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Its my greatest pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour for The Reunion by Samantha Hayes, published by Bookouture. I remember the day the Blog Tour post was put up online looking for reviewers/bloggers, with the synopsis read and the lure of the spine-chilling broken butterfly on the cover, I was never going to pass on this psychological thriller its a bloody belter.
They were all there the day your sister went missing.
Who is lying? Who is next?
THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.
Eleanor never came back.
NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.
When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…
If you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this gripping psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.
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The Reunion is another sensational psychological thriller by Samantha Hayes, the cover chilled my very being. The sullied yet beautiful broken butterfly influenced my thoughts even before I turned the first page, floating my eyes and hands deftly through each chapter absorbing each memory of that fateful day that Eleanor didn’t come home.
How can a book cover produce such an emotionally all consuming need to devour a book in one sitting, I certainly can’t answer my own question, but I can say I pushed all the boundaries of time to pacify my desire for an unexpected conclusion and boy did I get it.
A reunion of friends, the secrets, the lies.
Eleanor, sister of Claire, goes missing in 1996, years later Claire organises a reunion of her close friends all who were there on that fateful day. As the days pass more secrets and lies unfold, devastating everyone the deceit touches. I can’t say too much about the premise of the plot, due to the scale of the deception of nearly every character involved, any way who would want too.
The Reunion is a slow burner but don’t let that put you off, as the secrets emerge you’ll find it difficult to lay it to rest, the characters are off the chart, I really don’t know how Samantha managed to knit it all together so deftly. The darkness of one certain character I didn’t see coming, I couldn’t believe what I read until a passage written about the past blew it out the water, once discovered the realisation of what damage a little white lie can cause sets in.
Be prepared to go with the flow of The Reunion, what better way to discover a truly twisted and secret soaked psychological thriller.
Thank you to Samantha Hayes, Bookouture and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Reunion to read in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.
When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.