Blood Orange By Harriet Tyce

Blood Orange By Harriet Tyce

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Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to reading this book after hearing all they hype about it and it certainly did not disappoint, it has everything you want from a fast paced thriller. A couple of the twists I guessed but it didn’t put me off, I wanted to find out the ending. I thought Alison was a bit like marmite, some people may like her and some may not. I found myself not liking Alison for what she was doing but being fond of her. The story is tense and I couldn’t believe it is a debut novel. A story like this is definitely film worthy I think.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Orange-Harriet-Tyce-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Orange-most-heart-pounding-thriller

The Secretary By Renee Knight

The Secretary By Renee Knight

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She knows all your secrets. But will she keep them?

Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There’s a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .

My Thoughts:

The first half of this book I found rather slow but more than halfway through it got better, it is all about a secretary who is more than just a secretary. It is about how she gets pushed to her limit, how her family life suffers and also her mental wellbeing. It is a very well thought out story but for me it didn’t hold my attention for long enough.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secretary-Ren%C3%A9e-Knight-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secretary-Ren%C3%A9e-Knight

 

The Choice By Claire Wade

The Choice By Claire Wade

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Imagine a world where…

Everything you ate was monitored by the government.
Every step you took was counted.
Your children were weighed every day at school.
Neighbours reported on neighbours and no one was safe from judgement.
Sugar was illegal, and baking was a crime.

Imagine if that world was here… What would you do?

Toe the line or fight for your freedom…

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting topic to read about, it made me think about the alternative life without sugar and could I possibly do it? I think the author has nailed the female characters as when reading you feel something for them and want their problems to go away. All the time I was reading this book I just wanted to bake or eat something with lots of sugar in it. A fantastic debut novel.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Choice-gripping-thought-provoking-story-need-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Choice-Claire-Wade

The Assistant By S. K. Tremayne

The Assistant By S. K. Tremayne

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She watches you constantly.
Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free. The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous Home Assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights – and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.

She knows all your secrets.
Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did.’ And Jo is horrified. Because in her past she did do something terrible. Something unforgivable.

Now she wants to destroy you.
Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret. And they would never tell anyone. Would they? As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the Assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control Jo; it wants to destroy her.

My Thoughts:

Wow what a unique story, the story centres around Jo and if she is going mad or is it the assistants? I found this read creepy and unnerving as I think anyone would do if they have a home hub in their home. Some things with these home hubs just don’t sit right with me. I couldn’t for the life of me work out where this story was going to lead and with Jo’s paranoia I wondered what would happen to her and her state of mind. The book is dark and by the final few chapters gets darker and a secret comes out that I couldn’t believe.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Assistant-gripping-original-psychological-thriller-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Assistant-S-K-Tremayne

 

I Dare You By Sam Carrington

I Dare You By Sam Carrington

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Mapledon, 1989
Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.
The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.
No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.
The village could sleep safe once again.

Now…
Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.
30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.
Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?

My Thoughts:

I hadn’t read any of Sam’s books before so was pleasantly surprised how much this story gripped me. It goes from past to present and is about two little girls that live in a village, when something happens to one of them everyone believes its the village loner who was responsible, but was it? Back to the present and Anna is trying to find out who it really was. This book had me firmly gripped and intrigued.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-You-gripping-thriller-bestseller-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sam-Carrington-Untitled-Book-3

Shattered Hearts (Silver Lake series book 4) By Coral McCallum

Shattered Hearts (Silver Lake series book 4) By Coral McCallum

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Five years older. Five years wiser. Five years down the road, we reconnect with Jake and Lori.Over the years since Bonded Souls, the Silver Lake family has grown and the band have seen their career go from strength to strength.

Fresh off the road after a gruelling tour, Jake has high hopes of enjoying a relaxing summer at home with his family.An unexpected tragedy and an act of betrayal shatters all hopes of that and throws their plans into disarray.

The combination of both results in Shattered Hearts for Jake and Lori and the Silver Lake family. Can they recover from this?

My Thoughts:

I have loved this series and all the characters within the book. In this story we catch up with Lori and Jake ( you need to read the first three books to get a sense of all the characters), their life seems to be going well until tragedy strikes, will they survive it? Another excellent read from a brilliant author.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shattered-Hearts-Silver-Lake-Book-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shattered-Hearts-Silver-Coral-McCallum

The Christmas Wish List By Heidi Swain

The Christmas Wish List By Heidi Swain

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After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

My Thoughts:

Make sure to snuggle up with this festive read where we meet some fantastic characters that will warm your heart. If you go to Wynbridge I am sure you will feel the Christmas spirit that the locals become involved in. I loved Dolly she melted my heart and reminded me of my gran. So kind and caring. A lovely romantic and festive read, you are in for a real treat.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-List-Heidi-Swain-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-List-Heidi-Swain