Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for Badlands by Gary Kruse! Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite. Read on for more info and my review.
Surf. Sand. Smugglers. Murder.
Willow has run as far as she can.
From her home.
From the friends she betrayed.
From the family who betrayed her.
From her own name.
But a cry for help will bring her back.
Back to face her family.
Back to face the sins of her past.
Back to face the darkness at the heart of Cornwall.
In the search for her sister, Willow will face deception and betrayal, before she’ll find love – and herself. But will she uncover how close the enemy is, or will she become another victim of the Badlands?
Badlands by Gary Kruse is an emotional, atmospheric, thriller. It’s dark and gritty and kept me invested from start to finish. The writing is so compelling, I had trouble setting this down. It took me on quite an emotional rollercoaster, and I was glued to the pages.
I love stories that are character centered and Badlands definitely is. Each character has a purpose and the story wouldn’t have been able to be told properly without them. They felt real and it made the story even more addicting.
Badlands is an intricately plotted thriller that I’m super happy I read. This is my first read from this author and won’t be my last. I highly recommend giving it a read!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Gary Kruse is a multi-genre writer of flash fiction, short stories and novels. He lives with his family in Hornchurch on the Essex/London border.
He began writing as a teenager after seeing the Craft in the cinema and wondering what would happen if the coven of witches from the Craft came face to face with the Lost Boys (the vampires, not Peter Pan’s crew!).
His work has appeared online and in print anthologies and his short story “Mirror Mirror” was shortlisted in the WriteHive 2021 Horror competition, and subsequently featured in the “Duplicitous” anthology.
His short story “Hope in the Dark” won first place in the November 2021 edition of the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.
His debut novel “Badlands” is published through Darkstroke on 21st January 2022.
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