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I’m delighted to be included in the book tour for Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward, an adult crime / thriller book that was released on the 21st June. Although this isn’t my usual choice of genre I knew as soon as I read the excerpt that I would like it.


“How far would you go to find your child?

DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.

Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.

Jan uses Bessy’s information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?

Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones.”



The story begins being told through DS Jan Pearce, a policewoman desperately searching for her missing son, who comes across the body of Bessie Swain and a journal she has left after a lifetimes search for her own son. The story then flits between both mothers searches, with Bessie’s story being able to help Jan find her son.

Despite jumping between the two mothers the story flows brilliantly, it is fast-paced, exciting and gripping (I found myself still awake reading in the early hours of the morning several times!)  and it is really moving at times. I had guessed at how I thought it would end but massive plot twists in both the present and past stories meant I was totally wrong  and I definitely didn’t see the ending coming.

As the backdrop to Random Acts of Unkindness is the Saddleworth Moors it is easy to guess at how this links in to missing children, whilst this is just a story it makes the poignant parts of the book quite heartbreaking as this really did happen. Since reading it I’ve spent many a night thinking about the families that actually went through that horror.


I absolutely loved reading Random Acts of Unkindness and would definitely recommend it to everyone, no matter what genre you usually read. I will be looking out for more from Jacqueline Ward! I have given this 5 stars on Goodreads.


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There are lots of other great bloggers taking part in the review tour this week so look out for their reviews too!

Random Acts of Unkindness Jacqueline Ward review tour


*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and haven’t been influenced by this*

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55 comments on “Review tour : Random Acts of Unkindness – Jacqueline Ward *”

  1. Oh, not the normal book I go for but you’ve made it sound really interesting, I’d love to read it now!

  2. Not my kind of genre but it’s very intriguing book. It’s one I would watch as a movie but not sure I would read as I would just skip pages to see the ending then once I know I will go back and read properly lol

  3. Ahh. I flat out couldn’t read anything that has saddleworth as a back drop. I live too near and drive past on a relatively frequent basis – beautiful though it appears, knowing what has happened there, that place sucks the happiness out of everything that passes it and leaves me feeling chilled and empty every time. I couldn’t imagine the sadness and despair that the parents of those still out there must feel and I don’t think I could read anything that used such horror for a fiction novel. Not one for me 🙂

    • I’m fairly near and know what you mean, it is beautiful and so chilling. Reading this has since kept me up at night thinking about those poor families who lived it. Thank you for commenting though 🙂 xo

  4. Wow a whopping 5 stars! Like the sound of this from the synopsis so I’ll have to check this out on Goodreads 🙂

  5. This sounds really interesting. It is not the kind of book I would normally go for but I am keen to try something new and I am intrigued about this book now.

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