#bookreview THE HIDDEN TRUTH by Hilary Boyd Published August 4th by @MichaelJBooks @HilaryBoyd #newrelease

Many thanks to the publishers Michael J Books for sending me a proof copy of this book back in May. A new author for me and a story I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Here’s my review.

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SYNOPSIS

Sara Tempest has been alone since her husband died and daughters left home.

But over the course of one summer she falls in love with the charming Bernard – years of heartache and loneliness finally behind her – and moves into his beautiful home on the wind-battered cliffs of Hastings.

But soon she begins to wonder if Bernard is all he seems . . .

He’s barely in touch with his children. Stifling reminders of his wife appear everywhere Sara looks.

And then comes Bernard’s confession.

All too quickly, Sara’s newfound happiness starts to crumble around her . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Sarah is 58 years old and lives in Lewes near Brighton. A widow of 6 years, she lives alone and works as a nutritionist. Sarah hadn’t felt ready to start dating before but gentle persuaded by her two daughters to give it a try, she’s joined a dating service and is on her way to her first date. Colin. Not a success. Encouraged not to give up, on arriving at a café to meet a Randall, she instead meets Bernard, also waiting to meet someone but whom hasn’t shown up. There is an immediate connection. He seems nice. Sarah likes him, almost shocked at how much she likes him, so after a short ‘stumble’ they arrange to meet up again.

Told in their alternate perspectives, we learn of their past and present lives. Family and friends, but as things move faster than expected and Sarah moves into Bernard’s wonderful house on the cliffs, Sarah senses a darkness, an edge to the house which is unsettling. Bernard’s moods start to change and Sarah is sure he is hiding something from her.

This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it. The was a real authenticness to her writing and I enjoyed reading about a slightly older generation of characters. Sarah and Bernard’s characters are developed well as you read along allowing the reader to get a better sense of their story. As the mystery and tensions mount, a wonderfully thought out back story emerges, bit by bit, which kept me fully intrigued and caught out with a surprising twist in the tale. I loved her relationship with her mother-in-law and the way Sarah and Bernard’s narrative explain the story to us with their emotions and feeling still very raw. This is not a romance read, although a romantic relationship is at it heart, but a really well thought out mystery and human story. I will definitely try her other novels.

#bookreview TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW by Gabrielle Zevin. Out now and published by @vintagebooks @NetGalley #Tomorrowx3

Many thanks to the publishers for my digital copy via NetGalley of this brilliant new novel from Gabrielle Zevin. Not having read anything from this author before, not even The Storied Life of A J Fikry, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I have to say I loved it!!

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This is not a romance, but it is about love

Two kids meet in a hospital gaming room in 1987. One is visiting her sister, the other is recovering from a car crash. The days and months are long there. Their love of video games becomes a shared world — of joy, escape and fierce competition. But all too soon that time is over.

When the pair spot each other eight years later in a crowded train station, they are catapulted back to that moment. The spark is immediate, and together they get to work on what they love – making games to delight, challenge and immerse players, finding an intimacy in digital worlds that eludes them in their real lives. Their collaborations make them superstars.

This is the story of the perfect worlds Sadie and Sam build, the imperfect world they live in, and of everything that comes after success: Money. Fame. Duplicity. Tragedy.

MY THOUGHTS

I really don’t know where to start in reviewing this new novel from author Gabrielle Zevin. It’s such an imaginative and interesting read about friendship, love, loss, work, trauma. So many things are packed into this novel. The first thing I will say though is that I fell in love with Sam and Sadie by the end of the first chapter. In fact such wonderful characters throughout like Marx and all the others made this a joy of a book to read.

The story is about two kids who meet in a children’s hospital and form a short friendship over their love of video games and play together, one to kill time while waiting for her sister to receive treatment, the other to numb pain as he recovers and receive treatment to repair damage to his foot from a car accident. Their friendship, however, is cut short by an unfortunate ‘misunderstanding’ of sorts, and they no longer continue to see each other.

However, 8 years later Sam spots Sadie at a train station and their love of gaming once again brings them back together. The story follows them, back and forth in time, as they start a career together along with the wonderful Marx and we follow their lives over about 30 years, watching how their experiences mould them into the adults they become. How both success and failure impact their lives and how they deal with that. It had me love, laugh and cry in equal measure.

You don’t need to know a lot about gaming or current gaming trends to read this novel as those mentioned are rather retro, or made up (I think) and make up part of the story themselves rather than determine your understanding of the story. In fact the way gaming is used in the book is wonderfully imaginative and made great reading. I don’t want to mention anymore of the story line as to read this knowing as little as possible make the read even more enjoyable. There is so much that happens, so much I didn’t expect, and told in such varied ways that I wouldn’t want to ruin it’s enjoyment for others.

What I will say though is that this novel is packed full of emotion, love, friendship. I laughed and cried. A really wonderful read and one that I would highly recommend.

#blogtour #bookreview How To Kill Your Best Friend by @elliott_lexie Published by @CorvusBooks #newrelease @midaspr

It’s my stop on the blog tour today so I’m pleased to share with you my review for How To Kill Your Best Friend.

Many thanks to Becky at Midas PR for my invite and copy of the book.

SYNOPSIS

I’d do anything for my friends – even murder…

Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn have been best friends since they met on their college swimming team. Now Lissa is dead – drowned off the coast of the remote island where her second husband owns a luxury resort. But could a star open-water swimmer really have drowned? Or is something more sinister going on?

Brought together for Lissa’s memorial, Georgie, Bron, Lissa’s grieving husband and their friends find themselves questioning the circumstances around Lissa’s death – and each other. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the guests on the island, it slowly dawns on them that Lissa’s death was only the beginning. Nobody knows who they can trust. Or if they’ll make it off the island alive…

MY THOUGHTS

This new novel from Lexie Elliot, author of The French Girl, is a slow burn of a summer thriller, set on a remote island. Told from the perspectives of two friends, Bronwyn and Georgie, we meet these two and other friends and partners at the memorial of a third friend Lissa, who went missing some 3 months before, during a late night swim. All of them are accomplished swimmers, so the two best friends can’t make out how this could have happened.

As they all gather in this gorgeous setting, surrounded by luxury, they can’t ignore the ever increasing sense of danger, and as mysterious and threatening messages start to arrive, they all start to question, who can they trust?

As the weather takes a turn for the worst, trapping all onto the island, this novel really begins it’s fabulous tale of buried secrets, past mysteries and gripping twists and turns. Even a sea serpent who takes those who ‘want taken’! As new revelations, past and present, come to the fore and dangerous accident start to occur, this novel really picks up the tension with a fantastic finish.

A wonderful suspenseful summer page turner!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.

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#quickbookreviews HIS OTHER WOMAN by Sarah Edghill THE GIRL ON THE 88 BUS by Freya Sampson IT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT by Harriet Tyce @EdghillSarah @jennapetts @RosieMargesson

So behind in posting reviews at the moment, I thought I’d do a 3 in 1.

Three very different books.

In His Other Woman we meet main character Lucy as she deals with a personal crisis that isn’t what it at first appears. We follow Sylvie in It Ends At Midnight as we learn more and more about her dark past secret and we meet a bunch of charming characters in The Girl On The 88 Bus, as they join forces to track down an old man’s lost love.

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SYNOPSIS

Lucy’s husband has been missing for days while she tries to pretend to those around her, including her distracted teenagers, that everything is normal. In desperation she uses a phone app to track him—and discovers he’s with another woman.

As her life falls apart, Lucy realises nothing is as it seems. There is another woman in her husband’s life, but it’s someone she has known—and hated—for twenty years.

As the story unfolds, including in the national press, the family must pull together before lives are destroyed . . .

MY THOUGHTS

A quick read that moves along at a good pace but equally a novel that features some tough topics. If you like family dramas this new novel from Sarah Edghill is one about a family crisis that also reveals deeper relationship problems which are lurking under the surface, revealing flawed characters that are ticking along trying to pretend everything in life is fine. Until it most certainly isn’t!! A number of twists that kept the pages turning with an ending that, on reflection, seemed right to me. I’ve also really enjoyed Sarah’s previous book A Thousand Tiny Disappointments so do check that out!

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It’s New Year’s Eve and the stage is set for a lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes. It’s a moment for old friends to set the past to rights – and move on.

The night sky is alive with fireworks and the champagne is flowing. But the celebration fails to materialise.

Because someone at this party is going to die tonight.

Midnight approaches and the countdown begins – but it seems one of the guests doesn’t want a resolution.

They want revenge.

MY THOUGHTS

The story opens with two dead bodies impaled on some garden railings. We don’t know who they are or how they’ve come to be there. We follow the main character Sylvie, a barrister and district judge, currently working on a case which could get her noticed. as she is in the throws of a new relationship with a chef. Not long into the book, something happens in the life of her best friend, which in turn opens up a long buried moment in Sylvie past, which her friend now want her to revisit.

The opening of this novel was intriguing and the author’s dark and tense writing soon came through. The characters, although not overly likable, which I think is intentional, all felt slightly unreliable and added to the feel of the story. I did however find the middle part of the story quiet slow moving and a little thin on plot, but all is revealed at the end and the truth comes out revealing the identity of the bodies at the beginning.

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When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, broken-hearted and with her life in tatters, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly pensioner Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 he met a girl on the number 88 bus with beautiful red hair just like her own. They made plans for a date at the National Gallery, but Frank lost the ticket with her number written on it. For the past sixty years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her.

Libby is inspired by the story and, with the help of an unlikely companion, she makes it her mission to help Frank’s search. As she begins to open her guarded heart to strangers and new connections, Libby’s tightly controlled world expands. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the number 88 bus is slipping away.

More than anything, Libby wants Frank to see his lost love one more time. But their quest also shows Libby just how important it is to embrace her own chances for happiness – before it’s too late.

MY THOUGHTS

Having just been horribly dumped by her boyfriend and told to leave their home, Libby has gone to stay with her sister, aka look after her nephew, and whilst travelling down on the 88 bus, she meets an elderly gentleman called Frank and learns of a girl he once met on the same bus route sixty years before and has been looking for her ever since. Whilst we see Libby trying to deal with the breakup of her relationship and the comments she and her sister receive from her mother! Libby sets out to help Frank, to see if once and for all he can find his lost love before it’s too late. Meeting Frank’s carer, Dylan and other people along the way, we are told a story about how people connect with one another and how small acts of kindness can have a big effect on peoples lives. A wonderfully warm and tender story with a great positive feel.

Huge thanks to the authors and publishers for proof copies of these books and the chance to read and review. All three books are out now!

#bookreview UNDER THE MARSH by @gr_halliday Published by @vintagebooks July 21st @NetGalley

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SYNOPSIS

SHE NEVER CONFESSED. NOW SHE’S READY TO TALK.

Twelve years ago DI Monica Kennedy caught the notorious serial killer Pauline Tosh, imprisoning her for life.

When Pauline asks Monica to visit her at the remote Highlands Carselang prison, the detective thinks she’s playing games.

But then Pauline hands her a hand-drawn map with a cross marking the desolate marsh lands near Inverness and Monica can’t ignore it – she was always convinced there were more victims out there.

And when a body is discovered it looks like they’ve found a new name from Pauline’s kill list.

But things are never that simple…

MY THOUGHTS

When serial killer Pauline Tosh, whom Monica help put away for life, 12 years ago, requests a visit from the DI, Monica is cautious. Is Pauline playing games? But when she hands Monica a map, possibly marking where a body is buried, Monica knows she must check it out. Another one of Pauline’s victims? Sure enough, buried under the marshlands, is the body of a young girl.

This is the third book in the series featuring DI Monica Kennedy and having read and enjoyed the first 2, I was looking forward to another story featuring this highly likable MC. Monica makes for a great character, reasonable normal and relatable, unlike some other Scottish detectives : ) and along with her mum and young daughter, it was nice to revisit them all in this new highly engaging read.

Full of twists, new leads and misdirection plotted by the author, I was soon captivated and couldn’t wait to continue with the story.

We follow Monica as she investigates the murder and learn, through small flash backs from the victim herself about what possibly happened to her years previously. Via these flash backs and as we follow the teams investigations we are introduced to an array of possible suspects and persons whom could have been involved. Plus also Monica partner, DS Conor Crawford is acting incedingly out of character. Is he hiding something??

Wonderful descriptions of the harsh, remote but beautiful settings of the surrounding areas these books are based is also another plus point to these books. The whole pace of the story, flow of the writing and narration of these books is what makes them so easy to read. Grabbing my attention straight from the start and holding my interest throughout, this new novel always kept the story moving yet at the same time always allowing room to get a feel for what the characters were thinking and the progression of our main regulars.

I thought I had guessed the murderer, then generally thought I hadn’t, only to realise at the end I had!

Another great addition to this thoroughly enjoyable Scottish crime fiction series, and one which I would highly recommend.

Many thanks to the publisher for my digital ARC via NetGalley. Under The Marsh is out on Thursday!

#bookreview THE THREE DAHLIAS by @KWatsonAuthor Published July 21st by Constable and imprint of @LittleBrownUK @NetGalley #TheThreeDahlias @BethWright26 and @TheCrimeVault

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SYNOPSIS

It wouldn’t be a country house weekend without a little murder. . .

Three rival actresses team up to solve a murder at the stately home of Lettice Davenport, the author whose sleuthing creation of the 1930s, Dahlia Lively, had made each of them famous to a new generation. A contemporary mystery with a Golden Age feel, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Jessica Fellowes – and Janice Hallett and Richard Osman, of course!


In attendance at Aldermere: the VIP fans, staying at house; the fan club president turned convention organiser; the team behind the newest movie adaptation of Davenport’s books; the Davenport family themselves; and the three actresses famous for portraying Dahlia Lively through the decades.

There is national treasure Rosalind King, from the original movies, who’s feeling sensitive that she’s past her prime, TV Dahlia for thirteen seasons, Caro Hooper, who believes she really IS Dahlia Lively, and ex-child star Posy Starling, fresh out of the fame wilderness (and rehab) to take on the Dahlia mantle for the new movie – but feeling outclassed by her predecessors.

Each actress has her own interpretation of the character and her own secrets to hide – but this English summer weekend they will have to put aside their differences as the crimes at Aldermere turn anything but cosy.

When fictional death turns into real bodies, can the three Dahlias find the answers to the murders among the fans, the film crew and the family – or even in Lettice’s books themselves?

MY THOUGHTS

This was a fun murder mystery novel which had a real golden age vibe within a modern setting. Full of traditional red herrings and family secrets along side the more modern day troubles of it’s three main characters, I found this a fun and enjoyable read.

In the home of Lettice Davenport, deceased author of Golden Age crime novels featuring her heroine Dahlia Lively and her detective sidekick, we are brought into the modern age with a convention taking place in the country house, now owned by her nephew, to celebrate her books and a new film which is about to be made. Three actresses come together, all who have or are about to have played Dahlia over the years.

True to style, a murder is committed and everyone is under suspicion. The three actresses, although far from friendly at the start, soon realise they have to club together, in order to solve this mystery, as they all soon realise that only Dahlia Lively can get to the bottom of what’s been happening, as she has done so many times before, but in this case, it may take 3 of them to solve this crime!

I enjoyed reading this new debut crime novel by author Katy Watson and am pleased to see that this is the first in this new series, with (at least) 2 more in the pipeline. With a brilliant country house setting and an array of different characters all, it seems, with something to hide, there were plenty of twists and red herrings to get stuck into. I loved the chapter headings, taken from the ‘fictional’ original Dahlia Lively novels, which each set the tone for what was to happen next. It really helped to cement the story of this golden age author and made me want to read her books too!!! Except obviously, I can’t!

If you enjoy ‘cosy crime’ type novels and country house murders then this new series will be sure to please.

Quick shout out to the person who created the cover art. It’s really striking!

Many thanks to the publishers for my digital ARC via NetGalley. The Three Dahlias is released July 21st. Do follow the author on her social media accounts too! Plus check out her newsletter which include some great book recommendations.

#bookreview A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward @AuthorCamWard @MichaelJBooks @penguinrandom @ellamwatkins

Previously published under the name Adam Southward, this new novel by Cameron Ward was published June 23rd and I would like to thank the publishers for kindly sending me a proof copy. This is a high action locked room type mystery with a strong female lead.

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SYNOPSIS

When ex-marine Sarah French joins a luxury superyacht as on-board security, it seems like the perfect place to start over.

But as they head into open water, someone goes missing.

There’s a murderer on board.

And everyone is a suspect.

If Sarah is to keep everyone safe, she’ll need to find the killer.

But there’s a storm on the horizon . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Following Sarah French, an ex-marine, still suffering from the trauma of her last assignment, she is offered a new job by her now boss, Mitch, who runs a security company providing military-trained personnel. Mitch, also ex-marine, knows Sarah’s situation and past and offers her a simple security job, on board a luxury super yacht called The Escape, hoping that it will give her some time to reflect and start to come to terms with what happened.

A planned journey to get the yacht to Antiga for final stages of it’s refurbishment, it appears Sarah’s presence is for insurance purposes only and along with a skeleton crew they soon set off.

Sarah soon notices a strange atmosphere within the crew, but she’s not here to make friends, although she knows she really should work on that side of her life, try and be a bit more approachable, but what she really wants is some time to get her head together and do a good job for Mitch. However when parts of the yacht occur problems and start to malfunction mid journey, and the captain chooses not to return but carry on, Sarah’s role on board soon become anything but simple!

Narrated entirely by Sarah we get a great sense of her personality and the panic attacks she’s experiencing. We are introduced to the others on board as she meets them and there are a good mix of characters. As things start to go wrong on The Escape, there is a real sense of panic and fear, coupled with the crews knowledge and experience of what they should all do in such circumstances. They really should turn back but with big incentives for both owners and crew to get the super yacht to it’s destination quickly, means that the captain chooses to carry on and to make matters even more worse, they are heading for a storm!!

Drama in the middle of the Atlantic and a locked room mystery on board a super yacht are a real mix for a tense and inescapable situation, and the author uses his characters, the workings of the yacht and a strong female lead to there advantage and creates a fast-paced and tense summer thriller. The action really picks up towards the end and Sarah’s military training is brought to the fore.

A solid summer quick read thriller.

#bookreview The Colour Storm by @DamianDibben Published 23rd June by @MichaelJBooks #TheColourStorm @janeacton_pr #newrelease

Huge thanks to Jane of Jane Acton PR for contacting me with the opportunity to read and review this gorgeous new novel by Damian Dibben. Set in 1510 Venice, it is a wonderous mix of historical fiction, Renaissance art, love and the joy of colour.

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SYNOPSIS

n Renaissance Venice, artist Giorgione ‘Zorzo’ Barbarelli’s career hangs in the balance. Competition is fierce, and his debts are piling up. So when Zorzo hears a rumour of a mysterious new pigment brought to Venice by the richest man in Europe, he sets out to acquire the colour and secure his name in history.

Winning a commission to paint a portrait of the man’s wife, Sybille, Zorzo thinks he has found a way into the merchant’s favour. Instead he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that stretches across Europe and a marriage coming apart inside one of the city’s most illustrious palazzos.

As the water levels rise and the plague creeps ever closer, an increasingly desperate Zorzo isn’t sure whom he can trust . . .

Will Sybille prove to be the key to Zorzo’s success, or the reason for his downfall?

MY THOUGHTS

This fictional story centres around the ‘real life’ Renaissance painter, Giorgio Barbarelli, known as and called Zorzo throughout the book. The year is 1510 and we find Zorzo in need of a commission. Debts are owed and current competition within the art world in Venice at this time is fierce. Ever conscious of his responsibility to his ‘garzoni’, (young apprentices), Zorzo is desperate for a new commission.

On a regular rendezvous with his colourman on the small island of Poveglia, he hears gossip of the existence of a new colour called Prince Orient. Colour is everything to Zorzo, not just his craft and livelihood, but his absolute passion. (The descriptions and imagines of different colours throughout the book are vivid and wonderfully explained) so for him he must know more about it. Plus if he could be the first artist to use it, it could mean riches and fame. He learns that the person in possession of this new colour is one Jakob Fugger, who happens to be arriving in Venice within days. Desperate to find a reason to introduce himself to the rich and power man, Zorzo finds out that Fugger is looking for an artist to paint an altarpiece for the new St Peters Basilica and Zorzo immediately sets out to find who is in the running for this and if he can get his name on the list. Here the book mentions a number of real life, famous artists of the time and bringing them to life, within this story, gives the novel a wonderfully rich and real feel to it.

In his quest for this commission Zorzo become acquainted with Fugger’s wife, Sybille, and it is here the story takes a turn and Zorzo becomes involved in something much more dangerous.

With wonderful insights into the everyday workings of an artists studio and the vivid descriptions of Venice, colour and life at this time, this is a rich and evocative read. The character of Zorzo is delightful and his fondness and care of his garzoni is very touching. Part love story, thriller and art history novel, this story has it all, and I found myself engaged throughout. The drama Zorzo finds himself involved in is wonderfully paced with some brilliant twists and turn and wonderful characters throughout. The ever present danger of Plague at the end of the book adds wonderfully to the plot and give the story a very touching and emotional ending. A super read.

#bookreview IMPOSTER SYNDROME by @bykathywang OUT TODAY! published by @VERVE_Books #impostersyndromebook @LisaGooding_PR

Huge thanks to Verve Books for sending me a proof copy earlier in the year.

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In 2006 Julia Lerner is living in Moscow, a recent university graduate in computer science, when she’s recruited by Russia’s largest intelligence agency. By 2018 she’s in Silicon Valley as COO of Tangerine, one of America’s most famous technology companies. In between her executive management (make offers to promising startups, crush them and copy their features if they refuse); self promotion (check out her latest op-ed in the WSJ, on Work/Life Balance 2.0); and work in gender equality (transfer the most annoying females from her team), she funnels intelligence back to the motherland. But now Russia’s asking for more, and Julia’s getting nervous.

Alice Lu is a first generation Chinese American whose parents are delighted she’s working at Tangerine (such a successful company!). Too bad she’s slogging away in the lower echelons, recently dumped, and now sharing her expensive two-bedroom apartment with her cousin Cheri, a perennial “founder’s girlfriend”. One afternoon, while performing a server check, Alice discovers some unusual activity, and now she’s burdened with two powerful but distressing suspicions: Tangerine’s privacy settings aren’t as rigorous as the company claims they are, and the person abusing this loophole might be Julia Lerner herself.

The closer Alice gets to Julia, the more Julia questions her own loyalties. Russia may have placed her in the Valley, but she’s the one who built her career; isn’t she entitled to protect the lifestyle she’s earned? Part page-turning cat-and-mouse chase, part sharp and hilarious satire, Impostor Syndrome is a shrewdly-observed examination of women in tech, Silicon Valley hubris, and the rarely fulfilled but ever-attractive promise of the American Dream.

MY THOUGHTS

What if a senior tech exec at a social media giant is a spy? What if her masters want to jeopardise the life she has built in Silicon Valley? What if someone finds out, can they stop them?

The premise of the story is set out early, Julia is a Russian immigrant, planted as a spy, whose stolen tech startup is acquired by a social media giant, where she maintains a vice like grip as CEO and the most senior woman.

As her handlers demand more and more it becomes harder and harder to cover her tracks, jeopardising her position, family and lifestyle. A worn down technician, Alice, finds the data leaks and goes about trying to track down what might be happening.

Julia is well written as the ambitious, say-the-right-thing, do-the-other-thing tough exec who has worked hard to gain power and will do what it takes to stay there. Her life has been scripted to take advantage while apparently conforming.

The book is written in sections for each character, so you find out in cat and mouse style what one is doing after the other, this keep the suspense high. Julia is hindered by developments in her personal life while Alice is afflicted with a terrible manager, the tedium of a repetitive job and no one to turn to.

Both women earn some sympathy as they try to navigate a male world of big egos and expectations and this is well written.

The story tos and fros as Julia tries to stay ahead while Alice turns more and more extreme measures to get the help she thinks she needs.

I found this a well paced and imaginative read.

#bookreview WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME by @GillianMAuthor Published May 12th by @MichaelJBooks Rep’d by @felicityblunt @lucycmorris #WrongPlaceWrongTime #NetGalley

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It’s every parent’s nightmare.

Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime: murdering a complete stranger.

You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your teenage boy is in custody and his future lost.

That night you fall asleep in despair. Until you wake . . .

. . . and it is yesterday.

Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. Another chance to stop it.

MY THOUGHTS

I had started to hear a lot of praise for this newly released novel by Gillian McAllister, so when a fellow book blogger said I should put it straight to the top of my reading pile, I did just that! Boy! Was I glad I did!

Read it in 2 days and couldn’t put it down. My husband was fully versed on the plot too as I kept shouting out the plot twists to him as I read! Oh! She’s ……… !!The ….. has just ………!!

This is a really great and different take on the family drama/mystery novel and when you read a lot of books something a bit different is always a bonus!

I will not give away too much in this review, as the twists and turns are plentiful, but the book opens with our main character Jen waiting up for her son to come home As she stands by the window she sees his figure come round the corner and walk up to the house, but there is someone else out there, someone whom her son murders right in front of her eyes.

Well with that opener (and I’m not giving anything away here as this is right at the start of the book and included in the blurb) I was sucked immediately in. What follows though is some fantastic plotting, writing, character development, attention to detail and some beautifully heartfelt written sections.

A time travel, ‘why-done-it’ and even if you figure out who’s who and what’s what, a really gripping read that I just couldn’t put down. Huge thanks to the publisher for my advance digital copy.