Today on Life Of A Nerdish Mum I am so incredibly pleased to be kicking off the blog tour for The Girl On The Bus by N.M. Brown.
The Girl On The Bus
A retired detective and a young woman are about to face their worst fears.
Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her former friend and room-mate, Laurie, for a break at her deserted beach-side home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up and seems to have vanished.
Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter. Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice.
The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods he and Vicki track the killers who are working across the dusty freeways of North America.
Soon Vicki and Leighton find themselves nervously waiting at a remote bus stop expecting the arrival of the bus.
Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie?
And can they both escape with their lives?
The Girl On The Bus is easily one of the most tense books I have read in a while. I felt like my heart was in my throat the entire time I was reading as events unfolded and I wondered just how two people so unlike each other would be able to stop the killings.
Vicki and Leighton are two very dissimilar people who come together following the disappearance of Vicki's friend. Though different in background and age, they are both slightly broken and they find in each other something that draws them together and want to help the other, The characters are incredibly complex and you grow to care for both of them as they go on the journey to solve Laurie's disappearance.
The story is terrifying and it is quite easily imaginable to happen in the real world. I will genuinely will be double thinking and checking any travel arrangements I make in the future. I also felt it was a very unique idea and one I haven't come across in a book before so it felt really fresh and exciting.
How the book is written too is extremely clever, though it's from multiple POVs (point of views) and slightly different time lines, you always know who, what and where you are with which is incredibly hard to do.
I really don't want to spoil this for anyone, so everyone just needs to go out and read it so that I can then talk about this with other people!
I gave this book 5 stars and would have given more if I could.
About The Author
Norman M. Brown is an author living and working in Scotland. He attended secondary school in Stirling where he spent more time in the library or in the nearby park with a paperback, than he did in classes… Ironically, having graduated from Stirling University with a degree in English, he soon ended up back on the classroom again – where he has shared his love of fiction for two decades.
Having experimented with poetry, scripts and short stories over the years, he finally decided to write sit down and write the type of fiction he would like to read. The result was his crime thriller -The Girl on the Bus. As result, Norman was delighted to be signed to Bloodhound Books at the start of this year. The Girl in the Bus, is his first published novel. He is currently writing a second novel based on its protagonist - detective Leighton Jones.
To Connect With The N.M. Brown
Twitter - @normthewriter
Blog - N M Brown Fiction
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