The Houseshare by Carla Kovach – publication day!

The Houseshare

The Houseshare is a rework of To Let, which was previously published by the same author.

Description

Her perfect new start just became her worst nightmare…

Opening the door to my new home, I walk into the bright, open living room. This is the fresh start I’ve been dreaming about.

‘You’re just the tenant I’ve been looking for,’ the landlord says as he drops the keys into my hand. It’s just what I’ve been looking for too – as I double lock my doors each night, I feel like I can finally be happy. I can finally be safe.

But days later, I am woken by the sound of my neighbours arguing through the wall. I swear I hear my name being mentioned. Why would they be talking about me?

Then I discover that the girl who lived in my apartment before me went missing. Why did my landlord tell me she left to go travelling?

As the weeks pass, I’m certain that someone is following my every move. And I’m terrified to my core when I find a note in my apartment: He’s always watching.

When some of my belongings go missing from my bedroom, I know someone has been in my home – someone who doesn’t want me here. I fear my past has followed me and, this time, I might not escape…

If you love gripping psychological thrillers like Gone Girl and Mark Edwards’s Here to Stay, you’ll be blown away by The Houseshare. Addictive, tense and with an ending you won’t see coming, you’ll be up all night turning pages.

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The Mother-in-Law by Karen King – review.

Publication date- 29 July

Description

He loves you now. He loved her first.

I’ve fallen in love with a man called Sam. And he’s perfect, just perfect.

It’s a whirlwind romance. And when our dream home falls through just before our wedding, we decide to move in with his parents. He says his mother, Evelyn, is the sweetest person. But I’m not so sure.

She’s obsessively protective over Sam. She wants to know where he is all the time. She wakes us up in the morning, bustling into our room like he’s a small child, not a grown man. She doesn’t want me to be alone with him. And with every day that passes – as I keep having accidents I can’t believe are coincidental – I start to fear more that she doesn’t want me to marry her son.

That she wants to be the only person he will ever love.

Then I overhear an argument between her and Sam’s dad. Evelyn has a secret. And it changes everything I thought I knew about the family I’m marrying into.

From that moment, I know that if I want to make it to my wedding day alive, I will need to be very, very careful…

An absolutely thrilling and gripping psychological suspense novel, perfect for fans of Shalini Boland, Shari Lapena, and The Woman in the Window.

About the author

Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of fiction for both adults and children. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines.

Currently published by Bookouture and Headline. Karen writes about the light and dark of relationships. Her debut psychological thriller, The Stranger in my Bed, was published by Bookouture in November 2020 and her second one, The Perfect Stepmother, was published in June 2021. She is contracted to write two more thrillers for Bookouture. The first one will be out later this year.

Karen’s romance novels for Headline include One Summer in Cornwall, published in April 2021 and The Best Christmas Ever published in October 2021. Her new romance, The Spanish Wedding Disaster, will be published in June this year.

My thoughts

Oh my goodness, I felt sorry for poor Dana. What a situation to be in! This likeable character had me rooting for her from the start. After the bang of the prologue, my heart was in my mouth.

The writing was slick, taking me from chapter to chapter without noticing how much time I had my head buried in this story. Absolutely gripping. The heart pounding moments and shocks were aplenty. The manor house – what can I say? It was beautifully described but the tone was well set so I had these moments where I felt Dana should be peering over her shoulder. No rest for the thriller reader – hehe.

If you crave skin tingling psychological thrillers that will keep you reading into the night, then ‘The Mother-in-Law’ simply has to go to the top of your reading pile!

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Liar Liar by LG Davis – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/07/22/liar-liar-by-lg-davis-review/

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Liar Liar by LG Davis – review.

Description

He promised to keep my secrets. He never told me his…

My husband and I are the dream couple: deeply in love, the envy of all our friends. He surprises me with roses and a beautiful diamond ring, and I prepare picnics for us to enjoy in the sunshine with our adorable son. It’s gestures like this that keep our romance alive.

But nobody knows how frightened I am at night. Oliver promised he’d keep me safe, but strange things have started to happen in my home.

My son is convinced that someone was in his room, watching him while he slept. And someone has smashed the white lantern on our porch. One evening I could swear there’s someone watching me through the window, lurking in the shadows across the street. As I triple check that the doors are locked and kiss my son goodnight, I’m terrified that someone knows what happened before we moved here, and that soon everything I love will be taken away…

Then Oliver comes home with blood on his hands on the same night our neighbour, one of my closest friends, goes missing. And I realise I am not the only one hiding a terrible secret.

We are both lying. But when the truth finally comes to light, who will survive? And can I keep my son safe?

An absolutely addictive, twisty read that will have you sleeping with the light on. Anyone who loves Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Behind Closed Doors will be utterly gripped.

About the author

Author L.G. Davis writes novels that will send chills down your spine, and keep you up at night.

She also writes in other genres under the name Liz Grace Davis.

My thoughts

Ooh, this book had it all! The secrets, the lies and the fear factor. I felt the sense of creepiness that Tess was living through and it gave me the shivers. As a main character, I really warmed to her and the chapters from her past were most intriguing.

I loved the writing style and, the past and present chapters. The setting was perfect; beautifully domestic. I could picture the street Tess lived on and the house from her past. I was gripped by the interactions between Tess and Oliver and the mystery that surrounded them. It totally drew me in and kept me turning those pages.

What a fantastic read. Loved, loved, loved ‘Liar Liar.’ I’d definitely recommend it!

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Do I Really Know You by Sheryl Browne – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/07/19/do-i-really-know-you-by-sheryl-browne-review/

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Do I Really Know You by Sheryl Browne – review.

Description

She’s your oldest friend and you tell each other everything. So you’d know if she’d done something terrible, wouldn’t you?

Maddie and Kiara have been best friends since they met on their first day at university. They have always shared everything with each other, everything except one big secret, which Kiara knows would tear them apart…

When the police knock on Maddie’s front door as she and husband Nick are getting ready for the morning school run, she’s not expecting to hear what they have to tell her.

Kiara is dead.

And when Kiara’s death is ruled as suicide, Maddie can’t believe it. She knew everything about her best friend, didn’t she?

Walking into the plush apartment Kiara only recently moved into, Maddie soon discovers that her best friend’s life wasn’t as happy as she thought. Is that blood on the kitchen floor? And why didn’t Kiara tell her about secret meetings with a man Maddie knows well?

What Maddie learns next has her questioning who her best friend really was. And now she’s discovered Kiara’s web of lies, could her own life be in danger?

Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife, Do I Really Know You? is a gripping new psychological thriller from bestselling author Sheryl Browne. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop!

About the author

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. Sheryl’s latest book publishing with fabulous BOOKOUTURE is DO I REALLY KNOW YOU? Her previous works include several psychological thrillers with Bookouture, the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series and contemporary fiction novels The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, she also has short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath.

Sheryl lives in Worcestershire UK with her husband and her rescue dogs, Brie and Pablo.

To find out more about Sheryl’s novels, go to http://www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author/ or follow @SherylBrowne on Twitter. To find out more about Sheryl, go to http://www.sherylbrowne.com

My thoughts

Queen of the prologue, Sheryl, didn’t disappoint one bit! The opening to this book set the tone brilliantly and send a few shivers down my spine. As a person with a severe phobia, Do I Really Know You, had me on edge. I could well understand the intensity experienced. This is psych thriller and more. It’s terrifying at times.

The mystery of ‘who’ had me double guessing throughout. Maddie and Kiara were fantastically intriguing characters, both had plenty to tell. Their pasts played a super role and I enjoyed the chapters and moments, that took me as the reader, back to those times.

I have to praise the research that went into Nathan’s job. It must have taken ages and it was so worth it.

I’m sure my heart pounded as I read some of the scenes. I think I need to go and blow into a paper bag to calm down – haha. What a story!

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The Beautiful Ones by Julia Sutton – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/07/17/the-beautiful-ones-by-julia-sutton-review/

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The Beautiful Ones by Julia Sutton – review.

Description

Caitlyn Shaw had it all.

Surrounded by loving friends and family, on the cusp of landing her dream job.

When Caitlyn suffers a traumatic event, her idyllic life is shattered.

She finds herself spiralling into an abyss of terror and despair which manifests as a psychotic break.

Subsequently hospitalised in a psychiatric unit, Caitlyn sees her future slowly slipping away from her.

Desperately ill and refusing to accept her condition, she rebels against the hospital staff.

As battle of wills ensues, Caitlyn begins her fight back to sanity, standing up and challenging the many stigmas attached to women like her.

Can Caitlyn drag herself back from the brink to fulfil her dreams?

Come and walk for a while with The Beautiful Ones.

About the author

Hi there, I was born in 1972 and live in Wolverhampton, England with my husband, two children, an energetic Border Collie and two frisky chinchillas. I studied for an English degree at the University of Wolverhampton and wrote my first novel in 2014. I am now the author of six adult novels and currently working on my seventh. I also love writing picture books for young children and am hoping to have them published in the future. I enjoy drawing, cooking, walking and watching films. Animal welfare, taking care of the environment and being kind to people interests me 🙂

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My thoughts

‘The Beautiful Ones’ is such a moving and insightful read with the theme of mental health at its core. I found it easy to root for Caitlyn from the get go. I enjoyed feeling gripped by her family dynamics, her relationships with her friends, and the real insight into her thoughts, fears and feelings.

Julia has written her characters with deep sensitivity. I can tell she cared a lot about Cait and that comes through in every word. I loved Uncle Joe too.

I thoroughly recommend this book but be prepared to go through a whole host of emotions. Loved it!

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It’s publication day for Find Me! https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/07/14/its-publication-day-for-find-me/

Open Your Eyes by Heather J Fitt – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/07/10/open-your-eyes-by-heather-j-fitt-review/

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It’s publication day for Find Me!

Find Me

I’ll never forget that day. It was blisteringly hot, and I begged our mother for an ice cream. As we left you with Dad, I didn’t know it would be the last time I saw your face. Minutes later, we returned to the end of the pier where we had parked your pushchair. Dad was asleep on a bench, and your little pink blanket was empty. You had vanished.

Twenty-five years later. The morning of the anniversary of Jess’s disappearance starts like every other for her sister Kate – a rushed school run, a cold cup of coffee and a quick scan of the news for updates. But when her phone beeps with a message from an unknown number, everything changes.

I know what happened to Jess.

Finally, Kate’s a step closer to getting answers to the questions that have tormented her for so long. Why was her mother so angry that day? How did her father sleep through his own daughter’s abduction? And when the police car came screeching towards the pier, how is it that nobody saw a single thing?

As she drives her young family to the seaside town to meet the mystery messenger, she feels uneasy. Who are they and why did they reach out now? But before Kate finds out, history repeats itself and her world is turned upside down once more.

Then Kate receives one final, terrifying message… will her pursuit of the truth cost the lives of everyone she has ever loved?

This completely unputdownable psychological thriller will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us.

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Open Your Eyes by Heather J Fitt – review.

Description

A Scottish journalist enters a dark online world in this unsettling novel about resentment and rage . . .

Edinburgh reporter Frankie has finally been assigned a high-profile crime story about a series of sexual assaults, and she relishes her big break. Her article focuses on the issue of women’s safety and looks at why conditions haven’t improved since the era of the Yorkshire Ripper.

Frankie begins to face a torrent of abuse online, attracting the attention of a group of men who want to prevent her from covering the story. But she won’t back down. What she doesn’t realise is that in this murky online world, one man is plotting a spectacular and shocking attack. Can Frankie continue to investigate and walk away unharmed?

About the author

Heather was born in Scotland and after moving around Europe with her parents and sister, settled in Hampshire where she met her husband, Stuart.

After leaving the rat-race in 2018, Heather re-trained as an editor and proof-reader and entered the world of publishing. These days she works as a part-time freelancer and a part-time Commissioning Advisor for Bloodhound.

Heather was inspired to start writing her novel by the authors who have become her closest friends. Now the ideas are flowing she has plans to write several more over the coming years.

When she isn’t reading, Heather enjoys spending her time watching sport – especially her beloved rugby – and exploring the British countryside with Stuart.

My thoughts

Wow, what and amazing and very current read! I thought the insight into the world of incels must have taken a lot of research and it was well worth it. I’ve dipped into this particular rabbit hole for my own research in the past and I can appreciate how disturbing it is to see this escalating abuse with your own eyes. The articles that were included between some of the chapters made fabulous reading.

I loved Frankie’s character and her growth when it came to feminism. Todd was the perfect partner for her in this story and the tension between them – brilliant. The Liam chapters both saddened me and chilled me to the core. ‘Open Your Eyes,’ is a fantastic debut and one not to miss.

If you love a tense and scary read that slaps you in the face as a real world threat at the moment, this is the book for you!

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The Girl From Jonestown by Sharon Maas – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/07/04/the-girl-from-jonestown-by-sharon-maas-review/

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The Girl From Jonestown by Sharon Maas – review.

Description

The woman looked at me, anguish brimming in her eyes. I picked up the note she’d left and read the scrawl: HELP!!! Then: Mom. Followed by a number.

A gripping and heartbreaking read, based on the true story of the Jonestown cult, one of the darkest chapters in American history.

When journalist Zoe Quint loses her husband and child in a tragic accident, she returns home to Guyana to heal. But when she hears cries and music floating through the trees, her curiosity compels her to learn more about the Americans who have set up camp in a run-down village nearby. Their leader, Jim Jones, dark eyed and charismatic, claims to be a peaceful man who has promised his followers paradise.

But everything changes when Zoe meets one of his followers, a young woman called Lucy, in a ramshackle grocery store. Lucy grabs Zoe’s arm, raw terror in her eyes, and passes her a note with a phone number, begging her to call her mother in America.

Zoe is determined to help Lucy, but locals warn her to stay away from the camp, and as sirens and gunshots echo through the jungle at nightfall, she knows they are right. But she can’t shake the frightened woman’s face from her mind, and when she discovers that there are young children kept in the camp, she has to act fast.

Zoe’s only route to the lost people is to get close to their leader, Jim Jones. But if she is accepted, will she be able to persuade the frightened followers to risk their lives and embark on a perilous escape under the cover of darkness? And when Jim Jones hears of her plans, could she pay the highest price of all?

A powerful and unputdownable novel inspired by the true story of Jonestown, about a woman’s brave attempt to save people who were promised paradise but found only lies. Fans of Where the Crawdads Sing, Before We Were Yours and The Girls will be captivated by The Girl from Jonestown.

About the author

Sharon Maas was born into a prominent political family in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951. She was educated in England, Guyana, and, later, Germany. After leaving school, she worked as a trainee reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown and later wrote feature articles for the Sunday Chronicle as a staff journalist.

Her first novel, Of Marriageable Age, is set in Guyana and India and was published by HarperCollins in 1999. In 2014 she moved to Bookouture, and now has ten novels under her belt. Her books span continents, cultures, and eras. From the sugar plantations of colonial British Guiana in South America, to the French battlefields of World War Two, to the present-day brothels of Mumbai and the rice-fields and villages of South India, Sharon never runs out of stories for the armchair traveller.

My thoughts

I can’t express how much I loved this novel! After reading and watching so much about the Jonestown cult, I had to read ‘The Girl from Jonestown.’ I loved the tale that the author wrapped around the facts and I soon found myself engrossed in the book and main character, Zoe’s, personal life.

I enjoyed being in Zoe’s head. She had a fabulous story to tell and her curiosity and ambition had me tense with worry for her. As for the setting – fabulous. I could hear and feel the jungle around me as I read. I felt the fear, Zoe’s repulsion at times and her burning desire to get to the bottom of the story. Lucy’s chapters had me gripped too. They had such a real feel to them which totally got under my skin.

If you are as fascinated with cults and like to delve into what drives people to become embroiled in them and remain in them, this book is a must read. Brilliant!

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The Resort by Sue Watson – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/your-dream-getaway-or-your-worst-nightmare/

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The Resort by Sue Watson – review.

Description

When a dream trip becomes your worst nightmare…

You’ve been excited about this getaway for months – at last, a chance to reconnect with your husband at a secluded island resort. But when he unexpectedly calls you from the beach, you hear the urgency in his voice. Something is very wrong.

The beautiful waitress from the restaurant last night has been found lying dead in the sand. And the police want to question your husband about it.

Sure, you saw him glance at her over dinner a few times, but you know he didn’t have anything to do with the poor girl’s death. So why is he asking you to lie to the police that he was with you all night? And where did he go in those missing hours?

When he returns to your beautiful sea-view suite, things get heated and he accuses you of being jealous, just like he always does. Yes, the waitress was overly flirtatious with your husband, but you didn’t actually wish her any harm. Not really.

Can you trust the man you married… or are you the one who can’t be trusted?

A completely gripping, utterly twisted thriller that will have you turning the pages all night long! Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Hunting Party and The Girl on the Train.

About the author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has sold over a million books and explores the darker side of life, writing psychological thrillers with big twists. Originally from Manchester, she now lives with her family in leafy Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – and procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.

more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

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My thoughts

OMG! I loved ‘The Resort.’ First things first, I’d like to go there. What an amazing place it sounds. The descriptions and reactions of the characters took me to a wonderful place. But, don’t be fooled. This book is a thriller and contains lashings of mystery.

The drama was there in abundance with lashings of emotion. Jealousy, sadness, fear and heartache. I was soon immersed in the lives of Daisy, Sam and Becky, and their stories were both harrowing and saddening. As the tension ramped up, I found that I couldn’t put this book down, and I didn’t want to as a I became wrapped up their lives.

Sue Watson has done it again and this book is a gripping read. The island itself had the desired effect by trapping its visitors and I felt the walls closing in as the characters were slowly being trapped like flies in spider webs. If you want suffocating, heart-pounding, psychological thriller, make sure you grab your copy of this fab read. You too will not know who you can trust!

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Crossing the Line by MA Comley – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/06/22/crossing-the-line-by-ma-comley-review/

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Crossing the Line by MA Comley – review.

Description

One terrifying ordeal too many…

A spate of burglaries cripples the city, putting the community and the police on high alert.

Despite dealing with a personal tragedy, DI Sara Ramsey is determined to end the perpetrator’s terrorising agenda, but it’s going to prove an impossible task as the criminal is far worse than any she’s ever encountered before.

Can she prevent the loss of yet more lives, and if so, at what cost to her personal life and her career?

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.

My thoughts

The perp in this episode left my skin crawling. What an evil character! The author certainly put DI Ramsey through the wringer this time when she created this nasty antagonist. I enjoyed the investigation, the action, and the banter between Ramsey, Carla and Lorraine. I even chuckled while reading their shared scenes. And, I always look forward to catching up with Sara Ramsey’s home life.

I could easily picture the community setting. The chapters from the baddie’s point of view were spine-tingling scary and this insight gave them real depth. It was great to read another instalment involving the regular investigation team and I look forward to the next book in the series.

‘Crossing the Line,’ is another nail-biting crime winner. Fabulous read!

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His Dark Shadow by Phil Price – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2022/06/20/his-dark-shadow-by-phil-price-review/

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