Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinbourgh

This is hard book to review without leaving spoilers. So I will keep the review as short as possible.
Louise meets David in a bar and after a brief flirtation leaves.
The next day she finds David is her new boss.
When dropping her son off at school she literally bumps into Adele and goes for a coffee with her.
Only to find out Adele is David’s wife.
Ok love triangle, psychological thriller…………You know where it’s going, read it before. NOPE!!
Sarah Pinbourgh turns everything on its head. You will be amazed by this book and will be gobsmacked by the ending.
Grab a copy now!

Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes

A crime book? But not the investigation of a crime but the aftermath and devastation it leaves behind
When Sam’s brother Charlie kills 14 people and eventually himself, the blame shifts from the crime itself as his family search for it within themselves. What could they have done. or seen. or known that would have prevented the tragic events that unfolded. A good read worthy of 4 stars. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the ARC which I have chosen to review.

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

I enjoyed this book, no I was informed by it. I was informed by what we take for granted……. Food, a home, an education and the right to self determination. Things that others do not have…… or if they do it’s through hard struggle and danger to themselves and those they leave behind. It’s a book that shocks the foundations of western complacency. I urge you to read this book by Yeonmi Park and you will feel educated, feel compassion and never take anything for granted again. A book worthy of 5 stars.

All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon #review @lucy_dillon @hodderbooks

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It’s always lovely to read a book that you really enjoy and then discover that the author has already written quite a few others. All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon is one of these books. Caitlan and Patrick used to seem perfect for each other but now work comes first for Patrick and they argue all the time. When he moves out to start work in another city, their four year old daughter Nancy stops talking. As the family begins to readjust to their new domestic circumstances, the Nancy and her older brother Joel spend alternate weekends with their widowed Aunt Eva, who they have barely met before. Eva’s husband was a famous actor, several years older than her, and had been married twice before. Eva has recently found out that Mick left diaries including details of his marriages. As she reads them with a view to publication, she…

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Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker – Reviewed by Mike Thomas

Great review,

Mike Thomas

Three-year-old Harry Monroe is missing, snatched from his bed while his mother, Jess – heartbroken and crumbling, having recently been abandoned by her husband – lay sleepless upstairs. This, in a fraught, deliciously creepy opening chapter, introduces us to the small-town Americana of Tall Oaks: a place of sunny smiles and white picket fences straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, but where if you scratch the surface there are terrible things to be found. And Chris Whitaker scratches, all right. All, as the saying goes, is not as it seems.

Let’s get it out of the way: Tall Oaks is an extraordinary debut. A novel a seasoned, ‘big name’ author would be proud to have produced. The writing is carefully-crafted and assured, with not a word wasted. It provides depth and life, light and shade, to the characters and the town itself, both of which are skilfully drawn by…

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The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

This was a brilliant read. It is told in the first person by Lily Gullick the main protagonist and unreliable narrator of the story.
Lily lives with her husband Aiden in a new build block of flats. Under the guise of bird watching she spies on her neighbours in a block of flats opposite, which is soon to be demolished.
Living in a world of her own she invents names and lives for the people she is spying on.
Then something happens that she has not invented, a neighbour is murdered.
This sends Lily on a crusade to find out what happened and bring the culprit to justice.
The first person narrative is an amazing tool in that it puts you in Lily’s head and you experience everything through her eyes. As the story unfolds, and the tension increases you find yourself with questions. This book will grip you and have you turning pages frantically until you reach a satisfactory reveal. But will all your questions be answered?
I urge you to read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Thanks to the publishers, author and for ARC.