Monday, 3 June 2019

Book Review & Blog Tour: Scared to Breathe by Kerena Swan

Today, I am excited to be part of Kerena Swan's blog tour for her new book Scared to Breathe, thanks to publishers Bloodhound Books ..... check out my review below ....

When Tasha witnesses a stabbing at the train station in Luton, she is compelled to give evidence in court that leads to Dean Rigby being convicted. But when Lewis, Dean’s brother, vows revenge, Tasha is afraid and no longer feels safe in her own home.
Tasha’s partner, Reuben, hopes to marry her and start a family soon. But Reuben is concerned about Tasha’s state of mind and urges her to see a doctor 
When Tasha is left a derelict country house by her birth father, she sees an opportunity to escape Luton and start a new life. After visiting Black Hollow Hall she sees it as the perfect opportunity to live a life without fear. 
At first Tasha feels liberated from her troubles. The gardener, William, who is partially paralysed but employed to maintain the grounds of Black Hollow Hall, is welcoming. 
But soon Tasha realises the Hall is not quite the idyll she imagined.
When she discovers that a woman jumped to her death there years ago following the murder of her husband, strange events begin to take place and Tasha fears for her safety.
Have the Rigby family found her?
Is someone trying to scare her into selling the house?
Or is she suffering from paranoia as Reuben suggests?  
As Tasha’s sanity is put under pressure she begins to wonder if Black Hollow Hall is going to be her salvation or her undoing…

Scared to Breathe had so much going on that, at times, I felt dizzy trying to keep up!

Tasha is happily living in Luton with fiance Reuben, until one day her life is turned upside down when she witnesses a horrific stabbing and, after the verdict, the perpetrators brother threatens Tasha.

She is quite a nervous and anxious person normally, but after the court case she is even more jumpy, she lives her life in fear, jumping at shadows, terrified that someone is out to get her.

After inheriting an old country house, she is desperate to live there and she finally feels at ease, she loves it, but Reuben is not so keen.

But strange things start happening there, scary things, but is it her mind playing tricks or has the brother found out where she's living now, or is something else going on?  I was never really sure, and I kept wondering how many more awful things were going to happen to her.  

I liked Tasha and did sympathise with her a lot, she had plenty of shocks but she kept focused and tried to keep normal.

This is a story full of suspense that kept my attention throughout, with twists, an old country house next to a deep dark lake, odd characters and plenty of unexpected events.

About the Author

Kerena Swan trained as a Social Worker and worked for Social Services for over 25 years. For the past 14 years she has owned and managed an ‘outstanding’ rated care agency for children with disabilities. Following serious illnesses she decided to fulfil her long-held ambition of writing a book and getting it published. ‘Dying to See You’, published by Bloodhound Books, was her debut novel.
After many years of writing professionally in the course of her work, Kerena has discovered the exhilaration and deep joy of writing fiction and can be found at all hours in front of her computer. She has recently completed her second novel 'Scared to Breathe' which is being released on 3rd June 2019.
Kerena lives with her family in a small village in Bedfordshire, UK and her books are set in the surrounding areas.
Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience of the problematic world of social work and social studies, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir and crime genre.
If you would like to hear more about new releases, read Kerena's blogs and download a free short-story - the prequel to Dying to See You - then visit and join her mailing list.
         Author links
Twitter: @kerenaswan
Facebook: @kerenaswan

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