Book Review and giveaway – What goes down (Natalie K. Martin)

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Today I am pleased to be a part of this weekends blog tour to mark the launch of What Goes Down, the brand new novel from Natalie K. Martin.

Title: What goes down

Author: Natalie K. Martin

Pages: 282

Source: ARC received as part of blog tour

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‘Seph Powell has all she ever wanted: a close family, loving boyfriend and her dream career. A gifted artist with a highly anticipated exhibition just weeks away, life seems to be perfect. Until a man she’s never met claims to be her real father.

Laurel and Tony Powell are devoted parents. Having worked hard to provide everything for Seph, they’ve created a picture-perfect family. Until Laurel’s ex-boyfriend, Nico, comes back into their lives.

In the summer of 1987, Nico Papoulis stole Laurel’s heart with promises of adventure and excitement. But then he disappeared without trace, leaving her as a single, teenaged parent. Now, twenty-five years later, he’s back and keen to meet the daughter he left behind.

But Nico’s sudden reappearance shows that nothing is quite as it first seems. As long hidden truths are exposed, everything Seph thought she knew begins to unravel, and the one person who can help her the most is the very person Laurel has tried so hard to protect her from.’

Natalie K. Martin is not one to shy away from tough subjects, and What Goes Down is no different. The novel centre’s around Seph and her family, who were leading seemingly happy lives until the past caught up with them. Whilst celebrating her birthday Seph receives an email from someone claiming to be her father, and her world is turned upside down when her parents confirm that what he is saying is indeed true. Whilst struggling with her own sense of identity, Seph also learns that her biological father had a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, something which can be hereditary.

When I received this book to review I had no idea that it would touch on a subject so close to my heart, as I too, have Bipolar Disorder. Because of this I was going to think one of two things. Either Martin would approach the subject with sensitivity and thoughtful research, producing an accurate depiction of the illness, or fall in to the trap that many others have before her, by glamourizing and sticking to the typical and frustrating stereotypes that this and mental illness in general attract. I’m happy to say it was the former, and found it particularly intriguing the more I noticed certain traits, developing genuine concern, and the feeling of wanting to protect Seph.

What I loved about this book was that not only were you reading from Seph’s point of view, you then start following her mothers own story. I always enjoy novels that have multiple perspectives and this was no different, particularly due to the time jumps. This meant that readers are able to get to meet George, a character that is very close to Seph’s heart, but sadly passed away whilst she was at university.

If you are a fan of hard hitting novels, full of raw emotion and true to life characters without all the fluffiness then I would highly recommend giving this book a read.

You can win your own copy of the book, along with a £10 Amazon gift voucher and a stag necklace by entering the rafflecopter giveaway below.

What Goes Down is available now in paperback and for Kindle.




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