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Today on my blog I have the pleasure of sharing my review from one of the gems that the amazing publisher Louise Walters has brought to life through her skills and hard work . One of only twelve books she has nurtured and helped the authors to achieve the goal of getting their books published. Having read other books she has published I knew there would be a treat waiting for me and there was. Once you have read my review for this book I highly recommend that you not only buy it but check go out other books that Louise has on her website.

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It was Woman’s Hour who suggested I keep a diary. They said it was good for mental health, and I must say I did feel much less frazzled after writing everything down yesterday. The frustrations were all still there, but somehow smoothed out – as if by a really good steam iron.”

Mrs Narwhal is overwhelmed. Her husband, Hugh, is unkind and unhappy – working every hour at a job he hates to save the ancestral home he never wanted. Then there’s Hugh’s sister, Rose, who’s spurned her one true love, and ricochets from crisis to crisis; and not to mention two small boys to bring up safely in a house that could crumble around their ears at any moment…

When Hugh’s pride receives a fatal blow, and he walks out, Mrs Narwhal is plunged into a crisis of both heart and home. With help from Rose she sets out to save the house her husband couldn’t. But can she save her marriage? And does she really want Hugh back?

Funny, charming, and moving, Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is an irresistible story which will enchant and delight its readers.

BOOK REVIEW

Mrs Narwhal is a woman on the edge, she is juggling keeping her family happy, a home over their head and with a husband who seems to want to bury his head in the sand. Writing her thoughts down seems to give her a release for all the frustrations she is feeling and for her to help put things into some sort of order. The home she shares with Hugh has been in the family for many generations but time has proven a bad bedfellow for it and its crumbling around them. How on earth can she keep it viable with little or no income and does she even want to. Her sister in law Rose is going through her own issues but helping Mrs Narwhal with her home has given her a new purpose.

What a wonderfully enjoyable way to spend a wet afternoon being a spectator to the life of the Narwhal family. The book just ambled along through the life and tribulations that Mrs Narwhal faced as her life seemed to take a huge nose dive. Yet she came out fighting to a certain extent and wont allow it all to swamp her. Mrs Narwhal is a ferocious, indomitable character and no matter what life is throwing at her she seems to come in to her own as events threaten to overtake her. The book seemed to me to be a more grown up version of the Bridget Jones style of books. It’s funny, easy reading and full of snippets of joy at the small things that fill everyone’s day. The sitting out at night watching the stars, rolling your kids in a barrel and standing up for what you feel is best for those you love. Life might throw up a lot of issues but coming through them can make you stronger in yourself and in the life you share with others. Should you be doubting that then this book will help reaffirm your belief that even on the darkest days the sun will shine once again.

My thanks to Emma Welton for having me on the blog tour and to Louise Walters for bringing the book to us the readers.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S J Norbury lives in Herefordshire with her family. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is her first novel.

 

 

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#BLOGTOUR #TheFinalTwist @JefferyDeaver @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours #ColterShaw

Today on my blog I have the pleasure of sharing my review of the latest Colter Shaw book THE FINAL TWIST by the international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver. As always was not disappointed for the author delivers yet another scorching read. Find out my thoughts as you read on.

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Twist left.

Unique Investigator Colter Shaw is searching for the answer to his father’s final, posthumous riddle. It will lead him to evidence that will topple the secretive espionage company, BlackBridge.

Twist right.

He believes BlackBridge to be responsible for his father’s murder and brother’s disappearance. They can outmanoeuvre anyone, as the long trail of bodies behind them can confirm. But they haven’t yet met Colter Shaw.

Don’t slip up.

This time the stakes are huge – the fate of a nation is in Colter’s hands. He must find the solution as to why his father died – but to do that he needs to stay alive…

BOOK REVIEW

Colter Shaw is a loner , he travels the country in a camper van or by bike solving mysteries for a price. Raised by parents who taught him and his siblings how to survive at all costs he now has given himself the task of hunting down the truth behind his fathers death. While hunting for clues he takes on a missing persons case and as both searches heat up he finds help from the unlikeliest of sources. Will he finally put to rest the ghost of his father ? Will the clues lead him to what he seeks or will the truth elude him yet again. Those he his up against run a huge corporation that will stop at nothing to beat him to the truth even murder is not beyond their remit. Can Colter prove elusive and devious enough to stay beyond their reach ?

There are a lot of questions thrown up there yet to find the answers you need to read the book as spoilers are a no no. An explosive thriller straight from the pen of a master story teller. One who can conjure from his imagination characters that will come to life across the pages of his books. Characters that appear fully formed from the first page, he has no need to nurture them through several escapades before we the reader click with them. They seem to burst from his mind and onto the pages to engage the reader with their courage, ethics , morals and ability to have us empathise with them. Colter is one such a character , a man with faults yet they are outweighed by all he does to help those around him. An action packed, seat of your pants thriller that keeps you not only glued to the pages but offers up yet another satisfying chapter in the characters life so far. I look forward to more afternoons curled up with Colter Shaw as the series grows and more adventures dog his footsteps.

My thanks to Anne Cater for having me on the tour and Netgalley for my copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are published in 150 countries worldwide, selling 50 million copies.

His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.

A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.

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Singapore, 1948

 

When Miranda steps onto the pier with her husband Gerry at Singapore she hopes that this will be a fresh start; a chance to run from her darkest secret, and heal the scars from her past.

 

Gerry’s new role at the British foreign office affords a certain kind of lifestyle; a beautiful house, servants, and invites the best parties in town. But life in Singapore feels worlds apart from Miranda’s beloved home in England. True friends are hard to find in ex-pat society, and with Gerry spending all his time at work or drinking at the club, she loses hope that Singapore would save their marriage. So when Miranda meets kind-hearted Nick Wythenshaw, when volunteering at the local hospital, she begins to realise the depth of her own unhappiness, and dares to hope for more…

 

Meanwhile, riots are erupting across the region, and Singapore is becoming an increasingly dangerous place to be British. As the danger draws ever closer to home, Miranda must make the toughest decision she has ever had to face – to choose between duty and happiness, and risk ruin.

BOOK REVIEW

A boat journey to a whole new world and hopefully a fresh start is what Miranda is about to embark on with her husband Gerry. Leaving behind a cold and blustery England for a new lie in exotic Singapore. A life of heat and new friends awaits after the six weeks at sea. Gerry has a job in the foreign office and she will be a lady of leisure with plenty of time to make friends and be a hostess for her husband. Miranda leaves behind a secret and takes with her a broken heart. Will Singapore be the cure her heart needs to mend and move on , she can only hope it is. Amongst her new friends and neighbours she meets a young doctor trying to do his best amongst the poor amid harsh conditions and little funding. Helping him out at his clinic seems to be helping Miranda move on. Yet her moving on come to means so much more than mending her broken heart it means analysing herself and the life she has and is she really living her best life.

For a few miserable wet hours in England I was transported to the exotic , humid world of Miranda in Singapore. Amongst the heat and lushness of her surroundings I spent my time cocooned from the pout side world. This is a wonderful love story set against a time of upheaval and decorum that restricted those involved. Women couldn’t discuss their feelings and their husbands tried to dictate their lives especially in the eyes of society. Miranda was trapped in her own despair and eventually her marriage with seemingly no hope left. Yet love can conquer mountains or in this case life in general and blossom with new roots with another. A tranquil book that will keep you enchanted and engrossed . A book I binge read in an afternoon where even the fella’s grouching at the tv could not pierce my blissful bubble of reading.

My thanks to Isabelle Ralph for inviting me on the tour and Netgalley for my copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Greenlees has an undergraduate degree in English and European Thought and Literature, and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. She spent three years living in Singapore surrounded by the history and culture that provided the inspiration for her first novel, Journey to Paradise.

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The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’.

For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means.

Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple.

Then she squeezes the trigger and disappears – leaving behind her wallet and keys.

The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making . . .

Praise for Geiger:

‘Exciting, extremely clever, incredible. An instant classic.’ – TOM MARCUS, author of SOLDIER SPY

An astonishing, assured and terrifying debut . . . Remarkable’ – DAVID YOUNG, author of STASI CHILD

‘Tense enough that your muscles will ache by the end’ – HELEN FIELDS, author of PERFECT REMAINS

An intriguing masterpiece that keeps you guessing right to the end’ – Jo, Netgalley Reviewer

*Translated from Swedish by Ian Giles*

BOOK REVIEW

One seemingly innocuous word has the power to spark the ignition to a turn of events that has been years in the making. Agneta answers the phone after waving her family off to hear the code word that will see her life explode around her. After kissing her husband goodbye she kills him then disappears leaving no clues to the who or why Stellan was murdered. Enter Sara a childhood friend of the family and now a police officer working the vice squad. Feeling compelled to uncover the truth she goes her own way to squirrel out clues to the whole sorry affair. What she uncovers will take her on a journey back in time to not only her childhood but also the former lives of those involved.

A slow burning thriller that sets out to keep the reader not only engrossed but ignorant of the truth until the very end. With two very strong female leads it tells the story from both sides of the coin. The killer and the hunter, how they have come to this time in their lives and what has shaped their destinies. It peels away the story inches at a time to give the reader a fully immersive experience of the plot. The author gives us insights into the mindset of the women as the case moves foreword so we know what their motivations are for what they are doing. As the story heads towards its climax the pace picks up and its intensity increases. A gripping debut novel that will tempt those who enjoyed books in the style of ‘ I AM PILGRIM ‘ .

My thanks to Tracy Fenton and Netgalley for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

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Preston, 1981. Maud, who is twelve and lives with her dysfunctional parents and her elder brother, spends a lot of her time in her bedroom writing letters to her favourite popstar, Tom Harding, the lead singer of a punk band called Horsefly.

No one really understands her or tries to – and she thinks Tom just might have some answers to her many, many questions…

BOOK REVIEW

Dear Tom or other forms of affection are used by Maud as she writes to her pop star idol Tom Harding lead singer for Horesefly. Maud is a teen going through an horrific time at home and with her life in general and pouring her heart out in word to Tom proves to be a release and escape from it all. Maud feels comfortable enough to talk books, school, home life and even sexual experiences. The words just flow and in some way writing to him keep her sane as she comes to terms with how her life is treating her at the time. We follow her over a series of months and letters as a teen then to adulthood where we rejoin her and find out how life is now treating her.

Where to start with writing my review for this wonderfully funny, sad, poignant tale of teen woe. Maud is resourceful, bright , witty, funny and very intelligent young woman. This was a brilliant account of her quest to not only find herself but keep herself sane at the same time while all around her life was incredibly hard. It was almost as if the author had been in my mind invading my memories as I drew so many parallels with my own teenage years. It was the smallest details that seemed to resonate with me too not just the book as a whole. The description of Maud having to keep sewing the split on the back of her skirt as it was her only school skirt , wow I’ve been there too and even had to use a different colour cotton. The book just flew by as i was taken back in time to a different era and one i grew up in. The book was just a wonderfully insightful look into the mind of a young girl on the brink of great things whose background whilst grim did not diminish the sparks of hope she held. Hopes and dreams that in writing to her hero helped her to navigate the life she was living. It gives the reader a sense of purpose and there being a light at the end of what can sometimes be a dark tunnel. Never be afraid to reach out to someone to ask all the questions you really want an answer to you might just be surprised at the results.

My thanks to Emma Welton for my copy of the book , as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zena Barrie lives in Manchester and runs the Greater Manchester Fringe and the Camden Fringe. She ran the Kings Arms pub and Theatre in Salford for a while and also the Etcetera Theatre in Camden, as well as working in a wide variety of roles at the Edinburgh Fringe (from street performer to venue manager). In the 90s she did a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts specialising in playwriting. Up until recently she has been co-hosting the award winning spoken word night Verbose. She is also one half of performance art duo The Sweet Clowns. Your Friend Forever is her first novel.

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#Books-On-Tour #ThirdKill #bookouture @JohnRyder101 @nholten40 @bookouture

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In a city of sinners, a killer is hunting…

Las Vegas, Nevada: a killer is on the hunt.

When the two of the city’s crime bosses are found brutally murdered within days of each other, the fragile balance of Sin City threatens to collapse. It’s exactly what the killer wants…

But there is one thing this killer hasn’t counted on…

Grant Fletcher has been sent to Vegas by a shady government agency. He has one job: find the killer, and stop them before more people die. Stop them, by any means.

Would you send a desperate man to find a vigilante killer?

It looks like a dangerous gamble. But what neither the killer—nor the government agency—know is that the odds are never good unless you’ve got Fletcher on your side.

Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and J.B. Turner’s Jon Reznick will love the Grant Fletcher series.

BOOK REVIEW

Fletcher is back on the ground alongside his FBI cohort Zoe Quadrado and this time the killing ground is Las Vargas. A female assassin nicknamed the Mantis is on a killing spree and she is after all the big shot casino owners. No one knows what she looks like or how she is managing to evade the law. This is what Fletcher is good at finding those the law cannot. Their handler Sotor is on their case as the body count rises on an almost daily basis and she has no mercy for those in her way. Yet she somehow knows that Fletcher and are after her and she threatens their loved ones which Fletcher will never allow to happen.

Another stupendous thriller that explodes with thrills and chills from the first few paragraphs. An nearly invisible assassin that can fade away keeps not only Fletcher on the case but us as readers. I wanted to know more and more as the case progressed and she proved to be ever more elusive. The tension just kept pulling me further and further into Fletcher’s world as i was rooting for him to succeed. Fletcher is a ruthless killer that we do know from previous books but he has a moral compass that prevents him from killing without good cause. For him to be on the trail of someone who kills for pay and seemingly pleasure does not sit well with him. Fletcher is a clinical thinker and we get to share his thought processes as the investigation takes off and he starts to see clues that others didn’t. He is a great investigative all action hero whose books just pulse with adrenaline packed pages.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of the book and Noelle Holton for having me on the tour. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.

When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.

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Behind bars, the rules are different…

Prison Officer Jim Dalton is used to walking the landings on the male side of HMP Peterborough. It’s a dangerous place, fuelled by testosterone-driven violence, but he’s done the job for a long time. He understands the unwritten rules, and he has the prisoners’ respect. 

When a relative is sent to the jail, Dalton is transferred to the female side of the prison. His next shift is so easy, he can’t believe that the officers over there get paid the same wages. He sleeps well for the first time in years.

But when he is assigned to the young offenders’ wing, dealing with female prisoners no longer seems so simple.  As every day passes, and he gets to know the women better, he is slowly drawn in to new temptations, new traps and a new nightmare. One which could destroy everything.

Taking a break from his bestselling DI Barton series, Ross Greenwood returns with this shocking, page-turning and utterly compelling glimpse behind the bars of a women’s prison. From a man who walked the landings himself…

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BOOK REVIEW

Jim Dalton is a man struggling through life, his job is draining him and his family life is going down the toilet. Yet he still has to fulfil his obligations so he goes to work to try to keep the family afloat. His job as a prison warden is a tough and relentless slog as he tries to keep not only himself but the prisoners safe on a daily basis. A temporary transfer to the female wing might just be the rest his soul craves. Less tension , less stress and fewer prisoners. Unfortunately looking after the female prisoner is a whole new ball game to him and its not long before working with them affects him more than if he was on the male wing. He is a softy at heart and the women’s stories and struggles start to get under his skin. Try as he might he is on a losing battle with his conscience and the demands say that the job places on him.

A total change of pace from the author who has taken a leap away from his usual crime thrillers to tell the story of a prison officer. A story of one mans struggle to weigh up what the justice system has to offer to those it incarcerates. A sensitive telling of the vicious cycle that offenders suffer from being part of the justice system . A system we need yet can penalise those who might benefit from a bit more hope and understanding. A gritty and tense book that while it keeps the reader grasped in its pages as it follows Jim’s story there is a small ray of hope that starts to bloom. As the book progresses it starts to feel hopeful for some of its characters even in their darkest hours the tenacity of some of those he is in charge of who want to do more, be better and make a new life gives the book a lift. Yet we cant stray away from the fact that Jim is a man , looking after cooped up females that have Damaged, Ruined and Broken souls and who will do anything to achieve their goals either on the inside or later on the outside. A piece of wonderful fiction that has its roots in the authors own experiences of the life and trials of a prison officer, experiences that give the book wings to fly and achieve best seller status.

My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Sources for my invitation on the tour and Boldwood Books for my copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough and his first title for Boldwood – the beginning of a series – The Snow Killer was published in November 2019.

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Your daughter is missing. Did someone close to you take her?

Seven-year-old Beatrice has gone missing. Her mother Claire’s whole world has been turned upside down in just one moment and she can’t stop shaking. She’s desperate to find her precious daughter, but nothing about the day she disappeared makes sense…

The mother-in-law: Jill was meant to be looking after Beatrice. She says she didn’t take her eyes off the little girl but her version of events doesn’t add up… Claire has never got on with her, so why should she trust her now?

The husband: He should have been with their only child. Instead, he changed the plans without telling Claire. She didn’t think there were any secrets between them, but maybe she was wrong?

The first wife: Laurel has always been jealous of Claire’s family. Has her husband’s ex-wife taken her daughter?

Which one of them is lying? And who really knows where Beatrice is?

From the million-copy bestselling author, this totally addictive psychological thriller will keep you guessing all the way to the final shocking twist. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.

BOOK REVIEW

A trip to the fair should be a magical exciting experience but for Jill is soon turns into a nightmare. She is momentarily distracted and her granddaughter Beatrice goes missing. What follows is a dramatic and frantic search for her to no avail and it leaves her parents Claire and Ollie bereft at the loss of their child. Who could possibly want to take and her just as importantly why . As the days roll on the police investigate various lines of investigation but seem to make no headway. It doesn’t help Claire’s state of mind that Ollie disappears every day and doesn’t tell her where and her relationship with Jill is even more fragile. Suspecting everyone Claire lurches from scenario to scenario not knowing who to listen to or to trust.

It’s a parents nightmare come true when a child goes missing , be it 5 seconds, 5 minutes or 5 years. The heart stopping terror you feel when you look and they are out there is an awful process to go through. That’s the fear that the author has imbued into the pages of the book, the terror, the helplessness and the fear they will never return. Add to that fear the nightmarish scenario that invades your mind that a bad person has them somewhere and you become overwhelmed and broken. All these feelings sweep you along in their wake as you follow the lives of Claire, Ollie and Jill as they wait for news of their missing child. Written from the POV of Claire and Jill it gives insight into their deepest fears and the frantic way their minds are working in order to retain some sense of hope. An book that builds up the tension,the fear and the dread page after page, yet you dare not put it down because you can’t walk away from it not knowing what is going to come next. A nail biter of a book that delivers one heck of an almighty great twist that will leave you open mouthed.

My thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and Sarah Hardy for my copy of the book and the invite to the Books-On-Tour. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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“ COME IN , TAKE A SEAT, TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS, I WONT TELL ANYONE I’M THE THERAPIST. “

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TELL ME YOUR SECRETS…

‘Tense and compulsive’ Louise Candlish, bestselling author of The Other Passenger

‘Suspicion, betrayal and dark secrets abound’ TM Logan, bestselling author of The Catch

‘A delicious web of lies’ Jane Corry, bestselling author of I Made a Mistake

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating, grisly secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…

The million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author B A Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in this powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.

Praise for The Therapist:

‘Alice’s smart new home in The Circle comes with a nightmarish secret in B A Paris’s tense and compulsive new thriller – I gobbled it up in two sittings’ Louise Candlish

‘Suspicion, betrayal and dark secrets abound in this tense story – all hidden just beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect suburban life’ TM Logan

‘A delicious web of lies. Be prepared for your head to spin and your fingers to fly!’ Jane Corry

‘B A Paris is the queen of psychological thrillers and her latest does not disappoint’ My Weekly

‘This spooky thriller with excellent twists and a really fast-paced shock finale’ Heat

‘Totally hooked. Completely gripping’ Mel McGrath

‘A propulsive and deliciously dark page-turner. Perfectly paced and tightly plotted’ Lucy Clarke

‘Domestic suspense at its very best. An aspirational setting, an unsolved crime, a plethora of suspects and twisted allegiances at every turn … I loved it’ Caz Frear

‘Tense and suspenseful … a delicious slice of suburban noir shot through with secrets, lies, paranoia and the unsettling claustrophobia of a staunchly closed community’ Kia Abdullah

BOOK REVIEW

Alice and Leo are just starting out a new life living together after months of living apart. They move in to the perfect house in a gated community called The Circle ,where they can make a life and memories together. A dream that will soon turn sour for them both when Alice uncovers the fact that the house they love has a deadly past. A past that will come to haunt her days and fill her nights with terror. Leo tries to understand her worries but does he really believe that there is something wrong. Her new neighbours seem to be hiding things from her , or are they. Not knowing which of her neighbours she can trust she turns to an enigmatic private investigator to help her uncover the truth about the last occupants of the house. What she uncovers will rock not only her world but also that of those who live in The Circle.

Come on in , sit down , get comfy and open the pages of the book that will take you on a journey into the nightmarish life of Alice and Leo. Like a soothing hot black coffee it starts off just perfect , all hot and hopeful and full of wonderful flavour. As you get further in it starts to feel cold and harsh and you wonder if you dare finish it because once its ended there is no going back. It’s like that for Alice , her new life with Leo starts off with so much promise of only good times to come. The shine soon starts to wear off when she knows the truth of the house an the man she is living with . Like a cold cup of coffee her life has turned bitter and seemingly beyond redemption. The author captures with her words the tension that Alice feels as the discomfort seeps its way into her life. Compelled to carry on investigating she is caught up in a free fall of suspicion and distrust of those around her. Building up a picture of a fraught woman not knowing who to trust with carefully plotted scenes that leave you with a growing sense of unease. A feeling of unease I know I’ve felt when an unexpected noise wakes you or you feel the atmosphere of somewhere has changed because someone you cannot see has been there. All that just helps to build up a book that takes you on a journey into a dark twisted world that poor Alice is living in. Full of dark moments , tense and breathtakingly nerve tingling the book is a masterpiece of suspense and horrific mind games. It will leave you checking your doors are locked if you are alone and listening for unexpected sounds at night. Sleep with one ear open you never know who’s watching you sleep.

My thanks to Sian Baldwin and Blogger HQ for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back and The Dilemma. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as Sunday Times bestseller and a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband recently moved back to the UK. 
Her fifth novel The Therapist is out in April 2021

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BOOK BLURB

The tears began to flow. ‘I can’t do this on my own,’ Emily sobbed. ‘I don’t know how.’

When Emily’s husband dies in a terrible accident, she’s not the only wife he leaves behind.

Because, before their whirlwind romance and Emily’s discovery she was pregnant, Pete had been married to Caroline for more than twenty years. A devastating tragedy had torn them apart. But there was a part of Pete that had never fully left his first wife and a secret that would bind them together, forever.

Finding herself lonely, heartbroken, and forced to face life and motherhood alone – Emily is surprised that Caroline offers her support. But Emily knows she needs someone she can trust and rely on. Even if it’s the woman her husband loved before her.

A tentative friendship develops and their lives become entwined. Their bond grows ever stronger as Caroline steps in to help when Emily’s baby arrives unexpectedly early. But it’s not just Caroline hiding a secret. Both of the women who once loved Pete have things they can never admit, without risking a friendship that might be the only thing keeping them both afloat.

When grief begins to takes its toll on Emily, she feels sure that Caroline is the only person who can save her and baby Dylan… But should she trust the woman he loved before her – with her life… Or her child’s?

An utterly devastating, but ultimately uplifting, emotional women’s fiction novel about friendship, motherhood and loss. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Jojo Moyes.

BOOK REVIEW

Caroline used to have it all , a doting husband and a wonderful son until disaster struck and in one fell swoop her life will never be the same. Her and her husband Pete end up going there own ways as they move on from the tragedy. A meeting with her husband later on leaves her reeling with the revelation he’s remarried and is going to be a father again. His new wife Emily is struggling with impending motherhood when tragedy pushes her towards Caroline as they both mourn the man they both loved. Both women are carrying secrets that once told can never be untold and will lead them both down a path neither could have ever foreseen they would be walking down.

The death of a loved one is a difficult subject to write about yet the author has done it so eloquently with this book. Yes it’s about losing a loved one but there is so much more going on in the book too. There is love, loss, secrets, lies and eventually hope and new lives to live. A book I sat and read in one sitting as I felt pulled into the worlds of Caroline and Emily as they came together in loss. Compassion and gentleness filled the pages as tears and recriminations gave way to acceptance and hope. Family’s come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes they are fractured beyond recognition but loss made this family strong in the end. Proving there is a way forward and that while grief is all ways there it wont stay raw forever. Poignant and wonderfully written the book delivers a satisfying reward for opening its pages of a time well spent within the world of Caroline and Emily .

My thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bookouture for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Robinson is the author of several women’s fiction novels. She also blogs about the funny side of parenting and has contributed to podcasts such as Funny Women. Whilst her early novels are humorous, her recent work focuses on emotional themes and these novels are both heart-breaking and life affirming. Emma enjoys writing stories which explore the power of family and friendship in the most challenging circumstances.

Emma currently lives in Essex with a husband, two children and a small black dog.

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