Sunday, 22 January 2017

Review: The Lost Daughter of Liverpool: A heartbreaking and gritty family saga

The Lost Daughter of Liverpool: A heartbreaking and gritty family saga The Lost Daughter of Liverpool: A heartbreaking and gritty family saga by Pam Howes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well I wasn't expecting that.
I love this book so much, I really can't wait for the next one to carry on from this one.
It didn't finish as a cliff hanger as such, but, almost certainly kept you gasping for more.

You get some people that seem to sail through life. Then you get others that get all the knock downs life throws at them. How many times can Dora get up from being knocked down.

I found this an emotional read on two levels.

My first level was when Dora and her husband went through a tragedy of event concerning their babies.

The depression and psychosis that Dora goes through is tragic. But she mends.
Only for other things to happen.

I so felt for Dora. I could understand her mental state, her anguish and her way of thinking and her unhealthy mind turning and twisting things.
Very scary for her husband and a lonely road for him to go down. I've been there. Bringing up kids with the aide of his mother-in-law.

It's real people within these pages. They are tangible. I can feel them.

So many tears were shed whilst reading this I got a blocked nose! Red eyes.

Just where is Dora and her hubby going to end up?

What about Frank her brother. Oh my dayz I'm so into this family unit I feel a part of it.

My thanks to the author for such a fantastic read. I'm waiting on the next instalment. I won't forget what this is about ever.
Thank you to Bookoutour for my early copy.

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Review: Relativity

Relativity Relativity by Antonia Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who would know that physics and astronomy could be so interesting.
When I first received this book from the publishers I just wasn't sure.
But I read every book that is sent to me (eventually) so started this one with less enthusiasm as needed.

I have been shockingly surprised how much I loved this. It's so well written and has some really heart turning and heart skipping moments.

Definitely one to be considered
Take a second look, then buy it.

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‘A true storyteller: her characters are alive’ Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap
‘Wonderful; a beautifully written, heart-breaking novel’
S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep
‘Genuinely difficult to put down’ Greeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
‘I tore through it’ Courtney Collins, author of The Burial
Published 17th January 2017
Paperback | £8.99

‘An affecting, gripping debut novel about the nature of family and identity’
Mail on Sunday
Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.
His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.
Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.
Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, currently lives in London with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Review: No Safe Home

No Safe Home No Safe Home by Tara Lyons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You're home should be your castle.
You're home should be where you feel safe.

But these women with their child wasn't.

Different times. Different home.
And as yet unrelated to each other, but, are they? Is there a connection.

Hamilton is a believable character. Headstrong and moving forward with the case and his team.
But there is a vulnerability that lingers inside him, emotions run deep. He struggles to suppress them.

We find out a little of what that is.

Katy. She has made a new life for herself, but to save herself and others can she remain with the secrets?

Rocky is someone I'm looking forward to getting to know more about.

The plot moved at a steady pace, a dip now and again, but at least it gave me thinking time.

Good last chapter.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Review: Don't Look Behind You

Don't Look Behind You Don't Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mel Sherratt has done it again. She's kept me awake until I saw daylight coming through my window.

I just loved meeting up with Detective Eden again. She's a hard woman, dedicated to her work. Feels for each person and runs a tight ship.

This time we also got to see some of what makes Eden the woman she is.

There are vulnerable women within these pages and you tense up and your tummy knots up with each event that plays out.

Imagine making a new life. But looking over your shoulder constantly.

Three women are attacked randomly and separately but is there a connection to each other?
This needs to be found out.

This is a breathtaking, twisty edge of your seat read that when climaxes really hits you for six.

I love this authors style. It flows so well, like a good movie where you sit, relax, then tuck your feet under yourself, find yourself holding yourself tightly and gnashing your teeth in the parts that are intense.

I throughly enjoyed this read. Looking forward to the next one.

Thank you to Bookoutour and Net Galley for my early copy.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Review: Blink

Blink Blink by K.L. Slater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This had me hook line and sinker.

I always take note of Titles and book covers and this sure told a great story.

It's a Mums worse nightmare. Your child going missing.
I've read lots of stories of children being taken, blaming the parents because they allowed them to swim in the pool, walk to the shop only three doors away, play in they're own back garden.

just what was the Mother thinking not keeping an eye on them! <\b>

This story wasn't what happened. Not in any of those instances mentioned above, but, for the Mother, it was the same.
Not only has this Mum got her own guilty feeling but, her daughters gone. And cruelty prevails by the public masses.

Lots of distinctive characters within these pages. I thought I had it figured out.
This authors mind is very very clever, you don't get this until right at the very end.
Then you are gasping, panting and your jaw drops, I kid you not.

So where does the title come in?

I'm not telling.

Blink, and you may miss it.
Blink and no one may see.

Got you guessing? I really hope so.

This is the authors second psychological thriller.
I'm now going to fit in her first one. I've found a new author I can stalk! I mean.....follow.

My thanks to Bookoutour one of my favourite publisher via Net Galley for my copy

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Review: The One

The One The One by John Marrs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a book that stayed glued to my hands, I really was so enthralled with not only the superb writing but the plot.
What an original high quality top marks concept of a wonderfully woven story.

It's unlike any story that I've read before, so, this is so going to be remembered by me in the future as it stands out because of it.

Falling in love.
Seems straight forward.
Attraction, like, emotions, appeal.

Not in this book!

What if there was really a Mr Right or Mrs Right for you somewhere in this big wide world, doesn't take in race, creed, religion, looks, where in the world you lived, age or even sexual orientation?
That there is a genetic match......just for you.

Would you get tested even if you already had a partner? Just to see if they were genetically matched with you?
Oh heck, what if they weren't.

Each chapter took on several chapters individually and as couples.

The chapters would read overlap to the next making it such a fantastic experience as a reader keeping abreast with individuals.

This really has a thumbs up from me. I loved it.

Thank you to Random House Ebury for my advanced copy to enjoy.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Review: Her Every Fear

Her Every Fear Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My wish was so granted when I wanted to read this.
After reading a book by this author before and remembering how quickly I read it because it gripped me, I was eager to see if Peter Swanson could do it again.

I'm excited to say that he did!
When I wasn't reading this I was either thinking about it or talking to my husband about what I'd read so far.

Kate became so real to me.

The trauma she had gone through and the legacy it had left I felt quite emotional for her.

When deciding to do a house swap with a cousin she had never met was plausible and understandable, it meant she could "renew" herself.

That didn't all go to plan. As you read in the write up, her cousins neighbor was found murdered, and much more unravels.

It's a page turner for sure.

I was captured by the quality of the writing, the way the author enspired me to imagine each detail within technicolor in my mind was a sure sign to me how good this is.

I'm someone who easily gets distracted, I'm sure the roof could have caved in on me I was that engrossed.

My thanks to Faber and Faber ltd via Net Galley for granting my wish.

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