Here’s a book review of my old boss’ first ever novel.
This easy to read, psychological thriller caught my attention even before I’ve read the title and blurb. It was written by Karen Botha, an ex-Head of Online at a well known flooring retailer (Carpetright.) Funny thing is, she (and my manager, Simon,) couldn’t have known that it would kick-start my career by giving me that junior position about 5/6 years ago.
Anyway, enough about me and back to Karen. She quit the corporate digital job to pursue her love for holistic therapy, taking on jobs as a masseuse in her converted garage, and has coupled that with freelance copywriting. I’m guessing that the latter has allowed her to write more freely and so perhaps that was the push to become a novelist writer?
Good news is that my admiration for the writer didn’t have much to play in her well-written story. It’s a super easy read, and fun too. Knowing the author meant that I could see the links between her real life self and her characters as she clearly put a lot of herself into her first book. As she had posted on her Facebook, (which you can find via Karen Botha Author,) ‘write about what you know’ and she did exactly that and did it well.
Briefly, the story is about a masseuse, Lucy, who has a new love interest – Giles Harrington. Her best friend, Paula, being an ex-crime detective, checks his background (as he seems ‘fishy’ to her when they first meet) and finds that his terminally sick ex-wife ‘might’ have been murdered. Due to Paula’s jealousy and gut feeling she points all the fingers at Giles and starts looking for evidence. In the meantime Lucy and Giles’ relationship quickly develops, from fun days out to an engagement not long after they first met. Without ruining the end, throughout the story, the reader meets more of Giles’ friends and family and you’re left wondering who had killed his ex-wife because something really doesn’t seem to add up.
In my opinion, throughout the novel, I wanted Giles to be innocent, even when all the evidence showed that he might be the murderer. It shows that Karen has a great way of making you bond with the characters that she’s created and keeps you turning the pages.
Her use of colloquial language made me smile as it very much reminded me of our local Essex area. She included passionate scenes but wrote them in a classy way which made you bond with the characters as they were intertwined together. An easy to read, easy to follow story that included twists and turns that made it a page turner. I’m also satisfied, in a strange way, that it ended in a cliff hanger!
I’m looking forward to reading the next one 🙂
Grab your copy on Amazon today – Right now (July 12th 2017) it’s even FREE to download!