Before I Say I Do by Vicki Bradley Blog Tour@RandomThingsTours @Anne Cater.

Hi Welcome to my stop on the tour. Thanks to Anne Cater for the invite and thanks also to Vicki Bradley for the story.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Before I Say I Do Vicki Bradley
28th May 2020 | Paperback | £7.99
BeforeISayIDo @vbradleywriter
Winner of the inaugural Write here, Right Now Prize 2018, in partnership with the Bradford Literature Festival, a debut by experienced Met Police detective constable
Her dream wedding is about to become her worst nightmare
Julia is nervous and it’s not just because she’s about to get married. There’s a lot that her soon to-be husband, Mark, doesn’t know – and she is determined to keep it that way.
As she walks down the aisle, spotting Mark is his tailored suit, she knows she is taking her first steps to happiness- her past can’t catch her now. He turns to face her…
But it isn’t Mark in the beautiful suit – it’s his best man. Because Mark is missing. And Julia’s past is closer than she thinks.
Perfect for fans of Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and Now You See Her by Heidi Perks

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.

THE AUTHOR:
Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a detective Constable in Southwark CID. She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command. She is currently on a 5-year career creak to focus on her writing. Vicki completed a Creative Writing MA at City University in 2016. Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and Dunlop Prize 2016. She enjoys travelling the world and climbing mountains. Vicki lives in London with her husband.


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