The Storytellers By Caron McKinley

The Storytellers By Caron McKinley

Trapped between life and the afterlife, three women meet and share their stories while discovering the truth about the men in their lives—and about themselves.

Suspended in an eerie state of limbo, an entity called the Gatekeeper tells Nikki, Ronnie, and Mrs. Hawthorne they are on the cusp of entering the afterlife—but only if the women can persuade him that in their earthly lives, they knew the meaning of love.

Fragments of their memories return, plunging them back into their pasts, and forcing them to face the desires, disappointments, addictions, lies, and obsessions they battled in life.

But before time runs out, will they find the answer to the ultimate question: what is love?

My Thoughts:

This was such a good read, I found it completely compelling and mysterious. From the first chapter I knew I was going to enjoy this book very much and I really did. I loved all the characters and I felt as though I was there with them cheering them on. The story itself is one that makes you think what you would do in that situation and what the outcome would be. Caron the author has a brilliant way with words and I can see this book becoming very popular. I cannot wait to see what Caron writes about next.

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See No Evil By David Fennell

See No Evil By David Fennell

Two men are found dead in London’s Battersea Park. One of the bodies has been laid out like a crucifix – with his eyes removed and placed on his open palms.

Detective Inspector Grace Archer and her caustic DS, Harry Quinn, lead the investigation. But when more bodies turn up in a similar fashion, they find themselves in a race against time to find the sadistic killer.

The hunt leads them to Ladywell Playtower in Southeast London, the home to a religious commune lead by the enigmatic Aaron Cronin. Archer and Quinn suspect Cronin’s involvement but his alibis are watertight, and the truth seemingly buried. If Archer is to find the killer, she must first battle her way through religious fanatics, London gangsters – and her own demons . . .

My Thoughts:

This was a fantastic serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It has a good pace to it, it keeps you engaged and makes you want to read on to find out what is going to happen. I read this book in the space of an afternoon, I felt compelled to find out who the killer was. I felt that this book was addictive and well written, It had the suspense and tension that I love reading with a thriller but it was also very twisted and creepy in other parts. You will never guess the ending and I was completely blown away. I look forward to reading more of David’s books in the future.

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The Summer Fair By Heidi Swain

The Summer Fair By Heidi Swain

Join Heidi Swain back in Nightingale Square for a sunshine and celebration filled summer…
 
Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance.
 
The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.
 
Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

My Thoughts:

I loved returning to Nightingale Square in this story, I loved catching up with all the characters and meeting new ones. Heidi has a way of writing that is so comforting, and it is a perfect read to snuggle up with. It made me wish for better weather and to feel the sun on my face. I didn’t want to put this book down and I was sad when it finished so I re-read it again. The story is about Beth who after having a bit of a rough deal she moves to Nightingale Square, I loved how we get to know Beth more and how the community all rally round to make her feel welcome, if I ever moved that is where I would love to live. It sounds wonderful. It is not just what the community do for her but what she also does for them. It is such a heart warming story and I just loved it.

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The Game By Scott Kershaw

The Game By Scott Kershaw

Across the globe, five strangers receive a horrifying message from an unknown number.

THE PERSON YOU LOVE MOST IS IN DANGER.

To save them, each must play The Game – a sinister unknown entity that has a single rule: there can only be one winner.

IF YOU LOSE, YOUR LOVED ONE WILL DIE.

But what is The Game – and why have they been chosen?

There’s only one thing each of them knows for sure: they’ll do anything to win…

WELCOME TO THE GAME. YOU’VE JUST STARTED PLAYING.
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My Thoughts:

I love a story that is a bit different and unique and this certainly was but oh so good. Five strangers all receive a message from a unknown number but what it contains is truly shocking. The person you love is in danger so you have to play the game to save them or they will die. We meet each of the five strangers and a little of their back ground and then we really get into the nitty gritty of what the game involves and it is not a pretty sight, it is a thought provoking story that chilled me to the bone, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way, full of suspense and intrigue that will have you up all night wondering who will die and who will live. Such a cleverly written story and one that I would highly recommend.

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Little Nothings By Julie Mayhew

Little Nothings By Julie Mayhew

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Liv Travers never knew real friendship until she met fellow mums Beth and Binnie. The three women become inseparable as they muddle through early parenthood together.

Then along comes Ange. Ambitious, wealthy and somehow able to do it all.

Under Ange’s guiding presence, the group finds new vigour and fresh aspirations – bigger houses, better schools, dinners at exclusive restaurants. But Liv can’t keep up and is increasingly edged out.

When the four families take a three-week trip to a luxurious holiday resort, Liv seizes the opportunity to reclaim her place at the heart of the group, only to discover the true, devastating cost of a friendship with Ange.

My Thoughts:

When I read the blurb for this book, I was intrigued to see where the story would lead. It is set over a holiday to the Greek Island and is all about how women can be perceived and their relationships with one another, how everything can be fine one minute and then with a blink of an eye can turn sour. It was a very intriguing tale that makes you think about what you would do if you were in that situation and would you go with your gut or not. For me it was an eye opener seeing how Liv was so desolate to keep her friends that what she does actually shocked me so much. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I didn’t have a clue what was going to happen, full of suspense and tension, this is well worth a read.

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Twelve Days in May By Niamh Hargan

Twelve Days in May By Niamh Hargan

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

My Thoughts:

This is the perfect read for the holidays, it is a perfect pick me up with a sizzling romance and a past that no one wants to remember and it is all set at the Cannes Festival, which is the ideal setting for a great story. I found it an easy and light read about two people who haven’t seen each other for a long time but will sparks fly when they are reunited or will what happened in the past get in the way? full of a mixed bunch of characters, this story will make you wish you were there in the beautiful sunshine with a glass of champagne to sip on. A great read from a debut author, Niamh is one to watch out for in the future.

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The Burning Question By Linda Regan

The Burning Question By Linda Regan

When an arson attack strikes in south London, leaving three people dead, it quickly becomes clear that the youngest victim, Danielle Low, was the intended target.

With no clear motive, and the killer at large, DCI Banham must act fast. But working with his partner, DI Alison Grainger, has its own challenges that threaten to stall the investigation. Then another body is found in similar circumstances and he knows that there is someone far more sinister at work.

As they begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, the case unexpectedly leads close to home and with time of the essence, and the killer always one step ahead, can DCI Banham and his team work together to put a stop to the depravity before another life is lost?

My Thoughts:

I liked this book very much, it was a brilliant Detective Crime Thriller that kept me enthralled the whole way through. This book is part of the DCI Banham series and is book five but can be read as a standalone, I now want to read all the other books as this one was extremely good. I loved following a DCI around and finding out snippets about police work, it made me feel really involved in the story. It was a really good story to follow, I liked DCI Banham and some of the other characters too, it is not for the faint hearted, but it is a fast paced thriller and one that kept me on my toes.

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A Little Hope By Ethan Joella

A Little Hope By Ethan Joella

In the small city of Wharton, Connecticut, lives are beginning to unravel. A husband betrays his wife. A son struggles with addiction. A widow misses her late spouse. At the heart of these interlinking stories is one couple: Freddie and Greg Tyler. Greg has just been diagnosed with a brutal form of cancer. He intends to handle this the way he has faced everything else: through grit and determination. But can he successfully overcome his illness?

How will the Freddie and their daughter cope if he doesn’t? How do the other residents of Wharton learn to live with loss and find happiness again? Celebrating the grace in everyday life, this powerful debut immerses the reader in a community of friends, family, and neighbours and identifies the ways that love and forgiveness can help us survive even the most difficult of life’s challenges.

My Thoughts:

If you are after a fantastic book this is the book you should read. The characters in this book are sublime, they are real life situations that you feel as though you can connect with atleast one of them. I felt compelled to find out what was going to happen, it is a thought provoking read that I felt as though if you can help someone out by doing something nice for them then it gives them a little bit of hope. I found this such a powerful novel and I cannot wait to read it again. I look forward to reading more of Ethan’s books in the future.

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Ocean State By Stewart O’Nan

Ocean State By Stewart O’Nan

When I was in eighth grade my sister helped kill another girl.

For the Oliviera family – mum Carol, daughters Angel and Marie – autumn 2009 in the once-prosperous beach town of Ashaway, Rhode Island is the worst of times. Money is tight, Carol can’t stay away from unsuitable men, Angel’s world is shattered when she learns her long-time boyfriend Myles has been cheating on her with classmate Birdy, and Marie is left to fend for herself. As Angel and Birdy, both consumed by the intensity of their feelings for Myles, careen towards a collision both tragic and inevitable, the loyalties of Carol and Marie will be tested in ways they could never have foreseen.

My Thoughts:

I was trying to think how I could best describe this book and the way I would describe it would be quirky, not that it is a bad thing, Stewart has turned a story into a beautiful and complex heartbreak of humans. It is a superb read, one that now I have finished reading it, I feel as though I want to go back for more. The women in this story are all so powerful in their own right and I felt as though I wanted to reach out and protect them. I need to read more of Stewart’s books now. This was a stunning first ever book by Stewart and I cannot wait to read more by him.

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The Florentine By Tom Trott

The Florentine By Tom Trott

When Cain retired from the CIA, he moved to Florence, Italy to get away from his past.

He’s had nine years to enjoy fine wine, good food, and the Tuscan countryside.

But now his old boss has tracked him down, and he needs Cain to do one last job.

What starts as a simple trade entangles Cain in a web of secrets involving the mafia, an NSA whistleblower, and his own past.

With the Italian police and international assassins on his trail, he’ll have to survive the night to solve the mystery of who wants him dead.

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to this story, and it was brilliant. A fast paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not predict what was going to happen and because of that I found it a brilliant story. Cain is the main character who has moved away to reside in Italy, he has ghosts from his past that he would rather forget but moving to Italy has been life changing for him until his old boss wants him to do a job for him for the very last time. But does Cain really want to risk his life for it? who wants him dead? It was a great paced thriller, with some very mysterious and interesting characters, a great book to curl up with and forget about the world.

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