Book Tour for From The Outside by Clare Johnston. #lovebooksgroup


When internet millionaire and philanthropist Harry Melville dies in a car crash at the age of forty four, the lives of his wife, Sarah, and twin brother, Ben, are thrown into turmoil.

Harry seemed to have it all; a close-knit family and a happy marriage – along with all the trappings of wealth. Yet as he recalls his past from the afterlife, a story emerges of the unspoken and bitter jealousies between brothers and of an unhappy wife burdened by loneliness and guilt.

When Ben takes over the running of Harry’s charity foundation he begins to find purpose for the first time in years. But the arrival of a talented young artist brings a series of revelations that expose Harry’s complex and dual personality in full. As he learns his part in the suffering of those he left behind, is it too late for Harry to make amends?

A tale of regret and redemption in this world and the next. From the Outside looks at the futile rivalries that can destroy sibling relationships and the lost opportunity for happiness when ego is allowed to reign over emotion.

I enjoyed this book although I did not necessarily like the characters much. The fact that I didn’t like the characters, apart from Ben, actually added to my enjoyment of it though.

Harry it seems has everything, but after his death you learn that nothing, as it rarely is, is what it seems. Through Hardy’s eyes you see how the people he left behind cope with his death. His wife, his twin and the work he has left behind. His Twin brother Ben who has always been in his brothers shadow is asked to take over his brothers charity foundation and through this he begins a journey of rediscovery and realises he does not need to try and be his twin. Sarah his wife has a harder time and I didn’t like her to begin with but as time goes on and you discover the way her life was with Harry you can’t help but feel sympathy for her.

This is a strange book as it is told by Harry as he watches what happens to his family after his death. At the same time he admits to things that happened in his life and how he was not the person he portrayed in public.

This story highlights exactly how easy it is to appear to be 2 completely different people and how your behaviour can affect those around you. How grief and death can affect the people you leave behind and how easy it would be to never correct your mistakes and make amends no matter how much you want to.

Thank you Kelly for asking me to be part of this blog tour.

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About The Author

Clare Johnston is a journalist and content specialist, and a frequent contributor on radio and TV, having appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The Kaye Adams Programme and comedy satire show Breaking the News on BBC Radio Scotland, along with STV2’s Live at Five. She is a former editorial director of Press Association Scotland and commercial editor and columnist with the Daily Record. She is currently working with the DC Thomson media group and supports businesses with communication and content creation. Clare is based in Edinburgh.

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