#BookBlitz Did You Whisper Back by Kate Rigby #Giveaway @NeverlandBT

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Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court’s longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives. Amanda’s new life begins to encroach on her personal space and time, and her search for Jo is put on hold until Amanda feels Jo calling her back to Liverpool.

Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda’s imagination arising from distorted childhood memories. She experiences a series of strange and sometimes frightening experiences, including lamps talking and the endless ringing of telephones, until the desperation of her family reaches breaking point.

Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.

This book was awarded a Southern Arts Bursary.

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 My review Oh gosh! I was reading this thinking ‘what on earth is going on here?’ as I had forgotten it was about someone with mental heath problems. As I read on I realised that Alison was having a complete breakdown and everything was starting to make sense. This is a very gut wrenching story, a very real situation that can happen when someone is having a breakdown. If you are someone with serious mental health issues you will totally grasp what is going on but it might also be a trigger for you. Thankfully, as someone who has had mental health problems for over 20 years, it didn’t cause me too many problems but it was difficult. I found myself overcome with feelings and couldn’t make sense of them until I finished the book and twigged that it had slightly triggered by the events that occurred.
This will give insight into how mental health problems are something people do genuinely live with and hopefully help people understand how it is a very real problem.
Taking this as a story as a whole it is very well written. The characters are relatable even if at the start you feel disdain for them you will soon uncover why they are how they are.



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Meet the Author (1)

Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way. She is a hybrid author, having been traditionally published, small press published and now indie published.

 She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.

However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.

 Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011)

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).

She has re-Kindled her backlist of previously published as well as most of her unpublished work including:

 Break Point (Awesome Indies Certified)

Seaview Terrace

Far Cry From The Turquoise Room


Suckers n Scallies (formerly Sucka!)

Down The Tubes (Underground Book Reviews Certified)

She Looks Pale

Tales By Kindlelight (a collection of short stories, many of them previously published or shortlisted in short story competitions and now available in paperback as She Looks Pale & Other Stories)

Savage To Savvy (ABNA Quarter-Finalist 2012 and Awesome Indies Approved)

Thalidomide Kid

The Dead Club

More information can be found at her website:  http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/

Or her occasional blog:  http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.co.uk/


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