We’re delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings. Laura couldn’t resist picking this story up at every opportunity, totally immersed in this world. In all honesty, she found it hard to put down in the first place …
If you’re looking for your next read – or planning a relaxing half-term week and looking for a selection of books to read, The Cliff House comes highly recommended by Laura. Don’t miss it!
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: HQ (17 May 2018)
Some friendships are made to be broken
Cornwall, summer of 1986.
The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…
Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.
Available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audio formats with the paperback releasing 6th September 2018.
Tamsyn, a 16 year old, who is captivated by the Cliff House and it’s residents. After months of spying on Mr and Mrs Davenport she meets their daughter Edie, and they begin an unlikely friendship.
Her obsessive behaviour is noticed by her mother who cleans and holds a key for the Cliff House.
The Cliff House is a captivating story which hooks the reader with tension built around Tamsyn and her encounters with the Davenports.
Obsession and loss are strong themes running throughout the story with links to water and its allure.
Chapters are predominantly in Tamsyn’s voice however the story is improved with the use of different character voices.
I absolutely loved the tension that built up in The Cliff House. It is beautifully written with Cornwall described perfectly. The atmospheric writing captures the house and the characters within their surroundings.
A page-turner with intriguing, believable characters with a haunting ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I couldn’t put it down. I’m sure that the characters and story will linger with me.
Amanda Jennings was born in London in 1973, and her family moved to a village in rural Berkshire when she was young. She accepted a place to read architecture at Cambridge University, but it soon became clear it wasn’t for her and after a year she changed course to History of Art. After she finished university she set up a company with a friend writing copy for a variety of small businesses and then a year or so later was offered a job as a researcher at the BBC. But when she had her first child she found it hard to juggle home life with working, and could no longer ignore her yearning to write. When she became pregnant with her second child, and encouraged by the success of a shortlisted sitcom script in a BBC writing competition, she took the opportunity to be at home with her children, and grabbed every spare moment she could find to write.
Sworn Secret, her first novel, was published in the UK in August 2012. On kindle it was #4 bestseller in the UK, a Top 100 bestseller in the US, and reached the #1 spot in Italy in translation. It was also published in Taiwan in translation. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was published in May 2014, and shortly after was optioned by a film and television production company. In Her Wake, her third, was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and will be published in Germany, Sweden, Turkey and Italy. The Cliff House is published by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, and will be coming out in May 2018 in hardback, audio, ebook, and will be published in paperback in September.
Amanda enjoys appearing at events, is a regular guest on BBC Berkshire’s weekly Book Club, and is a judge for the annual Henley Youth Festival writing competition. She is also involved in the WoMentoring Project, which offers mentoring support for talented female writers with women who work in the literary world.
Amanda lives just outside Henley-on-Thames with her husband, three daughters and a varied menagerie. She is currently writing her fifth book, which will be set in and around the fishing port of Newlyn, not far from where her mother grew up. When she isn’t writing she can generally be found walking the dog or loitering on Twitter @MandaJJennings or Instagram.