Secrets. Lies. Murder.
When Leo decides to go into business with his mother-in-law he soon realises his mistake. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter, Ashley, has her own reasons for hating her mother. The atmosphere is toxic and old wounds refuse to heal.
Next door, eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents argue constantly and her grandmother, who lives with them, is approaching death.
Soon these two families will collide and the consequences might just be fatal…
What a gripping read Death Wish is and one that I literally flew through as didn’t want to put it down! I’m a big fan of this authors books and after reading the prologue to the story, I knew I was in for another great read and I wasn’t wrong.
The heart of the story is set in the two homes of the two different families. In one house we have Joya, her parents and her grandma Vee who has Huntingdon’s disease. I have to say I found the story line to do with the disease quite an emotional one. Not only does Martine, Joya’s mum, have the worry of looking after her mother who doesn’t want to be a burden, she also has to face the fear of whether she has got it and also whether she has passed it onto her daughter. All that Joya knows, is the once happy home and family she is used to seems very strained.
In the other house we have Leo and Ashley who have found their perfect home of which unfortunately they have to partly share with Eleanor, Ashley’s mother. It soon becomes clear why Ashley is not a big fan of her mothers and it’s obvious from the start them all living together really isn’t going to work out.
Joya is a fabulous little character. It was great to see a lot of the story through the eyes of a child and realising how much they over hear and see that as parent’s we probably don’t realise. It did make me think if at times it is best to keep things from them or if we should be honest at all times with our children. It will certainly give you food for thought.
I don’t want to go into the story line itself to much as I think it is much better for the readers to discover the going on’s between these pages themselves.
Death Wish tackles quite a few life issues and is very much of the domestic noir genre. Whilst not full of thrills, the author still manages to grab the readers attention right from the off until the very last page. The characters lives draw you in and absorb your whole being so that you struggle to put the book down until you know how everything is going to play out and it certainly did not disappoint! Guaranteed to be a hit with fans new and old of the authors.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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