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Guest Review | The Beauty of the End | Debbie Howells

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I love to read different genres but with such a fabulous wide range of stories out there I simply don’t have the time to read them all.  Thrillers and Crime are genres you won’t have seen much of on Jera’s Jamboree so I’m excited to be welcoming Josie to the blog who will be guest reviewing.  I hope you enjoy reading her thoughts today about The Beauty of the End.

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Pan (14 July 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1447278135

ISBN-13: 978-1447278139

I was fourteen when I fell in love with a goddess . . .

A love he’d never forget

Ex-lawyer Noah has never forgotten his first love. When, years later, he hears that she’s suspected of murder, he knows with certainty that she’s innocent. With April on life-support and the evidence pointing towards her guilt, he’s compelled to help her. But he’s also unprepared as he’s forced to confront what happened between them all those years ago.

A secret she would never reveal

April Moon had loved Noah. She never wanted to hurt him. But there was something – and someone – dark in her life which made happiness together impossible.

A family she could never forgive

Ella is a troubled teenager with her own secrets to tell. But no one will listen. What Ella knows holds the key to finding the killer. But as Noah, April and Ella’s stories converge, shocking revelations come to the surface. The truth is obvious. Or so everyone believes . . .


I was very intrigued by this book and excited to read it as I am a fan of Debbie Howell’s writing.

Noah Calaway gets a surprise phone call from an old friend, letting him know that his long lost love, April, has been accused of murder and is critically ill in hospital after a failed suicide attempt. As an ex-lawyer, Noah finds it difficult to believe all of the evidence against her and rushes to her bedside to see if he can help her situation. However, it quickly becomes clear that many years before, whilst at school, Noah was infatuated by April. This sets up the book, discovering and unveiling more secrets from the past that come back to haunt Noah.

At the start of the book the plot does jump around and it takes concentration to keep up with what is happening, but after the first few chapters, it quickly had me hooked and initially I couldn’t put it down. It had me gripped as I found out more dark and dangerous secrets about the characters and how they were all interlinked. Unfortunately, as the book progressed I found that the normal twists and turns that you would expect from a psychological thriller were missing and it just became obvious and inevitable what would happen next. Towards the end, the plot became somewhat stereotypical and unimaginative.

From a book that started with so much promise, I was disappointed with the direction that the storyline took.

About the Author

Debbie Howells lives in West Sussex with her family. Having worked as cabin crew and a flying instructor, she spent several years running a very successful wedding flower business whilst also
writing and self-publishing three novels. The Bones of You was her first novel published by Pan Macmillan.

Connect with Debbie Howells


Twitter @debbie_howells

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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