From Now On by Amelia Henley

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My Review

Heartbreaking, Heartwarming and Heart-mending ♥️

Having loved Amelia’s other books, there was no doubt in my mind as to whether I’d enjoy this one. Amelia has a way of writing stories that touch my heart and make me feel so many different emotions! She writes beautifully and creates wonderful characters that always live on in my mind.

Charlie has a great job, a girlfriend who he can see himself spending the rest of his life with and the opportunity to progress his career in New York. After a tragedy occurs on New Year’s Eve, Charlie’s life changes forever and he finds himself having to choose between his dream job and girlfriend or his family.

The story is multi-narrated by Charlie, his younger brother Duke and his younger sister Nina. It is great to read from each of their perspectives as the three of them adjust to a new way of living. Charlie makes some bad choices, but he’s a good man and wants what’s best for everyone. Nina is a troubled teenager and I so desperately wanted to tell her everything would be okay. Duke is a little sweetheart, I felt he came across as a bit younger than he actually was, but this made him very endearing, I just wanted to give him a hug! There is also a lovely character called Pippa who is beautiful and kind, she fits in perfectly with the story. There is one character I didn’t like, probably because of what they did, but unfortunately, I can’t say who and why as it would give away a spoiler 😬

Whilst I would class this book as a family drama, there is also a bit of romance too! The family drama part of the book was hard to read at times, not in a bad way at all, just that it was so sad and really thought-provoking, which can take its toll emotionally. Amelia knows what she’s doing though and balances it out perfectly with a bit of romance and happier times for the family. This was almost the first Amelia book that I didn’t cry at, but then there was one particular bit near the end that set me off! So that’s a hat trick 🤣

As always I love the way Amelia leaves little cliffhangers at the end of some of the chapters. This is a great way of holding the reader’s attention and making them want to read on. I also really loved the ending, I felt it was just perfect ☺️

It’s really refreshing to take a step away from reading thrillers and read a story like this that has a heart. I feel like Amelia is the female version of Nicholas Sparks, which is a huge compliment as I love his books!

Thank you so much to Amelia Henley for sending me a copy of this book and to HQ and NetGalley for my digital copy.

This book will be published on October 13th, links below for pre-order/ purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Now-Amelia-Henley/dp/0008511993

https://www.waterstones.com/book/amelia-henley-1-of-2/amelia-henley/9780008511999

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/from-now-on/id1615921911

Book Blurb

A heartbreaking tragedy.
Charlie left his hometown behind years ago and hasn’t looked back since. These days, with a successful career and a beautiful soon-to-be fiancée, he couldn’t be happier. But when he receives some unexpected news, his life is forever changed.

A life-changing choice.
Suddenly things are falling apart, and now Charlie has to care for his family. How is he supposed to look after a heartbroken little brother and a sullen teenage sister who want nothing to do with him? He’s completely at a loss and knows he can’t do it alone – not without the help of his oldest friend, Pippa.

The chance to start afresh.
As Charlie steps back into his old life, he soon realises it’s only his family who needs fixing, there’s also his relationship with Pippa too. But returning home is a painful reminder of all that he lost and tried so hard to forget. And if Charlie is to fight for what he wants, first he must face up to his own past and decide whether he is ready to let go…

About the Author

Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, 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’ was an international best seller. Her second love story, ‘The Art of Loving You’ is also available in ebook, paperback and audio.

My Darling Daughter by JP Delaney

My Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

My Review

A brilliant read!

Susie has never forgotten her baby Sky whom she had to put up for adoption 15 years ago, so when a girl called Anna gets in touch saying that she is Sky; Susie is elated that she might actually get a second chance with her daughter.

Concerned by things that Anna reveals about her home life with her adoptive family, Susie and her husband Gabe decide to try and help Anna. Big mistake! What on earth have they invited into their home? 😬

What a great read this was! I have to say I love a psychotic character and this book serves up one in the shape of a 15-year-old 🤣 I can’t quite believe some of the things that happened in this story, it’s quite scary to think someone so young could be so clever and conniving.

Susie is a sweet character who’s clearly learnt from her past mistakes and wants to make amends and do the right thing, but jeez I wanted to shake her a few times! I think her guilt from giving up Sky as a baby meant she couldn’t possibly reject her again now, but she’s a stronger woman than me, I’d have sent the girl packing after some of the things she did! Also, how Gabe didn’t lose his s**t more than he did, I do not know!

What a rollercoaster ride Anna/Sky takes everyone on! Whilst a lot of what happens is totally crazy and entertains us as the reader, It is also quite thought-provoking as some of the issues Anna/Sky had are a real thing, so potentially could happen in real life! It highlights the importance of giving the correct help and support to children who are fostered or adopted.

Whilst this isn’t a book full of twists it is certainly one full of shockers! The story is multi-narrated, which I enjoyed as you get to read from more than one perspective. The only slight negative I’d say is that the end felt slightly rushed for me. I had 16 minutes left to read on my kindle and I still had no idea how everything was going to wrap up. Having said that I really liked the ending and would happily read about these characters again in another book!

Full of secrets and lies and one crazy ass teenager! I definitely recommend giving this one a go!

Thank you to JP Delaney, Quercus and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

Links to purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Darling-Daughter-addictive-thriller-ebook/dp/B09MVVW1HT

https://www.waterstones.com/book/my-darling-daughter/j-p-delaney/9781529423280

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/my-darling-daughter/id1598276671

Book Blurb

The child you never knew
knows all your secrets . . .


Out of the blue, Susie Jukes is contacted on social media by Anna, the girl she gave up for adoption fifteen years ago.

But when they meet, Anna’s home life sounds distinctly strange to Susie and her husband Gabe. And when Anna’s adoptive parents seem to overreact to the fact she contacted them at all, Susie becomes convinced that Anna needs her help.

But is Anna’s own behaviour simply what you’d expect from someone recovering from a traumatic childhood? Or are there other secrets at play here – secrets Susie has also been hiding for the last fifteen years?

About the Author

JP Delaney’s first psychological thriller, The Girl Before, was an instant Sunday Times and New York Timesbestseller and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. His subsequent books Believe Me, The Perfect Wife, and Playing Nice were also top ten bestsellers, while Playing Nice was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection. Recently, JP Delaney has been heavily involved in the television adaptation of The Girl Before, as lead writer and co-executive producer.

Website – http://www.jpdelaney.co.uk

Your Word or Mine by Lia Middleton

My Rating 🌟🌟🌟.5

My Review

A good but hard read 📖

I’m struggling a bit with my thoughts on this book. I did enjoy it and the storyline was interesting enough to make me want to read the whole book, but I didn’t find it gripping enough to make me want to pick up my kindle every chance I got. Please don’t get me wrong, it is a good story and extremely well written, but I think I just found it a bit of a hard read and it felt quite lengthy too, so at times I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere with it. I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s first book, so I think I had high hopes for this one. It is very different to her first book though.

Ava is a legal prosecutor and she heads to court to work on a case where a man called Michael Osborne has been stabbed by a 15-year-old girl, Lily. He claims she had a crush on him and when he rejected her she lashed out, but when Ava sees who the man is, she knows he’s lying. The reason she knows this is because he was the man who raped her when she was just a teenager herself! After her ordeal, Ava changed everything she could about her appearance and even changed her name (she was previously known as Annabelle). Certain Michael does not recognise her now, Ava decides to worm her way into his life as she’s determined to prevent him from ruining another girl’s life.

The chapters are narrated by both Ava and Lily and we also revert to the past at times so we know what happens when Ava was Annabelle. I did like both of these characters and I was rooting for them all the way, praying that Michael wouldn’t get away with things again.

I would say this is more of a slow-paced story, everything plays out gradually. There are a few twists later on in the story and I have to say I didn’t guess them beforehand so that’s always a bonus for me. I feel like there is a lot of information in this story, possibly too much, hence why I feel it is quite lengthy. Sometimes a description of something or a situation would fill one page, this is possibly why I struggled with this book at times.

The author’s experience in the legal industry shines through in this story, they say to write what you know and that’s clearly what Lia has done here, although I’m not sure what happened would really happen, but that doesn’t overly bother me, I quite like things that are a bit far fetched.

I have seen nothing but rave reviews for this book so I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority with some of my thoughts, so please do read this book if you like the sound of the blurb and definitely if you’re a fan of legal thrillers and don’t mind something a bit slower paced.

Thank you so much to Lia Middleton, Penguin and NetGalley for my copy of this book.

Links to purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Word-Mine-Lia-Middleton-ebook/dp/B091GC7C6H

https://www.waterstones.com/book/your-word-or-mine/lia-middleton/9781405948234

Book Blurb

Prosecutor Ava Knight always plays by the rules.

Until she meets fifteen-year-old Lily Hawthorne, accused of stabbing hotel magnate Michael Osborne in cold blood.

It should be an open-and-shut case. But Ava suspects something everyone else does not:
MICHAEL OSBORNE IS LYING.

Because eighteen years ago, Ava was brutally assaulted. The case went to trial. Her attacker was acquitted.

His name? Michael Osborne.

Now, court is in session.

And Ava must decide how far she’s willing to go to uncover the truth . . .

About the Author

Lia Middleton is a barrister who specialises in crime and prison law, and lives with her husband and two young children in Buckinghamshire. When They Find Her was her first novel.

Follow her on Twitter @liamiddlet0n and on Instagram @liamiddletonauthor.

The Promise by Sam Vickery

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My Review

An incredibly gripping and heart-wrenching story!

I absolutely loved this book! Drawn in from the first page and hooked until the last, I did not want to put it down! This is easily a book you could read in one sitting!

Saraya is bored of her job, bored of her boyfriend and bored of life! She knows something needs to change, but what? Then one night whilst heading home, she finds and takes something that isn’t hers to take and in an instant her life changes forever!

From the book blurb, you’ll know that what Saraya takes is a baby, we follow her journey as she falls in love with this beautiful boy and the lengths she goes to, to protect him and keep him.

This story was heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure. I really liked Saraya and was rooting for her all the way. I’m not condoning the fact that she took a child, but when you read the story you’ll know why she did it.

The story is well written and easy to read as well as being fast-paced and thrilling. I raced through it needing to know what was going to happen. It is definitely one of those stories that gets you thinking about the what-ifs!

I am so glad I came across this book, I already have another one by this author on my kindle which I can’t wait to read now.

A powerful short novel that is jam-packed with suspense!

Link to purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Promise-Sam-Vickery-ebook/dp/B01I6XG0WY

Book Blurb

Have you ever found something you should have given back? A watch? A purse? How about a baby?

When Saraya Mathews finds a baby boy on the streets of London, she knows she should hand him over to the authorities.
But Saraya has spent her whole life searching for something meaningful and as soon as she holds him in her arms, something shifts inside her.
This baby is meant to be hers. She knows it.
But you can’t keep what’s not yours.
Can you?

About the Author

Sam Vickery is an English author who started her writing career with blog articles and books on Natural Parenting, before turning her focus to the world of fiction.

She loves a story that can make her feel deeply, cry hard, appreciate the present moment and change her life for the better – if only for a little while.

Join her VIP reader list and be the first to hear about her latest book releases at http://www.samvickery.com

The Resort by Sue Watson

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My Review

I loved this one, an excellent summer read!

A perfect pick for one of my holiday reads, I devoured this book in just 2 days! So easy to read and incredibly gripping, I honestly couldn’t put it down!

Sam and David are newly married and have come to spend their honeymoon at Fitzgerald’s – an exclusive resort based on an island in Devon, somewhere where it’s not unusual to see the rich and famous. After a cancelled yoga class they soon become “friends’’ with another two couples, Becky & Josh who are on a break away without their kids and Daisy & Tom who are on a make-or-break holiday.

The couples haven’t been chatting long before two of the women go off to find a phone signal. Unfortunately, they find more than just a signal! Lying dead on the beach is one of the waitresses from the hotel. In a split second these three couples find their dream holidays in tatters as they’re thrust into the middle of a murder investigation!

Three untrustworthy and unlikeable husbands and three jealous and distrusting wives alongside some dodgy hotel staff, you are not short of a suspect or two in this book! My mind was working overtime trying to work out who the murderer was and I changed my mind many times when other things happened in the story!

With plenty of twists and turns, my attention never waned and I found myself racing to the end, needing to know the outcome. Did I guess correctly? No! I was shocked and surprised at quite a few things in this story, which made me enjoy it even more!

I loved the friendships formed by the three women, having made friends myself on holiday I know how realistic it is that you get to know one another quickly and often share bits of information about your life that you wouldn’t normally share with a stranger. I am still friends years on with people that I’ve met on holiday. I also loved how much I hated the men in this story 🤣 David reminded me of Jack from Behind Closed Doors – A perfect character for a great psychological thriller.

Now I must talk about the setting! I had no idea before I read this book that it was based in Devon, which is where I live, and I’m guessing Fitzgeralds’s was actually Burgh Island, which is incredibly close to my home and somewhere I am fascinated by. It made the setting very easy for me to imagine and I certainly got lost in the dreamy location, especially as I was reading most of it on a sunny beach in France! The story is set during the UK’s biggest ever heatwave – I think the author must be psychic, as that’s exactly what we’ve all just had!

Well written, perfectly paced and thoroughly addictive! If you love a good who dunnit then this is the perfect read for you! This was my first book by Sue Watson but it most definitely won’t be my last!

Links to purchase

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1803142561/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1660589288&sr=8-1

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-resort/sue-watson/9781803142562

Book Blurb

When a dream trip becomes your worst nightmare…

You’ve been excited about this getaway for months – at last, a chance to reconnect with your husband at a secluded island resort. But when he unexpectedly calls you from the beach, you hear the urgency in his voice. Something is very wrong.

The beautiful waitress from the restaurant last night has been found lying dead in the sand. And the police want to question your husband about it.

Sure, you saw him glance at her over dinner a few times, but you know he didn’t have anything to do with the poor girl’s death. So why is he asking you to lie to the police that he was with you all night? And where did he go in those missing hours?

When he returns to your beautiful sea-view suite, things get heated and he accuses you of being jealous, just like he always does. Yes, the waitress was overly flirtatious with your husband, but you didn’t actually wish her any harm. Not really.

Can you trust the man you married… or are you the one who can’t be trusted?

About the Author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked. 

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has sold over a million books and explores the darker side of life, writing psychological thrillers with big twists. Originally from Manchester, she now lives with her family in leafy Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – and procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.

Sue’s website – http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

All The Wicked Games

My Rating- 🌟🌟🌟.5

My Review

An enjoyable but slightly predictable read!

Cleo is about to board the cruise ship she works on when she receives a frantic phone call telling her that her friend Rachel is missing! Once upon a time Cleo and Rachel were the very best of friends, but it’s clear early on in this story that something bad happened as they’ve not seen each other for five years.

Cleo feels guilty about how things were left between them so she heads back to her old home to help search for Rachel. Seeing people from her past stirs up all kinds of memories and emotions for Cleo and when she finds out that Rachel had been playing a certain game before she disappeared – a game that got them into trouble years ago- she is extremely concerned about her friend’s whereabouts.

This book drew me in from the start. There are many teasing bits of information provided to hold your interest and I was certainly intrigued. I really enjoyed the dual timeline so we could read about now when Cleo is searching for Rachel and five years ago when they were the best of friends.

It was as we hit the twists and turns that I started to predict things, and as my predictions were predominantly correct I found myself feeling a bit underwhelmed. Although I do quite like being right with my guesses in books, sometimes I much prefer being shocked and surprised. Don’t get me wrong there are a few characters in this story that could’ve been the culprit and I didn’t really trust any of them, but the story just seemed to play out exactly as I thought it would.

Overall I did enjoy this story, it is well written and it held my attention throughout. I do also love how it ended.

A story full of secrets, lies and betrayal with a chilling edge to it! Thank you to Lauren North, Penguin & NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest review.

Links to purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Wicked-Games-Lauren-North-ebook/dp/B09K3F8KS4

https://www.waterstones.com/book/all-the-wicked-games/lauren-north/9780552177962

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/all-the-wicked-games/id1591553543

Book Blurb

IF YOUR BEST FRIEND WAS IN DANGER, YOU’D TRY TO SAVE HER…WOULDN’T YOU?

Are you ready to play?

Best friends Cleo and Rachel spend their evenings pretending to be people they’re not, inventing elaborate stories to escape the monotony of their real lives. It’s all harmless fun – until they play the game on the wrong person…

It’s your move now.

Five years later, Cleo is still struggling to come to terms with the night that destroyed her friendship with Rachel and almost cost them their lives. And then she receives a text: Rachel is missing. Have you seen her?

There’s only one person to blame.

Wracked with guilt for failing Rachel the last time they were in danger, Cleo races to find her friend. But could the past be repeating itself? Only this time, they’re caught up in a far darker game.

The rules don’t matter when the goal is revenge.

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.

You can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor

The Hive by Scarlett Brade

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My Review

Gripping, pacy and totally unique! A fantastic revenge thriller!

As soon as I read the blurb for his book, I knew that it was a story I wanted to read. This is a debut for Scarlett Brade and what a brilliant debut it is! Original, modern and cleverly written, I thoroughly enjoyed this page-turner!

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! This book starts with Charlotte having killed her ex-boyfriend’s fiancé and now she is holding a gun to his head whilst asking the world live on ‘The Hive’ to either #votelive or #votedie. What a phenomenal opening chapter! This certainly had me hooked, but my first thoughts were, how is the author going to make me hate a character so much that I would even consider voting for them to die! Well, she did a bloody good job as I despised Charlotte’s ex Linc and whilst I am in no way condoning murder, for the purpose of fiction, I was totally on her side!

After the amazing opening in this book, we then go back to 12 months earlier when Charlotte first met Linc. Dating a famous boxer, her life changed in an instant, she couldn’t believe her luck and after not being together for long she could really see a future together. Clearly, I don’t need to tell you things go drastically wrong, but I’m not one for spoilers, so you’ll have to read yourself to find out what happens!

I loved the female characters in this book. The sisterhood – Charlotte, Trix, Zaheen and Poppy. Best friends since childhood, there is nothing these girls won’t do for each other. The story also touches on the backstory of each girl, helping us relate to them and understand why they are such a tight-knit group of friends. I think we all have at least one friend who you could trust with your life, Charlotte is very lucky to have three.

I feel Scarlett has been very brave with how dark she goes in this book, I think a lot of debut authors would’ve held back a bit, but Scarlett definitely hasn’t! I see this as a good thing as I feel it makes for a more surprising read!

There were plenty of unexpected moments in this book, some shocking, some sad and some totally bonkers! The story certainly takes you on one helluva rollercoaster ride, with many sharp twists and turns and sudden changes of speed right the way up to the hair-raising end!

Vengeance is much more satisfying when it is not exacted immediately, or as they say Revenge is a dish best served cold. This saying sums up this book perfectly!

Thank you to Scarlett Brade, Zaffre Books and NetGalley for my copy of this book, I look forward to seeing what Scarlett writes next.

Links to purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B09HXDK3Z2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1658853975&sr=8-1

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-hive/scarlett-brade/9781838776770

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-hive/id1589189350

Book Blurb

Charlotte Goodwin looks directly at the camera and reveals a chilling truth to the thousands watching her Instagram Live broadcast. She has killed her ex-boyfriend’s new partner in cold blood. But she is not finished yet. The viewers must now vote to decide whether he should live or die.

The public display sends shockwaves rippling through the online community and the numbers of viewers skyrockets. But as Lincoln’s past is revealed, how will he be judged?

About the Author

Scarlett Brade is the daughter of parents who migrated from the Caribbean to England in the early 1970s. She was born and educated in London, though as a child she spent her summers in Canada, where she developed her love affair with reading. When not writing Scarlett spends most of her time cooking, drinking fine wines, and entertaining family and friends. The Hive is her first psychological thriller novel, and she is currently writing her second.

Instagram @scarlettgbrade

Twitter @scarlettbrade

Website scarlettbrade.com

The Whisper House by C S Green

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My Review

Creepy and Compelling! I loved it!

After reading Sleep Tight by C S Green and loving it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the second book in this fantastic series – The Whisper House. Was it as good as the first book? Yes! Was it even spookier than the first book? Definitely! Will you need to sleep with the lights on? Absolutely!

DC Rose Gifford is sent to investigate some bizarre goings-on at a property, could it be nightmare neighbours or is something more supernatural going on? 12-year-old Gregory insists there is some paranormal activity in his home, the poor boy has been hearing whispers in the walls and has even been hurt physically. His parents don’t believe him, although I think his mum does but is scared to admit it. Thank heavens for Gregory that Rose is not a sceptic and with her own hidden talent of seeing the dead, she is the perfect person to find out what is happening in his house and why!

Rose Gifford is one of my favourite book characters ever. I wish this was already a ten-book series that I’d just come across so I could binge-read the lot! Instead, I must wait eagerly for the next instalment and with the way this book ended I can tell you I’m more excited for the next book than I am for Christmas! (Believe me, I love Christmas!) We have got to know more about Rose and her backstory in this book and I love how that runs alongside the main part of the story. She is such a likeable character, and when I am reading, I feel like I am her and seeing everything through her eyes! I am rooting for her in every aspect, her work life, her home life and even her love life – which definitely needs some work, but I’m positive we will see something develop for her in the future. I am also looking forward to her personal story playing out more as we read through the series.

My favourite thing about this book is how chilling it is! Many authors don’t go quite dark enough in their books, possibly for fear that the readers won’t like it. C S Green does not hold back in this book, and I am so glad because it makes the story so different from anything I’ve read and it had me gripped and spooked throughout. The twists and turns along the way were fabulous, and I did not see any of them coming.

This book is perfectly paced, expertly written and spine-tingly good! After reading both books in this series I have realised I am definitely a fan of stories that feature the unexplained. Do you believe in ghosts? I do, and this kind of story has my imagination working overtime!

Admittedly this book is not one for the faint-hearted, but it is one I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller and doesn’t mind getting a bit spooked!

Thank you to the author C S Green, HarperCollins and NetGalley for my early copy of this book. Also, an extended thank you to the author Caroline for inspiring me to write and teaching me in one of her previous crime and thriller writer’s courses. I can only hope to write something as amazing as this story one day.

Links to purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whisper-House-Rose-Gifford-Book-ebook/dp/B09NZSLVPJ

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-whisper-house/c-s-green/9780008390815

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-whisper-house/id1607472338

Book Blurb

A house with a history. A boy with a grudge. And a detective who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

Gregory knows something is wrong with his house. His parents don’t believe him, but he can feel it – and he’s frightened.

DC Rose Gifford is called out after neighbours report a series of disturbances at the property, and she can feel it too. She knows Gregory and his family are in danger, and she knows that it will be down to her specialist supernatural crimes team to uncover the truth.

Something terrible happened at number 42 Wyndham Terrace. And it’s Rose’s job to find out what.

About the Author

C S Green / Cass Green is the pseudonym of Caroline Green, an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the Rona Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks and Hold Your Breath garnered rave reviews and were shortlisted for eleven awards between them. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City University. The Woman Next Door is her first novel for adults.

The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Alice Hunter

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My Review

A deliciously dark, chilling and thrilling read!

Jenny wishes to keep her past in the past – exactly where it should remain! Living with a secret as big as hers isn’t easy, but even her husband doesn’t know that she is in fact the daughter of a serial killer and Jenny isn’t really her name! When a local woman goes missing, it brings back memories for Jenny and when strange things start to happen, like unwanted gifts on the doorstep, Jenny begins to question who she can trust, and can she even trust herself?

After loving Alice Hunter’s debut book, The Serial Killer’s Wife, I was over the moon to be sent a copy of The Serial Killer’s Daughter (please note this is not a sequel). My concern is always will I love it as much as the first book? There was no need for concern here as I absolutely did! The prologue had me hooked, and I knew from then on that this would be an addictive read.

Normally in a book, I am rooting for the main character, but I wasn’t sure that was the right thing to do here. I had no idea if I should trust Jenny or anyone around her, to be honest. I love it when suspicions are so widespread as it adds to the suspense and creates a much bigger shock when you reach the twists and turns.

I wouldn’t describe this as fast-paced, but nor is it a slow-burner, the pace works just perfectly for the type of story this is. The chapters are dually narrated by both Jenny and her husband Mark, which gives the reader a great insight into both perspectives. Intermittently we are also provided with flashbacks of conversations between Jenny as a child and her father Paul, as well as an unknown person who has been interviewing Paul in prison.

The flashbacks are what I found most chilling, but also the most intriguing, I feel a prequel could be written based on Paul back when he was a serial killer and I’d love to be top of the list to read that! The things that man did were very dark, my only message to the author is to say don’t be afraid to go darker! Haha. I’d have definitely liked to have read a bit more about the past than what was mentioned. The reference to butterflies in this book now has me looking at these beautiful creatures in a very different way! 😳

Expertly plotted and incredibly well written, I cannot wait to see what Alice writes next, if sticking with the serial killer theme is going to be her thing, then I’d say she’s on to a winner!

Creative and compelling! Thank you so much to Alice Hunter, Avon Books UK and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Links to pre-order/ purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Serial-Killers-Daughter-addictive-bestselling-ebook/dp/B09GK631VC

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-serial-killers-daughter/alice-hunter/9780008524180

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-serial-killers-daughter/id1589588481

Book Blurb

Is murder in the blood?

In a sleepy Devon village, a woman is taken from the streets. Local vet Jenny is horrified. This kind of thing doesn’t happen here.

But it’s not the first time she’s been so close to a crime scene. The daughter of a prolific serial killer, she’s spent her whole life running from who she really is.

And the crime is harrowingly similar to those her father committed all those years ago…

But she’s not her father’s daughter.

Is she?

About the Author

After completing a psychology degree, Alice Hunter became an interventions facilitator in a prison. There, she was part of a team offering rehabilitation programmes to men serving sentences for a wide range of offences, often working with prisoners who’d committed serious violent crimes. Previously, Alice had been a nurse, working in the NHS. She now puts her experiences to good use in fiction. Her debut novel THE SERIAL KILLER’S WIFE draws heavily on her knowledge of psychology and the criminal mind.

A Perfect Stranger by Shalini Boland

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My Review

Another fantastic quick-paced page-turner by the legend Shalini Boland!

I am still yet to find a book by Shalini Boland that I do not like, each of her stories are jam-packed with amazing twists and turns alongside heaps of breath-taking suspense, what is there not to love! I think I read the second half of the prologue for this book without taking a breath! The anticipation was insane, I knew something was going to happen but not what or when and from there on this book was an incredible page-turner!

The chapters in this story switch between the perspectives of Emily and Dani. Emily is happily married to Aiden, they have a young son and a baby on the way. Things have been tight money-wise, but they’re happy. Well, that is, they were happy until Aiden drops a big bombshell on Emily. From here on their lives change forever and whilst Emily should probably take their son and walk away, she realises the only way to protect herself and her family is to keep them together.

Dani is married to Marcus, a very rich man who runs a luxury car business. To everyone else they have a perfect life, even Dani thinks so herself at times, but Marcus has been acting strange lately and has been hanging around with some new people which begins to cause arguments between the couple. Dani is confused but determined to find out what is going on with her husband.

Emily and Dani’s stories run quite separately throughout this book, with the slight connection being that Aiden works for Marcus. I found myself guessing constantly about what was going on and why and couldn’t quite work out how the two stories would merge. I’m pleased to say my guesses were wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed being shocked and surprised by the twists and turns as they happened.

I definitely prefer a fast-paced read to a slow-burner and that is what I love about this story, the suspicions, the tension and all the drama were constant, never allowing my attention to wane. I never read the blurbs for Shalini’s books as I know I’ll love them and I like to just dive in, not knowing anything about the story at all. I think this definitely helps me feel more surprised at things that happen in the book. As with all Shalini’s books, this story is not too taxing, it is easy to follow and incredibly hard to put down!

I can’t finish my review without mentioning the incredible ending for this book, I did not see it coming and it certainly left me speechless!

Gripping and tense with twists and suspense! Don’t miss out on reading A Perfect Stranger which will be published on July 11th.

Thank you to Shalini Boland, Bookouture and NetGalley for my early copy of this book.

Link to pre-order/ purchase –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Stranger-absolutely-gripping-psychological-ebook/dp/B09ZVH1VJC

Book Blurb

Two marriages. Three little lies. Someone’s going to die…

I hold my breath as my handsome husband walks through the door. I’ve planned the perfect surprise birthday party for him. Our friends are gathered and the champagne is flowing. But when I catch the look in his deep brown eyes, I realise I’ve got this horribly wrong.

All evening my stomach is churning. And I can’t help but notice Danielle Baines speaking with Aiden. With her salon-styled hair, diamonds glittering on her ring finger and married to a rich businessman she has the kind of lifestyle I can only dream of. I’ve never liked her. And I know the feeling is mutual.

So why is she here and what is she saying to my husband?

Now it’s the end of the party and the man I love is confessing a secret that shocks me to the core. But it’s not what I was afraid of. It’s much worse.

He says we have to take our son and leave the place we call home because our lives are in danger.

I thought I knew everything about my husband. But suddenly he feels like a stranger. Should I trust him with my life?

About the Author

Shalini Boland is the USA-Today bestselling author of fifteen psychological thrillers. With over two million copies sold, her titles are published by Audible, Bookouture, Grand Central Publishing and Tantor.

Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two teens and their increasingly demanding dog, Queen Jess. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing (in between re-stocking the fridge and dealing with endless baskets of laundry).

She is also the author of two bestselling Sci Fi and Fantasy series as well as a WWII evacuee novel with a time-travel twist.

Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45

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