Monday, February 2, 2015

Book Tour: Just Two Weeks by Amanda Sington-Williams

After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels herself slipping into a vortex of fear. Back home, the nightmare continues and she realises that Raquel is stalking her. Her hippie mother and her partner Mark tell her she is imagining it all. All certainties, even about relationships, become fluid and treacherous as her past begins to unravel. If it wasn't for Rob, her ex-lover who Jolene thinks has his own agenda, she would be left to cope on her own.

How much fear and betrayal can one person take?


My Review:

For some reason it took me a while to get into this book. I think I got into it around a quarter of the way through. Once it hooked me though, I could not put it down! 

Jo is not my favorite character of all times. She seems rather selfish to me. I don't mean that she is a bad person or anything. It just seems that she thinks a lot about herself and doesn't put a lot of thought into the ones that care for her. This makes her pretty believable as a character, actually. If you think about it, don't many of us think about ourselves first and foremost. We don't intend to, it just seems to happen that way. Or is it just me?

Her boyfriend seems to be the same sort, mostly. I understand he has a demanding job and other issues to deal with, but the way he responds to Jo makes him seem a little self absorbed. He doesn't seem to give her the support she needs him to.

It isn't the characters that really make this story pop though. It is the confusing, twisting, constantly escalating story line. It starts simply enough. Jo gets her stuff stolen while on vacation. It all gets a little bizarre when it seems no one believes her. She tries to enjoy the rest of her vacation, but she thinks she sees the woman that stole her items everywhere she goes. 

Once home everything escalates quickly. Things are confusing for Jo as she tries to figure out why this woman seems to be stalking her. Was she someone from her past? Maybe and ex-client? Why does no one seem to believe that Jo might actually be in danger?

This is a must read if you like books that keep you guessing. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, another twist was thrown in that made me rethink everything. After a pulse pounding climax, the author manages to throw in another surprise or two. It was great and definitely worth the read. I give this a solid four star rating.


Amanda Sington Williams' first novel, The Eloquence of Desire was published by Sparkling Books in 2010 and has been translated into Turkish. She won an award for this novel in 2007 from the Royal Literary Fund. Since 2006 when she first started writing she has had many short stories published, including: Growing Pains by Bridgehouse Publishing, A Mother's Love by Indigo Mosaic, Two Orchids by Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Unseasonable Weather by Dead Ink Press, The Woman at Number Six by Writing Raw, and many more.

Her second novel, Just Two Weeks is a psychological suspense and won the IPR Agents Pick in 2013.


The giveaway on this tour is an ecopy of the book. 

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to leave a positive review.

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