Sunday 12 July 2020

To Dare - blog tour


To Dare by Jemma Wayne (published 1st July 2020)


To Dare is the new novel by Women’s Prize for Fiction author Jemma Wayne. Dares, violent jealousies and chasms between having and not having are at the heart of this uncomfortable urban tale. Simone has found herself a new job but is biding her time to tell her angry, addicted husband Terry. Next door, Veronica has just moved into her smart new home, and from the chill of the marital bed, hears brutal body thumps against the party wall. Then Veronica runs into Sarah, her former teenage best friend, and Sarah hesitantly allows a reconnection. A power game kicks off. The collision of their lives, determined by upbringing, powers Jemma Wayne’s fierce storytelling.


The book has received some brilliant endorsements so far including:


‘Jemma owes me a night’s sleep! What a transfixing book. The tension spirals out of control and you have no idea how it will end…’  Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park and The Lie


‘Wayne weaves a book that is at once engrossing and an exploration of what it means to be a woman, a moral person, a parent, and a neighbour.’  Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Starling Days, and Harmless Like You


'Tense, dark and so real as to be almost unbearable, this novel is utterly compelling.' Rosamund Lupton, international bestselling author of Sister and Three Hours


‘A five-star novel by one of our best writers. I was gripped.’  Louis de Bernières, author of the international bestseller Captain Corelli's Mandolin


This is my first but certainly not my last read by this author.  

Three women, three different personalities, three lives entwined. You need to go into this blind so I’m not going to rehash the story. 

I felt the storyline was well thought out and put together. It’s not a light read so be warned. 

The topics are heavy reading but I do believe stories with topics like this need to be told. Having said that I inhaled this story. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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