After The End By Clare Mackintosh

After The End By Clare Mackintosh

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.

With the consequences of an impossible choice threatening to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

But anything can happen after the end . . .

My Thoughts:

This was such a powerful novel that really tugged on my heart strings. To know that the author Clare had had been in the same position that Max and Pip are in really made me have the utter most respect for her. It is a thought provoking novel, one which made me think about what I would do in the same situation and one where I thought about it when I was not reading it. I think you have to be in the correct mind set to read it as for me it was emotionally draining but I am glad that I have read it. It really made me appreciate everything I have in my life. It was such a journey I went on reading this book, one I will never forget.

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Outside By Ragnar Jonasson

Outside By Ragnar Jonasson

When a deadly snowstorm strikes the Icelandic highlands, four friends seek shelter in a small, abandoned hunting lodge.

It is in the middle of nowhere and there’s no way of communicating with the outside world.

They are isolated, but they are not alone . . .

As the night darkens, and fears intensify, an old tragedy gradually surfaces – one that forever changed the course of their friendship.

Those dark memories could hold the key to the mystery the friends now find themselves in.

And whether they will survive until morning . . .

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read any of Ragnar’s books before so didn’t know what to expect, I liked the sound of the story but for me I was not too keen on it overall, I found it didn’t grip me how I wanted it to grip me and I found that the pace was slow and a little dull for me. I did like the characters and thought that the author had put a lot of time and effort into them, and I did read until the end to see if it got any better. For me this is not what I was expecting which is a shame.

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Summer at the Cape By RaeAnne Thayne

Summer at the Cape By RaeAnne Thayne

Can heartbreak lead to a second chance at love

As the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. She cemented this difference when their parents divorced and moved with her father to LA, leaving her sisters in Cape Sanctuary with their mother.

But twenty years later when Cami gets the terrible news that Lily has died, she must return home to Violet and her mother – the family she has not known for decades.

While the Porter family start to reconnect both Cami and Violet must learn to deal with their own loss and along the way learn that life can present the most unexpected surprises, including a second chance at love…

My Thoughts:

This is the second book I have read by RaeAnne and I am feeling like I really need to read the rest of her books as this one was just as good as the first one I read. The story is all about loss, love and forgiveness and can you really move on after a loss. We really see family pull together when something awful has happened, it brings them closer. I shed a few tears throughout this book but there are some uplifting parts too. I loved all the characters and felt as though I wanted to be there to look after them all. My favourite character definitely has to be Franklin, even though he is going through a lot, he really put a smile on my face. Such a great book, and I look forward to reading more of RaeAnne’s books.

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The Path to Sunshine Cove By RaeAnne Thayne

The Path to Sunshine Cove By RaeAnne Thayne

Jessica Clayton has made a career out of helping others downsize―because she’s learned the hard way that the less “stuff,” the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home…and her little sister Rachel.

While Jess couldn’t wait to leave Cape Sanctuary Rachel put down roots, content for the world―and her sister―to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child’s disability, Rachel’s marriage has started to crack. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she’s learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn’t do family, and she shouldn’t count on her now.

But soon, against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached―to her sister and her family, even to her client’s interfering son, Nate―and it’s time to put everything on the line. Should she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and learn to trust again?

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by RaeAnne and it certainly will not be my last, I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the warmth from the characters and the story was just a nice, easy read. I felt as though I had been transported to Cape Sanctuary, I love how the story evolves throughout the book, each and every character bought the story to life for me. The story for me felt as though I was coming home to my family and it was full of warmth with an uplifting part to it.

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The Butcher and the Wren By Alaina Urquhart

The Butcher and the Wren By Alaina Urquhart

In deep Louisiana, a serial killer with a taste for medical experimentation is completing his most ambitious project yet. The media call him ‘The Butcher’ – and, so far, he’s proved impossible to catch.

With her encyclopaedic knowledge of humanity’s darkest minds, and years of experience examining their victims, forensic pathologist Dr Wren Muller is the best there is. The longer the Butcher’s killing spree continues, the more determined she is to bring him to justice.

And yet, he continues to elude her.

As body after body piles up on Wren’s examination table, her obsession grows. Pressure to put an end to the slaughter mounts. And her enemy becomes more brazen.

How far is Wren willing to go to draw the Butcher into the light . . .?

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of this book and I could not wait to read it, it didn’t disappoint. It is fast paced from the very first page and I felt as though I got lost in the story and didn’t want to surface until the end. I read this book in a day and a half. I wanted to know what would happen , the characters bring this story alive and also the amount of research that has gone into this book is phenomenal. For a debut author this is exceptional, I cannot wait for the next book. I like the fact that each chapter is either coming from Wren or the killer and the ending was shocking but oh so good. I highly recommend this book.

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See You Fall By Gemma M. Lawrence

See You Fall By Gemma M. Lawrence

Chloe Stark needs to get her life on track after the collapse of her marriage. That’s what everyone keeps telling her. So, when a night out with her friend Laura leads her to Danny, an age-old game of girl-meets-boy unfolds. It should be normal, exciting, but something about him is…off. He’s a little too interested, a little too intense. When she leaves she doesn’t give her number. End of story.

But Danny isn’t going anywhere. He pursues Chloe with a determination that frightens her, ignoring her warnings to leave her alone. He invades every corner of her world, even her deepening feelings for Tom, a friend who could be more. Soon, the threads of her life quickly unravel and she struggles to fight Danny’s promise that they will be together – at any cost. With Tom and Chloe growing closer, her fear for him escalates, as does Danny’s worsening behaviour. But if Chloe’s past has taught her anything, it’s that actions have consequences, and hers may destroy the possibility of happiness before it’s even begun.

Can she leave her past where it belongs and keep herself and the people she loves safe from Danny’s devastating infatuation?

My Thoughts:

I have previously enjoyed Gemma’s debut novel which I thoroughly enjoyed, so was excited to read this one. The plot sounded tense and gritty and I could not wait to get started. It is all about Chloe and how one evening when out with friends she meets Danny, he seems ok at first but what she doesn’t realise is how much he is going to destroy her life, it was a really tense read and I can never imagine what Chloe was going through but I got a pretty good idea whilst reading this book, what a horrible situation she was in but I found myself getting frustrated with her, yes I know I haven’t been in that situation but some of the things she was doing I was thinking why are you doing that? I wanted to jump in the book and have a talk with her and I lost all hope for her near to the end. I found the book a good read, it had a good pace to it and I found it engaging and there is plenty of drama happening. I cannot wait to see what Gemma writes about next.

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Double or Nothing By Kim Sherwood

Double or Nothing By Kim Sherwood

James Bond is missing. 007 has been captured, perhaps even killed, by a sinister private military company. His whereabouts are unknown.

Meet the new generation of spies…

Johanna Harwood, 003. Joseph Dryden, 004. Sid Bashir, 009. Together, they represent the very best and brightest of MI6. Skilled, determined and with a licence to kill, they will do anything to protect their country.

The fate of the world rests in their hands…

Tech billionaire Sir Bertram Paradise claims he can reverse the climate crisis and save the planet. But can he really? The new spies must uncover the truth, because the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

Time is running out.

My Thoughts:

This is book one of the trilogy of MI6’s spy agents, We follow Johanna, Joseph and Sid as they go about their day working for MI6. That aspect for me I found absolutely fascinating, to go behind the scenes really got me excited to learn more and I really did. The story moved at a good pace and I found the characters well rounded and exciting. Though for me the story lacked something, I am not a huge James Bond fan but I wanted to read this book as I like something a little different and I did enjoy it but not as much as I hoped I would.

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Last Time I Lied By Riley Sager

Last Time I Lied By Riley Sager

Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

It was Emma’s first summer away from home. She made friends. She played games. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned. . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

My Thoughts:

This is my second read by Riley and I have to say I am finding his books a great pick me up. I really enjoyed this book that is set around a Summer Camp, I definitely felt the creepiness reading about the Camp and what had happened there before. The author flits between the present and past so we get more of a back story. I did feel as though the book could of been shortened, some of the chapters I felt didn’t need to be there. I felt as though I was questioning everyone and couldn’t work out what had happened back then. I felt as though I was suspicious of everyone. You will literally have your jaw on the floor when you find out as I did. The twist that comes at the end was crazy good.

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Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owen

Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owen

For years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

My Thoughts:

I had heard so many great things about this book so thought I must give it a try. Personally I was not a fan I just felt as though I was plodding through a day to day life of a girl living in a marsh. The accent that Delia the author had chosen worked well for the characters, the story was very predictable but you can tell Delia has done a lot of research into the environment that Kya was living in. But it was just not for me.

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We Know By Gregg Hurwitz

We Know By Gregg Hurwitz

A good job, a decent flat in Los Angeles, a quiet life – Nick Horrigan has finally put his traumatic past behind him. Or so it seems, until a SWAT team smashes into his place in the middle of the night. Still in pajamas, he’s dragged outside to a waiting helicopter. He’s told that a terrorist has seized control of a nuclear power plant and is threatening to blow it up…unless he can talk to Nick.

Flown into a deadly intrigue, Nick is charged with a dangerous secret, one that will take him from the dark alleys of the city to behind the scenes of a Presidential race. As he rockets toward the truth, peeling back layer after layer of lies and deception, only one thing is certain: The long-buried secret, tied to the traumas of his own past, threatens his life at every turn.

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed the Orphan X books in the past so assumed this one would be good, but I felt a little let down by it. It was an ok story, the first several chapters were good and did a good job of setting the scene but then I found some things that seemed unbelievable and unlikely which let it down for me. On a positive note the characters were all well rounded and described well. My thoughts are that I would probably read another one of Gregg’s books as I have enjoyed his previous ones.

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