Magpie By Elizabeth Day

Magpie By Elizabeth Day

Sometimes Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any self-consciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bathroom, on the shelf next to theirs.

In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives.
 
Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? Sits too close on the sofa? Constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all just in Marisa’s head?
 
After all, that’s what her Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she?
 
But Marisa knows something is wrong. That the woman sleeping in their house will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
 
Marisa just doesn’t know why.
  
How far will she go to find the answer – and how much is she willing to lose?

My Thoughts:

This story explores infertility and mental health but is such a brilliant and twisted thriller. It is a sensitive subject but written in very well. I love how the plot twists and turns and each chapter peels another layer that you didn’t know was there. There are parts that made me gasp in shock. The twists are unbelievably good, you won’t want to stop reading till the end. The ending was tremendous.

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Down to the Woods By M. J. Arlidge

Down to the Woods By M. J. Arlidge

The last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Melissa.

Now he is helpless, alone, and being hunted through the woods by a sinister, masked figure . . .

When Tom’s body is found, displayed with grisly relish, Helen Grace takes the case. But before she can catch her breath, a second victim is taken.

There’s a serial killer on the loose.

As something dark and deadly stalks the forest, Helen and her team must race against time to catch the perpetrator, before more blood is shed.

But the hunt will take Helen back into the eerie twilit woods.

My Thoughts:

This is book 8 in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series, I have read a few of these books but never in any order, but I feel as though you can get the jist of the story line without reading them in order. I loved the fact with all his books M. J always makes them fast paced and he never lets the chapters be too long so you don’t feel as though you are reading enough, it makes you want to read on. I find that a very clever concept. This time we see Helen face a new nightmare involving the woods and a killer on the loose, will Helen find the killer before it is too late or will she the target? This book I found engaging and interesting, it held my attention and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it. Another great book in the series, I cannot wait to read more.

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The Jigsaw Man By Nadine Matheson

The Jigsaw Man By Nadine Matheson

There’s a serial killer on the loose.

When bodies start washing up along the banks of the River Thames, DI Henley fears it is the work of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But it can’t be him; Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there.

The race is on before more bodies are found.

She’d hoped she’d never have to see his face again, but Henley knows Olivier might be the best chance they have at stopping the copycat killer. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping Henley is the last thing on his mind . . .

Will it take a killer to catch the killer?

Now all bets are off, and the race is on to catch the killer before the body count rises. But who will get there first – Henley, or the Jigsaw Killer?

My Thoughts:

I had heard a lot of good things about this book and it seemed like my kind of read but it was not for me. You can tell Nadine has a career as a criminal lawyer because the police procedures were all very detailed and a lot of research has gone in to the book. I just read a lot of these type of books and they are all the same, I need something a little different and this book didn’t hold my attention long enough. It didn’t live up to expectations for me unfortunately and this is book one.

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The Hotel on the Riviera By Carol Kirkwood

The Hotel on the Riviera By Carol Kirkwood

Wayward Greek heiress, Ariana Theodosis, inherits the Hotel du Soleil as part of a mysterious legacy. Captivated by its faded glamour, she hopes it offers her the chance to start again.

Hotelier Gabriel du Lac’s family have owned the hotel for decades – and he has no intention of giving it up for a beautiful stranger.

Madame du Lac has watched the rich and famous pass through the doors of the hotel for almost half a century, and she has kept its secrets too.

As the past finally catches up with them all, will this summer reveal a forgotten secret, and change their lives forever…?

My Thoughts:

I was not sure what to expect from this read, the plot overall sounded intriguing when Ariana inherits a hotel, she cannot wait to get started and turn it back round but the Hotelier has other ideas, will he give up his beloved hotel that easily even if it is to a beautiful woman. Lots of secrets and unforgotten pasts make this book mysterious so you want to keep reading on. I found it an easy and light read to pick up and put down, I lost interest near to the end though, but I did finish it. I don’t know how I feel about reading another one of her books. A good effort.

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Quarter to Midnight By Karen Rose

Quarter to Midnight By Karen Rose

Rocky Hebert walks into his death at quarter to midnight one New Orleans night.

His son Gabe cannot accept the official verdict of suicide and enlists the help of the Burke Broussard Private Investigation Agency to discover the real cause of death.

PI Molly Sutton knows what it’s like to lose a father in tragic circumstances and will go to any lengths to crack the investigation, as she tries to fight off her growing feelings for Gabe.

They soon realise Rocky was working on an investigation of his own; one that threatened to expose the deep corruption going all the way to the top of the police department. And that the key to the puzzle lies with a young witness to a murder that happened years earlier: Xavier Morrow.

Just what did Rocky know? And who might have shut him up?

As they get closer and closer to the truth, they realise that the killer is not going to stop at Rocky. And that Xavier is in very real danger. Someone will go to any lengths to protect what he witnessed that night coming out…

My Thoughts:

I have previously read one of Karen’s books before and found it ok, this one was exactly the same, the story didn’t really excite me, the writing was good, the descriptions were on point, but I felt it was heavy going and quite long. The characters were interesting and intrigued me but the story line let it down for me. I don’t know if I would red any more books by this author.

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Last Time We Met By Emily Houghton

Last Time We Met By Emily Houghton

ONE PROMISE
Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact – to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they’re both single at 35 they’ll get married.

TWO DECADES
Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away from them and they’re both far from where they’d dreamt of being all those years ago.

CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD?
It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor’s life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or is there a chance they can keep some of the promises they made?

My Thoughts:

I loved Emily’s previous novel Before We Met so was excited to see she had a new one out. This is just as good if not better than her last book. Eleanor and Fin were best friends when they were younger but now as they have gotten older they have grown apart until they end up seeing each other after all those years but life has changed for both of them will there be a chance for their relationship to get back on track or will they have to admit defeat? I liked how this story went at a good pace, it is emotional and you will need a tissue or two when reading it but I felt as though it is all about friendships, love and new beginnings, if its taught me anything it is to be honest with your feelings and tell that person before it is too late.

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Sherpa By Ankit Babu Adhikari and Pradeep Bashyal

Sherpa By Ankit Babu Adhikari and Pradeep Bashyal

Changing the narrative of mountaineering books, Sherpa focuses on the people who live and work on the roof of the world.

Amid all the foreign adventurers that throng to Nepal to scale the world’s highest peaks there exists a small community of mountain people at the foothills of Himalayas. Sherpa tells their story. It’s the story of endeavour and survival at the roof of the world. It dives into their culture and tells of their existence at the edge of life and death. Written by Ankit Babu Adhikari – a writer, social science researcher and musician – and Pradeep Bashyal – a journalist with the BBC based in Nepal – Sherpa traces their story pre- and post-mountaineering revolution, their evolution as climbing crusaders with previously unpublished stories from the most notable and incredible Sherpas of the last 50 years.

This is the story of the Sherpas.

My Thoughts:

WOW WOW WOW What an incredible book, I never knew much about Sherpa’s but after reading this book I have so much respect for them. It is such an incredible journey that you go on when reading this book, I really feel for these men and women who are trying to provide for their families but are risking their lives every time they make the journey not just up Everest but down too. I found this book a really interesting and knowledgeable read and the pictures bring the stories of these men and women so much more to life, every single one of them are incredible and I am so in awe of them and what they do on a daily basis. After reading this book it is not something I would ever want to do because of some of the sights that you see but anyone that does it and comes back safe is incredible. Sherpas are unsung heroes in my book.

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The It Girl By Ruth Ware

The It Girl By Ruth Ware

Everyone wanted her life
Someone wanted her dead

It was Hannah who found April’s body ten years ago.
It was Hannah who didn’t question what she saw that day.
Did her testimony put an innocent man in prison?
 
She needs to know the truth.
 
Even if it means questioning her own friends.
Even if it means putting her own life at risk.
 
Because if the killer wasn’t a stranger, it’s someone she knows…

My Thoughts:

I can’t believe I have never read any of Ruth’s books before, that is now going to change as this one was phenomenal. It is that type of read where you read the plot and know what could potentially happen but when you read the book, you get the most craziest twists and turns that you cannot even believe what is going on. The story continues to build and gets intense and I feel as though this is a multi layered story that has many red herrings, twists and turns and many omg moments. Also I found the plot to be one that you could believe that could happen which felt as though it made the story come to life more. I am definitely purchasing more of Ruth’s books. This one is going to be a big hit for the Summer.

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The Forgery By Ave Barrera

The Forgery By Ave Barrera

Jose Federico Burgos is a failed painter turned forger trapped in surreal, menacing splendour with an enormous Flemish altarpiece, an impish vagabond, and a pair of resourceful yet intimidating twins. He drinks too much, he roams the grounds, and everyday that he doesn’t succeed in copying the painting, he gets a little bit closer to what’s really happening behind the high garden walls.

My Thoughts:

I think the cover of this book works really well, it is simple but effective. This for me was a quick read it took me a couple of hours to power through it. One thing to remember when reading it though is it has been translated, and done really well. That Jose is a character and is very amusing, he is a failed painter and really wants to start painting again but he drinks a lot, but when he decides to go for a walk, he finds that something is happening behind the high garden walls and he is determined to find out what. But will it help him finish his painting or will he be forever labelled the failing painter. I liked finding out more about Jose and it was a quirky and fun read that I did enjoy.

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We Were Never Here By Andi Bartz

We Were Never Here By Andi Bartz

Emily is on holiday with her best friend, Kristen, in the stunning mountains of Chile. They’re having the time of their lives until, on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find it covered in blood.

Kristen claims a backpacker attacked her. She shouted, but no-one heard. She struggled, but he was too strong.

She had no option but to kill him.

With no evidence of the assault, Emily must help her hide the body. . .

Back home, Emily tries to forget what happened, but a surprise visit from Kristen forces her to confront the events of that night.

As the walls close in on their cover-up, Emily asks herself: can she really trust her closest friend?

My Thoughts:

The plot of this book sounded good, I was expecting plenty of twists and turns but got very few. The first several chapters were good, but then it became very predictable and the main characters Emily and Kristen I felt for me became rather annoying. I did finish it but just to see if it got any better which unfortunately it did not. It is a shame as it had everything going for it.

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