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:

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BLOOM

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!

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Goodreads Challenge [‘half way’ update]

So I’m a little bit [very] late with this one, seeing as I wanted to do a ‘half-way update’ and it’s already half way through August, but I thought I’d do it anyway – so here is what I’ve read so far in 2018!

I was doing really well – ahead of schedule by at least a book or two, according to Goodreads – up until a few weeks ago, when life kind of got in the way of reading, as it sometimes unfortunately does. I’m currently 3 books behind schedule but with lots of train travel up to a wedding and a bank holiday weekend both coming up next week, I’ll have more time – whether it’s whilst travelling or just lazing in bed – to read more… hopefully!


  • So far this year I have read 85 books
  • My aim is to read 140 books in 2018

From most recent at the top [with links to Goodreads]:

While I Was Sleeping by Dani AtkinsVox by Christina DalcherThe Liar's Room by Simon LelicSomething in the Water by Catherine SteadmanWatching You by Lisa Jewell
Sticks and Stones by Jo JakemanFactfulness by Hans RoslingIn The Dark by Cara HunterDeath in Dulwich by Alice CastleThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
You Were Made for This by Michelle SacksBelieve Me by J.P. DelaneyThe Dead Ex by Jane  CorryLast Time I Lied by Riley SagerThe Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown
The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie WalshThe Tall Man by Phoebe LockeThe Cliff House by Amanda JenningsKiss Me, Kill Me by J.S. CarolLove Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Seddon
Your Closest Friend by Karen PerryFriends and Liars by Kaela CobleRedemption Point by Candice FoxIn Bloom by C.J. SkuseThe Fifth To Die by J.D. Barker
Snap by Belinda BauerThe Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy KoomsonDays of Wonder by Keith StuartThe Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. HarrisCross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
The Craftsman by Sharon J. BoltonOur Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallWhistle in the Dark by Emma HealeyGone Viking by Helen RussellYou Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaghtPaper Ghosts by Julia HeaberlinNow You See by Max ManningTurn a Blind Eye by Vicky NewhamDrift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee
Skin Deep by Liz NugentTwo Steps Forward by Graeme SimsionA Breath After Drowning by Alice BlanchardDeadly Secrets by Robert BryndzaThe Next Girl by Carla Kovach
Anna by Amanda ProwseThe Wildflowers by Harriet EvansBriguella by Vicki FitzgeraldEntanglement by Katy MahoodTwin Truths by Shelan Rodger
Hangman by Daniel ColeThe Stranger by Kate RiordanThe Memory Chamber by Holly CaveThe Fear by C.L. TaylorMy Mother's Secret by Sanjida Kay
The Darkness by Ragnar JónassonThe Perfect Girlfriend by Karen HamiltonThe Friend by Dorothy KoomsonExhibit Alexandra by Natasha BellBring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Emma in the Night by Wendy   WalkerThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonThe Dark Lake by Sarah   BaileyOnly Child by Rhiannon NavinThe Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet AshtonEverything Is Lies by Helen CallaghanThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv ConstantineStill Me by Jojo MoyesFragile Lives by Stephen Westaby
The Dark Angel by Elly GriffithsHome by Amanda BerrimanEverything I Know About Love by Dolly AldertonTrying by Emily PhillipsThe Woman in the Window by A.J.  Finn
Our House by Louise CandlishNo Turning Back by Tracy BuchananThe Feed by Nick Clark WindoVeronica's Bird by Veronica Bird & Richard NewmanThe Dry by Jane Harper
Fear by Dirk KurbjuweitAnything You Do Say by Gillian McAllisterThe Confession by Jo SpainHydra by Matt WesolowskiForce of Nature by Jane Harper

 

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February wash up (aka wrap up!)

I can’t believe it’s already March!!

February was a great reading month for me, I read some great books and also some I didn’t enjoy so much… variety is the spice of life 🙂

Here’s all the books I read last month- click the title links to check out my reviews for them (some reviews still to come) and let me know if you’ve read any of these too!

Home – Amanda Berriman

The Dark Angel – Elly Griffiths

Fragile Lives – Stephen Westaby

Still Me – JoJo Moyes

The Last Mrs Parrish [audiobook review] – Liv Constantine

Everything Is Lies – Helen Callaghan

The Sunday Lunch Club – Juliet Ashton

The Year That Changed Everything – Cathy Kelly

Only Child – Rhiannon Navin

The Dark Lake – Sarah Bailey [review coming as part of blog tour on 5 March]

Bring Me Back B.A. Paris [review to follow soon]

Exhibit Alexandra – Natasha Bell [review to follow]

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

How was your reading month? Any new favourites to report?

On My TBR list [Winter Edition]

Now we’re well and truly into December, here are some of my most-anticipated titles to be read this winter, over the next few months…


The Crow Girl – Erik Axl Sund [published 6 April 2017]The Crow Girl

[Synopsis]

The most terrifying thriller you’ll read this year

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?

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White Bodies - Jane RobinsWhite Bodies – Jane Robins [published 28 December 2017]

[Synopsis]

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda’s unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix’s domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix’s uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister’s arms.

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies—or was he murdered?

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It Started with a Tweet - Anna BellIt Started With A Tweet Anna Bell [published 7 December 2017; I’m on the blog tour with a review on 21 December!]

[Synopsis]

Can Daisy Hobson log off for love…?

Could you survive a digital detox? This hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart is perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Sophie Kinsella.

Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. A marketing manager by day, she tweets her friends, instagrams every meal and arranges (frankly, appalling) dates on Tinder. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .

Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria, that she just happens to need help doing up. Soon, too, Daisy finds herself with two welcome distractions: sexy French exchange-help Alexis, and Jack, the brusque and rugged man-next-door, who keeps accidentally rescuing her.

But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone?

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Close To Home - Cara HunterClose to Home – Cara Hunter [published 28 December 2017]

[Synopsis]

Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW.

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. And that Daisy’s time is running out…

Introducing DI Fawley and his team of Oxford detectives, CLOSE TO HOME is a pulse-pounding race against time and a penetrating examination of what happens to a community when a shocking crime is committed by one of its own.

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The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld [published 11 January 2018]The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld

[Synopsis]

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

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Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah VaughanAnatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan [published 11 January 2018]

[Synopsis]

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

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The Chalk Man - C J TudorThe Chalk Man –  C. J. Tudor [published 11 January 2018]

[Synopsis]

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.

Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?

Was it the terrible accident?

Or when they found the first body?

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The Confession - Jo SpainThe Confession – Jo Spain [published 11 January 2018; I’m on the blog tour on 19 January with a review!]

[Synopsis]

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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Hydra - Matt WesolowskiHydra – Matt Wesolowski [published 11 January 2018; I’m on the blog tour with a review on the 19 January!]

[Synopsis]

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

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That’s a selection of upcoming books I’m excited to read. have you read any of these, or do you have them to read?

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My Life in Books Tag!

I saw this brilliant tag on Sarah Withers blog and loved it, so thought I’d do my own version!

Here goes:

A book for each letter of your name

L – (The) Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo: I really enjoyed this one  – I mean, anything billed as “Me Before You meets One Day” is going to appeal to me! Review to follow soon.

A – All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon: this was a great read which surprised me as I expected it to be light and fluffy – and it was, but it was so much more than your average chick-lit. Read my full review here.

U – Us by David Nicholls: well, it had to be, didn’t it?! I will always love this book; I loved everything about it. Emotional, so well-written and funny at times too. Read my full review here.

R – Relativity by Antonia Hayes: I was part of the blog tour for this book, and I’m so glad I was. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a lovely, beautifully written novel. Read my full review here.

A – Atonement by Ian McEwan: an older pick, in that I read it a long time ago so I don’t think I ever reviewed it on my blog – it was before Snazzy Book’s time I think. Perhaps I need to rectify that when I have time… anyway, a great novel and the film wasn’t too bad – mainly due to James McAvoy! Nowhere near as good as the book though, of course!

 

Age – count along your bookshelf (27)

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Commonwealth – Ann Patchett: read my review here.

A book that represents a destination you would love to travel to?

Gosh, there are too many really! I’ve picked a few…

Blue Light Yokohama – Nicolas Obregon (Toyko – Japan) – my review

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty (Australia)

The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies

 

Favourite colour?

I don’t particularly have a favourite colour but I have reviewed a lot of books with this colour on the cover, so I’m going for: BLUE!

So here’s a selection:

 

Most difficult to read:

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Probably The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; it’s such an emotional read and so, so great! I read it before I started blogging so there’s no review on my blog but I’ve linked to the Goodreads page.

 

Which book in your TBR will you get the most satisfaction from reading?

ANY of the books that my mum / friends/ other people have leant me ages ago that I never get around to reading because I keep requesting books on Netgalley, or accepting books for review when I shouldn’t!

A few examples include:

The Girl In The Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

Any Human Heart – William Boyd

A Game For All The Family – Sophie Hannah

 

Please let me know / tag me if you do this tag as I’d love to see your answers too! This was a really fun post to write 🙂

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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

 

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Goodreads Monday (but somehow ended up on a Sunday!): The Loving Husband

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

Today I’ve picked:

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

The Loving Husband - Christobel Kent

 

Title: The Loving Husband
Author: Christobel Kent
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Sphere

[SYNOPSIS]

Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens – a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start. But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran’s life begins to spiral out of control. What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?

This is on my Netgalley and Goodreads TBR list and I want to get around to reading it very soon. It might be the next book I read, actually!

It looks intriguing, though I’ve seen mixed reviews, so we shall see…

Have you read this, or have you got it on your TBR list? Let me know what you think! 

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To Read – March 2017

Here are some books I’m really excited to have on my TBR list for the next few months! I tried to get ahead on my Netgalley/ review books and I did but then I ruined it by requesting loads more / accepting lots more book review requests, but they all look amazing so it’s a good thing really!

Here’s what I’ll be reading this month!

The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman – Mindy Mejia

[Synopsis]

Seventeen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So when she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community.

Local sheriff Del Goodman, a good friend of Hattie’s dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers; it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on. Told from three perspectives: Del’s, Hattie’s high school English teacher and Hattie herself, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman tells the story of the real Hattie, and what happened that final year of school when she dreamed of leaving her small town behind . . .

Wonderfully evocative of its Midwestern setting and with a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a book about manipulation of relationships and identity, about the line between innocence and culpability, about the hope love offers and the tragedies that occur when it spins out of control.

 

First Comes Love – Emily Giffin

[Synopsis]

What happens when love, marriage and children don’t come in the expected order?

Fifteen years after the tragic death of their older brother splintered Josie and Meredith’s already fragile relationship, the two sisters are following very different paths.

Hardworking, reserved Meredith thought she’d done it all the right way round – married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter – but now she’s wondering if she got the love part wrong.

Impulsive and spirited Josie has been single for years. She wants a child so much that she’s preparing to head straight for the baby carriage all on her own.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and secrets from the past surface, Josie and Meredith must come to terms with their own choices. Perhaps they’ll find that they need each other more than they know…

 

Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister

[Synopsis]

Just how much can you trust the person you love?

Everything but the Truth is Gillian McAllister’s stunning breakthrough thriller about deceit, betrayal and one woman’s compulsive need to uncover the truth

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn’t even mean to look. She loves Jack and she’s pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she’s seen it, she can’t undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn’t Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?

Black Widow – Chris Brookmyre

[Synopsis]

Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing.

Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for.

Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance.

But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow…

Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey

[Synopsis]

When eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds her mother missing, the house covered in blood. Everything points to murder, except for one thing: there’s no sign of the body.

London detective Maeve Kerrigan and the homicide team turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter and Chloe Emery definitely have something to hide. Then there’s William Turner, once accused of stabbing a schoolmate and the neighborhood’s favorite criminal. Is he merely a scapegoat, or is there more behind the charismatic facade?

As a body fails to materialize, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of testimonies and accusations. Who is lying, and who is not? And soon Maeve starts to realize that not only will the answer lead to Kate Emery, but more lives may hang in the balance.

Dead Embers – Matt Brolly

[Synopsis]

An explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start…

When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses – one of whom is a senior police officer.

Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.

But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined…

Trust no one.

The Missing Ones – Patricia Gibney

[Synopsis]

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

 

Fire Damage – Kate Medina

[Synopsis]

When psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn starts counselling Sami, the four-year-old son of an injured Major, she begins to suspect that his trauma runs deeper than his family have led her to believe. Why does he refer to himself as “the girl”? And who is the “Shadowman” who instils such terror in her patient?

Meanwhile, Flynn’s former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the controversial death of an officer in Afghanistan. Shot only days before he was due to arrive home, there is only one suspect – a fellow soldier who is refusing to talk.

Flynn and Callan’s cases converge when a dead body is found washed up on a Sussex beach, revealing a connection between Sami and the dead soldier. And it soon becomes clear that what seemed to have its origins in Afghanistan began with a secret much closer to home.

 

What have you got planned to read this month? Are any of these books on your list?

 

WWW Wednesday [25 January 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

Well, as usual I’ve left it ages since the last WWW Wednesday – far more than a week’s worth, I should point out – it’s been about a month! So there’ll be plenty here!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

The Book of Mirrors – E.O. Chirovici
Relativity – Antonia Hayes
The One – John Marrs (and I currently have a giveaway where you can win a paperback copy too!)

What are you currently reading?

Actually reading FOUR books this week – I usually only let myself read one at a time, but I’ve started a few paperbacks then happened to only have my kindle with me, and vice versa…

Blue Light Yokohama – Nicolas Obregon (review to follow soon)
The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion (review to follow soon)
A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson (on hold until I get other books read)
The Breakdown – B A Paris

What will you read next?

The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown – can’t wait to read this!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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WWW Wednesday [18 January 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

Well, as usual I’ve left it ages since the last WWW Wednesday – far more than a week’s worth, I should point out – it’s been about a month! So there’ll be plenty here!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

The Perfect Blend – Tess Masters
Sheet Pan Suppers – Molly Gilbert
The Watcher – Ross Armstrong
Little Deaths – Emma Flint
Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land
Bridget Jones’s Baby – Helen Fielding
The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty
A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart (I’d read this before but republished my review as part of the blog tour, as it’s just come out in paperback!)
The Girl Before – JP Delaney (review to follow soon)
Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough (review to follow soon)

What are you currently reading?

The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

What will you read next?

I think I’ll read:

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
The Breakdown – B A Paris

…but I don’t often end up reading what I think I will!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

Why not add me as a friend on Goodreads!