His Guilty Secret by Hélene Fermont | Blog Tour Excerpt | #Giveaway | @helenefermont @BookPublicistUK #HisGuiltySecret

 

Published by Fridhem Publishing (27 November 2017)

ebook and paperback

268 pages


I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for His Guilty Secret, published yesterday.  For my turn I have an excerpt and a Giveaway for a paperback copy of the book.  Details of how to enter are at the end of this post.

 

Extract

“I’ve lost my brother and best friend,” she sobbed, feeling the loneliest she’d ever been.

Patricia hissed, “It’s your loss, Coco. Why’s it always about you? What about me? I’ve just found out my husband left a fortune to a nameless beneficiary, and his solicitor is not allowed to share the details! This isn’t over by a long shot. You owe it to me and our friendship to be honest about what you know.”

Ignoring the outburst, Rudy parked his car at the front of Patricia’s house. Grateful for everything he did for her, she kissed his cheek, saying, “I’d not have coped as well without you. Coco’s lucky to have you in her life, I hope she appreciates it.” Taking her hand in his, Rudy bent to kiss her forehead. “It’s the least I could have done. I’m here for you whenever you need me.”

He proceeded to help her unlock the front door and waited until she entered, watching the cats greet her inside the hall before returning to the car and driving off.

As she bent down to stroke Tabitha and Trixie, her tears dropping onto their fur, Patricia thought he was the kindest man she knew, and much nicer than the man whose funeral she’d attended earlier that day. A man who’d left a large sum of money to a complete stranger.

Clemency had left a note saying she had to look after some client and would call before she returned to stay the night. Patricia was alone for now. After she’d fed and played with the cats, she could no longer ignore what was staring her in the face.

Jacques died in a strange hotel room, naked on the floor next to the bed, instead of coming home to me as soon as his flight landed. Was someone else there with him when he took his last breath? Who’s the woman that visited his grave? Coco’s been lying to me! She must have known what her brother kept from me…And about the person who also inherited his money.

She couldn’t stop thinking about the day’s events, vowing to find out what her husband was hiding from her. Perhaps it was so awful it caused his illness. Giving in to the pain and sadness she felt inside of her, Patricia sobbed until she fell into a deep sleep.

 

|   About the Book   |

 

Secrets & Lies Are Dangerous.

When Jacques’s body is discovered in a hotel room his wife, Patricia, suspects he has been hiding something from her.

Why was he found naked and who is the woman that visited his grave on the day of the funeral? Significantly, who is the unnamed beneficiary Jacques left a large sum of money to in his will and what is the reason her best friend, also Jacques’s sister, Coco, refuses to tell her what he confided to her?

Struggling to find out the truth, Patricia visits Malmö where her twin sister Jasmine lives and is married to her ex boyfriend. But the sisters relationship is toxic and when a family member dies shortly after, an old secret is revealed that shines a light on an event that took place on their tenth birthday.

As one revelation after another is revealed, Patricia is yet to discover her husband’s biggest secret and what ultimately cost him his life.

His Guilty Secret is an unafraid examination of the tangled bonds between siblings, the lengths we go to in protecting our wrongdoings, and the enduring psychological effects this has on the innocent…and the not so innocent.

 

 

|   About the Author  |

 

I was born in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city and beautiful cultural hub where I enjoyed an idyllic childhood, surrounded by beaches, parks and commons. My parental home was filled with music and literature and I started to write short stories which I entered into competitions when I was eight years old. It was such great fun and I was fortunate to win some of them! Well, writing is just as much fun now as it was then, and it is my passion. I spent a brief period of time in the music industry, performing on Swedish TV and radio. But I really wanted to become a teacher and subsequently embarked on a career as therapist, focusing on children with learning difficulties. I’ve had the privilege to encounter many wonderful extraordinary young people who never cease to amaze me and enrich my life. I moved to London in the mid-90s and the city has been my home for more than 20 years. Malmo is my native city and I regularly spend part of the year there surrounded by the beautiful landscape and tranquility which inspires my writing. My debut novel Because of You was published in August 2016. The novel is, to an extent, inspired by my own visits in London during the 80s. The eclectic club scene was something that I was too young to appreciate fully at the time but it is emblematic of an exciting era that is now gone forever. Looking back, it was such fun and inspired me to relocate to London many years later. I was so delighted with the positive reviews that I immediately decided to write my second novel We Never Said Goodbye published on 6th April 2017 in paperback and ebook editions. His Guilty Secret – published on 27th November 2017 is my third novel. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. Currently, I’m writing my next novel which takes up most of my spare time.

 

Author Links:   Website   |   Twitter   |   Facebook  |   Amazon UK    |  Goodreads

 

*** GIVEAWAY ***

The publisher c/o of The Book Publicist are offering one paperback copy to a UK entrant. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and I will pick a winner using a random number generator when the giveaway ends at midnight (UK time) on Saturday 2 December.  I will ask the winner for their postal address so that I can pass this on to The Book Publicist to send the book out.  If no response is received within 72 hours then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Please do make sure that I have some way of contacting the winner – ie by leaving a twitter name.

 

My thanks to Natalie of The Book Publicist for the invitation to take part in the tour.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Jo Price
    28th November 2017 / 1:23 pm

    This book sounds amazing. The author is new to me so I would be intrigued to read one of her novels. I do look forward to a new paperback and really love to put my feet up and lose myself in a story. Fingers crossed for everyone who enters.

  2. Alyson ciborski
    28th November 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Sounds an interesting read and one to add to my list. Wishing you good luck and many sales.

  3. Rachel Hall
    28th November 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant read – love a bit of family grudges, lasting enmity and the legacy of complicated family relations! Xx

  4. 29th November 2017 / 11:49 am

    I love translated fiction, and this sounds right up my street!

  5. Marie Evans
    29th November 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I love what I have read in the passage of this book.@MevansNan23

  6. Andrea Upton
    29th November 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read, perfect for the Christmas holidays! @UptonAndrea

  7. Karen
    5th December 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Thanks for all your comments, the winner has been selected and notified.

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