I’m back on blog tour for the second time this week to share my thoughts on The Refuge by Jo Fenton
Following the death of The Brotherhood’s charismatic but sinister leader, Dominic, Melissa and her husband Mark resolve to turn the Abbey into a refuge for victims of domestic abuse. But when Melissa’s long-lost sister, Jess, turns up at the Abbey, new complications arise.
The Abbey residents welcome the new arrival but find it hard to cope with the after-effects of her past. As Jess struggles to come to terms with what she’s been through, her sudden freedom brings unforeseen difficulties. The appearance of a stalker – who bears a striking resemblance to the man who kept her prisoner for nine years – leads to serious problems for Jess.
Meanwhile, Mark also finds that his past is coming back to haunt him. When a mother and daughter venture from the Abbey into the local town for a shopping trip, there are dreadful consequences.
A build-up of tension, a poorly baby and a well-planned trap lead Mel, Jess and their family into a terrifying situation.
Can Jess overcome the traumas of her past to rescue her sister?
After loving The Brotherhood which is the first book in the Abbey series I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into The Refuge and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
In this story we catch up with Melissa who has turned the Abbey into a refuge for domestic abuse victims. We are introduced to Mel’s long lost sister Jess who has been through abuse herself which we learn about throughout the story.
There are some very uncomfortable dark scenes which some people may find uncomfortable, but this is all part of the story and makes it a very excruciating read. My heart totally went out to Jess, you cant help but like her.
I did found this story totally different to the first book due to the fact that we learn more about the characters and the story picked up pace later on when all the action kicks in. And boy does the action kick in!
I love the author’s style of writing she is definitely an author to watch out for.
Thank you to Rachel Gilby for a copy and for inviting me to take part on the tour.
Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.
Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.
When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group