Autumn #TBR pile

Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading this Autumn! I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to read recently, so I’m a bit (quite a lot) behind on my Goodreads challenge (5 books behind!) so I need to get reading – and fast!

Here are my top picks (the list is always growing though…):

The Ash Doll James Hazel:

The past had been buried. But now someone has remembered . . .

Prolific lawyer Charlie Priest has bet his career on one case, but when his star witness turns up brutally murdered on the first morning of the trial, things start to fall apart.

Priest knows there’s a vicious killer out there, but as the bodies begin to pile up, he soon realises that he’s caught in a web of corruption that protects a deadly secret: one that threatens to tear him and those he cares about apart. And Priest has demons of his own to battle, suffering from dissociative disorder, a condition so destructive that it leaves him questioning the truth of his own existence.

Can Priest uncover the truth before it’s too late?

The Cactus – Sarah Haywood:


People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green—a prickly independent woman, who has everything just the way she wants it and who certainly has no need for messy emotional relationships.

Family and colleagues find her standoffish and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that’s all she needs.

At forty-five, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward—a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.

Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control.

When she discovers that her mother’s will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.

This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project‘s Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it’s a joy to watch her bloom.

Absolute Proof – Peter James:

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

“I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.”

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin:

Everyone has something to hide. A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still – both for his family and the police – is that his body was in an area that had already been searched.
Everyone has secrets. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now – after a decade without answers – it’s time for the truth.
Nobody is innocent. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead – and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

Lies Between Us – Ronnie Turner

The past is always watching . . .

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long…

The Stranger Diaries – Elly Griffiths

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer RM Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an RM Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers…

Have you got any of these on your ‘to read’ lists? As always, reviews for everything I’ve read will be posted here!



Recent ebook purchases!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely bank holiday, whatever you’ve been doing!

This post is all about books – ebooks, specifically – which I’ve bought over the last few months, and which I’m really excited about reading. Now I don’t know when exactly I’ll get around to reading them, as I still have a towering Netgalley and physical book pile, but I’ll figure it out somehow! 😉

Here’s my recent additions:

Faithful – Alice Hoffman

Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris

Everything You Told Me – Lucy Dawson

The Cows – Dawn O’Porter

The Radleys – Matt Haig

My Sister’s Secret – Tracy Buchanan

The Splendour Falls – Susanna Kearsley

Shopaholic to the Rescue – Sophie Kinsella

Black Water – Louise Doughty

Making It Up As I Go Along – Marian Keyes

Now You See Me – by Sharon Bolton

The Pact – Jodi Picoult

Raven Black – Ann Cleeves

The Trouble With Goats And Sheep – Joanna Cannon



Book haul stack

August Book Haul!

Hello everyone,

I’ve got a book haul to share with you today! I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any more books until I’ve read more of the ones I’ve already got, especially as I’m running out of room, but then the below happened…

Some have been bought and a few were sent to me by publishers/authors (these are marked with a *).

I’ve linked through to their pages on Goodreads so you can see more about each book, if you fancy!

Have a lovely rest of the bank holiday weekend 🙂

Book haul stack

Hour Game and The LieThe Lie by C.L Taylor
I’ve seen The Accident by the same author and always wanted to read both that and The Lie, so when I saw this at a good price I snapped it up, and am looking forward to reading it! I really enjoy novels about people who are not who they seem to be, and this fits the bill perfectly!

Hour Game by David Baldacci
I love David Baldacci’s novels and haven’t read this one. Its synopsis says “Two disgraced former Secret Service officers team up to solve a series of copy-cat crimes in this exciting new thriller by a master of the game”. Take a look at Goodreads for the full synopsis, but this sounds like it will be really quick paced and exciting.

The Promise and Dead LovelyThe Promise by Lesley Pearse
Often I fancy a change from thrillers and crime novels, and this appealed as it’s historical fiction which looks like it will really immserse the reader in WW1, a period of history I’m really interested in. Plus it doesn’t look like it will be too dry to be enjoyable, and I’ve heard good things about Lesley Pearse!

Dead Lovely by Helen Fitzgerald
I’m always wanting to read more of Helen Fitzgerald’s novels, and this looked fun and a little dark- the synopsis mentions ‘sexual tension, murder and mayhem…’ which sounds pretty intriguing!

The Dying Hours and All My Secrets
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham
Another author I really enjoy reading, and although it’s no.11 in Billingham’s ‘Tom Thorne’ series, hopefully it won’t matter that I haven’t read any others of this particular series!

All My Secrets by Sophie McKenzie
After I bought this I had a look and realised there were a LOT of 1 and 2 star reviews for this book. So now I kind of wish I hadn’t looked… however I’m going to go into reading this with an open mind and hope it surprises me for the better… we shall see!
The Detective's Secret and Only We Know

The Detective’s Secret by Lesley Thomson*
I think this is the third in a series, and I’ve heard good things about The Detective’s Daughter and Ghost Girl, the first and second in the ‘Detectives Daughter’ series respectively, so I think I might try and read those two first! Really looking forward to reading this series though.

Only We Know by Karen Perry*
This looks like it switches back and forwards in time and addresses a secret from the characters’ childhoods- usually an interesting and The Good Liar by Nicholas Searleintriguing formula so I hope it’s well worth a read!

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle*
I’m currently reading this, and really enjoying it. It doesn’t come out until January 2016 though, so there’s a bit of a wait for this to be available! I might delay posting my review for a while so it’s closer to publication date…though maybe not… definitely a good read so far!

What are you reading at the moment? Do any of the above look like they’d interest you?

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Book Haul pile

Quick book haul…

Hello! Just got a quick book haul to share with you today- definitely didn’t need to buy me books, I’ve got a HUGE ‘to-read’ pile already it couldn’t resist these as they were all either on a great 3 for £5 offer at The Works or really cheap from charity shops!

Firstly- In The Woods by Tana French

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)

Ever since reading The Secret Place by Tana French (which I reviewed here), I’ve really wanted to read more of her Dublin Murder Squad series. So I was really excited to see the first in the series, In The Woods, in The Works and part of the 3 books for £5 offer! I had to snap it up 🙂


Dublin 1984 dusk, three children vanish in the woods. One, Rob Ryan, grips a tree trunk in terror, unable to recall any detail of previous hours. Twenty years later, the detective on the Dublin Murder Squad keeps his past a secret. But when a girl 12 is killed in the same woods, Rob and Detective Cassie Maddox — partner and best pal – investigate present and past.

The State We’re In by Adele Parks

The State We're In

Had my eye on this for a while, and I’d really like to read some novels by Adele Parks. This was also part of the offer at The Works!


What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way.

She’s a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he’s a resolute cynic – cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone.

People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn’t even realise they needed.

Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it’s when they get off the plane, that their true journey begins…

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black (Shetland, #1)

  I do love a good mystery, and my grandma recommended this to me actually as she also loves crime/thrillers! I’ve heard good things about it so hopefully it will be great! I picked this up second-hand. Synopsis: It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance . . . The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man – loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst.

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Tigers In Red Weather

I’ve seen mixed reviews of this novel but it’s a Richard and Judy pick so that usually means it’s pretty readable! When I saw it in The Works I had to buy it and give it a go!


Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their ‘real lives’: Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.

Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena’s husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena—with their children, Daisy and Ed—try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.

Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.

To Catch a Rabbit by Helen Cadbury

To Catch A Rabbit

I haven’t seen anything about this novel before, or heard of the author, but the blurb on the back intrigued me…


A dead woman is slumped against the door of a grubby trailer. She’s on Sean Denton’s patch, but who is she, how did she get there, and why doesn’t CID want to investigate? As Doncaster’s youngest PCSO, Denton takes the case into his own hands, but he’s way out of his depth.

People are reported mission and Denton must work backwards, before anyone else falls prey to South Yorkshire’s murky underworld of migrants and the sex trade.

Well, that’s it for now! I’m hoping I’ll get round to reading these before too long as they all look great! Let me know if you’ve read any of them as I’d love to know what you think!

Laura xo

The Marriage Plot

Upcoming books (as of November 2014)

Here are a few books I’m reading/ have read and will post reviews for soon… I am aware that some of these may have appeared on my book haul/ to read list aaages ago and I never got round to reading and reviewing quite a few them, but they will be soon!

I am determined to make my way through my ever-growing pile of books and to not keep getting distracted by amazing Netgalley advance copies on offer…

In no particular order:

The girl in the PhotographThe Girl in the Photograph – Kate Riordan
Synopsis: The Girl in the Photograph is a haunting and atmospheric novel that tells the tales of women in two different eras – the 1890’s and 1930’s – and how their lives seem to be entwined by fate. Kate Riordan’s novel is a beautifully dark and beguiling tale which will sweep you away.

It will appeal to fans of Kate Morton and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

 Note – as this is a preview copy, I can’t post the review until January- but there will be a review then!

Us by David NichollsUs – David Nicholls
Synopsis: ‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.
He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Marriage PlotThe Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
Synopsis: Brown University, 1982. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English student and incurable romantic, is writing her thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot – authors of the great marriage plots. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different men, intervenes.

Leonard Bankhead, brilliant scientist and charismatic loner, attracts Madeleine with an intensity that she seems powerless to resist. Meanwhile her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus, a theology student searching for some kind of truth in life, is certain of at least one thing – that he and Madeleine are destined to be together.

But as all three leave college, they will have to figure out how they want their own marriage plot to end.

The Girl with all the GiftsThe Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey
Synopsis: Not every gift is a blessing…

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

There will be more to come of course, but these will keep me going for now I think! 🙂