Queen Bee by Nina Manning @ninamanninguk @boldwoodBooks @rararesources #publicationday #blogtour #bookreview #queenbee

🎉🎉🎉 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO NINA MANNING 🎉🎉🎉 Queen Bee is out today and I’m thrilled to be taking part in th eopening day of the blog tour.

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour and to Boldwood Books for my advanced e-copy of Queen Bee which I received through Netgalley. I also pre-ordered a copy which arrived on my kindle in the early hours of this morning.

The Blurb

In the quiet village of Helesbury, Miranda Wallace prides herself on being the most popular member of her small social circle; the perfect friend, the best mum – the queen bee.

Until one day, Verity arrives. Cool and indifferent, Verity is everything Miranda isn’t, but she threatens to shatter Miranda’s picture-perfect life.

Suddenly plagued with insecurities, Miranda is certain Verity is hiding something. And Miranda knows all about secrets and the damage they can cause, because she’s hiding some of her own.

So when Verity threatens to reveal the truth about Miranda and destroy the perfect life she’s built, Miranda knows she has to act to protect the people she loves – even if the results are deadly.

What Did I Think?

Every tribe needs its queen

Moving to a new place is never easy but moving to a close knit community like Helesbury is going to be even harder. Everyone has their friendship groups and it’s so small, it’s difficult to muscle your way in… that is unless you’re Verity. And things are awkward with our leading lady Miranda…

Miranda hints at something that’s happened in her past, what is it? I really wanted to know what it was! And how does she link to the little girl found in the beach hut or is that a total red herring?? I was flummoxed and totally intrigued!

Manning presented the story by keeping me on my toes. The jumps between the present and the past are a little unnerving as the key players in the past are yet to manifest themselves. The interviews drop little nuggets of information which add to the intrigue and suggestion of something sinister that was ahead of me… I kept clicking through my e-copy desperate to get to the climax!

This is a tense thriller set in a claustrophobic village where everyone knows everyone’s business and it’s a matter of time before secrets are known. Manning tempered the tension and intrigue brilliantly. I genuinely didn’t know how this was going to pan out despite the unsuspecting and innocent clues she drops in throughout. I was totally blindsided! This is my first taster of Manning’s writing and it won’t be my last; in fact, I’ve added another one of her novels to #mountTBR.

Who Is Nina Manning?

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

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