I am delighted to be on the blog tour for The Girl on the Bus by N.M. Brown and today I will be sharing my review. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
About the book
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 beachside 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?
It's safe to say I was intrigued after reading the description for this book and I wasn't too sure what to expect.
So what did I think...
Straight away the prologue grabbed my attention and to be honest this book managed to hold it all the way through. There is a great mix of thrills, suspense and a mystery running right through. I was trying to figure out what was happening but then I just let myself get carried along with the plot.
The characters are intriguing and it was great to see Vicki and Leighton join forces. They each had distinct personalities although they did have vulnerabilities that gave them something in common. Due to this it actually made them work so well together and make such a great team. I found myself even more engrossed in the story as they begin to unravel the clues to discover the truth. I especially loved Vicki's sheer determination to find out what happened to her friend.
I thought the premise was quite a creepy idea and it just works so well in this book, the killers are brutal and you really wouldn't want to come face to face with them. There is also some emotion within the story as Leighton is still struggling to come to terms with his grief. I guess this made his connection to Vicki more believable and it was lovely to see a friendship form.
Unsettling at times with just a sprinkling of horror if it had been a movie I would have been hiding behind a cushion at certain points! There were moments where it was so full of suspense that I was reading as if my life depended on it.
The Girl on the Bus is a dark and intriguing story that had me hooked from the very first page!
Thank you to N.M. Brown & Bloodhound Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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.