Jo Fenton: Revelation

Today I’m wishing a very happy publication day to Jo Fenton with Revelation. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher.

Blurb :

Manchester, 1989

A student, Rick, is found dead in halls of residence.

His friends get caught up in the aftermath: Dan, who was in love with Rick; and Becky, who is in love with Dan.

Their fraught emotions lead them into dark places – particularly a connection to a mysterious Kabbalistic sect.

Will Becky discover who killed Rick in time to save her best friend?


I often have a yearning for my student days and Revelation took me right back! I found the novel really easy to read and I slipped easily into Becky and Dan’s lifestyle. Becky and Dan were characters I could really relate to and I enjoyed getting to know about them and their lives.

There are lots of different themes covered in Revelation which I found very interesting. I enjoyed learning more about aspects of the Jewish faith, and the incidents of anti-semitism as well as homophobia and misogyny show that although as a society we have come quite far since the 1980s when this novel is set, we still have very far to go.

The plot of Revelation centres around a suspicious death and I was keen to learn more about Rick’s life so that I could try and piece together what had happened to him. I found the conclusion quite surprising but it was interesting to see how all the smaller clues came together.

The ending of Revelation leaves the reader in no doubt that Becky’s story has not finished and leads us perfectly into a sequel. I look forward to seeing what happens next!

Revelation is available from Amazon.

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