The Rose Petal Beach is the first of Dorothy Koomson's books that I have read and I loved it. I'll definitely be stocking up on other titles by this author.
It is a fast paced thriller told mainly from the perspectives of the three main female characters. It is an effective and beguiling narrative that allows the reader to get to know each character. Tami Challey is happily married to Scott, they have two young daughters and live in a large comfortable home in Brighton. It's a perfect life for Tami until one evening when Scott is arrested for a dreadful crime and she watches her perfect life slowly unravel before her eyes.
This is a book packed full of emotion and suspense. It mainly follows the events through the eyes of Tami, Beatrix and Mirabelle. Each of these characters are very complex people and have their own story to tell. They all have big regrets in their lives, but it is not until the end of the book that you realise the extent to which they have gone to cover them up. Strangely, I felt attached to all three characters and was shocked by some of the things that happened over the course of the novel.
This is a book where nothing is quite as it appears and it is not until you're a fair way into the story that you realise something more sinister is lurking in the background. It's chilling, gripping and completely unputdownable. There are so many surprises in store for the reader.
This is a fantastic and compelling story that had me glued to the sofa until I had finished it. I thought the cover looked stunning too!