People like Emmy Jackson. They always have. Especially online, where she is Instagram sensation Mamabare, famous for telling the unvarnished truth about modern parenthood.
But Emmy isn’t as honest as she’d like the fans to believe. She may think she has her followers fooled, but someone out there knows the truth and plans to make her pay . . .
A deliciously dark, page-turning thriller full of unguessable twists and turns.
About the author
Ellery Lloyd is the pseudonym for London-based husband-and-wife writing team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos.
Collette is a journalist and editor, the former content director of Elle (UK) and editorial director at Soho House. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the Sunday Times.
Paul is the author of two previous novels, Welcome to the Working Week and Every Day is Like Sunday. He is the program director for English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.
What an insight this book is into the world of being an influencer on Instagram! At a time when we all share our lives, our children, our pets and our homes, this book is a warning to hold some of that information back.
Everyone on social media is perfect or at the very least, their imperfections are carefully constructed. The influencer is likeable and relatable. It’s all a facade; one designed for huge financial gain. I loved how this story fully delved into that world and it’s pressures. It throws up the debate of how much is too much to share online. And, what you do share? How much of it can be used against you or to infiltrate your personal life? Who’s watching and how dangerous are they?
‘People Like Her’ is an utterly terrifying read told from the perspectives of an influencer and her husband. It’s a book that sends shivers down your spine and sprinkles a sense of dread on every page. It’s a truly compelling psychological thriller and I’d wholeheartedly recommend it.
She had taken only one step towards the hotel when she heard the car door opening, and then something had her by the shoulders in a grip like steel. Penny tried to fight, but it was no good. The last thing she heard as consciousness drifted away was the whisper of a familiar song…
On a cold night in October a pretty, blonde girl named Penny O’Dwyer is snatched from the quiet main street of a small, coastal town in the west of Ireland. No one saw anything, and a desperate search leads nowhere… Until her abductor sends a video declaring Penny only has ten days to live and a deadly countdown begins.
Criminal behaviourist Jessie Boyle hoped never to work a case in Ireland again. But when her career in London is cut short by a brutal tragedy, she returns to her homeland to grieve – only for her oldest friend to call in a long overdue debt. ‘Help us catch this monster and bring Penny home. We need you, Jessie.’
Throwing herself into the investigation, Jessie makes a chilling discovery: Penny wasn’t the first girl to be taken. As her team find more missing women, she becomes convinced that a serial killer has been hiding in plain sight for years. Nothing seems to tie the victims together, until Jessie realises that that each abduction site is linked to the old Irish myths she read as a child.
Time is running out for Penny, and Jessie’s only hope is to understand the killer’s twisted logic. But he is closer than she imagined… and Jessie is next in his sights. Will she risk everything to save an innocent life?
A totally breathtaking and chilling crime thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last page, perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, A.J. Rivers, Tana French and Lisa Gardner.
Shane Dunphy (S. A. Dunphy) was born in Brighton in 1973, but grew up in Ireland, where he has spent most of his life. A child protection worker for 15 years, he is the number one bestselling author of 20 books. His first nine titles dealt with his time on the frontline of social care work, and include the number one bestseller Wednesday’s Child. His bestselling series of crime novels (written under the name S. A. Dunphy) feature the emotionally damaged criminologist David Dunnigan. Stories From the Margins, his series of True Crime books written for Audible, has been critically acclaimed as well as being an audio-bestseller. He has also ghost written two biographies. Writing as S. A. Dunphy his exciting new series of crime novels, set in Ireland, feature Criminal Behaviourist Jessie Boyle and detective Seamus Keneally.
Author website: Shandunphyauthor.org
Facebook: Shane Dunphy – S. A. Dunphy
Wow! That ending was tense and I’ll definite think about it for a long time. ‘Bring Her Home’ has it all; a hideous crime and a ticking clock. I also loved the main characters. The dynamics between Jessie, Seamus and Terri were a joy to read.
What really had me intrigued when I saw this book was the folklore aspect. This elevated everything to a whole new level. I can totally appreciate all the research that the author put in and I found it so interesting to read.
As for the killer… creepy. In fact, the whole book has a creepy vibe. I felt the chapters from the victim’s POV getting under my skin. I enjoyed delving into her life. Another character I felt drawn to was Terri. Her input really brought a lot to the story.
If you’re looking for action, intrigue and a supersize helping of the macabre, you need to read this fantastic crime thriller!
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Well, I’ve had a non-fiction ball! Now it’s back to the fiction for a while. I feel as though I’ve had a chance to do a lot of thinking, which is always a good thing. 🙂
I must say, I enjoyed all of these books. They were insightful, thought provoking and in some cases, mind blowing. 🧡
Is anyone else enjoying a non-fiction read at the moment?
My latest finished reads:
‘Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’ by Florence Given.
Genre – feminist non-fiction.
Length – 193 pages.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy.
Through Florence’s story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life, and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.
Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
‘The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls’ by Mona Eltahawy.
Genre – feminist non-fiction.
Length – 228 pages.
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls identifies seven sins women and girls are socialised to avoid anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence and lust. With essays on each, Mona Eltahawy creates a stunning manifesto encouraging women worldwide to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchy. Drawing on her own life and the work of intersectional activists from around the world, MeToo and the Arab Spring, Eltahawys work defines what it is to be a feminist now.
‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ by Stephen Hawking.
Genre – science/cosmology.
Length – 143 pages.
The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.
Is there a God?
How did it all begin?
Can we predict the future?
What is inside a black hole?
Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
How do we shape the future?
Will we survive on Earth?
Should we colonise space?
Is time travel possible?
Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.
And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth – from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence – Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.
Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.
‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Genre – discrimination and racism.
Length – 273 pages.
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
‘Men Who Hate Women’ by Laura Bates.
Genre – feminism/social science.
Length – 366 pages.
Imagine a world in which a vast network of incels and other misogynists are able to operate, virtually undetected. These extremists commit deliberate terrorist acts against women. Vulnerable teenage boys are groomed and radicalised.
You don’t have to imagine that world. You already live in it. Perhaps you didn’t know, because we don’t like to talk about it. But it’s time we start.
In this urgent and groundbreaking book, Laura Bates, bestselling author and founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, goes undercover to expose vast misogynist networks and communities. It’s a deep dive into the worldwide extremism nobody talks about.
Interviews with former members of these groups and the people fighting against them gives unique insights on how this movement operates. Ideas are spread from the darkest corners of the internet – via trolls, media and celebrities – to schools, workplaces and the corridors of power, becoming a part of our collective consciousness.
Uncensored, and sometimes both shocking and terrifying – this is the uncomfortable truth about the world we live in. And what we must do to change it.
‘Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there’ by Richard Wiseman.
Genre – psychology.
Length – 353 pages.
Professor Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: paranormal phenomena don’t exist. But in the same way that the science of space travel transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs. Paranormality embarks on a wild ghost chase into this new science of the supernatural and is packed with activities that allow you to experience the impossible. So throw away your crystals, ditch your lucky charms and cancel your subscription to Reincarnation Weekly. It is time to discover the real secrets of the paranormal.
Learn how to control your dreams — and leave your body behind
Convince complete strangers that you know all about them
Unleash the power of your unconscious mind
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DI Sara Ramsey and her team are tasked with finding an elusive kidnapper. Someone driven by dark secrets. Several women have been abducted, some in broad daylight, but why?
With few clues and even less evidence, can Sara find the women before their abductor moves onto the next stage in their warped plan?
In the midst of one of the most depraved investigations of her career, Sara is dealt a shocking blow by her partner, Carla. Sara is pushed to her limits personally and professionally.
Can she remain true to herself and prevent a massacre from happening?
About the author
M A Comley is a KINDLE UNLIMITED ALL-STAR author as well as being a New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, she has topped the book charts on iBooks as a top 5 bestselling and reached #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over two and a half million copies sold world wide. She’s a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when she turned her hobby into a career.
When she’s not writing crime novels as well as caring for her elderly mother, she’s either reading or going on long walks with her rescue pup Labrador, Dex.
Here is a list of her books, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice, Rough Justice, Dubious Justice, Calculated Justice, Twisted Justice, Prime Justice, Heroic Justice, Shameful Justice, Immoral Justice and Overdue Justice. There are several novellas and short stories in the series too.
No Right To Kill, Killer Blow, The Dead Can’t Speak, Deluded and The Murder Pact in the DI Sara Ramsey series.
Her other successful series are: The DI Sally Parker thriller series, which includes WRONG PLACE, NO HIDING PLACE, COLD CASE, Deadly encounter and Lost Innocence
The DI Kayli Bright Trilogy – The Missing Children, Killer on the Run, Hidden Agenda, Murderous Betrayal and Dying Breath.
The Hero series, TORN APART, END RESULT, IN PLAIN SIGHT, DOUBLE JEOPARDY and CRIMINAL ACTIONS.
There are three books in the Intention series, Sole Intention, Grave Intention and Devious Intention.
Plus a couple of standalone novels – EVIL IN DISGUISE and FOREVER WATCHING YOU.
I’ve also penned a cozy mystery Private Investigator series – Murder at the Wedding, Murder at the Hotel and Murder by the Sea.
As well as co-authoring the Deception Series co-authored by fellow NY Times bestselling author, Linda S Prather Clever Deception, Tragic Deception and Sinful Deception.
If you fancy a lighter read, why not try one of my romances: A Time to Heal, and A Time for Change–Based on a TRUE story. I also have a selection of short stories and novelettes available which I know you’ll enjoy.
You can find out more about me at the following blogs.
What a shocker of an instalment in the DI Sara Ramsey series. As for the police team, I carried so much tension for Carla and her story. Then there was the case. What a moral dilemma for me as the reader in choosing who I should root for.
As for the crime, be prepared for something super sinister and to have feelings all over the place. The concept of black and white thinking has no place here. There are so many shades of grey, that’s what makes everything far more interesting. I think, given the content and the questions this book threw up, it would make a good talking point amongst people who’ve read it, especially in where blame lies.
I love a book that makes me think and as I’ve been personally affected by some of the content, I relished the chance to have a real good think. I know where my sympathies lie but who would have yours? That is the big question!
Since the birth of baby Joe five weeks ago, Ali Baker has been struggling to cope. Starved of sleep and haunted by painful memories from the past, she’s a million miles away from the polished, professional barrister she has worked so hard to become.
Then her mother tragically and unexpectedly dies, leaving Ali an orphan. Haunted by her loss, Ali can’t forget her mother’s last words to her: There is something I really need to tell you…
Heading back to the Norfolk Broads to sort her mother’s things, Ali is plunged into memories of her family’s picture-perfect summers on the river.
But as she starts to uncover secrets hidden within the isolated house, Ali is drawn into a dark web that threatens to destroy everything she believed about her childhood – and her very sanity.
Ali may finally discover her mother’s secrets… but at what cost?
A gripping, captivating psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Samantha Hayes and S.E. Lynes.
About the author
Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and became a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer.
Caroline writes domestic psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE SKIN, aka THE WIFE’S SECRET, was published in October 2017. Her second novel, MY HUSBAND’S LIES, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. BETRAY HER was published in July 2020. TRUTH GAMES ebook followed in November 2020. The paperback will be published on 10th June 2021.
Caroline has two pen names. As Caro Land she has written a legal suspense series, CONVICTIONS, published in January 2020. The follow up, CONFESSIONS, published in June 2020.
As CE Rose she has written a gothic-tinged psychological thriller THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN SECRETS. This will be published on 14th April.
Caroline has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES and HANGED BY THE NECK.
‘The House on the Water’s Edge’ is definitely a book for those who enjoy a fantastic mystery! I loved how new mother, Ali, had so much going on in this atmospheric delight. The themes of loss and identity are intricately woven through, drawing the reader deeply into to Ali’s past. The loss of self was overwhelming at times; the type that comes with the enormous stress of having a baby and feeling entirely alone.
I enjoyed how becoming a parent was explored. It’s hard and this book expressed just how hard it can be without holding anything back. To couple that with the death of a parent and all the heartache and stress that would bring really piled on the pressure.
George’s mysterious character had me intrigued from the beginning, as did the neighbours and the cleaners. The shocks and revelations were simply jaw-dropping.
This is a novel that gradually creeps under your skin. It has its fair share of spine-tingling moments and casts doubt on reality, taking the reader deeper into that hole. It’s suffocatingly claustrophobic with an ‘oh my goodness ’ finale!
He kicked and struggled as his sister was carried out through the shallow water to one of the boats. The distance between them seemed to stretch out and out. There was nothing he could do. He cried out to her, his voice hoarse with tears, ‘I will find you! I promise!’
London, 1820: Nineteen-year-old Mercy, the orphaned daughter of an African prince, has come to live with the well-to-do Dr Stephens and his wife, Catherine, a passionate campaigner for the abolition of slavery.
Mercy throws herself into Catherine’s work, eager to help until – at an exhibition that has all of London talking – one particular painting makes a disturbing impression on her, conjuring vivid images of creaking wood and the screams of drowning people. Its effect on Dr Stephens is even stronger – a connection that seems almost personal.
Meanwhile, Mat, a young black sailor, scours the city in search of the men who kidnapped his sister many years before. When his path crosses with Mercy’s and he realises the girl he has been mourning is alive, it sets events in motion that will destroy everything Mercy thought was true about her old life – and her new one.
But as the names on Mat’s list are found dead, one after the other, the newly reunited siblings face a new danger. Someone is silencing all witnesses to the horrors of their past – and they could be next. But Mercy has had enough of secrets. She will have justice – no matter what the cost.
An utterly gripping and powerful novel about family, secrets, identity, and risking everything to be true to yourself. If you liked The Foundling, The Miniaturist or Amy Snow, you will love Daughter of the Shipwreck.
About the author
For as long as I can remember, I have been happiest with a book in my hands. From hiding under the covers with a torch as a small child so that I could stay up reading, to studying English at university so that I could get my hands on even more books – I guess it was only a matter of time before I went from reading books to writing them. It wasn’t a straightforward path; my passion for gripping plots and rounded characters led me first to work as an actor and theatre director, but after a Creative Writing course at my local bookshop, I was hooked. After completing a Masters at Royal Holloway, University of London, I finished my first novel, Daughter of the Shipwreck. I live in Brighton where I get inspiration from the incredibly rich history of the city and the inspiring and beautiful natural environment.
What a fantastic epic story of a brother and sister, cruelly torn apart after being taken from their home for a life of slavery. The opening scene, set in Africa, was truly a heart wrenching read and I was eager to find out what had happened to the two young siblings.
I really felt as though I was pounding the streets of London with Mat and Mercy. Both characters were so well rounded and likeable, I really enjoyed getting to know them as their stories unfolded. I loved the mystery element too. It had me guessing as to what had really taken place on the ship all those years ago.
‘Daughter of the Shipwreck’ is a brilliantly written story, full of emotion, with characters that I’ll remember for a long time. If you enjoy historical fiction, this really is a must read!
Sometimes, the most perfect families are hiding the most terrible secrets. How well do you know the people next door…?
Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new family, The Wests, are a perfect fit. Katherine and Josh seem so in love and their gorgeous five-year-old twins race screeching around their beautiful emerald-green lawn.
But soon people start to notice: why don’t they join backyard barbecues? Why do they brush away offers to babysit? Why, when you knock at the door, do they shut you out, rather than inviting you in?
Every family has secrets, and on the hottest day of the year, the truth is about to come out. As a tragedy unfolds behind closed doors, the dawn chorus is split by the wail of sirens. And one by one the families who tried so hard to welcome the Wests begin to realise: Hogarth Street will never be the same again.
A completely gripping, twist-packed psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Sally Hepworth and Lisa Jewell.
About the author
Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because-as her professor pointed out- ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’ She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree in Children’s Literature.
The idea for her first published novel, The Boy under the Table, was so scary that it took a year for her to find the courage to write the emotional story. She went on to publish a further five novels in Australia before joining Bookouture in 2019. She is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller in the USA, UK, AUS and CAN.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children
Eek! What a terrifyingly tense book this was. It began with a bang, letting me know that danger was imminent, but successfully keeping the mystery cloaked until the right time.
Everything happens in a few hours so the the book had a real-time feel to it. There are four main character perspectives. Logan, Gladys, Katherine and the perpetrator. Gladys came with her own heartbreaking story. Logan came with baggage and inquisitiveness. The chapters written from the perpetrators perspective were totally terrifying and as for Katherine… no parent should ever be in her position.
I very much enjoyed the reveals near the end and they left me thinking. If you love a thriller with deep psychological aspects and bags of immediate danger to keep you biting your nails, then ‘The Family Across the Street’ is what you’re looking for!
Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.
She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight.
Maria Weston wants to be friends.
But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.
About the author
Laura Marshall is the Sunday Times top ten and Kindle No. 1 bestselling author of three psychological thrillers. Her first two novels, FRIEND REQUEST and THREE LITTLE LIES have sold over half a million copies in the UK and been translated into twenty-five languages. Her third novel, THE ANNIVERSARY, will be released on 5th August 2021.
She grew up in Wiltshire, studied English at the University of Sussex and currently lives in Kent with her family.
What a fantastic read and that notion, the one where the past can feel like it’s literally coming back to slap a person in the face – eek!
So many relevant themes came into play with this book. Our use of and obsession with social media; the trying to bury a past that constantly claws its way out of the grave.
I really enjoyed the main character’s POV. Being a single parent, trying to work hard and get on in life after a marriage split seemed dramatic enough, without her past surfacing in such a disturbing way. She is both flawed, yet likeable as an adult and I loved the way she investigated what was happening. It hits home that people make mistakes in life and how that can define a person forever.
All in all, a fantastic and gripping psychological thriller that I’d definitely recommend. Loved it!
I’ve been waiting for this day for what seems like forever! I can’t wait for you to read it. Anyway, it’s publication day which means you finally can. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. ❤️
Music and loud voices echo through the woods surrounding her. Wiping her tears, she hears the rustle of leaves close by. Footsteps. She has no time to scream before a hand covers her mouth and her entire world goes black.
In a patch of forest on the outskirts of a small town, five teenage school friends prepare to spend a night away from home. Carrying their tents and sleeping bags, they laugh and joke as they make their way into the darkest part of the woods, away from prying eyes. But as the sun rises the following morning, only four are left alive.
Devastated, Leah’s friends all swear they didn’t see or hear anything. Her best friend sobs as she recounts what she remembers from that night – dancing, roasting marshmallows, sipping warm cans of beer by the fire – but is it grief, or is she hiding something? What happened to Naomi in the hour that no one can account for? And what troubled past lies behind the perfect manners of the boy who organised the trip, and who is prepared to lie to keep it buried?
As the cracks in their stories grow, it’s clear one of them is lying, and one of them is next…
Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Cara Hunter and Clare Mackintosh, One Left Behind is a thrilling crime novel that will have you hooked from the very first page!
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