Thursday, 31 January 2019


Intention by C.S. Barnes - Crime
Gillian was not like other children. She knew she was different. She knew how to
do things that would make the other children squirm. For years she has heard her father
beating her mother, and her mother covering up her bruises with makeup and making
excuses about being clumsy. When her father is no longer around things change between
them. She meets Daniel by chance and they get on well. He looks after his elderly Aunt
who has terminal cancer. Gillian begins to see things differently and suddenly realises
that she is in a relationship and has feeling for someone- something she hasn’t
experienced beforehand ever.  she also meets Paul and his dog and somehow take to
him but she can’t figure out why. I quite liked Gillian (although perhaps wouldn’t want
her as a friend) as she stood up for herself in difficult situations. Maybe I felt for her
rather than liked her. Her upbringing hadn’t been easy and being in the big wide
world to her was rather like being in a different land where she didn’t know the
language. A crime book of sorts but more about someone’s feelings and thoughts
and how life changes us through experience. A book I would find difficult to put
in a genre. Contemporary fiction perhaps? That matters not, what does is that
this is an excellent story, very well told. I really enjoyed it hence the 5 stars and it
held me to the end and left me with a smile. A different read and one to
remember in a very good way.
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Book Blurb:
When twenty-two year old Gillian Thompson returns from university for the summer, it is apparent there is tension at home. An irritant to her father and a concern to her mother, Gillian’s home life is less than ideal.
Geraldine, Gillian’s mother, has suffered abuse from Joe for years. However, it is not until Joe dies that the family dynamic shifts and Gillian starts out on her own dark journey…
When Gillian meets Paul and Daniel she starts to become the person she always knew she was. And as people around her start dying Gillian faces scrutiny from her mother.

But are the deaths accidents or is something more sinister at work?

About the Author:
C.S. Barnes (Charley to her long-time pals) is a Worcestershire-based writer and poet who has recently achieved her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing, and now spends a lot of her time wondering what to do with it. She is a lecturer, content writer, tea-drinker and book-reader with a passion for psychological thrillers that shines through her own work.

Barnes is the Managing Director of Sabotage Reviews and she also runs her own monthly open mic/spoken word event in Worcester City Centre, titled Dear Listener.

She published her debut short story collection in May 2017, titled The Women You Were Warned About (Black Pear Press), and her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, was published be in July 2018 (V. Press). Intention is Barnes' debut novel.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @charleyblogs
Instagram: @charleyblogs

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