Book : Acts of Kindness
Author : Heather Barnett
Genre : Mystery, Thriller
Personal Rating : 4/5 ⭐
Publisher : Serpentine Books
Publication Date : 11th of March, 2021
Hello everyone! Today’s my tour stop on the blog tour for Acts of Kindness by Heather Barnett! 💕 Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to participate!
Dream Job. Fresh Start. Big Mistake.
When Bella Black arrives in a sleepy Wiltshire village, it seems like the perfect place for a new start: a lovely home, exciting job and an attractive colleague or two to take her mind off her recent divorce.
When people start disappearing, she realises she holds the key to a mystery bigger than she could have ever imagined.
Who is really pulling the strings at the secretive OAK Institute?
Can anyone be trusted?
Will Bella make the right choices before its too late?
Acts of Kindness took me on a mind-boggling ride! The gorgeous cover is what got my attention in the first place, but after knowing what inspired the author to write this book, I KNEW I had to read it soon! Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. This is Heather Barnett’s debut novel too!
The blurb makes the book seem like a cozy and light-hearted mystery, but the captivating twists and turns that the story took made it more of a thriller too, in my opinion. A mysterious ambience prevailed throughout the book – I couldn’t stop turning the pages to know what would happen next! The setting of Wiltshire was such a BONUS. :’) The characters were a joy to read about too. Bella was the best female lead this story needed, but Maggie definitely stole the spotlight – and rightfully so – with her witty and eccentric nature! As the plot of the book demanded to not trust people easily – I had to question if a character’s intentions behind a certain situation were genuine or not repeatedly. Just when I thought that I’d figured the whole mystery surrounding The OAK Institute, the author proved me wrong on the very next chapter. And yes, that happened A LOT. The guessing game was a bit too much at times, (It might be just me though) but that’s the beauty of mysteries I suppose.
Acts of Kindness was undoubtedly a deeply-engrossing read. I’d definitely recommend reading it if you need a book to get out of a slump!
Author Bio –
Heather Barnett gained a degree in English and French from the University of Leeds and has written ever since: from copywriting to stand-up comedy and sketches. She is now focusing on writing novels. Heather’s influences span Jane Austen and Douglas Adams at one end of the alphabet through to PG Wodehouse at the other.
Heather’s debut novel, Acts of Kindness, is an uplifting, light-hearted mystery. It was inspired by witnessing commuters helping a woman who’d fallen down the stairs at Paddington station; intermingled with wondering what was behind some grand stone gateposts that she used to drive past in Wiltshire.
Her second novel, Lord Seeks Wife, is a romantic comedy and will be published summer 2021.
Aside from writing, Heather’s interests are classic literature, cats and comedy.
Heather is head of marketing at an agency near Oxford and lives by the river Kennet in Berkshire.
For more information on Heather and her books, please visit her website: http://www.heatherbarnettauthor.com or join the discussion on Twitter @WritesHeather.
Serpentine Books: http://www.serpentinebooks.com Twitter: @SerpentineBooks
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