I am a little behind in discovering Mark Tilbury and his brilliant books but after reading and loving The Abattoir of Dreams, I knew he would slowly become one of my go to authors. I was honoured when he asked me to take part in this blog tour and I am really exited to be sharing this review with you today!
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: 5th Aug 2019
Who can you really trust?
Beth Cruikshank couldn’t be happier. She is eight weeks pregnant and married to the man of her dreams. But after returning home from a celebratory meal, she finds a wreath from her sister’s grave hanging above the bed and a kitchen knife embedded in her pillow. There are no signs of a forced entry. Nothing is stolen. And no one other than the cleaner has a key to the house.
And then a campaign of terror begins. Beth becomes increasingly paranoid as it becomes clear that someone close to the family is behind these disturbing events.
But who would want Beth dead?
Can Beth find the answer before it’s too late?
Torment is a story of misplaced loyalty, revenge and sacrifice.
THE SUNDAY FEELING’S REVIEW
Happily married couple David and Beth return home one evening to find a wreath from Beth’s sister’s grave hanging above their bed and a kitchen knife embedded in her pillow. The police are unable to do much with so little evidence, and the couple are determine not to let someone run them out of their home. However, unbeknown to them that this is only the beginning.
To make the situation even more stressful, after several miscarriages, David and Beth are finally expecting their first child together. With everything going on in their lives, they are both fully aware that Beth needs to stay calm and relaxed in order to give this child the best chance of reaching full term.
Mark has created such a vast array of characters for Torment. Some I adored, and felt such empathy with, and others I knew from the start were more trouble than they were worth. Mark creates some of the most evil characters I have ever had the displeasure of reading about, and I bloody love it! At times, I wanted to wrap Beth in cotton wool, but at the same time I wanted to shake some sense into her. David was also always on my nice list, but that doesn’t always mean I am right.
I had a theory about half way through, based on both the plot and the cover (yes I take the cover into consideration when putting theories together). It turns out I was completely wrong and once again was thrown from one direction to another by Mark’s fantastic suspenseful writing. I am now more than convinced of Mark’s ability to pull the wool over my eyes time and time again before leaving me with explosive endings.
Torment was suspenseful and addictive from start to finish!
Now I wont lie, there were a handful of times I got frustrated whilst reading Torment, but this was mainly down to character naivety than anything else. If you have read Torment I’d love to discuss this further with you in the comments as I don’t want to give anything away.
I am now determined to get to some of Mark’s older novels, which I am sure will keep me fully entertained and on my toes until his next one. I am obsessed with the fact that the last two books I have read by Mark proves that we readers are given far more than we ever anticipated and I honestly can not wait to dive into more of his incredible work.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, Torment.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.