The body of an unidentified woman has been found on a local beach in a small town. The police have no suspects.Gloria is used to solitude. Widowed and still grieving her late husband, she spends her days with only her faded photographs for company. But when a young woman is murdered nearby, Gloria grows anxious. Living alone in an old farmhouse, surrounded by empty woods, there’s no one for miles who would hear her scream.When freelance travel writer Beth arrives with her trailer to live on Gloria’s land, Gloria is relieved not to be alone. The police have no suspects in the murder and fearless Beth makes Gloria feel safe. Then Gloria discovers Beth is a widow too: the women become closer and begin to share their secrets.But soon Gloria starts to wonder… what does she actually know about Beth? About what brought her to this isolated spot? About how her husband really died? Is it a coincidence that she’s arrived just as this small town has seen its first murder in decades?Gloria thought that Beth had told her all her secrets. She was wrong.Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. This is a new author to me which never gets dull!I whizzed through this , very unpredictable with twists and turns. As you turn the pages, layers of truth are revealed.A really great thrilling read packed with intrigue and suspense. I look forward to reading more from this author.Published 27th August
Monthly Archives: August 2020
BOOK REVIEW HOUSE OF CORRECTION BY NICCI FRENCH
She’s a murderer.
Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees – why else would his dead body be found in her shed?
So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial.
Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now.
That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important… She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder.
And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself.
So she must fight. Against the odds.
For her life. Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. I dont think ive read any of this authors book which is outrageous!A excellent thought provoking read about justice,revenge and punishment. Fantastic charactars especially Tabitha whos clearly not had it easy and part of me as a mum wanted to help her. Despite her troubles and her past she is a strong female prepared to fight for justice and freedom.Plot and pace was excellent and a enjoyable thriller which shifts from prison to courtroom.I will definitely be reading more from Nicci.Published 3rd September
BOOK REVIEW YOU DONT KNOW ME BY SARA FOSTER
Lizzie Burdett was eighteen when she vanished. Noah Carruso has never forgotten her: she was his first crush; his unrequited love. She was also his brother’s girlfriend.
Tom Carruso hasn’t been home in over a decade. He left soon after Lizzie disappeared, under a darkening cloud of suspicion. Now he’s coming home for the inquest into Lizzie’s death, intent on telling his side of the story for the first time.
As the inquest looms, Noah meets Alice Pryce while on holiday in Thailand. They fall in love fast and hard, but Noah can’t bear to tell Alice his deepest fears. And Alice is equally stricken, for she carries a terrible secret of her own.
He’s guarding a dark secret, but so is she.
Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. This is a new author for me .
This is a captivating story of love,loss and secrets. Can we really move forwards with murky pasts…Love isnt always easy and can come at the wrong time. A layered thriller of mystery and murder. What really happened to Lizzie and who can be trusted ?This is a great fast paced well plotted book.Published 30th June and i look forward to reading more from this author.
BOOK REVIEW ANOTHER WOMANS CHILD BY KERRY FISHER
Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?
Jo had thought that her life – and her heart – was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.
But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for thirty years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.
Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son Victor and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.
But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community… and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.
Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. I am a big fan or Kerrys writing which has the ability to work through real life issues.
This is a thought provoking book of a family whose dynamics change massively. This examines the many issues that arise .
Teenagers, playground behaviour and thats just between the adults,secrets and friendships..
A brilliant book from start to finish . Kerry expertly deals with the subject of race and the pressures on teenagers.
Published 5th August.
BOOK REVIEW THE LIES YOU TOLD BY HARRIET TYCE
Can you tell the truth from the lies?
Sadie loves her daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.
She can’t tell her why they had to leave home so quickly – or why Robin’s father won’t be coming with them to London.
She can’t tell her why she hates being back in her dead mother’s house, with its ivy-covered walls and its poisonous memories.
And she can’t tell her the truth about the school Robin’s set to start at – a school that doesn’t welcome newcomers.
Sadie just wants to get their lives back on track.
But even lies with the best intentions can have deadly consequences…
I absolutely loved Harriet’s debut so i was so excited to read this, it doesnt disappoint! I started it in the afternoon and finished this evening reading at every available moment.
Her writing has the ability to reel you in straight away . Its addictive,thrilling and so clever. I found myself shouting internally at the charactars and just getting a bad feeling about a lot of them.
This is a story about jealously, competitive parenting and lies. Lies from the past and lies from many many people. As a parent i could relate to the playground dramas so much.
I absolutely loved every page and couldnt get enough. The story is plotted amazingly and packed with intrigue and suspense. The sense of foreboding hanging over Sadie and Robin was enough to give me a cold chill.
Im jealous of those who are yet to discover Harriet’s books, you are in for a treat! Now to wait for her next masterpiece…...
BOOK REVIEW KNEE DEEP IN LIFE BY LAURA BELBIN
Laura Belbin survived hitting her thirties (oh, to be wrinkle-free again), anxiety (just), motherhood (two adorable little shits) and the new body that went with it (a left tit that sags slightly more than the right, anyone?). In Knee Deep in Life she gives a fearless and filthy account of her transformation from no-responsibilities woman to being in demand 24/7, the heartaches and humiliations, and most importantly, her (definitely-pushed-to-the-limits-but-totally-indestructible) marriage to Steve, the man who helped her to hold it together when post-natal depression kicked in.
Full of heart and wit – not to mention swearing that would make a sailor blush – this is the beast of a book Laura intends on riding into the hands of those people who doubt themselves every single day: the ones who have struggled to accept the way they look; the mums-to-be about to find themselves taking their first step towards parenthood; and the women bossing it like badasses every single day but never getting the credit they deserve. You are more than enough.
I have been a huge fan of Laura’s for a while and was very excited to see she had a book coming out. It is a excellent book.
Honest,straight talking and doesnt just deal with the pretty topics . There were many times i gasped and related to her .
Its funny,witty and real. All the things that make you giggle in her social media are articulated in her book.
Thank you Laura for sharing her truth and as someone writing theirs it inspired me.
I wish her every success and look forward to getting my book signed one day.
Keep being you and making us all feel human in our cock ups.
BOOK REVIEW UNFOLLOW ME BY CHARLOTTE DUCKWORTH
You can’t stop watching her.
Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.
Until the day she’s no longer there.
But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?
But do you really know who Violet is?
Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…
Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to read on netgalley. I absolutely loved her debut so couldnt wait to read this.
This is a culturally relevant book about social media and the good bad and ugly surrounding it.
Its written from different narratives to capute many sides of the story for the reader. It is dark and haunting but relatable. As humans we think the grass is greener and that perfect instagram post is 100 accurate.
Thought provoking excellently written and plotted. It is tense and as the pages turn the truth is revealed.
Published in paperback 15th octover and out in ebook now
BLOG TOUR THE FLIP SIDE BY JAMES BAILEY
It’s love . . . what’s the worst thing that could happen?
When Josh proposes in a pod on the London Eye at New Years’ Eve, he thinks it’s perfect.
Until she says no.
And they have to spend the next 29 excruciating minutes alone together.
His life is falling apart.
Realising he can’t trust his own judgment, Josh decides from now on he will make every decision through the flip of a coin.
Maybe the coin will change his life forever.
Maybe it will help him find the girl of his dreams . . .
Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy on netgalley and having me on the tour.
I gobbled this up from cover to cover .what a fantastic debut .
I loved the fact its by a male author and as a woman its always insightful to get into a mans mind especially when it comes to all things love and romance.
Its smart,witty and romantic. Its a love story for the modern times .
Its about life not quite going to plan and giving you a wake up call… and leaving you with a choice how to move on.
I really enjoyed this and highly recommend. I wish him every success and look forward to reading more!
Published 20th August and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.
BOOK REVIEW THE NEW GIRLFRIEND BY SHERYL BROWNE
Cassie once did something so bad she’s never spoken about it since.
When her beloved son, Josh, dies suddenly in a tragic accident, Cassie is overcome with grief. And, as she cries on her husband’s shoulder, her phone lights up with a message that terrifies her.
I know what you did and I’m going to make you pay.
Somebody from Cassie’s past has found her and they want revenge for something Cassie did when Josh was just a baby. They want everyone to know just what kind of a woman Cassie really is. As Cassie tries to hide the message from her husband, there is a knock on the door of their perfect home. Cassie’s biggest secret is about to be revealed. And you won’t believe what she does next…
Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review on netgalley. Ive had my eyes on this authors books but this the first ive read of hers…it wont be the last!I whizzed through this! Fast paced rollercoaster of emotiond and twists and rurns.Incredibly addictive and thrilling this is a excellently written and plotted psychological thriller.
Compelling and unpredictable. Published 30th July.
BOOK REVIEW THE PUSH BY CLAIRE MCGOWAN
From the bestselling author of What You Did comes a stunning psychological thriller. One party. Thirteen people. By 3.02 p.m., one of them will be dead.
The party should have been perfect: six couples from the same baby group, six newborns, a luxurious house. But not everything has gone to plan, and while some are here to celebrate, others have sorrows to drown. When someone falls from the balcony of the house, the secrets and conflicts within the group begin to spill out …
DS Alison Hegarty, herself struggling with infertility, is called in to investigate. She’s convinced the fall was not an accident, and finds the new parents have a lot to hide. Wealthy Ed and Monica show off their newborn while their teenage daughter is kept under virtual house arrest. Hazel and Cathy conceived their longed-for baby via an anonymous sperm donor—or so Hazel thinks. Anita and Jeremy planned to adopt from America, but there’s no sign of the child. Kelly, whose violent boyfriend disrupted previous group sessions, came to the party even though she lost her baby. And then there’s Jax, who’s been experiencing strange incidents for months—almost like someone’s out to get her. Is it just a difficult pregnancy? Or could it be payback for something she did in the past?
It’s a nightmare of a case, and as events get even darker it begins to look impossible. Only one thing is clear: they all have something to hide. And for one of them, it’s murder.
Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for approving my request to read on netgalley. I had the pleasure of meeting Claire at capital crime last year so was really excited to read her newest book.
This is a who done it and the story builds up to reveal who and what happened at this party.
Unlikely friendships are formed at a baby group but are people really who they say they are? These friends are from all walks of life and all with their own secrets to hide.
A fast page turner of mystery thriller.
Packed with suspense ,twists and turns.
Published 12th November