Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
Shalini Boland does it again with another addictive page-turner full of unexpected twists!
I honestly can’t speak highly enough of Shalini’s books, she is one of my favourite go-to authors. Her books always have me gripped from the first page and the short chapters make it so easy to think, oh go on just one more! The twists and turns are always shocking and surprising too!
Zoe has been happily married for ten years, she has two children and loves her job as a hairdresser at Waves salon. She should be excited as she is planning a big party for her tenth wedding anniversary, but strange things start to happen and whenever Zoe thinks back to her wedding day, something doesn’t feel right, but she just can’t put her finger on what it is.
Is her husband hiding something? Are her close friends ignoring her? Or is she just being paranoid? Whilst trying to work things out in the run-up to the party, Zoe encounters a blast from her past which leaves her feeling even more stressed and anxious. With her memory feeling like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle, it is time for Zoe to find the missing pieces.
Expertly plotted, this book is told from Zoe’s POV in a dual timeline, going from ‘now’ in the run-up to the party, to ‘then’ back on her wedding day ten years earlier. I honestly had no idea where this book was going and found the twists brilliant and unpredictable. A lot of the chapters leave little cliff-hangers making it a hard book to put down.
The story builds slowly to begin with, which works just perfectly, as you feel just as confused and in the dark as Zoe herself. Then bam! Things get going and it is a rollercoaster ride right to the end.
A clever, engrossing, terrific read that I highly recommend to all lovers of psychological suspense thrillers.
Thank you to Shalini Boland, Bookouture & NetGalley for my ARC of this book.
Published tomorrow (9th Sept 2020) click the link to pre-oreder/purchase: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wife-unputdownable-psychological-thriller-breathtaking-ebook/dp/B08DNV27MN/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+wife+shalini+boland&qid=1599563823&sprefix=the+wife+sh&sr=8-1
Zoe fainted on her wedding day, and she never knew why. She’s always felt sure something bad happened. Ten years later, she’s going to find out what…
It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. Zoe was sitting in her hotel room, in her perfect white dress, looking forward to the moment when she would make kind, handsome Toby her husband.
Then, there was a blank.
They said she must have fainted, overcome with emotion. But nothing felt quite right afterwards. Did something happen in that missing time?
Now, Toby and Zoe have two beautiful children and a perfect life. They’re planning their ten-year anniversary party for their family and friends. The invitations have been sent, the food ordered. They’re going back to the grand hotel where they got married.
But as the anniversary gets closer, it becomes clear not everyone is looking forward to celebrating. Zoe catches Toby lying about where he’s been. One of her best friends seems to be ignoring her. And someone is spreading stories that might stop the party from happening at all.
Zoe is increasingly sure that she doesn’t have the full story. But does she want to know the truth, if it will destroy everything?
About the Author
Shalini Boland is the million-copy, USA-Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers: ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned for TV by Legendary Studios), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, ‘THE CHILD NEXT DOOR’, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’, ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’, ‘THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL’, ‘THE OTHER DAUGHTER’ and ‘ONE OF US IS LYING’. THE WIFE is now available to pre-order! Her titles are published by Bookouture, Grand Central (USA), and Tantor. Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and sorting endless baskets of laundry). Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45 She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist. http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor http://www.shaliniboland.co.uk https://twitter.com/ShaliniBoland
A literary masterpiece! Do not miss out on this outstanding, compelling thriller!
If I could give this book more than five stars, then I absolutely would. Tightly plotted and superbly written with a jaw-dropping end!
The beginning of this book jumps straight to the action when Tabitha and her friend Andy discover the body of Stuart Rees in her garden shed! Before she even has time to process what has happened, Tabitha finds herself arrested and held on remand for murder.
With the evidence stacked against her, everyone from the village is convinced that Tabitha is the killer. The police think she’s the only possible suspect and even her solicitor thinks she should plead guilty to manslaughter.
Poor Tabitha struggles with severe depression and her bad days can leave her living in a bit of a fog. Unfortunately, the day of the murder wasn’t a good day, but even with her limited memory of the events in the run-up to discovering Stuart’s body, she is sure that she is not capable of murder.
We follow the court case as Tabitha tries to prove her innocence and work out exactly what happened on that fateful day in December.
I am a massive fan of Nicci French books and I’ve loved everything they have ever written. Their books are always so suspenseful and this one is no exception.
I really loved the main character Tabitha in this story, although she is quite damaged, she is a very stubborn, fiery and determined woman. She is also funny without meaning to be, some of the courtroom scenes had me giggling away.
This book is fast-paced and will keep your interest throughout. I didn’t trust anyone and suspected everyone. I had absolutely no idea what the outcome would be, and I’d be incredibly surprised if anybody guessed the ending.
If you’ve never read a book by Nicci French, then you’re in for a treat. I highly recommend their entire back catalogue. I will never forget the day many many years ago when I got a copy of Land of the Living free with a magazine. At the time I didn’t read that often but this book turned me into an avid reader. I own all of their books and it is a collection that takes pride of place on my bookshelf.
Published on September 3rd 2020, do not miss out on this phenomenal courtroom drama.
Thank you so much to Nicci French, Simon & Schuster UK & NetGalley for my ARC.
Links to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Correction-Nicci-French-ebook/dp/B082J5FWWS/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=house+of+correction&qid=1598985808&sprefix=house+of+corr&sr=8-1
THE NEW THRILLER FROM THE MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
She’s a murderer.
Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees – why else would his dead body be found in her shed?
So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial.
Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now.
That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important… She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder.
And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself.
So she must fight. Against the odds.
For her life.
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.
A brilliantly crafted whodunnit mystery, with jaw-dropping twists!
There is nothing I love more than a good old murder mystery, especially one set during a snowstorm! What I loved about this book is that it had all the great qualities of a murder mystery, yet it also had all the suspense of a psychological thriller. It really is so cleverly written.
The story is told in multiple POVs and two timelines (now and one year ago). The main character Amelia is having a terrible time, her mum passed away shortly after her sister went missing and now, she’s lost a baby and her boyfriend has left her.
Urged by her boss to take a break from work she decides to go back home to see her dad and brother. On arrival she finds out they are about to head off to Drummondale House in the Scottish Highlands, a place where only a year ago Amelia’s sister Lark went missing. She joins them on their trip, hopeful that they might find some answers as to what happened.
When some familiar faces join them at the holiday cottages, Amelia soon starts to realise that it wasn’t such a good idea to go back there, especially when history starts to repeat itself and another teenage girl goes missing! With freak weather, murders, scary masks and rarely any phone signal, Amelia and the rest of the characters must find a way of getting help and getting out of Drummondale House. Can they all trust each other, and can they all get out alive?
I really did enjoy this book and found myself guessing throughout and suspecting everyone! Whilst I was right on a couple of bits, I did not guess the ending and what a cracking ending it was. So cleverly plotted I’d be surprised if anyone solved this mystery.
There are lots of characters to keep track of, but I didn’t find this to be a problem and enjoyed having so many suspects. Do make sure you read the title of each chapter, so you know who you are reading about and if it is the past or the present.
Like a book version of Cluedo, this would most certainly make a great TV Drama. If you loved An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena then you’ll love this one.
Thank you to Amanda Brittany, HQ & NetGalley for my ARC of this book.
If my review has tempted you enough to read this fantastic book then you’re in luck as it will be published next week on the 28th August 2020.
Link to pre-order / purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lie-Wait-gripping-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B089Q2MZ7T/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=i+lie+in+wait+amanda+brittany&qid=1598027132&sprefix=i+lie+&sr=8-1
It’s one year since her sister vanished. Now, another girl is missing…
One year ago, Amelia Taylor’s sister, Lark, vanished without a trace from a family holiday in the Scottish Highlands.
The police are convinced that Lark was abducted, but with no new leads, the case has gone cold. Amelia is certain that the answer lies at the holiday cottage and retracing their steps might unearth a vital clue that could help make a breakthrough.
But during their second night at the cottage a shrill scream cuts through the darkness, just as it did a year ago, and a sense of dread engulfs everyone.
Another girl has vanished.
Leading the search, Amelia is convinced that both girls are alive, waiting to be found. But someone is determined to keep her from the truth at all costs…
Will Amelia be able to find her sister, or is she too about to find herself in danger?
About the Author
Amanda Brittany is the best selling author of psychological crime thrillers HER LAST LIE, TELL THE TRUTH & TRACES OF HER. I LIE IN WAIT is out in August 2020 Her debut, HER LAST LIE is being made into a film supported by Creative Scotland, and has so far raised over £8000 for Cancer Research UK from eBook royalties. Amanda lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two crazy, cute dogs. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family and friends, travelling, walking her dogs, reading & sunny days. She also has a soft spot for snow, which features in HER LAST LIE & I LIE IN WAIT. Amanda has studied psychology and criminology, has a diploma in creative writing, and a BA(Hons) in English Literature. She also writes psychological suspense novels as A J Brittany with Karen Clarke. Their debut THE SECRET SISTER is out NOW, and they are presently writing book 2. Website: http://www.amandabrittany.co.uk You can follow her on: Twitter: @amandajbrittany Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandabrittany2 Instagram: @amanda_brittany_author
An addictive psychological thriller, with a chilling edge!
What would you do if you found someone who was about to take their own life by jumping off a bridge? You’d want to help, right? Well, that is exactly what Alison did and she very quickly lived to regret it!
Manfred is eternally grateful to Alison for saving his life but now he seems to think they have a connection and that they are destined to be together. Initially, Alison just thinks he’s a lost soul who needs a bit of help, however, she soon realises that her friendliness was a mistake and she has inadvertently encouraged this man’s obsession with her.
We follow Alison as she tries to shake off her stalker, but with the police and her husband not taking her seriously she’s at a loss for what to do! With some unexpected twists and turns along the way this really was an enthralling read.
The first chapter is fantastic and hooks you in straight away, making you want to read on to see what happens next. The book overall is not too fast-paced which I think suits this type of story just perfectly. I liked Alison as a character although she did make some rather silly decisions. I found that I felt sorry for her and got frustrated with her in equal measure. You can understand why she does what she does at times and I’m sure in her shoes many of us would have made the same decisions/mistakes, but as much as I wanted to shout at her at times, I mainly wanted to shout at those that wouldn’t listen to her or help her.
The description Louise uses is just wonderful and makes the book so atmospheric. I have been to Switzerland once but not to the alps, this book makes me want to go as it just sounds so beautiful. I had such a clear picture in my head of the setting all the way through.
This is a really great debut and I look forward to reading more by Louise Mangos.
Link to purchase– https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strangers-Bridge-gripping-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B079KL6VSB/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=strangers+on+a+bridge&qid=1597268483&sprefix=strangers+on+a+&sr=8-3
She should never have saved him.
When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.
Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.
In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.
To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?
About the author
Louise Mangos grew up in the UK but has spent more than half her life in Switzerland. Her debut psychological thriller “Strangers on a Bridge” was a finalist in the Exeter Novel Prize and long listed for the Bath Novel Award. Her second novel “Her Husband’s Secrets” (previously titled The Art of Deception) was published in June 2019. She lives on an Alp with her Kiwi husband and two sons, and when she’s not writing you can find her on the cross-country ski trails or wild swimming in the lake, depending on the season. She also writes short stories and flash fiction which have won prizes and been published in various anthologies. She has recently completed her MA in crime writing at UEA.
A twisty thriller, that will creep under your skin and mess with your mind!
What a thrilling read this was, the story is so cleverly crafted. I was on tenterhooks throughout, constantly thinking who, how, what and why? With plenty of OMG moments, this suspenseful book is an absolute must-read.
The chapters of this book alternate between Jenna and Sophie. Jenna is a busy wife and mum, working as a doctor in A&E, she is constantly on the go. However, she is also living under the shadow of a stalker. Being constantly watched and followed wherever she goes, receiving nasty emails and even receiving some disturbing items on her doorstep, her life is consumed by fear and anxiety. Jenna reports every incident to the police, but there is never much for them to go on, so they just telling her to keep a diary.
Jenna has caught glimpses of her stalker near her home, work and the children’s school. Then one busy shift at work a trauma patient is rushed into the emergency department after being hit by a bus. As Jenna gets to work saving his life, she quickly realises who it is. Head spinning and hands shaking, she now holds the power! What would you do if you had your stalkers life in your hands?
Sophie lives with her controlling partner Nick, who she also works for. We meet her as she is heading to work one day and bumps into her brother Matthew. When she does her best to avoid a full conversation with him, we know there is some history here to unravel. Sophie’s chapters alternate between the present and her childhood. What happened all those years ago to this brother and sister? And how do Jenna and Sophie’s stories connect?
This book has been really well thought out and the description used is incredible. The spine-tingling feeling of being followed will have your hairs standing on end and have you switching the lights on at night! I had many scenarios in my head whilst reading this book and I wasn’t right with any of them. I absolutely loved the last page too, this book really will keep you in suspense from beginning to end!
Thank you to the author Lauren North, NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my ARC of this book.
Available now as an Ebook and the Paperback will be published on the 03/09/20.
Links to pre-order/purchase- https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Step-Behind-Lauren-North-ebook/dp/B081J6485K/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=one+step+behind+lauren+north&qid=1596470451&sprefix=one+step+be&sr=8-1
Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.
Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man isbut she feels powerless against him.
Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.
But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life?
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
A compelling read with a chilling twist!
I am such a big fan of Shalini’s books, so I just had to go back and read the first adult thriller that she wrote. As expected, it was just as fantastic as her other books that I have read.
One sunny morning in Dorset a woman is found washed up on the beach. Alive, but scared and confused she has no idea who she is or how she got there! After being taken to hospital, someone soon comes forward to identify her and we learn that the girl from the sea goes by the name of Mia James.
The story is told from Mia’s perspective and we follow her journey as she tries to recover her memory. With an incredible home over-looking the river, a decent car and a lot of money in the bank, it seems Mia had the perfect life before waking up on the beach. A perfect life and a handsome boyfriend, this should be an easy life to slip back into! Nothing is ever that straight forward though.
As Mia comes across friends and neighbours who know more about her than she does herself, her confusion just escalates. Then the flashbacks begin, and Mia starts to wonder if what happened to her was more than just an accident!
This book is so gripping from the first page to the last. I love how easy Shalini’s books are to read and how hard they are to put down. The description in the book is perfect, I could imagine the setting and the characters so well and I could even feel the confusion that Mia felt. Amnesia must be a terribly frustrating thing to suffer from, having people around you know your past when you haven’t got a clue! You just wouldn’t know who to trust.
A phenomenal suspense thriller with a creepy edge to it, I highly recommend this book. As always, I can’t wait to read more from Shalini Boland.
‘I can’t remember anything. Not even my own name.’
When Mia James is washed up on a beautiful, sun-drenched beach she has no idea who she is or what happened to her. She doesn’t even recognise her own face – until her boyfriend, Piers, comes forward, providing her with an identity.
Piers is handsome and attentive, Mia’s home is huge and stylish, and her friends are eager to help her fill in the blanks. As Mia steps into the perfect life she was living before her accident, she should feel lucky to be alive. But she struggles to adjust, lost for words around people she is meant to know and love, grasping for clues about who she really is.
And as her memories slowly return, Mia realises something is very wrong. Her neighbours are avoiding her, her emails have all been wiped, and she is haunted by the face of a woman standing by the water. Too many things just don’t seem to add up and she begins to question those closest to her…
What if nearly drowning didn’t happen by accident?
How does she know who to trust, when she’s not even sure she can trust herself?
Links to purchase:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Sea-gripping-psychological-heart-pounding-ebook/dp/B07P6T1KZW/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+girl+from+the+sea&qid=1595458875&sprefix=the+girl+from+&sr=8-1
About the author
Shalini Boland is the million-copy, USA-Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers: ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned for TV by Legendary Studios), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, ‘THE CHILD NEXT DOOR’, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’, ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’, ‘THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL’ and ‘THE OTHER DAUGHTER’. ONE OF US IS LYING is out now! Her titles are published by Bookouture, Grand Central (USA), and Tantor. Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and sorting endless baskets of laundry). Be the first to hear about her new releases here: http://eepurl.com/b4vb45
Addictive, Awesome, Amazing! An absolute must-read this summer!
Wow! I absolutely loved this book. If I could give it six stars I would.
Best friends Orla and Kate head off for a girly weekend in Lisbon. New mum Orla has visions of sightseeing and lie-ins, but newly single Kate has other ideas! After enjoying a meal and plenty of drinks on their first night in the city, Kate drags Orla to a club determined to party the night away.
Not used to drinking, Orla wakes up the following morning with a very patchy memory of what happened the night before. She stumbles around the apartment looking for Kate, only to find that she’s not there! When she doesn’t return in time for their E-Cycle tour, Orla really begins to worry.
We follow Orla on her quest to find her friend and try to piece together the events from the night before!
Clear your diary, because once you start reading this story, you will not be able to stop! With more twists than a slinky toy, each one more shocking than the last, I highly recommend this sizzling summer thriller!
The story is ingeniously plotted and no matter how hard I tried to work things out, I didn’t! I think this is the thriller I wish I wrote.
This is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Alderson and it most definitely won’t be the last.
Thank you so much to Sarah Alderson, Avon Books UK & NetGalley for my ARC of this book.
Publication date July 23rd 2020. Link to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weekend-Away-thriller-guaranteed-guessing-ebook/dp/B082PRRDM7/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+weekend+away+sarah+alderson&qid=1594847367&sprefix=the+weekend+awa&sr=8-1
Two friends go on holiday. Only one comes back.
If you loved The Holiday, get ready for your new obsession…
Orla and Kate have been best friends forever. Together they’ve faced it all – be it Orla’s struggles as a new mother or Kate’s messy divorce. And whatever else happens in their lives, they can always look forward to their annual weekend away.
This year, they’re off to Lisbon: the perfect flat, the perfect view, the perfect itinerary. And what better way to kick things off in style than with the perfect night out?
But when Orla wakes up the next morning, Kate is gone. Brushed off by the police and with only a fuzzy memory of the night’s events, Orla is her friend’s only hope. As she frantically retraces their steps, Orla makes a series of shattering discoveries that threaten everything she holds dear. Because while Lisbon holds the secret of what happened that night, the truth may lie closer to home…
About the author
Sarah is a British born, LA based screenwriter and author.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and toddler daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
Her first psychological thriller, FRIENDS LIKE THESE, was out in December 2018, published by Mulholland Books.
Her books have appeared in translation in Germany, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Poland.
You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@sarahalderson) and at http://www.sarahalderson.com
A Fantastic, enthralling read, that will keep you guessing from beginning to end!
Well, I was certainly a ‘woman on the edge’ of her seat reading this book. The opening chapter is a jaw-dropper when Morgan is passed a baby on the platform of the subway by a woman who then proceeds to jump in front of a train. If that isn’t enough to draw you in straight away, then I don’t know what is!
The police are quickly suspicious that there is more to this than suicide and poor Morgan becomes prime suspect number one!
The chapters alternate between Morgan and Nicole. We follow Morgan as she tries to clear her name and get to the bottom of why this stranger did what she did, and we follow Nicole from the birth of her baby up to that fateful day on the platform!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. With page after page of nail-biting twists and turns, but also some heart-wrenching moments too, it really does make for an unputdownable read! I really felt for both women and desperately wanted to help them, and I was suspicious of everyone around them. I loved that the story was fast-paced as I never once lost interest and each chapter always left a little cliff-hanger, so I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.
This book is a debut for this author and what a cracking debut it is, I can’t wait to see what Samantha writes next.
In a split second, Morgan’s life changes for ever. A stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of a train.
Morgan has never seen the woman before and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life.
When the police question Morgan, she discovers none of the witnesses can corroborate her version of events. And when they learn Morgan longs for a baby of her own, she becomes a suspect.
To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically tries to retrace the last days of the woman’s life. She begins to understand that Nicole Markham believed she and her baby were in danger. Now Morgan might be in danger, too.
Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia?
Or is something much darker going on?
About the Author
Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based journalist and freelance editor, and the bestselling author of Woman on the Edge. Her work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Village Post, and Oxford University Press, among other publications. She was a writer-in-residence for Kobo Writing Life at BookExpo America 2013. She is the cofounder of BookBuzz, a promotional and interactive author-reader event held in New York City and Toronto. Connect with her on Twitter @SBaileyBooks and on her website at http://www.SamanthaMBailey.com.
A twisty and atmospheric Cornish tale full of secrets and lies!
Hannah has pretended that she is in love with her husband Nathan for years now. Day after day, she plays the perfect housewife, preparing his favourite meals and keeping the house tidy, as well as looking after their son. She attends Nathans work events as the dutiful wife and never moans that she is not allowed her own bank account, credit card, or even allowed to learn to drive.
Why does she put up with his gaslighting ways? Why does she stay with him, when she’s never really liked him, let alone loved him? These are questions that plagued me throughout this book, but ones that are answered as the story progresses.
The chapters are mainly written from Hannah’s perspective, but some chapters are told from the POV of Nathan and also Cam, who is someone from Hannah’s past. I found the pace quite slow, to begin with, but it soon picks up and I found myself wanting to read on, needing to know what had happened in Hannah’s past and what led her to lead such a sad life with a mentally abusive husband.
This is a very good domestic thriller and what I most loved about it was the description used. It was so atmospheric I could literally smell the sea salt in the air and the storm scenes on the boat played out in my head like a movie. I was almost seasick! What a talent to be able to write so well that you are able to draw your readers right into the story. It probably helps that I lived my teenage years in Cornwall, so it was easy to use my imagination throughout this book.
I really loved the references to a Storm Glass in this story. Something that was quite sentimental to Hannah. I’d not heard of one before but have since enjoyed looking online at different ones you can get. I have even come across a bird-shaped one like in the book, that I think I’m going to buy. Every time I look at it, it will remind me of this book 😊
I guessed part of the outcome but found other bits shocking and surprising, and I loved the way the story was left at the end.
Thank you very much to Amanda Jennings, HQ & NetGalley for my advanced copy of his book.
Publication date 23rd July 2020. Here is the link to pre-order/purchase – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-Amanda-Jennings/dp/0008287066/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+storm+amanda+jennings&qid=1593879211&sprefix=the+storm+a&sr=8-1
To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home it’s a very different story. Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him? Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told.
But the past is about to catch up with them.
Set against the unforgiving backdrop of a Cornish fishing port in the ‘90s, this is a devastating exploration of the power of coercive control in a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems…
About the author
Amanda Jennings lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, three daughters, and a menagerie of animals. She studied History of Art at Cambridge and before writing her first book, was a researcher at the BBC. With a deep fascination for the far-reaching effects of trauma, her books focus on the different ways people find to cope with loss, as well as the moral struggles her protagonists face. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found walking the dog. Her favourite place to be is up a mountain or beside the sea.
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