The members of a local support group in a sleepy welsh town are captivated by the new arrival, Sheena Strachan. Each member of the group has a reason for attending. Some hide dark, sinister secrets, and for others it is the highlight of their week.
But what are Sheena’s motives for attending?
The group’s leader, Rose, unexpectedly stops attending meetings. She goes into hiding, and quickly becomes an outcast. And then she is arrested for her estranged husband’s murder.
Did Sheena really have no involvement in his killing?
With Sheena at the helm, the group goes from strength to strength, both in numbers and commitment. But their behaviour is changing. No story is to leave the room. They trust nobody. Men are the enemy. The residents of the previously peaceful town start turning against each other.
Was this Sheena’s plan all along?
One mystery, however, stands out more than all the others.
Who is here to kill who…?
I AM HERE TO KILL YOU is a compelling psychological thriller that explores the potential power and devastation of manipulation.
I absolutely love Chris Westlake’s writing and adored 30 Days InJune and if you haven’t read it you need to add it to your TBR pile without delay as it satisfied my urge to read a story that confounded my expectations and proved that sleepy Welsh towns have a lot more going on beneath the surface than you might ever have thought…
Although I was totally absorbed in the story in I Am Here To Kill You, it is the characters in this absorbing psychological thriller that makes it such a treat to read. The story of Sheena Strachan and the waves that her arrival makes in the small Welsh town of Pontbach is so perfectly realised that it was hard at times to remember that they are fictional characters rather than real people whose lives had become entwined with mine. Sheena is a grade A manipulator and you have to admire her absolute audacity as she sets about her plan and inveigles herself into the town and its women’s live. The Welsh setting was something that really appealed to me as I love reading books set in a place that I know well. Added to this was the fact that the other bloggers on the tour had all commented on the fact that this was a really original read and I was bursting to find out if they were right…
Sheena is never presented as just the sum of her experiences, I think that it’s a testament to the plotting here that we get so caught up in wondering what Sheena will be up to next that it’s easy to forget that it’s a novel and you’re not caught up in this story yourself. The mystery surrounding her motives about coming to Pontbach and what exactly she hopes to achieve once she’s here is well sustained and will definitely keep you guessing as you read.
The novel’s portrayal of this town is never formulaic and writer’s portrait of Sheena and the women she meets feels really vivid and true to life as we get presented with some harrowing and challenging situations. You will definitely find it hard to put this book down as you’ll be so wrapped up in this story that you’ll need to keep reading and find out how it all ends. Expect the unexpected when reading I Am Here To Kill You – it’s safe to say that there were parts of this novel that I read with a thudding heart and sweaty palms as I was not sure how it was all going to end. Needless to say, I was not disappointed and if you are yet to start reading it, you’re definitely in for a treat.
I absolutely recommend this book to people who really like to get their teeth into a story that is original ,compelling and frightening in equal measure. In the present reading climate, many books seem a bit too much like something you’ve read before – and this book certainly stood out a mile for me. I loved the characterisation as much as I enjoyed the plot and I will definitely be recommending it to friends of mine who enjoy a page-turning read with characters that feel like they step right off the page. Buy yourself a copy here and enjoy travelling to rural Wales and experiencing a tale that you won’t forget in a hurry from Chris Westlake…
Writer On The Shelf
After completing a Creative Writing course in 2010, Chris Westlake’s short story, Welsh Lessons, was awarded 1st place in the Global Short Story Award (not bad for the first writing competition he had entered). He followed this up with 1st place in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award and 2nd place in the HASSRA Literary Award.
Chris has written three novels. 30 DAYS IN JUNE is his first crime thriller. He is currently writing his second thriller, on schedule to be completed in 2020. He is determined to write many, many more – his main regret is that he didn’t start writing earlier.
Chris considers himself to be a developing author. He is always looking to improve, to make his next novel even better than the last. He is continuously experimenting with different styles, different genres.
You can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org .
He would love to hear from you.
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