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I am here – she claims

Bring Me Back Book Cover Bring Me Back
BA Paris
psychological, suspense, crime fiction, thriller
HQ
(8 Mar. 2018)

The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried

Disturbing.

A book that builds towards a chilling and unexpected climax.

Although I had some suspicions about what might be the cause of the sudden apparent return of Layla, I couldn’t figure out how 2 such incompatible persons could live in the same body. Thus i dismissed my idea.

But it turned out that I was both right – and wrong.

A well written novel with a nicely judged ending.

 

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What Colour are the Bodies?

White Bodies Book Cover White Bodies
Jane Robins
crime, mystery, thrillers, female sleuths, psychological
HQ
(28 Dec. 2017)

‘He’s so handsome and clever and romantic. I just wished he hadn’t forced Tilda under the water and held her there so long.’

Callie loves Tilda. She’s her sister, after all. And she’s beautiful and successful.

Tilda loves Felix. He’s her husband. Successful and charismatic, he is also controlling, suspicious and, possibly, dangerous. Still, Tilda loves Felix.

And Callie loves Tilda. Very, very much.

So she’s determined to save her. But the cost could destroy them all…

Sometimes we love too much.

The Stranger on a Train novel that isn’t.

The story is told through the eyes of Callie and through her journal that she writes in obsessively. All that she knows, or think she knows, about her sister – her twin, as she follows her and tracks her life. The clever twin. The beautiful twin. The tragic twin. The abused twin. Or is she?

And then Callie finds a site for abused women or men and gets drawn into deep conspiracy theories and perhaps even murder.

Callie also suffers from Pica  in relation to her sister’s objects – she thinks by eating these items her sister is somehow drawn into her own essence it would be appear.

So this is a strange book but a compelling read. You follow Callie through all her different beliefs and her obsession with her sister’s life and are drawn into her  worldview. Where nothing is quite what it might appear – or is it?

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What a Day!

Best Day Ever Book Cover Best Day Ever
Kaira Rouda
psychological, suspense
HQ
September 7, 2017
384

A loving husband. The perfect killer? 'I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.' Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs. But he also has his secrets. That's why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever. Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan... Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming!

A chilling read that you just can’t put down.

It became obvious soon that the main character Strom lacked emotional empathy and at least one of his lies was very clear. But the full extent of what he was capable of only emerged as the story progressed.

There is a twist to the ending that you might not see coming, but don’t worry, you will still be reading….

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When the moon shines….

Moonlight over Manhattan Book Cover Moonlight over Manhattan
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Sarah Morgan
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
HQ
Oct 5th 2017

She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog-walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi's temporary dog-sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi – how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over, and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all – letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

 

This is #2 in series where Bk #1  tells the story of Fliss, Grams and the Hamptons and her romance for the 2nd time around.

Now we have Harriet’s love story.

Harriet has stayed in New York to carry on with the Dog Walking practical work while Fliss builds up the business in the Hamptons.

Harriet is a natural ‘Leader of the Pack’ and finds that dogs naturally behave around her, which make her job easier and fun.

This is when she encounters the Grouch aka the Hot Doctor looking after his sister’s spaniel, who is already Harriet’s client.

Harriet being a natural home-maker too starts cooking, and the Grouch gradually comes around to her – and dogs too.

 

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An Xmas away from home

Evacuee's Christmas Book Cover Evacuee's Christmas
Katie King
Fiction. literature, historical, family sagas
HQ
19 Oct. 2017

 heart-warming story of friendship and family during the first Christmas of World War Two.

Autumn 1939 and London prepares to evacuate its young. In No 5 Jubilee Street, Bermondsey, ten-year-old Connie is determined to show her parents that she’s a brave girl and can look after her twin brother, Jessie. She won’t cry, not while anyone’s watching.

In the crisp Yorkshire Dales, Connie and Jessie are billeted to a rambling vicarage. Kindly but chaotic, Reverend Braithwaite is determined to keep his London charges on the straight and narrow, but the twins soon find adventures of their own. As autumn turns to winter, Connie’s dearest wish is that war will end and they will be home for Christmas. But this Christmas Eve there will be an unexpected arrival…

A timely reminder of how primitive maternal medicine was in the 1940s – and how costly before the NHS, and thus we have the reluctance to seek medical help even when clearly necessary.

I loved the fact that both sides – the Yorkshire people and the Londoners – thought that the other was speaking a foreign language. Such broad dialects have now largely disappeared and you rarely hear a true Cockney, let alone broad Yorkshire with its old English/Viking words being used.

Funnily enough, I have just read an article suggesting that there are some good words in English we can use that have gone out of fashion –  and another suggesting that we can br broaden our language by using some foreign words that have meanings in one word that take us several to try and describe! However, some of these words are very difficult to pronounce eg those from the Inuit language!

One thing that I hadn’t realised about WW2 was that the Govt had suggested – firmly – that all pets be euthanized, to save food of course.

I felt that the childrens’ behaviour as described was very believable, and overall found this a heart-warming, cosy story with a good possibility of follow-up books. After all, who wouldn’t want to know what happens about the abusive but absent husband and the doctor’s romance…

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