Today I have the good fortune of being on the Strategy blog tour – Anita waller is one of my favourite bloodhound authors. Strategy is the follow up to 34 days.
Jenny Carbrook murdered three people to make it look as though there was a serial killer at work in Lincoln, when the only person she wanted to kill was Ray Carbrook, her father-in-law, who had raped her the week before her marriage to Mark, Ray’s son.
Jenny wrote letters detailing her crimes in order to protect everyone she loved, but was forced to go into hiding before retrieving the evidence against her. Not only did she leave the letters behind but also her young daughter, Grace.
Now Jenny has a plan, a strategy, to get the letters back. But it’s not only the letters that Jenny has in her sights
my thoughts: I read 34 days before this and while I enjoyed the premise of how an ordinary person can be driven to evil acts, I didn’t feel like it reflected Anita at her best it was a good read but I wasn’t as emotionally drawn in as I have been with her other novels.
however Strategy remedies this. You are hooked from page 1 of this fantastic thriller and it helps that you know the characters from 34 days as you feel more connected with them from the very beginning. There were several points in this book where I had tears running down my face as I read and this is Anita’s real writing skill. She can draw you in emotionally to a book in a way few other authors do for me. I can think of few other authors who deliver this type of domestic Noir as well as Anita Waller.
for an outstanding read look no further, this receives a solid 5* from me.