24 Hour Cafe By Libby Page

24 Hour Cafe By Libby Page

Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stella’s Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It’s a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.

Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella’s – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?

Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life . . .

My Thoughts:

I needed a nice easy read and this was perfect, a lovely and uplifting story that also makes you think. I loved how the characters were relatable and really warmed to Hannah and Mona and the good that they do. The story is all centered around a café that sees an interesting mix of people come in through it’s doors. They all have their own stories to tell and the café is the place for these stories. It is a light read which for me started off a little slow but once I got more into it, it just got better and better. I look forward to reading more of Libby’s books.

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The Perfect Couple By Jackie Kabler

The Perfect Couple By Jackie Kabler

A devoted wife…
A year ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been perfect. But one evening, Danny doesn’t return home.

A missing husband…
Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified by what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees photos of the victims she is even more stunned…they all look just like Danny.

Who would you believe?
But the police are suspicious. Why has no one apart from Gemma heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or is this marriage hiding some very dark secrets?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story, I didn’t want to put it down. When Gemma’s husband Danny goes missing she doesn’t know where he has gone, they were perfectly happy before this incident. But as Gemma starts looking into where her husband has gone, she realises she might not of known him at all. Then the police start getting suspicious of Gemma but can she prove it wasn’t her? It was a very interesting story and the path that leads on was captivating. The twists and turns in this story will shock you, they are unbelievable twists and the ending was suspenseful. The characters were all believable too.

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Feeding the Gods By Elizabeth Harrison

Feeding the Gods By Elizabeth Harrison

Roberta, Rosie, Sandra and Linda meet at college in the 70s and remain constant friends, despite life’s up and downs. The sudden death of one of the friends leads the others to suspect that a slimming drug she had been taking was perhaps to blame.

Was this a wonder drug or a threat to life?

The friends start to uncover long-held secrets and betrayals both personal and professional, but the pharmaceutical industry is not yet finished with them. Feeding the Gods is a thriller that addresses friendships, the different roles a woman must take on through life and the power of the drug giants

My Thoughts:

This is a big chunky book but don’t be put off as it is a superb read. I felt as though I learnt quite a bit about the drugs industry and what can happen when taking these so called tablets. It was a very eye opening read that follows four very good friends. The story is broken down into parts so we see what happened to all of them when they were at college and where their life has taken them to now. We see each of their stories and how the drugs industry affected them. They are real women who I am sure other women will be able to relate to. A really brilliant and eye opening thriller that you wonder what will happen in the next chapter.

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Trick or Treat By James Morrow

Trick or Treat By James Morrow

With counterfeit drugs flooding the market, you could be in danger if you take the wrong one…

Raymond McNally is enjoying his new promotion at a major pharmaceutical company. He’s been enlisted to oversee the company’s newest product Erexat – a competitor of viagra – the world’s first and most successful treatment for male impotence. Raymond’s hopes are high for a successful and profitable future both professionally and personally. 

However, when reports of unexplained deaths and other serious side effects start to trickle into the firm’s medical department, alarm bells sound and Raymond quickly realises that the new drug’s future may be in doubt. Initially, the adverse effects are few and scattered globally, so the press and the national regulatory authorities haven’t been alerted… yet. 

As Raymond mounts an investigation, he teams up with a twenty-something computer nerd called Harry who hacks into retail sites as a hobby. As the tension rises, so do the stakes. Can they separate the tricks from the treats before it’s too late?

My Thoughts:

I read this book and gave up but then decided to read it again. I am glad I gave it another chance as it was not a bad read. It is all about counterfeit medicines that are being sold online and what the effect has on people. It is a very real problem in today’s society and it made me feel more aware of what these people are doing to scam people. Raymond has a new job at a big pharmaceutical company, he has been given the task to oversee a new product and he cannot believe his luck. But when deaths and serious side effects come to light of people taking this product Raymond is shocked and he knows his job is at risk, can he find a way to fix the problem or will it go global? I found it an eye opening read, not the best read but it was ok.

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Secrets to the Grave By Steve Frech

Secrets to the Grave By Steve Frech

When a teenage girl is found dead on a quiet suburban street, Detective Meredith Somerset is haunted by flashbacks to the day her little sister vanished—the day Meredith should have been watching her. But with a murder to solve, she doesn’t have time for painful memories to cloud her judgement.

The victim is shoeless, the only clue to her identity a small silver medallion hidden in her grass-stained sock. Did she run from her killer across the smooth lawns of Willow Lane? And if so, how did no one in the surrounding houses see or hear a thing?

Meredith needs answers, or she’ll never shake the image of her sister’s face begging her for help. But Willow Lane has more than one mystery behind its doors—and to find the killer, Meredith must venture into a community that’s determined to keep its secrets hidden at any cost…

My Thoughts:

This is a brilliant pulse racing thriller that I could not put down, it was brilliant and I cannot wait to read more from this author. From the very first page and from the story line I knew it would be a captivating story. Detective Meredith Somerset is called to a body that has been found on a quiet street, she has her own personal issues that she is dealing with at the same time, can she solve the murder before it is too late? I love working out from what the detective sees what might of happened to the victim. I found it a thought provoking read. There are twists that you will never see coming, the residents that all live on the street are all under suspicion. I like it how some of the chapters are left on a cliff hanger so you feel compelled to read another chapter. The ending was something I never in a million years would of guessed. It was just brilliant.

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An Innocent Baby By Cathy Glass

An Innocent Baby By Cathy Glass

When foster carer, Cathy Glass, is asked to foster Darcy-May, a two-day old baby, she is very concerned.

The baby is coming to her straight from hospital and will have no contact with her teenage mother, Haylea. Even more worrying, she will be brought to Cathy with a police escort as it’s vital her extended family don’t know where she is.

Abandoned at birth, Cathy and her family quickly bond with little Darcy-May although they have to accept she will eventually leave them to be adopted. But fostering is rarely straight forward, and when Haylea asks to see her baby a different story begins to emerge. It’s so alarming that even Cathy, a highly experienced foster carer, struggles.

My Thoughts:

This was another fantastic book written by Cathy. I have to say this one was broke my heart. I mean all of these books do, it shows the highs and lows Cathy has to deal with on a daily basis. Cathy is so professional and brilliant at what she does, she gives every child such a loving and stable home. This story is about Darcy May and her mother Haylea. Darcy May comes in to Cathy’s care but her mother doesn’t want anything to do with her, But she wants to stay with Cathy. When Cathy finds out why she doesn’t want anything to do with her baby, it shocked me to the core. I felt sick. I felt better they were both being looked after by Cathy but for how long? I think this story really hit home and I think it will stay with me for a long time. I look forward to the next book.

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The End of Everything By Megan Abbott

The End of Everything By Megan Abbott

A close-knit street, the clink of glass on glass, summer heat. Two girls on the brink of adolescence, throwing cartwheels on the grass. Two girls who tell each other everything. Until one shimmering afternoon, one of them disappears.

Lizzie is left with her dread and her loss, and with a fear that won’t let her be. Had Evie tried to give her a hint of what was coming, a clue that she failed to follow?

Caught between her imaginary guilt, her sense of betrayal, her own powerful need, and the needs of the adults around her, Lizzie’s voice is as unforgettable as her story is arresting. This is no ordinary tale of innocence lost . . .

My Thoughts:

Lizzie and Evie are two teenage girls that are best of friends, they literally share everything with each other until one day there is only one of them. That day changes for Lizzie considerably. Lizzie then sets out on a journey to get Evie home, some parts are quite disturbing as to how far she will go to get her best friend back but there is a sense that it is engaging enough to want to read on. What Lizzie finds out about Evie and her home life, she wonders if she really knew her at all. It is a powerful story that is well written.

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The Family Lie By P L Kane

The Family Lie By P L Kane

A scream cut through the night as they watched flames engulf the woodland. Fire ripped through the trees, leaving only charred branches behind. And then they saw it… on the ashen forest floor… was a body.

Police officer, Mitchel Prescott answered the phone with a shaking hand. It was the one call he had been dreading. It was the hospital at Green Acres… his father Thomas, had died in the night.

Returning to the small town he had been avoiding since he was a child, Mitch must lay his father to rest.

When he arrives, the close-knit residents refuse to speak about Thomas’ death, other to explain he was found burnt to death in the woods and his dementia was the likely cause.

But when Mitch discovers traces of accelerant on his father’s body, he’s certain it wasn’t an accident. Then his childhood home is broken into, his father’s study ransacked, and a rock thrown through the window warning him to leave.

Mitch is convinced Thomas had discovered something that had got him into trouble… something that would threaten his entire family.

But what secret is worth killing for?

My Thoughts:

Wow this is such a brilliant thriller, I am so looking forward to reading more by this author as this book blew me away. If this book got made into a film it would be awesome. The story takes you on a journey where you never really know where it will lead, the story builds up and up to a dramatic and shocking climax. After Mitch’s father dies, he tries to piece together what really happened to him, a few incidents have left him wondering if all was at piece before he died, but can Mitch really find out what was going on. I liked the pace of this book and how tense it made me feel, I wanted to discover if foul play was on the cards or something else. There are a few parts that are a bit graphic like when they mention the body but I expected it. I now am going to keep P L Kane’s name and look out for more books by this awesome author. It was my kind of thriller and I would recommend it. It deserves more than five stars.

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Frontline: Saving Lives in War, Disaster and Disease By DR Tony Redmond

Frontline: Saving Lives in War, Disaster and Disease By DR Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond is one of the few truly good people you will ever meet.

His is a story of tireless hard work and astonishing bravery across wars, refugee crises, air crashes, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes, and disease outbreaks for over thirty years. Featuring stories of hope and redemption, as well as untold suffering and mismanagement, this unique account could only have been written one who has for decades performed incredible feats of altruism.

His raw, honest book takes the reader from the wards of Manchester’s Nightingale hospital to Kosovo, from Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak to Kashmir, and from Haiti to the Philippines, finding its author risking life and limb to help those affected by events beyond their control.

But while humanitarian work and medicine require an innate goodness, not all those involved have benign motives. And saving lives requires difficult choices: between the desire to relieve suffering and the need to weigh up the context. Too often medical aid is found wanting, doing more harm than good.

How are life-or-death choices made in the heat of the moment? What are the consequences of your action, or inaction? Is it better at times to do nothing? How do you live with yourself if you want to help but can’t? This is a frank account of the personal toll – physical, mental and social – frontline medicine levies on those who choose to do it. But ultimately, it offers a tale of optimism, persistence and triumph over adversity, speaking to the resilience and fortitude of those who help and those whose lives they save.

My Thoughts:

I found this a remarkable story about such an inspiring man. From this story we get a rare and eye opening insight into what the world knows very little about. The compassion and dedication is remarkable the whole way through this book. I felt as though I have learnt a great deal about things that I knew very little about. DR Tony Redmond is such an inspiration to the world and to me and I feel very honored to be able to shout out about his incredible work and life. There are parts to this book that are sad but that’s life and we have to deal with these things as they come along, but the incredible work DR Tony has done is awe inspiring. A book that will stay with me and I would recommend it to many people.

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Your Neigbour’s Wife By Tony Parsons

Your Neigbour’s Wife By Tony Parsons

Tara Carver seems to have the perfect life. A loving mother and wife, and a business woman who runs her own company, she’s the sort of person you’d want to live next door to, who might even become your best friend.

But what sort of person is she really?

Because in one night of madness, on a work trip far from home, she puts all this at risk. And suddenly her dream life becomes a living nightmare when the married man she spent one night with tells her he wants a serious relationship with her. And that he won’t leave her or her precious family alone until she agrees.

There seems to be only one way out.
And it involves murder…

My Thoughts:

I don’t know how I feel about this book, I found it really had to write a review. I don’t know if the author had made the main character someone nobody would like, if yes then he succeeded. The first half of the story was good and I wanted to see if Tara would get her comeuppance after she slept with a man whilst her husband and kids are at home, this man now wants a lot more and she is in big trouble. I really didn’t like Tara at all, I felt as though the story was a little too long and drawn out but I liked how we get to hear both sides of the story and at the end we see what is going on ten years later. This is my first book by Tony Parsons and I would read another one of his books just to see what a different plot would be like.

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