EXCERPT: The tide was coming in and luckily it had washed up her dolly, for now it lay discarded on the wet sand. She leant down to pick it up and stopped as her eyes feasted on something more interesting. She’d already collected several unusual shells.
‘Come on, Sarah,’ called her mother.
Sarah licked the salt from her lips and watched as the water drifted out to reveal what looked like someone’s toes. But they couldn’t be, could they? How could someone’s toes get in the water? Carefully she picked up the dolly and hugged it to her. She was about to turn back and hurry after her mother when she realised that it was indeed toes, for she could now see the legs above it. The water drifted out some more and Sarah gingerly moved closer. Then she saw it. The body was blue and stiff. For a second Sarah stared at it, puzzled, before realising it had no face. That’s when Sarah screamed, and the rest of the beach went silent. The only sounds were Sarah’s high pitched screams and the wailing of the seagulls.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Abby Miller thought she had the perfect family; a good looking, loving husband and a beautiful daughter. Her life was complete. The shock discovery that her husband, Jared, had been having an affair rocked her world. So when Jared suggested a short break to the Cannard Islands, to heal their fractured marriage, Abby agreed. An idyllic holiday turns into a nightmare when Abby witnesses something terrible. Suddenly her life and the life of her daughter are in serious danger and no one seems able to help them.
MY THOUGHTS: Lynda Renham is certainly a very versatile author. Romance, humor, psychological-thriller, and crime thriller – she has written them all, and written them equally well.
With ‘She Saw What He Did’, Lynda’s latest offering, she has packed in the action – political intrigue, kidnapping, murder – to name but a few.
The story is told from three points of view: Abby who is trying to save her marriage; Ellen, the only police officer to believe Abby witnessed a murder; and Sparrow, the desperate villainwho has bitten off more than he can chew.
While there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot I was disappointed that we discovered the identity of Sparrow well before the end. But don’t worry, the suspense is still strong due mainly to the unpredictability of his character.
And I love the cover! Early on I was wondering what the cover had to do with the plot – it is a pet peeve of mine when the cover doesn’t tie in with the plot – but as you can tell from the excerpt, it is both relevant and beautiful.
THE AUTHOR: Lynda Renham has been writing for as long as she can remember and had her first work published in a magazine at age nine and has continued writing in various forms since. She has had several poems published as well as articles in numerous magazines and newspapers. Recently she has taken part in radio discussions on the BBC.
She has studied literature and creative writing.
Lynda lives with her second husband and cat in Oxfordshire, England. She is Associate Editor for the online magazine The Scavenger and contributor to many others. When not writing Lynda can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to author Lynda Renham and Raucous Publishing for providing a digital ARC of She Saw What He Did for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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