BOOK REVIEW VERY NEARLY NORMAL BY HANNAH SUNDERLAND

Effie’s not perfect. Neither is Theo. But together, they’re pretty close.

Matilda ‘Effie’ Heaton has always felt like she’s swimming against the tide. Everyone around her has life sorted, but Effie’s living with her parents and crying into a wine bottle at night. The only thing she loves is her job at a bookshop, where she can lose herself in other people’s stories.

But then she meets Theo, who knows only too well that life isn’t something to take for granted.

Because Theo has a life-changing secret, and as Effie starts to realise that she’s falling in love instead of falling apart, fate steps in and deals her a new hand. And this time, the stakes are high.

Firstly a big thank you to Avon for approving my request to read on netgalley.

This is a debut that has become one of my favourite reads of the year. This is everything!

Beautiful,life affirming,funny and relatable.

I love Effie who has lost her way somewhat in life and finds a new path with the help of Theo. I could see myself in her in so many ways.

Sweet and romantic while also sad and hard to read in some places.

She rediscovers her love of life and most importantly herself which we all need to do .

A love story with a difference .it is also so much deeper than a love story

If you enjoy authors such as Jojo moyes and Roxie cooper then i highly recommend this.

I wish Hannah every success with this book and i cant wait to see what she writes next.

Published 14th May

BOOK REVIEW THE FORGOTTEN SISTER BY NICOLA CORNICK

One woman’s secret will shape another’s destiny…

1560: Amy Robsart is trapped in a loveless marriage to Robert Dudley, a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Surrounded by enemies and with nowhere left to turn, Amy hatches a desperate scheme to escape – one with devastating consequences that will echo through the centuries…

Present Day: When Lizzie Kingdom is forced to withdraw from the public eye in a blaze of scandal, it seems her life is over. But she’s about to encounter a young man, Johnny Robsart, whose fate will interlace with hers in the most unexpected of ways. For Johnny is certain that Lizzie is linked to a terrible secret dating back to Tudor times. If Lizzie is brave enough to go in search of the truth, then what she discovers will change the course of their lives forever.

Firstly a big thank you Avon for my copy to review and having me on the tour.

This a new author for me. The cover is strikingly beautiful.

Written in alternare timelines through 2 different womens perspectives.
Written perfectly so the 2 weave together

Captures the historic feel with a touch of the spiritual unknown.

Full of mystery and intrigue this has the reader captivated from start to finish .

Published 30th April and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour

BOOK REVIEW A KNOCK AT THE DOOR BY T.W. ELLIS

They ask for your husband. They just want to talk. THEY’RE LYING.

Your husband isn’t who he says he is, say the people at your door. Come with us.

Don’t trust them, says a voice on the phone. Run.

Who would you believe?

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for accepting my netgalley request to read. This is a new author for me ,this is his psychological thriller and under this name.

Incredibly fast paced and action packed .

Who is telling the truth? Is all as it seems.

Slick,stylish writing that captivates the reader from start to finish.

I could relate to the main character who has some deep rooted issues that impact her moods.

Really enjoyed this read.

Published 9th July

BOOK REVIEW THE PERFECT COUPLE BY JACKIE KABLER

The perfect couple … or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified by what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned … they all look just like Danny.

But the police aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read on netgalley . This is a new author for me and already know ill be reading more from her.

This is a psychological thriller at its best!

Twists and turns a plenty this will have you trying to figure the teuth out and still being shocked.

Addictive and compelling this is a fantastic book.

You think its going one way and it goes the complete opposite.

Dark and sinister as the hunt for a brutal killer gets closer to home for this couple .

Published 17th April

BOOK REVIEW NO REGRETS BY TABITHA WEBB

Fabulous, funny and filthy.

Good friends. Bad Choices. No Regrets.

Best friends Stella, Ana and Dixie have always lived life to the full. But now they’re approaching their forties, reality is starting to kill the mood…

Stella loves her children, but misses her glittering career. Plus she can’t even remember the last time she had sex.

Ana is trying for a baby with her partner Rex. So why can’t she stop thinking about the one that got away?

Dixie is the wildest of them all. A Tinder addict who’ll never settle down. But has she accidentally found Mr Right…?

It’s time for the friends to shake things up and start having some fun. Because you only regret the things you don’t do, right?

Firstly a big thank you to hq for ny copy to to review on netgalley. I also got to listen to this author so was very keen to read. She sold it very well in her speech!

Fun,filthy and a real treat.

A real bonkbuster thats realistic too. Steamy ,saucy and sexy.

3 friends,3 very different womem with different lives but they all have needs…

I loved this book and highly recommend if your after a naughty funny escape.

A excellent debut so look forward to seeing what she writes next.

Published 9th July

BOOK REVIEW THE ACCIDENTAL LOVE LETTER BY OLIVIA BEIRNE

Would you open a love letter that wasn’t meant for you?

Bea used to feel confident, outgoing and fun, but she’s not sure where that person went.

Over the last few months, she’s found herself becoming reclusive and withdrawn. And despite living with her two best friends, she’s never felt lonelier. To make things worse, she’s become so dependent on her daily routine, she’s started to slip out of everyone else’s.

But when a mysterious battered envelope covered in stars lands on her doormat, Bea wonders if she could find the courage to open it.

What’s written inside might change everything.

Firstly thank you to Headline for my copy to review.

This is a uplifting charmimg book that reminds you whats important in life.

What happens when your forced to step out of your comfort zone? Embrace it or run away.

A quirky story with lots of warmth and humour.

I really enjoyed this ,perfect piece of escapism.

Published 16th April

BOOK REVIEW THE WICKED SISTER BY KAREN DIONNE

She thought she’d buried her past. But what if it’s been hunting her this whole time?

From the bestselling and award-winning author Karen Dionne comes a startling novel of psychological suspense as two generations of sisters try to unravel their tangled relationships between nature and nurture, guilt and betrayal, love and evil.

You have been cut off from society for fifteen years, shut away in a mental hospital in self-imposed exile as punishment for the terrible thing you did when you were a child.

But what if nothing about your past is as it seems?

And if you didn’t accidentally shoot and kill your mother, then whoever did is still out there. Waiting for you.

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents’ deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers, to the place where she once felt safest: her family’s sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns – as her mother did years earlier – that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review. Which during a lockdown is a rare treat!

This is a new author for me and sounded right up my street.

Written in alternate narratives and timelines. This keeps it fresh and fast paced.

This is dark and chilling and ticked many of my boxes for what makes a good thriller . Full of intrigue and suspense this will have you hooked to the last page.

Completely unpredictable and addictive reading. Sinister and insightful whilst keeping you on your toes.

I highly recommend especially if you are a fan of Alex Marwoods books.

Published 4th August.

BLOG TOUR WE BEGIN AT THE END BY CHRIS WHITAKER

Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.
Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.
Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.
Murder, revenge, retribution.

Firstly a big thank you to Tracy for having me on the tour and the publishers for my copy . This is the first book by this author ive read.

This is a compelling book with atmospheric and descriptive writing that sets the scene.

He has a different style of writing and storytelling which makes his books stand out.

Complex characters with flaws that impact themselves and others.

A story of secrets,love,loss,family and revenge.

Published 26th March and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.

BOOK REVIEW THE RUNAWAY BY ALI HARPER

A body without a name…
One night, the body of a young woman is found, naked but for a necklace, tied to a statue outside a block of luxury flats. There should be an outcry. But the police rule it a suicide, and move on.

A case where nothing is as it seems…
Private investigators Lee and Jo, owners of No Stone Unturned detective agency in Leeds, are tasked with looking into the case. Who was the woman? Did she really kill herself?

A world where danger lurks around every corner…
As they investigate, Lee and Jo uncover shocking secrets. And when they see links between this case and another they are working on, they are forced to question – is any woman ever truly safe in this world? And are they risking their own lives by delving too deep?

First a big thank you to Ali for sending me a signed copy to read .

I whizzed through this tonight.

Fast paced,great charactars especially the leading ladies who are running their own business.

Gritty and real. This transports you right to the scene of the crimes through excellently descriptive writing.

I look forward to reading more from this author .

BOOK REVIEW SEVEN LIES BY ELIZABETH KAY

It all started with one little lie . . .

Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men.

But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course.

Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive . . .

This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth, the question is:
Do you believe her

This is a debut novel that has been high on my radar of must reads of 2020. It didnt dissapoint.

A story on friendship,love,loss and toxic obsession to add to the mix.

A completely unreliable narrator that you cant help but relate to in some ways.

You can sense the suffocation and claustrophobia of their friendship .

Brilliantly written ,unpredictable and chilling.

Highly recommend for fans of the girl on the train .