Blog tour: Nearest Thing To Crazy

Welcome to the blog tour for Nearest Thing To Crazy by Elizabeth Forbes.

More about the book…

Cassandra and a group of her friends enjoy Sunday lunch together on a perfect summer’s day. They’re pleased to welcome their glamorous new neighbour and novelist, Ellie, who has rented a house in the village to work on her book. She likes to place herself in the centre of her plots, she says, although it’s hard to see what she’ll find to write about in this quiet country backwater. As Ellie slots effortlessly into the village social scene, Cass begins to feel increasingly alienated from her friends and isolated from her family but, for the life of her, she can’t fathom out why...

More about the author…

Elizabeth Forbes was born and raised on the Isle of Wight and now lives in Herefordshire with her husband, two dogs and two hens. She published three romantic thrillers under the name Elizabeth Harrington: The Corporate Wife, Making Up and Daddy Darling. She then took a break from writing and enrolled with the Open University to study for a degree in Literature. She completed her BA with First Class Honours, and also achieved the OU's Diploma in Creative Writing. Her first psychological suspense novel, Nearest Thing to Crazy, was published by Cutting Edge Press in 2013. BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and the Mail Online featured the novel because of its gaslighting subject matter. It was a bestseller in Amazon UK's psychological thriller charts. Her second novel published by Cutting Edge Press in 2014 was Who Are You? which is a dark and twisty tale focussing on the stormy marriage of two people affected by PTSD and childhood trauma. Elizabeth has recently re-published these novels independently with Amazon KDP, and plans to publish a new novel in the summer of 2021.

My thoughts...

How did this book end up in my hands? The author kindly sent me a copy of the book so that I could participate in this tour.

Was it a page-turner? Yes, 100%. At the beginning I told myself that I should read ‘just one more chapter’ so that I could better learn about the characters and where they were coming from. In the end I had to ditch all excuses. I wanted to keep reading because I wasn’t sure what to believe in anymore.

Did the book meet my expectations? I do love a psychological thriller and Nearest Thing To Crazy has some great twists and scenes that made me hold my breath. I also enjoyed reading the snippets told from Ellie’s point of view and, if I had to change anything about this book, I would probably make them longer to show those parts of the story that we are only left to imagine.

Three words to describe it. Dark. Twisted. Surprising.

Do I like the cover? I’m not sure that I would have chosen myself but it portrays some of the disturbing emotions that the main character lives in the novel.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, I have only just discovered this author.

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