Happy Bank Holiday Monday! It’s a bittersweet day for me today as we were due to be in Greece this week which is why I had room for this blog tour as I had left the week free. But instead I’m working in school today and sharing my review for Before I Say I Do by Vicki Bradley! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
Her dream wedding is about to become her worst nightmare
Julia is nervous and it’s not just because she’s about to get married. There’s a lot that her soon- to-be husband, Mark, doesn’t know – and she is determined to keep it that way.
As she walks down the aisle, spotting Mark is his tailored suit, she knows she is taking her first steps to happiness- her past can’t catch her now. He turns to face her…
But it isn’t Mark in the beautiful suit – it’s his best man. Because Mark is missing.
And Julia’s past is closer than she thinks.
If you’re looking for a new author who can deliver a riveting crime thriller then look no further! This is Vicki Bradley’s debut novel and what a dark and disturbing thriller it is. I completely devoured it within a matter of hours and was left wanting more of the same…much more!!
Julia is looking forward to the best day of her life when she marries her fiancé Mark. Yes, she has secrets about her past but that part of her life is over and she’s looking forward to her new married life. But on the day of their wedding when she walks down the aisle it isn’t Mark who waits for her there but his best friend David. Mark is missing and it may have something to do with those secrets Julia was hoping to escape from. And boy, those secrets are pretty big for one woman to be coping with on her own! It’s when Julia starts to search for the truth that things get very, VERY harrowing for both her and the police officer put in charge of the case. The horrific twists and turns that follow will keep you on the edge of your seat as this nightmarish scenario goes from bad to worse because Julia’s past is about to catch up with her.
I loved the characters here especially Alana Loxton and her partner Kowalski who worked brilliantly together, each complimenting the other with their detecting skills. Their investigation was thorough and realistic with each new piece of information that they uncovered feeling organically derived from their inquiries.
I found Julia a rather closed book to begin with. Her experiences had obviously clouded her judgments and I wondered how she ever thought that she could get away with not telling the man she loved and planned to spend the rest of her life with the secrets of her past. Not exactly a marriage made in heaven with all those lies as a foundation so I’m not surprised that the walls of Julia and Marks lives started to crumble.
You could certainly tell that Vicki Bradley knows her stuff and has written what she knows. The police procedures were well written and played out with relationships between the police team feeling true to life. Alana is a character that I’d quite happily read about again as I loved her work ethics and gutsy attitude to her job.
Highly recommend this one for all crime and psychological thriller fans. It’s definitely one I’ll remember!
Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a detective Constable in Southwark CID. She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command. She is currently on a 5-year career creak to focus on her writing. Vicki completed a Creative Writing MA at City University in 2016. Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and Dunlop Prize 2016. She enjoys travelling the world and climbing mountains. Vicki lives in London with her husband.