Facade by Helen Matthews – Book Review

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I’m back again with another book review this week! Today it’s Facade by Helen Matthews. A book of loss, family rivally and intrigue. It’d fantastic and I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts. But first as usual here is a little about the book.

Facade by Helen Matthews - Book Review

Book Description

A drowned child. Estranged sisters. A once-perfect home.

Silence echoes louder than truth.

When seventeen-year-old Rachel’s baby brother drowns and her older sister, Imogen, escapes to live abroad with Simon, her musician boyfriend, Rachel must face the family’s grief and disintegration alone.

Twenty years later, Rachel is a successful businesswoman, with a daughter of her own, supporting her parents and their elegant Georgian home, The Old Rectory, that shackles them to the past. 

Simon’s sudden death in Ibiza brings Imogen back, impoverished and resentful. Her family owes her, and she will stop at nothing to reclaim what she believes is rightly hers.

The rift between the sisters seems permanent. While Imogen has lived a nomadic life, filled with intrigue, in Spain and Tunisia, Rachel’s has appeared stable and successful but, behind the veneer, cracks are appearing. Now, she is vulnerable.

As the wall of silence and secrecy crumbles, danger stalks Rachel’s family. She must re-examine her baby brother’s death, find out what happened in Tunisia, and fight to hold onto everything she’s achieved –or risk losing it all.

What I Thought

I love a good family mystery and Facade is that plus more. It’s fantastically written, always keeping you guessing. In fact you don’t get to know the whole truth until the very end. I really like that in a book.

Sadness comes upon the family in May 1999 when Rachel’s little brother drowns. The family is never the same again. We don’t know the whole truth of what happened on that fateful day. You are kept guessing. Rachel’s sister Imogen moves abroad with her boyfriend leaving Rachel to pick up the pieces with her parents at the The Old Rectory, the family home.

When Imogen’s boyfriend dies, she comes back home with a grudge and looking for money. Facade isn’t your normal family mystery, thriller type. I felt it’s much darker. Revenge, hatred, darkness, are all factors. It will keep you guessing, you won’t want to put it down and you will be sucked into the family drama.

Facade gets a 5 star rating from me!

Where To Buy

Purchase Link – mybook.to/facade

You can buy Facade by Helen Matthews from *Amazon and start reading it within a few minutes on your *Kindle!

About The Author

Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense novels and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her first novel, suspense thriller After Leaving the Village, won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival, and was followed by Lies Behind the Ruin, domestic noir set in France, published by Hashtag Press. Her third novel Façade will be published by Darkstroke in September 2020.

Facade by Helen Matthews - Book Review

Born in Cardiff, Helen read English at the University of Liverpool and worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management. She fled corporate life to work freelance while studying for a Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Her stories and flash fiction have been shortlisted and published by Flash 500, 1000K Story, Reflex Press, Artificium and Love Sunday magazine.

She is a keen cyclist, covering long distances if there aren’t any hills, sings in a choir and once appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York in a multi-choir performance. She loves spending time in France. Helen is an Ambassador for the charity, Unseen, which works towards a world without slavery and donates her author talk fees, and a percentage of royalties, to the charity.

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