Two Wrongs By Mel McGrath

Two Wrongs By Mel McGrath

One girl jumped.
And then another followed…

In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides – but are they something more sinister?

Honor is terrified that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really happened to the girls, she stumbles upon a link to a dark secret in her own past – one that she’s kept from her daughter.

Now Honor has the chance to avenge her child for the terrible events of years ago. But how far will she go to protect her daughter and right the wrongs done to her family?

My Thoughts:

I found this a dark and chilling read all wrapped up into a very cleverly written thriller. The book is set in Bristol where young women are dying but rather than suicide is something more happening to them? Honor’s daughter lives in Bristol ,will the same thing happen to her? through out the story we also discover more about Honor’s past, will her past finally catch up with her? can she save her daughter’s life? It is a very well executed story that left me thinking about it when I was not reading it. I look forward to Mel’s next book.

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The Dog Share By Fiona Gibson

The Dog Share By Fiona Gibson

Suzy Medley is having a bad day…

… when a shabby terrier turns up at her door. Just like Suzy, Scout has been abandoned, although only Suzy has been left with a financial mess and a business in tatters thanks to her ex.

Suzy takes Scout in and her chaotic world changes in unexpected ways: strangers have never been more welcoming and her teenage kids can’t wait to come home to visit.

Then a chance encounter on a windy Hebridean beach makes things more complicated, because Suzy isn’t the only one who needs a friend.

Scout has plenty of love to go round… but does Suzy?

My Thoughts:

If you want a feel good and uplifting read then this is the one for you, I love animals and there is a dog included in this story. Suzy’s day is going from bad to worse and she can’t see where she is going next until she meets an abandoned dog. Her kids had always wanted a dog but she didn’t have the time for one back then, now she is in a different place, she goes for it. This is a lovely story about friendship and how sometimes an animal coming into your life can be the best thing in life. I loved this story so much, it is uplifting and we all need that at the moment.

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Coming Home to Brightwater Bay By Holly Hepburn

Coming Home to Brightwater Bay By Holly Hepburn

On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?

My Thoughts:

What a lovely book to curl up with and forget about the outside world. I have not read many of Holly’s books but I will certainly be from now on, it was just what I needed. Merry is the main character who goes away to write a book, she meets many interesting characters along the way but feels a fraud as she has only come away as she has writers block, not able to tell anyone she begins her journey by living in a clifftop cottage in the Orkney Islands. She hopes she can get some writing done being away from people but the locals are keen to get to know her maybe some more than others. The Orkney Islands are some where I have always wanted to go and haven’t read any books set there, it was the perfect winter warmer for me. It was pure escapism.

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Invisible Girl By Lisa Jewell

Invisible Girl By Lisa Jewell

YOU DON’T SEE HER. BUT SHE SEES YOU.

MIDNIGHT. In the bad part of town, where cats prowl and foxes shriek, a girl is watching…

When Saffyre Maddox was ten, something terrible happened, and she’s carried the pain of it ever since. The man who she thought was going to heal her didn’t, and now she hides and watches him, learning his secrets, invisible in the shadows.

Owen Pick is invisible too. He’s never had a girlfriend; he’s never even had a friend.
Nobody sees him. Nobody cares.

But when Saffyre goes missing from opposite his house on Valentine’s Day, suddenly the whole world is looking at Owen.

Accusing him. Holding him responsible for Saffyre’s disappearance…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy reading a book by Lisa Jewell, to me this was not her best book, I really liked Watching you and her previous novels How Lisa writes is brilliant as I find it is like the layers of an onion, there are lots of layers and depth that you have to work through to get to the middle par. You just don’t get that in some thrillers. I felt as though this one was a little slow and it kind of felt as though I was reading two separate novels. Though saying all that, it did grip me and I wanted to know what the outcome was. The ending was good too, it wrapped up all the loose ends.

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Call Me Mummy By Tina Baker

Call Me Mummy By Tina Baker

Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want… except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…

CALL ME MUMMY. IT’LL BE BETTER IF YOU DO.

My Thoughts:

I was blown away with this powerful novel. I liked the way there were no chapters but the story was told by multiple people, it made me want to keep reading. There are a few sensitive issues that I think people could find relatable. I felt as though I could relate to it, and I know I am not alone. The book deals with post natal depression, IVF, mental health and physical health issues. Kim is the mother of Tonya who goes missing and Mummy is the other woman (Tonya calls her that), that sees Tonya and decides to take her. The book concentrates on Motherhood and Childlessness and is written superbly. A story that will stay with me for a long time and I couldn’t believe it was a debut, I look forward to see what Tina writes about next.

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History of a Drowning Boy By Dennis Nilson

History of a Drowning Boy By Dennis Nilson

Dennis Nilsen was one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, jailed for life in 1983 after the murders of 12 men and the attempted murders of many more.

Seven years after his conviction, Nilsen began to write his autobiography, and over a period of 18 years he typed 6,000 pages of introspection, reflection, comment and explanation.

History of a Drowning Boy – taken exclusively from these astonishing writings – uncovers, for the first time, the motives behind the murders, and delivers a clear understanding of how such horrific events could have happened, tracing the origins back to early childhood.

In another first, it provides an insight into his 35 years inside the maximum-security prison system, including his everyday life on the wings; his interactions with the authorities and other notorious prisoners; and his artistic endeavours of music, writing and drama. It also reveals the truth behind many of the myths surrounding Dennis Nilsen, as reported in the media.

Nilsen was determined to have his memoir published but to his frustration, the Home Office blocked publication during his lifetime. He died in 2018 entrusting the manuscript to his closest friend and it is now being published with the latter’s permission.

Any autobiography presents the writer’s story from just one perspective: his own, and as such this record should be treated with some caution. An excellent foreword by criminologist Dr Mark Pettigrew offers some context to Nilsen’s words, and this important work provides an extraordinary journey through the life of a remarkable and inadequate man.

My Thoughts:

I watched the ITV drama that they did on Dennis Nilsen quite recently and found it fascinating but wanted to know more so was lucky enough to be asked to read and review the autobiography. It literally sent shivers down my spine but I just couldn’t put it down. Nilsen was a notorious killer and killed 12 men and tried to kill more, he was jailed in 1983 for life, here we learn about his time in prison where he served 35 years, it is a strange story as he admits to killing the men but what we don’t know or understand is why these particular men. There are parts about the murders that are gruesome but that is just how he did it, I feel as though this story needs to be told and it is one that has intrigued me for a very long time. I am glad I got the chance to read this book.

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A Good Father By Catherine Talbot

A Good Father By Catherine Talbot

Des is a good husband, a good father – a good man.

He encourages his wife’s artistic endeavours, reads bedtime stories to his children every night, and holds down a well-paid, if unfulfilling, job.

But appearances can be deceptive. Lately, his wife seems to be forgetting that her art is for his eyes only. And rumours at work are threatening his reputation as a devoted family man. And he can’t help but feel that his kids don’t seem to need him as much as they once did.

Des is afraid.
Afraid of the world encroaching on his home.
Afraid of past mistakes catching up on him.

So afraid of losing control over his family that he is contemplating the unthinkable.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Des and his family, I found straight away that I wasn’t a big fan of Des he seemed to have a control over his wife that I didn’t like. I haven’t read a book like this before, it is like we really get into Des’s head. I felt the story was dark and shows a family living not knowing what is really going on. The story gives a good understanding of a person who is a psychopath and domestic violence is also featured. It was an interesting read but I just felt as though I didn’t connect with the characters.

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A Life Lost By Cathy Glass

A Life Lost By Cathy Glass

Jackson is aggressive, confrontational and often volatile. His mother, Kayla, is crippled with grief after tragically losing her husband and eldest son. Struggling to cope, she puts Jackson into foster care.

Cathy, his carer, encourages Jackson to talk about what has happened to his family, but he just won’t engage. His actions continue to test and worry everyone.

Then, in a dramatic turn of events, the true reason for Jackson’s behaviour comes to light …

My Thoughts:

Another brilliant read by the wonderful Cathy Glass, a read I just didn’t want to put down. I always speed through these books, this story is about Jackson but we also kind of follow Tilly’s story which follows on from the last book A Terrible Secret. Jackson is a very angry young kid who is struggling with his emotions after losing his brother and his dad. His mum can’t cope with his violent outbursts as she has two daughters to look after too and she is grieving too. Jackson’s mum puts him into care and he goes to live with Cathy. Cathy does her best for him and encourages him to speak about what has happened, at first he hates everyone but when he finally does speak up, you won’t believe what he tells them. I really appreciate Cathy telling us her stories about being a foster carer and trying to raise awareness of children in hope of improving the system. I know she touches on this in the book, I praise her for what an absolutely fantastic job she has done for all those kids and their families. I cried at the end of this book, I feel as though things may be coming to an end, I hope I am not right.

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The Foreign Girls By Sergio Olguin

The Foreign Girls By Sergio Olguin

When two European backpackers are found murdered after attending a high society party in northern Argentina, sacrificial offerings left near the bodies point to their involvement in a Macumba rite.

But for their friend Veronica Rosenthal, a courageous investigative journalist with a proclivity for sexual adventure, the story smacks a cover-up. Sure enough, Veronica’s determination to get justice for the ‘foreign Girls’ quickly reveals a political dimension to the murder and leads her into very dangerous territory, bringing her face to face with old enemies, as well as new ones.

My Thoughts:

This is book two in the Veronica Rosenthal series, here we see her trying to discover what happened to the foreign girls, Veronica is a journalist that investigates different things. Will she find out what really happened to them or will she get caught up in more than she bargained for? Will she get herself into trouble? We see a few characters that we met in the first book return good and bad ones. I found this one better than the first, you can read these ones as a stand alone but if you want the back story then I suggest reading them in order.

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Safe and Sound By Philippa East

Safe and Sound By Philippa East

Home can be the most dangerous place…

In a small London bedsit, a radio is playing. A small dining table is set for three, and curled up on the sofa is a body…
 
Jenn is the one who discovers the woman, along with the bailiffs. All indications suggest that the tenant – Sarah Jones – was pretty, charismatic and full of life.

So how is it possible that her body has lain undiscovered for ten whole months?

My Thoughts:

Wow this book left me utterly breathless, the speed in which I read it shocked me, I just wanted to find out what had happened. This is a very engaging story that left me shocked by the ending. It was an absolutely brilliant story line and the characters were all brilliant, it kept me guessing till the end and the ending made me say oh my god. I liked how it felt as though two stories were running alongside each other, Jenn’s story but also Sarah’s story. It was an intriguing tale that I just didn’t want to put down. I feel as though this book is going to be a major hit next year. It would make a good film.

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