Blog Tour Review: Acts of Kindness by Heather Barnett

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A unique premise and a mystery that is sure to make pique your curiosity.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Heather Barnett for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Heather Barnett gained a degree in English and French from the University of Leeds and has written ever since: from copywriting to stand-up comedy and sketches. She is now focusing on writing novels. Heather’s influences span Jane Austen and Douglas Adams at one end of the alphabet through to PG Wodehouse at the other.

Heather’s debut novel, Acts of Kindness, is an uplifting, light-hearted mystery. It was inspired by witnessing commuters helping a woman who’d fallen down the stairs at Paddington station; intermingled with wondering what was behind some grand stone gateposts that she used to drive past in Wiltshire.

Her second novel, Lord Seeks Wife, is a romantic comedy and will be published summer 2021.

Aside from writing, Heather’s interests are classic literature, cats and comedy.

Heather is head of marketing at an agency near Oxford and lives by the river Kennet in Berkshire.

For more information on Heather and her books, please visit her website: www.heatherbarnettauthor.com or join the discussion on Twitter @WritesHeather.

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Dream Job. Fresh Start. Big Mistake.

When Bella Black arrives in a sleepy Wiltshire village, it seems like the perfect place for a new start: a lovely home, exciting job and an attractive colleague or two to take her mind off her recent divorce.

When people start disappearing, she realises she holds the key to a mystery bigger than she could have ever imagined.

Who is really pulling the strings at the secretive OAK Institute?

Can anyone be trusted?

Will Bella make the right choices before it’s too late?

Review (No Spoilers)

I’ll be upfront and honest and say that the main reason I signed up for this tour was because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve also been trying to read more mystery/thriller books and this seemed to be a book that would fit right into that goal. In a funny turn of events however, I totally forgot that this was a mystery when I picked it up and went into it thinking I was reading an adult romance. It didn’t take long for me to start thinking to myself, “why is everyone in this book so sketch?” and it was only then that I remembered what I was actually reading.

As hinted in my previous paragraph, Acts of Kindness is a book that definitely succeeds in making you wonder what the heck is going on. From the very first chapter it does. a good job of unsettling you and making you suspicious of everyone the main character encounters. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the main character isn’t necessarily trying to be a sleuth, she just keeps finding herself in the wrong places at the wrong times. The plot device of making her clumsy in this way was a new one for me and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

I will say that the mystery is founded on an idea that I think is very unrealistic (much like a campy spy novel/movie) and the conclusion was pretty straightforward for me to guess. I think I had hoped for something more shocking to happen at the end but as it stands this would be a good book to read if you’re looking for something on the lighter side. A lot of mystery/thrillers nowadays can get really dark and triggering at times, so if you’re looking for a mystery that is interesting but relatively light, this would definitely be a good book for you.

Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! If you’d like to purchase a copy of Mr Right Across the Street, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link), Amazon UK, or on bookshop.org!


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