Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood.
Shadows of Regret is published in eBook on 20 January 2019.
Katie committed a terrible crime. Sixteen years was the price she had to pay.
Once released from prison, she finds the world has changed. Her chances appear bleak, but Katie is a survivor.
Isolated and alone, she struggles to make sense of her new life. Starting again isn’t easy, especially after what she’s done.
Despite not feeling free or safe, Katie overcomes her fears and confronts the future. But history won’t remain forgotten.
Gradually, memories of the past are revealed. When Katie finally exposes the awful truth and sees there are others who share the blame, she must choose her path.
Will she seek redemption, or will she take revenge?
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Thank you to Caroline Vincent and the publisher and the author for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.
To me, I think Shadows of Regret was a wonderful insight into how much a human can take before they question what is right and what is wrong and what action they decide to take when these become blurred.
Katie is a wonderful and raw character that I was rooting for from the start. As the chapters are cleverly written, we dip into aspects of her life as a young child and her experiences growing up, firstly with her aunt and uncle, following the death of her parents and then eventually a variety of foster parents. Although the author could have gone down a different route with her experiences (I’m glad he didn’t), he shows that not all foster children grow up unwanted and I really respected him for this.
The chapters following her childhood were an incredibly interesting insight into her life before she ultimately is jailed for a crime that we don’t really find out again until much later in the story. These were written so well, I was beginning to wonder how she would end up in jail, although eventually we do eventually come to realise what started her down this track and would shape her life. The more I read, I could feel myself tensing up without even realising.
As she is released from prison, we follow her as she tries to make her way in the world again. Things have definitely changed, as has Katie. She is no longer the young girl she was when she entered prison. Prison life has hardened her but also given her a steely determination that shows as she spends longer adapting to her new found freedom.
The author has done a very clever thing in that he doesn’t reveal what crime Katie as committed so the more you read, the more you get to know her, the more you want her to succeed and not be another re-offender statistic.
I was thoroughly gripped during the story and can’t wait to read more from Ross Greenwood.
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About the Author
I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.
Fifty Years of Fear book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, i randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.
I’ve now written five further books. My second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by a publisher, and Lazy Blood is also out. All my books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour. Reading the reviews has been great.
The first three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap.
Abel’s Revenge is something a bit different. It’s a modern day love story set against the backdrop of an escalating serial killer. There’s a whodunnit element to it, and some smiles along the way.
Shadows of Regret was inspired by my time on the women’s side of the jail in Peterborough, and analyses the close relationship between victim and villain. You won’t have read a book like it.
I hope you enjoy reading them.
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