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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Childhood Sweetheart by Wendy Clarke, published by Bookouture.


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 WindowThe Wife Between Us and The Housemaid won’t beable to put Childhood Sweetheart down!

“You can’t forget your first love…Maybe you should…”

Childhood Sweetheart is an engrossing tale that had me glued to my Kindle. It moves gently to start as the scene is set, but as it progresses so does the pace, and the tension in the air palpable.

It’s setting, on a remote island in Scotland, vividly paints a picture that blends so well with the tale, enhancing its sinister vibe. The small amount of characters, makes it more personal which I enjoyed.

Clarke never fails to deliver a real page turner and she once again has done just that with this book. Compelling with shocking revelations, this is a must read.

Thank you to Wendy Clarke, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Childhood Sweetheart, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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




Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Childhood Sweetheart. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


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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