Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
A brilliant, addictive, laugh out loud read from the Queen Bee of revenge novels! 5 stars all the way!
Jane Fallon does it again! I literally could not put this book down, with page after page of twists and hilarious one-liners, the juicy storyline will keep you gripped until the final pages.
Laura has recently separated from her husband and now must find somewhere to live as their marital home has been sold. As she arrives on The Close, where she is to rent a studio flat for 6 months, she can’t quite believe what she is seeing. The whole close is lined with huge, beautiful mansions and the women in the street all look like they’ve just been airbrushed in real life! Big bums, boobs and inflatable lips, bounce around all over the place.
The studio flat is attached to a mansion that is owned by Gail and Ben, being the most down to earth people in the close, they make Laura feel very welcome and throw her a mini party. It is after this party that Laura suddenly finds herself accused of trying to get her claws into Al, the husband of Stella, who is the Queen Bee of the close. Suddenly Laura is shunned by others and is made to feel very unwelcome.
Determined to clear her name, Laura gets wind of what Al is really up to. After she decides it is only fair Stella knows her husbands secret, the two form an unlikely friendship! This is where the drama unfolds.
I struggle to think of many who wouldn’t enjoy this book. It is a light-hearted, easy read. Jane has the knack of feeding her readers with enough exciting info and plenty of plot twists to keep you turning the pages.
A cross between Desperate Housewives and The Real Housewives TV shows, this book will satisfy any lovers of scandal and gossip!
Thank you so much to Jane Fallon, Penguin UK – Michael Joseph & NetGalley for my ARC of this book. Publication date July 9th 2020.
Welcome to The Close – a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee . . .
Moving into The Close, all Laura wants is peace and privacy.
But resident Queen Bee Stella is suspicious, fearing Laura has designs for her fiancé, Al.
So when Laura stumbles on Al’s big secret, Stella’s perfectly controlled world falls apart. As the two women take a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these former strangers are fast becoming best friends.
But has Laura forgotten that revenge never comes without a sting in the tail?
About the Author
Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachersand 20 Things to Do Before You’re 30. Her Sunday Times bestselling books – Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons, Strictly Between Us, My Sweet Revenge, Faking Friends, Tell Me a Secret and Queen Bee – have sold over a million copies in the UK
A truly beautiful love story, that will capture your heart.
Wow, I don’t know where to start with saying how utterly amazing this book was. It is a beautifully written love story that will stay with me forever.
A jilted bride, Anna decides if she is going to wallow in self-pity, she may as well do it on her honeymoon. Best mate Nell tags along in the hopes she can cheer her friend up. What Anna didn’t expect was to meet someone else, in fact, it was the last thing on her mind!
Adam was nursing a drink in the hotel lobby; the first few days of his holiday had been pretty boring. Then, in walked Anna. Enraptured by her beauty, Adam knew he just had to know this woman. It is not long before their paths cross and their love story begins.
The story follows Anna and Adam, first in the initial throes of love, then later when things are not quite so perfect. Much of their relationship I could relate to, as I’m sure many others will. I even feel like I have learnt a valuable lesson in life from this wonderful tale. Never forget what you love about someone and make sure you tell them every day.
The characters completely come to life in this book and I feel sad that I have finished reading it, as I really did fall in love with Anna and Adam. This book was most certainly a page-turner, but where I would normally say I’d read a book in a few days, I deliberately took longer with this one. Not wanting it to end, I really wanted to take it all in and stay on the journey with Anna and Adam for as long as possible.
Get your tissues at the ready! This epic love story made my heart and my tear ducts burst!
This is a debut for author Amelia Henley, normally known for her fantastic thrillers under her real name Louise Jensen, she has certainly proved she is just as amazing at writing love stories.
I could definitely see this book working as a film. Perfect for fans of authors like Nicholas Sparks, this is an absolute must-read for 2020.
Thank you so much to Amelia Henley, HQ & NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book.
Publication date – 23rd July 2020
Link to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-We-Almost-Had-heartbreaking-ebook/dp/B082KDWQHQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+life+we+almost+had+amelia+henley&qid=1593118532&sprefix=the+life+we+&sr=8-1
This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.
Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.
Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.
Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…
About the author
Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heartbreaking, high-concept love stories.
Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.
The Life We Almost Had is the first story she’s written as Amelia Henley and she can’t wait to share it with readers.
An intriguing crime thriller with twists you won’t see coming!
Jen is happily married to James and with two beautiful children, she couldn’t be happier. Is something about to ruin that happiness though?
First, a body is found locally, which unsettles Jen, as this is not the kind of thing to happen in their quiet hometown. Then she receives flowers with no note, followed the next day by a sympathy card. Feeling perturbed, Jen decides to go for one of her daily runs. It is on this run that she begins to feel like she is being followed. Who would want to follow her though? And is it connected to the flowers and card? When another gift arrives, Jen knows where this particular item has come from, but still confused by the whole situation, she must revisit her past to get the answers that she needs.
The chapters switch between the perspectives of Jen, her husband James and Detective Inspector Chris Jackson. I think this works really well as we get to read three sides of the story – Jen and her return to her past, James and his frustrations over not knowing what is going on and DI Chris Jackson and his quest to get to the bottom of the local murder, a missing woman and some local drug dealing.
This book is a debut for the author Claire and what a great way to start! I thoroughly enjoyed the story, it kept my attention throughout, and each little twist came so unexpectedly.
The plot is cleverly written and clearly well thought out. I’ve always enjoyed watching police procedurals and this book reminded me of shows like Line of Duty.
If you enjoy a good crime thriller then definitely give this book a go! If I could give any advice, it would just be to make sure you read very carefully and take everything in as there are lots of characters to remember and an incredibly detailed story to follow.
I am thrilled to learn that this is to be a series. I look forward to reading the next instalment.
Thank you so much to Claire Sheldon, Choc Lit & Ruby Fiction for my ARC of this book.
Available to purchase from today (16/06/20) – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Lie-gripping-thriller-twists-ebook/dp/B088ZQ3DSJ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=perfect+lie+claire+sheldon&qid=1592255655&s=books&sprefix=perfect+lie+&sr=8-1
What is ‘perfect’ trying to hide?
Jen Garner tries her best to be ‘wife and mother of the year’. She helps organise school plays and accompanies her husband to company dinners, all with a big smile on her face.
But Jen has started to receive strange gifts in the post … first flowers, then a sympathy card.
It could just be a joke; that’s what she tells herself. But then the final ‘gift’ arrives, and Jen has toquestion why somebody is so intent on shattering her life into pieces …
About the author
Claire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick. She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie. When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse! Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsomer Murders.
A gripping, compulsive thriller, that had me captivated from beginning to end. An absolute must-read!
This is A J McDines second psychological thriller and like her first, she doesn’t disappoint!
Kate was a young mum, falling pregnant, whilst backpacking as a teenager. Now she is 37 and has a teenage daughter Chloe, who is due to head off to university after her A-Levels. Whilst she is happy Chloe is not following in her footsteps, she is feeling a little lost at the thought of her daughter leaving home.
It is at a university open day that Kate and Chloe meet Adam and his son Ben. Hitting it off straight away, Chloe and Ben keep in touch. However, Chloe soon realises Ben seems a bit obsessive and not someone who likes to take no for an answer. In the meantime, Kate and Adam seem to have developed a bit of a thing for each other and end up dating.
We follow the story as Kate and Adam grow closer and poor Chloe’s life starts falling apart with crazy Ben who she can’t seem to dump and who has a clear case of obsessive love disorder!
The chapters switch between the perspectives of Kate and Chloe. This works really well, as we read about all the things that Chloe hides from her mum and we follow the worries Kate has as a mother. McDine has got the behaviours of a teenager down to a tea with Chloe, some bits even reminded me of myself as a teen!
This story also really highlights that a mothers love for her child is unconditional.
I love how easy this book is to read. Suspenseful and riveting throughout I devoured it in just 3 days. With some nail-biting and tense moments along the way but also some emotional moments too.
A creepy obsession, secrets and lies, this book would be perfect for fans of authors like Shalini Boland.
Thank you so much to the author A J McDine for making me one of the very first readers of this book by gifting me a copy 💕
Available to purchase from today (13/06/20), head on over to amazon where you can download and start reading straight away! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08B46WJKC/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=Should+have+known+better&qid=1592017921&s=digital-text&sr=1-8
The perfect boyfriend… or the perfect liar?
Kate’s daughter Chloe is about to fly the nest and the prospect terrifies her.
Until Kate meets Adam at a university open day. Adam is the perfect catch. Could he fill the void Chloe will leave?
But life is never that simple. Adam’s son Ben has developed a crush on Chloe. A crush that is fast becoming an obsession.
Flattered by the attention, Chloe is happy to string him along – for now at least.
But as Ben’s fixation with Chloe escalates, is Kate the only one who can see the dangers?
And when Chloe’s life begins spiralling out of control, Kate must make a choice – trust her instincts or lose her daughter forever…
About the author
A J McDine lives deep in the UK countryside with her husband and two teenage sons. She worked as a journalist and police press officer before becoming a full-time author in 2019. Endlessly fascinated by people and their fears and foibles, she loves to discover what makes them tick. She writes dark, domestic thrillers about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. When she’s not writing, playing tennis or attempting to run a 5K, she can usually be found people-watching in her favourite café. When She Finds You is A J McDine’s debut psychological thriller.
I gaze out at the beautiful blue sky. The balloon ride had been such an exhilarating experience.
The sunrise so breath-taking, I’d never felt so relaxed. Suddenly a lady’s sharp shrill cry released me from my trance.
I turn to see the reason for her fright, the balloon was heading straight for the power lines!
I wake with a start, covered in a cold sweat, my heart pounding ten to the dozen. Relief sweeps through me; it was just a dream.
My husband wakes and turns to me smiling. “Hello love, are you excited for the balloon ride today?”
Eek! Would you go on a balloon ride after a dream like that! I think I’d give it a miss 😂
Hello everyone, I’m back! After not writing for weeks I’m so pleased I finally found the time to join in again with the wonderful Friday Fictioneers. The idea is to write a story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thank you to the organiser, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and thank you to the owner of the photo Ronda Del Boccio.
As always any comments, likes & shares are greatly appreciated. I am a complete novice when it comes to writing but it is my dream to write a book one day so hopefully, my flash fictions and short stories are all good practice for me 😊
If you’d like to read any of my previous flash fiction stories, click this link …. https://lifesabook420574585.wordpress.com/category/cathryns-flash-fiction-stories/
An atmospheric murder mystery with twists aplenty!
Lo Blacklock is a travel journalist and finally, she gets the opportunity that she has been waiting so long for when she is sent on a press launch trip. A week-long press launch trip, aboard the Aurora Borealis, a luxury cruise liner that was set to travel around the Norwegian Fjords.
Hoping this will be her big break and enable her to cover her boss Rowans maternity leave, Lo is determined to make a good impression. Then shortly before she is due to travel, she is unsettled by a burglary in her flat. Suddenly her anxieties flare and she heads off on the trip feeling really quite traumatised.
After a few too many drinks on her first night aboard the Aurora, Lo witnesses something she soon wishes she hadn’t. A scream in the night leads her to her veranda where she’s sure she can see something beneath the waves. Something that resembles a body!
The story then follows Lo as she tries to get to the bottom of what happened that night. She is sure there was a girl in the cabin next to hers, but others are saying it was empty!!
Well, this is Murder Mystery at it’s finest! I must admit it was a bit of a slow starter, but around a third of the way through things really get going and I found the book hard to put down. The story has many characters which means many suspects!
What I loved most about this book was how descriptive it was. I could really imagine every detail of the ship and all the characters. The dark foggy atmosphere seeped out of the pages and really made the story come alive.
The twists are great and unexpected, and I would never have guessed the outcome. If you enjoyed books like Murder on the Orient Express and An Unwanted Guest, then you will enjoy this one!
It is my first Ruth Ware book but I’ve now added all her other books to my to-read list!
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.
A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.
Except things don’t go as planned.
Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.
Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer…
About the Author
Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway and The Turn of the Key have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for TV and film and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth lives near Brighton with her family.
Visit http://www.ruthware.com to find out more.
A 5-star psychological thriller with a simmering start, a bubbling middle and a boiling end!
What a cracking debut this book is! I read it in just a couple of days, and I was so engrossed that I found myself reading into the early hours just to finish it.
Sophie and Matt are happily married and after a bit of a journey with IVF, they are finally expecting a longed-for baby together. Then after spotting a familiar face in town one day, Sophie is prompted to look up an old friend Lou on Facebook.
Sophie and Lou were inseparable as teenagers but lost touch when their lives took different paths. How great to catch up with an old friend and reminisce about the past, or is it? With secrets and lies that Sophie would rather leave in the past, she begins to wonder if contacting Lou was such a good idea after all.
At a time when Sophie should be getting ready to put her feet up on maternity leave, strange things start to happen, which leaves her stressed, worried and far from relaxed. Somebody is out to get Sophie, but who? And why?
This book is perfectly paced in my opinion. An intriguing start where not much is given away it makes you want to read on to see where the story is going. As bits are revealed it just hooks you in more and more, making for an unputdownable read.
The story is told from the point of view of Sophie who is a likeable and relatable character, with the odd chapter containing the thoughts of the person who is out to ruin her perfect life. I loved these little snippets as it really gets you thinking, who could it be? Even though I had my suspicions throughout, I still doubted myself and thought this really could go any which way!
I honestly can’t speak highly enough of this gripping read. This is a debut for Amanda in the psychological thriller genre and I can’t wait to read more from her. To all my friends who like to select their reads from my reviews, be sure to get this one on your to-read list.
Thank you so much to the author herself A J McDine for my gifted copy of this book in exchange for an open, honest review.
Sophie Saunders has the perfect life.
Happily married to handsome Matt and expecting her first baby, she is the envy of her childhood friend, Lou.
Lou’s family has splintered. Her husband is dead and her son has left home.
She would give anything to turn back the clock.
But there’s a secret buried deep in their past that the two friends can never forget.
And when Sophie’s world starts spiralling out of control, it’s her new friend Roz to whom she turns.
Trouble is, secrets have a habit of unravelling. And when they do, you can kiss your perfect life goodbye.
Sometimes, it’s better when the truth stays hidden.
Link to purchase:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-She-Finds-You-McDine-ebook/dp/B07V9NVH74
About the author
A J McDine lives deep in the Kent countryside with her husband and two teenage sons. She worked as a journalist and police press officer before becoming a full-time author in 2019. Endlessly fascinated by people and their fears and foibles, she loves to discover what makes them tick. She writes dark, domestic thrillers about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. When she’s not writing, playing tennis or attempting to run a 5K, she can usually be found people-watching in her favourite café. When She Finds You is A J McDine’s debut psychological thriller.
A scorcher of a read with more twists than a corkscrew!
The Heatwave is my first Katerina Diamond book and it most certainly won’t be my last!
One hot summer in Sidmouth, a local girl Hannah goes missing from the fair. 16 years later history repeats itself, when another local girl, Mandy, mysteriously disappears too!
Sidmouth was once Felicity’s hometown, but she is now living in the Lake District happily married with two children. As the news reaches her about missing Mandy, Felicity’s memories of the past come tumbling back. Realising she may be able to help find Mandy, she packs her bags and returns to the place she once lived.
The chapters switch perfectly between Felicity in the present and her best friend Jasmine in the past. I was hooked from the beginning and flabbergasted come the end. Even though I partially guessed the outcome, I still found it utterly shocking and brilliant.
I really like the way Katerina only provides tasters of revealing information initially. It helps keep the reader guessing and makes for a more suspenseful read. I found I was more gripped to Jasmine’s story from the past than Felicity’s in the present, but I think that is purely because that is where the main part of the story lies.
Well, I read The Heatwave during a heatwave and all I can say is that this will definitely be a must-read this summer, for any lovers of a mystery/suspense thriller.
My reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is only because I felt I still had a couple of unanswered questions come the end.
I can’t finish my review without mentioning the front cover of this book. I found it so eye-catching and it’s totally the kind of cover that would make me want to read the book without even knowing what it’s about!!
Thank you so much to Katerina Diamond, Avon Books UK and NetGalley for my ARC of this book.
This book will be published on 25/06/20
One summer. One stranger. One killer…
Two bad things happened that summer:
A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.
In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.
Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.
The heatwave is back. And so is the killer.
About the author
Katerina Diamond burst onto the crime scene with her debut The Teacher, which became a Sunday Times bestseller and a number one Kindle bestseller. It was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey Debut Dagger Award and the Hotel Chocolat Award for ‘darkest moment’. The Teacher was followed by sequels The Secret, The Angel, The Promise, Truth or Die and Woman in the Water, all of which featured detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey. The Heatwave is her first standalone thriller.
Shocking, Surprising & Hugely Addictive!
What a book! Ensure you have a clear diary when you sit down to read this one because trust me once you start reading you will not be able to stop!
Alison lives with her husband Carl and daughter Matilda. With a successful career as a criminal lawyer, you would think from the outside that things were pretty perfect. Alison likes to drink though, and she also likes one of her work colleagues Patrick, who she has been having an affair with for a while.
The story follows Alison as she takes on her first murder case. As she gets to know her client, Madeleine, she begins to realise things aren’t so clear cut. The more she unearths about the murder, the more her own life spirals out of control.
Alison is a likeable character, whilst I don’t condone infidelity, I did feel sorry for her at times. She really just wants to feel loved. With some clear gaslighting going on, the poor woman couldn’t seem to do right for doing wrong half the time. What did impress me was her ability to still work so well in her job, with the amount she drank! This woman’s got skills!
The pace of this book is perfect, and I didn’t lose interest at any point, in fact, I didn’t get dressed until lunchtime one day as I just had to finish it!
An impressive read, and a cracking debut. Harriet clearly shows off her talent in creative writing and her experience as a lawyer in this book. With page after page of shocks and twists, I highly recommend this 5-star thriller.
Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…
Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.
Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.
I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.
Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.
I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.
But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….
About the author
Link to purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Orange-Harriet-Tyce-ebook/dp/B0791HFBVX
An enthralling page-turner, that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout!
Damian’s life is ticking along nicely, married to his childhood sweetheart Lucia and working from home, means he can be the main carer for their two children. Then suddenly, one phone call from his wife changes the future and life as he knows it!
19 years ago, Lucia’s sister Mara was abducted from her own garden. Now after all this time she has re-appeared. Weak and malnourished, Mara is kept in a hospital for the first part of her rehabilitation but is soon discharged and moves in with Damian and Lucia.
From the minute Damian meets Mara he thinks something is not quite right and that her story doesn’t seem to add up. We follow Damian’s quest to get to the bottom of what really happened.
This story is so well-written, the first page hooks you in and each page after grips you and doesn’t let you go until the end. Dark, twisty and tense, I did not want to put this book down.
I have to say I really liked Damian as a character, there is so much more to him than the married, self-employed, stay at home dad and Mara returning really brings out his other side.
A genius plot and page after page of shocks and twists, that all lead you up to the incredible ending.
I loved that this was really quite different from other psychological thrillers. It was action-packed and I couldn’t wait to pick up my kindle every chance I got. I could definitely see this story working as a Netflix film or series.
Available now for purchase, I highly recommend this book.
Thank you so much to the author A J Wills for my gifted copy of this fantastic book.
He stole her childhood. Now she wants it back.
A woman is found alone and confused wandering through remote woodland.
She claims to be Mara Sitwell, the little girl who mysteriously vanished from her home nineteen years ago.
She says she was abducted and has been held captive in an underground cell.
But not everyone’s convinced she’s telling the truth.
Her brother-in-law, Damian, thinks she’s hiding a dark secret and so psychologically scarred she’s a danger to his young family.
But no one’s listening to him.
His only choice is to prove what really happened to Mara.
But the truth is never easy to uncover, especially when it’s been buried so deep…
About the author
To find out more about Adrian and to check out his other books, follow this link to his website:- https://www.adrianwills.co.uk/about-the-author