#BookReview: Kill For It by Lizzie Fry @BooksSphere #KillForIt #Giveaway #damppebbles

How far would you go for the thing you want most?
Would you… kill for it?

Cat Crawford is not especially good at her job.

Erin Goodman is the woman Cat wants to be when she’s older – smart, successful, and the best part? She’s earned it – nothing was ever handed to Erin on a plate, or to Cat.

But Erin doesn’t notice Cat. Not until something awful happens and Cat, finding herself in the right place at the right time, writes the article that goes viral. Now she’s got Erin’s attention.

The difference is, Cat knows Erin is onto her. And Cat is more than happy to toy with her colleague, especially if it gets her an even bigger story to report on.

In the game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner.”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to share my review of Kill For It by Lizzie Fry. Kill For It was published by Sphere Books on 24th November 2022 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital formats. I chose to read a free ARC of Kill For It but that has in no way influenced my review. My grateful thanks to Beth at Sphere Books for sending me a finished copy.

Before I share my thoughts I have some very special news to share with you. The kind folk at Sphere Books have sent me a second copy of this utterly compelling cat and mouse thriller to giveaway! How brilliant is that?! One lucky UK based reader will receive a brand new, unread copy of the book. For your chance to win, head on over to the damppebbles Twitter and Instagram feeds and follow the instructions. You can enter the giveaway on both platforms doubling your chance of winning, or just the one if you prefer. Giveaway ends on Friday 20th January 2023 at midday (GMT). Good luck and believe me when I say ‘you need this book in your life’!

Journalist Erin Goodman’s home life is complicated to say the least. Her work life though is a different beast altogether. She’s successful, focussed and driven. She’s a woman succeeding in a male dominated environment and she won’t stop until the top job is hers. Cat Crawford has the same ambition but she’s on the lowest rung of the lowest ladder at Carmine Media. She aspires to be like Erin but the thought of putting the effort in just feels a little bit too much like hard work. When Erin shocks her junior colleague by taking her under her wing, Cat is both flattered and surprised. The two women begin to spend more time together until one fateful night when Cat finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wanting to share her experience she writes a piece which instantly goes viral. Suddenly Cat is the centre of attention at work and she likes how it feels. There’s a fast track to the top in sight, and for Cat, it’s within grasping distance. Providing she is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed….

Kill For It is a suspenseful page-turner of a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to jaw-dropping finish. The plot is pacy and taut keeping you fully submerged in the world these characters inhabit. The characters are divine. They’re not particularly likeable but they do have moments where you can sympathise with them, even if they’re only brief. For example, as Erin’s boss says something totally inappropriate and demeaning to her for the third or fourth time that day just because he’s of a generation where that was how women were treated (not acceptable then, not acceptable now). Or when Cat’s awful boyfriend, Lawrence, is treating her badly. Again. I love a book that provokes a reaction in the reader that’s exactly what the author has achieved here with her cast of multi-layered, well-drawn characters. With misogynistic, entitled men throwing their weight around, making the big decisions, saying ‘I’m alright Jack’ and to heck with everyone else. They certainly increased my blood pressure! But the women \re just as bad, biting, scratching and backstabbing their way to the top. Doing whatever is necessary to rise above their counterparts.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. Kill For It is a highly readable, twisty thriller packed full of suspense and superb characterisation. I loved the author’s debut, The Coven, and despite Kill For It being quite different in many ways, it was just as addictive and compelling, demonstrating what a talented writer Fry is. I loved how fast paced the plot was and how interesting the author made the Bristol setting despite the majority of the action happening at Carmine Media, so a fairly featureless high-rise building. The tension and overarching sense that something ominous was going to happen was done so well. Many of the characters made my blood boil and I LOVED it. Books should absolutely make you feel something. Am I right? (Special mention to the only character in the book who I fell in love with here and that’s Asif ๐Ÿ˜.)ย  I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Kill For It and I look forward to seeing what the author delivers next. You can be 100% sure I’ll be reading it! Recommended.

If I’ve piqued your interest and you would like your own copy of Kill For It then please head to the damppebbles Twitter and Instagram feeds for your chance to win (UK based readers only unfortunately due to postage costs). Good luck!

I chose to read and review a free ARC of Kill For It. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

Kill For It by Lizzie Fry was published in the UK by Sphere Books on 24th November 2022 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): |ย amazon.co.uk |ย Waterstones |ย Foyles |ย Book Depository |ย bookshop.org |ย Goodreads |ย damppebbles bookshop.org shop |ย damppebbles amazon.co.uk shop |ย damppebbles amazon.com shop |

Lizzie Fry is a debut author of high-concept thriller The Coven (published by Sphere books), but you might know her better as L.V. Hay.

L.V.โ€™s previous books, The Other Twin, Do No Harm and Never Have I Ever were published by Orenda and Hodder. The Other Twin is currently being adapted for the screen by Agatha Raisin producers Free@Last TV.

#BookReview: The Coven by Lizzie Fry @BooksSphere #TheCoven #damppebbles

Let me repeat myself, so we can be very clear. Women are not the enemy. We must protect them from themselves, just as much as we must protect ourselves.

Imagine a world in which witchcraft is real. In which mothers hand down power to their daughters, power that is used harmlessly and peacefully.

Then imagine that the US President is a populist demagogue who decides that all witches must be imprisoned for their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them – creating a world in which to be female is one step away from being criminal…

As witches across the world are rounded up, one young woman discovers a power she did not know she had. It’s a dangerous force and it puts her top of the list in a global witch hunt.

But she – and the women around her – won’t give in easily. Not while all of women’s power is under threat.

The Coven is a dazzling global thriller that pays homage to the power and potential of women everywhere.”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to share my review of The Coven by Lizzie Fry. The Coven was published by Sphere Books in paperback on 2nd September 2021 and is also available in hardcover, audio and digital formats. I chose to read a free copy of The Coven which has in no way influenced my review. My grateful thanks to Lizzie for sending me a finished copy.

As Halloween approaches many readers change their reading habits to include the witchy, the ghostly and the ghoulish. Not me. Halloween is great but the supernatural and the scary work all year long, right? Summer, bring it on. Christmas, the perfect time to scare yourself witless. I’ve realised though that I haven’t read many books featuring witches. So when I received a gifted copy of The Coven by Lizzie Fry, I moved it straight to the top of the TBR. And I’m so glad I did. The Coven is a superbly crafted, high-energy, international thriller that starts at a cracking pace and doesn’t let up until the final word.

After many years of living relatively peacefully side by side, the President of the US declares all witches should be voluntarily imprisoned for their safety and for others. The Sentinel are charged with rounding up those who don’t present themselves and they’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done. But a good few thousand miles away, in the city of Exeter, nineteen year old Chloe Su is about to come into her powers. With the help of her father, a newly escaped crystal witch, and the Sentinel Agent who broke the witch free, Chloe takes the first step on a journey which will take her across international borders and into more danger than she ever thought possible…

Powerful, gutsy women lead the cast in a thrilling, non-stop race against time. Bloody marvellous! Fry has created a dark, edgy thriller in an alternative world where some of the female population are considered by non-magical folk as the scourge of the earth. All because the big guy in the White House says so! The men reign supreme. The divide between the genders – which includes the non-magical women who are labelled by the menfolk as ‘Goody’s’ – is vast. Fry has created such a strong divide between the genders that it made my blood boil at points. But in the best way possible. I have read other dystopian novels where the storyline centres around a similar male/female divide but Fry outshines them all with The Coven. I was angry for the women, I wanted justice and recognition for them. I wanted them to escape from the oppressive misogynistic regime they were forced under thanks to the Sentinel. It’s safe to say I was rooting for them 100%.

The Coven is a fast paced, thrill-ride of a story which doesn’t let up until the nail biting conclusion. Along the way we meet several interesting, well-written characters. Some I warmed to, others not so much (they’re kind of despicable, horrible human beings – but again, very well-written). My favourite character was Daniel, Chloe’s father, who is thrown into a world he knows nothing about with a ferocity that would leave others running for the hills. (I should mention at this point that not all male characters in the book are crazed zealots out to destroy womankind – only some of them!!) I also really liked Ethan who, despite being on the wrong side for so long, realises his mistake and does absolutely everything he can to make amends. My heart went out to Chloe who, at the age of nineteen, suddenly has the weight of the world on her shoulders. It’s a pretty hefty cross to bear when you’re only just starting to learn who, or what, you are yourself.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. Fry’s feminist debut is a thrilling, beautifully intense tale which I struggled to tear myself away from. I was drawn into this alternate world from the get-go and what a ride it was! I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with these intelligent, fearless, fiery women and I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for us next. Fans of dystopian thrillers featuring strong female characters will adore this gripping read. Recommended.

I chose to read and review a free copy of The Coven. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Coven by Lizzie Fry was published in the UK by Sphere Books on 2nd September 2021 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | bookshop.org | Goodreads | damppebbles bookshop.org shop |

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Lizzie is the author of The Coven, a dystopian thriller for Sphere Books which asks readers to imagine a world in which witchcraft is real, passed down mother to daughter โ€ฆ and men will do absolutely everything they can to stop them.

A fan of such books as The Handmaidโ€™s Tale and A Discovery of Witches, the idea came to Lizzie because she lives in Devon. It was one of the hardest hit areas in England during the witch hunts of the middle ages. There are many monuments to these murdered women in and around the South West. Exeter is officially the first and last place in the UK to hang a witch, which is why Lizzie chooses to kick off the story there.

#BookGiveaway: The Coven by Lizzie Fry (@LizzieFryAuthor) @BooksSphere #TheCoven #damppebbles #PublicationDay

Let me repeat myself, so we can be very clear. Women are not the enemy. We must protect them from themselves, just as much as we must protect ourselves.

Imagine a world in which witchcraft is real. In which mothers hand down power to their daughters, power that is used harmlessly and peacefully.

Then imagine that the US President is a populist demagogue who decides that all witches must be imprisoned for their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them – creating a world in which to be female is one step away from being criminal…

As witches across the world are rounded up, one young woman discovers a power she did not know she had. It’s a dangerous force and it puts her top of the list in a global witch hunt.

But she – and the women around her – won’t give in easily. Not while all of women’s power is under threat.

The Coven is a dazzling global thriller that pays homage to the power and potential of women everywhere.”

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I have such a treat for you today! I’m thrilled to be helping author Lizzie Fry celebrate the paperback release of her debut novel, The Coven, which is published by Sphere Books today (that’s Thursday 2nd September 2021). The Coven is a breath-taking global race-against-the-clock to defeat an imposing organisation dedicated to destroying women’s power and potential. It sounds SO GOOD. Look out for my review on the blog next month!

Lizzie has very kindly offered one UK-based reader the opportunity to WIN a signed paperback copy of The Coven. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is…

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Head over to Twitter by clicking THIS LINK (or go to my feed where it’s my pinned tweet ๐Ÿ“Œ)
๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Follow @LizzieFryAuthor and @damppebbles
๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Like and retweet my pinned tweet
๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ Tag three book loving friends

The T&Cs…
โœจ Giveaway is open to readers in the UK
โœจ Giveaway is not affiliated with Twitter and there is no cash alternative
โœจ Giveaway closes on Saturday 4th September at 2100 (BST)

If you didn’t catch all that then please don’t fret. All the information you need is on my pinned tweet.

The winner will need to send me their name and postal address for me to pass on to Lizzie. The book will be sent direct from the author. GOOD LUCK!

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