Book reviews, Womens fiction

Because Of You by Helene Fermont – Book Review



How desperate are you to get the one you love?

When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.  




Because of You by Helene Fermont cover 36 years of Hannah Stein’s life, starting when she was a teenager in London up to her middle age.

It was very unique to have a story cover so much of a life, her loves,  her family and how it developed over those years. It has life, family, love and heartbreak and also a slightly dark side to the story too, some domestic abuse and bullying which makes for difficult reading at times, but this makes for a realistic and compelling,  immersive read.

Thank you to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

Author Bio:


Born into a bilingual family (Swedish/ English) Hélene Fermont enjoyed an idylic childhood on the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and major cultural hub. Growing up in the 1970s she had a brief musical career on Swedish TV and radio. Hélene lived in London for over 20 years but has recently returned to Sweden. Hélene is a former teacher, a practising psychologist, and currently the author of three novels, all of which are psychological suspense with a nordic noir flavour. Her fourth novel is coming soon!


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Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Women by S E Lynes – Book Review



The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside…

Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls.

Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.

But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her.

And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?

You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.



Samantha meets Peter at a student drinks do…he’s the archetypal older man….suave, handsome and educated (he’s a Professor)..she is flattered by the attention and quickly falls in love….. Peter soon asks her to move in to his beautiful elegant home in Richmond…..she is 99% certain this is what she wants….the 1% niggle she puts to one side.

Peter treats her like a princess at first, but he slowly tells her how to dress, how to speak and set the routines….a glass of red wine before dinner!

Sam finds herself pregnant and is worried what Peter will say…he’s delighted and she relaxes, but soon after the birth of Emily, he finds her a part time job….teaching and he does her lesson plans for her….he just wants to help…doesn’t he?

Sam is teaching a creative writing class, but starts to receive slightly menacing notes ….is Peter cheating on her? Or is this just malicious?

Peter regularly asks Sam to marry him and one day she says yes….she takes control and plans it all as a surprise, including a honeymoon to Rome..have the tables turned?

Well, without giving anything away….this is a tense tale which shows the effect of domestic abuse…while not violent, the slow manipulation and controlling behaviour takes its toll….sometimes you can only push someone around for so long before they decide enough is enough…

There’s threatening notes, a child kidnap, drug abuse and friendship with wonderfully believable characters in this gripping domestic thriller… will detest Peter and feel every emotion in this riveting page turner….an absolute credit to S E Lynes creative writing…I can thoroughly recommend it….

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest review.







About the author


Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. THE WOMEN out for pre-order NOW.

S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.

After the birth of her third child, she completed an MA in creative writing from Kingston University. Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL in 2018. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture.

Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at


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