Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks. Many thanks to Rachel Kennedy for the blog tour invitation.
About this book…
A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS.
A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.
For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.
Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.
One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.
When I go on holiday I always take books that I’m pretty convinced I’m going to love and when this latest Heidi Perks novel Come Back For Me landed on my door mat, it went straight onto the holiday reading pile. And it was a brilliant choice! I read it whilst in Greece for my daughters wedding and, for me, it was the perfect holiday read. Compelling and compulsive reading, I absolutely loved it from start to finish! It explored that fear I have always assumed we all have-that one day we will see our old home on the news with the headlines telling us that a body has been found there (weirdly enough this has actually happened to me but that is a whole other story!!).
I loved the setting for Come Back For Me. The island where Stella and her family used to live was a rather creepy and isolated location that lent itself well to this psychological thriller. It’s always strange going back to a childhood home because things are never quite as you remember them. And when Stella returns to her island past, she becomes very aware quite quickly that the friendly and welcoming community she remembers seems to have disappeared with everyone now appearing to be hiding secrets. We know that something terrible must have happened all those years ago due to the rapid escape her family make at the very beginning of the book but just how much are they involved in what happened all those years ago? I was kept guessing throughout as to who was responsible and why and that anticipation kept me completely glued to my sun lounger oblivious to everything except Stella’s journey to discover the truth about one summer.
I always find the family dynamics explored by Heidi Perks in her novels make them particularly appealing to me. She takes ordinary families and gives them a twist with situations and relationships that aren’t the norm but that could just as easily be applied to the family next door. The flashbacks to the family when they are living and working on the island casts them as a “normal” family but there are underlying issues that will only come to the fore when a catalyst is added to the mix and that catalyst is about the catch the ferry for the summer ahead…
This is definitely my favourite of Heidi Perks books so far and it’s shocking twists and turns make it the perfect summer takeaway! Highly recommended by me!
Meet the author…
Heidi Perks lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.
Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.
Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course and after that dedicated her time to completing her first novel, Beneath The Surface.
She has a huge interest in what makes people tick and loves to write about family relationships, especially where some of the characters are slightly dysfunctional.
Her second novel, Now You See Her was published by Century, part of the Penguin Random House group in 2018 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick.
Her third novel Come Back For Me is out July 2019 and she is now writing her fourth to be released in 2020.