The Girl She Wanted by K.L. Slater @bookouture

I’m excited to be part of the blog tour today for The Girl She Wanted by K.L. Slater. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for organising this tour and my review copy of the book.

What if my sister is unstable and everyone can see it but me? What was she really doing standing over Florence’s cot in the middle of the night?

Alexa has always looked up to her older sister Carrie. Carrie lives in Alexa’s family home, and adores her one-year-old niece Florence. Alexa doesn’t know how they would cope without her. So when Carrie is suspended from her job as a senior nurse, accused of the most terrible crime, Alexa reels in disbelief. Alexa knows how caring Carrie is, and as she watches Florence gurgling and cooing whenever Carrie is around, she knows her little girl is in safe hands.

Alexa’s husband doesn’t trust Carrie. He wants her out of the house, unable to ignore what people are saying about her. But when he suggests that Carrie could be a danger to their daughter, Alexa shuts him out. Nobody will ever come between her and her sister.

Then Florence is hurt while in Carrie’s care and Alexa at last starts to wonder. Alexa has always wanted to protect Carrie from the past they have hidden. But does Alexa know what Carrie wants? And will the secret that has kept the sisters together now destroy her little girl?

I love K.L. Slaters books! She always has me hooked and intrigued with her twisty turny storylines but this one had me so frustrated as I really didn’t know what to believe! The sisterly bond can be very difficult at times but Alexa and Carrie seemed to have a close and honest relationship-Alexa looks up to her big sister as she has supported her through her anxieties about motherhood and she obviously adores her baby niece Florence (and the feeling is mutual with Florence having a relaxed and loving relationship with her auntie!). So when Carrie is accused of a heinous and unimaginable crime at the hospital where she works, Alexa is devastated and determined to prove her beloved sister innocent…

This is such a clever novel that works perfectly because of the characters within it. Alexa came across as a needy and slightly unstable mother who needed more support than I would have expected for some reason. Carrie is the organised and capable big sister but why has she split from her husband, what has she been doing at the hospital and what secret does she hold over her sisters head? All these questions and many MANY more were buzzing around my head as I became gripped by each departments investigation into what had happened to patients at Carries place of work.

I love it when a book drags me within its pages and I become completely addicted to it! The Girl She Wanted played with my emotions as I went back and forth in my beliefs about who was guilty of what and why! I pride myself on being able to sift through the clues, spotting red herrings and pushing them aside to uncover the truth but I honestly had no idea where this twisty narrative was heading and there were plenty of unexpected shocks along the way!

A gripping storyline with some very disturbed characters! I loved it!

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

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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.

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