BOOK REVIEW THE MISSING GIRL BY JENNY QUINTANA

Anna Flores was just a child when her adored teenage sister disappeared.

Unable to deal with the pain, Anna took the first opportunity she had to run from her fractured family, eventually building a life for herself abroad.

Now, thirty years on, her mother has died, and Anna must return home to sort through her possessions.

In doing so, she has to confront the huge hole her sister’s disappearance left in their lives, leaving just one question unanswered: what really happened to Gabriella?

Because not knowing is worse than the truth.

Isn’t it?

Firstly a big thank you to Annabelle for my copy to review.

This is a debut novel and written very well.

The cover and title are bold and eye-catching.

Told in alternate timelines which i love in a book especially a mysterious thriller. This really keeps you on your toes and second guessing every character and their intentions

Packed with intrigue and secrets surronding the disappearance of Annas sister.

In order to uncover the truth she needd to go right back and it wont be essy .

Old faces memories and lies all come back to haunt her.

All families have difficulties and this family is no exception.

Unpredictable and gripping.

I look forwatd to reading more from Jenny.

Published 31st may

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BOOK REVIEW THE HIDEAWAY BY SHEILA O FLANAGAN

What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie?

When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan’s world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves – and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs.

A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves – along with Pep, the winemaker’s handsome son – begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it.

Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?

Firstly a big thank you to Becky at headline for my proof copy.

Make this at the top of your summer reading pile !

Excellent book to escape with just as Juno does.

Written with such depth and detail you can close your eyes and feel the Spanish sun on your face.

Great charactars that help Juno through a difficult time. And through their help she learns who she really is and what she wants.

I believe in fate and sixth sense and there’s an element of that in this book.

Highly recommend whether your a long term Sheila fan or a newbie.

Published 17th may

BOOK REVIEW THE BRIGHTON MERMAID BY DOROTHY KOOMSON

Brighton Beach, 1993
Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.
Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.
But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…

Firstly a huge thank you to the penguin team for my proof copy…this went straight into my hand for next read.

Im a huge huge fan of Dorothys books and was thrilled to have my review quoted in her book.

As a firm fan of her work i have watched her grow and expand as a writer.

The cover itself entices you and sets the scene for a chiling tale.

This has a very sinister feel to it and was very unpredictable.

As always i whizzed through it not wanting it to end but dying to know the truth .

Full of suspense and mystery be prepared to go on a ride .

Emotive and thrilling this makes for a compelling read.

This is darker then some of her other books but that is what makes her books so enjoyable as they are not always the same. Sign of a excellent writer.

Update since i read this i had the pleasure of meeting her….. !!! We geeked out over marvel and yes i did fangirl…

Cannot recconmend enough for your summer read ..or if like me your binge read.

I wish her every success.

Published 17th May

BLOG TOUR CLOSE YOUR EYES BY DARREN O’SULLIVAN

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.

When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Firstly a big thank you to hq for not only my copy of the book but having me on the blog tour.

I recieved both his books in one package so ive had the joy of reading both back to back.

Let me tell you Darren is a author to watch in the psychological thriller genre. He expertly crafts his books to leave you hooked and wanting more.

Close your eyes is full of tension and will get your adrenaline pumping.

He manages to turn every day settings into a gripping scene.

I raced through this book .

Compelling and addictive this is going to be a huge hit .

I wish him every success and cant wait to read more ….

Do check out the other blogs taking part.

BOOK REVIEW THE LIDO BY LIBBY PAGE

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers…Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing – the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband George is gone.Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. She’s at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper, and is determined to make something of it. So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her. Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.

I couldn’t wait to dive into this book… i am a lover of swimming so i was drawn to it with just the title.

I then heard lots of amazing things about this debut novel. .

I finished this a few houes ago and i already miss the charactars.

What a amazing book this is.

Exploring so much of human nature and what makes us tick.

Uplifting and heartwarming that is just a few words about the blossoming friendship between Kate and Rosemary.

If this doesn’t make you want to rush to a pool then nothing will.

Swimming for me as a busy mum of 2 who battles mental illness is my escape. For that half hour im Charlene alone with my thoughts ,no kids no dog no phone and it really is good for my mind body and soul.

This is a tale of courage kindness friendship and love.

This lives up to its hype so go read!

I wish Libby every success and i cannot wait to see what else she has coming up.

BOOK REVIEW BIG BONES BY LAURA DOCKRILL

It’s a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That’s the point.
Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones – is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food.
Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. . .
Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

As soon as i saw this being discused on twitter i knew i needed to read it. Bold bright title and cover it certsinly grabs your attention.

What a delightful read and a character that will stay with me.

What starts as a food diary becomes so much more .

Heartwarming funny and insightful .

I love food so if your a foodie like me be warned you will feel peckish reading this.

Embrace your true self and love your bones big or small ..

Peefect for both young and old ,uplifting and charminh .

Highly recommend ..

BLOG TOUR GUILT BY AMANDA ROBSON

Your sister. Her secret. The betrayal.

There is no bond greater than blood . . .

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?

Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface that the sisters must face up to?

As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?

Firstly a huge thank you to Sabah at avon… they are on fire with their books this year and its only April!

Amandas debut book obsession as one of my top reads last year so i ws thrilled to get the opportunity to read guilt.

Theres always that apprenshion with the second book..will it deliver the goods ?

Let me tell you it does !

Amanda has a way of creeping right into your head making it very uncomfortable…but in a good way of course

What intense charactars and you will feel strong emotions towards them especially seb….

Incredibly dark ,addictive and chilling.

Remember to breathe while readinh it as its intense .

Amanda is  a writing genius who creates a book which you are so attached to but at same time feel pleased to know ts not happening to you !!

This will be another bestseller and i wish her every success. 

Do read on for a extract and be sure to check our the other blogs taking part.

When did things change? When did I become the one who had to reassure my mother? I squeeze her hand. She squeezes back. Her eyes calm and soften.

Zara is returning from the toilets, weaving between tables, almost smiling through her pout. She bumps into an elderly man who rests his eyes a little too long on her as she apologises.

‘Come on. Let’s get the bill,’ she says to us. ‘When we get home I’m going to show you my coursework portfolio.’

She seems a little more relaxed now.

We walk home. Arm in arm along Harbourside. Past the smokers outside the sports pub, heads together chatting conspiratorially as they puff. Past groups of girls in short skirts striding out and giggling, about to go clubbing. A middle-aged man walking a Westie. A man slumped on the pavement strumming a guitar, a cap to collect money by his side. Electric light dappling the water, softening the city, softening the darkness. Into our flat for a nightcap.

Mother and I sit on our sofa, drinking another glass of wine each. Alcohol is softening our edges, helping us to relax. Zara disappears to her bedroom and returns with her photography portfolio.

‘This is my extended project,’ she announces proudly and places it on the coffee table in front of us.

We lean forward to look at it; Mother opens the folder. First, an A4 blow-up of Sebastian’s face. His handsome craggy face, bearing a confident grin. She turns the page. Ten small photographs of Sebastian. Ten different expressions. Each one laughing and smiling. Another page. More photographs of Sebastian. Some straight-faced. One frowning. One raising his eyes. Hundreds of photographs. All of Sebastian. Close-ups of his face. A smile. A grin. Another sultry frown.

Sebastian. Sebastian. Sebastian, everywhere we look.

Mother and I exchange a worried glance. Zara Cunningham. How much are you in love?

 

 

BOOK REVIEW THE FOURTH MONKEY BY J.D BARKER

Two days to save her…

They’ve found the killer. The killer that Detective Sam Porter has been hunting for five years. But it’s too late to put him behind bars. He’s already dead.

One day to save her…

But even death can’t stop this murderer. His last victim is still alive, struggling to escape and the police have no idea who or where she is.

Zero.

Now Sam Porter must race against time, as her chances of survival slip away, to stop this serial killer from claiming his final victim…

I picked this up by chance and it ended up being one of my best books of the year so far.

It is dark …so dark.

This writer had a twisted devious mind to create this epic book.

This gets you right into the mind of someone whos not particularly very nice.. i have studied various areas of psychology so find this particularly fascinating.

Cleverly written and love the different formats of narrtive

Unpredictable,tense and will leave you wanting more…

Definitely a writer to watch and cant wait to read more.

BOOK REVIEW THE CLIFF HOUSE BY AMANDA JENNINGS

Some friendships are made to be broken

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.

If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.

If only her life was as perfect as theirs.

If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.

If only she lived at The Cliff House…

Firstly a big thank you to the hq team for my hugely anticipated copy.

This is a book i have been dying to read as im a big fan of Amanda’s writing. Since reading the judas scar shes had a firm reader in me.

This book will be huge this summer so grab it quick…

I finished this last night and if i was to pick one word to describe it …haunting … as my dreams were haunted with the cliff house.

We have all at one point at least in our lives especially when younger been envious of others . We also have had that one friendship / relationship that is slightly toxic. Therefore as a reader it is easy to put yourselves in Tamsyns shoes.

Determined to not have a dull summer she is delighted when Edie befriends her… but is all as it seems up at the white house …

Told through different narratives we can feel the tension building up .

Incredibly written and a dark tale of what happens when we really believe the grass is greener on the other side.

Full of teenage angst , grief and obsession this makes for a intense grippping journey.

Completely unpredictable and powerful writing from beginning to end

I recommend this and wish her every success .

Published 18th May

BLOG TOUR THE LEAVERS BY LISA KO

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon – and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Firstly thank you to Grace for my copy to review.

The beauty of being a book blogger is the opportunitiy to discover new genres and authors that we may not otherwise.
This is a chance to read about other eras and other cultures and what happens when the different cultures mix .

A story of belonging,family,loss and friendships.

I too am adopted so always fascinating to read about it and the sense of identity… who are we and where do we come from?

Packed with emotions as it deals with sensitive subjects

A interesting read and very thought provoking .

Do check the other blogs taking part

Published 26th april