Oh. My. Days!
I am so excited to share my thoughts on Anita Waller’s 34 Days with you today.
But first, here’s the blurb . . .
How much can your life change in just 34 days?
Anna and Ray have been married for thirty-five years. They are parents and grandparents and appear to be a normal couple. But behind closed doors something isn’t right.
On the day of their wedding anniversary Anna makes a decision that changes everything and throws her family into turmoil. Anna will discover that she is not the only one who has suffered and by leaving Ray she sparks a series of events so awful that it might just end in murder…
34 days is a stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Beautiful & Angel. It will appeal greatly to fans of Kathryn Croft, Rachel Abbott, B A Paris & Louise Jensen
My thoughts . . .
Have you ever thought about necessary murder? You know, the type of murder that HAS to happen, not just for fun or because you are a sociopath but because someone just needs to die? No? Me neither until I read 34 Days!
When Anna leaves her abusive marriage little does she know the effect that decision will have on her whole family. Of course she knew there would be upset from her children, although they are all grown up now, she still tries to protect them from the truth behind her decision.
She needn’t have bothered, they all knew the truth about their father and, in actual fact, were pleased for her!
Then events take a murky turn and Anna is forced to choose a path of deceit and a tangled web of lies.
What an absolutely stunning book!
Anita’s writing is brilliant, from the first page to the last, this story will have you completely hooked. It’s such a cliché but it really is a gripping, twisted tale that will leave you guessing about the outcome till the VERY LAST page!
I loved all the characters (apart from the baddy, but I’m not telling you who that is!), I totally fell in love with Anna, what a woman to survive at the hands of her abusive husband and come out the other side with such dignity.
This book has everything, love, family matters, laughter and tears (yes I sobbed like a baby last night!) it really is wonderful and an absolute MUST READ!!!!
I listened to the audio version and it is really well read by the narrator, she talks a little fast but once you get used to that it really works.
Thank you to the author and publisher for my copy, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will be looking out for more in the future!
If I’ve piqued your interest, get yourself over to Amazon UK for your copy now!
About the author . . .
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children, Matthew, Siân and Kirsty along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from Brad at 22 down to baby Isaac, just 2 years old. And now, to bring further joy, their first great-grandchild, a little girl, is due on 7 January 2017, their golden wedding anniversary!
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters. She wrote several novels in the romance genre and then realised she wanted to add murders to the romances, so she morphed into a psychological thriller author. Beautiful was her first completed novel in this genre.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. It was all to do with Eric Cantona and leaping over the barrier – don’t ask!
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 1 September 2015 it was released as an ebook, to be followed a couple of days later by the paperback version.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
Her third novel, 34 Days, followed Angel and was launched on 3 October 2016 to outstanding success; at its highest level, it was #26 in Amazon charts. It is selling equally as well in the US and Australia and has sold over 15,000 copies in the first eight weeks following publication.
Anita has been desperately trying to find another Amstrad marvel written many years ago called Essence of Lavender. This, again, is in hard copy and she has put it carefully away in a safe place. Unfortunately. the safe place is safer than she realised, and she can’t find it! This manuscript has now been re-worked and is with her publishers, Bloodhound Books, with the new title of Winterscroft. Publication date is set for 24 February 2017. She is confident the old draft will surface when the new version is launched!
In addition to writing, she also teaches patchwork and quilting – a little reference to this is likely to surface in every book!
She is a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! More than a little reference to this is likely to surface – see 34 Days!
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.