(13 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Shelly Berry
  • Publication Date: 28/09/2019
  • Format: Paperback

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When Emily was offered a new job in London, she was sure that her life was about to change – new friends, a career in the big city and the boyfriend she always wanted.

Her new life turns out to be more complicated than she expected. Her flat mates don’t understand her. Her colleagues mock everything about her. Even her father doesn’t support her. The only person who offers her any encouragement is David.

He’s married. He’s her manager. To Emily it’s clear that they have something special. As their relationship develops, everyone seems to want to sabotage their chances.

But some things are meant to be…

Shelly Berry lives in Waltham Forest, London. Having gained a BA Joint Honours Degree in Visual Art and Sociology at Keele University and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, she has since worked in the public sector with vulnerable adults and children – including those affected by mental illness, drug and alcohol misuse, disability, criminal behaviour, homelessness and domestic and sexual abuse. During this time, Shelly developed and nurtured her love of writing. As well as writing fiction, she has previously written for a number of blogs and now writes for the Waltham Forest Echo.

13 reviews for Outreach

  1. Sian Sargant (verified owner)

    I loved Outreach, it is one of those books that once you pick up you will find hard to put down!
    It is beautifully paced and the characters are well written and believable. The protagonist Emily was fascinating, and I dont want to give away any spoilers but I enjoyed reading a novel in which I found the main character so infuriating,lacking in self awareness but at other times I felt sorry for.
    This was a real page turner and Shelly Berry has created and art out of making you feel gently unnerved.

  2. Laila (verified owner)

    Great book! The subtle way the main character goes from someone you’re rooting for to a wholly different tone … compelling and leaves you wondering what happens next

  3. JC (verified owner)

    A very clever plot twister that takes you up and down the highs and lows of office politics and intrigues leaving you to wonder what might happen next.

  4. Jera’s Jamboree (Blog)

    I was hooked reading this book and finished very swiftly. The writing is superb as the tension created meant I wanted to keep reading to discover what the main character would do.

  5. Honest Mam Reader (Blog)

    Emily is a character I can guarantee you won’t forget in a hurry. She isn’t your run of the mill usual lead female character. However, I really enjoyed reading about her and discovering who she was.

    There’s something about Emily that is… Well, I can’t divulge without spoiling the story. So, obviously, that’s for you to find out. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

    This story goes much deeper than just your average love story. You will go deep into Emily’s psyche to see how far she will go to achieve true love.

  6. Little Miss Book Lover (Blog)

    Well, this book has kept me on the edge of my seat!! Wow!! I just couldn’t put it down!

    I was attracted by the description of this book and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This has been a gripping page-turner. I was hooked from the very first chapter and this book was one I just couldn’t put it down. I was just desperate to know what was going to be happening next.

    I could easily imagine this book being made into a movie. The plot is just fantastic. This has been such an easy enjoyable read which I couldn’t predict at all.

    This is my first read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last. I definitely recommend this book.

  7. FNM Book Reviews (Blog)

    This was a very surprising read for me and one that kept me hooked from start to finish. The synopsis definitely got me interested as to how this would all play out and I think the author did a really good job with how she was able to tell the story. What I loved most was that nothing really played out how I would have assumed it to going into the book which really just made me want to carry on reading. Emily is a complex character and I loved the way the author was able to explore this. Definitely, one I would recommend.

  8. Dash Fan Book Reviews (Blog)

    Outreach is a tense, compelling and poignant read. I’m really looking forward to reading more from Shelly Berry.

  9. That Thing She Reads (Blog)

    After reading the blurb I was sure I would enjoy this book as I love a good romance, and this seemed to hint at something forbidden between Emily and her boss David. What you get instead is a much deeper story where every action is analysed.

    Outreach was like nothing I’ve read before and although I didn’t gel with any of the characters I found them an interesting bunch. Something about this unnerving story kept me reading as its one of those books that just simmers away quietly until something boils over. I was expecting more of a “bang” at the end of the story, but I did find the epilogue fitting in a way.

  10. Anna’s Book Blog

    This book was so not what I expected when I first picked it up, I’m normally typically a romance reader and this so isn’t a typical romance. Emily is in her first proper job in support services and it’s a steep learning curve for her

    There were so many unexpected twists in this book and it made me think about my perception of life and how those around me perceived me.

    I would recommend this book to people who have had their own struggles with life and work as this will give you a link to Emily.

  11. Donna’s Book Blog

    I thought that this book was very good – it is a tense and compelling story that really had me intrigued and hooked, the characters are genuine and you could easily read this book as a true account in places.

    Emily is an excellent character and I really felt for her at times, she was very well developed and had an interesting mix of characteristics and hidden flaws too that made her someone I really wanted to read more about.

    I thought that the pace was great and the suspense the author created was good too. I thought I thought that this story was very good, it is a tense read that was compelling and intriguing and really had me hooked.

    It is 4 stars from me for this one – the book felt really authentic and I’m really looking forward to reading more from Shelly Berry in the future now after I enjoyed this one so much!

  12. Nurse Brooke (Blog)

    Shelly Berry brilliantly writes about a deeply and psychologically troubled woman whose reality and naivety stems from the lack of familial love. Berry writes a complex character you cannot help but feel sorry for. As much as you want to be angry and upset with Emily, you will understand that the basic need of every human being is love and affection. To the very end, the psychological damage runs deep.

    Well done Berry on a very deep exploration into the human psyche.

  13. Jamie

    I thought this book would be a run-of-the-mill office romance book from the blurb on the back cover. However, it is far more than that, and has some great twists and turns along the way. The main character of Emily is so complex and with so many facets to her that your opinion of her changes as you get more and more details and as the story progresses. A very strong debut novel, and with a completely unexpected ending. Hopefully Shelly will write more books in the future.

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