#BookReview of The Sinister Gathering by Diane Ezzard @diane_ezzard @rararesources

Posted January 12, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 1 Comment

The Sinister Gathering by Diane Ezzard
Also by this author: I Know Your Every Move, As Sick As Our Secrets
Series: Sophie Brown #3
on September 30 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead, she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.

She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

Welcome today, the last book in the Sophie Brown series, do check out the other fabulous bloggers on the tour today! Els at B for Book Review and the awesome Mart at The Beardy Book Blogger.

My Review

Where book one was setting the scene, book two was the story after the intermission, this book is where the action happens. Compared to the first two books this book is rather actioned packed. We see Sophie attending a retreat in Scotland, being thrown together with a complete misfit bunch of women. However saying this, you do not need to have read the first two books, the pieces are filled in this book. The only thing you would not have is Sophie’s backstory or growth.

So many secrets are being kept, a lot of arguments as tempers flared. And Sophie, wow she stood up for herself and stood her ground even with her inner conflict after standing her ground. She is definitely not the timid girl we knew from the first book.

The scene is set throughout the book and there is an ominous feeling throughout as you are waiting for the follow up from the prologue. The retreat is a getaway with the same women every year, new secrets are revealed and people are harbouring anger and feelings from previous meetings. Some of which overspill and we are given an insight into some of the other women on the retreat.

So when the discovery of the body happens, the reader is then thrown around so quickly as the pins start to fall around the retreat.

This is definitely the strongest book in the trilogy, there are more and new characters we meet, Jack is still around and as mentioned Sophie is much stronger even with her internal struggles. It was very easy to people watch with this book with the bustle of all the different personalities, however, some of the things Sophie said did shock me, not sure I would say the same in that company.

The book is filled with mysteries to captivate you, who is lurking in the grounds? Who put the note under the door? Why is everyone arguing? And what is that smell? Want to know more then pick up the book!

If not check out some of the reviews already in!

Nemesis Blog says
This is definitely a fast paced, must-read book and there always seems to be something happening. This book did leave me feeling a little sad as I don’t have any more to read. I would love to continue on Sophie’s journey with her as she feels a bit like a friend. As I know her so well. I do hope this series continues to grow and I’d love for Sophie to lose her bad luck and have a happy ending.

Bookshine and Readbows says

I really liked the setup here with the purported wellbeing centre actually being a simmering pot of tension and dislike just about ready to boil over with the application of a certain prickly redhead!  The plot moves between the various secrets and Sophie’s inner struggle to relate to others in a healthy way; keeping a nice balance between the two.
If you enjoy a bit of mystery, mixed with some personal development and a flawed-but-feisty heroine then this series is a good blend of easy reading and hidden darkness.

Sinfully wicked bookreview says

The mystery to the story is really intense filled with a lot of drama between the women. I kind of felt like I was reading an Agatha Christie book with a little bit of a vibe from Clue. The prologue really set the stage as to what was to come during the story and it was so well done that I could not wait to sink my teeth into the rest of the story. I went back and forth quite often as to who the culprit was and even sometimes thought that maybe it was none of the women at all! Diane Ezzard did such a fantastic job at keeping me in the dark when I can usually figure out who is behind everything within the first few chapters. I enjoy a story that can keep me guessing pretty much up until the end. Ezzard draws you in and does not let go until the final clue is solved.

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Diane Ezzard

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives. Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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