Book review: The Beauty of the End by Debbie Howells

Hii! It’s taken me a while to read this book just because i’ve been super busy and i’ve not really had the time to read. But last night i just curled up and sat and read the last half in one go!

On the back:

I was fourteen when i fell in love with a goddess…

A love he’d never forgotten

Ex-lawyer Noah has never forgotten his first love. When, years later, he hears that she’s suspected of murder, he knows with certainty that she’s innocent. With April on life-support and the evidence pointing towards her guilt, he’s compelled to help her. But he’s also unprepared as he’s forced to confront what happened between them all those years ago.

A secret she would never reveal

April Moon had loved Noah. She never wanted to hurt him. But there was something – and someone – dark in her life which made happiness together impossible.

A family she could never forgive

Ella is a troubled teenager with her own secrets to tell. But no one will listen. What Ella knows holds the key to finding the killer. But as Noah, April and Ella’s stories converge, shocking revelations come to the surface. The truth is obvious. Or so everyone believes…

My thoughts:

This story is predominantly told from Noah’s point of view, flitting in between the past and present, with interjections of Ella’s view which are a brief page or two here and there. With Ella’s point of view i had no clue who she was and what she had to do with the story, so i kind of thought it to be a bit out of place, but at the same time i was trying to link her to different people and wondering if she was past or present. You do find out what ties her in further along, but i loved that the smalls glances into her life that you read, make you second guess other things as well.

It kind of jumps straight into the whole ‘what’s happening?!’ thing on the very first page and totally draws you in. Then it kind of takes a slower pace, Noah receives a phone call about what’s happening with April and then it flicks to the past and you get all of the vague back story about who’s who and a gist of what’s happening.

Fast forward a few chapters and you’ll be hooked. I won’t lie, i don’t usually like reading from a man’s point of view (don’t ask me why, i have no clue) but Debbie has gone and made me change my mind about that. Through the book you get taken on a journey with Noah, with him your trying to piece all these different clues together and searching for hints as to what has happened and also learning things about himself on the way as well.

It’s one of those books again where i can’t really say too much as i will give the whole thing away. What i will say is that i probably get a bit to engrossed in books and i shed a tear or two at the end. As i said in my review about her debut novel, Debbie’s writing just completely sucks you in and i’m really hoping that she’s working on something new because i need another Debbie fix!

Have you read ‘The beauty of the end’? If so, what did you think? If not.. go and read it!!!

Kirsty x

Also, if you want to read my review on Debbie’s debut novel ‘The bones of you’ just click >here<


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