Because of You is a confident and absorbing work of modern women’s fiction with a psychological twist, spanning three decades in the intertwined lives of four individuals.
Split between London and Sweden, Because of You weaves a complex and fulfilling narrative tapestry as the years, and decades, pass. What is refreshing is how author Helene Fermont goes to great lengths to create believable and relatable three-dimension characters. Even the supporting cast and most villainous antagonists all have their reasons for acting as they do while retaining the facility to adapt, even to find some form of redemption and atonement, over the course of time.
As engaging as it is thought-provoking, this character-driven novel is a nuanced account of the way past events and experiences can shape personalities and impact on the present – both for good and bad – and how, beneath the turbulent streams of life, enduring love, acceptance and fidelity can ultimately bring peace and contentment.
Because of You is an exceptional first novel by an author with a clear and original voice, and a very promising future.- LoveReading
His Guilty Secret Five huge stars I loved every page. So many secrets! Buy His Guilty Secret, it’s a splendid read. Helene Fermont has now become my new favourite author!- I Read Novels
His Guilty Secret There’s something so crisp, clean and refreshing about Hélene Fermont’s writing that it is very aptly referred to as having a scandi-feel.
We hear a lot about the Danish concepts of ‘hygge’ and ‘lykke’ and I feel that His Guilty Secret completely embraces the ethos of the Scandinavians. There is no woman scorned, crying for days and feeling sorry for herself in this book, it’s more a ‘keep calm and carry on’ and make the most of what you have left.
So very thought-provoking and eloquent, I think Hélene Fermont could almost have a genre all to herself.- Michelle at The Book Magnet
His Guilty Secret Fermont’s gutsy dialogue helps build and accessorise the strong dramatic storyline with its honesty and raw grittiness. Her skill at understanding people and their psychology is evident and beautifully demonstrated throughout her story and her style of writing which is very readable and move the story forward fluidly and at the perfect pace.
I thoroughly enjoyed this it was a little bit different from my previous reads and I felt engaged from start to finish with its multi-layered and cleverly thought out plot.
With unexpected twists and turns and many interwoven themes of love, dishonesty and deceit it is a beguiling and thoroughly compelling read.- If In Doubt Read
His Guilty Secret Fermont’s writing is engaging. There are a lot of characters to engage with but they are well described and all feel like they have a role in the story and are convincing in their portrayal. I particularly enjoyed Fermont’s use of dialogue. She captures some of the more toxic behaviour and speech with insightfulness. There are some conversations that are harsh or blunt and the author is not afraid to be brutal in the way the characters speak to each other but this all feeds into creating vivid characters and a dramatic storyline.
This is a complicated, multi-layered novel which is absorbing and compelling. It looks at universal themes such as betrayal, love and deceit with more emphasis on the psychological and moral implications of the characters’ decisions and choices. Fermont’s writing feels accomplished and sophisticated; there is drama, emotion and tension throughout the pages.- Bibliomaniac UK
His Guilty Secret is a book full of characters who are not always likable as they struggle to deal with grief, affairs, addictions, power struggles, toxic families and bitter relationships. Fermont isn’t afraid to delve into the dark and selfish side that everybody has, and gives an insight into the way people deal with the devastating events.
His Guilty secret is a compelling book, exploring the darker side of relationships, and will keep you absorbed until the end.- Jessica, Writer’s Little Helper
His Guilty Secret hooked me instantly, I’m always down with a book about secrets and boy were there some whoppers here!
Helene has a skillful and lovely way with words that draws you in and she creates characters that are relatable, they seem like women that I would want to approach in real life.
This book was on the lighter side despite it dealing with some heavy topics, it read like a true drama and was full of interesting secondary characters giving it an almost soap opera vibe. There were so many secrets being kept, it seemed like all of them were hiding something and I always like that uneasy sense of not knowing who to trust in a book.
Pick this up if you’re in the mood for something different that’s written in a really beautiful and unique way.- Amy, Novelgossip
His Guilty Secret is a book where secrets won’t remain buried, coming out in scandalous tales of betrayal, forbidden love, jealousy, manipulation, and death. Making every secret take on its own life. The chapters seemed to melt away as Helene took me on an emotional journey, through beautifully woven subplots, characters, the roaring metropolis of London, and the Scandinavian jewel of Malmo, adding both urban and cultural dynamics to a story. When it ended I was screaming with despair.
Relationships are critical to the story throughout because all of the characters’ lives entwine with one another. Helping expose flaws that make these characters come to life as they go through the trails of second guesses, paranoia, and deceit.
This subplot within the story really explored how even though you are sisters it doesn’t mean you will get along. This is one of Helene strongest points as a writer – she digs deep into the characters’ emotions and makes them identifiable with her readers.
This is a deeply disturbing read at times. Allowing the reader to question and discuss many everyday issues. Plunging you into a world of secrets and lies which could truly destroy a person. That is what I enjoyed most about this read. Helene isn’t afraid to write these taboo subjects from alcohol misuse to infidelity. This book has it all. This is a 4.5 star read perfect for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.- Dan Stubbings, The Dimension Between Worlds
His Guilty Secret offers such powerful writing! Read it as it will give you the strength to fight back and be strong.
Huge praise for Helene Fermont, this book is truly a masterpiece.- Alejandra’s Life
His Guilty Secret is a very real read that I enjoyed and found it easy to identify with the characters. Full of emotions and secrets.- Baatty About Books Blog
His Guilty Secret is a story you never quite expect… you never know what to expect but are always anticipating some new form of drama.
I found the movement of settings (London, Paris, and Mälmo) really interesting as the cultural changes really bring out different aspects of the different characters. There is a strong psychological aspect to Fermont’s writing; this aspect has such a positive impact on the characters and the story’s development.
I found myself totally gripped to Hélene Fermont’s His Guilty Secret within the first few pages, and couldn’t find myself putting the book down. I was desperate to know who had what other secrets, presents, and pasta each character- even seemingly innocent- had.
The book is beautifully written and has me longing to get my hands on her other books as soon as possible!- Stories Can Make Us Fly Blog
His Guilty Secret The interesting thing about this book is the reader knows exactly what is going on right from the outset. So if you are looking for big plot twists and suspense then this might not be the book for you. What this novel does is look at the psychological minefield of grief, relationships both romantic and siblings and rivalry in personal and business domains. It seems that while everyone was drifting along portraying an image of the ideal life, marriage and family, in actual fact, no one knows what is really going on behind closed doors.
If you love a book that is a tangled web of lies and deceit that slowly unpicks through a psychological standpoint then you will really enjoy His Guilty Secret by Helene Fermont.- The Very Pink Notebook Blog
His Guilty Secret The settings swapping between Paris, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, were described beautifully and allowed me to visualise the areas the characters were in. Similarly, the character development was interesting to read. I found it a nice change to know what was going on from the start, unlike Patricia, our main character. It was one of those strange situations where you know exactly what’s happening, and the secrets are heavily hinted at from the start. Combining this with Hélene’s general writing style, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this different take on a mystery type book.
Hélene’s words when describing Patricia’s feelings as she tries to cope with the loss of her husband, alongside everything else that is going on in her life at this point in time, beautifully convey the vulnerable position our protagonist is in.
I would give His Guilty Secret a rating of 4 stars out of 5. The idea behind the story is a brilliant concept, and as I said above I did thoroughly enjoy the whole “we know something you don’t” feeling.- Life With KT Kinnes
Because of You I haven’t read a good, epic story of a life in way too long and I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed them until I started reading Because of You.
This is a story of love, friendship and family. A story of one woman’s fascinating life experiences and how she copes with all the pain and loss that comes with simply living life.- Amazon Review
Because Of You doesn’t shy away from difficult topics and, although at times the storylines were hard to read, it was actually good to see these issues covered in contemporary fiction because these things do happen to people in real life.
Because of You is a great mix of contemporary fiction and noir. I’d recommend this novel to anyone who loves long novels that are cross-genre.- Rather Too Fond of Books
Because Of You I read the book in two days – what a page-turner! The book has many psychological twists following a few characters through part of their lives in Sweden and England dealing with their complex relationships – both the highs and lows.- Amazon Review
Because Of You …an impressive début from a promising author.- Amazon Review
Because Of You Giving the reader a full and detailed account of the love story of Hannah and Ben, starting in 1970’s London and spanning the course of three decades, Fermont creates a beautiful generational set of characters.
Along with the very good characters, naturally, must come some very bad. And bad they are. I was pleased to discover why they were so callous and heartless, the author gives us plenty of explanation as to why they act the way they do – if you are never shown real love, how can you understand what it is?- Amazon Review
We Never Said Goodbye The book is full of realism and covers some complex moral issues. I found it a very captivating read.- Amazon Review
Because Of You This book was absolutely incredible from start to finish. The story line was beautiful, following Hannah and others through her life journey between Sweden and London, through countless twists and turns, ups and downs.
It may have become deep and dark at times, but for Hannah there were always uplifting moments waiting for her. This is a terrific story of life and love but most importantly truth.- Amazon Review
Because Of You There are many tough subjects tackled in the novel, such as death and rape and leave you feeling deeply sorry for those affected by them. On the other hand, the uplifting moments are brilliantly written and empathy invoking leaving you with a warm contented feeling.- S Dexter
Because Of You If you like an engaging story with characters that draw you in you’ll love this book!
Helene gives us a description of real life with its high points and its challenges. The intimacy of the events that unfold creates emotion and also makes you think about the issues.
Some of the stories within the story are painful but ultimately this is about survival, handling what life throws at you and becoming stronger.- Amazon Review
Because Of You A good debut novel with strong characters and an interesting storyline that takes you through Hannah’s life. A variety of interesting themes are covered and the plot hs an arc that reaches a solid conclusion at the end – no irritating loose ends. Interested to see what the author produces next.- Amanda Napper
Because Of You I found the book as a whole very readable and enjoyed the sense of time and being with people through a large part of their lives, it was powerful to read about situations that many authors would shy away from.- Mrs Average Evaluates
Because Of You Great book for by the pool or the beach. A decade by decade stroll through fashion and cultures, switching from England to Sweden with Jewish cuisine on the side. A story about life and loves – and why are the bad boys always more exciting?- Amazon Review