Blog Tour: Acts of Kindness – Heather Barnett

*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author, Serpentine Books and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Blurb: Dream Job. Fresh Start. Big Mistake.

When Bella Black arrives in a sleepy Wiltshire village, it seems like the perfect place for a new start: a lovely home, exciting job and an attractive colleague or two to take her mind off her recent divorce.

When people start disappearing, she realises she holds the key to a mystery bigger than she could have ever imagined.

Who is really pulling the strings at the secretive OAK Institute?

Can anyone be trusted?

Will Bella make the right choices before its too late?

Acts of Kindness has the tone and style of a light-hearted romcom, crossed with the plot of a Grisham-esque thriller!

Bella joins Acorn Consulting after some VERY persuasive headhunting, only to find that not only is the company hiding a mysterious – if charitable – secret, but that she has no idea who she can trust when things start to get really odd and quite dangerous. Because sometimes even the best intentions can go astray, and some people will go to any lengths to achieve their ends.

I couldn’t stop reading this book, as I really needed to know what was going on at Acorns, and who wasn’t what they seemed (I frankly suspected just about everyone at some point or other!). The plot did require quite a hefty suspension of disbelief, in terms of Acorns and the OAK Institute, and all its attendant weirdnesses, but I was quite happy to just go along with things because the journey was so entertaining.

I was particularly fond of Oscar and his mother, and would happily read more from them, with Bella as the side character instead – they were so funny, but also quite touching. I found Bella a little harder to engage with, as she seemed like a little bit of an ‘Everyman’ character, with nothing that particularly drew or repelled me. Still, she acquits herself well as the action uncoils, and has her priorities in the right places – she grew on me!

This is a really fun, and unexpected read, that kept me guessing in every aspect – romance and mystery – and packed in plenty of action too. I love the whole Acorn/OAK concept and the message about the responsibility for kindness and would definitely read more from this author. I enjoyed this fresh, genre-busting approach: who knows what she’ll come up with next?!

‘I can’t tell you what the OAK Institute does.’ Isadora paused and looked down the lens, unblinking. ‘I can promise you that its aims are for the good of humanity all over the world and there is nothing illegal or immoral involved. However, its work must remain strictly confidential. If you accept the job here at AC, you will go through a three-month induction, after which, if we feel certain you can maintain confidentiality, you will begin working for OAK.’

– Heather Barnett, Acts of Kindness

Find more from Heather Barnett at her website here, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Acts of Kindness releases on Amazon TODAY!!!

Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on this tour (see the poster below for details) for more great content and reviews!

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