What I Did By Kate Bradley

What I Did By Kate Bradley

Lisa is running.
She has taken her child, Jack, and she has run from his father.

Lisa thinks she’s safe.
She’s found a remote house where no one will be able to find them.

Lisa is about to wake up in her worst nightmare.
And now she must face what she’s tried to escape.

Risking everything to protect her little boy, Lisa knows that in order to survive she will have to fight, but it’s hard to face someone you loved, especially someone you still love, who knows who you really are – and what you are really capable of.

Family is everything. What would you do to protect it?

My Thoughts:

This was a great read with twists and turns galore. Lisa and her son Jack are on the run, they are running away from Jack’s father, the book switches from past to present and I felt as though it was easy to keep on track. I like Kate’s writing and will be looking for more of her books in the future. There is alot at stake and it is made to feel as though it is pressurized, though in a good way. It makes for a tense and thrilling story.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Zaffre for sending me a copy.

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Shiver By Allie Reynolds

Shiver By Allie Reynolds

When Milla is invited to a reunion in the French Alps resort that saw the peak of her snowboarding career, she drops everything to go. While she would rather forget the events of that winter, the invitation comes from Curtis, the one person she can’t seem to let go.

The five friends haven’t seen each other for ten years, since the disappearance of the beautiful and enigmatic Saskia. But when an icebreaker game turns menacing, they realise they don’t know who has really gathered them there and how far they will go to find the truth.

In a deserted lodge high up a mountain, the secrets of the past are about to come to light.

My Thoughts:

This is a story of five competitive snowboarders who get stranded on top of a mountain, there are lies, betrayals and secrets and someone out for revenge, but who is guilty? You have the added bonus of learning about the world of competitive snowboarding which I liked and found interesting, I have tried snowboarding in the past and liked it. The book is full of suspense and suspicion, you never really know who is telling the truth or not. It felt claustrophobic and intense up there and I am in doubt that it would of been. I have been reading about the author Allie and have learnt that she use to compete as a snowboarder and also has spent quite a few winters in different places that has mountains. I always love the fact that the authors have actually spent time doing things that are written into their books, it makes it feel more special, they are speaking from experiences.

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Girl A By Abigail Dean

Girl A By Abigail Dean

‘Girl A,’ she said. ‘The girl who escaped. If anyone was going to make it, it was going to be you.’

Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped. When her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the House of Horrors into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her six siblings – and with the childhood they shared.

My Thoughts:

Tissues are a must with this read, I literally felt heartbroken to discover what these poor children had gone through. I like how the book is written, before and now, it gives a really good background in what happened before and how Lex is now. It is a very powerful read of love and horror that I will never be able to forget, you never know if a child right now is suffering like these children had to. You can never imagine what they went through, and you probably wouldn’t want to but seeing the woman Lex is today makes me proud of her and what she has gone through. The fact that this book is a debut is incredible, I cannot wait for Abigail the author’s next book. A book has never hot me so hard and it will stay with me for a long time.

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The Charmed Wife By Olga Grushin

The Charmed Wife By Olga Grushin

Cinderella married the man of her dreams – the perfect ending she deserved after diligently following all the fairy-tale rules. Yet now, two children and thirteen-and-a-half years later, things have gone badly wrong.

One night, she sneaks out of the palace to get help from the Witch who, for a price, offers love potions to disgruntled housewives. But as the old hag flings the last ingredients into the cauldron, Cinderella doesn’t ask for a love spell to win back her Prince Charming.

Instead, she wants him dead.

My Thoughts:

When we hear of Cinderella we think of a happy ever after don’t we? what happens if that doesn’t happen? taking a part fairy tales and marriage is what Olga has done to this story, it is cleverly written with a hint of humour. I personally thought back to all the fairy tales I knew from my childhood and I like the way that it picks up the story a few years after her and Prince Charming got married. There is an important message behind the story but be careful you don’t get put under the spell.

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Ask No Questions By Claire Allan

Ask No Questions By Claire Allan


Not all secrets are meant to come out…

Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends.
Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates.
It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?

My Thoughts:

I read this book in one sitting, I could not put it down. Claire is an amazing author that leaves the reader really feeling the anticipation into where the story is heading. I felt the unease at the start and it didn’t let up until the last few sentences. I became so engrossed with this story that I didn’t realise I had nearly finished it. What makes a good psychological thriller is this book right here, with twists and turns at every corner and the ending was superb. Each chapter is a different person so you feel as though you are getting their background aswell as the story, which makes it even more exciting to read. If you haven’t read a book by Claire Allan before I would highly recommend her books.

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Rescue Me By Sarra Manning

Rescue Me By Sarra Manning

Margot doesn’t have time for love.

Will is afraid to love.

And neither of them are expecting to fall in love with Blossom: a gentle Staffy with a tragic past, a belly made for rubbing and a head the size of a football.

After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will’s obsession for micro-managing and clear-cut boundaries and Margot’s need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands.

Can they put their differences aside to become successful “co-pawrents” and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting and warm read. Any books that involve animals is right up my street. There happens to be a lovely dog called Blossom who is looking for a new home who has not had the best start in life, this tugged on my heart strings. When Will and Margot both need something to love and chance upon the same dog in the rescue center that they warm to, they both want her and Blossom can’t believe her luck. Will Blossom get what she has always wanted or will “co Pawrenting” be an absolute disaster. A funny and uplifting story that will definitely pull on the old heart strings.

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The Island By C. L. Taylor

The Island By C. L. Taylor

Welcome to The Island.

Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?

My Thoughts:

OMG!! You are in for a real treat with this book, it gave me the chills reading it and it made me feel freaked out with what was going to happen. It is about a bunch of teenagers that go on holiday to a remote island. Things start going wrong quickly but why? and is there anyone else on the island? The story is fast paced we learn a little about each of the teenagers but which one has something to hide? I really liked this story a great deal it really kept me hooked till the end. It was captivating and tense, you could almost feel what the teenagers are experiencing, it was so good I didn’t want it to end. The ending was superb but you can always expect that with Cally’s writing. This must be my favourite one of her books yet, it will be hard to top it.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for a copy of this book.

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The Other You By J. S. Monroe

The Other You By J. S. Monroe

He looks the same. He looks like a stranger.

Super recognisers are born with the ability to remember a face forever, even from a single glance. Kate was one of them. She worked for the police, using her gift to spot criminals and save lives. Then came the accident.

Deprived of her abilities after a devastating car crash, Kate found refuge in a new relationship. She met Rob in hospital, and he nursed her back to health in his beautiful house in Cornwall. But now something feels horribly wrong. Rob looks the same, but Kate feels certain: the man she fell in love with has been replaced by an impostor.

Is this the paranoia of a damaged mind? Or is it Kate’s old instinct, screaming one last warning?

My Thoughts:

A very interesting and unique storyline involving super recognisers who are much better at identifying a face than computers. It is quite a sinister story that started off for me a little slow but gradually got better, I couldn’t work out if Kate was still suffering from a brain injury or if something else was going on so that kept me wondering. I felt as though the word super recogniser was used a bit too much and the ending was not what I was expecting either.

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The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home By Joanna Nell

The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home By Joanna Nell

At nearly ninety, retired nature writer Hattie Bloom prefers the company of birds to people, but when a fall lands her in a nursing home she struggles to cope with the loss of independence and privacy. From the confines of her ‘room with a view’ – of the car park! – she dreams of escape.

Fellow ‘inmate’, the gregarious, would-be comedian Walter Clements also plans on returning home as soon as he is fit and able to take charge of his mobility scooter.

When Hattie and Walter officially meet at The Night Owls, a clandestine club run by Sister Bronwyn and her dog, Queenie, they seem at odds. But when Sister Bronwyn is dismissed over her unconventional approach to aged care, they must join forces – and very slowly, an unlikely, unexpected friendship begins to grow.

My Thoughts:

I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this warm and light hearted read. This story put a smile on my face and I even had a few chuckles too. Hattie and Walter are in their late 80’s and live in the Nursing home, they meet at ‘Night Owls’ where they get up to all sorts of things in the middle of the night when they cannot sleep. I have not read any books that are set in a care home and I found it sad but uplifting to read about their lives. Some of what they get up to is very amusing though and reminded me of my grandparents. We see a friendship emerge between Hattie and Walter which was lovely to see and they plan to escape from the Nursing home. There are some right characters that bring this book to life. I would love to read more about them.

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The Book about Getting Older By DR. Lucy Pollock

The Book about Getting Older By DR. Lucy Pollock

Now more than ever, we need to talk about getting older.

Many of us are living to a very great age. But how do we give those we love, and eventually ourselves, long lives that are as happy and healthy as possible?

Dr Lucy’s book gives us answers to the questions we can voice – and those that we can’t.

A long life should be embraced and celebrated, but it’s not all easy. Yet even the most challenging situation can be helped by the right conversation.

How do we start?
How do we ask whether it’s worth taking seven different medicines?
Is it normal to find you’re falling out of love with someone, as they disappear into dementia?
Should Dad be driving, and if not, who can stop him?
What are the secrets of the best care homes?
When does fierce independence become bad behaviour?
How do you navigate near-impossible discussions around resuscitation and intensity of treatments?
And who decides what happens when we become ill?

My Thoughts:

I think this is one of the most important books that you should read if you are halfway through life. All my life adult life I have been in and out of hospital so know how hospitals operate but this really gives you a good insight as to what happens as you get older, I wish Dr Lucy Pollock was my doctor, she seems very caring and compassionate and I have met quite a few doctors in my time and only a handful if that have been as caring as Dr Lucy Pollock. I like the way the book is written, we hear true life stories about older people and explanations that are easy to understand. Each chapter brings a new subject falls, dementia, and questions you or a loved one maybe too afraid to ask. At the end of each chapter are websites to find more information from. The book gives us an explanation of what it means to get older. I found this an insightful and informative book that will help people or family dealing with the issues that are raised in this book.

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