You Need Me by Sharon Bairden @sbairden @RedDogTweets

Book Description:

‘Your secret didn’t die with me.’

The mysterious note tucked inside the pages of a recently returned book leaves librarian, Morag McLaughlin, chilled to the bone. She knows it was meant for her.

Someone out there knows her darkest secrets and they could destroy everything.

Torn apart from her own family, she will stop at nothing to create a perfect new one.

Why are they all so ungrateful? She’s only looking after them…

Isn’t she?

Purchase Links:

Limited Edition Hardback—numbered, with signed and dedicated bookplate.


Standard formats (eBook, Paperback, Hardback)


Also available in all bookshops, and online at Kobo, Google and Amazon

My Thoughts:

Wow, wow, wow! Sharon Bairden’s debut novel blew me away so have been eagerly awaiting to see what else she had lined up for her readers and boy she has gone darker and more twisted in You Need Me! I loved it!

There are quite a few characters in this story but the way the author introduces us to each one, it was easy to keep on top of who is who and I was eager to know more about them. I was also intrigued as to how all these characters lives were all entwined with each other.

This is very much a story about manipulation and preying on vulnerable people. Even though some characters were unlikable, it didn’t stop me from feeling some empathy for all of them at some point through out the story. Each character has had hardships in their own personal life and I could feel my anger at boiling point at times when certain characters were abusing their position of trust.

You Need Me was a compelling story that actually shocked me at how easy people can manipulate someone as well as how easy it can be to be manipulated. It was actually quite scary and some parts made for some uncomfortable reading where I wanted to scream at the characters to not be taken in. There were so many alarm bells going off in my head that it had me pounding away to turn each page on my Kindle to see how it would all end for these characters that I had come to know. My heart was racing towards the end and its a book that even once you have finished and put down, it’s one that will stay with you. The author has smashed it again and delivered a brilliantly dark and enthralling story of which if you love dark and twisted reads, then get adding this to your must read pile!

My thanks to Red Dog Press for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.


By day Sharon Bairden is the Services Manager in a small, local independent advocacy service and has a passion for human rights; by night she has a passion for all things criminal. She blogs over at Chapterinmylife and is delighted to be crossing over to the other side of the fence to become a writer.

Sharon lives on the outskirts of Glasgow, has two grown up children, a grandson, a Golden Labrador and a cat. She spends most of her spare time doing all things bookish, from reading to attending as many book festivals and launches as she can.

She has been known to step out of her comfort zone on the odd occasion and has walked over burning coals and broken glass – but not at the same time!

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