I Am Dust By Louise Beech

I Am Dust By Louise Beech

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A haunted theatre
A murdered actress
Three cursed teenagers
A secret that devastates them all…

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her?
Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.

And Chloe has been watching…

My Thoughts:

A new author to me but one I will most certainly be reading more of. It it set back in 2005 to 2019, where we see the main character Chloe as a teenager back to the present where she is a theatre usher. I liked how the story inter weaves between each other and we see how the past impacts on the future for Chloe and her friends. It is a emotional story that will leave you needing a tissue or two.

Thank you to lovereading for sending me an ARC.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Am-Dust-Louise-Beech-ebook

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The Honjin Murders By Seishi Yokomizo

The Honjin Murders By Seishi Yokomizo

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Japan’s greatest classic murder mystery, translated into English for the first time

In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour – it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions around the village.

Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi household are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music. Death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house.

Soon, amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is on the scene to investigate what will become a legendary murder case, but can this scruffy sleuth solve a seemingly impossible crime?

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t too sure what I was expecting from this book, but it was absolutely spell bounding and I couldn’t stop reading. It is a nice short story with only 189 pages. The first few chapters I wondered where the story was going to go but as you get into the story it evolves and is a mystery. If you like a murder mystery then this is the book for you as it is so cleverly written and just a bit different.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Honjin-Murders-Pushkin-Vertigo-ebook/

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Too Scared to Tell By Cathy Glass

Too Scared to Tell By Cathy Glass

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The true story of a 6-year-old boy with a dreadful secret.

Oskar’s school teacher raises the alarm. Oskar’s mother is abroad and he has been left in the care of ‘friends’, but has been arriving in school hungry, unkempt, and with bruises on his arms, legs and body. Experienced foster carer Cathy Glass is asked to look after him, but as the weeks pass her concerns deepen. Oskar is far too quiet for a child of six and is clearly scared of something or someone.

And who are those men parked outside his school watching him?

My Thoughts:

Another superbly written story that had me in tears. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and writes about the children that she takes into care. Here we meet Oskar and what has happened to him will truly shock you as it did with Cathy. You see how she gives him and every child who comes into her care the warmth and love that they should get. I am thoroughly looking forward to the next book, as at the end of this book there is a bombshell dropped to do with Cathy and her family.  Keep your eyes peeled.

I received this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Scared-Tell-Abused-story-ebook

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The Neighbours By Nicola Gill

The Neighbours By Nicola Gill

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Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four and rent a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Ginny Taylor is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she meets her downstairs neighbour…

Cassie Frost was once a beloved actress, but after a recent mishap she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job – but can she be persuaded to work for the prickly woman who lives below her floorboards?

Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but they have more in common than they’d care to imagine (or admit). And when their worlds collide, they realise that sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story, I feel as though Ginny and Cassie are characters that people can relate too. Even though there are some sad parts in this book, there are some uplifting ones too. I loved seeing how the relationship progressed between the two neighbours, it taught me that you might not know your neighbour, maybe you should find out what they are like.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neighbours-relatable-life-affirming-female-friendship-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neighbours-Nicola-Gill/

An Almost Perfect Holiday By Lucy Diamond

An Almost Perfect Holiday By Lucy Diamond

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The holidays are here, and down in Cornwall Lorna’s cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way . . .

Em’s planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus her new boyfriend, George . . . but now his difficult six-year-old is coming too. Will their romance survive the realities of parenthood?

Maggie’s hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise reappearance, it changes everything. Can she trust the man who broke her heart?

Olivia has escaped the domestic grind, only for the past to catch up with her. Maybe the time has come to confess all – if she can find the courage . . .

Meanwhile, the teenagers are running wild and love is in the air. With friendship, heartache and secrets in the mix, will this holiday turn out to be a scorcher – or simply too hot to handle?

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with this book straight away, there is just something about Lucy Diamonds books that are like pure escapism. The book is centred around three families who all have their ups and downs. We see how they get to know each other when times are tough. The book deals with relatable issues with a sensitivity which Lucy has got spot on. I am now eagerly awaiting her next book.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Perfect-Holiday-Lucy-Diamond-ebook/

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Perfect-Holiday-Lucy-Diamond

The Snakes By Sadie Jones

The Snakes By Sadie Jones

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Family secrets can be deadly…

Newly-weds Dan and Bea decide to escape London. Driving through France in their beaten-up car they anticipate a long lazy summer, worlds away from their ordinary lives.

But their idyll cannot last. Stopping off to see Bea’s brother at his crumbling hotel, the trio are joined unexpectedly by Bea’s ultra-wealthy parents. Dan has never understood Bea’s deep discomfort around them but living together in such close proximity he begins to sense something is very wrong.

Just as tensions reach breaking point, brutal tragedy strikes, exposing decades of secrets and silence that threaten to destroy them all.

My Thoughts:

Not having read any of Sadie’s books before, I was not sure what to expect, I am not a big fan of snakes so the part when they went into the loft freaked me out. I read it and then was like what actually happened? The story is about a family that are dysfunctional and for me I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters and the ending was surreal.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snakes-Sadie-Jones-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snakes-Sadie-Jones

Unexpected Lessons in Love By Lucy Dillon

Unexpected Lessons in Love By Lucy Dillon

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What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.

But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?

Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . . .

My Thoughts:

A unusual love story but one that had me hooked. I love how the story grew within the pages of the book and we saw more of the characters come to light. The main focus of the story is to do with Jeannie and her fiancee Dan, but on the side there is a smaller story about puppy farming which I found sad but interesting. It makes you think if your making a decision whether to go with your head or your head. I liked the relationship Jeannie had with her father as it reminded me of my relationship with my dad. This book makes you think if you were in Jeannie’s situation what would you do?

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Lessons-Love-Lucy-Dillon-ebook/

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Lessons-Love-Lucy-Dillon