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ARC Book Review: Tell Me How It Ends by V.B. Grey

Title: Tell Me How It Ends

Author: V.B. Grey

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Quercus

Synopsis: Delia Maxwell is an international singing sensation, an icon of 1950s glamour who is still riding high in the new 60s scene. Adored by millions, all men want to be with her, all women want to be her. But one women wants it a little too much. Lily Brooks has watched her all her life, studying her music and on-stage mannerisms. Now she has a dream job as Delias assistant – but is there more to her attachment than an admiring fan. Private Investigator Frank is beginning to wonder. As Lily steps into the spotlight, and Delia encourages her ambitious protégée, Franks suspicion of Lily’s ulterior motives increase. But are his own feelings for Delia clouding his judgement? The truth is something far darker; the shocking result of years of pain and rage, rooted in Europe’s darkest hour. If Delia thought she had put her darkest hour behind her, she had better start watching her back.

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the social media blast for this wonderful book. All these wonderful book bloggers and bookstagrammers are taking part so make sure you check out those posts.

This was just one of those books that as soon as I started reading it, I knew I was going to love it. The setting, the story was just brilliant. It was captivating from start to finish. It had a certain charm to it, that V. B. Grey captures perfectly.

The first thing I’m going to talk about is when the book was set. It’s set in the late Fifties/early 60s and all it’s all about the music and film industry and it was delightful. It just had that old glamour feel to the book which made it so enjoyable. It’s full of details and facts about this time in the industry and it just made the novel for me. It really did.

This book is full of fantastic characters. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a nicer character than Delia. I wanted her to succeed, I wanted to be happy, I wanted her to be the big star she was and deserves to be. Even Lily, was the sort of villain of the book, wasn’t unlikable. You understood her reasoning, and then when bad things happen for her I also wanted her to succeed.

The book does get a little deeper when Delia past is revealed and Lily’s reasons why she’s doing what she’s doing, but I’m not going to go into too much detail was I don’t want to spoil it for you. But it gives the story real depth and backbone.

Overall, I would recommend this book. It’s a brilliant throwback to a time gone by, that’s full of mystery, intrigue and some fantastic characters.

Thank you to Ella at Quercus books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out July 9th.

Until the next review

JTH

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