Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Review: Her Turn to Cry by Chris Curran

Her Turn to Cry by Chris Curran
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Release date: 8 July 2016
Rating: *** and a half
Back cover blurb: Twelve years ago Joycie Todd’s mother abandoned her. But what if she never really left? London, 1965. Top model Joycie Todd lives a glittering life with photographer Marcus Blake. But her childhood tells a different story… When she was eleven, Joycie’s mother disappeared. Run away with another man, so everyone says. But Joycie can’t forget the thumps she heard in the night, or the bloodstained rug hidden under the bed. A rug that was gone the next day. Twelve years later, Joycie has left her past behind. But when an old friend dies, Joycie is left a letter beseeching her to find out the truth. Unable to keep the door locked any longer, Joycie sets out to discover why her mother left her – if she ever really did. As she travels to the shabby seaside towns of her childhood, Joycie soon finds that it’s not just her mother who vanished all those years ago. Joycie knows the disappearances are connected, she just doesn’t know how. But there’s someone out there who does – and they will do anything to keep it buried.
I loved the setting of this novel but I can't help thinking that the cover is a little misleading. Set in 1960s Britain, to me both the title and the cover of this novel portray a modern crime thriller. But I digress...

Her Turn To Cry is a mystery thriller, and a very lovely one at that.

Joycie Todd was abandoned by her Mother and her Father committed suicide, she has no-one in the world except for Marcus Blake, her friend, occasional lover and photographer.

Joycie Todd is no longer Joycie, but she is Orchid, a top model, whose face adorns magazines and fashion shop facades.

When she learns of an old friend of her Mother and Father's passing, she attends the funeral and is shocked to be left something by the deceased.

It stirs something deep inside Joycie, the mystery of her Mother's disappearance.

Joycie has always been certain that her Mother would never just up and leave her, but she has never had any proof that anything else happened to her.

As Joycie begins to delve into the past, she realises that she and Marcus may be in danger. But she doesn't care. She is determined to get to the bottom of her Mother's disappearance no matter what the consequences.
Her Turn to Cry is available from 8 July 2016.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and Killer Reads.

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Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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