Today, I’m very excited to be sharing my stop on the blog tour for Both of You by Adele Parks. Thank you to HQ and Sian Baldwin for inviting me onto the tour and providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.
Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan, vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamourous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.
DC Clements knows that people disappear all the time – far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run towards, others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds, their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the DC believes they are.
How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.
TW: cheating, death, murder, torture, cancer
Both of You is a thrilling and easily bingeable mystery story with plenty of devious twists and turns up its sleeve. The premise is so intriguing and as the story continues, the mystery only grows more complex and fascinating.
I loved how emotionally fractured and complex this mystery was. It really relies on the various relationships that tie this group of people together in a variety of messy and humanly flawed ways. This is a story that hinges on duplicity and unexpected connections, several of which you will have to wait to fully discover. The chemistry sparks right off the page but often between people you may not first expect it to. Parks has a real ease to her writing that completely compels you and means that the pages just seem to fly by. You become invested in this whole bubble of people and situations that you scarcely notice time passing around you.
Without giving any spoilers, this is a vicious little tale. It’s full of darkness and monsters that are all too human. Parks provides some thought-provoking moral dilemmas and a few lingering doubts that follow you after the final page. Right from that chilling opening scene, I was so invested in this twisted gem of a story. It was tense, claustrophobic and deeply unsettling. Cleverly, once you’ve discovered all the secrets embedded, that opening scene suddenly takes on a whole new significance. Parks thrives on the little details that are so easy to miss but culminate in some excellent reveals and plot twists. The entire concept that centres the book is such an intriguing one and I liked how Parks went full throttle into it.
Both of You is a deeply compelling and endlessly fascinating tale that is entirely driven by its complex relationships and the million unexpected ways people are connected to one another.
Thank you again to HQ and Sian Baldwin for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and please check out the other amazing stops on the tour.