The Neighbours By Nicola Gill

The Neighbours By Nicola Gill

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Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four and rent a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Ginny Taylor is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she meets her downstairs neighbour…

Cassie Frost was once a beloved actress, but after a recent mishap she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job – but can she be persuaded to work for the prickly woman who lives below her floorboards?

Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but they have more in common than they’d care to imagine (or admit). And when their worlds collide, they realise that sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story, I feel as though Ginny and Cassie are characters that people can relate too. Even though there are some sad parts in this book, there are some uplifting ones too. I loved seeing how the relationship progressed between the two neighbours, it taught me that you might not know your neighbour, maybe you should find out what they are like.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neighbours-relatable-life-affirming-female-friendship-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neighbours-Nicola-Gill/

An Almost Perfect Holiday By Lucy Diamond

An Almost Perfect Holiday By Lucy Diamond

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The holidays are here, and down in Cornwall Lorna’s cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way . . .

Em’s planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus her new boyfriend, George . . . but now his difficult six-year-old is coming too. Will their romance survive the realities of parenthood?

Maggie’s hoping a seaside holiday will bring her and her daughter closer together, but when her ex makes a surprise reappearance, it changes everything. Can she trust the man who broke her heart?

Olivia has escaped the domestic grind, only for the past to catch up with her. Maybe the time has come to confess all – if she can find the courage . . .

Meanwhile, the teenagers are running wild and love is in the air. With friendship, heartache and secrets in the mix, will this holiday turn out to be a scorcher – or simply too hot to handle?

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with this book straight away, there is just something about Lucy Diamonds books that are like pure escapism. The book is centred around three families who all have their ups and downs. We see how they get to know each other when times are tough. The book deals with relatable issues with a sensitivity which Lucy has got spot on. I am now eagerly awaiting her next book.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Perfect-Holiday-Lucy-Diamond-ebook/

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Perfect-Holiday-Lucy-Diamond

The Snakes By Sadie Jones

The Snakes By Sadie Jones

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Family secrets can be deadly…

Newly-weds Dan and Bea decide to escape London. Driving through France in their beaten-up car they anticipate a long lazy summer, worlds away from their ordinary lives.

But their idyll cannot last. Stopping off to see Bea’s brother at his crumbling hotel, the trio are joined unexpectedly by Bea’s ultra-wealthy parents. Dan has never understood Bea’s deep discomfort around them but living together in such close proximity he begins to sense something is very wrong.

Just as tensions reach breaking point, brutal tragedy strikes, exposing decades of secrets and silence that threaten to destroy them all.

My Thoughts:

Not having read any of Sadie’s books before, I was not sure what to expect, I am not a big fan of snakes so the part when they went into the loft freaked me out. I read it and then was like what actually happened? The story is about a family that are dysfunctional and for me I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters and the ending was surreal.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snakes-Sadie-Jones-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snakes-Sadie-Jones

Unexpected Lessons in Love By Lucy Dillon

Unexpected Lessons in Love By Lucy Dillon

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What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.

But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?

Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . . .

My Thoughts:

A unusual love story but one that had me hooked. I love how the story grew within the pages of the book and we saw more of the characters come to light. The main focus of the story is to do with Jeannie and her fiancee Dan, but on the side there is a smaller story about puppy farming which I found sad but interesting. It makes you think if your making a decision whether to go with your head or your head. I liked the relationship Jeannie had with her father as it reminded me of my relationship with my dad. This book makes you think if you were in Jeannie’s situation what would you do?

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Lessons-Love-Lucy-Dillon-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unexpected-Lessons-Love-Lucy-Dillon

You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas

You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas

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LIES. AMBITION. FAMILY.

It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.

Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.

Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all …

In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.

My Thoughts:

After I had read this book and found out it was this authors debut novel I couldn’t believe it. It is a chilling novel that has broken and dysfunctional families, drug abuse, betrayal and horrible violence in it. It was written well and quite descriptive when reading about these poor women who have gone through acid attacks and what had happened to them physically. I think this book will stay with me for a while and this author is definitely a must to watch out for in the future.

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

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All author proceeds for the book go to @projectwhydelhi and @stopacidattacks

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/YOU-BENEATH-YOUR-SKIN-Contemporary-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneath-Your-Skin-Damyanti-Biswas

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.

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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.

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kindle edition

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

paperback

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