The Couple Next Door

                                                                    The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena
First Published in the UK: 2017
Publishers: Corgi 
Pages: 368
Prices on Amazon: Kindle: £3.85 Paperback: £4.99
ISBN: 0552173142


Do you know the couple next door? Are they who you think they are?

The couple next door follows couple Anne and Marco and there baby daughter Cora. One night when their babysitter cancels at the last minuet. Anne and Marco decide to leave the baby home alone while they go next door to a dinner party, agreeing to check on her every half an hour. When Anne and Marco return home in the early hours however, they discover that Cora is gone. Phoning the police to report the kidnapping Detective Rasbeck is the lead on the case and arrives with uniformed officers to search the house and the street. They soon discover clues as to how Cora was taken out of the house and its not long before Rasbeck is questioning everything hes been told. 

Is this kidnapping something to do with the parents or has a third party taken the child for ransom like the parents are claiming. As more and more truths are unraveled and more time goes by the odds on getting Cora back alive and well are getting lower. 

Well alot of people are saying that this book is the next The Girl on the Train and well i certainly don't agree with this. For starters i don't know why this book is called The couple next door as to me it lead me to believe the book was going to head down a completly different road to what it did. Secondly, i found this book to be very repetative, i found it constantly seemed to repeat the characters names over and over within a couple of sentances. I also found that the type of writing seemed to change one minuet it seemed to refer to the characters by there names all the time the next it was using words like him and her then it would jump back to using there names all the time again almost like it was changing to first person and back again. 

I found this book started off quiet believable the parents guilt of leaving their child along and there grief off her being taken and then as things went on i found the book got more and more unbelievable and im afraid it lost me. I did finish the book and i found the ending to be really out there and just a really bad ending. 

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5. I would not recomend this book and i would not be reading it again. This book was chosen as part of my bookclub. 

Don't Wake Up

                                                                                        Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler
Title: Don't Wake Up
Author: Liz Lawler
First Published in the UK: 2017
Publisher: Twenty7
Pages: 368
Price on amazon: Kindle: £0.98 (Out Now) Paperback: £7.99 (Out Oct 2017)
ISBN: 1785770578

What if the worst thing in your life happens and nobody believes you?

Don't wake up follows Dr Alex Taylor a doctor in the A and E department in a hospital in Bath. Life is going well for Alex, she loves her job she has a loving boyfriend who she suspects is going to propose soon, she has a great house all in all life is good. Then one night after she finishes her shift at work her whole life changes. Alex is abducted, she wakes up on a operating table, naked and unable to move. She sees what looks like a man in doctors scrubs in the room with her, at first she thinks she's been in an accident and something has happened to her. It soon becomes clear this is not the case. With this man threatening to do terrible things to her including stapling her mouth shut if she doesn't shut up. The man ask Alex "What does No mean?" Fearing for her life Alex answers No means Yes. the next thing Alex knows she waking up in A n E she has been found unconscious in the carpark of the hospital.  immediately Alex exclaims that she has been kidnapped and raped. The hospital staff are straight to work checking Alex over, running test and the police are informed. However, all is not well, Alex's tests and examinations reveal nothing, in fact they look like nothing has happened to Alex except from a bump on her head. People begin to question Alex and weather she is telling the truth. As time goes on more and more events happen (Don't want to give away any spoilers) but still nobody believes Alex, the evidence is mounting up making Alex look like she is having a breakdown. As the bodies start to pile up can Alex get anyone to believe her they are connected? Was Alex actually abducted or did she imagine it all? Is she having a breakdown? Can Alex figure it out before its to late?

This book is one i chose for my bookclub. I saw it on Amazon, i got it in an email with kindle deals. When i first read it i thought it sounded really good, i do love a good psychological thriller. The book was advertised as the most gripping first chapter you'll ever read. This made me slightly dubious as i was thinking well is the rest of the book gripping as well or just the first chapter and this was a point that was brought up in my bookclub. Well i can say i was gripped from the first page till the last. So much so my wife kept shouting at me as i was ignoring her i was so in grossed in the book. I found myself really rooting for Alex and hoping she could prove she was right and find out who had abducted her. I thought as a character she was really strong and a great women. I found myself cursing Patrick for not believing her and not standing by her, i hated him for the way he was behaving. I got really pulled into the lives of the characters. I thought i knew who the killer was but boy was i wrong and I've never been so happy to be wrong about a character before. This book keeps you hooked from the very first word. I cannot wait to see what Liz Lawler writes next. This is defiantly a book you are left thinking about well after you've finished it and will leave you hanging on your seat waiting for another book from the author. Now i  do not do this often but i have given this book a 5* rating and it truly deserved it.

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The Girlfriend

                                                                                             The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
Title: The Girlfriend
Author: Michelle Frances
First Published in the UK: 2017
Publisher: Pan
Pages: 464
Price on Amazon: Kindle: £0.98 Paperback: £4.00
ISBN: 150982152X

She wants your son and she wants your life.

The girlfriend, every mothers worse nightmare i think, that her son meets and falls in love with a women who is not completely what she seems to be. The girlfriend is about Laura and her son Daniel. They are in the wealthier percentage of families in London. Daniel is studying to be a doctor and when he decides he need a flat of his own for when he starts working in the hospital he goes into an estate agents where he meets Cherry. Daniel and Cherry hit it off and its not long before he's taking her home to meet the parents. Cherry comes from the poorer percentage of families in London. Laura and Cherry do not hit it off from the get go and well things do not improve from there.

As time goes on and Daniel and Cherry grow closer, Laura becomes more and more convinced there is something not quiet right about Cherry. After an accident that puts Daniel in a coma, a lie from Laura and the truth finally coming out. Will Daniel see through Cherry and discover what she's really like before its too late? How far will Cherry go to get Daniel and the life she believes she deserves?

This book was chosen as part of my book club. When i read the blurb i was not sure what i thought, i wondered if it was just going to be mum and girlfriend fighting and a bit boring to be honest. I was however, quiet wrong. I found the book to be a little slow to start off with as i was just waiting for something to happen. Once the book got going i was hooked and couldn't put it down. I found myself feeling real sympathy for Laura, especially when it is revealed why she is so protective and wants to be so close to her son. I found myself screaming at the book for Daniel to open his eyes and see what Cherry was really like. When the accident happened and Daniel was in the coma, i actually wanted to weep for Laura with her past and now this. I can understand the lie she told. I think i myself might have done the same thing in her position.

I couldn't understand why Daniels mother and father were still together when Howard was never around and had been having an affair for so long, one that Laura is well aware off. In fact i didn't see the point of Howard as a character really he didn't really seem to have much of a part other than the fact that he was Daniel's father.

I have chosen to give this book 4 out of 5 stars as i would recommend this book and i have purchased this book. It was on Amazon's kindle deals of the day and i could not be happier with it.