The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Reviews / 31st December 2016

What the publisher says: England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…   What I say:   I had heard lots of publicity around this book and I follow the author on Twitter where she comes across as a very normal down to earth person so I was overjoyed to see that the book was reduced to download onto my Kindle.  I had seen so much hype that I was prepared to be disappointed as this has happened before with many titles. The book follows the story of 10 year old Grace and her friend Tilly as they try to find out why their neighbour Mrs Creasy has vanished overnight.  They decide that the best way to do this is to find God as God is all seeing and knowing and so must know what has happened to her.  They try going from door to door to find out what each resident of the street knows but only uncover…

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
Reviews / 13th July 2016

What the publisher says: They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened… Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.   What I say:   This book was marketed as a psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming and I have to admit that that was some of my motivation for reading it as I love to watch TV dramas and shout out the plot before the show gets there, much to the annoyance of those around me.  The book tells the story of Charlie and Sal who are married with a small daughter.  The story switches back and forth and tells the viewpoint of each of them in turn, usually their own interpretation of the same events.  Their marriage is marred by domestic violence and the author actually does a great job in showing the workings of the mind of both the victim and the perpetrator.  I can only imagine that she has done a fair bit of research into this as…

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