Thursday, 31 May 2018

Shelter in Place: Chapter One by Nora Roberts

Shelter in Place: Chapter OneShelter in Place: Chapter One by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There have been quite a few books lately that have had reference or stories told around mass shooting, some have been written well some not so well.
Some concentrated on the drama of it all some on the newsworthiness and some on the effects and events leading up to it.

Nora Roberts chose to focus more on the after effects which for me made it emotional and interestingly vital to invest in the characters.

Imagine. Lots of people out shopping in a busy shopping mall and then it happens. Just 8 minutes that changed peoples lives.
Those that saw it, those who lost loved ones, those who were working there and those injured.

Survivors for the rest of their lives.

This author is known for her story telling and this book was no exception to the skill and talent of her.

I selected this copy to read from Net Galley and the publishers kindly granted my wish Little, Brown Book Group UK

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Lead Me Home by CS Savage

Lead Me Home
 Me Home by CS Savage
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful debut novel. It surprised me that this was this authors first book, I hadn't realised that until after I had read it, it certainly has its place on the thriller section.

There are four major characters, Beth, Clancy and her daughter Rowan, but you will see I have mentioned only three name. That is because the other person is initially unknown.

Clancy is a psychiatrist who not only has a demanding job but has to juggle her home life she finds it overwhelming at times.

The NHS has to make cuts and Clancy finds herself laden down with more work. There are some major change too.

Some chapters give the unknown person a voice; creepy and sometimes more than creepy.

This author has pulled out all the stops to keep us interested from start to finish with an eagerness to keep on reading, that's what us readers need, a good solid based story, and this is it.

I selected this book to read from the publishers on Net Galley and the review is based on my own thoughts,.

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Friday, 11 May 2018

The Things We Need To Say

The Things We Need To Say

The Things We Need to Say
Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.
Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.
Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.
As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.
 Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

This has everything that you don't need in a marriage.
Affairs, lies, infertility, lack of honesty and being open about your thoughts and feelings and sharing them.

I felt so bad for the pair of them. 
They were such a great couple, then the not being able to have a child curled herself into a ball, loosing her Mother was also in the mix.
Its very hard to judge another for withdrawing as we all deal with trauma and hardship in different ways and not necessarily with the one you should be communicating with. 

I could understand Will wandering for attention on the night they both argued., not saying I condone it, but I understand why it happened.

When Fran finds out about the fling he had she is more than devastated.

She had a Yoga retreat planned so she headed off without looking back. 
Us the reader are left wondering if she will return and so is Will.

The story is told in both viewpoints and also goes back in time, you get the whole big picture of their relationship.

So well written, so sensitively put and with the most basic of emotional behaviour raw and open wide for all to see and judge.

I loved it.

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Author Bio
Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn't really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all.....maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday....

The Replacement Wife Author: Britney King

Title: The Replacement Wife
Author: Britney King
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: May 3, 2018 

From the bestselling author of The Social Affair comes a new riveting, powerful psychological thriller which offers a savage look into a utopian cultish society where beauty and perfection are valued at all costs. 
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins, The Replacement Wife offers a peek into the lives of a married couple up against impossible odds and the notion that history has a way of repeating itself.
Statistically speaking, fifty percent of marriages end up in divorce. What are the odds for murder? 
Widower Tom Anderson is a savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Problem is, one is a lonely number. Thankfully, he solved for X by finding the perfect woman. It wasn't easy. Tom is very specific. He has to be.
Having checked 'find trophy wife' off his list, life was moving along swimmingly. Until that perfect woman let it slip--she has a past. One she kept hidden, almost perfectly.
Sure, she lied--she fudged the numbers. Most women do.
Now, Tom has buyers' remorse and according to cult rules only two options: get rid of her--or single-handedly erase her past.
She's a liar. But she does keep house well. And she makes a mean lasagna.
Decisions, decisions.
Razor-sharp and utterly gripping, this electrifying story explores the lengths one will go in the pursuit of perfection, little white lies that can turn lethal, and the danger lurking behind the smiles of those we trust most.

I need to reveal this.
I have loads of this authors books. Yes, loads.

I read the books that’s waiting on my TBR pile in order of publishing (I’m often behind) blog tours and urgency. So the other books were personally bought and hauled.

That is going to change! I have just been a virgin to this author and I’m well and truly broken in. 
This book has surprised me. 

The bedrock series has been the books that my good friend has been urging me to read. Why didn’t I listen!

The Replacement Wife I thought I had pre ideas about but it turned into much more than I expected.
I didn’t once get bored. I didn’t once want to give up reading it. The pace of this was sometimes a bit slower than others, however it did allow me to get things sorted out in my mind.

You have chapters which are headed with a named character which is purposeful and easy to follow.

Once I got into this plot I didn’t want to escape.

The Church and it’s agenda was such a unique plot that I was kept fascinated all the way through.

Great rounded out characters.

I most definitely will be making room for more of the books I have by her

Britney King lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.

When she's not wrangling the things mentioned above, she writes psychological, domestic and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.
Currently, she's writing three series and several standalone novels.
The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.
The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.
Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.

The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.

The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me. 
Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. You can find Britney online here: 
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Happy reading.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Hidden by Emma Kavanagh

HiddenHidden by Emma Kavanagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So well written. And such great suspense.

This is told from different points of view including the shooter leading up to it.

I have to say how superbly this was as a plot, I certainly was astounded when I found out.

It starts with a bang and ends with a boom

My thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone via net galley for my copy

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First There Was Silence

First There Was SilenceFirst There Was Silence by Leonie Haubrich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very disturbing emotional read about a woman who has gone through so much.
A child who died with cot death, a baby stolen or gone missing then after not finding out about this child and all leads ended she finally comes to terms with it when her next child goes missing.

Who do you think that finger is pointing to?
Yes. The mother.

Shes had post natal depression before so maybe its her, there is no other explanation or leads.

This is such a well written book you will be holding your breath.

AmazonCrossing thank you for my copy via Net Galley

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is definitely not a book for everyone.

Its a subject matter that is 'real' and will effect you emotionally due to children being shot and killed.

I knew I would have to put on my big girl panties to read this, which I did, however it still it was poignant, heartbreaking and sometimes came over as cold.

There were many POV to this story and each portrayed what they saw or experienced with many social media activities going on.
Its just that there was something that bothered me, that was the lack of warmth in some of the children who were dead, the reporting of this was sometimes cold hearted, maybe the author didn't intend that, but it did come across to me like that at times as I was quite invested within the pages.

Nontheless, this was a book I have been trying to reach to read and I am glad I did.

Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Fire via Net GALLEY for my copy

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On Yorkshire's gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents' passionate arguments by playing the 'Underwater Breathing' game - until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and sister gone. 
Years later, the sea's creeping closer, his father is losing touch with reality and Jacob is trapped in his past. Then, Ella's sudden reappearance forces him to confront his fractured childhood. As the truth about their parents emerges, it's clear that Jacob's time hiding beneath the water is coming to an end

This introduces a brother and sister, Jacob and Ella.

Their parents seem to have heated arguments passionate and inflamed while Jacob and Ella practice underwater breathing in one of the bathrooms. 

It seems they have selected a home to live in which is on the edge of cliffs which will eventually eat away and destroy their home and even kill them if still living in it. Ella doesn't like living too near where she can look over and see the sea that will eventually take away they're home. Imagine, its scary for us adults let alone a child.

Just who are the parents running away from?

Ella is home schooled by her Mother but her Mom seems to sleep a lot. Ella has taken an unusual friendship with an older lady who is the only other resident near and who herself is even closer to the edge of her house bulking over into the sea but this doesn't seem to faze her new neighbour as much as it does her. 

Without giving too much away of this outstanding read, the Mother goes missing, and so does Ella.

Some ten years later Ella returns.

Jacob meanwhile has been the sole carer for his boozy Father who now seems to have some sort of dementia. 

There are a heap of hidden gems within the pages of this book which surprised me, I ended up absolutely loving this book and looking for more to read by this author.

Its so cleverly written and so quietly written that as you read along you understand more and more.

Just what secrets are people hiding and as for living on the edge of a cliff, that was so atmospheric indeed.


Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories and her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. 

The Summer We All Ran Away (Legend Press, 2013) was Cassandra's debut novel.

Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Beach Hut (Legend Press, 2015) is her second novel.

Visit Cassandra at or on Twitter @cassandrajaneuk