Relativity by Antonia Hayes #BlogTour @LittleBrownUK @antoniahayes

So today I am incredibly excited to be on the blog tour for the debut novel Relativity by Antonia Hayes 

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About this book…

“Help,” he said. “He’s not breathing.”

A tiny baby is rushed to hospital. Doctors suspect he was shaken by his father, who is later charged and convicted. The baby grows up in the care of his mother. Life goes on.

Twelve years later, Ethan is a singular young boy. Gifted with an innate affinity for physics and astronomy, Ethan sees the world in ways others simply can’t – through a prism of light, time, stars and space.

Ethan is the centre of his mother’s universe. Claire has tried to protect him from finding out what happened when he was a baby. But the older Ethan gets, the more questions he asks about his absent father.

A single handwritten letter is all it takes to set off a dramatic chain of events, pulling both parents back together again into Ethan’s orbit. As the years seem to warp and bend, the past is both relived and revealed anew for each of them.

Relativity is an irresistible story about love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.

My review…

If you only buy one book this year then make it this one. It’s only January but this beautiful and intelligently written book has already reserved itself a place in my heart and in my top books of the year so far. It is stunning but what makes it even more incredible is that this breathtaking book is a debut novel!

If I could advise anything else then it would be not to read too many reviews of Relativity! Yes I know I should be supporting other reviewers but I went into this book pretty much blind and was glad afterwards that I had. The less you know the bigger the reaction you will have to Ethan. This young boy is such a wonderful character creation and I fell in love with him from the moment I met him. His relationship with his mother Claire has a touching honesty about it which seems a strange thing to say when you realise the secrets she has been keeping from her son once Mark comes back into their lives.

A very emotional and distressing subject is well handled by the author who has  well researched her subject matter with an obvious deep concern. The scientific thread running through the narrative was perfectly placed as a parallel to Ethans condition as it became part of who he was. I found it fascinating and a much needed aside to the very emotional plot details that emerged throughout. Ethan and Claires story moved me to tears many times and I sobbed throughout the last few pages. This is truly a very special book and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Relativity is out in paperback on 19th January 2016 and many thanks Clara Diaz at Little Brown Books for my advanced copy that I chose to read and review.

Meet the author…

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Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.

The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill #BookReview #WeekendBlogShare @markhillwriter @LittleBrownUK

About this book…

TWO CHILDHOOD FRIENDS… ONE BECAME A DETECTIVE… ONE BECAME A KILLER…

One night changed their lives

Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home’s manager.

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Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis’ favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried . . . until today.

A truth both must hide

Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O’Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders – but he will go even further to cover up the truth.

Discover the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake – the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther.

My review…

I have to admit that when I first started reading this book, I nearly put it down. I read so many crime books that I have pretty high standards nowadays and if a story doesn’t grab me straight away then I do sometimes walk away. But this one slowly started to intrigued me so I kept going…and then going some more….until I physically couldn’t put it down! Honestly, the more I read the more I had to read! And it was pretty much going to be a 4* review but that last quarter of the book just blew me away!! How many twists and turns could one writer throw at me in one book?! Plenty it seemed as I raced to the end! And so a fabulous 5 stars have been awarded!

I’m assuming that as this book is being marketed as Ray Drake #1 this will hopefully be the start of a new series and I for one will be preordering the next book just as soon as I can! I really REALLY loved Ray Drake! He was dark, unconventional and with a depths so hidden I doubt we will get to the bottom of them in book #2 either! His relationship with his daughter especially, gave new meaning to the word intense but I loved his brooding personality and found myself practically hypnotised by him whenever he was on the page. His colleague Flick was also a character that I found myself taking to far more than I had expected from meeting her in the first few pages. Her personal life gave her a likeability that Drake didn’t appear to have so it was interesting that my preconceptions had changed quite a lot by the end of the book!

This is a twisty, addictive crime read with some absolutely brilliant characterisations that lifted it to levels I hadn’t expected. I like to be surprised and The Two O’Clock Boy definitely did that. An impressive debut that comes highly recommended by me!

I received a review copy of this book via netgalley.

The Two O’Clock Boy (DI Ray Drake) was published by Little Brown Uk in ebook on 22nd September 2016 and will be available in paperback April 2017.

About the author…

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Mark Hill is a London-based full-time writer of novels and scripts. Formerly he was a journalist and a producer at BBC Radio 2 across a range of major daytime shows and projects. He has won two Sony Gold Awards.