Welcome to my stop on this fabulous blog tour for G.J Minett’s #AnythingForHer. Huge Thankyou to the publisher and to Netgalley for the copy and for the opportunity to get involved. For a rounded view please check out all the incredible bloggers listed in the line up above ❤️ Today I share with you my review and an interesting insight with an author guest post discussing what 5 things he needs in order to write..


You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you?

When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now.

When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?

Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing – reasons that might be more dangerous than she’s led him to believe . . .

Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do.

MY Review

Wowsers talk about who do you trust? A book becomes a very exciting read when you realise you can’t even trust the protagonist, I absolutelely loved the tangle of lies and deceit i became tangled in. The author expertly weaves them into a web that is so comolex that even with the clues and tidbits that litter the narrative, the red herrings will leave you guessing until it reaches a spectacular and most surprising outcome! If you love a complicated plot with enough twists and turns as the jive then you will love this!
This is the first book I have read by the author and what an incredible introduction to a very talented writer . Minett has written one of the most enjoyable thrillers I have read to date … and I have read ALOT…
I was hooked very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the authors style of writing which I found moved the story on at a very exciting and thrilling pace . I loved the dual storylines that ran concurrently and meet toward the end and also the series of flashback which when coupled with Intriguing characters and an interesting storyline had the ingredients for a perfect thriller.
A thoroughly compelling read from start to finish I recommend this very highly to fans of thrillers and psychological thrillers!

Author Guest Post…

Five things I must have in order to write

1. Peace and quiet.
I know some writers feel they write better if they have music playing in the background but I can’t have any distraction at all. If music is playing, I’ll start drumming on the table or humming the chorus. If I allow myself for one moment to wonder what slanderous nonsense Chris Whitaker has been tweeting about me that morning, it’s like opening the floodgates – I’ll never get them shut again. I have to shut myself away from playlists, radios, TV, family, social media, the internet (other than for research) . . . everything. I stay there in splendid isolation until I feel I have produced enough for that particular session and then surface to reintroduce myself to those closest to me. Living with me must be such a joy!
2. Exercise.
When I’m planning my writing day, I always have to allow for the fact that, more often than not, I’m going to be exercising around Pagham Harbour between 2.00 and 4.30 and then recovering. It’s not dead time from the writing point of view because that’s when I do quite a bit of planning and preparation for the next scene. Occasionally I’ll come up with a piece of dialogue which I’m desperate to remember so I’ll quickly record it on my iPhone. The locals seem to have grown accustomed to the mad guy who shouts at himself but steer a wide berth nonetheless.
3. Time.
I have to have a fairly substantial block of time available before I’ll consider it to be a writing opportunity. I’m not one of those writers who can sit down for half an hour or so and move things along incrementally. I know that some of my colleagues at Bonnier Zaffre have young families and regard a ten-minute wait at the doctor’s as an opportunity they can’t afford to waste. I don’t know how they do it – I don’t even have a job to worry about anymore but nature, as they say, abhors a vacuum and you’d be amazed how easily Ashes tests, Wolves matches, Joshua fights and England rugby internationals can soak up the hours in a day. Two hours would probably be the mimimum slot I’d consider worthwhile for a writing session. Anything less than that and I start hearing the siren call of an ever-expanding ‘to be read’ list. In my defence though, once I’ve identified the slot, I’ll stay there till I’ve got the job done for the day.
4. Order.
I’ve talked elsewhere about my supposed OCD which I tend to exaggerate slightly but which is still a potent enough force at times. The table at which I work is covered with books, papers, pens, papers, receipts, stationery equipment of all sorts. It looks chaotic but everything, I assure you, has its place. If someone passing through happens to borrow a pen and take it with her, it will bother me until I’ve tracked it down. As for my laptop, it has to be lined up so that it’s parallel with the grain in the wood of the table or I’ll keep nudging each end until it’s right. Come on, you all do it!
5. The delete key.
I said earlier that I’ll stick at it until I’ve completed whatever I’ve identified as the target for the day. I didn’t say it was necessarily up to scratch. Not so long ago writing was something I did as a hobby and I went at it whenever the mood took me. Now I have to meet deadlines and work at times when I might not be at my most inspired so what I actually produce is often quite awful . . . as I discover first thing the following morning.
For this reason I have to build into my writing time a lengthy period for editing significant chunks of what was written 24 hours earlier. And yes . . . I know you’re not supposed to. I’ve even advised people myself, urging them simply to get it all down on paper, keep ploughing ahead and not worry until much later about the standard – never mind the quality, feel the width. But even though logic tells me that’s the right way to go, I just can’t pick up where I left off without checking what went before. I guess it’s something to do with building on solid foundations but what it means is that very often I’m a couple of hours into the new writing day and I haven’t moved the overall word total any further forward.
​Thank God for the delete key. I remember vividly those days of floors littered with screwed up pieces of paper that had been ripped from the jaws of the typewriter and those tippex strips which we all thought were magical at the time because a tiny error no longer meant having to start the sheet all over again, as long as you were happy to walk around for the rest of the day with fingers stained white. Now I can delete whole chunks of prose or pick up entire passages and move them elsewhere if the mood takes me.

So . . . five things I have to have in order to write. If they’re all in place, I have to be really inventive if I want to excuse myself from getting down to work. Unless, that is, Wolves are live on TV. Let’s keep this real.