Hi Welcome to my stop on the tour. Thanks to Anne Cater for the invite and thanks also to Vicki Bradley for the story.
MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
This is Vicki’s debut novel and she has written a solid story. It is a mixture of a psychological thriller and police procedural. You would think it would fall between to stools but it works very well and really enjoyed it!
Before I Say I Do is told through two points of view. That of Julia Talbot, the bride. And Alanna Loxton the police officer. Both are fantastic female characters, that are written so well. It’s Julia’s wedding day and she’s full of excitement and enthusiasm for the day ahead.
But when Julia turns up for her wedding day something is wrong, the man at the altar is not her groom but his best man. So what has happened to the groom, has he been involved in an accident or has he taken cold feet. Or is there something more sinister? The fact that he isn’t there is a mystery that needs to be solved. You will need to read the book to find out.
One thing Julia and Alanna are both agreed on is they both want answers.
Bradley knows how to ramp up the tension and the start of the book is quite sedate compared to the rest of the narrative. As book progresses it throws up more questions than answers.
Another thread is the narrative of a murdered girl. Vicki weaves these various threads together to have great chemistry between the characters and wrap the whole thing up in a satisfying bundle.
I hope there will be another book starring Alanna as I think she is a superb character. I enjoyed this book an I think you will to.