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Book Review: The Dare by Lesley Kara @LesleyKara @RandomTTours @TransworldBooks

It’s the weekend, yay. Hope everyone has some lovely reading plans. If you’re struggling to find something to read then I can highly recommend The Dare by Lesley Kara, I’m sharing my review today as part of the blog tour and it’s honestly such a good read. Thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for the opportunity and to the publishers for gifted copy of the book.

About the book

As a child, it was just a game. As an adult, it was a living nightmare.

‘This time it’s different. She’s gone too far now.
She really has.’

When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive.

Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death.

Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?

Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . .

My thoughts

The Dare follows Lizzie, a young woman who 12 years previously lost her best friend Alice in a horrific accident. Lizzie was there when it happened but has no memory due to having an epileptic fit. Alice’s family and friends blamed Lizzie and things got so bad that Lizzie and her family had to relocate.

12 years later and Lizzie is happy, she’s engaged to a Dr, they’re setting up home and everything seems good until her parents visit and bring a box full of memories, she starts receiving strange phone calls and a face from the past reappears.

Now this story had me totally hooked, I’d been in a bit of a reading slump but when I picked this up I found it so hard to put down. It’s definitely one of those books you could read in one sitting.

The story goes back and forth from past to present and it was so interesting to read about Lizzie and her epilepsy, how it totally took over her life, the knowing that she could have a fit at any moment and not remember a thing about it and how the traumatising accident has haunted her life since.

I just wanted her to get answers, to be able to lay the past to rest eventually. Lizzie is a character that is compelling and I wanted her to be happy.

This story is totally full of twists and turns and suspicion. I had so many ideas of where it was going or what could happen but I didn’t get many right at all. It’s one of those story’s that has you biting your finger nails and sitting on the edge of your seat.

This is a fantastically paced story that keeps you gripped, it’s filled with tension and unease and I just couldn’t get enough. I’ll definitely be recommending this book to all, it was brilliant.

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