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Wilderness by B.E. Jones  Constable April 4th 2019

It’s easy to die out there. It’s easy to kill too.

Two weeks, 1,500 miles, three opportunities for her husband to save his own life.

It isn’t about his survival – it’s about hers.

Shattered by the discovery of her husband’s affair, Liv knows they need to leave the chaos of New York to try to save their marriage. Maybe the roadtrip that they’d always planned, exploring America’s national parks, just the two of them, would help heal the wounds.

But what Liv hasn’t told her husband is that she has set him three challenges. Three opportunities to prove he’s really sorry and worthy of her forgiveness.

If he fails? Well, it’s dangerous out there. There are so many ways to die in the wilderness. And if it’s easy to die, then it’s easy to kill too.

If their marriage can’t survive, he can’t either.

My Review

New York, bright city lights, the start of a new life, a new adventure but what if it’s not all what it’s supposed to be, what if your husband has an affair and your life starts to fall apart. That is precisely what happened to Liv and her husband Will, so what did they do to try and put their marriage back on track? Jones did what you wouldn’t really expect, putting them in the close confines of a car as they set out on the Great American Road Trip, the delights of El Capitan, Death Valley awaited their admiration and awe. Jones gave you some amazingly vivid descriptions of the landscape, but it wasn’t just the pictures that she conjured in your mind that drew your attention it was the tangible tension between Liv and Will that dominated.

Will desperate to make up for his misdemeanour, but more interestingly the inner thoughts and feelings of Liv. Yes she was the victim but how far would she go to make Will pay for his mistake?

Jones flipped between their time in New York and the events of the road trip. She built up a vivid picture of their marriage, their pasts, each a product of their upbringing. I loved that Jones threw these two opposites together, Liv from a troubled background, Will wealthy with all the advantages of life, almost as if she was setting them up to fail, to test if opposites could endure and succeed.

In a way they had succeeded yet there was a mysterious darkness that surrounded Liv and Jones made us question her motives and actions. I swung between liking and feeling sorry for her to a sometimes intense dislike at her cunning, and her anger at the untold havoc that descended on those she interacted with. It allowed Jones to showcase human emotion at its best and worst to brilliant effect. It showed a woman at her limit, pushing the boundaries to protect what she thought was hers and hers alone.

Wilderness wasn’t your usual fast paced psychological thriller with action on every page. Instead it had an intensity that was at times unbearable, the tension taut, poised to snap at any moment and Jones took you on a wonderful road trip where the sights and sounds were immensely appealing yet you wouldn’t for a million years wish to embark on if you were Liv and Will. It was a journey that I loved watching as a witness, as a witness to a marriage, an affair and its devastating consequences. You could never tell if Liv and Will’s marriage would survive or indeed if any of the characters would survive which made the novel highly intriguing and, for me addictive. I loved Jones’s last novel Halfway but loved this just that little bit more, a sure sign that her writing, and her plots are getting better and more accomplished.

If you like to uncover the psychology behind the characters then Wilderness is definitely a novel you need to read.

I would like to thank The Crime Vault for a copy of Wilderness to read and review and to Emma Welton Of Damp Pebbles Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Beverley Jones was born in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, and started her ‘life of crime’ as a reporter on The Western Mail before moving into TV news with BBC Wales Today.

She covered all aspects of crime reporting before switching sides as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.

Now a freelance writer she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.

Wilderness, her sixth crime novel follows the release of Halfway by Little Brown in 2018.

Bev’s previous releases, Where She Went, The Lies You Tell, Make Him Pay and Fear The Dark are also available from Little Brown as e books.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bevjoneswriting

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Website: http://bevjoneswriting.co.uk/

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