ARC Review: Both of You by Adele Parks

Hi All,

What a beautiful day it is today! I hope that everyone is getting to enjoy some much anticipated sunshine and has some nice plans ready for this weekend. I am finally getting to travel home to see some friends this weekend and I’m very much looking forward to it.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @adeleparks and @HQstories for this advanced copy of Both of You in return for an honest review. Both of You is due to be published on 27th May 2021 and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Two women are reported missing in the same week. Leigh Fletcher is happily married with two great stepsons and has left behind a distraught family, worried about her whereabouts. She seemingly went to work one day and never came back. Kai Janssen is also married, but without children. She and her husband are very happy, very much in love and very wealthy but Kai has vanished from their glamorous life without so much as a note.

DC Clements is investigating both missing persons reports. These aren’t unusual cases and people often decide to up and leave what can appear to be a happy home life. But there is something that doesn’t quite sit right with DC Clements and so she pushes the investigation forward to find out the truth.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

Oooooh this book was a goody. It didn’t take me very long to become ridiculously invested in the story and I was flying through each chapter. There were so many options in my mind about what happened to each woman, but every now and again a small piece of information would be dropped in that would throw me off the scent and doubt my guesses.

There’s a pretty big reveal quite early on in the book that I definitely won’t share but it takes the book in a direction that I really did not see coming. At first I didn’t quite believe it as something that would be possible but the more detail I was given, the more I started to realise that this really could happen and I was dumbfounded.

Characters πŸ‘­πŸ‘«πŸ‘¬

I really enjoyed the different characters in this story and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for their worlds to collide with one another. Mark (Leigh’s husband) seemed like such a loving, down to Earth husband but there were moments when I questioned his integrity. I really wasn’t sure whether he had married Leigh because he was in love with her or because his children were. Daan (Kai’s husband) was quite obviously a heart throb and extremely rich but I never sensed arrogance from him. I got the feeling that he was caught off guard when Kai came into his life and fell head over heels quite unexpectedly.

Writing Style ✍️

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have never read an Adele Parks book before. I have obviously seen her books and they have piqued my interest, but I’ve just never gotten around to picking one up. I’m pleased to say that I will definitely be going back and adding her other work to my to read list.

I loved her writing style. The pace and tension build throughout the whole book was perfect. I loved that every chapter was written from the point of view of a different character. It only added to my suspicions about everyone.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–οΈ

I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read this book and to be introduced to Adele Parks. I always know when a book has really gripped me as I waffle on telling my partner about it as I’m reading it (much to his annoyance I’m sure) and I did not shut up whilst I was reading this. I can’t wait to read more Adele Parks and I will definitely be sticking Both of You onto my “books to recommend” list.


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