The Betrayals

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill 

Title: The Betrayals
Author: Fiona Neill
Published: Aug 2017
Publisher: Penguin UK
Pages: 400
Price on Amazon: Paperback £3.85 Kindle: £3.99
ISBN: 9781405923453


Two Families, Secrets, Lies and Betrayals.

Rosie and Lisa are best friends and their families have been inseparable, every year the holiday together on the Norfolk coast. But this year is a year nobody is going to forget. Rosie's husband Nick and Lisa have an affair and Nick ends up walking out on his family to be with Lisa. Nick and Rosie's daughter Daisy fragile hold on reality slips further and further away and their son Max is blaming himself for everything that happened that summer. As the years go by the family learn to cope then one day out of the blue Rosie receives a letter from Lisa asking for her help, Nick and Lisa announce their engagement, Daily begins to lose her grip on reality again. What does Lisa want after all these years? After destroying two families? Can anyone notice Daily is losing control before it's too late?

I got this book as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I read this book in one day and night. It was a little slow to start with but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did as I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed how the book changed from person to person, so we got to hear the story from four different angles, I found this helped to move the story along and help it flow. I found each character in the book fitted really well into the story. My favourite character was Daisy, I have slight OCD myself so I can relate to what she's feeling. I found I really didn't like Ava and was really upset for Daisy when Ava and her friends were nasty to her and thought it was karma when Daisy got her own back. I thought Rosie was an incredibly strong woman for so many reasons I don't want to give away any spoiler but when you read the book you will see what I mean. 

I really enjoyed this book, however, I found the ending to be a little disappointing, I thought it finished quite abruptly and could have done with maybe another chapter to iron out some of the loose ends. Therefore I am giving this book four out of five stars. I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good lighthearted read. 

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Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

    Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Title: Good Me Bad Me
Author: Ali Land
Published: 2017
Publisher: Penguin 
Pages: 368
Price on Amazon: Paperback £5.19 Kindle: £4.99
ISBN: 1405923911

Good me Bad me follows the life of Milly who's mother is a serial Killer, Milly's mother has killed several children who have been entrusted into her care. One day Milly has had enough and goes to the police and tells them everything her mother has done. Following this her mother is then sent to jail pending trial and Milly is sent to live with a foster family where she is prepared to give evidence at the trial. This book follows Milly in the lead up to her mother trial with her Foster family helping and preparing her to give evidence, however, Milly and the daughter of the foster family Phoebe are anything but friends. The trial comes and Milly gives her evidence, a verdict is given and Milly has to face life after trial but is all as it seems? With major plot twists, you don't see coming. 


Review:



From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down again, a real psychological thriller with some amazing plot twists I did not see coming. This book really puts you through your emotions. A great plot, great characters and just overall a great read. I gave this book a five-star review. I will most defiantly reread this book and will be suggesting it to my book club as well. Most certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great psychological thriller with great plot twists. The Plot is well written and easy to follow. The characters are fantastic and really add strength to the plot and the overall greatness of this book. This is the second time I have read this book now and I loved it even more than I did the first time. This is certainly one of those books that I shall reread over and over again and has quickly become one of my favourite books and has made its way into my favourite category on my Kindle. 


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The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Title: The Writing Desk
Author: Rachel Hauck
First Published: Aug 2017
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 352
Price on Amazon: Paperback £12.40 Kindle: £6.99
ISBN: 0310341590

One desk, two people, worlds apart.

Tenley Roth is an author, following in her father footsteps. Her novel was a huge success with the pressure mounting for her second novel and the deadline drawing closer things are getting tough for Tenley. Then when she receives a phone call from her mother who she is not close with asking her to nurse her through her chemo, Tenley takes off to Florida, where she meets a handsome furniture designer and all of a sudden she has everything she needs for her second novel. 

In another world, Birdie born during the Gilded age into old money dreams of being a writer, however, her controlling mother has other plans for Birdies future. Right down to who Birdie will marry. Can Birdie escape her mother's clutches and live her own life or will she be destined to live the life her mother chose?

 I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, well, unfortunately, I just could not get into this book, no matter how hard I tried. It was just not grabbing my attention. I wasn't enjoying how it flicked from Tenley to Birdie and back again, normally I don't have a problem with books like this but I couldn't seem to get on with this one. 

So I am unable to give a complete review as I did not finish the book. I have chosen to give this book a single star as I didn't finish it and I would not recommend it to anybody. 

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Let the Dead Speak

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Title: Let the Dead Speak
Author: Jane Casey 
First Published: Aug 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Pages: 401
Price on Amazon: Paperback £559 Kindle: £4.49
ISBN: 0008149011

Can you call it murder when there is no body?

Chloe Emery is just eighteen years old she returns home early from spending the weekend at her dad's house to find her home where she lives with her mother covered in blood, the cat locked away in the bedroom with a bowl of water and her mother missing. Chloe's neighbours phones the police and it's not long before a full blown murder investigation is underway. While Chloe's house is being investigated Chloe goes to stay with her neighbour and friend Bethany and her family but is all as it seems? 

It's not long before everyone is a suspect, including Chloe and Bethany, and even Bethany's parents and uncle.  As the investigation goes on more things come to light that people wish had stayed hidden but nothing remains a secret in a murder investigation. 

A few days into the investigation and suddenly Chloe and Bethany go missing, does this make them look even more guilty? When Bethany shows up a few days later but Chloe doesn't can the police get to her before it's too late? Will they find the body of Chloe's mother and track down the killer? 

I got this book as a free copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review. When I got this book I didn't realise it was the seventh in the series. I was thinking gosh I can't believe this has happened again, luckily it is one of those books that you can read without having read the others in the series. That is not to say I won't be going back and reading the rest of the series because I most definitely will as I really enjoyed this book. I read this book in two sittings, I'm currently going through my insomnia stage so having good books to read makes things a lot better and this book sure helped. 

I found this book easy to read, with a great plot which was easy to follow with great descriptive writing helping to form my imagination. I loved the characters in the book, I liked how Casey even gave us a character we could choose to dislike in Georgia, I found myself having mixed feelings about her throughout the book. I decided from the outset I didn't like Morgan and he was the type of person you'd want to punch in the face if you met him.  I enjoyed the character of Derwent, I found him intriguing and a very complex character with several layers to him. I found him to be very well written. Then, of course, there is Kerrigan, I found her passion for the job refreshing and I liked the fact that although she could see Georgia wasn't up to the job and she didn't like her she stuck up for her anyway and watched out for her around Derwent. I'm interested to read the books at the beginning of the series to see the relationship between Kerrigan and Derwent develop to the stage it is at now. 

All in all, I have given this book four out of five stars, had I have read the others in the series beforehand and had the previous background knowledge then I suspect I would be giving this book five out of five stars. I would certainly recommend this book to people and will be reading the rest in the series and this one again when I get to it again in the series. 

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19 Souls

19 Souls by J.D Allen

Title: 19 Souls
Author: J.D Allen
First Published: Feb 2018
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Pages: 360
Price on Amazon: Paperback £12.41 Kindle: £10.88
ISBN: 073875403X

Obsession can be a dangerous thing. 

Daniel is not Sophie's brother, in fact, she is obsessed with him she believes they should be together and she is willing to kill to get what she wants. Sophie hatches a plan to find Daniel after he went into hiding from her. She hires a private detective named Jim Bean, telling him that she is Daniel's sister and that her name is Cynthia. When in actual fact Sophie has killed the real Cynthia. Bean sets out to find Daniel believing he will be reuniting a family, will he discover what is going on before its too late or will be become one of Sophie's victims himself?

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately, I only made it through thirty-three percent of this book. I found there to be several spelling mistakes and grammatical mistakes throughout the book which put me off from the outset however I persevered and continued reading. It was the plot that defeated me in the end. I found this book to be a very slow starter, it seemed to take a long time to read for nothing much to happen. I found Bean to be a really annoying character and for some reason, i can't seem to put my finger on he just grated on me.

I was disappointed that I didn't get on with this book as reading the blurb it did sound like it was going to be a great read. Maybe one day I will go back to it and give it another go but for now, I must say I have unfortunately given up on. So I am unable to give a full review having like I said only read thirty-three percent of the book but for me this is a one star read   



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