While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green
Reviews / 2nd January 2017

What the publisher says: One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?   What I say: This may seem like the typical thriller with a child going missing from a seemingly normal family.  This isn’t a typical thriller however as right from the start we know who the little girl is with and why.  The jump between the two viewpoints is a surprisingly sympathetic way to write the story and it results in an understanding of the character who would normally be the villain.   This is a situation which is surely every parent’s worst nightmare and Linda Green does a fantastic job of showing us Lisa’s feelings.   As the story unfolds the links between the family and little Ella’s “kidnapper” are uncovered in…

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
Reviews / 30th December 2016

What the publisher says: What if your life was built on a lie? When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?     What I say:   I was intrigued by this book as it has very little blurb by the publisher advertising what it is about and yet it had some very good reviews popping up here and there (including one by Katerina Diamond who’s books I have loved so far).  When it popped up as a special offer on my kindle I jumped at the chance to download it.  Once I had made the leap I found that I couldn’t put it down. The book jumps between the story of Lily, a young lawyer just starting to take on criminal cases, her new husband Ed, a would-be painter and Carla, the young Italian girl who lives in the flat…

Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt
Reviews / 25th October 2016

What the publisher says: Following the death of her husband and unborn child, Charley Belington sells the family home and bravely starts life over again. On moving into a new flat, she is befriended by her landlady, Ella, who seems like the perfect friend and confidante. But, unbeknown to Charley, Ella is fighting her own dark and dirty demons as the fallout from a horrific childhood sends her spiralling down into madness—and unspeakable obsessions. As Ella’s mind splinters, her increasingly bizarre attentions make Charley uneasy. But with every step Charley tries to take to distance herself, Ella moves in a tightening lockstep with her, closer and closer and closer…     What I say: This book intrigued me as once I discovered that it was written by the same person who wrote The Second Chance Shoe Shop and I wanted to find out how well the same person could write in two different styles.  The answer is – incredibly well.   Charley is recovering from the death of her husband and unborn child and has decided to make a new start in a flat across town.  Her new landlady Ella wants to be friends but her own problems cause difficulties for…

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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