Sunday, 16 July 2017

Book review - The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse

I was delighted to receive an advance review copy of this fabulous new book by Amanda Prowse. I have read several of Amanda's books and this book met my high expectations. It was deliciously and heart breakingly good! The Art of Hiding is out on the 18th July.

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Review of The Art of Hiding

The story follows Nina and her perfect life which unravels after her husband is killed in a car accident. I loved the character Nina. I totally invested in her during the novel, and cried along with her at the turmoil her life after Finn was killed. Prowse writes with such strong emotion, it's hard not to be deeply affected by the plot. The marriage between Nina and Finn is perfect, although we don't know Finn that well, which makes my sadness for Nina and her lovely children rather than for Finn as a character. I did feel I'd missed out on knowing Finn apart from in Nina's reflections.

A fantastic novel to delve into what makes you really happy in life. Very thought provoking. Prowse has again created a novel packed with high emotion and fast paced to keep me gripped right until the last pages. Despite the sadness of the storyline, I was left feeling an optimistic hope. Prowse is a gifted storyteller and I cant wait until her next one.

Thank you to NetGallery for the copy.

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About the author

Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author sixteen novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world.
Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments.

Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is and will always be writing.

You can find her online at, on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at

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