Thursday, 12 February 2015

Just Two Weeks by Amanda Sington-Williams
Release Date: 30 October 2014
Publisher: BookBaby
Genres: Psychological Thriller

After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels herself slipping into a vortex of fear. Back home, the nightmare continues and she realises that Raquel is stalking her. Her hippie mother and her partner Mark tell her she is imagining it all. All certainties, even about relationships, become fluid and treacherous as her past begins to unravel. If it wasn't for Rob, her ex-lover who Jolene thinks has his own agenda, she would be left to cope on her own.
How much fear and betrayal can one person take?

Just Two Weeks is the sort of book that I love! Who doesn't love a good thriller? The main character Jo, decides to go on a two week holiday to Sri Lanka without her partner Mark. In the beginning I found this quite a strange thing to do but as the story progresses we gain a little bit of understanding of Mark's motives / reasons for not going. Jo initially appears to be quite a weak woman but I couldn't help feel that despite her sometimes irrational behaviour, it actually takes guts to travel alone! Jo is actually a mixture of contradictions if that makes sense. Just when the reader thinks they fully understand her, she does something that surprises.
When Jo finds herself in a foreign land with no money or passport, she is afraid, alone, confused and uncertain of who she can trust. Things don't get much better when she gets back home and is stalked by a woman she met on holiday. Jo becomes suspicious of everyone, not knowing who to trust. Can she even trust her own mind?
Amanda Sington-Williams has written a real psychological thriller that will get the pulse going. I noted the use of the weather as being symbolic to the tumultuous mixture of emotions that Jo felt in certain situations and thought it was very clever. There were times during the story that I felt myself almost as tense as Jo, wondering what was going to happen next. Whilst reading the book I was reminded of the style of some of Hitchcock's movies and the creeping anxiety and suspense that they produced and felt myself feel the same way while reading this book. It is an excellent book that will have you gripped right from the beginning and will leave you gob-smacked right at the end. Highly recommended read. I'd also recommend lots of snacks beside you while you are reading because you won't want to put the book down to go make some food! Really enjoyed this book.


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About the Author
Amanda Sington Williams' first novel, The Eloquence of Desire was published by Sparkling Books in 2010 and has been translated into Turkish. She won an award for this novel in 2007 from the Royal Literary Fund. Since 2006 when she first started writing she has had many short stories published, including: Growing Pains by Bridgehouse Publishing, A Mother's Love by Indigo Mosaic, Two Orchids by Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Unseasonable Weather by Dead Ink Press, The Woman at Number Six by Writing Raw, and many more.
Her second novel, Just Two Weeks is a psychological suspense and won the IPR Agents Pick in 2013.

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