Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Beneath the Fear by Sheila Rawlings. This was released on the 6th of October 2020, published independently.
She thought the nightmare was over. It was only just beginning.
Spoilt and indulged since childhood, Samantha Copeland believes bad things only happen to other people. However, after witnessing her husband’s murder during a bank robbery in Oxford, that illusion is cruelly shattered.
Traumatised by the experience, Sam eventually retreats to the Cornish coast, where she hopes to heal her fragile state of mind. Unfortunately, instead of the peace she so desperately craves, she soon finds her vulnerability tested to breaking point by a series of unnerving and unexplained incidents.
However, after meeting her enigmatic neighbour, Tony Walker, and local handyman, Nathan Scott, Sam soon discovers the worst is yet to come.
Samantha was yet to experience what most of us have by the time we are a young adult, that is, that life can bring just as much tragedy and pain as it does love and joy. We follow her story as she tries to heal after losing her husband but, she could never imagine the worst may still be to come…
I throughly enjoyed this story and was caught up and hooked right off the bat. Sheila Rawlings did a great job of holding my attention and those pages on my Kindle flicking. The pace was spot on and although the outcome wasn’t a huge surprise, there were some elements that were.
The characters have been well put together and play out their roles well. My heart went out to Sam, who’s grief is so overwhelming, you could just feel the pain radiating from her through the pages.
I enjoyed the ease of Sheila Rawlings writing which is very engaging, as well as the use of the Cornish dialect through Nathan’s character. I do have to admit though, I had to re-read some of his lines at first but, I quickly got used to it and could follow along.
Beneath the Fear is a well written addictive read that had me turning the pages long into the night. A new author to me, Sheila Rawlings is now on my radar and I look forward to seeing what she will come up with for us next. It was a pleasure to read and review Beneath the Fear which I recommend.
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Beneath the Fear Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Sheila Rawlings
Sheila Rawlings is an author of adult crime and psychological thrillers, and her debut novel, ‘Truth and Revenge’ was chosen as a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2014. ‘Beneath the Fear’ is her second novel.
Born in Bexleyheath, Kent and educated at the prestigious Bexley Technical High School for Girls, Sheila originally trained as a graphic designer at Medway College of Art and Design (now the University of Creative Arts – part of Kent University).
After graduating from college with a diploma in visual communication, she worked as a graphic designer for two mail order companies, designing and producing their catalogues. Wanting something more challenging, she then worked for several years as a graphic designer and production manager for a magazine publisher. During that time, she also assisted their PR and marketing department, designing exhibition stands for various clients.
It was while working with journalists she eventually rekindled her childhood love of reading and storytelling, prompting her to write her own novels. Sheila now lives in South London with her husband, Martin.
Blog Tour Organiser
Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Beneath the Fear blog tour, a copy of the Ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily and for the promotional materials.