The Paranormal Bar and Grille Tour | Review ― The Glade by Harmony Kent (+ Giveaway)

the-glade-2d-coverThe Glade
by Harmony Kent

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Self-Publisher
Publication Date: 13 November 2015

Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Summary:
“Readers who like to curl up during the long winter evenings and feel the delicious chill of fear running up and down their spines need only turn to The Glade to have all their expectations fulfilled.The Glade is a horror story in the

The Glade is a horror story in the mould of Stephen King, and rendered the more so by its faint echoes of Pet Cemetery and the even stronger resonance of the pervasive malignancy of It.”—Review by Brian O’HareThis gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.“Expertly written, the book keeps you guessing at every turn. What can I say? You really have to read this book … if you’re brave enough!”—Review by Fantasy Queen

“Expertly written, the book keeps you guessing at every turn. What can I say? You really have to read this book … if you’re brave enough!”—Review by Fantasy QueenThe Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree, and an Official Selection for the New Apple Book Awards 2015.

The Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree, and an Official Selection for the New Apple Book Awards 2015


my-thoughts-1I breathe a sigh of relief as I see the percentage on my Kindle reach 100% for at long last, I have finally finished reading this book. It’s honestly not the book’s problem, but rather a problem with myself. It all started the moment I saw that the book had over 6000 locations, almost twice the length of the books I’ve been reading these days on my Kindle, and so that made me feel that getting through the book was a chore, watching that percentage slowly rise.

Even though she had killed him with her own hands,
she couldn’t accept that he was dead.
They would never, not in a million years, believe her story.
No, they were more likely to admit her to the mental hospital than anything else.
Hell, she couldn’t even believe her tale herself.

For most of the book, we switch between two timelines: one from 3 years ago, before the Wenstrops settled down in The Glade, with interludes from the current one starting from Helen’s arrest. Gradually, the two begin to converge and continued on as a single timeline.

It was a magical scene, straight out of a fairy tale.
It wasn’t just the beautiful setting, it had a feeling entirely its own.
The deepest sense of peace and contentment overwhelmed Helen.

While on a short trip, Helen and Geoff Wenstrop came across a clearing in the Forest of Dean. Their initial impression of the place was that it was peaceful and idyllic and decided to settle down there, despite warnings from the locals. Little did they know about the dangers that came with the place. However, as we read on, we realise that nothing that happens in The Glade is coincidental. Helen and Geoff weren’t some random couple who just so happen to find The Glade and made a split second decision to live there, and this is probably my favourite part of the book. I just really dislike coincidences. Yeah sure they’re unavoidable, but sometimes they just seem like an easy way out of having to give a solid explanation.

The Glade got off to a pretty slow start, and there were quite a few parts that dragged but there were so many unanswered questions that I couldn’t just leave behind. The author has certainly done a great job at crafting the story such that readers are being kept hanging off the edge of the cliff till the very end by slowly releasing little tidbits of information to us, even with some half-truths to lead us away from the truth.

All in all, an intriguing read with vivid descriptions and lots of suspense but wished I was in the mood or had time to actually savour every word in it.

3-5-snowflakes


about-the-authorharmony-kentHarmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours and refuses to admit to her age.

If you catch her at work, you’ll see that she also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. Not to mention being passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

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give-awayThis giveaway is open internationally and ends on 6 November 2016. Click here to enter for a chance to win a $30 Amazon Gift Card.

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