Blog Tour Post, Childhood Sweetheart

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Childhood Sweetheart
Wendy Clarke351 pages
published August 23, 2022Amazon | Goodreads

About the book

Bang. Bang. Bang. I jump as the knocks on the window crash above the roaring wind outside. Who could it be, at this late hour? I open the curtains and peer outside. ‘Hello?’ But the dark, the rain and the empty lane are all I see.

It’s been eleven years since I last saw Jonah, after his brother died that stormy summer night. And now, without warning, he’s back, living in his old house next door just like old times, on the remote Scottish island that is home. Where I used to imagine we’d stay, together, forever, sharing our lives and our secrets as we always had. But that was before.

Jonah’s not the sweet boy I once knew. His mood is changeable, his behaviour unstable, our brief conversations are forced and awkward. And then the knocks on my window begin. It can only be him, but why, and what does he want? I used to love him. Now I don’t even want to invite him in.

Because after all these years, I see our childhood secrets, the ones we swore never to reveal, in a newly terrifying light. Was his brother’s death truly an accident? Could Jonah’s secrets have been worth killing for? And how safe am I now, on this isolated island, with the man I used to love…?

A totally addictive and twisty psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist. Anyone who loves The Woman in the Window, The Wife Between Us and The Housemaid won’t be able to put Childhood Sweetheart down!

My Review

I read a lot of twisty thrillers, so it isn’t often a book pulls off a twist on me that I at least didn’t see coming at least a little, but this one did.  And to say it tricked me multiple times makes me say kudos to the author.   Not all of the twists were shocking, but a few rate right up there with some of the best I’ve read.  I’m going to avoid a lot of talk about the book for fear of delivering too much info.

I will say the book started out a little slow for me, but once I read some, I was hooked.  I am not sure why I connected with Aisla, as we have nothing in common, but I really did.  She was very relatable.  Maybe it’s that I’ve been reading a lot of romances and I could root for a romance while also getting my thriller fix, but more likely the author did a great job of drawing me in.

After the start, the book moved along, had me liking the characters and wanting to know who the man stalking them was.  It really was plotted well to deliver the twists while not seeming far fetched or out of the blue.  This is a good start to my spooky fall reading.

Author Bio:


Wendy Clarke was a teacher until the small primary school where she worked closed down. Now she is a writer of psychological suspense but is also well known for her short stories and serials which regularly appear in national women’s magazines.

Wendy has two children and three step-children and lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex. When not writing, she is usually indulging in her passion for dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

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