Thursday, April 11, 2019

Blog Tour: Black Wood by Derek Flynn

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I'm thrilled to be able to bring you this post today as a part of the blog tour for Derek Flynn's latest release, Black Wood.

"How far would you go to get out?" 
This is the question three unlikely friends living in a dead-end town in America ask each other. The answer would come to haunt them. 

The narrator is a writer in his late 30s, living alone in New York, eking out a living as a college lecturer. Samantha Pierce, a woman he hasn't seen in years, re-enters his life and tells him that she is being blackmailed - because of something they did twenty years before in the Black Wood.

There's nothing I love more than a good, heady thriller set in a small town full of secrets. An unreliable narrator comes a close second, and that's what we get here. He's a writer, an observer, and when he was in High School, he was obsessed with local popular girl Samantha and her relationship with dropout Charlie. An unlikely pairing, they intrigued our unnamed narrator to the point of obsession. Now, two decades later, Samantha needs his help.

I was unsure about this as I began to read it - I'm not a huge fan of books set in the first person/present tense but almost immediately I started to read the story through the eyes of the narrator and I completely forgot about both. Our narrator brings us back to that Summer, the one that changed everything, and I felt like I was there with him, spying on Samantha and Charlie. This added another layer for me, I felt as if I was going to be caught too and it really added to the whole reading experience. As he goes back and forth to explain what he remembers from that time, the story slowly unravels - but can we trust a word he says? After all, he is a writer. He controls his story.

This is an addictive, fresh, clever thriller and I'm delighted that the author asked me to be a part of this tour - for those who haven't read The Dead Girls or Broken Falls, this one is not part of the John Ryan series and can be read as a standalone. What are you waiting for?

Thank you to Derek for allowing me to read the book and be a part of the tour. 

Black Wood is available now.


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