The Storm by Amanda Jennings @MandaJJennings @HQStories

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Storm by Amanda Jennings today. It’s out on the 23rd July so I recommend you preorder this fabulous book now so you’re not left disappointed!

To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home it’s a very different story. Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him?

Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told.

But the past is about to catch up with them.

Set against the unforgiving backdrop of a Cornish fishing port in the ‘90s, this is a devastating exploration of the power of coercive control in a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems…

The Storm is a beautifully written book with themes of obsession and loss that felt as oppressive as the air before a huge storm arrives. Set in the county of Cornwall, where the sea plays it’s part in the lives of those living there, I quickly became wrapped up in Hannah’s existence. I say existence because that is all she is really all she is doing. Her home life wasn’t easy but the more I read the more angry I became! Why on earth would Hannah allow herself to be so downtrodden by her controlling husband? And what is the secret she is hiding? I thought I knew but believe me, this storyline doesn’t go the way in which I had expected it to!

A bird shaped storm glass

Amanda Jennings creates her fictional world with expressive prose and a visually descriptive narrative that gradually cuts you off from reality with its tide of intensity. I became as wrapped up in and obsessed with Hannah’s world as her husband was, unable to put this darkly atmospheric book down until I uncovered the secrets of the past. And let me tell you that it takes a lot to be able to pull the wool over my eyes but Amanda Jennings managed it perfectly. Plus she left me chilled to the bone with an intelligently crafted ending that left me feeling very uncomfortable indeed! Those quiet moments, when the storm has passed and the sun comes out again, will never quite take away the fear of losing all you hold dear.

The Storm was a 5 star read for me and is already on my favourite books of the year list! A wonderfully crafted book from start to finish!

Amanda Jennings lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, three daughters, and a menagerie of animals. She studied History of Art at Cambridge and before writing her first book, was a researcher at the BBC. With a deep fascination for the far-reaching effects of trauma, her books focus on the different ways people find to cope with loss, as well as the moral struggles her protagonists face. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found walking the dog. Her favourite place to be is up a mountain or beside the sea.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.