Rough Diamonds by Gillian Godden @GGodden @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #BookReview #BlogTour #RoughDiamond #UrbanCrime #Series #NetGalley #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Rough Diamonds by Gillian Godden, published by Boldwood Books.


In the aftermath of her husband’s shocking murder, Patsy Diamond wants answers. Who was Nick really? Where is all his money? And who killed the man she once loved? Patsy knows exactly who to go to first – Nick’s pregnant mistress, Natasha.

Natasha might seem young and innocent, but Patsy’s certain the girl is hiding something. And the only way to find out what is to keep Natasha close and make her part of the Diamond family.

With the two women forming an unlikely bond, they begin to dig deeper into Nick’s secret life and discover things that shock…and terrify them.

Because Nick Diamond played a deadly game and if the women in his life want payback, then they are going to have to follow his rules – or break them and make their own.

But the strongest diamonds are created under pressure and these women are no exception…

“Flawed, tough, unbreakable….”

Rough Diamonds is a gritty and enthralling read that I couldn’t tear myself away from! Completely hooked right from the outset, the pages just turned themselves and I raced through it in one sitting. I was actually disappointed when I had finished it as I was enjoying it so much!

Godden takes the reader back into the lives of the Diamond family where the tale picks up in the aftermath of Nick Diamonds death. For his widow Patsy, she is on the hunt for answers and soon begin’s to realise she really didn’t know Nick at all. What follows is a thrilling ride full or secrets and lies and I loved uncovering them all.

I love strong females in these types of stories and Patsy definitely kicks arse! Perfectly imperfect, she really is a force to be reckoned with and she is such a brilliant character. The other players, good and bad, played out there roles well and make the story all the better.

Flawless writing kept me engaged, it’s plot twists had me on the edge of my seat and it’s outcome has left me wanting more! An addictive and entertaining read, I can’t recommend Rough Diamonds highly enough!

Thank you to Gillian Godden, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Rough Diamonds, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on Rough Diamonds.


Gillian Godden is a brilliantly reviewed writer of gangland fiction as well as a full-time NHS Key Worker in Hull. She lived in London for over thirty years, where she sets her thrillers, and during this time worked in various stripper pubs and venues which have inspired her stories.




My thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this blog tour and for the promotional materials.

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