The Craftsman By Sharon Bolton

The Craftsman By Sharon Bolton

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Out on 3rd May 2018

Devoted father or merciless killer?

His secrets are buried with him.

 

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried…ALIVE.

 

Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves.

 

Did she get it wrong all those years ago?
Or is there something much darker at play?

My Thoughts:

I had never read any of Sharon Bolton’s books before this one, I just didn’t think I would enjoy a bone chilling crime book but I really did. It made a bit of a change from my usual genre’s and I am definitely going to look out for more of her books. I have to admit it is a creepy read and I wouldn’t recommend reading before bed but there is tension, mystery and red herrings along the way that you will not want to put this book down till the very end. Brilliantly written in a way that it slightly leaves you on edge.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Craftsman-Sharon-Bolton-ebook

Hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Craftsman-Sharon-Bolton

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Nineteen Letters By Jodi Perry

Nineteen Letters By Jodi Perry

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The 19th of January, 1996 . . . I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the same day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after our wedding day, Jemma was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

That’s when I started writing her letters. The stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we’d experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

My Thoughts:

Wow what a breath taking book, the story is a believable one, Jemma is involved in a accident and when she awakes from a coma she cannot remember who anyone is especially who her husband is. It takes them time and Braz helps her to see what kind of life they had by writing her letters of poignant times in their lives. It was an emotional read but he was a brilliant husband to her and stood by her through thick and thin. Brax reminded me of my husband as he has been there for me when I have been going through major health issues and I am very grateful for that. A lovely story that shows support and how when life is tough it is good to have your best friend by your side.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nineteen-Letters-emotional-heartbreaking-story-ebook

paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nineteen-Letters-emotional-heartbreaking-story/

Smash all the Windows By Jane Davis

Smash all the Windows By Jane Davis

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It has taken conviction to right the wrongs.

It will take courage to learn how to live again.

For the families of the victims of the St Botolph and Old Billingsgate disaster, the undoing of a miscarriage of justice should be a cause for rejoicing. For more than thirteen years, the search for truth has eaten up everything. Marriages, families, health, careers and finances.

Finally, the coroner has ruled that the crowd did not contribute to their own deaths. Finally, now that lies have been unravelled and hypocrisies exposed, they can all get back to their lives.

If only it were that simple.

My Thoughts:

A captivating read that will have you thinking about life and life in general. The writing is descriptive and to the point. It was a really interesting read and what happened to the people who it was affected by. Well worth a read.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smash-all-Windows-Jane-Davis-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smash-all-Windows-Jane-Davis

 

Skin Deep By Liz Nugent

Skin Deep By Liz Nugent

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‘I could probably have been an actress.
It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.
Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?’

Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .

My Thoughts:

Having not read any of Liz’s books before I was intrigued to give this one a go. I liked the style of writing and how the book starts from the present then goes back to when the main character Cordelia is a little girl. There is a unexpected twist at the end that I did not see coming. It was a well detailed story with lots of interesting characters along the way.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skin-Deep-Liz-Nugent-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skin-Deep-Liz-Nugent/

Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery By Cathy Bramley

Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery By Cathy Bramley

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Thirty-two-year-old Hetty Greengrass is the star around which the rest of her family orbits. Marriage, motherhood and helping Dan run Sunnybank Farm have certainly kept her hands full for the last twelve years. But when her daughter Poppy has to choose her inspiration for a school project and picks her aunt, not her mum, Hetty is left full of self-doubt.

Hetty’s always been generous with her time and until now, her biggest talent – baking deliciously moreish shortcrust pastry pies – has been limited to charity work and the village fete. But taking part in a competition run by Cumbria’s Finest to find the very best produce from the region might be just the thing to make her daughter proud . . . and reclaim something for herself.

Except that life isn’t as simple as producing the perfect pie. Changing the status quo isn’t easy – and with cracks appearing in her marriage and shocking secrets coming to light, Hetty must decide where her priorities really lie . . .

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to get snuggled up to read this book, the cover looks so inviting. Cathy Bramley is one of my favourite authors and this book was just brilliant. It centres around Hetty who is a farmers wife but wants to do something just for herself and to make her daughter Poppy proud. There are highs for Hetty and then there is some lows. The pies she makes sound absolutely wonderful so I shouldn’t read this book on an empty stomach. I loved all the characters and felt as though I was being swept away into their lives with them. This book by Cathy was delightful and delicious.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hettys-Farmhouse-Bakery-Cathy-Bramley-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hettys-Farmhouse-Bakery-Cathy-Bramley

Bring Me Back By B.A.Paris

Bring Me Back By B.A.Paris

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The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…

My Thoughts:

I have read all this authors previous books and loved them but this one didn’t really work for me. I guessed what was going to happen early on, got excited because I thought that I would be wrong and I wasn’t. I will be intrigued to see how the author’s next book pans out.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bring-Me-Back-gripping-psychological-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bring-Me-Back-gripping-psychological

Sunflowers In February By Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers In February By Phyllida Shrimpton

 

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Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road.

She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead.

But what is she supposed do now? 

Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time . . .

My Thoughts:

I love the cover of this book the colours are really vibrant and eye catching, the plot seemed interesting but I was not sure. I did not feel as though I liked Lily that much as what she does through out the story. The plot flowed well and the writing was easy to read but when I don’t feel as though I have a connection with the main character I just feel a bit let down. I would however look out for more of Phyllida Shrimpton’s books.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunflowers-February-Phyllida-Shrimpton-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunflowers-February-Phyllida-Shrimpton