If They Knew by Joanne Sefton | Blog Tour Extract #IfTheyKnew




Published by Avon (Harper Collins)

Ebook available 3 September 2018 | Paperback (15 November 2018)

400 pages


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I know who you are.
I’ve come to pay you back.

Nobody in Barbara Marsden’s family knows about her past, least of all her daughter Helen. But someone wants the truth to come out.

When Helen discovers a sinister note at Barbara’s house, she can’t understand who would want to threaten her mother. She’s determined to find out who sent it, but soon realises her search might hurt her own family and put Barbara at risk…

What really happened all those years ago? And who is going to end up paying the price?

A gripping family drama of love and betrayal, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Kerry Fisher and Adele Parks.



‘I’m sure you’re right,’ Helen echoed, ‘but I’d rather be here all the same.’

We don’t know much more than when I spoke to you,’ put in Neil, who was nursing his cup of tea and standing anxiously by Barbara’s shoulder rather than taking a seat of his own. ‘We’re visiting the hospital tomorrow. She’ll see the consultant and get the results of the biopsy they did.’

‘I see.’ She knew all this already, but it seemed right to hear it again, in person.

‘You’ll come?’ he asked.

Helen looked at her mother. ‘Do you want me there?’

Barbara hesitated. ‘Well, it might be difficult … with the children and so on.’

‘I want you there,’ said Neil. Barbara opened her mouth, but he waved a hand and, uncharacteristically, she shut it again. ‘No, Barbara. You know we struggled to remember everything they said to us last time. It’ll be good to have Helen with us. She’ll know what to ask.’

Helen nodded. ‘Of course I’ll come.’

The appointment was early the next morning, so Helen put down her coffee to make arrangements for the children. Christine, her mother-in-law, was kind as ever – her voice heavy with regret over the reason for their visit – but Helen could hear a reserve in her tone too. They weren’t on quite the same team any more. Dropping the kids off would be the first time she’d seen either Christine or Adam since Darren left.

A little later, with the children’s visit to the Harrisons sorted and the three of them sitting glazed in front of a detective show that nobody was actually watching, Helen’s gaze caught the two greetings cards on the fireplace. They were both floral designs, with no wording on the front. If it did turn out to be cancer, they’d soon start to multiply.


My thanks to Sabah for the tour invitation and extract.


At the time of this post, If They Knew is currently 99p to download from Amazon UK



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Joanne Sefton lives in Bath and as well as writing, she is a working barrister and mother. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University and a Blue Peter badge. Her first novel, If They Knew, grew out of her fascination with family dynamics and a slightly bizarre interest in motorway services.


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