Today I am very excited to share the cover reveal for Beverley Adam’s debut novel The Rebel Suffragette, out on 30/09/21!
The suffragette movement swept the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Led by the Pankhursts, the focus of the movement was in London with demonstrations and rallies taking place across the capital. But this was a nationwide movement with a strong northern influence with Edith Rigby being an ardent supporter. Edith was a controversial figure, not only was she was the first woman to own and ride a bicycle in her home town but she was founder of a school for girls and young women. Edith followed the example of Emmeline Pankhurst and her supporters and founded the Preston branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union. She was found guilty of arson and an attempted bomb attack in Liverpool following which she was…
Sarah had always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d dome something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police. Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child…
As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision…. Save her son…. or save herself?
Sarah and Tom are an unlikely couple, she is a bohemian artist and he a strait laced actuary but they end up married and after numerous failed pregnancies Sarah gives birth to their long awaited son Freddy. You could be forgiven for thinking this is a happily married couple, but their marriage appears to be based on a succession of lies and when one night Freddy comes home with a dreadful confession that marriage is pushed to its very limits.
The narrative is tense and the suspense builds nicely leading to Sarah having to decide just howler she is willing to go to risk everything for the sake of her son. I didn’t like the character of Freddy but I don’t see that as a negative thing, he is a killer after all and so it is believable that he would commit the crime he has confessed to.
I like how this book makes you question what you would do in this situation, it is thought-provoking but at the same time you are getting drawn into the domestic world of this couple whose lives have been far from idyllic, Freddy’s upbringing was not a happy one either, so can he be forgiven for his crimes? This is a book that will have you asking yourself many many questions!
Many thanks to the publisher and Rob Chilver for my proof copy in exchange for an honest review. Please do check out all the other reviews on the blogtour.