I am super excited for my stop on the blog tour for Judith Baker’s debut novel, Undercurrent.
Here’s the blurb …
Bloodhound Books (28 Mar. 2017)
Phoebe and her disabled husband, Martyn, move into a new house in a village on the edge of County Durham. They plan to lead a quiet existence, a set up that suits them both.
Then Anna, who lives over the road and is bored of spending her days alone, seeks friendship with Phoebe and events take a dark turn.
Phoebe has secrets and is haunted by her past and Anna’s arrival in her life may prove to be the catalyst for her undoing.
What is Phoebe hiding and why are she and her husband so reclusive?
When Anna gets caught in a storm and is rescued by Phoebe the truth becomes apparent and Anna is thrown into danger.
Is there a difference between madness and evil?
Some friendships can be murder.
My thoughts …
What a bloody book!
Oh my days Mrs Baker!!!!
Undercurrent is a fanbloodytastic debut novel, it ticks ALL the boxes for die hard fans of psychological thrillers, I still can’t believe it’s her debut, seriously, it’s bloody amazing!
Phoebe and her disabled husband have recently moved back the village she grew up in, across the road from the very lovely, if not slightly bored, Anna. Anna is excited at the prospect of having a new friends. Someone her age who might just understand the tedium of rural village life.
As Anna tried to get know Phoebe, she realises that all is not as it looks from the outside. The big posh house and the expensive furniture might make a for a pretty home, but do they make for a happy one?
Then, a few days after moving onto the street, villager Nancy disappears. Has she fallen in the river? Has she just left her husband?
It’s hard to discuss this plot without giving too much away so I’m going to stop before I spoil it for you all!
In terms of the writing, Baker has a gift, a wonderful gift and I am so pleased that she has put pen to paper and delivered such a bloody impressive debut.
Starting the story at the end and then building up to the events of the prologue, Baker weaves a wonderful tale, shrouded in mystery and intensity that never lets up. The characters are superbly written, you really feel for them, you invest in them, you want to know them and they keep you turning the pages.
You will be instantly drawn into this one, it’s not one to dipped in and out of, it’s a read in one sitting (or until you physically can’t keep your eyes open anymore) kinda book. It’s the kind of book you will recommend to everyone. The one that you will think about for days after finishing, I’d even go so far as to say it will give you a total #bookhangover!
All in all Baker has given us the best debut novel of the year so far.
I wanna shout from the roof tops how brilliant it is!
Absolutely well done Judith, I really cannot wait to see what else you have lined up for us!
My many thanks to the publishers, Bloodhound Books and to Judith for allowing me to take part in this bog tour 🙂
Now go and get your copy now, it’s over on Amazon UK
You REALLY need to read this one!!
About the author …
J.A. baker was born and brought up in Middlesbrough and has a love of local history and genealogy. She is married to Richard, has four grown up children, a grandson and an over excitable dog called Theo who is definitely the master of the house and licks to death anyone who is brave enough to enter.…
She works full time in a local primary school as a Teaching Assistant. After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with what is laughingly called spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
Four years ago she moved house to a village in County Durham and decided to use the area as inspiration for her novel Undercurrent. Her house backs onto the river and has a public footpath run past the end of the garden. Therein the similarity ends!
She enjoys reading many genres of books but thrive on being scared. She is an addict of thrillers, suspense stories and anything that keeps her awake at night yet ironically is frightened of the dark.