Queen Bee By Jane Fallon

Queen Bee By Jane Fallon

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?

My Thoughts:

This is my first Jane Fallon book and it certainly will not be my last. I found this story funny and dramatic. Every chapter I found I wanted more so gave in and read another chapter. The characters were on point and the one liners were hilarious. I wasn’t expecting twists that turn up in this story either. I look forward to my next Jane Fallon book.

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Broken Flowers By Kate McQuaile

Broken Flowers By Kate McQuaile

Your mother. The one person you trust. What if you’re wrong?

Widowed Nan is on her way to her beloved son’s wedding. She should be excited, but she is dreading her return to Paradise Place – a small area of Notting Hill that she hasn’t dared set foot on for decades. Nan had arrived there as a young girl in the late seventies, desperate for freedom and a career as an artist. But, drawn into a dark obsession that spun out of control, Nan was forced to flee.

And while the only thing seemingly connecting her son’s wedding and her old secret life is Paradise Place, Nan quickly gets the impression that someone is watching her every move . . . someone she thought was dead.

My Thoughts:

Kate is a new author to me, so wasn’t sure what to expect. The story is a bit of a slow burner and for me the name Nan just confused me as I kept on thinking she was talking about her Nan not herself but that is just my thoughts. The story explores Nan’s life as a mother who is struggling with her past and lots of secrets are unravelled. Once you get into it, it is a good story and well thought out and written. I would be intrigued to read Kate’s previous books.

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This Dark Little Place By A.S.Hatch

This Dark Little Place By A.S.Hatch

How well do you know your girlfriend?

How well do you know your lover?

How well do you know yourself?

Daniel and Victoria are together. They’re trying for a baby. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.

But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral – but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires.

And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose – and who to trust.

My Thoughts:

This is a story that had me gripped from the beginning, I couldn’t work out or see where the story was going which made me more intrigued to read on. The story is quite a quick one but a good one none the less, I loved the idea of writing to a prisoner as you can just imagine there are all different kinds of people in there, you just don’t know who you are going to get. The way the story flows you wouldn’t and couldn’t guess what was going to happen. The shock at the end brings a cleverly written thriller to a dramatic end.

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The Hunted By Gabriel Bergmoser

The Hunted By Gabriel Bergmoser

Where does the adventure end . . .
and the nightmare begin?

Frank owns a service station on a little-used highway. His granddaughter, Allie, is sent to stay with him for the summer, but they don’t talk a lot.

Simon is a dreamer and an idealist, in thrall to the romance of the open road and desperately in search of something.

Maggie is the woman who will bring them together, someone whose own personal journey will visit unimaginable terror on them all.

My Thoughts:

I am not sure where to begin with this book, I loved the sound of the story, it was terrifying and creepy but for me I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. Probably for me it was a bit too grim. I am not a fan of lots of blood. Lots of different characters with their own stories to tell, What I have learnt from reading this book is if you go looking for trouble, it is going to find you and it might not be the best idea you have ever had.

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Grace and Serenity By Annalisa Crawford

Grace and Serenity By Annalisa Crawford

Living on the streets is terrifying and exhausting. Grace’s only comforts are a steady stream of vodka, and a strange little boy who’s following her around.

At nineteen, Grace has already had a child and endured an abusive marriage. But she’s also had her baby abducted by her vengeful husband and been framed as a neglectful mother. Even her own parents doubted her version of the story. So she did the only thing that made sense to her—run away.

The streets are unforgiving. Winter is drawing in. And Grace isn’t prepared for the harsh realities of survival. At her very bleakest, a Good Samaritan swoops into her life and rescues her. With a roof over her head and food in her stomach, she longs to see her baby again.

But nothing ever comes for free.

My Thoughts:

I have read some of Annalisa’s books before and always enjoyed them so was delighted to be asked to read her latest story. This is the story of Grace and Serenity. I like how the story is set in Plymouth, Grace has been through a lot probably most then some people could ever imagine, with a baby too. She decides to run away from it all unfortunately for her its the middle of winter, trying to live on the streets is not what she expected it to be but it is alot worse that she can ever imagine, She has to leave her baby behind which broke my heart. Here comes the moment Serenity comes into the picture. Will she ever be able to get her baby back? I love seeing the relationship between her and Serenity, there are some nice people out there. It is a heart warming but sad story, I truly wanted Grace to have a happy ending but will she?

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The Secret Seaside Escape By Heidi Swain

The Secret Seaside Escape By Heidi Swain

Tess Tyler needs a break. Weighed down by her high-pressure job and her demanding father, she’s left little time to take care of herself. But after a shocking discovery sends her spiralling, she flees to Wynmouth, the seaside town she fell in love with as a child, to escape it all.

With its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community, Tess feels like she can finally breathe again. And as she grows ever closer to local barman Sam, she dares to dream that she might never return to her real life. But when a familiar face returns to town, Tess realises that there are secrets in Wynmouth too, and that her own past may be about to catch up with her . . 

My Thoughts:

Reading Heidi’s books just makes me thinking of being wrapped in a warm hug. They always seem to get better and better. I felt as though I was there in Wynmouth, it seemed such a lovely place to be with the beach so close by. The characters are a interesting mix and Heidi does a good job with her characters to make them believable. I can’t wait to visit Wynmouth again in the future as this book sure did put a smile on my face.

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Walter and Florence By Susan Hill

Walter and Florence By Susan Hill

A blind widower is befriended by a woman and her son, with terrible consequences. Another widower spends Christmas in an isolated country house, marooned in snowstorms until some former inhabitants return.

Susan Hill’s first short story collection for fifteen years contains these two ghost stories and four others, including reflections by the Duchess of Windsor in extreme old age on the marriage that changed everything.

My Thoughts:

I need something with a little light relief after reading lots of thrillers recently and this book was perfect, it is split into six different stories, I read in half a day and enjoyed all of the stories. It was just the right amount of stories that kept me hooked. The ones I particularly liked were Walter and Florence and Hunger. It just shows you how cruel people can be when people are at their lowest. The stories are all about individuals and with this book they are opening up their world for all to see. It made me thoughtful and one that will stay with me for a long time.

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Guest List – Book Review

Guest List – Book Review

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Book Title: Guest List

Author: Lucy Foley

Genre: Thriller

My Rating : ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ /5 ⭐

Wow!what a great read! I like this mystery thriller where the plot is super engaging and hooked us up from the very start. The story was narrated by a bunch of character’s points of view. It reminds me of the book ” Big Little Lies ” and one of the “Agatha Christie ” novels (which I forgot the name). As they narrated the events from their perspective we couldn’t stop imagining the other character’s take on it .which speaks about the author’s brilliance way of capturing the reader. All the knots are slowly untied and we could kind of guessed one or two things but otherwise nearly up to the end, we couldn’t predict anything solid to spoil the thrill. I like it though it’s a thriller it doesn’t have…

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The Guest List By Lucy Foley

The Guest List By Lucy Foley

On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
 
Old friends.
Past grudges.
 
Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.
 
Thirteen guests.
One body.
 
The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued to read a new author and this sounded like something I would enjoy and I certainly did, I liked the sound of the blurb, 30 somethings going to a wedding on a remote Island of course something sinister is going to happen but what and who did it? I liked the way each chapter is a different wedding guest and the bride and groom, I feel as though the reader gets a sense of actually being there. There are lots of secrets that unravel when being all together and we find out things that shocked me. The story keeps you guessing till the very end and made me gasp as the ending is quite shocking. I look forward to reading more of Lucy’s books.

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Kings and Daemons By Marcus Lee

Kings and Daemons By Marcus Lee

Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King and his army conquered the Ember Kingdom.
Now, with the once fertile lands and its enslaved people dying around him, the Witch-King, driven by his insatiable thirst for eternal youth, prepares his forces to march on the prosperous neighbouring Freestates. It will be the beginnings of a conquest that could destroy nations, bringing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Then, when a peasant huntress whose rare gift was concealed from birth is exposed, it sets in motion a chain of events that could alter the destiny of generations to come.

My Thoughts:

This is not my usual read but I really wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is a mysterious story of Dark Knights and a Witch-King which is dark at times but more than I could ever imagine the book to be. Lots of different characters, some I liked, some I didn’t like, but only because this was how they were portrayed in the story as characters that you are not suppose to like. But all in all the story is set around a conquest which involves love, hope and humour which was really unexpected. As this was book one I am now intrigued to read book 2. I did enjoy the story but as it is not my preferred genre I have given it 4/5 stars.

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