Guilty Women by Melanie Blake @RandomTTours

‘Guilty Women’s already stamped it’s razor-sharp, blood- stained stiletto heel firmly in the lead to be 2022’s book of the year.’ DAILY MIRROR
‘Revenge, murder and greed, Guilty Women has it all’ B E L L A
‘Not for the faint-hearted! An unputdownable, revenge and lust filled romp of a read that you won’t want to end!’ HEAT
‘If you only read one book this year, then Guilty Women won’t disappoint. It will leave you breathless’ EXPRESS
The gripping new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of RUTHLESS WOMEN
‘Pure escapism. 5 stars!’

is back, and this time they’re in trouble…Can they get away with MURDER?
On a beautiful island off the English coast, four TV actresses gather. Their fifth member is missing – and only they know why she was killed.
As the secret between them threatens to come out, tensions on set run high.
The women are determined that the show must go on – whatever the cost.
But one of them is on the edge of telling the truth – and no soap opera in the world could survive this scandal…
All of the women have something to hide – but the question is, are they ALL GUILTY?

Having read Ruthless Women I knew that I needed to know what happened to them next after the shocking incident that happened to them at the end of that book. So I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the blog tour for Guilty Women and would like to thank Anne Cater for my invite.

I do think you probably need to read Ruthless Women before you read this as although there is a catch up on what happened previously and a cast list to keep you updated, I do think you’ll get much more from the characters and understand their actions more if you’ve followed their story from the beginning. The filming of glamorous soap opera Falcon Bay is about to start filming again after the shocking scenes that were filmed for their live episode. But when four gorgeous actresses get together again, they all have something to hide. It was great to meet this cast of strong and determined women again, their lives have moved on since what happened previously but they are still showing their true colours! I have to say that my favourite character is still Sheena McQueen, the gutsy 50+ agent who fights her corner and is loyal to those she represents. But I found lots to love in these female characters and lots to hate in lots of the male characters too apart from Matt, the unexpected love interest of Helen Gold. Honey Hunter is still missing though and there are a few scenes connected to her that I found hard to read…

If you loved the 80s bonkbusters then Melanie Blake need to be an author on your radar. Reading Guilty Women felt like a long gossipy lunch with your girlfriends-but without the murderous intentions ofcourse! A shocking tale of love, lust and lies!

MELANIE BLAKE is the bestselling author of Ruthless Women, which became a Number 4 Sunday Times hardback bestseller and an ebook bestseller in 2021, selling over 150,000 copies. Guilty Women is her second novel about the cast of Falcon Bay, and her first with HarperFiction. Growing up in a working-class household with severe dyslexia, Melanie has her own Rags to Riches story, just like that of her characters – at 15 she was told by her school career advisors that her decision to work at a record shop was ‘a clear example that she wouldn’t go far in her career’. They were wrong. By 19 she was working at the BBC’s iconic Top of the Pops show and by 26 she had built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading music and entertainment managers. She also created her own acting agency from scratch which became the most successful independent boutique agency in the UK. Melanie still represents a high-profile stable of actresses, but is also now enjoying success in her own right as a author, playwright and producer.

Dear Reader,
I am so thrilled to have the chance to take my readers back to ‘Falcon Bay’, the setting of my first ever Sunday Times bestseller, Ruthless Women. Who knew that a book about the lives behind the lens of a fictitious soap opera off the Jersey coast would end up being translated into 8 languages, introducing my leading ladies to parts of the globe I’ve still yet to visit!
Book two of the trilogy, Guilty Women, may pick up with the characters from last time, but brand new readers to the franchise will find themselves hooked by the mysterious opening of just what these women have to hide. Returning fans will be shocked at the lengths their favourite characters will go to to survive the latest attack on their idyllic life on St Augustine’s coast, where they film the show loved by millions – and loathed by its enemies.
The larger than life ‘stars’ that fill Guilty Women’s pages are the magic of this book. Because of my history working on some of the biggest syndicated dramas in the world, and my two decades as a talent agent and publicist dealing with not only some of Hollywood’s A-listers but most of the UK famous faces that still appear on your TV screens nightly, I have an ingrained insight that only a rare few get. I’ve had access to those guarded studio gates, those locked dressing room doors, and I’ve been inside the boardrooms and bedrooms of the rich, famous and flawed.
I cannot wait to hear what you all think when you’ve had a chance to escape into the world of Guilty Women. Greed, betrayal, murder, lies, lust, revenge, loathing and friendship all play a part in what I’d like to think is a white-knuckle rollercoaster of a blockbuster ride. So, open that first page, and fasten your seatbelt – it’s going to be a bumpy one!
Best wishes,
Melanie Blake

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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.