Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Exclusive Giveaway and Playlist: The Sham by Ellen Allen

The Sham
The Sham by Ellen Allen
When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.

The Sham’s playlist:
As I was writing the book, I had these songs in my mind
at key scenes in the plot; they make a great album:
1. Thomston, Burning out
Emily is forced to watch as four of her classmates bully
a small boy in the local playground. She meets Jack and,
together, they are able to save him. Everyone is
traumatized but Jack helps her to feel better: “I’m
coming up, I’m too young to worry bout burning out”.
2. Girls in Hawaii, Where do your tears come from?
This is a very moody and atmospheric song for when
Emily finds out that her classmate – one of the
playground bullies – is dead.
3. Snakehips (ft. Sinead Harnett), Days with you
After tourists claim Jack is their long lost nephew,
someone called Matthew, Jack disappears and Emily
convinces herself that she really is “better off without
you”. It has a great vibe and it’s very upbeat, even
though it’s sad.
4. Ed Sheeran, Thinking out loud
This is the music playing for Emily and Jack’s first kiss;
“Take me into your loving arms. Place your head on my
beating heart.” Aaaah.
5. Ella Eyre, Deeper
Jack doesn’t give away his emotions easily and this song
perfectly encapsulates what Emily thinks Jack is feeling
– that he doesn’t want to commit – and how he should
“dig a little deeper”.
6. Lennie Kravitz, The Chamber
The police manage to convince Emily that Jack is
actually Matthew. She’s angry, hurt, upset and feels
betrayed: “You killed the love that was once so strong.
With no regret to what you did wrong”.
7. Jessie Ware, Wildest moments
This song is playing over the speakers of the
supermarket café when Emily finally finds everything
out – about who Jack really is and who killed the girls. It
manages to perfectly encapsulate the complexity of
Jack and Emily’s relationship and the situation she has
to deal with at the end of the book; “we could be the
greatest, we could be the worst of all”.
8. Clean Bandit (featuring Jess Glynne), Rather Be
This song conveys the end of the book brilliantly and
leaves us on a really upbeat tone. It’s a tip top tune!

Giveaway is for: 5 copies of The Sham by Ellen Allen
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  1. Intrigued by this more than anything else. I find the playlist a novel idea and thinking of my current read can't help but wonder what songs would be on its playlist.


  2. Thanks for the playlist and giveaway! It's always fun to have on e to go along with the read, and wow, this one sounds pretty intense and suspenseful.

  3. I literally only recognize only one song on the playlist. TIME TO HIT SPOTIFY AND LISTEN TO THE REST!

  4. I'm not familiar with many of the songs, I'll have to look them up. This book sounds very interesting though, I'm curious!

  5. There are quite a few songs on this list that I don't know at all! But I love Ella Eyre's music, so Deeper is a natural to me. I also love Thinking out loud with Ed Sheeran, and Clean Bandit is one of my fave groups. I shall look into the rest! I have seen a lot of hype around this book, so I hope it is as good as it promises to be!


  6. Wow! This sounds like an intense read. I do love song lists and how it relates to the book. It always makes me more curious!

  7. thanks for the nice post, it's interesting to see the playlist.

  8. Great post Brandi. The book sounds interesting and I like a few songs from the playlist too.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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