Today I’m sharing my book review of fabulous thriller The Fault by Kitty Sewell as part of the Damppebbles blog tour. Thank you to Emma Welton and Honno Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
About the book:
Chilling thriller set on Gibraltar – at the heart of The Rock are secret tunnels, hard to navigate and even harder to escape. Sebastian is a civil engineering prodigy and his latest project is his most ambitious to date: to build a new city on the sheerest face of The Rock. His fiancee, Eva, a diver, is entranced by the penisula’s hidden depths and concerned that her lover doesn’t push himself beyond human limits in his desire to see his dream realised.
Mimi, still in her teens, is desperate to spread her wings and chafing at the limits placed on her movements by her overprotective older brother. When Mimi gets into a relationship with a neighbour intent on fighting the new development, Sebastian’s precarious mental health spirals out of control putting them all in danger. When Mimi is lost amidst their twists and turns the race is on to find her before the water rises.
About the author:
Kitty Sewell was born in Sweden, and has had four successive nationalities, living in the Canary Islands, Central and South America, Canada, England, Wales and Spain where she now lives in the mountains of Andalucía. She is a successful sculptor, and bestselling author.
Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has been short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, the Wales Book of the Year, Winner of the “People’s Choice” BBC Radio Wales Prize, and the Bertelsmann Book Clubs International Book of the Month.
She also writes as Kitty Harri. With Honno she has published Ice Trap (2005, later bought by Simon & Schuster) and Hector’s Talent for Miracles (2007) as Kitty Harri.
The Fault by Kitty Sewell is a gripping thriller with twists and turns that keep you guessing throughout. Very different to the kind of book I usually read, but thoroughly enjoyable all the same.
Set on Gibraltar, the story is told from the perspective of three different characters. Sebastian, a civil engineer who is in charge of an ambitious project connecting Gibraltar to Africa, his fiancée Eva, a deep sea diver who is troubled by someone or something from her past and Mimi, Sebastian’s younger sister who is desperate to spread her wings and fly the nest, if only her protective older brother would allow her to do so.
When Mimi becomes obsessed with the downstairs neighbour, a much older man who is intent on fighting the new development, Sebastian’s mental health begins to spiral out of control putting them all in danger. And then Mimi goes missing…
What follows is an intense, twisty and fast paced thriller that’s full of surprises. With characters that are as unlikeable as they are fascinating, this is a book that explores the frailty of the human mind, all while being wrapped up in a tantalising thriller that kept me interested right up until the final page had been turned.
As the water rises, the search to find Mimi becomes a race against time. There are twists and turns galore as the tension reaches breaking point and our characters find themselves unable to trust anyone.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Gibraltar, Kitty Sewell has woven a tale that is as atmospheric as it is chilling and is one that I enjoyed immensely. Recommended.
The Fault by Kitty Sewell is available to buy now:
Published in paperback and ebook formats by Honno Press on 18th July 2019.
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