Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for The Girl in the Van by Helen Matthews. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the spot on the tour. Check out all the info and my review below!
A tormented mother. An abandoned girl. A deadly game of survival.
What happened to Ellie?
Traumatised by events, Ellie’s mother, Laura, can’t bear to stay in the Welsh seaside town where she lives with her partner, Gareth. She escapes to London, breaking all ties with him, and refusing to tell anyone her new address.
After two years of living alone and working in a mundane job, Laura buys an old campervan and joins a singles holiday. Here, she meets Miriana, a teenage girl who bears a chilling resemblance to Ellie. As Laura uncovers Miriana’s story, she’s shocked by the parallels to her own life.
But stories can be dangerous, and someone out there will stop at nothing to prevent the truth about Ellie from coming out…
The Girl in the Van by Helen Matthews had me reading as fast as I possibly could, without missing anything, because it was absolutely gripping. I love the feeling when you’re sucked into a book and you just can’t put it down. This book did that for me.
The pacing is perfect. Fast and thrilling. There were many twists and turns and I didn’t know what would happen every time I turned the page. The plot is complex with many different layers and there wasn’t a time when I knew exactly what the answers to any of my questions were until the end.
If you’re looking for a psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes from the first page to the last, this is it. I highly recommend checking it out, and I also highly recommend starting the book well before bed time, because you won’t be able to put it down!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense novels and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her fourth novel The Girl in the Van, a suspense thriller with dark contemporary themes will be published by Darkstroke Books in March 2022. Previous novels include After Leaving the Village, which won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival, and was followed by Lies Behind the Ruin, domestic noir set in France, published by Hashtag Press. Her third novel Façade was published by Darkstroke in September 2020.
Born in Cardiff, Helen read English at the University of Liverpool and worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management. She fled corporate life to work freelance while studying for a Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Her stories and flash fiction have been shortlisted and published by Flash 500, 1000K Story, Reflex Press, Artificium and Love Sunday magazine.
She is a keen cyclist, covering long distances if there aren’t any hills, sings in a choir and once appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York in a multi-choir performance. She loves spending time in France.
Helen is an Ambassador for the charity, Unseen, which works towards a world without slavery and donates her author talk fees, and a percentage of royalties, to the charity.
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