Who’s Telling the Truth?

The Confession Book Cover The Confession
Jo Spain
mystery, thrillers,
Quercus
January 11, 2018
400

YOU FIND OUT WHO DID IT ON THE VERY FIRST PAGE. ON THE LAST PAGE, YOU'LL FIND OUT WHY. '

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry's many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who - of Harry, Julie and JP - is really the guilty one? And is Carney's surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

I liked this book and found  it addictive reading. I resented leaving it to live the rest of my life. i just needed to know the why and the real who.

Who needs to confess – and about what?

Slowly, and inexorably we find out the truth and the reasons for the first, really big, confession.

Carefully crafted, this book takes you through the lives of the 2 story-tellers – that explain the final act.

 

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Before me there was?

The Girl Before Book Cover The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney
suspense, psychological, technothriller
Quercus
January 25, 2018
448

THE RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE - FEBRUARY 2017 'The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller... [the film] will no doubt become the third big "Girl" film' - Daily Mail 'A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes' - Daily Express Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

I tried to read this book twice and failed  – the style failed to engage me and even though there was a mystery at the heart  of the house and the architect and the flowers, it did not engage me.

I am giving  this  2 stars.

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Who was before me?

The Girl Before Book Cover The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney
technothrillers, women sleuths, thriller, suspense
Quercus
January 25, 2018
448

THE RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE - FEBRUARY 2017 'The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller... [the film] will no doubt become the third big "Girl" film' - Daily Mail 'A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes' - Daily Express Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

I tried to read this book twice and failed  – the style failed to engage me and even though there was a mystery at the heart  of the house and the architect and the flowers, it did not engage me.

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When life is not all outstanding

Outstanding Book Cover Outstanding
Kathryn Flett
women's fiction, contemporary fiction
Quercus
2016

Eve Sturridge, a high-flying divorcee and mother of two girls, is head teacher of Ivy House, an Ofsted 'Outstanding' prep school in Sussex. Eve is passionate about her school and its pupils.

When Danish power couple, Stefan and Anette Sorensen, jet in and choose Ivy House over other schools, Eve is justifiably proud. The Sorensons are A-listers who bring an aura of style and power to Ivy House.

Zoe is Eve's pretty seventeen-year-old daughter. Unlike her mother, Zoe's not so keen on school. She prefers sending nude selfies to her boyfriend.

When glamorous Stefan Sorensen proposes that Zoe interns at his company and invites her to accompany him to New York, Zoe is over the moon with excitement, while Eve is too focused on her job to smell danger . . .

This is story about friends and education and children. Like other Kathryn Flett books it is a gentle read but not predictable in all aspects. Things happen that set the lives of these women and their families off onto new tangents.

Eve and Gail and Annette are all characters that struggle in their personal lives yet their lives intertwine more than realise by the end of the story.

It explores a number of important issues relating to modern behaviour amongst teenagers and couples and the single woman. It demonstrates that one solution does not necessarily fit all in so many aspects of our lives and thus we must never condemn how others have chosen to live their lives.

The writing style is very British and is set in an area I know well – Hastings is actually full of ‘junk’ not quite antique shops and I have spent many hours exploring them and making great finds – though not buying everything of course… and just a quick PS for those not familiar with British geography, the town of Battle is named after the Battle of Hastings whereby the Normans invaded and we became ruled by the French.. Lovely area with great coastline and cute towns.

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