#bookreview #TheMove by Felicity Everett @ittymay Published in paperback Nov 26th by @HQstories #netgalley

Happy Publication Day to Felicity Everett for the paperback of her new book The Move. Thanks go to the publisher HQ Stories for my advanced copy via Netgalley.

SYNOPSIS

New house. Fresh start. Same husband.

Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage?

‘Felicity has the reader gripped when she explores unhealthy relationships based on insecurity and delusion. She writes with a raw realism’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, in Platinum

Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.

A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?

But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling. And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.

MY THOUGHTS

Not so much of a psychological thriller but more of a slower paced, psychological family drama, with vivid and suspenseful writing dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event in a couples marriage.

As with the author’s previous book, The People At No. 9, which I enjoyed very much, she writes again of wonderfully thought out characters that have that slightly untrustworthy and suspicious nature about them. Are they really what they appear to be? Are they telling the truth or do we have an unreliable narrator? Coupled with the seemingly remote aspect of their new village life, all in all, made for a claustrophobic and suspenseful read.

Karen, her husband Nick and their older teenage son Ethan, have moved out of London to an idyllic sounding country cottage. Something immediately feels slightly off though, as Karen’s husband appears to have done all the renovations and plans by himself, with Karen seemingly seeing the place for the first time as she arrives to move in.

There is a definite undercurrent as the author slowly introduces you to the main characters in the story. Karen seems to struggle with paranoia and nerves, Nick has a obvious flirtatious natures which he doesn’t seem to even try to hide and there appears to be a strained relationship with the son. Clearly something has happened to them all as a family but has it all been left behind back in London?

A novel that isn’t one with a big plot but a wonderfully intense observation on a couple trying to paint over the cracks in their marriage, with other side stories as Karen meets her new neighbours and tries to integrate herself in village life. Invites to charity auctions, making new friends and a suspicious man squatting in a nearby barn, all add to the slightly sinister edge of the novel, but all relating back to Karen and her feelings towards her husband. A surprising ending but one that suits the book marvellously.

An absorbing read!

#BOOKREVIEW Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall

It’s my stop on the blog tour today for the fantastic Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall.  Thanks so much to Francesca Pearce for my stunning hardback copy for review.

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SYNOPSIS

YOU’D DO ANYTHING FOR YOUR FRIENDS. BUT WOULD YOU TELL THEM THE TRUTH?

Nancy, Eleanor and Mary met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs.

Eleanor is calm and driven, with a deep sense of responsibility, a brilliant career and a love of being single and free – despite her soft spot for her best friend’s husband.

Mary is deeply intelligent with a love of learning, derailed by three children and a mean, demanding husband – she is now unrecognisable to herself and her friends.

Nancy is seemingly perfect: bright, beautiful and rich with an adoring husband and daughter – but beneath the surface her discontent is going to affect them all in terrible ways.

When Nancy is murdered, Eleanor and Mary must align themselves to uncover her killer. And as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many different truths to find, and many different ways to bring justice for those we love…

Everyone wants a perfect life. But there is no such thing…

MY THOUGHTS

I had already written this review, but my computer crashed and so therefore I hope, what follows, is something similar to what I had written before.

 

This is the story of three women, Eleanor, Nancy and Mary. Three intelligent but imperfect women.

Having meet at university they have all taken a different path in life as we, the reader, meet them now all in their mid 40’s.

It is a story of three women questioning their lives, wondering how they have come to be where they are.  A story of friendship, disappointments, and losing sight of ones shelf.

The story opens with Eleanor receiving a phone call, in the early hours of the morning, from Nancy’s husband.  Nancy still hasn’t returned home from spending the evening with Elanor and her husband is decidedly worried.  Eleanor rushes over to Nancy’s house and as the story behind Nancy unfolds there is a knock at the door.  Nancy has been found, dead and it looks like murder.

I loved the way this book explores the lives and feeling of all the characters plus, at the same time, keeping me gripped on the mystery surrounding Nancy’s death.

The story is divided up into parts narrated by each of the three main characters.  It gave a great overview of not only the mystery behind the murder but also an in-depth look at the lives, husbands and children of each of the women.  The death of their friend opens up a flood gate of feelings, particularly for Eleanor, and they begin to ask themselves if they could have helped their friend more.  The author does a great job of making the characters very believable with all there flaws on show as they begin to question their own mistakes.

As the three parts start to come together the tension mounts as we learn of what happened to Nancy that night.

A great blend of psychological thriller and crime fiction that had me gripped.

 

#blogtour #bookreview A FRENCH AFFAIR by Jennifer Bohnet

It’s my stop on the blog tour today for Jennifer Bohnet’s new book A French Affair and I’m delighted to be able to share with you, not just my review, but also an extract from the EBook.

 

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SYNOPSIS

Belinda Marshall’s idyllic teenage life in Brittany, France, fell apart when her parents dramatically separated and her mother took her back
to England.
Fast forward thirty-five years when Belinda’s world is once again turned upside down.
It’s the week before Christmas and Belinda’s employer ‘surprises’ her by asking for her help to rejuvenate their latest investment, a run-down campsite in Brittany.
Memories and anxieties that had lain dormant for years suddenly begin to resurface.
As secrets from a lost life threaten to overwhelm her, there is a realisation that maybe she wasn’t told the whole truth by her mother all those years ago.
Can Belinda reconcile her emotions and find happiness once more in the place she so loved and called home?

EBOOK EXTRACT

Belinda looked at them both as the news penetrated her brain.

‘So let me get this straight. You’ve bought a run-down campsite called Camping dans La Fôret in Finistère and you want me to help you transform the place and fill it literally with happy campers.’ This was nightmarish news to her, but she couldn’t say that to Nigel and Molly. She took a deep breath. ‘Okay. Is there a website I can look at? Start to get some ideas flowing. As it’s only a campsite, I won’t really need to visit. I can do it over the internet.’

‘No, no. We’re sending you to France ASAP in the New Year,’ Nigel interrupted. ‘You’ll have two months – maybe three – to sort out the site and get it ready to fill with those proverbial happy campers this summer.’

Belinda felt a cold shiver run through her body. This couldn’t be happening. There was no way she could disappear off to France for weeks on end. There was Chloe and the twins to consider. Not exactly dependent on her, but they needed her to be around. And what about BB, her dog?

It was Molly who broke the silence that had fallen. ‘We know it’s a lot to ask of you,’ she hesitated. ‘Especially given you and your mum’s circumstances, but we’re sure it’s something you’ll enjoy doing. It’s always quiet in the hotels after New Year, so it’s a good time for you to go.’

With a grin, Nigel raised his glass in her direction for a toast. ‘Here’s to Camping dans La Fôret. We have every faith in you, don’t we, Molls? You’ll soon have the place up to scratch. You and Alain, the manager, who is already on site.’

‘He’s already on site? Surely he can oversee things then?’ Belinda asked quickly.

‘Needs a woman’s touch,’ Molly said. ‘And, in particular, your touch. You’ve always been good at seeing things differently and coming up with fresh ideas.’

Speechless, Belinda could only clink her glass with theirs. Nigel and Molly might have every faith in her, but there was no way she wanted to go and live in Finistère. Whenever the possibility of going to Brittany had come up in the past, she’d vehemently vetoed it. As for spending two or three months there, well, she couldn’t do it, however much Nigel and Molly insisted. She’d have to resign. Find another job with another hotel chain. Either that or find a way of persuading Nigel and Molly to send someone else. Someone who didn’t get heart palpitations at the thought of returning to Brittany.

 

MY THOUGHTS

Belinda’s job is as a ‘troubleshooter’ for a small hotel business.  Coming along at just the right time following her divorce, it has ‘saved’ her and while working hard, she has found that she is good at what she does.  When her bosses unexpectedly announce that they have bought a run down camp site in Brittany, she is shocked!  Asking her to go out there and get it ready for business, she has doubts. Not the usual high end hotels she is used to working with she wonders if she is qualified to take it on.  However, there is another reason Belinda is reluctant to go.  Brittany holds bad memories for her and she would rather not revisit the past, but this is her job and she needs it.

When she arrives, the campsite is even more of a disappointment than she thought and the bad mannered manager, Alain, puts her back up straight away.  The surrounding area is lovely though and she begins to see it’s potential, as we read along and learn of her plans and the new faces she meets like Fern who runs the local auberge.

As with all Jennifer’s novels, the french countryside is vibrant and wonderful to read of, her characters, so easy to get along with, with their stories of love, regret, friendships and new beginnings are delightful and the plot lines quickly absorb you into their world, making this another great read to escape with.

AUTHOR

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JENNIFER BOHNET

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and The Little Kiosk By The Sea. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.
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The Chain by Adrian McKinty: Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Winner

I am delighted to share the news that uber driver turned best-selling sensation Adrian McKinty has won the UK’s most prestigious crime novel award, Theakston Old Peculier, for his page-turning thriller The Chain.

 

The Chain was chosen by public vote and the prize Judges, triumphing against a tremendously strong shortlist – including books from Oyinkan Braithwaite, Helen Fitzgerald, Jane Harper, Mick Herron and Abir Mukherjee – at a time when the UK is experiencing a boom in crime fiction. Adrian’s hit thriller marks the turning point in his life that has led him to a series of success, as he became a bestseller in 20 countries and had Universal snap up the film rights in a seven-figure deal.

 

UBER DRIVER TURNED INTERNATIONAL SENSATION ADRIAN MCKINTY WINS CRIME WRITING’S PREMIERE AWARD FOR HIS ‘LIFE-CHANGING’ THRILLER THE CHAIN  

* THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2020 *

 

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Adrian McKinty, winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020 for The Chain said:

“I am gobsmacked and delighted to win this award. Two years ago, I had given up on writing altogether and was working in a bar and driving an uber, and so to go from that to this is just amazing. People think that you write a book and it will be an immediate bestseller. For twelve books, my experience was quite the opposite, but then I started this one. It was deliberately high concept, deliberately different to everything else I had written – and I was still convinced it wouldn’t go anywhere… but now look at this. It has been completely life changing.”

 

Harrogate, Thursday 23 July: Belfast born Adrian McKinty has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious accolade in crime writing, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, for his best-selling thriller, The Chain, that sees parents forced to abduct children to save the lives of their own.

 

This phenomenal success comes after Adrian’s family were evicted from their home, forcing him to put down his pen and find work as an Uber driver and bar tender to make ends meet. Persuaded to give his dream one last go, Adrian began writing what would become his smash hit sensation The Chain, now a bestseller in over 20 countries with move rights snapped up by Universal in a seven figure deal to bring this chilling masterpiece to life on screen.

 

Described by Don Winslow as ‘nothing short of Jaws for parents’, The Chain was chosen by public vote and the prize Judges, triumphing against a tremendously strong shortlist – including books from Oyinkan Braithwaite, Helen Fitzgerald, Jane Harper, Mick Herron and Abir Mukherjee – at a time when the UK is experiencing a boom in crime fiction, with the genre exploding in popularity during lockdown and sales soaring since bookshops have reopened.

 

The news was revealed in a virtual awards ceremony on what would have been the opening night of Harrogate’s legendary Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. Instead, the announcement of this coveted trophy has marked the launch of the HIF Weekender, Harrogate International Festival’s free virtual festival bringing world-class culture to everyone at home, featuring performances and interviews with internationally acclaimed musicians, best-selling authors and innovative thinkers.

 

Adrian McKinty – who was previously nominated in 2011, 2014 and 2016 for his Sean Duffy series – will now receive £3,000 and an engraved oak beer cask, hand-carved by one of Britain’s last coopers from Theakstons Brewery.

 

Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “Looking at the titles in contention for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020, it is clear to see why crime fiction remains the UK’s genre of choice. Adrian McKinty is a writer of astonishing talent and tenacity, and we could not be more grateful that he was persuaded to give his literary career one last shot because The Chain is a truly deserving winner. Whilst we might be awarding this year’s trophy in slightly different, digital circumstances, we raise a virtual glass of Theakston Old Peculier to Adrian’s success – with the hope that we can do so in person before too long, and welcome everyone back to Harrogate next year for a crime writing celebration like no other.”

 

About Harrogate International Festivals

 

Harrogate International Festivals’ is a charitable organisation with a mission to present a diverse year-long programme of live events that bring immersive and moving cultural experiences to as many people as possible. Delivering artistic work of national importance, the Festival curates and produces over 300 unique and surprising performances each year, celebrating world-renowned artists and championing new and up-coming talent across music, literature, science, philosophy and psychology. The HIF+ ongoing education outreach programme engages schools, young people and the local community with workshops, talks, projects and inspiring activities, ensuring everyone can experience the Festival’s world class programme and the transformative power of the arts.

 

Established in 1966, Harrogate International Festivals are an artistic force to be reckoned with and a key cultural provider for the North of England.

 

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About Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

 

Launched in 2005, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award is the most prestigious crime novel prize in the country and is a much-coveted accolade recognising the very best crime writing of the year. Previous winners include Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Belinda Bauer, Denise Mina, Lee Child, Clare Mackintosh and last year’s champion Steve Cavanagh, who was awarded the trophy for the fifth book in his Eddie Flynn crime thriller series, Thirteen.

 

The award forms part of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, staged by Harrogate International Festivals in the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, and is traditionally awarded on the opening evening of the festival.

 

The 2020 award is run by Harrogate International Festivals in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith and the Express. It is open to full length crime novels published in paperback from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020 by UK and Irish authors.

 

The longlist of 18 titles was selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee, and representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd, the Express, and WHSmith, with the shortlist and winner selected the academy, alongside a public vote and the winner receiving £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

 

About The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)

 

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

 

YOUR PHONE RINGS.  A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.  TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.  YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.  IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN: YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.  VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL. YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.  YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN.

 

‘You have never read anything quite like The Chain and you will never be able to forget it. Brilliant. Beautifully written. A masterpiece of tension. It scared the hell out of me but I could not put it down! The Chain belongs in the elite company of world-class thrillers like Gone Girl and The Silence of the Lambs. This is nothing short of Jaws for parents’ – Don Winslow

 

‘A masterpiece. The Chain is one of the finest novels ever produced in the genre – up there with Marathon Man and Red Dragon. It just doesn’t get any better than this. I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime’ – Steve Cavanagh

 

‘McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing — sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor — should be savored’ – Tana French

 

‘The Chain is diabolical, unnerving, and gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘relentless.’ McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists. He writes with confidence, heart, and style to spare. He’s the real deal’ – Dennis Lehane

 

 

#BOOKREVIEW: If I Can’t Have You By Charlotte Levin

Delighted to share with you my review for this fantastic debut novel from Charlotte Levin. I found this an utterly captivating read!

 

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What if the problem with your love life is you?

If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin is an all-consuming novel about loneliness, obsession and how far we go for the ones we love.

MY DARLING SAMUEL, I’VE NEVER WRITTEN A LETTER BEFORE. LOVE, OR OTHERWISE….I’LL START FROM OUR BEGINNING. AND I PROMISE IT WILL BE THE ENTIRE TRUTH. SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE SHALL KNOW.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Twenty-something Constance Little is running from her past and chasing after love.  Desperate to escape the loniness and monotony of London life (and her creppy housemate Dale), she develops an infacturation for Samuel, the handsome new doctor at the private medical practice where she works.

When Samuel ends their brief yet passionate affair, past wounds arising from her mother’s death and father’s abandonment come to the fore, with love morphing into obsession.

 

MY THOUGHTS

I found If I Can’t Have You a totally captivating and thrilling read.

Thrilling may not be the best word to use, as this book is a dark and unsettling read, dealing with a lot of serious and unpleasant issues.  Obsession, self harm, stalking, sexual abuse and physical assault, so a lot of triggers here.  However, it instantly sucked me in and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

The opening scene is brilliant.  We find our main character on a London tube, as everyone stares at her, battered, front tooth hanging by a thread and blood splatter down her  taffeta dress.  Something serious has happened  here, and I couldn’t wait to find out what!

I won’t talk about the story line. It needs to be read and I would not want to give anything away, I shall instead talk about the way it is written and the characters and emotions involved.

The author has thought up some seriously unlikable, damaged and unstable characters in this book but as I read on there was so much more.  Glimpsing inside Constance’s head, as we read of her actions and are told her inner thoughts and memories, I saw a whole other picture and it had my emotions all over the place! The issues and scenes within this story are raw and vivid, and truly make her a victim, but her own problems and obsessions are so wonderfully written and shown to us within the pages of the story that this is more about Constance’s issues as it is of the men encountered within the book.

I found it wonderfully descriptive and yet some of it so subtle, I couldn’t even explain how, yet I could see, so clearly, in my minds eye the surgery, her flat and streets the book is set in.  The characters, their actions and emotions leap of the page and the intensity and drama of the story give it such a dramatic yet claustrophobic fell.  I loved the feeling of secrecy and danger, and yet running through it such sadness.  The main character’s raw grief and the effect it is having on her cuts through the story like a knife, and it is the complex nature of Constance and the way she is written that is utterly superb.

The other characters in the book are also fascinating and add wonderfully to the story. I loved the moments she is with Edward and I thought the use of Dr Franco and the role he plays in the story not just as a character but as a tool to the narrative very well done.

A brilliant psychological thriller, that had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t believe that this was a debut! Role on the next book!!!

 

Thanks so much to Bethan James of ED Public Relations for my proof copy.

 

ONE FATAL NIGHT BY HELENE FERMONT

Delighted to be taking part in today’s ‘Book Blitz’ for ONE FATAL NIGHT by Helene Fermont, which you can now purchase the EBook for just £2.99 (down from £7.99).

Buy Link
Kindle edition – https://amzn.to/36XOxt3

Paperback – https://amzn.to/3dydhKS 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS

One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.

Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.

Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.

As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.

 

AUTHOR BIO

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Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.

Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.

Hélene is the proud author of four novels – One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.

Buy Link
Kindle edition – https://amzn.to/36XOxt3

Paperback – https://amzn.to/3dydhKS

 

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WWW WEDNESDAY May 13th 2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you will read next?

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Hi Everyone!  Hope you are all well.  Here’s just a quick post of what I’ve been reading over the last week.

What Have I recently Finished Reading?

 

WHEN WE FALL BY CAROLYN KIRBY

 

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Superbly written piece of historical fiction. Very moving. My review will be posted on Saturday.

THE GLASS HOUSE BY EVE CHASE

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Fantastic read.  Gripping, moving, with such wonderful characters.  Review will be posted tomorrow for it’s publication day.

What Am I Reading Now?

 

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

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Started this yesterday. Quite dark and very, very mysterious! Can’t wait to see where it goes. Review will follow as soon as I’ve finished it!

 

 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty on audiobook

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This was May’s choice for my book club.  I enjoyed watching Big Little Lies on TV immensely, but have never read any of her books before.  I had the paperback already on my shelves but could also get it on BorrowBox, so I’m listening to it there, which suits me better and I’ve posted my paperback to someone else in the book club for them to read.  Discussing it at the end of the month. I’m on chapter 14 and it’s feeling a little long winded at the moment, feeling like I want something to happen now!! But that’s me…always impatient. 

 

What Will I Be Reading Next?

 

The Night Lawyer by Alex Churchill

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Received this finished copy from Lizzie of Red Door Books as I’m taking part in the Blog Tour later this month.

 

That’s it for now.  Hope you all have a good week and keep safe and well.

Sarah x

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WWW WEDNESDAY APRIL 29th 2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you will read next?

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Hi Everyone!  Hope you are all well.  Here’s just a quick post of what I’ve been reading over the last week.

What Have I recently Finished Reading?

 

Q by Christina Dalcher released tomorrow, April 30th.

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Having read Vox I was very interested to read the author’s next book.  If you enjoyed Vox then you will also like this, similar in construction and setting, it’s another very readable dystopian story with an all too believable starting point.

 

 

 

The Mist by Ragnor Jonasson

41bgrvy8VVLThe third and final in the Hidden Iceland series and completing the story of Hulda by going back to the beginning. Similar to book two we have the story and details of a crime running along side the ever unfolding back story of Hulda. Ending with her involvement and investigation of the case.  Still working out how my review will look for this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter

so luckyI enjoyed this book.  Not what I thought it was going to be but I found it enjoyable and with a great sense of humour but also heart.

Witty and engaging plus with lots of dialogue, made for a quick read. Would recommend.  I believe the paperback release has been put back to July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Am I Currently reading?

 

The Lizard by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart  Virtual Book Launch May 5th on Facebook plus blog tour.

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SYNOPSIS

Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Alistair Haston heads off to Greece, where she is on holiday. Mugged on the harbourside in Paros, he is robbed of everything. So when Ricky a charming Aussie, shows up and offers Alistair a job recruiting tourists to pose for his wealthy boss, Heinrich, a charismatic, German artist, Alistair accepts. He soon realises that it is more than just painting that Heinrich has in mind. Swept away on a tide of wild parties, wild sex, fine food and drugs Haston sheds his reserve and throws himself headlong into the pursuit of pleasure. Until, the body of a missing tourist is found and the finger of blame points to Haston. His world collapses. Arrested but allowed to escape, the body count piles up and Haston finds himself on the run by land and sea on a journey more breathtaking and more frightening than his wildest dreams.

 

When We Fall By Carolyn Kirby  Released May 7th in paperback.

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SYNOPSIS

England, 1943. Lost in fog, pilot Vee Katchatourian is forced to make an emergency landing where she meets enigmatic RAF airman Stefan Bergel, and then can’t get him out of her mind.

In occupied Poland, Ewa Hartman hosts German officers in her father’s guest house, while secretly gathering intelligence for the Polish resistance. Mourning her lover, Stefan, who was captured by the Soviets at the start of the war, Ewa is shocked to him on the street one day.

Haunted by a terrible choice he made in captivity, Stefan asks Vee and Ewa to help him expose one of the darkest secrets of the war. But it is not clear where everyone’s loyalties lie until they are tested…

 

What I Will Be Reading Next.

the mystery of henri pick

The first book in the Walter Presents library: a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books

Readers always find themselves in a book, one way or another

In the small town of Crozon in Brittany, a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful that she feels compelled to bring it back to Paris to publish it.

The book is a sensation, prompting fevered interest in the identity of its author – apparently one Henri Pick, a now-deceased pizza chef from Crozon. Sceptics cry that the whole thing is a hoax: how could this man have written such a masterpiece? An obstinate journalist, Jean-Michel Rouche, heads to Brittany to investigate.

By turns funny and moving, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books – and of the authors who write them.

 

I thought I might have a slower reading month for May but apparently not!!! 🙂

WWW WEDNESDAY APRIL 22nd 2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you will read next?

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Hi Everyone!! Hope you are all well and doing OK.  The glorious weather is still making it so much nicer here still and am thankful to be able to get out into the garden and get so many of those gardening jobs done that have been waiting for ages. Haven’t done a WWW Wednesday for a few weeks so here’s what I’ve been reading and listening to over the last seven days.

 

What Have I Recently Finished Reading?

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Liked this one! The Murder Game by Rachel Abbott.

Read this one for the blog tour and really enjoyed it. It’s the second in her Stephanie King series, and can easily be read as a standalone, although as I enjoyed it a lot I will be reading the 1st story too, then look forward to continuing the series as she writes more!

 

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LOVE an AG! Listened to this via an old audio download I’ve had on my phone for a while.  I think it’s one of my favourite Miss Marple’s and this edition was read by Stephanie Cole so was very enjoyable.

 

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GREAT SINISTER FEEL! Listened to this also this week via my BorrowBox Library App.  It made for a good audio as the narration was very well done and the tension and sinister edge were very discernible throughout.  I sometime struggle a little with this author’s books as I find parts a little unbelievable and unrealistic, but enjoyed this.

 

What am I currently reading?

I am currently reading two books. One as a buddy read and one for my book club.

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LIKE THIS ONE! Am reading this as a buddy read with the lovely Claire of @Ogden_library and adore it!! It is a beautifully written story and is about a little girl called Alice who goes to live with her grandmother, whom she doesn’t know, on a flower farm. Set in Australia we are really enjoying it.

 

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Reading this as a book club pick for this month.  I’m only on page 60 so don’t want to pass judgement on it yet, however I’m not sure if it’s my kind of read.

 

What Will I Be Reading Next?

Next up I have a physical proof and a Netgalley proof to read , as I would like to review them before their release date at the end of April.

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I was very lucky to be a VOX champion when it was released, so was delighted when the publishers offer me a copy of Christina’s new book!!! Sounds V interesting!

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This is the third in the series and travels backward in time not forward, in the life of our protagonist.  Having read the previous 2 books I can’t wait to see how it all started.

 

Any you like the sound of????? Let me know.

Take Care

Sarah x

 

 

WWW Wednesday March 11th 2020

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.

The three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you will read next?

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What Have I Recently Finished Reading?

A Good Neighbourhood

Wow! What a powerful read!  It had me hooked through out.  A modern day To Kill A Mockingbird perhaps?

The Traitor

A great piece of historical fiction writing based on real life events.  Set in WWII this highlights a slightly lesser know story of The White Rose. A resistance group of young people from The University of Munich.  It is mainly a fictional tale of our young protagonist but certainly gets you hitting google to find out more.

 

What am I currently reading?

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I am just about to start this and with all the good reviews I’ve seen so far I’m planning on a good read!

 

What am I planning on reading next?

Am hopefully going to read Keeper next, in time for it’s publication date.

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A shout out and thank you to all the publishers and NetGalley for the copies of all these books mentioned!

That’s my quick round up for this week!!  What delights are you all reading at the moment??