Blog tour: Her Darkest Fear

Welcome to the blog tour for Nina Manning’s latest novel, Her Darkest Fear. I am particularly happy to be part of this tour as I’ve already had the pleasure of having Nina on my blog last year, when she answered my nosy questions on her debut novel, The Daughter In Law, and on reading and writing in general. If you missed that, I’d definitely recommend that you catch up here.
Anyway, let’s not forget why we’re here today! Here’s what I thought of Her Darkest Fear

Synopsis: Frankie Keegan is struggling.

While she tries to make strides in her career, life at home is slowly unravelling as she is haunted by the secrets of her past.

As the dark nights draw in, the anniversary of the loss of her brother looms and Frankie is drawn back to the memories of that fateful night 20 years previously. As she descends into a guilt-ridden state, she begins to suspect that someone else is also remembering that night and they are determined to terrify her...

Can she confront her past before it's too late?

Was it a fast-paced read? No, definitely not. There is an underlying tension in this novel from the very beginning but it builds up very slowly, simmering for a while before bubbling up at the end. 

Did the book meet my expectations? Yes, it did. The synopsis had intrigued me enough to want to participate in the blog tour and I am happy I did. I found it hard to warm to Frankie, the main character, but we don’t get to like everyone we meet in real life so I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing. On the contrary, in my opinion it gives a book more credibility. The author has cleverly created a novel that keeps you guessing and, in my case, suspecting everything and everybody… except the real culprit! Seriously, my mind was in overdrive all throughout the reading experience, trying to understand what happened in the past and what was happening in the present, only to end up realising I had it completely wrong!

Three words to describe it. Suspenseful. Dark. Gripping.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it’s adequately dark and it goes hand in hand with the previous book’s cover. However, despite appreciating the importance of creating an image – or ‘brand’ – I also appreciate individuality. I personally would have chosen the image of a toy car on a doorstep. That’s just me though and I don’t know what sells books.

Have I read any other books by the same author? Yes, I read The Daughter in Law, the author’s debut novel. Both of them are definitely worth adding to your book collection!

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