I have another review today and this time it’s for Wilderness by B.E. Jones on the first day of the blog tour! Huge thanks to Emma Welton for my review copy of the book and the invite onto the tour!
About this book…
Two weeks, 1500 miles, three opportunities for her husband to save his own life. It seems only fair. Besides, it isn’t about his survival – it’s about hers.
Shattered by the discovery of her husband’s affair, Liv knows they need to leave the chaos of New York to try and save their marriage. Maybe the roadtrip they’d always planned, exploring America’s national parks – just the two of them – would help heal the wounds.
What Liv hasn’t told her husband though is that she has set him three challenges – three opportunities to prove he’s really sorry and worthy of her forgiveness.
If he fails? Well, it’s dangerous out there. There are so many ways to die in the wilderness – accidents happen all the time. And if it’s easy to die, then it’s also easy to kill.
And if their marriage can’t survive, maybe he can’t either.
I read Halfway by B.E Jones last year and liked it enough to say a big, fat YES when I was asked to be on the blog tour for her newest book. But I was blown away but how much I loved Wilderness compared to Halfway! It had a completely different style of writing and plotting compared to her previous book and it worked perfectly for me! This is a brilliant psychological thriller with plenty of “love to hate” characters and lots of twists to keep you on your toes!
Liv has discovered her husband is a cheat. They have relocated from Wales to New York and she is now obsessed by his affair and the lies he is still telling. A road trip to discover the beauty and wilderness of the national parks is also a test for him to prove he is still a worthy husband because if he isn’t then she’s in the perfect place for him to “disappear”. But this book is so much more than I’ve described here! It’s a brilliant insight into the breakdown of a relationship but with plenty of unexpected twists and turns throughout!
I absolutely devoured Wilderness! It took me a little while to get my bearings, mainly because it wasn’t what I was expecting after reading her previous book, but I was hooked pretty quickly into the nightmarish and ugly breakdown of their marriage that clashed so well with the beautifully wild and unstructured setting. None of the characters were particularly likeable with their flawed, direct demands on themselves and others and I trusted absolutely NO ONE but, for me, this is my perfect storyline. As all paths lead to a shocking denouement, I had no idea how I was going to fight through the tangled mess that had been left behind but it all came together with a very satisfying ending.
I can highly recommend Wilderness for anyone who loves domestic noir psychological thrillers as much as I do and this is definitely one of the best I’ve read this year so far! Absolutely brilliant!
Meet the author…
Beverley Jones was born in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, and started her ‘life of crime’ as a reporter on The Western Mail before moving into TV news with BBC Wales Today.
She covered all aspects of crime reporting before switching sides as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.
Now a freelance writer she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.
Wilderness, her sixth crime novel follows the release of Halfway by Little Brown in 2018.
Bev’s previous releases, Where She Went, The Lies You Tell, Make Him Pay and Fear The Dark are also available from Little Brown as e books.