Familiar Strangers by Jackie Walsh #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity @JackieWalsh_ie @HeraBooks


Author: Jackie Walsh

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Print Length 365 pages

Release Date:  20 May 2019

Publisher: Hera Books

I would like to thank the publisher and Sarah Hardy for the invite on this blog tour and the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


‘I took you, Becca. You’re not my daughter.’

Since Becca Wall’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, every day Becca loses a little more of the loving, caring mother who would do anything for her only daughter. But when one day Nancy Wall confesses that Becca is not her child, Becca’s world falls apart.

Becca tells herself that the words are just a cruel symptom of Nancy’s illness; after all, she has her birth certificate, and pictures of herself as a newborn along with her Mom, Dad and older brother, Danny. Becca tries to forget, to get on with her life – until the day the police question her about the whereabouts of a missing woman, Katie Collins.

Katie has disappeared without a trace, telling her husband that she is leaving to find Rebecca Wall. But Becca doesn’t know Katie, so it’s a case of mistaken identity – isn’t it? But as Becca discovers why Katie was desperate to find her, the lies that Becca has always believed come crashing down. Soon, it’s clear that someone knows the truth – and that they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets…

My Thoughts

This is one of those books where I was initially attracted to reading it because the cover looked so interesting. The power of a good book cover really worked here! 

Becca Wall is a character you really can feel sympathy for. Her mother is in a care home suffering with Alzheimer’s and it must be so hard for her to diligently visit each week never knowing if she will remember who she is. When her mother drops the bombshell that she took Becca as a child, Becca isn’t sure whether this was part of her mothers Alzheimer’s or a rare moment of lucidity. 

The second character of note here is Katie, who is looking for Becca, but Becca doesn’t know who Katie is, so why is she looking for her? The mystery of these two characters is at the heart of this story and slowly but surely Becca learns more information and starts to piece together why it is Katie has been looking for her. 

This book had a few twists and turns and I spent most of the book thinking it was going to have a certain kind of ending only to be pleasantly surprised when the book took a different turn all together! 

Another thing I really enjoyed is the length of chapters, not too long, not too short, about 4-5 minutes each usually and I found this worked perfectly for me as it allowed me to dip in and out of the book easily as and when I had the time to read. There’s nothing I dislike more than putting a book down halfway through a chapter.

Overall a really enjoyable psychological thriller which I think fans of this genre will enjoy. 

About the Author

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. After years spent building her own business, she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, she spent years attending classes and writing groups, going to festivals and launches, writing and rewriting, until eventually sending her words out into the world.  Now she is thrilled to have landed a publisher. Especially Hera Books, a new company headed by two women who have years of experience and love a good story.

Jackie is a member of the Irish Writers Centre, The Irish Crime writers group and proof that perseverance can work.

For more reviews and updates you can follow me on Twitter @BooksBucks

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Hardy says:

    Thanks so much for being part of the blog tour today x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shalini says:

    I loved the book too. Fabulous review 😍

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kelly says:

    I am physically incapable of putting down a book halfway through a chapter, can’t do it!

    Liked by 1 person

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