The Missing by CL Taylor
Reviews / 20th February 2017

What the publisher says: You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. But should you…? ‘A twisty-turny psychological thriller … Well-written, pacy and gripping’ Fabulous When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…   What I say: Quite possibly every parent’s worst nightmare is that one of their children goes missing.  This novel follows Billy’s family six months after he vanished in the middle of the night.  Mum Claire is sure that he is still alive and is convinced that she can find him.  The book follows her as she…

Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt
Reviews / 14th January 2017

What the publisher says: The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet. The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her. As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?         What I say: I was intrigued to read this book as I had enjoyed Mel Sherratt’s previous novel which introduced DS Eden Berrisford and her family. I loved that Eden was a strong female character who took no nonsense from anyone and I was pleased to see that this novel continued in the same vein, as early on in the book Eden takes…

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…

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