The Therapist By Helene Flood

The Therapist By Helene Flood

At first it’s the lie that hurts.

A voicemail from her husband tells Sara he’s arrived at the holiday cabin. Then a call from his friend confirms he never did.

She tries to carry on as normal, teasing out her clients’ deepest fears, but as the hours stretch out, her own begin to surface. And when the police finally take an interest, they want to know why Sara deleted that voicemail.

To get to the root of Sigurd’s disappearance, Sara must question everything she knows about her relationship.

Could the truth about what happened be inside her head?

My Thoughts:

As soon as I finished this book I was like OMG! I cannot believe what had happened at the end. Sara’s husband Sigurd is leaving to go to a holiday cabin with a couple of his mates, when she receives a voicemail to say he has arrived, she is happy and gets on with her day, but when a phonecall comes from his friend to say Sigurd never turned up, Sara’s world comes crashing down on her, where is he? and what has happened to him? Everyone has secrets but who is going to tell theirs first? Will Sara ever be reunited with her husband ever again or has something more sinister happened to him? You won’t believe the ending, very dramatic, tense and makes you question things. I loved it.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to MacLehose Press and Netgalley for sending me a copy.

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Shame By Elizabeth Forbes

Shame By Elizabeth Forbes

George and Martha have things they’d rather keep hidden from each other: private thoughts, desires and secrets which, if discovered, could cause untold shame. But to an outsider they appear to have a happy, contented and conventional family life.

At their twins’ Fred and Delilah’s twenty-first birthday party events conspire to uncover disturbing emotional connections, and threaten to reveal a past that has long been concealed.

Soon after, a holiday designed to repair the damage exposes further rifts that could spread beyond the family and possibly change their futures forever. As a GP, Martha is used to helping her patients mend physically and mentally, but can she do the same for her husband and children, or will the ensuing damage leave wounds that will never heal?

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Elizabeth and it will not be my last as I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was a little slow to start with but it had me gripped the whole way through. The story is about a married couple called George and Martha, they both have kept secrets from each other amongst other things. When their twins have a party for their twenty first, events spiral out of control and secrets are uncovered. What secrets will be revealed? will it break up the family for good or is there a way of building bridges once again? The thing with this book is you never really know what goes on behind closed doors or behind their eyes. They may seem happy but underneath there is betrayals and all sorts of things going on. I didn’t particularly warm to any of the characters, but that is not saying I didn’t like the book because I really did. I wanted to know what had happened in the past for them to be the way they are today and I sure found out. The twists were brilliant and I look forward to reading my next book by Elizabeth Forbes.

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

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The Idea Of You By Robinne Lee

The Idea Of You By Robinne Lee

THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS HAYES CAMPBELL.

To the media, he’s the enigmatic front-man of a record-breaking boyband.

To his fans, he’s the boy of their dreams.

To his label, he’s gold-dust.

And to Solène Marchand, he’s the pretty face that’s plastered over her teenage daughter’s bedroom wall.

Until a chance meeting throws Hayes and Solène together . . .

The attraction is instant. The chemistry is electric. The affair is Solène’s secret.

But can it really stay that way forever?

My Thoughts:

This is an addictive read, it is a fresh and original story that is packed with lots of sexiness and a love affair. Hayes Campbell is a artist in a boy band, he is very successful and has many girls swooning over him. But when he meets Solene, who is a single mum whose daughter is hung up on the band especially Hayes, he is smitten with Solene. Is this a good idea to start something with a young guy who is in a boy band, can she keep this love affair secret from her daughter? especially when the media are all over the band. It is a sexy, sultry love affair story that will keep you reading till all hours.

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The Mother Fault By Kate Mildenhall

The Mother Fault By Kate Mildenhall

To keep her children safe, she must put their lives in danger…

In suburban Australia, Mim and her two children live as quietly as they can. Around them, a near-future world is descending into chaos: government officials have taken absolute control, but not everybody wants to obey the rules.

When Mim’s husband Ben mysteriously disappears, Mim realises that she and her children are in great danger. Together, they must set off on the journey of a lifetime to find Ben. The government are trying to track them down, but Mim will do anything to keep her family safe – even if it means risking all their lives.

Can the world ever return to normality, and their family to what it was?

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a near future thriller then this is the book for you, it has a very good and well thought out plot line and it is hard to predict how the book will end. It shows how we could descend in the near future and it is also about human interaction and connection. I didn’t feel I connected or could relate to any of the characters and I feel as though it lost a little bit in the telling as you go through the book. But I did like the storyline.

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Animal By Lisa Taddeo

Animal By Lisa Taddeo

I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig.

That’s a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man.

Do you see how this is going? But I wasn’t always that way.

I am depraved. I hope you like me.

My Thoughts:

When I saw this book was out, I wanted to read it for myself and gather my own opinions on what I thought of this book. I found it quite an uncomfortable read, I found it hard to warm to Joan, she is broken and hurt and has put barriers up around herself to try and protect herself. I never really knew what was coming and some of the things that happen are truly shocking. However I wanted to read on and learn more about Joan and I am glad I did as it made me think. I think this book is a little like marmite you will ever like it or not. I am somewhere in between but I am grateful to have read it.

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In Other Words By Mainspring Arts

In Other Words By Mainspring Arts

A shift in the nature of light reveals an eighth colour in the visible spectrum. A boy befriends the last tree in the natural world. A single mother finds help at the darkest point of her life. A young man finds himself trapped in a university overrun by crows.

These stories and more form In Other Words, an anthology as diverse as the writers themselves. Some cover trauma, societal issues and stigma; others offer fragments of hope and light. Some reach back in time while others transport us to another dimension altogether. There is heartbreak, wit, humour, poignancy and above all a mastery of the imagination.

What these transcendent stories share is that they were created by autistic writers, people often dismissed as unimaginative or incapable of creativity a myth that has persisted for generations. This collection hopes to shatter those stereotypes, those misconceptions and misunderstandings, and the perception that one must be neurotypical to be afforded a voice in the arts.

My Thoughts:

I liked the fact that all the stories are written by autistic writers, I feel as though a lot of the time they don’t get to share their stories and I feel as though this is a good thing that needs to be read. So there is eight different stories in this book, they all seem to cover different things like trauma, different issues and stigma’s, there seems to be every emotion in each read too. I read each story slowly and really took the words in, and I enjoyed it. I hope this book helps other autistic writers to never give up on their dreams and also gives people an understanding what it is like for an autistic person living in the real world today. I now have more of an understanding from reading this wonderful book that I think everyone should shout about.

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Elle’s A to Z of Love By Claire Huston

Elle’s A to Z of Love By Claire Huston

Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth.

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book, I have read Claire’s previous book called Art and Soul and liked it. Claire’s descriptions makes it feel as though you want to be right there in Haileybrook where the book is set. It sounds wonderful and I would love to go to the Cotswolds one day. Elle lives there but cannot wait to leave, but why? something is always pulling her back, we see old flames pop up, and also she has firm roots and loyalties that she can’t just leave. Will she ever be able to detach from Haileybrook and live her own life or will she have to make do with the Cotswolds once and for all. I can understand why she wanted to leave but where she lives seems like a lovely place, I know I wouldn’t want to leave. I loved all the characters we meet in this book, there are some amusing parts and I felt as though it was an uplifting read , one I would recommend to everyone.

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The Blood Divide By A. A. Dhand

The Blood Divide By A. A. Dhand

The last thing Jack Baxi expected when a detective rang his doorbell in the middle of the night was that he’d be tortured and left for dead, with a young woman he’s never met before.

Now, running for their lives, Jack and Aisha frantically try to discover why the detective was so convinced they both have information on a missing person. Jack is a Sikh corner shopkeeper with a criminal record. Aisha is a Muslim medical student from a wealthy family. What could possibly connect them?

Their desperate hunt for answers will take them on a perilous journey, from the sprawling underground markets and dangerous red-light district of Delhi all the way to the most militarized zone in India.

But little do they know, a dangerous organisation is watching their every move – and they’ll do whatever it takes to stop Jack and Aisha learning the truth . . .

My Thoughts:

This was such a great read, it had everything I like in a thriller. It was fast paced, lots of twists and turns, not really sure where the story is heading, It was fantastic, I couldn’t believe that this is a debut novel it was superb. I read it in a day as I just didn’t want to put it down. It all starts with Jack and when one evening he gets a knock on his door from someone claiming to be a detective, with this detective is a woman and their lives are at risk if they don’t do something quick. So they flee, but what they both really want to know is why them and what could connect them? they go on a journey through India with the help of a very nice taxi driver who doesn’t know what he has let himself in for. Will they find out the truth before it is too late? The story moved at a good pace, some of the chapters left you hanging so you feel obliged to continue through to the next chapter. The characters were believable and the sense of urgency of finding out is really there. This author is definitely one to watch in the future.

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The Lies She Told By Lynda Renham

The Lies She Told By Lynda Renham

Life in the village of Stonesend is pretty uneventful, that is until Detective Tom Miller is transferred there following a personal tragedy. He is not greeted well by local police officer, Beth Harper, who feels he is not up to the job. The day of his arrival, Kate Marshall, a teacher at the local school, is beaten in her own home and left for dead.  The villagers are left in a state of shock.  Was it a random attack, or something more personal?

My Thoughts:

I loved getting stuck into this book, I love the way Lynda writes with so much description. This story is set in the village of Stonesend and nothing much happens around here in this quiet, sleepy village well not until a new detective is sent there. Detective Tom Miller is trying to cope with his own personal situation when he has to be moved to this quiet village, but is this really what he needs after all he has been through? When other things start happening in the village is it just a coincidence that Tom has arrived or is it something closer to home? I loved this book, it was fast paced and I couldn’t work out what was going to happen. There is lots of drama and secrets and you will not guess what is going to happen. The ending was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.

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Someone I used to know By Paige Toon

Someone I used to know By Paige Toon

So much can change in half a lifetime… 
 
Then
 
At fifteen, George is the foster brother Leah never asked for. As the angry, troubled boy struggles to come to terms with his circumstances, Leah finds herself getting drawn closer to him.
 
Theo’s wealthy family have mysteriously pulled him out of boarding school and he’s now enrolled at the local state school with Leah and George. When their worlds collide that summer, the three teenagers form a bond they believe will be unbreakable. But life doesn’t always go to plan…
 
Now
 
Shocking news brings Leah back to Yorkshire, baby daughter in tow. But Emilie’s father Theo isn’t with them, and George has unexpectedly returned. After half a lifetime, have they healed the scars of their pasts? Will coming back home set their hearts in a different direction?

My Thoughts:

Can I just say how beautiful the colour of this cover is, it gets me so excited for the Summer and this will be a perfect beach read. I love the design too so simple yet effective. I am a big fan of Paige Toon’s books and always get excited when I see a new one out, I devoured this book in one sitting, I know greedy right? but I just couldn’t help myself. Paige’s books are just so addictive and I just didn’t want to stop reading this fabulous story. The story goes from then to now and we see Leah’s family back then when her mum and dad were foster carers and how it was to be brought up with other children in the house. Especially when George comes to stay, he has a lot going on in his head and is very withdrawn but can Leah help him open up? When we go to the now we see Leah with her little family, she has to return to her family home as there has been an unexpected loss, but George is there too and can Leah cope with seeing him after what happened when she last saw him. She has a daughter now to protect but it is not just George that needs someone, it’s Leah too. Can they help heal each other’s wounds? I just loved it and now want to re read this charming and beautiful story.

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