The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen – review.

Description

If the walls could talk . . . they’d tell her to leave. Now.

When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

About the author

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

My thoughts

I’ve read many a crime book by this fantastic author so when I saw that she’d written a spooky book, I had to read it. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a ghostly read, especially one in the haunted house sub genre and this one didn’t disappoint.

Brodie’s Watch is definitely an atmospheric location, one with a sea view and a past that would make anyone shiver on entering. I loved the house description, and Hannibal the cat was a delightful character addition. Food played a central part as main character, Ava is a food writer and the descriptions sometimes had my mouth watering too. I enjoyed the deep connections of Ava’s own closet skeletons to the house. Guilt and shame were strong themes throughout.

I had a full sense of the small town community, from the historical society to the art exhibition. From the local shops to the rental agency. The whole town felt authentic and real, definitely a place that sounds delightful to visit. The underlying mystery of the last tenant also kept me gripped, along with the ghostly and romance elements. There is much to appreciate and enjoy about this fantastic supernatural offering and I’m so glad I read it.

It’s spooky, frightening, romantic, atmospheric and mysterious. If you’re looking for an element of the otherworldly dished up with your mystery, then this is definitely your book!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shape-Night-Tess-Gerritsen-ebook/dp/B07PTMTT46/

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The Silent Girl by Kelly Heard – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/04/09/the-silent-girl-by-kelly-heard-review/

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The Silent Girl by Kelly Heard – review.

Publication date: 9th April, 2021.

Description

I wake in a bed, with a stranger leaning over me. She asks my name and I realise I don’t know what it is. I don’t know who I am or why I’m here…

I’m grateful to the people who rescued me. To the doctors, too, who brought me back from the brink of death.

But I see the suspicion in their eyes.

They don’t believe me when I say I don’t remember who I am. They are unsure if I can be trusted.

Am I the innocent victim? Or guilty of a terrible crime?

No one has reported me missing or come looking for me. But today, a bouquet of blood-red roses has been delivered to my room.

Am I in danger? Or is someone trying to help me?

Searching for anything in this town that might seem familiar, I’m cornered by a woman with wild eyes who calls me I name I don’t know. She tells me my brother is in danger and only I can save him.

But how do I know if I can trust her, if I can’t even trust myself?

A totally gripping psychological suspense novel that you won’t be able to put down and will keep you turning the pages late into the night. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window and The Silent Patient.

About the author

Kelly Heard is a novelist from Afton, Virginia. She published poetry in literary magazines before signing her debut novel, Before You Go, with Bookouture.

Kelly prefers writing to most other pastimes, but you’ll occasionally find her in the garden, hiking, or exploring antique shops.

For more updates, follow Kelly on Twitter: @kheardbooks

Website: http://www.kellyheardbooks.com

My thoughts

Ooh, this was a fabulous mystery! My first thought was, how terrifying to wake up in hospital, unaware of how you got there and not knowing your own name. Sophie’s confusion was so well written, I felt as though I was taking this journey of exploration with her. There was the threat of whatever violence she’d been subjected to coming back for another go. That kept me whizzing through the book.

I loved the settings. Dovemore was so atmospheric it gave me a shiver as Sophie was experiencing it. History oozed from its foundations and I lapped up the story of Zenaida which ran through the book. The same dwelling had at first felt like a safe haven but this soon took a more sinister turn. I never knew what to expect from it which kept me guessing. The town of Hazel Bluff felt like the perfect backdrop for the novel too.

Nathaniel and Lincoln’s characters brought a lot to the story and as the Sophie got to know them, I began to feel like there was even more at stake for her as tensions rose. As the mystery began to unravel, the stakes upped and I had to know how things would end for Sophie. The ending was full on nail biting.

If you love a solid mystery with a great big helping of threat, then The Silent Girl is a fab read for you! I couldn’t put it down.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Girl-absolutely-gripping-thriller-ebook/dp/B08WLQY3SQ/

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My Husband’s Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/04/07/the-whisper-by-sheryl-browne-review/

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Zo’n mooi meisje – NEWS!

Ik ben verheugd om dit nieuws voor mijn lezer in Nederland aan te kondigen!

Zo’n mooi meisje: Hij is een genadeloze killer.

Publicatie datum – 10 September, 2021.

Carla Kovach veroverde met detective Gina Harte binnen een paar maanden een trouw publiek

Een jonge vrouw valt uit een busje dat met hoge snelheid over een afgelegen weg raast. Haar lichaam is gekneusd en beurs en met haar laatste kracht wendt ze zich tot de persoon die haar te hulp schiet. ‘Help haar,’ fluistert ze voordat ze haar ogen voorgoed sluit.

Een paar dagen later wordt in een ondiep graf, slechts enkele kilometers verderop, het lichaam van een ander meisje gevonden. De gelijkenissen tussen de twee meisjes zijn verontrustend – dezelfde leeftijd, hetzelfde fragiele lichaam en tot slot dat felrode haar. Rechercheur Gina Harte moet haar privézorgen opzijzetten, voordat de moordenaar zijn oog op het volgende perfecte meisje laat vallen.

In de pers

‘Gina Harte is een stoere rechercheur die haar mannetje staat.’ De Telegraaf

‘Kovach weet M.J. Arlidge en Robert Bryndza te evenaren. Zodra je de eerste zin leest, kun je het boek niet meer wegleggen.’ NBD Biblion

‘We kijken uit naar de volgende thriller met Gina Harte in de hoofdrol.’ ThrillZone.nl

Article from ‘Issuu.’

https://www.amazon.nl/Zon-mooi-meisje-genadeloze-killer-ebook/dp/B08ZQ19Q9R/

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My Husband’s Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne – review.

Publication date: 7th April, 2021.

Description

‘This is our little secret. You must not tell anyone.’

When four-year-old Ollie comes back from his first sleepover with his dad and his new girlfriend, Laura, his mother Sarah senses a change in her son’s behaviour. Something happened last night. Something he won’t tell her about.

Tucking Ollie into bed, she notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably, before whispering ‘Laura told me a big secret and she said I can never tell you.’

Sarah’s heart sinks. But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife.

Soon Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared.

If you love a book that keeps twisting and turning, then you’ll love My Husband’s Girlfriend – it’s guaranteed to keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

About the author

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller My Husband’s Girlfriend comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include seven previous psychological thrillers, all with Bookouture, and the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love published by ChocLit.

Sheryl lives in Worcestershire UK with her husband and her rescue dogs, Brie and Pablo. She expects her family to grow, however. imminent arrivals being other rescue dogs with disabilities who need that extra special bit of love and care.

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

What a whirlwind of emotion this book was! I totally got Sarah’s concerns and loved her chapters. I felt her apprehension as she’d hand her little boy over to her ex husband and his new partner, Laura. As the concerns about her piled up, the intensity of the story increased to breathtaking heights. The complexity of the problems really wove around intricately, taking me on a journey.

Revelations escaped at just the right time, keeping me glued to the pages and dying to know what would happen next. Oh, and ‘this is our little secret…’ – that line is immensely creepy when children are involved.

I found Laura to be a more complicated character which is what made her so intriguing. I also loved how things twisted and turned. One minute I was convinced that I knew what was happening then something would challenge that thought.

The ending was a whopper and definitely jaw dropping. This psychological thriller had me totally gripped throughout and I read it it in two sittings. It’s a fast read so buckle up. If it’s speedy, breathtaking and twisty you’re after, ‘My Husband’s Girlfriend’ is your book!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whisper-completely-unputdownable-psychological-nail-biting-ebook/dp/B08VW7HXB2/

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The Next Girl – 99p/99c – grab a bargain while you can. Happy Easter!

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Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/moonlight-over-muddleford-cove-by-kim-nash-review/

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Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash – review.

Description

When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.

Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove… and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.

Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford… is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.

About the author

Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction and has always wanted to write books since she was a little girl.

Her latest book is Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove.

Her book published in June 2020, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter rescue dog Roni, is Head of Publicity for publisher Bookouture (part of Hachette UK) and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA as an author.

When she’s not working or writing, and in non-Covid times, Kim can be found walking her dog at Cannock Chase, reading, writing, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie, and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs and organises local and national reader/author events.

Amazing Grace was her debut novel which came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and was published in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim’s third novel and was published in June 2020.

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is her fourth book and was published in March 2021.

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:

Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm

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Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm

My thoughts

This book is my feel-good book of the year!

I absolutely flew through this delightful book! Its exploration into grief and regret took me on a very meaningful journey along with Nellie. Friendship was also a strong theme and each relationship showed this off in a different way. I found myself getting upset at her initial run of bad luck, then what followed was a whole new world of excitement and anticipation of what might be coming.

Nellie is a great character, one I easily managed to root for and identify with. She’s down-to-earth, totally relatable and definitely best friend material. I so wanted good things to happen to her. I enjoyed the Jack and Natalia thread too and I was fond of Shivani, her friend. One of the character’s was a total star and that was Norman. He was something else!

Muddleford Cove felt like a perfect setting. I could feel the sea air on my face as I read the story and I wanted to be there. I loved the stark contrast between Nellie’s home in Staffordshire and the house on the coast.

Kim definitely writes emotional scenes with so much heart as I really felt I knew these characters and the issues they were faced with. There is also just the right amount of humour. There’s a scene that involves a dog mounting another dog in a park and it had me in stitches. I’ll say no more but I howled with laughter.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. It’s a perfect feel good read and I loved every moment of it!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moonlight-Over-Muddleford-Cove-unputdownable-ebook/dp/B08VHNLRML/

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/queenie-by-candice-carty-williams-review/

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – review.

Description

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION

‘A deliciously funny, characterful, topical and thrilling novel for our times’ Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize

‘Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking’ Jojo Moyes

‘A must-read novel about sex, selfhood, and the best friendships that get us through it all’ Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

Queenie is a twenty-five-year-old Black woman living in south London, straddling Jamaican and British culture whilst slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers, and beg to write about Black Lives Matter. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in all the wrong places.

As Queenie veers from one regrettable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be? – the questions that every woman today must face in a world that keeps trying to provide the answers for them.

A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, Queenie will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way. A disarmingly honest, boldly political and truly inclusive tale that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and acceptance and found something very different in its place.

About the author

Candice Carty-Williams was born in 1989, the result of an affair between a Jamaican cab driver and a dyslexic Jamaican-Indian receptionist. She is a journalist, screenwriter, and author of the Sunday Times bestselling Queenie, a book described as ‘vital’, ‘disarmingly honest’ and ‘boldly political’. In 2016, Candice created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. As a journalist she has written for the Guardian, i-D, Vogue International, every iteration of the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad and more. She will probably always live in South London. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @CandiceC_W.

My thoughts

This novel made me chuckle and it made me sad. It also made me feel violated for poor Queenie at times. I totally loved following her character arc. I found myself getting het up at the instances of racism, however small or unintentional from the other characters. It’s easy to see how they could anger and wear a person down.

What touched me the most is the mental health theme. The descent that happens without a person really noticing as it’s so gradual, and how self destructive behaviours can be so deeply rooted in the past, they refuse to leave and sit in wait for an opportunity to rise up. I really enjoyed Queenie’s family and friends, their relationships, the warmth and the conflict; all cleverly played for maximum drama. Diane was one of my favourite supporting character’s; she was Queenie’s teenage cousin. Contrasting her with the grandparents, the different attitudes to dealing with mental health issues left me with a lot to think about.

I found myself so angered by the men in Queenie’s life, including the boyfriend she pined for. But, that ending… I loved it. It couldn’t have been any better for me. This is a book of one woman’s facing up to her past and the self discovery of the woman she is now. Does she continue to be passive because that’s how she’s been conditioned by society and her past, or does she break out and find a new level of strength and freedom to take forward? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queenie-Candice-Carty-Williams-ebook/dp/B07FSS4Z9M/

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The Wall by John Lanchester – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/the-wall-by-john-lanchester-review/

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The Wall by John Lanchester – review.

Description

*LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 *

* SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2020 *

‘Masterly . . . A signal achievement . . . Remarkable.’ Guardian

‘A 1984 for our times.’ Daily Express

Kavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.

If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.

But what if something did happen – if the Others came, if he had to fight for his life?

Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Wall is about a troubled world you will recognise as your own – and about what might be found when all is lost.

My thoughts

The suffering in this story never ends and it’s conveyed throughout the whole book in the way it’s written.

As the reader, I felt both the dangers and the claustrophobia of the wall. The monotonous job of protecting the icy borders as a form of national service was like a test of endurance for the poor characters, including main character, Kavanagh. Along with him, I lived the long days and the boredom on the wall but the wall wasn’t the end. The wall was the big fat instigator of thoughts that will come as you read this book.

The wall is a protector, a divider, a barrier from entry, a big depressing presence and a reminder of a past that one can never go back to. There’s no return once the planet is ruined and people will fight to the bitter end for every resource. It’s about greedily monopolising and not helping our fellow humans. So many themes run parallel to society today.

Climate change is something we’re all aware of, something a lot of people choose to ignore. I guess to a certain degree we’re all hypocrites if we think our existence has no impact as merely being a human being isn’t good for the environment. This novel brilliantly expresses what we genuinely have to lose and by the very nature of being human; we’re humans walking down a path of which soon, there will be no return.

It’s depressing but definitely a conversation starter. Great book club read as the discussion could go on for ages. It conveys the fear of what may come should we not change our ways and the depressing legacy we leave for our children. It asks the very question, should we even bother procreating? What does the future hold for our offspring and what future can this lovely life sustaining planet give to future generations of humans, especially as we’re built to take?

That’s the nature of dystopia. It throws you into a world that feels surreal but could very well become real. The Wall does exactly that. It’s not too late to act. I never want there to be a wall!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wall-John-Lanchester/dp/0571298737/

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The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish – review. https://griffbuck.wordpress.com/2021/03/24/the-other-passenger-by-louise-candlish-review/

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The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish – review.

Description

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE, WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

‘Absolutely brilliant… An exceptionally exciting, mysterious book – we both loved it’  Richard & Judy

It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has reported him missing.

When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends – ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?

No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.

Aren’t you?

About the author

Hello and welcome! I am the author of 14 novels, a fact I can’t quite believe myself. THE OTHER PASSENGER is my newest – I’m so excited about this one! It’s a very modern thriller set on the Thames in 2019, but with a mood of Hitchcock and noir classics like ‘Double Indemnity’. It is also my first ever Richard & Judy Book Club pick, which makes me very happy. I really hope you enjoy it.

My thriller OUR HOUSE is the book that turned my career around – right when I was about to give up. It won the 2019 British Book Awards Book of the Year – Crime & Thriller and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Best Crime Novel of the Year Award , and the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. It was also longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the Specsavers National Book Awards. A #1 bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook, it has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK and is soon to be a major four-part drama for ITV. I couldn’t have asked for more, really, and feel so proud that readers are continuing to discover it and recommend it far and wide.

A bit about me: I live in a South London neighbourhood not unlike the one in my books, with my husband, teenage daughter, and a fox-red Labrador called Bertie who is almost two and is the apple of my eye. Books, TV and long walks have been my top sanity savers during lockdown. Oh, and wine.

Get up-to-date offers by clicking on the yellow ‘Follow’ button under my pic. For more book news (and doting pictures of Bertie), catch me on Twitter @louise_candlish, on Instagram @louisecandlish or find out more at louisecandlish.com and facebook.com/LouiseCandlishAuthor. I’d love to hear from you.

My thoughts

I absolutely loved this fabulously atmospheric thriller. It’s noir, it’s psychologically thrilling and it’s totally enthralling. I couldn’t put it down!

The riverboat on the Thames made the perfect setting. I could feel both its chill and its allure as the seasons changed. The characters on board really made the commutes come to life.

The dynamics between couple in their late twenties, Kit and Melia, and couple in their late forties, Clare and Jamie worked brilliantly. As they shared a friendship, I enjoyed the discussions between them about debt and lack of opportunity for the young as opposed to that of inherited wealth. How money can cause rifts, jealousy and resentment. There was clearly a generational divide as well as a wealth divide and these themes were explored brilliantly. However, there was so much more. Themes such as youth and ageing; love and infatuation; deception and lies – perfect ingredients for a storm.

If you love a mystery that will keep you on your toes and surprise you many a time, The Other Passenger is an absolute gem and I’d definitely have no hesitation in recommending it!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Passenger-Louise-Candlish-ebook/dp/B07YL5SCQK/

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Close My Eyes by Beverley Harvey – review.

Publication date: 23rd March, 2021.

Description

It hits her: the same strange smell that’s been following her for weeks, and the shadow of an image slides into her mind but is gone just as quickly. Gripped by an ice-cold fear, in that one terrible moment, she realises: it’s not a dream she’s remembering. It’s something that actually happened.

You’ve started to remember…

Beth never had any reason to doubt her peaceful, happy upbringing. Then she suddenly starts getting awful flashes of an event from her past – a vicious attack from an unknown person. And she thinks it could be more than just a nightmare. But how could she forget something this big?

Someone wants you to forget…

With no husband or boyfriend to turn to, she asks her trusted family and old friends for reassurance, only to hear that it must all be in her head. Meanwhile, the flashes get stronger, more frightening, and more details start to come back to her – details she knows she couldn’t have invented. But these are people who have known her all her life and have her best interests at heart. Who should she believe?

What will you risk to discover the truth?

Beth is determined to understand the meaning of these memories even if it means going it alone. But is she prepared for what she will find? Because the truth will ruin someone’s life – and they will stop at nothing to keep the past forgotten.

A heart-stopping psychological suspense novel that asks: who would you trust the most? Your friends? Your family? Or your own mind? Fans of T.M. Logan, Claire McGowan and Lisa Jewell will be gripped by Close My Eyes.

About the author

“A very skilled, wise, and intuitive writer, who creates fully-fleshed, highly relatable characters… Will keep you hooked to the very last page!”

From a tender age, a diet of Enid Blyton ignited Beverley Harvey’s love of books and she’s been reading ever since – albeit her tastes are more varied these days.

Throughout Beverley’s many years spent working in advertising and PR, she’d always wanted to write fiction. In 2015 a creative writing course inspired her debut novel, Seeking Eden, which was published in 2017. The sequel, Eden Interrupted, soon followed.

Beverley’s third novel – The Perfect Liar, her first with Bookouture – is a departure from contemporary romance and fulfils a long-time goal to publish a gripping psychological thriller. Book Four (her second thriller) is also underway.

Born in Yorkshire, and raised in Kent, Beverley currently lives in West Sussex with her partner and their adorable terrier. When not writing, you’ll find her reading, walking the dog or listening to rock music.

My thoughts

First thing, I love the way the book was structured with (almost) alternating chapters between Beth and Gemma; two close friends with compelling events going on behind their own closed doors which had me gripped from start to end.

I read this almost 400 page book in 2.5 days and there was a reason for that. I cared big-time about the characters. It’s also true that I found both characters to be totally relatable. We’ve all either been a Beth or Gemma (maybe to a lesser degree) or we know a Beth or Gemma. If you don’t personally then I’m sure the #MeToo movement highlighted some key issues for you to ponder over. Every element of this book screamed real. The events and happenings weren’t over dramatised which only added to the authenticity.

Some of the topics examined were PTSD and anxiety, and the brain’s power to shut disturbing life events away until triggers force them back into the forefront of the mind. ‘Close My Eyes’ is a powerful book and quite terrifyingly shows how a person’s world can be thrown into turmoil without warning. I loved the ending too!

If you enjoy a real feeling psychological thriller that’s full of tension, mystery and will have you racing through every page, then ‘Close My Eyes’ is your book!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Close-My-Eyes-unputdownable-psychological-ebook/dp/B08V1X18VS/

Thanks for reading!

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