Welcome to the blog tour of Amanda James’ book The Cornish Retribution!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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In The Cornish Retribution written by Amanda James the main character, recently widowed author, and now penniless Samantha, goes back to Sheffield for a school reunion where she once again meets her old boyfriend Dan and her x-bestie Penny of whom slept together behind her back. Surprisingly Dan and Penny are still together and married, but immediately it’s clear to Sam that their relationship is not as solid as it should be. (Cue Sam’s smug mode).
Returning back to Cornwall, Sam decides to finally put the past to bed (er, literally?) when Dan has other plans; not to just visit her home in Cornwall, but to help her invest in it, making her lovely and rather spacious seaside home a retreat for writers, so she is not forced to sell.
Deciding this is a shrewd alliance and basically her only choice of keeping her house with all her dead husband’s memories, Sam reluctantly agrees to go ahead with Dan’s plans, but does he have more invested in the project that Sam is aware of? Or is Samantha taking advantage of the fact that Dan and Penny’s marriage is as rocky as the Cornish coast?
Aside from being a chilling warning that school reunions are often not the best places to go when you’ve had a bad experience like Sam’s, which makes this story realistically creepy in itself, this highlights the fact that some people never change, especially the dangerous, mentally unstable, stalker types!
I enjoyed this fast read and reading the thoughts of the killer, but because it never gave away the fact whether the killer was a male or female, so the culprit was hard to pin down, cleverly disguised!
Additionally, I hope none of you reading this are planning to go on a school reunion anytime soon! When you can’t put the past behind you, go to school reunion 29 years later and dredge up those awful events of the past! (Evil laugh!)
A creepy read that kept me guessing who was behind the murders. Depending on who you believe, Dan or Samantha are complete nut jobs and totally unstable. And if it’s not one of them, who else could it be? Dan is very manipulative and likes to get what he wants, but Sam is the one with the motive, and what fun it would be to get your own back nearly thirty years later…
Who’s killing who? You’ll just have to read to find out!
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After a tragic car accident, Samantha is left widowed and bereft. Her husband Adam was everything to her. But at least the home they shared together in Cornwall provides her with some security. Or does it?
Upon returning from a school reunion in Sheffield, where Sam met her old friend, Penny, and an old flame from her school days, Dan, she discovers that Adam had invested money unwisely and she is now penniless.
When Penny and Dan, who are now married, arrive in Cornwall to visit Sam, Dan comes up with a way in which Sam can keep the house. He suggests she turns it into a writing retreat. And he is willing to invest.
Despite his wife’s reservations, Dan gets his way but at what price?
Why is Dan so keen to help? Has Sam put herself in harm’s way?
Some relationships are built to last. Others are deadly.