Sunday Book Review – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

My Sunday Book Review is on Desolation Bluff, written by Toni Pike. This is the second book I’ve read of Toni’s, and it won’t be last! I love a good book with rich characters and a ‘Karmic’ satisfying ending. That’s what I got from reading this book. Read my review below for more.





Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel Amore and thinks he has the perfect life at his country estate near Desolation Bluff. After a honeymoon in Paris, his wife Vanessa continues her work as his assistant. His friend Ray is the business manager who lives in the gatehouse and also acts as the public face of Fidel Amore, doing all those book-signing trips that Oliver never wanted to attend. Helen Dunkley is the housekeeper devoted to him since childhood – but she detests the two newcomers.

Complications set in when Ray, working on his old car, accidentally backs into Oliver. His injuries appear minor but the next day he suddenly regains his sight. Oliver wants Ray and Vanesa to be the first to hear his good news, but when he finds them he uncovers a shocking betrayal.

A game of cat and mouse begins – and with the arrival of a mysterious stranger, it turns deadly.

A short suspense novel that will keep you guessing right to the very end.


My 5 Star Review:

Desolation Bluff was a pleasure to read. Blind writer, Oliver, who writes under the pen name of Fidel Amore, is a workaholic who has his newlywed wife, Vanessa looking after Oliver’s administrative and public relations side of his novels. Oliver’s best friend – Ray, impersonates Oliver by doing all the physical PR work, showing up to book signings, etc, pretending to be Oliver, allowing Oliver his freedom to write without having to go anywhere to promote his work. What could possibly go wrong?

Blind at birth, Oliver is unaware of the shenanigans going on between his wife and his best friend until the plot thickens and Ray accidentally backs into Oliver on the driveway and knocks him down. One of the side effects from this was Oliver’s vision was miraculously restored – and this is when the story really heats up.

Oliver makes a decision to keep his newly restored sight a secret when he realizes that his wife and Ray have become much ‘closer’ than he was aware of. And so the games begin! – Somebody is murdered, and then another somebody is murdered, and Oliver realizes that he may be next in line!

This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read with interesting characters and great plot twist to keep me hooked all the way through to a most satisfying ending! #Recommended.

53 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

  1. Thank you so much, Debby, for taking the time to read my new book and post this wonderful review. I’m very lucky and honoured to be appearing once again on your website. I hope you have a wonderful week. Toni x


  2. Wow! An intense plot and review, Debby! A brilliant idea for a story and the reader is drawn in immediately as they are the only ones in the know about Oliver’s restores vision. Well done, Toni … this is going on my list of books to read! 😀


    1. Thanks so much Annika. You’ve nailed it on the head. It’s like a secret when we’re privy to what’s going on and the characters are in for a rude awakening, lol. No doubts you will enjoy the book! ❤


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