*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: A sinister phone call, an unknown visitor. Sophie’s life is about to be turned upside down.
Sophie has worked hard to free herself from the clutches of addiction and turn her life around. Practising as a counsellor, in a women’s centre in Manchester, she now helps other girls in trouble.
She forms a close relationship with Cassie, one of her clients and tries to help her escape the clutches of a violent boyfriend.
But is Sophie being followed?
How can she uncover the truth, when she can’t trust what is real?
The more she delves, the closer she gets to danger.
Can she revisit her own dark past before it is too late?
Sophie Brown has a sixth sense for danger. Unfortunately she has no sense at all when it comes to men, and therefore her senses have their work cut out protecting her as she identifies trouble then welcomes it in and gives it its own key!
On a serious note, triggers abound here for domestic abuse, physical violence and emotional and mental coercion, so if these subjects distress you then this is not the right series for you. Sophie has a history of abusive relationships and her counselling work puts her in close proximity to further violent cases, so the theme pervades this storyline.
Another major plot point is Sophie (and others’) problems with substance abuse and addictive behaviours. These issues are raised in conjunction with, and also separate to, the abuse issues; realistically depicting the co-dependence that such problems can have with each other whilst acknowledging that correlation does not always equal causality.
Most of the story is set in flashbacks prior to the ‘current’ framing plot of a mysterious stalker shadowing and harassing Sophie. These forays into the past serve to flesh out her character and cover in-depth the reasons and context for the many people from her past that may wish to do her harm in the present. With a troubled family, a handful of overtly and covertly abusive relationships, and some suspect friends and colleagues, there are plenty of possibilities for who her stalker may be, and my guess was wrong… although re-reading afterwards I was able to clearly see the pointers!
I Know Your Every Move was a study in sinister, controlling behaviour and an insight into living in perpetual fear of violence. Sophie Brown clearly has many personal demons, within and without, and I am interested to see where the author takes her next.
My mind started playing tricks on me. Memories flooded back of a time when I had been trapped in the clutches of someone else’s obsessions. A shudder came over me. What if it’s him? No, I knew I was being silly now.
What if it’s important? Pull yourself together, girl. If it’s urgent, they’ll leave a message, I told myself. I turned the tap off at the same time the phone stopped ringing. I picked up the remote control and turned off the TV.
The silence was eerie and I could feel the thudding of my pulse. A knot churned over in my stomach and nausea crept up from my guts into my throat. My palms started to sweat and the perspiration dripped from my forehead. My mouth was dry. A tightness developed in my chest and I bit my lip. Why was I getting so nervous about a phone ringing?
– Diane Ezzard, I Know Your Every Move
I Know Your Every Move is available on Amazon right now, and don’t forget that you can check out the other blogs on this tour (see the poster below) for more great reviews and content! I’m back with Diane on the 9th December with my review of the next book in this series, As Sick As Our Secrets!