The Hive by Scarlett Brade – Blog Tour Review

Title: The Hive

Author: Scarlett Brade

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication Date: 21st July 2022

Rating: 3.5/5



Charlotte Goodwin looks directly at the camera and reveals a chilling truth to the thousands watching her Instagram Live broadcast. She has killed her ex-boyfriend’s new partner in cold blood. But she is not finished yet. The viewers must now vote to decide whether he should live or die.

The public display sends shockwaves rippling through the online community and the numbers of viewers skyrockets. But as Lincoln’s past is revealed, how will he be judged?

The Hive explores our darkest fears of the relationship between social media and mental health, but, most importantly, the strength of sisterhood against all the odds.


I was so hooked by the premise of The Hive which is incredibly thrilling. At the beginning of the book we find Charlotte Goodwin live streaming on Instagram as she asks the viewers to decide whether she should kill her ex-boyfriend after already killing his girlfriend. Overall I enjoyed reading the story of what led Charlotte to do what she did.

This is a pretty bonkers book to be fair and takes a number of intriguing twists and turns. It will likely provoke a strong reaction in its readers as we journey back and follow Charlotte through the evolution of why Charlotte has decided to take the dramatic action she has against Lincoln, her ex. The story is at its strongest when it delves into the bond of friendship between Charlotte and the three women she relies on to ground her. The strength of female friendship is a powerful theme throughout. The Hive is an addictive ‘read in one sitting’ kind of thriller which asks the reader to become the judge, jury and executioner.


Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.

Buy the book:

Waterstones | Blackwell’s | Amazon

One thought on “The Hive by Scarlett Brade – Blog Tour Review

  1. Stephanie - Bookfever says:

    Great review! This sounds like a crazy story (which I love!) and I really like that there’s a spotlight on female friendship.


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