Sunday 12 July 2015

Review: Redemption Road by Lisa Ballantyne

Redemption Road by Lisa Ballantyne
Piatkus, Little Brown UK
Release date: 16 July 2015
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb:
The crash is the unravelling of Margaret Holloway. Trapped inside a car about to explode, she is rescued by a scarred stranger who then disappears. Margaret remembers little, but she's spent her life remembering little - her childhood is full of holes and forgotten memories. Now she has a burning desire to discover who she is and why her life has been shrouded in secrets. What really happened to her when she was a child? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious man who saved her life? Flitting effortlessly between past and present, this is a suspenseful, gritty and emotionally charged journey of an estranged father and daughter, exploring the strength of family ties and our huge capacity for forgiveness.

Redemption Road is a novel by an author who is new to me; Lisa Ballantyne, I'm not sure how I missed her Debut; The Guilty One, but since reading Redemption Road it has been swiftly added to my ever growing 'to be read' pile.

Margaret Holloway is a teacher left fighting for her life after a multi vehicle motorway pile up. She is pulled to safety only moments before her vehicle explodes by a strong man with distinctive scarring on his face and neck. He seems familiar to Margaret but she cannot place where she might know him from and wonders if he could be an ex-pupil.

As she adjusts to life after the crash Margaret begins to experience flash-backs. Her doctor is quick to diagnose Shock, but Margaret isn't so sure, particularly as she doesn't think the flash-backs are from the accident, but rather something that she experienced when she was much younger.

When Margaret visits the local hospital in an attempt to find her hero she begins to recall events buried deep in her past. A visit to her Father's house and the discovery of box of secrets long hidden gives Margaret some unexpected answers to questions she didn't even know she had.

Redemption Road is a novel with two cleverly interwoven plots as we are slowly taken back in time to experience Margaret's past as well as her confusing present. The two stories seem worlds apart at first (I suppose they are in Decades!) but come together brilliantly at the end.

Redemption Road is definitely a novel that you won't want to put down, a must read!

Redemption Road is available to pre-order now from Amazon online and Little Brown, UK

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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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