Today I pass the blog back to Mandie who has a review of After Jessica by Morgen Bailey. Thanks to SArah of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting us to join the tour and to the author who provided the copy for review. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?Available from: Amazon
After Jessica is a short story that explores the fallout from a tragic accident and how the lives of the survivors are affected. It also questions how much we truly know about those closest to us.
The story certainly opens in a way that grabs your attention… well it did mine but that was possibly as much to do with where I was reading those opening chapters as anything. Being only 155 pages long the chapters are short but have enough pace to them to give the feel that you are reading something much longer but in a good way. Each chapter is told from a different person’s perspective and as the story progresses you find out how they are all connected.
As you would expect much of the book was told from the perspective of Jessica’s family and in the main that of her brother Simon as he took it upon himself to sort out his sisters’ affairs. Although all the characters in the book were very relatable it is Simon you get to know the best and you feel for him as he seems to take the weight of everything on his shoulders. Morgen Bailey has certainly managed to create an intriguing story that will hook the reader right to the end…and trust me that end will come sooner than you think as once you start the book you won’t want to put it down until you have finished it.
This is the second book I have read by this author and I can honestly say that I am becoming a fan of her work and look forward to what comes next.
About The Author
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey lives and breathes writing. ‘Morgen with an E’ is an author, speaker, tutor, editor, and podcaster. As well as being a competition judge, she is a columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine.
Morgen’s fiction books include crime and mystery novels, and short story collections. They are mostly set against a Northamptonshire background, whether there is crime involved, a dog-detective that can talk, or a serial dater on a mission!
Her non-fiction works are aimed at all levels of writers whether beginners or those who want to refresh their skills – Morgen also tutors in person and has several online writing courses available. She runs her own mentor group on Facebook, very much a collaboration, and she invites all authors to join. Her Writer’s Block Workbooks are a go-to for every author.
When Morgen is not editing, speaking, reading, or writing, she’s walking her dog, out with friends or at literary festivals. The only time she sits down and does nothing is at the cinema but even then she’s making mental notes!
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