BOOK REVIEW WHO WE WERE BY B.M. CARROLL

IF YOU LOOKED THE OTHER WAY
SHOULD YOU BE PUNISHED?

Twenty years after they went their separate ways, friends and enemies are coming together for their school reunion. Katy, who is desperate to show that she’s no longer the shy wallflower. Annabel, who ruled the school until a spectacular fall from grace. Zach, popular and cruel, but who says he’s a changed man. And Robbie, always the victim, who never stood a chance.

As the reunion nears, a terrible event that binds the group together will resurface. Because someone is still holding a grudge, and will stop at nothing to reveal their darkest secrets…

Firstly a big thank you to Miranda at viper books for my copy to review . This is the second book in my goody bag and honestly im blown away by the quality of books they are publishing this year.

This is about a reunion destined to be a disaster and the impact it has on those students and their families.

Fast paced and hooks you quickly.

Relatable and genuine charactars that im sure we can either identify with or recognise someone else!

Real issues and real people.

This was amazing,well written and addictive.

If you’re a fan of Lianne Moriarty and Adele parks you will love this.

These are definitly a imprint to keep a eye on .

Published 7th May

BOOK REVIEW JUST MY LUCK BY ADELE PARKS

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.

Firstly a huge thank you to Adele for sending me a copy ,and signed.

She is one of my favourite authors

I devoured this as i always do and boy its good!. Its a rollercoaster of emotions.

Tense, unpredictable,twists and turns.

We all think we know what we would do if win the lottery abd it wouldn’t change who we are would it.

Well peoples morals are tested in this, such a fantastic insightful look into a realistic situation.

Adele manages to transform reality into a gritty,addictive thriller .

I wish her every success with this and if you still havnt read any of her books where have you been!

Published 14th May

Book review the murder game by Rachel Abbott

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

Firstly a big thank you to Rosie for my copy to review . Im very new to her books and previously read her other book with stephanie king in it.I was blown away so was really happy to receive her new book.

I devoured this in one go and it was perfect!

Packed with suspense ,intrigue and mystery

Twists and turns.

Very addictive and thilling.

Highly recommend!

I must go read her other books.

Published 16th April

BLOG TOUR STRANGERS BY C.L. TAYLOR

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

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

Cally is one of those authors whos books evoke such a reaction from bloggers and we all hope to be lucky !

Well im in self isolation, and i read this in one sitting

Wow! This is amazing and definitely one of my favourites from her.

This is a intense fast paced psychological thriller.

Addictive ,chilling

A gripping read.

Unpredictable and thrilling.

I wish her every success with this release

Published 2nd April and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.

BOOK REVIEW THE SILENT TREATMENT BY ABBIE GREAVES

A lifetime of love. Six months of silence. One last chance.

Frank hasn’t spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.

For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.

Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet, but it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.

Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?

Firstly a big thank you to phoebe for my copy to review. I was highly intrigued by the cover and the buzz around it.

What a gorgeous book packed with emotion and reminds us how important life and those we love are.

Primarily narrated via a man which is always interesting as adds a new dimension for me as a woman.

This is sbout real life,good the bad and ugly.

What happens when life doesnt go to plan.

This is about all the messy bits we dont always want to be honest about.

Highly recommend and wish the author every success with this excellently written debut.

Published 2nd April

BLOG TOUR FAMILY FOR BEGINNERS BY SARAH MORGAN

Who says you can’t choose your family?

When Flora falls in love with Jack, suddenly she’s not only handling a very cranky teenager, but she’s also living in the shadow of Jack’s perfect, immortalised wife, Becca. Every summer, Becca and Jack would holiday with Becca’s oldest friends and Jack wants to continue the tradition, so now Flora must face a summer trying to live up to Becca’s memory, with not only Jack’s daughter looking on, but with Becca’s best friends judging her every move…

The more Flora tries to impress everyone, the more things go horribly wrong…but as the summer unfolds, Flora begins pushing her own boundaries, and finding herself in a way that she never thought she needed to.

And she soon learns that families come in all shapes and sizes.

Firstly thanks to hq for my copy to review and having me on the tour.

Ive not read many of Sarah’s books and this was a real tonic.

Packed with warmth and humour

Real life,real families and real problems.

Sarah captures the reality of dating as a single parent but also as someone new to the family.

Flora is trying hard but at what cost will it take for her to be accepted.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend.

Published 2nd April and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.

BOOK REVIEW THE OTHER PASSENGER BY LOUISE CANDLISH

You’re feeling pretty smug about your commute to work by riverboat. No more traffic gridlock or getting stuck on the tube in tunnels (you’re claustrophobic). Now you’ve got fresh air, an iconic Thames view, a whole lifestyle upgrade. You’ve made new friends on board — led by your hedonistic young neighbour, Kit — and just had your first official ‘water rats’ get-together.

The day after the drinks, Kit isn’t on the morning boat. The river landmarks are all the same, but something’s off. When you disembark, the police are waiting. Kit’s wife, Melia, has reported him missing and another passenger saw you arguing on the last boat home after your drinks. Police say you had a reason to lash out at him. To threaten him.

You protest. You and Kit are friends — ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is pointing the finger? What do they know about your private lives?

No, whatever coincidences might have occurred last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.

Aren’t you?

Firstly thank you to Jess at Simon and Schuster for accepting my request to read on netgalley.

Secondly wow…all the wows!!.

Louise is a fantastic author who ive had pleasure of meeting a lot now and is lovely even with all her success!!

This is an amazing book which is going to be another bestseller.

It had everything, sex,lies,scandal and secrets.

Written in the narrative of a man which is always interesting.

You really get into his psyche.

Unpredictable,steamy and addictive.

I highly recommend this if you like thrillers that lock you in straight away and take you on a ride!

Louise has the power to take the everyday situation with regular people like her readers and create a masterpiece of suspense and tension .

Published 25th June .

BOOK REVIEW WHAT HAVE I DONE BY LAURA DOCKRILL

This is a raw and honest memoir about being devastated by post-partum psychosis and coming through the other side.

Laura Dockrill had an idyllic pregnancy and couldn’t wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery – all these things piled up until Laura (like any new mum) felt overwhelmed.

As many as 8 out of 10 new mums struggle in the weeks after birth. In Laura’s case these feelings escalated scarily quickly into post-partum psychosis. She became paranoid and delusional and had to be institutionalised for a fortnight without her baby. Throughout this time she was haunted by a sense of: ‘What have I done?’, at first as she wondered if she could cope with her baby, and later because she was trying to grasp at reality as she slipped into nightmarish delusion.

Laura’s experience was devastating but this is a hopeful book. Not only has Laura slowly recovered she has come out the other side stronger and more assured about parenting on her own terms. Now she is determined to break the silence around post-natal mental health and with her story tell new parents: you are not alone.

Thank you to the publishers on netgalley for approving my reading of this. This is a book that has been on my agenda for a while.

2 fun facts 1. Laura went to my daughters school to visit and she still remembers her colourful hair years on 2. That daughters early days were similar to jets. Yes i had post natal depression. I still have lot of mental health conditions.

One day i will share my story but back to this one.

This is bold,brave and beautiful. This is the honesty you need whether you have had kids or not. Its important as humans to know we are not alone in our suffering. Its ok to not be ok.

This book captures such a personal time that clearly was painful but Laura has opened her heart and soul and wrote her story.

Each persons pregnancy,labour ,afterbirth,bonding is different. However when yours doesnt go as smoothly as planned you will guilty. This guilt is so heavy and draining you dont see the light at the end of the tunnel. So books like this are so important.

Keep speaking and writing however inferior it seems to you.

Thank you to laura for sharing her story and i hope this will give hope to many and company to others.

Published 7th May

BLOG TOUR DARK CORNERS BY DARREN O’SULLIVAN

You thought you’d escaped your past

It’s been twenty years since Neve’s best friend Chloe went missing. Neve has never recovered and promised herself she’d never go back to that place.

But secrets can come back to haunt you

When Neve receives news that her first boyfriend Jamie has gone missing, she’s forced to return. Jamie has vanished without a trace in a disappearance that echoes the events of all those years ago. Somebody is watching and will stop at nothing until the truth about what took place that night is revealed …

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

I love this author so was excited yo read this

Dark and chilling

Claustrophobic and atmospheric.

This took me right back to my teenage years as it written in alternate timelines.

Neve is haunted by the secrets of her past and when the past comes knocking what does she do.

Secrets,lies,loss,scandal ,love and friendship.

A excellent book that is unpredictable and keeps you guessing to the end.

Published 2nd april and do checl out the other blogs taking part

BOOK REVIEW Q BY CHRISTINA DALCHER

IN THIS WORLD, PERFECTION IS EVERYTHING

Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.

Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.

Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.

But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…

Firsly thanks to hq for sending me the link to read on netgalley, my first one as im more of a physical reader.

I loved vox , which was her debut. This is a author whos not afraid to write the shock factor . Life kind of feels a bit strange that dystopian doesnt feel that different. But even so fiction is the cure.

As a mum of 2 special needs kids this was a challenging, thought provoking book. It makes you question your morals and ideas.

Chilling,thrilling and captivating.

Dark and disturbing but also scarily realistic.

Although not a easy read it also empowers women like her first book.

Published 30th April