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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Strangers by C. L. Taylor

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My Review

A gripping psychological thriller with twists galore!

Have you ever read a book that has you hooked on the first page? A story so addictive, it draws you in and you can’t stop thinking about it. Even when you’re not reading it!! In fact, daily tasks in life become a real inconvenience as you just want to hide away with your book! Well, this is one of those for sure!!

This book is about three different people with three different stories. All strangers to each other.

Alice is single, lives with her grown-up daughter and works as a manager of a women’s fashion shop. She meets Simon after a nasty incident and hopes a relationship is on the horizon, but who is stalking her and why? Initially, I felt Alice came across as weak and needy but I think that stems from her being lonely and just wanting some company. She’s a likeable character and shows her brave side at times too.

Ursula is grieving for the man she loved and thinks she killed! She works each day as a delivery driver but has no home to call her own and no family or friends. She does seem to have an eye for things that don’t belong to her though! Ursula comes across as quite lonely and desperate but she has a terribly sad past and actually has a really caring side. With a questionable landlord, she also shows she has a ballsy side to her. She’s definitely my favourite character.

Gareth seems to be that sad, lonely; middle-aged man who still lives with his mum. No partner or friends, just an ever-expanding waistline! His days are monotonous, working as a security guard in a shopping centre and visiting McDonald’s for tea. Never judge a book by its cover though. Gareth is actually a really sweet guy who loves his mum and just wants to protect and care for her. So when he finds strange postcards in the house addressed to his mum, he’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

The three stories are really quite separate from each other, so I couldn’t imagine how the characters lives would collide. My mind was definitely working in overdrive trying to guess what was going to happen.

The way the chapters change between characters and their stories is genius as it leaves so many cliffhangers. Other characters also pop up throughout the book causing constant suspicions and plenty of OMG moments 😮.

So if you’re a ‘stranger’ to C. L Taylor’s books, then don’t be! I was and can’t believe this was my first book by this amazing author! It certainly won’t be my last!

Thank you to C. L Taylor, Avon Books and Net Galley for my ARC of this book .

Book Description

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.

Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.

And Alice is being stalked.

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

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

About the author

C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Her 2019 novel, Sleep, was a Richard and Judy pick. C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son.

This title will be released on 2nd April 2020. Link to pre-order https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strangers-gripping-Sunday-Times-bestseller-ebook/dp/B07WRFJV43/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=strangers+cl+taylor&qid=1579739250&sprefix=strangers+&sr=8-1

Eden

Photo courtesy of J Hardy Carroll

Ellie strolled through the Mediterranean biome, admiring everything from the lemon groves to the huge sprouting Aloe Vera.

Visiting the Eden Project was everything she’d hoped it would be. Ellie checked her watch, it was getting late. Lost in the beauty of her surroundings, the time had just melted away.

Following the path, Ellie thought how quiet it seemed. In fact, she couldn’t remember when she last saw anyone!

Fear fluttered in her stomach as she reached the exit, something didn’t feel right. Sweat beading on her forehead; salty on her lips, Ellie pulled the door handle.

It was locked…

So this is my 2nd week joining in with the Friday Fictioneers. It’s amazing how creative you can get with one picture and a limit of 100 words. I hope you enjoy my story about Ellie at Eden.

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for leading the Friday Fictioneers and thank you to J Hardy Carroll for the photo prompt.😊

Sunset at the marina

As the sunsets over the marina, Sam watches his wife Lucy from a safe distance. Staggering out of the bar, her head tilted back; laughing hysterically whilst clinging to the arm of another man.

They head to a nearby camper van. Lucy falls at the steps, still giggling. Sam’s Jaw tightens, his gloved fists clench, anger pulsing through his veins.

Suddenly two loud bangs fill the air. Sam watches as Lucy and the man drop to the floor. Satisfied with his revenge, a smile forms across Sams face as he casually turns and walks away.

Friday Fictioneers 10th January 2020

This is my first attempt at Friday Fictioneers and at writing a story really! I’d love to write my own novel one day so thought this was a good place to start! I hope it’s not too terrible 😂

Thank you Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for letting me join in 😊

Photo prompt ©️https://ceayr.com/

Top 10 reads of 2019!

To all fellow book lovers I thought I’d share my top 10 reads of 2019. If there’s any you’ve not read then definitely give them a go. 📖

In no particular order they are…..
📖 My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. 📖 Now You See Her by Heidi Perks 📖 The Family by Louise Jensen 📖Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald (This one is coming out in February 2020) 📖 I Looked Away by Jane Corry 📖I Dare You by Sam Carrington 📖The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland 📖I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll 📖Seven Days by Alex Lake 📖The Dilemma by B A Paris

Feel free to comment if you’ve read any, I’d love to know what you thought 😀

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