A chilling psychological thriller that plays with your mind. Catherine is volunteering in a food bank when she receives a parcel. It contains her dead sisters snow globe from when they were children however there is something inside it. Things soon get worse and she has to tell her fiance Dominic whom to date she has only told certain things about Rachel- the dead sister - as the rest is too horrific for her to even think about and she doesn’t want to put him off before the wedding. This is so well written that it grabs you from the start. A rather sinister plot that gave me the creeps a little in parts but kept me reading wanting to find out more. I read this in two sittings- it gripped me so much I couldn’t put it down. I won’t give anything away other than to say expect the unexpected. Expect your mind to be confused and go around in circles.You think you have it sussed and then another twist and turn. One you will be thinking about long after you have read it. A well written, very different, compelling read. For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
is a Gregory Award–winning poet and novelist who also writes commercial fiction
under the pseudonyms Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Hannah
Coates. Her debut thriller, Girl Number One, hit #1 in the UK Kindle
Store in December 2015. Jane lives with her husband and young family near the
North Cornwall/Devon border. A homeschooler, her hobbies include photography
and growing her own vegetables.
Riley loves football. He wants to play for Crystal Palace as he likes their kit. One day after playing with his friends he is taking the path back home, being careful to stay away from the water as his Mum has always told him to, when everything goes black. Meanwhile, Megan is trying to bond with her baby Evie. Chris her husband likes fishing and whilst doing so decides that he should do more to help.He has a secret but thinks that no-one knows. Chapters are written voiced by the different characters mostly in the first person, which made me take to them quickly and easily. The chapters are short and punchy which keeps the flow. There is of course a twist or two, one of which I didn’t see coming and then…. I won’t give anything away other than to say an excellent ending which for me is very important as so many are left on a cliff with no real answers. A very well written engaging tale. This is my first book by Adam and it won’t be my last, For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
A young woman falls into a ditch trying to get away from her boyfriend at a festival. She gets up to find that next to her isn’t rubbish but a body. Meanwhile two small time thieves are given a tip of about a house to “visit”. They have bitten off more than they can chew and quickly turn up dead. One of them sent a picture of drugs to the police as “insurance” just before they met their untimely end. Why? A haulage firm is transporting more than they should however neither the police or customs have any idea of how it is being done. A cleverly thought out plot with enough turns to keep the flow. Characters which you easily take to and become alive through excellent descriptions and enough backstory to keep you interested without it taking over- which can be a fine balance. I like enough to give them life but not too much to distract from the main theme. Helen always does this extremely well. This is the fourth in a series but would stand alone quite easily. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Fear- Dirk Kurbjuweit 3* Randolph lives in a flat with his wife and children. In the basement flat lives Dieter Tiberius who is rather strange.A good choice of name for the perpetrator(The Roman emperor Tiberius being known for sexual perversion ).He starts out being friendly to the family and then begins stalking them, creeping around the garden when Randolph is away. This is told from Randolph’s point of view as a story to his wife, and also gives quite a bit of his background. It starts from the end (if that makes sense) and then works it way towards that explaining what occurred to bring that end about. When the law of the land is unable to help you are forced to make your own decisions. This is well written albeit a slightly “weird” novel. Almost a biography with a twist (loosely based on a true experience by the author) For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Author Bio – Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.
Her first two novels, This Year's Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year's Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.
Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018 , and in translation is seven countries around the world. Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Sam has found his soulmate Helen after losing his first wife leaving him with two small girls. After several years together and Helen being a housewife, she leaves home to go on a course, turns the corner and disappears. Her husband is meant to be collecting the children from school but has left her a message to say he has been called away and hence can’t get there. When the school call him he realises something could be wrong- very wrong. Helen is always so organised- her life and the family plans are so organised that almost everything is on a spreadsheet. So where is she?
This is a very different “missing person” book- one that makes you stop and think about life. Not in the realm of murder or kidnap- a totally different scenario. I won’t give anything away but towards the end there are some very true, reflective words in a stunning piece of writing which made me stop and think about my own life and journey. A very well written account mainly of characters. We feel for Sam and then realise that at times he is his own worst enemy- at times you may want to shout at him in frustration for his actions, mostly to himself. For Lara who does her best to help but ends up being somewhat of a doormat. For the children having lost a second mother figure. You wonder why she could leave a blissful life- from the outside and then find out that little bit more. The ending I was wondering about before I got there- what would happen? Would there be a happy one? No spoilers- just to say - perfect.
Tom Major is in space going to Mars and is grumpy to say the least. Back on earth Gladys is getting confused. She can remember what her husband made for dinner 30 years ago but not where her phone is. This was just an extract but gave a wonderful flavour of the full book. Written with humour and a little pathos, it is one of those easily read books that will lift you and gives evocative characters that you remember. It’s quirky, slightly nonsensical but wonderfully enjoyable. A book to look forward to.
A body is found at the rear of a car. The passengers inside looking like they are awaiting the return of the driver-only they too have both been shot. Tom is attending the local carol service in the cathedral when on their way there is an explosion. He is getting anonymous notes which imply, to him, that he could be the target. In all those dignitaries? Maybe he is just being paranoid. As ever this grips you from the start and draws you in. Chris has the talent of bringing characters to life and a plot to keep you turning the pages. A background thread personal to Mariner brings the real Tom even more to life as does his relationship with his girlfriend and the trial and tribulations of normal life. A fairly complicated plot with twists and turns (nothing too difficult to follow) which kept me interested right to the very end. I really enjoyed this and look forward to the next instalment.
One of those books that will stay with me forever. Lale has volunteered to go and work for the Germans so as to save the rest of his family. Those who don’t “give” one son will be sent to the concentration camps This is the story of Lale’s journey through Auschwitz /Birkenau and of his presence of mind to live and to help others. This could be a work of fiction- it isn’t. Lale lived and saw so much that man should never have to see let alone think about. This, to me, should be compulsory school reading, so that the atrocities are never allowed to happen again, and that we all understand why so that man can live alongside man in harmony. This is captivatingly written and you take not only to Lale but to some of the others, some of whom only “live” for a few pages but represent so many innocent lives. A poignant, brilliantly told tale that I can’t recommend highly enough. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a film (It started life as a screenplay). I do hope so as the impact it will then have would be tremendous. There aren’t the right words to describe this or how it makes you feel. So I will just say read it- you will be enlightened for doing so.