Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the blog blitz for Pressure by Betsy Reavley today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.
Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…
With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.
But who is who? And which of them will be next to die?
Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…
'Betsy Reavley is back with a novel of such impact and power; nothing is clear, the tension so strong it holds you from the first page to the last. Pressure delivers on every level, leaving breathless readers in its wake.' Bestselling author of Captor and 34 Days Anita Waller
As soon as I read the description for Pressure I couldn't wait to read it, this type of book where the characters are effectively trapped will always make for a tense and unpredictable story. So what did I think... I thought the build up in this story worked well as the characters back stories are revealed along with hearing an unknown voice sharing their terrible past. These parts could be difficult to stomach at times making Pressure even more dark and unsettling. Even though there are a few characters to follow they are all have different personalities.
There is a great deal of tension and also a certain amount of fear within the pages of this book which easily had me gripped. The pacing of the story is really good especially if you prefer a character driven story with twists strategically placed to really catch you out. It really is a nightmare situation that left me feeling uneasy and on edge but also completely engrossed in this dark story.
Pressure has plenty of secrets and surprises that are just waiting to be revealed. Then add in such a confined environment to the mix and it makes for an atmospheric and claustrophobic read!
With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy.
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician's Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says "I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about."
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley