Remember Me Blog Tour

Remember Me? is a memoir about caring for a parent with dementia and the memories that resurface in the process.

In her first book, Shobna Gulati sets out to reclaim her mother’s past after her death, and in turn, discovers a huge amount about herself and their relationship.

Remember Me? captures the powerful emotions that these memories hold to both Shobna and her mother; secrets they had collectively buried and also the concealment of her mother’s condition. What ensues is a story of cultural assimilation, identity and familial shame.

I absolutely love it when I find a book that I just can’t put down. I was absolutely engrossed on my travels through Canada by this honest, and important read. I can’t stop thinking about it as I want as many people as possible to pick up this book and be as caught up as I was in this unputdownable portrayal of Shobna Gulati’s life through all the ups and downs and feel like she reaches out through the page to talk directly to you as a reader.

It’s great when a book you pick up really ’speaks’ to you in a voice you can just hear in your mind’s eye and I feel that it allowed me to spend time with Shobna getting to know her and her family through the pages. I just can’t stop thinking about the way that she made me think about both the diffeences and similarities of our very different cultures, and see how there is so much that we have in common, quite apart from the differences. It is a testament to the power of the writing that you are absolutely with her throughout this read and feel like you’ve lived through the difficulties alongside her.

The fact that she speaks so openly and directly about some fairly challenging societal and family circumStances increases our bond with her as we read and you will definitely feel like you have got to know her family, as if you have been part of their story. Shobna’s story and the story of her family was not only immersive but absolutely emotionally compelling too and the writing will keep you turning those pages as you start to see the impact of her mum’s health on the rest of the family and I know that Shobna’s willingness to be so open and reflective in this memoir will strike a chord with many readers who have walked the same path, albeit in slightly different shoes.

The world of caring for a loved one with dementia is so skilfully portrayed that you get to see how this evolves for one family as well as being able to reflect about dementia more holistically and thinking about its impact societally The skillful way that she weaves the many and diverse strands of public and personal in this intensely personal book is superbly done and remains emotionally honest throughout. I found it it so moving in places and it really opened my eyes to the systemic racism experienced by South Asian immigrants both in her mother’s time and also sadly in the present day. It does so in a very unsensational way, which is all the more shocking and impactful in the way it opens your eyes to the way that the way that we experience healthcare, education and support might be quite different if we looked or spoke a different way.

I loved the way that this book wove ideas about both the personal and the community together in a really balanced way which allows you to get more insight into the complexity of life in Britain as an immigrant, and as the child of an immigrant family feeling both part of your own culture and yet part of another country’s culture too. This is the perfect read for the summer break, as its one you can really immerse yourself in, and would be an absolutely amazing book club choice – I guarantee that you’ll be recommending it to so many people afterwards – as you’ll not be able to stop thinking about this emotionally resonant and beautifully written autobiographical tale and you’ll want to see what other readers think as soon as they’ve finished.

If you enjoy a read that challenges your preconceptions, tugs on your heartstrings and tests your prejudices in a fresh and original way then you will love this book as much as I did.  I absolutely can’t recommend it enough and feel like I haven’t been so emotionally caught up in a book for a very long time. It will make you rethink your definition of family and open your eyes to the power of love and forgiveness, perhaps even the way that we have to be open to forgiving ourselves…

If you feel intrigued and would like to order yourself a copy and find out for yourself what has had such a huge impact on me, then buy yourself a copy here

Check out these other fantastic bloggers on the tour. Thank you so much to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the invite – You know that I love an autobiographical read and I love the diversity of books I read each year on her recommendation!

Writer On The Shelf

Shobna became a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and as Sunita, in Coronation Street. She also appeared as a presenter on Loose Women (ITV), and most starred in Series 1 of the BBC One television show River Walks.

On radio, Shobna hosted her own late night show on BBC Radio Manchester, and has appeared in many plays for BBC Radio 4, most recently in the sitcom ‘The Break’.She trained at Manchester University, Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance, Goldsmith’s College, London, Darpana Academy for Performing Arts, India, and has also completed a post graduate diploma in teaching dance from Middlesex University.

Shobna has just finished filming the role of Ray in the upcoming feature film Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Truly, Darkly Deeply

A mind-blowing, unputdownable serial killer thriller of a very different kind – perfect for all fans of Mindhunter and Girl A

Twelve-year-old Sophie and her mother, Amelia-Rose, move to London from Massachusetts where they meet the charismatic Matty Melgren, who quickly becomes an intrinsic part of their lives. But as the relationship between the two adults fractures, a serial killer begins targeting young women with a striking resemblance to Amelia-Rose.

When Matty is eventually sent down for multiple murder, questions remain as to his guilt — questions which ultimately destroy both women. Nearly twenty years later, Sophie receives a letter from Battlemouth Prison informing her Matty is dying and wants to meet. It looks like Sophie might finally get the answers she craves. But will the truth set her free — or bury her deeper?

I absolutely love a book that scares me senseless and comes to me in my dreams even after I’ve finished reading it. Victoria Selman has done an amazing job of helping me to completely believe in her characters– this exciting and atmospheric read drew me in from the very first paragraph and held me captivated by its setting and characters until its very final page.

Charismatic and mysterious characters, relationships with a twist, a mysterious atmosphere and a sense that there are lots of things just bubbling beneath the surface that you’re not quite sure of– I mean – what’s not to love. These were some of the many reasons that I was so drawn to Truly Darkly Deeply and why I’m so grateful to Joe from Quercus for inviting me to participate in this blog tour – as this book was definitely right up my street!

I love immersing myself in a book over a weekend and not looking up apart from to pour another cup of tea and this book answered the brief perfectly. If you haven’t already ordered a copy, you should definitely put it on your Summer TBR

Don’t just take my word for it – look at the praise this book is attracting

Truly, Darkly, Deeply is beautifully written and moves at the pace of wildfire. It draws you into the dark world of serial murder without celebrating it. Victoria Selman is an exciting and powerfully fresh voice, and her new thriller is one you won’t put down ― Patricia Cornwell

An absorbing and captivating read, this held me in its thrall from beginning to end. Brilliant! ― SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

Gravely compelling, sophisticated, terrifying. Victoria Selman truly excels with this clever, nuanced mystery― Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of We Begin at the End

Original and clever – an incredibly tense read which pulled me inexorably along to its chilling denouement― Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange

This is a thriller that lives up to its title and then some – chilling and compulsive, and with a wicked twist. I loved it ― Cara Hunter, bestselling author of Close To Home

A breathtakingly original novel, it’s an utterly absorbing twisted story and a strong contender for the thriller of 2022 ― John Marrs, bestselling author of The One

A twisty psychological thriller that goes to the heart of how and who we love. Can’t wait to see what Selman does next ― Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

Truly, Darkly, Deeply is such a clever, immersive crime novel, and like nothing I’ve ever read before. I lived every unbearably tense second of Sophie’s powerful story, unable to put the book down. It’s only January and this could well be my book of the year! ― Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies

I feel like you can totally surrender to this reading experience and strap in and enjoy the ride I really felt like I could experience some of the terror alongside the victims and found it very difficult to detach myself from this immersive reading experience that allowed me to plunge into the setting and experience the atmosphere right alongside them. It was so tense at times that you could absolutely imagine the hairs rising up on the back of your neck and every time I stopped reading it, I kept imagining myself lured back there and trying to navigate the truth for myself.

I got really caught up in the twists and turns of this cleverly constructed read and keep turning the possibilities over in my head about what exactly was going on and whether we were getting a sense of the whole truth at times.  It’s funny that I get into reading zones and I’m now on a real serial killer streak and have been drawn to exploring more true crime and losing myself in another of my favourite genre’s darker sides. I am trying not to give any spoilers at all as I do not want you to lose a single element of the twists and turns of this satisfying and compelling read.

I really loved the way that Victoria Selman draws the reader in and keeps them connected with the twists and turns that beset Sophie and Amelia-Rose as they attempt to understand what exactly is going on as well as understand the questions that arise years later as a consequence of them trying to unravel these twists and turns. The way that the past and future interconnect and collide with one another was one of my favourite things about this book and it certainly does a fine job of not allowing you to put it down as it gives you a solid case of ‘one more chapter’

This was the perfect weekend read for me – and if you want something to absolutely lose yourself in and forget about everything that’s going on in the world –  then this would be a perfect book for you, it’s so immersive! If you love a deliciously scary tale with well-drawn characters and a plot that will keep you gripped then you’ll really love Truly Darkly Deeply and  should treat yourself to a copy

Thank you so much to Joe for recommending such great reads. I love being prompted to read such a diverse and eclectic range of books and being able to share my views with other book lovers is an absolute pleasure.

‘An utterly absorbing twisted story and a strong contender for the thriller of 2022’ John Marrs

‘A creepy, engrossing novel which plunges the dark depths of a serial killer and his crimes’ Araminta Hall

‘Original and clever – an incredibly tense read’ Harriet Tyce

‘Chilling and compulsive, and with a wicked twist. I loved it’ Cara Hunter

‘Clever, immersive . . . like nothing I’ve ever read before’ Caz Frear

Blue Hour Blog Tour

She thinks of blue mountain, her favourite place. ‘We’re going somewhere where we can be safe. We never have to come back here.’

As the rest of the world lies sleeping, Eleanor straps her infant daughter, Amy, into the back of her car. This is the moment she knew must come, when they will walk out on her husband Leon and a marriage in ruins since his return from Vietnam. Together, she and Amy will journey to blue mountain, a place of enchantment and refuge that lit up Eleanor’s childhood.

As the car eats up the miles, so Eleanor’s mind dives back into her fractured relationship with her mother, Kitty. Kitty who asked for so much from life, from love, from family. Kitty who had battled so hard to prise her husband George out of the grip of war. Kitty, whose disapproving voice rings so loud in Eleanor’s head.

Tense, visceral, glittering, it is a masterful return to fiction from the author of the acclaimed See What I Have Done.

This was the first book I read on my Summer holidays and what a book to kick start my summer reading extravaganza! I absolutely loved See What I have Done and found its writing style really compelling. It’s the equivalent of a literary striptease – you definitely do not get to see everything all at once and I love the fact that once again Sarah Schmidt masterfully maintains the art of withholding and the slow reveal. Blue Hour did not disappoint, for such a long-awaited read and I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the blog tour today. Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the Blog tour and ensuring that my TBR is as eclectic and enticing as always as I head into my Summer break.

Blue Hour definitely was a fantastic read. Sarah Schmidt has crafted a book that you’ll take a long time to forget once you’ve finished it. It certainly had me well and truly hooked and I’ve thought about it a lot since I finished it and feel like it’s the kind of read that really gets under your skin – Eleanor and Kitty’s stories are connected whilst so different and the depth of insight you gain from the way that they are juxtaposed means that you won’t be able to forget either of these two characters or what they go through in a hurry.

One of the most striking things I’ll remember about Blue Hour – and there are many – is that although I was reading it imy garden – in my head, I was very firmly transported into the world of this book, experiencing all of the twists and turns alongside them. In an interview with Sarah Schmidt, she says that the best stories often make readers uncomfortable. “I see the role of fiction when it’s sometimes dark is to help readers understand or experience something through the safety of a book,” she says. The fact that it’s so closely interwoven with her own experiences makes this book all the more visceral a read – “I want people to walk away from the book having a true feeling about something,” Schmidt says. “It’s my complete and entire life. It’s also nothing to do with my life.”

Both Kitty and Eleanor’s characters really spoke to me and they both definitely stepped off the page and appeared before me warts and all; the visceral way in which we get a real insight into their internal struggles mean that we see motherhood in its rawest sense. This is not a book you will forget easily and it may make readers confront some inherently uncomfortable truths about their own relationships and experiences. Despite the potentially challemging parts, it’s a book to savour and think deeply about – both as you are reading it and afterwards as you experience the full force of emotions through its pages.

Blue Hour is such an evocative read that I’m still thinking about it now If this sparks your curiosity, you should definitely order yourself a copy so that you can see for  yourself how Sarah Schmidt pushes the boundaries of family relationships and challenges her readers to think about the dark moments in our lives that make us who we are as well as the bright spots.

This will definitely appeal to fans of intelligent and multi layered fiction . It really is well worth your while to cast your net more widely in terms of what you read over the summer when you might have more time on your hands, so if you haven’t heard of Sarah, this is my sign to get yourself a copy and see what you have been missing.

I’d like to pass on my thanks to the ever-lovely Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour and sending me a copy of the book. It’s such a gorgeous cover that will make you think about the ties that bind us as well as the temptation to take flight from the limitations of our roots at times – and the inside is definitely just as striking. Get your hands on your own copy here – it’s a 10/10 summer read that I can’t recommend enough.

Writer On The Shelf

Sarah Schmidt is the acclaimed author of See What I Have Done, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and won the AIBA Literary Fiction of the Year 2018. She lives in Melbourne where she works as a librarian.

You can follow her at and on Twitter @ikillnovel.

More Than You’ll Ever Know

Lore Rivera was married to two men at once, until on a baking hot day in 1986, one of them found out and shot the other.

That’s the story the world knows.

It’s not the story that fascinates Cassie Bowman.

Determined to know more about the mysterious Lore, true-crime writer Cassie is surprised to find Lore is willing to talk.

But as the two women get closer, Cassie finds herself confessing her own darkest secrets.

And the shocking truth behind the murder all those years ago . . .

This is the kind of book that you know after three paragraphs you’re not going to be able to put down. When I fall for a writer, I fall hard and this was love at first read.

This is my read of the summer and I can’t stop talking about it to my book club as well as my friends and family. It reads like True Crime of the highest calibre and you have to keep reminding yourself that these are fictional creations and you can’t Google the story to find out more about these events. I’ve not been as compelled by a female character since I met Ruth Malone in Emma Flint’s Little Deaths. Lore is mesmerising. Elusive, compelling and mysterious, she captivates us as much as she does the men who fall for her as we experience the situation she manages to become tangled up in and the devastation it causes as her life unravels before our eyes.

The fact that Katie Gutierrez manages to maintain the feel of a true story is a further indication of the quality of her writing and you get as drawn into Cassie’s story as you do her investigation of Lore’s choices and their aftermath. Everyone who knows me is well aware of the lure of a gripping crime story for me as I lose myself in unravelling the layers of ‘truth’ at its heart. Even though this is a very different story, both in terms of its setting and characters, from the tale of Ruth Malone (Read more here), it enthralled me in the same way as it explored the way that women are judged by society if their sexuality or conduct is viewed as unacceptable in the eyes of the people around them. I found myself able to empathise with Lore’s situation, even if her decision making was sometimes hard to truly understand

Readers seem to have had a mixed response to the character of Lore and I think this pays testament to how fantastic Gutierrez’s writing is. People react to Lore’s character as if she is a real person: we are drawn in by her story, refracted through the eyes of the many ‘witnesses’ in the novel who all have an opinion on her choices and that leaves us completely free to draw our own conclusions and try and walk a mile in her shoes as she finds herself in a situation wholly her own doing, but that somehow feels all along that is bigger than her and has caught her up in two parallel existences that allow her to inhabit both – until she can’t any longer…

Gutierrez skilfully draws us into both of Lore’s worlds whilst holding us at arms length too, which Lore does to everyone else – even her own family The mystery at the heart of who Lore actually is is such a fantastic technique to draw us closer to her alongside Cassie, whilst never really knowing her too. I found myself watching her every movement as Cassie gets closer to her, to see if I could catch a glimpse of the real Lore hiding below the respectable matron that she has evolved into. Her composure and calm is not what Cassie has been expecting and it was fascinating to see the investigator being challenged to look into her own history and start thinking about why she is so keen to ‘wholly know’ Lore and so determined to close off so much of herself to the people who love her. Gutierrez skilfully leaves us to respond to Lore and Cassie’s back stories in our own way and speculate about the nature of family, loss and love for both of them in very different ways – without serving us up a neatly boxed ‘answer’– a very clever method of engaging us with Lore’s story, whilst keeping us all in suspense about what actually happened until the very last pages of the book.

Lore is certainly a woman who defies expectations in terms of love, motherhood and morality – and pays the price. Her life, in both Laredo and in the DF has been lovingly recreated in its descriptions as well as the language the characters use which definitely makes you feel like you are truly ‘there’ as we see Lore move within her settings and it has made me keen to explore both places which had never even been on my radar before. Lore has transgressed from the role set out for her by her gender and I found it fascinating to think about the way that her path diverts from wife and mother to someone who seems to step into her new life whilst holding firmly onto so many aspects of the one she has stepped out of.

The representation of both worlds is pitch perfect and the way that they come to life off the page is a perfect counterpoint to Cassie’s own tale. We see her very clear internal dilemma as she is torn between building a career and reputation for herself in journalism and coming to terms with the choices and compromises of her own past . Gutierrez’s representation of this side of the story is the thing that helps make Lore’s tale all the more real as we place it within Cassie’s own difficult decisions about what is important and what we can turn a blind eye to as part of our own past

Katie Gutierrez is an incredibly talented novelist. She draws us into Lore’s life and allows us, like Cassie to experience these events with her. Whether you can retain sympathy for her or not by the end will be a very personal response and this is one of the novel’s key strengths: More Than You’ll Ever Know forces you to respond emotionally to the stories you’ve been drawn into – and once you’re drawn in, it won’t let you go easily.

I can see this being a book that I come back to as well as one that I’ll be begging other people to read.

Thank you to Ella Watkins ar Penguin Michael Joseph for inviting me onto the blog tour – I loved discovering Lore’s story and advise you to get a copy as quickly as you can as this is going to be a huge word of mouth success this summer.

Folllow the blog tour to find out what these other reviewers thought of Lore’s story.

Praise for More Than You’ll Ever Know

A sprawling, stunning, twisting triumph. By turns heart-pounding and heart-wrenching, this is a story of marriage and murder, of the secrets we endure and the lies we tell ourselves to keep them. So achingly clever and stylish, More Than You’ll Ever Know is a special novel from a very special writer — Chris Whitaker

I was enthralled with More Than You’ll Ever Know from the very first pages of Gutierrez’s rich and assured writing. A gripping and thoughtful exploration of motherhood and marriage, the complexity of female desire, and the consequence of our obsession with true crime, it’s one of the best suspenseful dramas I’ve read in years. An exceptional, stunning debut-I absolutely loved it — Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

A stunning portrait of female reckoning – Katie Gutierrez creates layered and vivid characters, forced to confront the complexities of their own desires. An immaculate novel that explores marriage and choice, partnership and autonomy, More Than You’ll Ever Know is a wonder to behold — Danya Kufafka, bestselling author of Notes On An Execution

Smart, sophisticated and sly, Katie Gutierrez masterfully weaves a tale of two families, a double life and an ultimate act of passion that will have you on the edge of your seat as the truth is revealed. There are thrillers that tease, but More Than You’ll Ever Know will haunt your dreams. A stunning debut from a magnificent storyteller — Adriana Trigiani

A tale of two women, two timelines, two sides of a border and two husbands, More Than You’ll Ever Know is a novel both compelling and resonant – a novel which grips you like a thrilleras you are reading it, with characters and themes which linger in the mind like the best literary fiction. This is an unforgettable story, told brilliantly – one of those novels where from the first page you know you are in the hands of a writer of verve, confidence and conviction — Ellery Lloyd

A taut, unputdownable thriller, but also a gorgeously written examination of motherhood, ambition, and sacrifice, set between Texas and Mexico city. I loved every moment. — Grace Li, Sunday Times bestselling author of Portrait of a Thief

What happens when a mother wants more? A seductive, urgent tale about desire, family, the pursuit of truth, and the art of storytellingMore Than You’ll Ever Know will astonish readers with its vastness, romance, tragedy, and abundant heart. I became obsessed with Katie Gutierrez’s restless, secret-keeping heroines and didn’t want this book to ever end — Jessamine Chan, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers

Writer On The Shelf

Katie Gutierrez is the author of the debut novel MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW, which will be published by William Morrow in the U.S. and Penguin Michael Joseph in the U.K. on June 7, 2022.

She has an MFA from Texas State University, and her writing has appeared in TIME, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post, Longreads, and more. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and their two kids.