a child, feels the stirring of her new heart, she is compelled to find out more about whose it is. Who is it she can feel inside her, urging her to find out more about what happened? The two women’s lives become obsessively and dangerously tangled.

The whole story pulses with complex emotion. Helen’s character and her turbulent history are very well drawn, with a trail of breadcrumbs placed carefully, leading the reader to a different conclusion at each stage about the legitimacy of her actions in trying to determine what it is that the other woman wants, what she, Helen, wants, and how, if ever, these desires can be reconciled.

Told in the first person, which is a crucial medium for this story, we have several other characters who change the beat of the plot as well at certain points. Alex, Simon, Andy, Mim and all the children have significant bearing on Helen’s wellbeing. An internal battle rages which makes for compulsive and thrilling reading.

A twisty, unique and deeply unsettling plot. The sort of story that makes you look around and truly realise that you never know what is going on in another mind, possibly not even your own. How powerful is intuition in reading people? Is the paranormal real, or imagined? The Turn of the Screw meets The Girl on The Train. Fans of psychological fiction will, I’m sure, want to add this to their reading lists!

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About the author:

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Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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‘The Magpies’ by Mark Edwards #themagpies @mredwards #markedwards #amreading #bookbloggers #bookreview #thriller

Imagine finding your perfect home with the love of your life and being certain that all your life is coming together just as it should. Jamie and Kirsty are delighted to find the home of their dreams at a knock down price; the neighbours appear friendly; the neighbourhood is quiet and orderly. What could possibly go wrong?

The first chapter gives us a bit of a clue, as the incumbent tenants are vacating what we assume is the same flat, displaying significant psychological and emotional trauma relating directly to their tenancy.

In ‘The Magpies’, Mark Edwards embellishes his own real-life experiences to craft a terrifying tale about the neighbours from hell. I think maybe I didn’t really believe this sort of thing happened, but then I was talking about the plot to a friend, and she said that a similar thing had happened to her and her husband in the early days of their relationship, when they too lived in a flat in London. I wonder if it was the same flat……

Little by little, strange things start to happen. It starts with small, minor inconveniences and builds to a state of slight paranoia, then a normal-life restricting major irritation, then worse and worse from there.

This is a creepy and intense psychological thriller. Although, there are early signs that we might be jumping to the wrong conclusion, the story is made all the more real and frightening because we are not led through major plot twists and turns. We just start to wonder why? What motivates people to behave this way?

I’ve seen some criticism levelled at the realism of the characters of Jamie and Kirsty, but this ignores that fact that not all people are the same. I don’t think I am like Jamie and Kirsty. My relationship with my husband is totally different from theirs. We don’t have the types of conversation they have. This does not make this unrealistic. It just describes the sort of relationship that many people have. I can well imagine friends of ours being like them. But you know what? This could happen to anyone; we see it on TV as well. It doesn’t matter what type of person you are, or what your relationship with your partner is like, or if you are on your own or with your family. What would you do? How far would you go to protect yourselves? How much could you take?

Mark Edwards is thorough in his exploration of this experience. There is also a lot of sexual content, but it serves fair purpose to show the inhibition they suffer during their horrifying experience.

Really enjoyed this and was impressively creeped out.

To bag yourself a copy, click here: The Magpies

About the author:

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers, and counts among his influences writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt, and movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

His first solo novel, The Magpies (2013), reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK and has sold 550,000 copies to date. This was followed by What You Wish For (2014), Because She Loves Me (2014), Follow You Home (2015), The Devil’s Work (2016), The Lucky Ones (2017), The Retreat (2018) and In Her Shadow (2018). These can be read in any order. He also published A Murder of Magpies, a short sequel to The Magpies, in 2018.

He also co-writes with Louise Voss. Their novels are: Killing Cupid (2011); Catch Your Death (2011); All Fall Down (2012); Forward Slash and a series featuring Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon, starting with From the Cradle (2014) and The Blissfully Dead (2015).

He grew up on the south coast of England and starting writing in his twenties. He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing. He now writes full-time and lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children, two cats and a golden retriever.