A romantic suspense/psychological thriller.
Will a reckless moment from her past come back to haunt her?
Devastated by the death of her husband, Colin, in the London bombings on July 7, 2005, Katherine Murphy-Whithorn builds a wall around her heart determined to never let anyone in again. Settling in to a comfortable routine, her life becomes mundane, until five years later when someone from her rebellious past returns to the city and begins stalking her.
As the curtain falls on 2010 her first love, Jared Martin, walks back into Katherine´s life. Despite him being her first love, he must tear down the barrier she´s created to protect herself. Finally seeing a second chance of a life with him, Katherine couldn´t be happier until another cruel twist of fate strikes. The helicopter returning from the Alpha Ecosse platform, on which Jared is a passenger, ditches in the North Sea. Can he survive the ordeal?
Will they get their chance for happiness? Or is fate still not done its dirty deeds? Katherine’s stalker may have his own agenda.
Melanie certainly is a very versatile writer. I’ve already sampled her time slip and ghost stories but this is very different. There are so many strands to this novel. It’s a romance – Jared and Kat reunited after years apart. It’s a thriller – who is stalking Kat and what connection does he have to her? Then there’s danger when Jared’s helicopter ditches which left me wondering whether Kat was about to lose yet another love. I loved the way the stalker kept putting in an appearance. Who was he? Where did he fit in? He was obviously a damaged individual; someone who lived on the edge of society, but I couldn’t imagine what someone like Kat could have done to have inspired such hatred. Jo Lambert
Yesterday Today Always was easy to get into as we follow Katherine’s character as she starts to overcome her grief for her husband who lost his life in the July London bombings. When she bumps into Jared who was someone very important in her past she feels like it might be finally time to let someone in. Will there be a happy ending for her? You also hear the story from an unknown voice who is watching Katherine and has very sinister intentions. This provides the story with a much darker, creepier edge definitely giving me a chill as the story kept my attention. Especially over the identity of the stalker and reasoning behind the obsession with Katherine.
The pace is pretty steady throughout and the pace definitely speeds up when you see the story through the eyes of Katherine’s stalker providing some not only tense but disturbing moments. Within this book there is tension, romance and suspense as you wait to see where the story will go next. Rachel Broughton
Kat owns a bookshop (I like her already!) and completely out of the blue bumps into an old flame when he helps her assistant carry a heavy sign. She is totally shocked at seeing Jared again. He was her first love when she was a teenager but her parents objected to him and whisked Kat away to live abroad. Kat moved on with her life and later married Colin when she returned to the UK. However, she’s now a young widow, struggling to come to terms with Colin’s death and the circumstances around it.
Both Kat and Jared struggle with the range of emotions they feel at seeing each other again and that passion that was once there is reignited again. However, before they have any hope of taking their relationship forward, both must deal with their own personal demons. However, both are unaware that lurking in the shadows is someone who means to do Kat harm. His obsession with Kat is driven by the voices in his head and he must have her.
This is the type of book that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Kat’s stalker is constantly there, observing her every move and she doesn’t even know it! Melanie Robertson-King has managed to create an atmospheric book that gave me the creeps at times! I love a book that can do this! There’s plenty of drama and a little bit of mystery going on. This is a fantastic piece of writing from a writer who seems to be able to write in different genres and deliver a brilliant story each time. I’m becoming a huge fan!
A recommended read if you are looking for something thrilling and creepy with a good old fashioned romance thrown in. Debbie Johnston