The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers #BookReview #BlogTour

When you look at those you love, what do you see?

When Issy, young mother and beloved daughter, seemingly kills herself her family is devastated.

Believing she would never leave son Noah willingly, Jon and Mel determine to discover what really happened to Issy. As they and the rest of the family struggle to come to terms with tragedy, Jon and Mel start to realise Issy’s secrets come from a very dark place…

It's my pleasure to be hosting the blog tour for The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers today. Many thanks to the author, Manatee Books and Tracy Fenton for inviting me and for my digital copy of the novel.

The opening chapter of The Dark Place briefly introduces the reader to Issy as she returns home following her first year at university. We learn very little about her here, other than she is the mother of a young son, Noah who is cared for by her parents and she seems to struggle to know how to relate to him. The moment when her life comes to a sudden and violent end is a shocking …

#BlogTour #AuthorSpotlight - The Stories She Tells by L.K. Chapman

When Michael decides to track down ex-girlfriend Rae who disappeared ten years ago while pregnant with his baby, he knows it could change his life forever. His search for her takes unexpected turns as he unearths multiple changes of identity and a childhood she tried to pretend never happened, but nothing could prepare him for what awaits when he finally finds her. 
Appearing to be happily married with a brand-new baby daughter, Rae is cagey about what happened to Michael's child and starts to say alarming things- that her husband is trying to force her to give up her new baby for adoption, that he's attempting to undermine the bond between her and her child, and deliberately making her doubt her own sanity.
As Michael is drawn in deeper to her disturbing claims he begins to doubt the truth of what she is saying. But is she really making it all up, or is there a shocking and heartbreaking secret at the root of the stories she tells?

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Stories She Tells today, my grateful thanks to Emma Mitchell for inviting me onto the blog tour, and to L.K. Chapman for providing me with an author's spotlight post about her life away from writing.

I grew up in Somerset where I was an only child and lived with my mum and dad. I enjoyed school (although not P.E so much!) and I had a good group of friends who I still meet up with now. Until I started sixth form college there was never a subject that really stood out to me as the one I wanted to pursue, but when I got the opportunity to study psychology that was a real revelation to me and I went on to study it at the University of Southampton. 
I met my husband while we were at school together, but when we both went to university we ended up being apart for four years and only seeing each other once a month or so, so it was really exciting when we finally moved in together about eight years ago, and now we’ve been married for almost six years. We had our first child last year, a little boy, who will be two next January. 
Before writing became my job I worked for about a year as a psychologist creating personality questionnaires for a consultancy company and saving money to study to be an occupational psychologist, but I had to give up my place on the course when I suddenly developed chronic fatigue syndrome a few months after recovering from glandular fever. I literally woke up one day and felt so exhausted I could do nothing except sit silently on the sofa, and it still affects every aspect of my life every day. After having to give up my job and my place on the course I’ve remained unwell ever since, though I have improved a bit and did some volunteer work for mental health charity Mind, before reaching a point about five years ago where I felt able to spend some of my time writing, so I turned it into an opportunity to fulfil what had always been my dream. 
When I’m not writing or looking after my son my chronic fatigue syndrome means I have to spend a lot of time resting and sleeping. It can make it difficult for me to concentrate and when it’s at its most extreme I might struggle to talk or eat or move around, though thankfully that happens less often than it used to. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends when I can, playing videogames, and going for walks and days out with my husband and son. I’m planning to carry on writing into the future, as I have lots and lots of ideas!

Thank you so much Louise and good luck with both The Stories She Tells and your ideas for future books!

The Stories She Tells can be bought now from Amazon.

About the Author

Louise Katherine Chapman was born in Somerset, UK, in 1986. She studied psychology at the University of Southampton and has worked as a psychologist creating personality questionnaires for a consultancy company. She has also spent some time volunteering for mental health charity Mind.  
Chapman loves to write because she loves learning about people and she loves stories. A major turning point in her life was the day she realised that no matter how strange, cruel or unfathomable the actions of other people can sometimes be, there is always a reason for it, some sequence of events to be unravelled. Since then she is always asking “why” and “what if” and she is fascinated by real life stories capturing the strength, peculiarities or extremes of human nature. 
L.K. Chapman’s first novel, Networked, was a sci-fi thriller but now she’s turned her attention to writing psychological suspense. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and young family, and enjoys walks in the woods, video games, and spending time with family and friends.

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You can follow L.K. Chapman on Twitter here and her website is here.


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    1. My pleasure! I'm really looking forward to reading The Stories She Tells x


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