The Flower Girls By Alice Clark Platts

The Flower Girls By Alice Clark Platts

THREE CHILDREN WENT OUT TO PLAY. ONLY TWO CAME BACK.

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read and I look forward to reading more by Alice. This is a police Procedural story which I always find fascinating and insight, with this story it explores children that kill, it is quite an intense read and truly shocked me. I liked the way Alice has alternated between past and present so we get more of an insight into the girls lives before and after. The twist at the end will shock you, I was not expecting it to end the way it did. The tension builds through the book and left me on the edge of my seat. Such a brilliant thought out book.

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Truth or Dare By M. J. Arlidge

Truth or Dare By M. J. Arlidge

A crimewave sweeps through the city and no-one is safe. An arson at the docks. A carjacking gone wrong. A murder in a country park. What connects all these crimes without causes, which leave no clues?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace faces the rising tide of cases which threatens to drown the city. But each crime is just a piece of a puzzle which is falling into place.

And when it becomes clear just how twisted and ingenious this web of crime is, D.I. Grace will realise that it may be impossible to stop it . . .

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to start this book, I really enjoy these books in the D. I Helen Grace series and I couldn’t wait to see what she was up to next in the next instalment. Would recommend to anyone who wants a great thriller at at a fast pace, it kept me on the edge of my seat through out, wondering if the killer would be caught. It is intense, gritty and thought provoking, we follow Helen Grace on her next job as a Detective Inspector, you don’t have to read this books in order, I haven’t and still thoroughly enjoyed them. There are hidden twists and turns that make this book unbelievably good and the ending just made me excited to read the next book.

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The Real Prime Suspect By Jackie Malton

The Real Prime Suspect By Jackie Malton

Jackie Malton was a no-nonsense girl from Leicestershire who joined the police force in the 1970s when women were kept apart from the men. Feisty and determined, Jackie worked in CID and the famous flying squad before rising to become one of only three female detective chief inspectors in the Metropolitan Police. In The Real Prime Suspect, Malton describes the struggles she faced as a gay woman in the Metropolitan Police, where sexism and homophobia were rife.

Jackie dealt with rapists, wife beaters, murderers, blackmailers and armed robbers but it was tackling the corruption in her own station that proved the most challenging. Ostracised and harassed by fellow officers furious that she reported the illegality of some colleagues, Malton used alcohol to curb her anxiety.

A chance meeting with writer Lynda La Plante five years later changed the course of her life. Together they worked on shaping Jane Tennison, one of TV’s most famous police characters, in the ground-breaking series Prime Suspect. Not long after, Malton recovered from alcoholism and now works as an AA volunteer in prison and as a TV consultant.

Jackie has spent her life working in crime. Now she’s ready to share her story.

My Thoughts:

I do love a nitty gritty memoir that involves subjects I wouldn’t necessarily know about. We follow Jackie as she makes her way into the world of policing, it was interesting to go back to the 70’s and see what life was like there for a woman police officer. I found this an interesting read working my way through Jackie’s life and all the different jobs she did felt like an honour to go behind the scenes and see some very eye opening things. There were parts of this story that were funny but other parts really shocked me, I feel as though I have a better understanding for certain things I had no clue about before. This book has definitely taught me things and I am grateful for Jackie writing this book.

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

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Every Shade of Happy By Phyllida Shrimpton

Every Shade of Happy By Phyllida Shrimpton

Every day of Algernon’s 97 years has been broken up into an ordered routine. That’s how it’s been since the war, and he’s not about to change now.

Until his 15-year-old granddaughter arrives on his doorstep, turning Algernon’s black-and-white life upside down. Everything from Anna’s clothes to the way she sits glued to her phone is strange to Algernon, and he’s not sure he likes it.

But as the weeks pass, Algernon is surprised to discover they have something in common after all – Anna is lonely, just like him. Can Algernon change the habits of a lifetime to bring the colour back into Anna’s world?

My Thoughts:

This book came to me at the exact right time, when I needed it the most, it is a beautiful and heart warming story about Algernon, he stole my heart right from the start, I knew there was more to him than meets the eye. When his fifteen year old granddaughter turns up on his doorstep, Algernon doesn’t know what to do, he has been on his own for a very long time and that is how he likes it or is it? deep down he is craving the love and attention that his daughter and his granddaughter show him but can he open up to them. Such a lovely story that made me have every emotion under the sun, I laughed , I cried and I remembered memories from long ago. I needed this book and It was everything I could of ever asked for and a lot more. I would highly recommend reading it.

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

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Tick Tock By Simon Mayo

Tick Tock By Simon Mayo

It starts quietly enough. A tick tick ticking you can hear in your ear. Tinnitus, you think. It will pass. BUt it doesn’t. It gets worse. And then you pass it on…

Before you know it, it spreads. Elsewhere across the globe, it emerges: small outbreaks at first, but then suddenly it’s a plague – and only days later it is already killing people.

In an increasingly affected north London school, teacher Kit Chaplin is struggling to understand what he is witnessing. Even Lilly Slater, his partner and an eminent vaccinologist, can’t work out what’s happening. As it spreads, little by little, they are inexorably drawn into the mystery behind the illness. And what they discover will change the world as they know it…

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Simon, I never knew he had written a couple of other books. I have to be honest and say that the first part of the plot sounded great but the rest of it just made me think of Covid. It was like how can I use something that has happened recently but use a different illness instead a ticking in people’s ears. But it is all of the same wavelength. I read to escape the real world. The story had a good flow to it and I liked how each chapter is a different time of the day so you get the full effect, but I just felt a little let down that it was not as good as I would of liked.

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

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Everything We Are By Karen Angelico

Everything We Are By Karen Angelico

Daniel and Luke are unlikely best friends. Their bond has stood the test of time, through marriages, children and tragedies. But midlife is upon them and hidden truths are beginning to surface. Luke’s hedonism is spiralling out of control, while Sarah fears for their future. And now Daniel has made a shocking discovery about his wife Kate, and doesn’t know where to turn.

Four people, two couples, and a secret that threatens to destroy them all . . .

My Thoughts:

There is a lot going on in this book which explores two very different relationships between husband and wife. Daniel and Kate and Luke and Sarah are good friends but they all have something to hide, see you never know what goes on behind closed doors. They are real issues that each couple face and the author has done well to bring the sensitive topics to light. It was a good mix of exploring different relationships and seeing what the outcome would be. It made me feel grateful for what I have.

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

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Hope to Die By Cara Hunter

Hope to Die By Cara Hunter

It looks like a burglary gone wrong, but DI Adam Fawley suspects there’s something more to it.

When the police discover a connection to a high-profile case from years ago, involving a child’s murder and an alleged miscarriage of justice, the press go wild.

Suddenly Fawley’s team are under more scrutiny than ever before. And when you dig up the past, you’re sure to find a few skeletons…

My Thoughts:

This is an author I have heard of but never read any of her books and I don’t know why, this one was so good. I can’t wait to read more of Cara’s books now. I really loved how this book is laid out, you really feel as though you are involved in the case with the interview recordings, the different text really makes it even more interesting. I felt involved and part of the team trying to work out what was going on. God I got a shock with one of the twists, there were so many parts that I was thinking did that really happen, I just couldn’t believe it. Such a brilliant read and I would highly recommend. Now I am off to order more of Cara’s books.

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The Weekend before the Wedding By Tracy Bloom

The Weekend before the Wedding By Tracy Bloom

One weekend, one bride-to-be, what could possibly go wrong…

All Shelley wanted on her hen weekend was to enjoy three days of sun, sea and sangria. But instead of being surrounded by the A-team of her closest friends, she somehow ends up with a Golden Girls-meets-the-Spice Girls B-list that includes her mother, a rebellious teenager, and a best mate ‘on the verge’.

The squabbling starts at the airport, and on arrival in Spain, Shelley barely has time to unpack her suitcase before getting an unwanted text ̶ one that throws her wedding into doubt.

Shelley has got a BIG decision to make, but her unruly medley of nearest and dearest seem determined to confuse matters with their own problems.

Have they got what it takes to get her through the most important weekend of her life?

My Thoughts:

I had been reading lots of thrillers lately so needed some light heartedness, and this was the perfect book for that. There are many funny parts through it and a great mixture of characters, a couple of them were quite annoying to me with certain situations but it didn’t put me off the book. This is a great pick me up beach read full of friendship, love and second chances. It really made me appreciate what I have in my life and am grateful for what I have. The perfect escape.

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Magpie By Elizabeth Day

Magpie By Elizabeth Day

Sometimes Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any self-consciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bathroom, on the shelf next to theirs.

In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives.
 
Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? Sits too close on the sofa? Constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all just in Marisa’s head?
 
After all, that’s what her Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she?
 
But Marisa knows something is wrong. That the woman sleeping in their house will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
 
Marisa just doesn’t know why.
  
How far will she go to find the answer – and how much is she willing to lose?

My Thoughts:

This story explores infertility and mental health but is such a brilliant and twisted thriller. It is a sensitive subject but written in very well. I love how the plot twists and turns and each chapter peels another layer that you didn’t know was there. There are parts that made me gasp in shock. The twists are unbelievably good, you won’t want to stop reading till the end. The ending was tremendous.

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Down to the Woods By M. J. Arlidge

Down to the Woods By M. J. Arlidge

The last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Melissa.

Now he is helpless, alone, and being hunted through the woods by a sinister, masked figure . . .

When Tom’s body is found, displayed with grisly relish, Helen Grace takes the case. But before she can catch her breath, a second victim is taken.

There’s a serial killer on the loose.

As something dark and deadly stalks the forest, Helen and her team must race against time to catch the perpetrator, before more blood is shed.

But the hunt will take Helen back into the eerie twilit woods.

My Thoughts:

This is book 8 in the Detective Inspector Helen Grace series, I have read a few of these books but never in any order, but I feel as though you can get the jist of the story line without reading them in order. I loved the fact with all his books M. J always makes them fast paced and he never lets the chapters be too long so you don’t feel as though you are reading enough, it makes you want to read on. I find that a very clever concept. This time we see Helen face a new nightmare involving the woods and a killer on the loose, will Helen find the killer before it is too late or will she the target? This book I found engaging and interesting, it held my attention and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it. Another great book in the series, I cannot wait to read more.

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