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Nearest Thing to Crazy – Elizabeth Forbes

My thanks to Anne Cater, for inviting me to be part of this blog tour for Nearest Thing To Crazy, by Elizabeth Forbes. Published by Cutting Edge Press.

Cassandra and a group of her friends enjoy Sunday lunch together on a perfect summer’s day. They’re pleased to welcome their
glamorous new neighbour and novelist, Ellie, who has rented a house in the village to work on her book. She likes to place herself in the centre of her plots, she says, although it’s hard to see what she’ll find to write about in this quiet country backwater.

As Ellie slots effortlessly into the village social scene, Cass begins to feel increasingly alienated from her friends and isolated from her family but, for the life of her, she can’t fathom out why . . .

Our Author -Elizabeth Forbes

Elizabeth Forbes was born and raised on the Isle of Wight and now lives in Herefordshire with her husband, two dogs and two hens. She published three romantic thrillers under the name Elizabeth Harrington: The Corporate Wife, Making Up and Daddy Darling. She then took a break from writing and enrolled with the Open University to study for a degree in Literature. She completed her BA with First Class Honours, and also achieved the OU’s Diploma in Creative Writing. Her first psychological suspense novel, Nearest Thing to Crazy, was published by Cutting Edge Press in 2013. BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Mail Online featured the novel because of its gaslighting subject matter. It was a bestseller in Amazon UK’s psychological thriller charts. Her second novel published by Cutting Edge Press in 2014 was Who Are You? which is a dark and twisty tale focussing on the stormy marriage of two people affected by PTSD and childhood trauma. Elizabeth has recently re-published these novels independently with Amazon KDP, and plans to publish a new novel in the summer of 2021.

My review – Nearest Thing To Crazy

Cass and Dan live in the idyllic country village, enjoy the quiet life and thrive on the routine. Until Ellie moves to the village – glamorous author Ellie. She makes gardener Cass doubt herself and in so causes worry that Dan and their daughter Laura may prefer her company too.

Ellie seems to have cast a spell and everyone is under it, her friends seem to spend more time with Ellie, even the church flowers that Cass has always attended too, get given to Ellie to tend to. Cass feels that people are questioning her, asking if she’s drinking too much, adding to her insecurity.

Theres so many times Cass could have caught Ellie out and missed opportunities to prove she’s not behaving in the many ways its being suggested she is. That she’s no longer capable and shouldn’t be asked to help out. Its like a form of cruelty and for poor Cass its real and not the made up nonsense Dan or her friends are suggesting. Ellie is fully aware that she’s doing this and works her game plan. But by saying more it gives too much away.

I just need to say that even though this was firstly published in 2013, this books revival is so much more relevant now, when this happened more and more. Its a thrilling twisted read and really takes some thinking about, it will stay with you.

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