I Will Make You Pay

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A riveting read with more twists than a corkscrew!

Teresa Driscoll has to be one of the most talented writers that I’ve ever come across. Each one of her books has been superbly written, I’m always engrossed from start to finish and I’m yet to guess the ending in one of her books!

Poor Alice is scared witless when she is threatened over the phone at work, being a journalist, you’d think it’d be normal to receive some dodgy phone calls, but this was different, this was sinister! Hoping it’s a one-off Alice tries to put it behind her, but it’s clear she has a stalker when horrible things start to happen to her. As her tormentor only seems to strike on a Wednesday, Alice spends the rest of the week living in fear and wondering how far her stalker will actually go and what they will do next!

Worried for his girlfriend, Tom decides to hire Private Investigator Matthew Hill each Wednesday to act as a bodyguard of sorts to Alice and maybe get to the bottom of who is stalking her and why. It is not the usual sort of case Matthew takes on, but he is always up for a challenge and he is keen to help his good friend Detective Inspector Melanie Sanders too.

We follow Alice’s terrifying journey as someone is clearly determined to make her pay for something, what that is she is not sure of but with secrets from the past being revealed, could Alice know more than she is letting on about who her stalker could be?

The chapters alternate between Alice, Matthew and someone simply named – Him! What I loved about this book is that you feel like you’re reading two different stories, I was baffled as to how they may be linked and if they were at all. I was also kicking myself at the end when I realised something quite obvious had gone completely over my head!

Parts of this story were utterly heart wrenching but Teresa words things incredibly well, so it never makes it difficult to read.

I’m a huge fan of Matthew Hill, I love that he is in each book and I enjoy following his personal story. The Devon setting is always a highlight for me too as I love reading stories that are based where I live.

An outstanding and enthralling read! I’m just wondering when we’re going to see Teresa’s books on screen?!

Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Will-Make-You-Pay-ebook/dp/B07P7GLXNB

https://www.waterstones.com/book/i-will-make-you-pay/teresa-driscoll/9781542092234

Book Blurb

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

About the Author

For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction.

Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, http://www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.

The Recovery of Rose Gold

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An awesome and unforgettable read!

Years ago, I read a true story called Sickened about a young girl who was made to believe she was sick for years. It turned out that her mother had Munchausen’s by proxy. This condition has fascinated me ever since, so when I read that The Recovery of Rose Gold was about Munchausen’s, I couldn’t wait to read it. I loved that at the end of this book it mentions that some of the authors’ inspiration came from that very book I’d read – Sickened!

Rose Gold has now been added to my list of all-time favourite characters, she isn’t one I’ll ever forget that’s for sure. Rejected by so many people in her life and controlled and hurt by the one person she loved and relied on; I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor girl. For eighteen whole years, Rose Gold had been poisoned by her mother, thinking she had so many ailments and allergies when she had none!

We follow Rose Gold over the period of time that her mum, Patty, is in prison and the first few months after she’s released. Deciding to let bygones be bygones Rose Gold allows her mother to move in with her but has Patty changed her ways at all? I’m not sure she ever realised the seriousness of her actions, but surely five years in prison will have made her see sense. The chapters alternate between Rose Gold and Patty, allowing us inside the mind of both the harmer and the victim.

This book was really easy to read, I was so keen to find out where it was going that I hated putting it down and couldn’t wait to pick it back up. Some of the things Rose Gold did and said showed her desperation to just be liked and accepted, it made me sad for her but then she would have some kind of evil thought and I would smile, loving the fact she had a bit of a psychotic side to her! My only slight disappointment was that she didn’t act out all her thoughts, I really think this character had the potential to go further with some stuff. That said there were still some fantastic twists and I bloody loved the ending!!

I read this as a buddy read with the lovely Wendy Clarke. This is the first buddy read I have ever done, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is so nice to be able to chat to someone else about the story whilst you’re reading it and once you’ve finished.

A disturbing yet captivating read, one that I highly recommend!

Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Recovery-Rose-Gold-Stephanie-Wrobel-ebook/dp/B07SRGDNF4

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-recovery-of-rose-gold/stephanie-wrobel/9781405943536

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-recovery-of-rose-gold/id1467461950

Book Blurb

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.
Turned out her mother was a really good liar.


Now, after five years in prison, Patty is ready to reconcile with the daughter who testified against her.

So when Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is on the mend.

But has Patty truly forgotten their past?
And is Rose Gold really able to forgive?


A gripping and electrifying tale that will make you question your allegiances until the very end . . .

About the Author

Stephanie Wrobel is the author of The Recovery of Rose Gold, a Sunday Times and international bestseller that has sold in twenty-two countries. This Might Hurt is her second novel, an attempt to answer the questions: what sort of person joins a cult? And what sort of person leads one?
Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has lived in London for five years with her husband and her dog, Moose Barkwinkle.

The Girl Before

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An enthralling page-turner!

I was drawn in immediately by this story, with its gripping short chapters I knew it would be a difficult one to put down. The style of writing is very different to any other books that I’ve read which I found refreshing and the pace was just right.

One Folgate Street is owned by an architect, Edward, who is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever come across. I didn’t know whether to like him or loathe him and I didn’t know whether to trust him or believe a word he said, but that aside he seems to be able to cast a spell on whoever he meets, especially women! I don’t think it’s even his money or his powerful status that does it, it’s the way he can look into your soul through your eyes and all of a sudden you’re his and nobody else’s! This is a man who gets what he wants when he wants it. Both Emma and Jane fall victim to Edwards charms.

We know from the start that Emma is the predecessor to Jane as the tenant of One Folgate Street, we also know that this is where Emma met her maker! We follow both women’s stories from their time at the property and we soon realise how similar they are. Can Jane get to the bottom of what happened to Emma or is she destined to meet the same fate?

Initially, you could think this was an easy story to write as a lot of what happens to Emma then happens to Jane, but as the book progresses and the stories entwine I can only describe it as an extremely clever piece of writing. Hugely addictive, I felt entranced by the story (or was it Edward 😉) I had a few different theories as to what happened to Emma and what was going to happen to Jane and whilst I wasn’t far off, I didn’t quite hit the nail on the head with this one. There was one tiny thing that bugged me a little in the story but nothing that would spoil the enjoyment of it and nothing I’m going to mention as I don’t like to give any kind of spoilers. 🙂

When you read this book you will realise that not just anyone can rent Edwards property, you must answer a whole host of questions to say if you are the kind of tenant he is happy to have. I loved that these questions were listed throughout the book at the start of some of the chapters. These questions had me wondering how I would answer them and some of them I think could be incredible scenarios to base other books on.

Powerful, captivating and a little saucy at times 😉 This was a great read and I’m really looking forward to watching the screen adaptation when it comes to the BBC!

Links to purchasehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1786480298/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-girl-before/j-p-delaney/9781786480262

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-girl-before/id1089181033

Book Blurb

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.

As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

About the Author

JP Delaney is a British writer of psychological suspense. His novel THE GIRL BEFORE was an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and sold over a million copies in 40 countries. The follow-up, BELIEVE ME, was also an international bestseller, as was his third, THE PERFECT WIFE. His fourth standalone psychological thriller, PLAYING NICE, will be published in summer 2020. JP Delaney has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. The Carnivia Trilogy, a series of three standalone but interlinked thrillers set in present-day Venice and written under the name Jonathan Holt, was published in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit http://www.jpdelaney.co.uk or follow @jpdelaneywriter on Facebook.

Hostage

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An enjoyable read!

Oh, I so wanted to love this book, but I think there was just too much hype about it which had me going in with huge expectations! Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy it and I read it super quick as it was a gripping read, but sadly I just didn’t rate it quite as highly as so many have. (Sorry to all Clare’s fans, please don’t come at me with pitchforks 😂)

Mina is part of the flight crew on the worlds first non-stop flight from London to Sydney. It is not long after take-off that strange things start to happen. Mina’s feeling of unease is fully justified when the plane is taken over by hijackers who hold the crew and passenger’s hostage.

To make matters worse a threat has been made against Mina’s daughter Sophia, so not only is she fearing for her own life, but she also has no idea if her husband and daughter are safe at home! The chapters alternate between Mina and other passengers on the plane and Mina’s husband Adam back at home.

What I loved about this story is that blood was shed, not everybody survives the flight, which helped to keep the story more interesting and hold my attention. I can’t fault the writing, Clare is hugely talented and clearly does her research as there was so much detail in this book about planes that you couldn’t know unless you worked on them yourself or had done extensive research.

The pace initially was slower than I’d have liked, and I think I’d have liked a bit more action. The reason for the hijack I was a bit disappointed with and sadly the twists at the end I didn’t like, and one was quite predictable. I feel like it is the kind of story that has been written to become a movie, it could work well on screen, but I think a few changes and a bit more action would be needed.

Although this book wasn’t a five-star read for me, it doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. This book has been very highly rated by many people, so I think I’m definitely in the minority. If you like the sound of the blurb then do give it a go.

I’m a huge fan of Clare’s first two books I Let You Go and I See You, if you’ve not read these then you must. I also have her other two books Let Me Lie and After the End still to read which I am very much looking forward to.

Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hostage-unputdownable-pulse-pounding-thriller-bestselling/dp/0751577065

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hostage/clare-mackintosh/9780751577068

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/hostage/id1535144391

Book Blurb

The atmosphere on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class, and the world is watching the landmark journey.

Flight attendant Mina is trying to focus on the passengers, instead of her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home – or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage.

But soon after the plane takes off, Mina receives a chilling anonymous note. Someone wants to make sure the plane never reaches its destination. They’re demanding her cooperation . . . and they know exactly how to get it.

It’s twenty hours to landing.
A lot can happen in twenty hours . . .

About the Author

Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award winning author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels. Her first three novels were all Richard and Judy Book Club picks. Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, have been New York Times and international bestsellers and have spent a combined total of 64 weeks in the Sunday Timesbestseller chart. Clare lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children. 

For more information visit Clare’s website http://www.claremackintosh.com or find her at http://www.facebook.com/ClareMackWrites or on Twitter @ClareMackint0sh

Flash Fiction by Cathryn Northfield 📖

Milk

I pull the door open and step outside, the feeling of dread is like an oppressive and overwhelming force. The dark black clouds move towards me; I wince as the first splatter of rain touches my skin. My stomach turns and I feel physically sick as I make my way slowly down the path, determined to make it further than the garden gate.

It’s just milk, only milk. I can do this! For a year now, I’ve relied on friends, neighbours and supermarket delivery drivers, but my online therapist has convinced me that it’s time to try something simple. Going for milk might be simple to her, but to me, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do since the accident.

I try to look forward, but my head pounds furiously, and my vision begins to blur. Everything is moving fast before my eyes as if I’m on one of those awful fairground rides. As I struggle to focus, sharp pains grip my chest. ‘I can’t breathe!’ Oh god, this is it; this is how I’m going to die! Inside I was safe, but here, outside, anything could happen. If I go beyond the gate I could be stabbed, run over, struck by lightning or all three!

I try to remind myself that I’m being irrational, these are just my fears. Tentatively, I take one small step followed by another. Incredibly unsteady, my legs tremble beneath me; if I go much further, I’m certain they’ll give way. Closing my eyes, I take a deep breath, trying hard to remember the advice from my anxiety app. Breathe in deep through your nose, hold your breath, then a long exhale through your mouth. ‘Oh, fuck off mindfulness Mike!’ Your soothing words will not help me out here.

The gate is within touching distance now. With a shaky hand, I reach out towards it. Then just as my fingers brush against the cold metal bolt, BANG! What the hell was that?

A montage of flashbacks from the accident play out fast in my mind, reminding me why it’s not safe to be outside.

Frozen with fear, I sob uncontrollably. The rain is falling faster now, each drop harsh on my skin, causing indescribable pain. As I dare to look up, the curtain twitches across the street. The man at 79 is watching me again. I know he is. I can’t do this anymore, I can’t go out, not now, not ever.

I stumble back up the path, my legs flailing like those on a marionette. I fumble with my keys, cursing each time I miss the lock. The need to get on the other side of the door is now, quite frankly, a matter of life or death.

Finally, I am inside, back where I know I’ll be safe. I lock the door once; I check it twice. Still shaking from my horrendous experience outside I make my way to the kitchen and flick the switch on the kettle. As I open the fridge, I suddenly remember that there’s no milk!

Luckily, I’m starting to like black tea!

The End

Thank you for reading my mini-story. This is actually the third draft of ‘Milk’. The original draft I wrote in about 10 minutes whilst on my crime & thriller writers course last year. I liked the idea I came up with, so re-wrote it for a flash fiction competition earlier this year. I didn’t win or get shortlisted but I did have some great feedback which definitely helped with my confidence.

I’ve left the story alone for a few months but today I decided to have a play around with it again. It is likely still not perfect, but I thought it would be nice to share it with you all. All feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated. Happy Saturday 😊

The Unheard

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Intense, chilling and utterly compelling!

Ever since the day, I read my first Nicci French book (19 years ago!) I’ve loved everything that this amazing husband & wife duo has written. Masters of their genre, I really can’t rate their books highly enough. Now that I’m a book blogger it is an honour to review their work.

We all love it when our children start to draw actual things rather than just paint random splotches on a sheet of paper. What would you do though if your child suddenly drew something dark and disturbing? Tess is admiring some beautiful artwork created by her three-year-old Poppy when she comes across a picture that chills her to the core. Followed up with some strange behaviour and horrendous language from Poppy, Tess is soon convinced her daughter must have witnessed something horrific, but when and how?

With no real evidence, Tess finds it hard to get others to listen to her, especially the police and she is soon coming across as a bit of a fruit loop! Tess is strong-willed and determined though and makes it her mission to find out what happened, even if it means what she does is a bit unorthodox! A lot of the time I was screaming at her not to do certain things as I could see she was likely to make matters worse, but I was also rooting for her, knowing everything she did was with good reason.

Like Tess, I was suspicious of everyone. The outcome was shocking and surprising and the ending, brilliant!

Perfectly paced and expertly written, this book will take you on a dark, twisty journey full of suspense. If it wasn’t for work and the kids, I could have easily read this book in one sitting.

Thank you so much to Nicci French, Simon & Schuster UK and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/UNTITLED-NICCI-FRENCH-3-HA/dp/1471179311

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-unheard/nicci-french/9781471179310

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-unheard/id1546010366

Book Blurb

‘He did kill. Kill and kill and kill.’

Tess’s number one priority has always been her three-year-old daughter Poppy. But splitting up with Poppy’s father Jason means that she cannot always be there to keep her daughter safe.

When she finds a disturbing drawing, dark and menacing, among her daughter’s brightly coloured paintings, Tess is convinced that Poppy has witnessed something terrible. Something that her young mind is struggling to put into words.

But no one will listen. It’s only a child’s drawing, isn’t it?

Tess will protect Poppy, whatever the price. But when she doesn’t know what, or who, she is protecting her from, how can she possibly know who to trust . . . ?

About the Author

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in London and Suffolk.

Find out more about them and their books here:- https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/21753/nicci-french.html

Safe at Home

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Fast-paced, addictive, and unputdownable!

Anna has never left her children home alone; she barely lets them out of her sight. So, when her 11-year-old daughter Harrie begs her to be left at home one evening, Anna is not keen at all. She’s not going to be gone long though, surely Harrie will be fine for twenty minutes. What could possibly go wrong in such a short space of time?

Delayed by unforeseen circumstances, Anna is much longer than intended, however, she is relieved to find Harrie asleep in bed upon her return. All is not as it seems though, with the back door unlocked, mud on the floor and bruises on Harrie’s neck, Anna is convinced something happened to her daughter while she was gone.

Anna makes it her mission to find out what happened that night, Harrie is not the same child as before, getting into trouble at school, refusing to talk and being angry and rude, Annas’ heart breaks for her daughter and she fears the worst about what could have happened to her. They live in a very small tight-knit community, somebody must know something, but who?

This book is so gripping, intense and highly addictive. The chapters narrated by Anna allow us to follow a worried mother who desperately wants to help her daughter whilst trying to keep it together for her other two children and the chapters narrated by Harrie allow us to follow a frightened young girl too scared to speak of what happened the night she was left alone.

With many unreliable and suspicious characters, this book will have you guessing throughout as to what could’ve possibly happened. I didn’t know who to trust and had many scenarios run through my head, none that were accurate though! With the perfect amount of suspense, some brilliant twists and an awesome ending, this book contains everything a great psychological thriller should.

Based in a sleepy village around the time of Halloween makes for a very atmospheric read and helps to give the story a very dark feeling!
As the nights are about to grow darker, why not grab a copy of this fantastic book and read whilst you’re ‘Safe at Home’ 😉

Thank you to Lauren North, Transworld Books & NetGalley for my copy of this book 😊

Links to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Safe-at-Home-Lauren-North/dp/0552177954

https://www.waterstones.com/book/safe-at-home/lauren-north/9780552177955

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/safe-at-home/id1549129699

Book Blurb

What if you left your child alone, and something terrible happened?

Anna James is an anxious mother. So when she has to leave eleven-year-old Harrie home alone one evening, she can’t stop worrying about her daughter. But nothing bad ever happens in the sleepy village of Barton St Martin.

Except something goes wrong that night, and Anna returns to find Harrie with bruises she won’t explain. The next morning a local businessman is reported missing and the village is sparking with gossip.

Anna is convinced there’s a connection and that Harrie is in trouble. But how can she protect her daughter if she doesn’t know where the danger is coming from?

About the Author

Lauren North writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and from her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation. 

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor

The Couple Upstairs

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Addictive from start to finish! Another great book from the fantastic Shalini Boland

Everybody needs good neighbours! Although there are some you’d rather avoid, especially if they’re like some of the people in this story!

Nina and Zac have just set up home together. With a place to call their own and Nina’s new business about to take off, things couldn’t be more perfect. That is until they get struck down with a nasty sickness bug on the day they move in! Hoping that their rocky start is just a touch of bad luck, Nina and Zac decide to throw a housewarming party, inviting family, friends and the new neighbours!

Zac quickly befriends Chris, their neighbour from the flat upstairs. Nina on the other hand finds it a bit of a struggle getting to know Chris’s partner Vanessa, she assumes she’s just a bit shy but after she sees the way Chris is around her and hears some heated arguments she begins to wonder what the hell is going on behind closed doors!

It’s not long before things start going terribly wrong for Nina, she’s convinced someone is out to get her but when her friends and her boyfriend tell her she’s overthinking things, she runs out of people to turn to. With her life falling apart and her relationship with Zac on the brink, Nina makes it her mission to find out who is trying to destroy her and why.

I’ve never not loved a book by Shalini, I find her stories so easy to read, I’m always drawn in from the start and captivated until the final pages! With suspicious characters and fantastic plot twists, you really can’t go wrong with a Shalini thriller.

The story is cleverly written and took a few turns that I didn’t see coming! I felt sorry for Nina at times and just wanted to shout at the other characters in the book when nobody was listening to her. I tried to guess where the story was heading a few times and whilst I wasn’t far off, I didn’t work everything out, which made for a shocking and surprising ending!

An action-packed twisty thriller that will not disappoint! Thank you to Shalini Boland, Bookouture & NetGalley for my copy of this fantastic book!

Publication Date – 13th Sept 2021

Links to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1838881506/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_1G515KYBDBWT3R76VH4S

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-couple-upstairs/shalini-boland/9781838881504

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-couple-upstairs/id1575706370

Book Blurb

Our new home was supposed to be a chance to leave our past behind. But was moving here the worst mistake of our lives?

All our friends and family were gathered, glasses raised to toast our fresh start. It should have been a night for happiness and celebration. Zac and I had worked so hard for this: our first home together, just minutes from the sea. But the dream quickly turned into a nightmare…

We’d invited our neighbours too. I wanted to make a good impression – to show them we’re exactly the sort of people they want living on their street.

I hadn’t thought about who they might be, the strangers I was letting in.

It was going so well. There was laughter in the air and the wine was flowing. But then I noticed the narrowed eyes, the whispers.

And then the lights went out.

As my heart thumped in my chest, all the little things that had been going wrong since we moved here flashed through my mind: the food poisoning, the arguments, the flood of nasty reviews shaking my business.

Am I going crazy? Or is someone trying to destroy us?

About the Author

Shalini Boland is the million-copy, USA-Today bestselling author of thirteen psychological thrillers: ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’, ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, ‘THE CHILD NEXT DOOR’, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’, ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’, ‘THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL’, ‘THE OTHER DAUGHTER’, ‘ONE OF US IS LYING’, ‘THE WIFE’ and ‘MY LITTLE GIRL’. THE COUPLE UPSTAIRS is now available to pre-order! Her titles are published by Bookouture, Grand Central Publishing and Tantor. Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two teens and their cheeky dog, Jess. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between re-stocking the fridge and dealing with endless baskets of laundry). She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as a children’s WWII novel with a time-travel twist. Be the first to hear about her new releases here:

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A Parent Apart

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A heart-wrenching and compelling read!

Imagine being in a situation where two people’s lives were at risk, but you can only save one of them! It’s not something you’d ever want to think about, is it? Sadly, this is exactly what happens to Andrew in this story. To make matters worse it is his daughter and her friend who he has to choose between!

In an instance, a split-second decision changes Andrews life irrevocably along with many others around him.

My heart broke when Andrew chose which child to save. Part of me felt sorry for him and the situation he was in but another part of me hated him and felt that he could have done more. I guess in the circumstances he wasn’t thinking straight, but unfortunately, he makes matters worse when he then lies about what happened to the police, his family and his friends.

The series of events that follow are truly heart-breaking, as we witness one family fall apart and the other desperately trying to stay together. There were so many unexpected moments in this story, which I loved, and it held my attention from start to finish. It took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and is probably one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read.

My feelings about the characters in this book changed so many times, I’m still not sure how I feel about them now! The story is neatly plotted and perfectly paced. This is a debut novel for Gary and one that he has self-published, I think he has done an incredible job and you can tell his experience in the police force has helped him greatly with writing this story.

Compelling to most, this book may be a trigger for some people so please note that it is a hard-hitting read due to its content and may not be suitable for some. However, it is fiction and thankfully not based on real events so I’m sure most readers will be just fine.

A dark, suspenseful thriller with a sucker punch of an ending! Make sure you read the acknowledgements too!

Thank you so much to the author Gary Wright for asking me to read your awesome debut and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an open and honest review.

Link to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parent-Apart-Gary-Wright/dp/B097X7B5DW

Book Blurb

Decisions define us. Decisions have consequences. Who lives… And who dies.

In Beachbrook, on the south coast of England, Andrew had a choice to make. Save his daughter, or save her friend. A decision no parent should have to face, but one that sets in motion a tragic series of events.

With the decision came a dark secret, one that Andrew thought he could keep hidden from his family, his friends and the police.

Two families collide as grief-fuelled recriminations expose the human flaws that haunt us all. The protection of self, the security of family and the fear of losing it all.

About the Author

Gary was a police officer for ten years before a hereditary heart condition brought an abrupt end to his career. He loved policing, and wanted to find an outlet to allow that passion to continue. Combining his enjoyment of writing with a job he could no longer do, his debut novel, ‘A Parent Apart’, was born. Gary lives on the coast of Kent with his wife and two young children. He owns a coffee shop in Ramsgate Harbour.

The Necklace

My Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟(with a bonus 🌟)

My Review

Incredible! One of the best books I have ever read!

Wow! Where do I start with telling you how brilliant this book is? Just from reading the blurb, I knew it would be a book I’d enjoy; I just didn’t realise quite how much!

Susan and Danny Lentigo are distraught when their daughter Amy goes missing. A desperate search for the young child unfortunately doesn’t end well. Who could’ve done something so terrible to their sweet and innocent little girl? Thankfully it’s not long before the cops find the man that they are sure committed this heinous crime and with a confession on the table, this guy is heading for one place only. Death Row!

Twenty years later, Susan, still raw with grief, starts on a journey to North Dakota. Finally, after all these years, it is time for the execution of Amy’s killer! This road trip does not run smoothly for Susan in any way shape or form and when something happens along the way that casts a shadow of doubt on whether the right guy is on Death Row it becomes a race against time to potentially try and save the man she has wanted dead for so long!

The chapters switch from past to present detailing what happened around the time Amy was murdered and then allowing us to follow Susan as she heads to the execution. Cleverly and expertly written, this fast-paced, tense thriller will keep you hanging off the edge of your seat right until the final pages. With every chapter comes something unexpected, my attention never waned and the whole story played out in my mind like a movie.

Susan is such a likeable character, her love for her daughter shines through in her determination to get to the truth. Everything that happens to this woman would make most give up and go home, not Susan though, she picks herself up every time and keeps going to the bitter end. I was rooting for her every step of the way.

The suspense in this book is nail-biting and the story at the core heart-breaking. With twists and turns that you won’t see coming this really is an outstanding read! Each time I was sure who the killer was, something happened to plant a seed of doubt and it became a guessing game all over again.

Addictive, enthralling and utterly compelling! I can’t recommend this book highly enough, thank you so much to the author Matt Witten for contacting me and asking me to read this phenomenal book!

The Necklace has been optioned for film by Appian Way and Cartel Pictures, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached as producer.

Links to pre-order/purchase – (UK) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Necklace-Matt-Witten/dp/1608094588

(US) https://www.amazon.com/Necklace-Matt-Witten-ebook/dp/B08SR91BD4

Book Blurb

The clock ticks down in a heart-pounding crusade for justice

Susan Lentigo’s daughter was murdered twenty years ago–and now, at long last, this small-town waitress sets out on a road trip all the way from Upstate New York to North Dakota to witness the killer’s execution.

On her journey she discovers shocking new evidence that leads her to suspect the condemned man is innocent–and the real killer is still free. Even worse, her prime suspect has a young daughter who’s at terrible risk. With no money and no time to spare, Susan sets out to uncover the truth before an innocent man gets executed and another little girl is killed.

But the FBI refuses to reopen the case. They–and Susan’s own mother–believe she’s just having an emotional breakdown. Reaching deep, Susan finds an inner strength she never knew she had. With the help of two unlikely allies–a cynical, defiant teenage girl and the retired cop who made the original arrest–Susan battles the FBI to put the real killer behind bars. Will she win justice for the condemned man–and her daughter–at last?

About the Author

Matt Witten, a graduate of Amherst and Brandeis Universities, is a TV writer, novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His television writing includes such shows as House, Pretty Little Liars, and Law & Order. His TV scripts have been nominated for an Emmy and two Edgars, and he has written four mystery novels, winning a Malice Domestic award for best debut novel. He has also written stage plays and for national magazines.

 

 

 

 

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