literary fiction, relationships, psychological, thriller
This story I have to tell is more than a collection of facts. I have no reason to paint a better or worse picture than what really happened. I've already lost everything.'
Alexandra Southwood is missing. Her husband is beside himself, or at least he appears to be. She has vanished into thin air; the only traces left are her bloodied clothes by the riverside. It isn't long before the police are searching for a body.
But we know that she is alive. That she is being kept somewhere far from her family. That perhaps this wife and mother wasn't quite what she seemed . . .
Be warned: this isn't another missing-woman thriller. This is something far more shocking . . .
I’ve been trying to read this book for several days now and keep getting side tracked into reading something else. The style is pleasant but the storyline is not gripping. In some ways it is too familiar – someone goes missing. They are being held by an unknown person in a basement/locked room. The food is bad. The family are worried especially the young children and the husband finds it difficult to cope.
Can I be bothered to read further? I got as far as 23% and still not gripped.
They say it isn’t like any other missing woman thriller but I was not convinced enough to carry on.
Hygge and Kisses
romance, women's fiction
Simon and Schuster
The perfect feel-good novel to curl up with - light some candles, wrap yourself in a blanket and relax ...
Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she's just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirstenpersuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten's mother's house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.
'What's the weather going to be like?' she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. 'Terrible,' Kirsten replies, 'London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it's November so it'll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.'
A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo's life plan is about to be entirely rewritten.
A nice book in this genre – but isn’t hygge becoming a trifle cliched – what with the cashmere throws (that no-one can afford) and the candles and the ‘real fires – which can’t be used because of pollution and the environment?
I recently read The Little Cafe in Copenhagen which reminded me that I had never finished this book. i had read the initial sampling offered and enjoyed it so received the full book from NetGalley for a final review.
I have to say, that I am very pleased that there was no cafe opening up in this book – not even a food stall in a market as again that is so a cliche. Why is it that all these women are portrayed as being good bakers of cakes? And can learn and reproduce recipes so quickly and easily? That is not really all we women can do – honest! Personally, if i had my life again, I might have become a gardener or garden designer – or owner of a garden nursery. How hygge are Dutch tulips I wonder?
And hyggeligt is a way of unity – and the derivation of hygge.
The Little Café in Copenhagen
City Bakes #1
humour, women's fiction
November 16, 2017
Welcome to the little cafe in Copenhagen where the smell of cinnamon fills the air, the hot chocolate is as smooth as silk and romance is just around the corner…
Publicist Kate Sinclair’s life in London is everything she thought she wanted: success, glamour and a charming boyfriend. Until that boyfriend goes behind her back and snatches a much sought-after promotion from her.Heartbroken and questioning everything, Kate needs to escape.
From candles and cosy nights in to romantic late-night walks through the beautiful cobbled streets of Copenhagen, Kate discovers how to live life ‘the Danish way’. Can the secrets of hygge and happiness lead her to her own happily-ever-after?
'An irresistible combination of Danish happiness and hygge in one un-put-down-able story'Sunday Times bestseller Katie Fforde
If hygge is an adjective can you write in a hyggerly way? or is it hyggerich? If so, then this book does it.Gentle and warm style.
I loved the scene where Conrad gets locked in a wine cellar – could just imagine it happening…
The press tour concept really gives the reader a good tourist guide view of what to see and do in Copenhagen.
But I must say that if I ever stay in a 5 star hotel I would expect them to be able to loan me a phone charger…
Don't Let Go
September 26, 2017
THE GLOBAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER The brilliant new thriller from the international bestselling author of Home and Fool Me Once. Mistaken identities, dark family secrets and a murderous conspiracy lie at the heart of this gripping new bestseller. 'The modern master of the hook and twist, luring you in on the first page only to shock you on the last,' Dan Brown 'Harlan Coben is a folk poet of the suburbs and his well-tuned new mystery, Don't Let Go shows why ... This kind of writing is what we call poetry.' New York Times A SMALL TOWN IS HIDING BIG SECRETS ... Fifteen years ago in New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead. Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy's brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now Nap is a cop - but he's a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past. And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill...
Harlan draws you in slowly to a story that initially seems very far-fetched. but the evidence accumulates.
And then the ending takes a wild twist and everything you thought you knew is unravelled. Twice. Or maybe more times.
It so didn’t happen as the reader – unless they are a lot more suspicious or canny or twisted or clever or.. than me could imagine. Clever Mr Coben.
Excellent understated writing as always. Almost conversational in tone and expression.
Womens' Literature, Romance , Women's Fiction, Humour
25 Jan 2018
Lou Clark is back in the ALL NEW Jojo Moyes novel Still Me, follow-up to the Number One international bestsellers Me Before You and After You. Read the first chapter here! Lou Clark knows too many things . . . She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.
So a new life for our favourite Lou. In New York and with a very upper crust family, even down to uniforms.
Lou finds herself in a new place with lots to find out about her new life and is excited for her new job.
This review is just about the first chapter of Jo Jo Moyes new book. NetGalley hasn’t released the remainder yet, but from what I have read it sounds good and gently humorous. As yet i cannot say whether it will make me cry like Me Before You did but who knows. I wait to read more!