BOOK REVIEW BAD CHOICES BY LUCY VINE


Two friends. Two decades.
One big mistake…

Nat and Zoe have always shared everything.

Hopeless crushes, emergency tampons, messy sex stories, work triumphs, those days where you can’t stop crying in the loos, those days where you can’t stop dancing on the bar. They even share the same birthday, FFS. The struggle is real, but they’ll always have each other.

Except best friends forever is a hard promise to keep…

Eye-wateringly hilarious, tender and true, this a story about growing up, falling apart, and the friendships that hold us together.

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review. I have loved her previous books .

Her writing is fresh, witty and packed with warmth

This is a fantastic book and I loved it. Beautifully captures life and all what shapes it. The good ,bad and ugly…

Friendships, love, arguments and identity . We can all relate to parts of this story and their friendship. It’s funny , refreshing and life affirming . Packed with emotion and real life subjects .

Published 10th June.

BOOK REVIEW I KNOW WHAT YOU’VE DONE BY DOROTHY KOOMSON

Do you have any idea what the people you know are capable of? Bestselling author of All My Lies Are True, Dorothy Koomson, asks how well you can really know your neighbours. Fans of Lisa Jewell and Louise Candlish will rip through the pages of this addictive new thriller.

What if all your neighbours’ secrets landed in a diary on your doorstep?

What if the woman who gave it to you was murdered by one of the people in the diary?

What if the police asked if you knew anything?

Would you hand over the book of secrets?

Or … would you try to find out what everyone had done?

I Know What You’ve Done is the unputdownable thriller from the Queen of the Big Reveal.

Firstly a big thank you for my copy, always a thrill to receive. Dorothy has been one of my top authors for years even before I knew what a blogger was so it  will never not be exciting to read a proof .

A fantastic book packed with twists and turns secrets and lies. Who is telling the truth? Who is not who they appear to be?

Thought provoking and moral questioningCleverly plotted and written from different neighbours narratives.

Fast paced and keeps the reader on their toes. Addictive ,compelling and tense this makes the perfect thriller .

Published July 8th and I highly recommend

BLOG TOUR YOU NEED TO KNOW BY NICOLA MORIARITY

Jill’s three grown-up sons mean everything to her.

She would do anything for her boys – protect them, lie for them, even die for them.

Then one day she receives an email with the subject line: ‘You Need To Know’.

Jill doesn’t want to know. She leaves the warning unread.

But some truths you can’t hide from.

Soon Jill will start to wonder if she knows her sons at all . . .

How long will these secrets stay hidden?
And when they are revealed . . . can Jill’s family survive?

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review and having me on the tour . Its lovely to be reviewing physical books again so thank you!

This is a excellent book covering difficult family dilemmas small to large. And indeed tragic and thought provoking.

Written in different narratives and timeliness,keeping it fast paced and fresh . This also enables the reader to connect with each voice of the story

We know there’s been a incident but details aren’t revealed until we progress through the book.

Secrets are alluded to and eventually exposed

Scandal ,tragedy ,outrage occur as we progress to the end of the book and the truths. Incredibly emotive and well written

Published 15th April and do check out the blogs taking part in the tour.

BOOK REVIEW THE YEARBOOK BY HOLLY BOURNE

Paige is used to staying quiet in the face of lies. Like how popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie).

Now Grace and friends have picked their “best” high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they’re not just lies. They’re poison.

But Paige has finally had enough. And as she starts to find love through the pages of a book, she finds her voice too. Now she is going to rewrite her story – and the Yearbook is the perfect place to do it.

Paige Vickers: Most likely to…bring down the mean girls

I’m a massive fan of Hollys since reading soulmates many years ago. I read this cover to cover in one go and absolutely loved it.

It is ya but that doesn’t mean it’s not for anyone and everyone . We all remember school and being a teenager and my age doesn’t take away any enjoyment .

This is a emotive powerful beautiful story about a young lady finding her voice and who she is .

I think many including myself can relate to her .swoonworthy moments but also dealing with very important serious issues.

Highly recommend this and all her books.

Published 13th May

BOOK REVIEW LIVES LIKE MINE BY EVA VERDE

Mother.
                To three small children, their heritage dual like hers.
 
Daughter.
                To a mother who immigrated to make a better life but has been rejected by her chosen country.
 
Wife.
                To a man who loves her but who will not defend her to his intolerant family.
 
Woman…
                Whose roles now define her and trap her in a life she no longer recognises…
 
 
Meet Monica, the flawed heroine at the heart of LIVES LIKE MINE.
 
With her three children in school, Monica finds herself wondering if this is all there is. Despite all the effort and the smiles, in the mirror she sees a woman hollowed out from putting everyone else first, tolerating her in-laws’ intolerance, and wondering if she has a right to complain when she’s living the life that she has created for herself.
 
Then along comes Joe, a catalyst for change in the guise of a flirtatious parent on the school run. Though the sudden spark of their affair is hedonistic and oh so cathartic, Joe soon offers a friendship that shows Monica how to resurrect and honour the parts of her identity that she has long suppressed. He is able to do for Monica what Dan has never managed to, enabling her both to face up to a past of guilty secrets and family estrangements, and to redefine her future.
 

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. I’ve been eager to read this debut after hearing Eva talk about it at a blogger event ..via zoom of course…

Her description piqued my interest straight away and could sense a similarity with myself. After reading I can see I was right.

How refreshing to delve into the world of a woman with flaws and someone relatable. This is a compelling thought provoking book and such an amazing debut!

It’s fresh, funny,sharp but also dealing with real sensitive issues .

Her exploration and words around racism however small it may seem in the confines of your ‘family ‘ are powerful. Writing about identity and a place in the world is both relevant and relatable to many women.

I can see this touching many peoples hearts and minds as it leaps onto their tbr pile. I wish Eva every success with this and can’t wait to read more from her. A great author who I imagine has many fantastic characters for us to discover.

Published 10th june

BOOK REVIEW ALL MY LIES BY SOPHIE FLYNN

Anna wants to escape.
She doesn’t know when her marriage to James began to feel like a trap or when he became so controlling. All she knows is that she needs to leave before it’s too late.
 
And she has a plan.
When Anna reconnects with her childhood sweetheart, Sam, she sees it as the answer to her problems. Finally, they’ll have a life together, like they’d always planned – the life she was meant to have.
 
But the lies are catching up with her . . .
On the morning of their escape, Sam goes missing. Anna knows he wouldn’t leave her, that something must have happened to him.
Her search for answers will force her to confront her past, something that she has been running from for a very long time . . .
 

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley.

I raced through this psychological thriller and it ticked a lot of boxes for me .

You’re not sure who to trust and there are plenty of revelations and lies exposed.

At times it was a challenge to keep up with all of the plot as its a very busy book. But this didn’t take away the enjoyment .

Unpredictable and twisty this is a great debut and I look forward to reading more from her.

Published 23rd April

BOOK REVIEW THE BRIDESMAID BY NINA MANNING


From the moment they met as children, Sasha knew that beautiful, wealthy, and confident Caitlin would always be her absolute best friend. Sasha would do anything to make Caitlin happy.

Even keep her darkest secrets…

The years have passed, but their friendship remains. And when Caitlin announces she’s getting married there is only one choice for the role of bridesmaid. Sasha will make sure Caitlin’s wedding is as beautiful and perfect as she is. Won’t she?

But as the big day approaches, cracks begin to appear. Because no matter what Sasha does, she never seems to make Caitlin happy.

And the secrets that once bound these two friends, now threaten to rip them apart for good…

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. This is a new author for me but one I’ve heard about .

A fantastic fast paced twisty read.

Packed with tension knowing something is going to happen but not knowing what exactly…

Secrets,lies, and resentment lead to a wedding with a difference.

What happens when you have enough of being treated with disrespect from your best friend… you eventually retaliate.

Written in alternate timelines so we can see how the friendship started and the bumps along the way .

I whizzed through this and really enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading more from her.

Published 27th May

BOOK REVIEW THE SISTER IN LAW BY PAMELA CRANE

EVERYONE IN THIS FAMILY IS HIDING SOMETHING…

THE WIFE: It was a whirlwind romance and a shotgun wedding, but weeks into their marriage, Candace realizes that moving in with Lane also means moving in with his possessive, uptight sister. And there’s not room for three in this marriage…

THE SISTER-IN-LAW: Harper is the kind of woman who cooks homemade meals and dusts under the furniture – it’s the least she can do for her brother as he’s been sharing his home with her and the kids since her husband’s mysterious death. But then Candace showed up, and started asking questions…

THE HUSBAND: All Lane has ever wanted is a white-picket-fence life. The wife. The two-point-five kids. The happy little family. And everything seemed to be falling into place with Candace until Harper’s jealous streak got in the way, again. But choosing between his sister and wife will be costly – and knowing Harper, the price could be blood…

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley.

This is a fast paced action packed unpredictable psychological thriller.

Families , we all have them and some aren’t so easy to navigate , a bit like the secrets we want to keep buried .

Complex, flawed and real characters .

Are people who they say they are and who is being honest ?

Filled with twists and turns this keeps the reader on it’s toes.

Published 15th April

BOOK REVIEW THE PACT BY SHARON BOLTON

A golden summer, and six talented friends are looking forward to the brightest of futures – until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, and a woman and two children are killed.

18-year-old Megan takes the blame, leaving the others free to get on with their lives. In return, they each agree to a ‘favour’, payable on her release from prison.

Twenty years later Megan is free.
Let the games begin . . .

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. I’m a big fan of Sharon’s books so was very excited !

I Inhaled this at a great speed racing through to find out what Megan had in store for her friends. This hooks you in instantly and is incredibly thrilling.

Cleverly written with fast pace,excellent plotting and a sense of trepidation to what the future holds for the characters.

A fantastic book about past mistakes, secrets, lies ,friends and foes . Unpredictable and twisty.

Highly recommend this thought provoking spell bounding read.

Published 1st May

BLOG TOUR BOTH OF YOU BY ADELE PARKS

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan, vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

DC Clements knows that people disappear all the time – far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run towards, others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds, their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the DC believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be

Firstly a big thank you to hq for my copy to review on netgalley and having me on on the tour. Adele is one of my top 5 authors… that will never change. I think she could wrote a sci-fi story and I would read it . Luckily she’s still writing unputdownable gripping thrillers.This is another fantastic book, it’s quite dark in places.Unpredictable and twisty. I was blown away and you won’t see any spoilers here but prepare to be amazed.Full of action and suspense this is a thriller of the year for me.Dark thought provoking and shocking.Highly recommend whether you are an avid fan or a newbie!Published 27th May and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour .