Should I Tell You? By Jill Mansell

Should I Tell You? By Jill Mansell

Amber, Lachlan and Raffaele met as teenagers in the seaside home of kind-hearted foster parents. Arriving in glorious Cornwall was the best thing that ever happened to them – and now, as adults, their bond is stronger than ever.

But Amber has a secret. She’s in love with Lachlan. She can’t confess her feelings because that would never work. Restless Lachlan dates a lot and definitely isn’t the settling-down type. Surely it’s better to keep him as a friend than to risk losing him for good?

Raffaele has his own dilemma. He had the dream girlfriend in Vee, until it all went horribly wrong . . . and he still can’t understand why. Is Vee hiding something from him?

Now their widowed foster dad Teddy thinks he’s found love again. Younger, charming and strikingly beautiful, is Olga as perfect as she seems? Or will she end up breaking Teddy’s heart?

Against a backdrop of sparkling seas and sunny skies, the unexpected is always just around the corner. Welcome to Lanrock!

My Thoughts:

I loved this story and want to re-read it straight away. It was the perfect story to escape with and it did me good to get away from everything that is going on in the world. I love that the story is set in Cornwall, it really makes me want to go and visit. I loved the characters and how relatable they were, there are quite a few characters in this story but don’t be put off as it is easy to remember who is who. I would love to visit Lanrock and meet the residents as it always seem busy and full of life, I felt as though I had stepped in to the story and was wishing everyone a happy ending. Love, family and friendship make this story what it is and whether we can find all those things to be happy. I have loved all of Jill’s books so far but this one was my favourite so far and I look forward to reading the next one.

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Her Perfect Twin By Sarah Bonner

Her Perfect Twin By Sarah Bonner

When Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband’s phone, she wants answers.

Leah already has everything Megan has ever wanted. Fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder.

The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her.

But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret too?

My Thoughts:

First off I have to say for a debut novel this was brilliant. I felt as though it was a little bit different to other thrillers but in a good way. It grabbed me from the first page and I didn’t want to put it down. Megan has a twin sister that she has not seen for a long time, we discover later into the story why. When she finds a picture of her sister on her husband’s phone she wants to know why. After an argument someone comes worse off and how can you get away with killing your sister is to be her. How can she be two people and live a life? it was an interesting mix of what was going to happen, there are many twists and turns that are unexpected and some expected. It was a very cleverly written story and the ending was dramatic. This is an author I will be looking out for in the future. For a debut novel this was a spectacular read.

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The Last House On The Street By Diane Chamberlain

The Last House On The Street By Diane Chamberlain

1965. A young white female student becomes involved in the fight for civil rights in North Carolina, falling in love with one of her fellow activists, a Black man, in a time and place where an interracial relationship must be hidden from family, friends and especially the reemerging Ku Klux Klan. As tensions rise in the town, she realises not everyone is who they appear to be.

2010. A recently widowed architect moves into the home she and her late husband designed, heartbroken that he will never cross the threshold. But when disturbing things begin to happen, it’s clear that someone is sending her a warning. Who is trying to frighten her away, and why?

Decades later, past and present are set to collide in the last house on the street…

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Diane and I found it was an ok read, it explores racism and the power of human kind. I liked the story but it didn’t blow me away. I was intrigued with the first half about where the story was going but after that I found it a little slow. I read until the end only because I wanted to find out about the last house on the street. I liked how past and present intertwined with each other through out the story, but I felt as though it lacked something.

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The Maid By Nita Prose

The Maid By Nita Prose

I am your maid. I know so much about you. But what do you know about me?

Molly the Maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests who pass through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?

But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And so Molly becomes embroiled in a hunt for the truth, learning who to trust as she navigates the secret underbelly of the Regency Grand Hotel.

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to read this intense and intriguing thriller. It is such a original plot about Molly the maid. You wouldn’t expect a story about a maid to be thrilling but it really is. Molly is invisible to most people while she cleans the rooms and dusts, she can be as quiet as a mouse and hear and see everything and anything. When one of the guests is found dead, Molly is on the hunt to find out the truth of what happened to the guest, as she steps into the limelight this is her big entrance. I found I just wanted to keep reading and was sad when it came to the end as it was just so good I want to read it all over again incase I missed out of anything. It shows you how everyone deserves to be seen whatever job they do. I thought it was a well thought out and researched plot and having the main characters job as a maid certainly hit the nail on the head as I haven’t read a book before with a maid being the main character. A very good story, one I think will be turned into a film and I just can’t wait.

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The Anomaly By Herve Le Tellier

The Anomaly By Herve Le Tellier

When flight Air France 006 enters a terrifying storm, the plane – inexplicably – duplicates. For every passenger on board that day, there are now two – a double with the same mind, body and memories.

Just one thing sets them apart. One plane leaves the storm in March. The other doesn’t land until June. For world leaders, the emergence of the June flight raises serious alarms. No science, faith, or protocol can explain this unprecedented event.

But for the passengers, a bigger question is at stake. What happens to them, now that their life is shared? What happens to those who land in June, when their March doubles make decisions that will change their lives forever?

And as the doubles prepare to meet, they have an extraordinary decision to make.

If there are two of them, and just one life – who gets to live it?

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of this book, it sounded a bit different and original. When a plane enters a storm the plane duplicates, each passenger has a duplicate of themselves, But one plane leaves the storm in March and the other in June. The passengers that arrive first change the lives of those who leave the storm later. It was a very interesting thriller, one that I couldn’t stop thinking about and one I questioned myself over and over again. We hear from several of the character first hand and get their back stories which I enjoyed reading about. I am not a huge fan of science fiction but it was ok in this story, it worked well. It such a fresh idea for a story and it really worked for me, this would be brilliant if it was made into a film.

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She and I By Hannah King

She and I By Hannah King

Best friends share everything. But murder is different. Isn’t it?

Keeley and Jude are closer than blood. Inseparable since childhood, they share everything: clothes, secrets, booze – and blame. So when they wake up after a new year’s party to find Keeley’s boyfriend stabbed to death beside them, they agree to share something else: the story they’ll tell the police.

But who is that story really meant to protect? Is Jude risking her bright future to protect her friend? Is there more to sharp-eyed Keeley than she lets on? Or are they conspiring to let Keeley’s brother get away with the drugs he’s been selling in their small town?

As the murder investigation sends ripples through their community, the history of the girls’ claustrophobic relationship comes under scrutiny – and they start to realise they might not, always, have shared as much as they thought.

Can their friendship survive sharing everything?

My Thoughts:

This was a great thriller for a debut author, Hannah’s writing is very descriptive and the way she tells the story is like you are part of the story. Two best friends but after a party they wake up to find one of their boyfriend’s has been stabbed to death, they go to the police but tell them their story. What will happen as the murder investigation gets underway? will it all come out eventually? The bond between both girls I found was a little claustrophobic and I had a feeling of uneasy just a few chapters in. It is a very well laid out story that you wonder where it will lead to, It is set in a small town in Northern Ireland and Hannah has definitely set the scene. I feel as though reading more into the girls lives, it is like peeling an onion, each layer has to come off to discover something new. It was suspenseful and brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller.

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The Killer in the Snow By Alex Pine

The Killer in the Snow By Alex Pine

The first fall of snow can be fatal…

A year has passed since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he’s hoping for peace and quiet this festive season.

But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement – and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter.

Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier…
 
James knows that to catch this killer, he needs to solve a case that has long since gone cold…

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read in this series, and I look forward to reading the first one now. The story has the great amount of tension and has a great pace to it. There are twists galore that I didn’t see coming and the ending blew me away. I loved getting to know the characters and look forward to reading the first book and the next book in the series. The story drew me right in and I wanted to guess what was going to happen but then the author takes you on a completely different path. This was such a great read.

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The Village By Caroline Mitchell

The Village By Caroline Mitchell

Ten years ago, the Harper family disappeared. Their deserted cottage was left with the water running, the television playing cartoons, the oven ready for baking. The doors were locked from the inside.

Overnight, the sleepy village of Nighbrook became notorious as the scene of the unsolved mystery of the decade, an epicentre for ghoulish media speculation.

For crime journalist Naomi, solving the case has turned into an obsession. So now, with Ivy Cottage finally listed for sale, it’s her chance to mount an investigation like no other. And her husband and stepdaughter don’t really need to know what happened in their new home… do they?

But Nighbrook isn’t quite the village she expected. No one wants to talk to her. No one will answer her questions. And as she becomes increasingly uneasy, it’s clear that the villagers are hiding something―that there is something very dark at the heart of this rural idyll. And the deeper she digs, the more it seems her investigation could be more dangerous than she ever imagined… In raking up the secrets of the past, has she made her own family the next target?

My Thoughts:

This was a fantastic read even better than Caroline’s previous novel The Midnight Man, the story was engaging and captivated me so much the last half of the book I didn’t put down and read for at least 2 hours solidly. I loved the sound of the plot, all about the village where a family disappeared, but where are they now? who is to blame? I had my suspicions about most of the villagers but you literally wouldn’t believe half of the twists and turns that happen in the story. It was a great story that made me slightly on edge and trying to work out what had happened to the family before the story ended. I didn’t believe an ending could be that dramatic but it shocked me to the core. Such a brilliant read, that I will certainly be raving about. This book is going to be a huge hit when it comes out. This is a thriller at it’s finest.

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Pilates Express By Lynne Robinson

Pilates Express By Lynne Robinson

40 quick-fix Pilates workouts to fit into your daily schedule

Suitable for all fitness levels, these 10-minute mini workouts are each designed for a different part of your day – morning, noon and evening.

Starting with The New Fundamentals, Lynne Robinson’s programme features more than 100 illustrated step-by-step exercises, many of which are brand new to Pilates. As well as increasing your strength and flexibility, there are dedicated exercises to boost your immune system and improve the efficiency of your breathing. You’ll also discover how Pilates can benefit both your mental and physical health, helping you to reset your lifestyle, cope with stress and restore balance in your body.

Whether you want to lose weight, improve your fitness or tone up, this essential guide will help you integrate Pilates into your daily life and achieve your goals.

My Thoughts:

Every one wants to get fitter in the New Year and this is the perfect book to start off with. It has many different benefits and also many different workouts to suit all needs. I found it really easy and interesting to follow and felt as though different parts worked best for what kind of mood I was in. There is lots of interesting information in the first part of the book and reading this will help you overall. The work outs have exactly what you need to do with a handy picture too to make sure you are doing each position correctly. I really found the watchpoints helpful too, these help to make sure you are in the perfect and correct position. Overall I have found this a great beginners guide to Pilates and I cannot wait to continue my journey through out this book for a better well being. This book is really going to help people.

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Mainely Angst By Matt Cost

Mainely Angst By Matt Cost

Langdon is muddling his way through the pandemic like everybody else. Business restrictions have dealt a blow to his mystery bookstore, and nobody leaves the house anymore to get into trouble and create a need for a PI. At the same time, his marriage is stronger than ever, and he’s had a chance to catch up on things around the house.

Then it all changes. The bookstore opens back up, and he gets hired to find a missing woman, find proof of sexual harassment against another local business owner, and track down a kidnapped boy before he is executed by a madman in a desperate bid to force the state to ease masking restrictions. 

My Thoughts:

This is book four in the Mainely series and I love these books so much. I would recommend reading all the other previous books in this series as you can get the back story of Langdon. Also the other books are really good, We catch up with Langdon as he is going through the pandemic like everyone else is. We see how the pandemic has affected his business and his life. Then we find him going on an interesting case of finding a missing woman, amongst other interesting cases. It is just another day in the life of Langdon. I just love these books so much, I always feel as though I am trying to work out Langdon’s cases before him, but I never do as Langdon is just too good. I loved these books and look forward to Matt’s next book.

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