The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda #bookreview

On my blog today I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Girl From Widow Hills which is the latest novel by Megan Miranda.

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Everyone knows the story of the girl from widow hills…

When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame followed, and so did fans, creeps and stalkers. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind.

Twenty years later, Olivia, as she is now known, is plagued by night terrors. She often finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes streets away from her home. Then one evening she jolts awake in her yard, with the corpse of a man at her feet.

The girl from Widow Hills is about to become the centre of the story, once again…

MY THOUGHTS

Megan Miranda is a new author to me. After hearing really good things about her most recent novel, The Girl from Widow Hills, I had to give it a try. This book is definitely deserving of all the praise it has been getting.

I’ve read quite a few thrillers which have featured unreliable narrators, but this book felt really fresh. Years ago, against all the odds, Arden Maynor survived after going missing during a storm when she was a young girl. She was found clinging desperately to a pipe. Arden suffers from sleepwalking, and this is how she went missing. But Arden Maynor hasn’t been that girl for a long time. Hoping for a fresh start, she changes her name to Olivia and moves away from the area where she grew up. But now her past is about to come back and haunt her. Olivia finds the body of the man who rescued her all those years earlier. But what was he doing outside her house after all this time?

I found this book to be really engaging and immersive. When Olivia finds the body of a man on her front doorstep, it isn’t clear to her, or even, those who know her, if she killed him. Olivia suffers from sleepwalking and has done since she was a child. When some people sleepwalk, they can turn violent, and they have no control over their actions. This is what made this such a chilling idea. It’s not clear as well who the man is, at first, who Olivia has found. There is a bombshell moment, though when Olivia realises who he is. This is what makes the book really creepy, as well. I had to know what happened to the man, and if Olivia was responsible for his death. You can see just how fearful she is of this. It made me wonder how she was going to be able to work out a story to tell the police.

I did struggle initially with the first few chapters, but once the discovery of the body was made, the tension really picked up, and I found this book to be hugely enjoyable. I found I had so many questions while I was reading this book which I wanted to have answered.

The final chapters are tense and exciting as the truths from Olivia’s past are laid bare. They are dark and hard-hitting, and I loved how everything was wrapped up in the finale. I had no idea how things were going to pan out for Olivia. The Girl from Widow Hills is a dark and addictive read. I’m looking forward to reading what Megan Miranda writes next.

Publisher: Corvus

Publication date: 6th August 2020

Print length: 336 pages

The Girl From Widow Hills is available to buy:

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Spooky reads for Halloween

With Halloween just a few days away, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite spooky reads. If like me, you’re looking to read something a bit more atmospheric and darker at this time of year, then I have the perfect selection for you. I’ve got ten recommended reads here and I’m sure you’ll find something you like the sound of.

Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history.

When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution

At once an unnerving mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story, The Lingering is an exceptionally plotted, terrifying and tantalisingly twisted novel by one of the most exciting authors in the genre.

Maybe you’ve heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there’s something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn’t afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father’s study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.

When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can’t see it yet.

Beast (Six Stories Book 4) by [Matt Wesolowski]

A frozen girl
A haunted town
A deadly challenge
Six Stories
Which one is true?

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old Vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

It was only meant to be a game . . .

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.

Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?

Was it the terrible accident?

Or when they found the first body?

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . .

Fifteen years ago, a serial killer known only as ‘The Whisper Man’ wreaked havoc on the sleepy village of Featherbank.

But with the killer behind bars, the village is now a safe haven for Tom and his young son Jake to make a fresh start.

Until another boy goes missing. It feels like history is repeating itself.

Could the killer still be out there – and can Tom protect his son from becoming the next victim?

Good Samaritans (Detective Sergeant Pace Series Book 1) by [Will Carver]

Dark, deviant and disturbing domestic noir … one of the most entrancing, sophisticated and page-turning psychological thrillers of the year…

One crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach…

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phonebook, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans.

But a seemingly harmless, late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into day-time meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker, when Seth brings Hadley home…

And someone is watching…

Dark, sexy, dangerous and wildly readable, Good Samaritans marks the scorching return of one of crime fiction’s most exceptional voices.

Welcome to HMP Halvergate.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get to leave.

Dr Janet Palmer was glad to take a new job as lead psychologist at a remote Norfolk prison. She may live to regret it…

The staff are hostile, violence can break out at any time, no one will tell her what happened to her predecessor, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, driving the prisoners to suicide.

Janet is determined to find answers. But the deeper she digs, the more she realises: something is rotten in Halvergate. And it’s nothing as simple as ghosts…

The Craftsman: It starts with a funeral, ends with a death. '’Bolton at her best’ Guardian by [Sharon Bolton]

OLD ENEMIES… NEW CRIMES

Thirty years ago, WPC Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she arrested coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook for three shocking murders.

Larry confessed; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past are repeating themselves.

The town Florence left behind still has many secrets. Will she finally uncover the truth? Or will time run out for her first?

The Stranger Diaries: a completely addictive murder mystery by [Elly Griffiths]

A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time?

This is what the police know:
 English teacher Clare Cassidy’s friend Ella has just been murdered. Clare and Ella had recently fallen out. Found beside the body was a line from The Stranger, a story by the Gothic writer Clare teaches, and the murder scene is identical to one of the deaths in the story.

This is what Clare knows: No one else was aware of her fight with Ella. Few others have even read The Stranger. Someone has wormed their way into her life and her work. They know her darkest secrets. And they don’t mean well.

This is what the killer knows: Who will be next to die

Some doors are locked for a reason…

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…

WWW Wednesday 14/10/2020

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What am I currently reading?

The Postscript Murders: a gripping new mystery from the bestselling author of The Stranger Diaries by [Elly Griffiths]

What have I finished reading?

33 Women: A gripping new thriller about the power of women, and the lengths they will go to when pushed... by [Isabel Ashdown]
The Search Party: You won’t believe the twist in this compulsive new Top Ten ebook bestseller from the ‘Stephen King-like’ Simon Lelic by [Simon Lelic]

What will I read next?

The Girls in the Snow: A completely unputdownable crime thriller (Nikki Hunt Book 1) by [Stacy Green]

Snap by Belinda Bauer #bookreview

I’ve had Snap by Belinda Bauer on my TBR pile now for a couple of years and I’m pleased that I’ve finally got round to reading it.

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SNAP DECISIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS . . .

On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she’d said. I won’t be long.

But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever.

Three years later, Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. . .

MY THOUGHTS

It took me just a couple of sittings to read Snap by Belinda Bauer. I’d heard good things about it, but I was blown away just by how good this book was. It’s definitely one of my favourite crime novels, and I’m now desperate to read what Belinda Bauer writes next.

I really felt for the characters at the heart of this book, Jack and his sisters. The novel opens with a chilling scene after they have been left behind in a car by their mother. She told them she would only be a few moments, but she doesn’t return, leaving Jack in charge of his younger sisters. After reading this opening, I was hooked. A few years later, and the mystery of what happened that day finally edges closer to being solved.

I thought the use of the different time periods worked really well in this book. In the present day, the police are trying to track down a burglar, known to the press as “goldilocks,” who has left them baffled. We also meet Catherine, who is expecting her first child. A chilling crime has happened to Catherine, which ramps up the police’s efforts to track down “goldilocks.” Catherine has disturbed a burglar, but the most shocking thing is the note they left behind saying, “I could have killed you.” Meanwhile, Jack and his family are still coming to terms with what happened to their mother. Jack is desperate to find the person responsible, and it is clear that he is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve this.

This is a really engaging crime novel. I especially loved the characters. I thought Belinda Bauer did an excellent job of bringing them to life and I was captivated by their stories. I really admired Jack. He will do anything to make sure that he and his sisters don’t go hungry. He definitely takes to the role of being the person in charge, and it’s something he takes very seriously. Belinda’s writing kept the pace flying forward, and I found the book very difficult to put down. What I really liked as well was how Belinda pulled all the different strands of the story together, and I thought it was done in a very clever way. I was surprised quite a few times as I was reading.

Snap is definitely a character driven story. I really engaged with them as the plot developed, and I wanted to find out what had happened to Jack’s mother after she left them in the car.

This book will pull you in right from the opening pages, and you need to make sure you don’t start it just before you’re about to go out. This is a top crime novel which I would highly, highly recommended!

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication date: 3rd May 2018 (kindle) 23rd August 2018 (paperback)

Print length: 448 pages

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Those People by Louise Candlish #bookreview

I’ve long been meaning to get round to reading Louise’s thrillers. I picked up Those People at an event in Waterstones back in January of this year, and I’ve finally got round to reading it.

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MEET THE NEIGHBOURS YOU’LL LOVE TO HATE

Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don’t follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence.

Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: They did it.

But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree. And the door they’re knocking on next is yours. 

MY THOUGHTS

I think it’s a lot of people’s worst nightmare, to have bad neighbours. It can be quite daunting at first, I suppose, moving to a new neighbourhood; I’ve only moved to a new area once in my life so far. At first, you don’t know if you’re going to get on with the people in the immediate vicinity of your new home. But what happens if you’ve already established a safe, tight-knit community, and then outsiders come in. Outsiders who seem to have a strong urge to upset the balance. What do you do, when the council and the police don’t take your concerns seriously?

Louise Candlish has created a gripping tale in Those People. Lowland Way is a peaceful place to live, particularly for children to grow up. On Sunday’s, the neighbours have created a no go zone for cars, cutting off their street, so children can interact and play with each other on the road outside. All of this is about to be upset when Darren and Jodie move in. Darren and Jodie are neighbours from hell, they don’t listen to the concerns of the other people on the street, and it seems that they only want to create more tension between them. Then, the accident occurs.

At the start of this book, I was on the side of the people who were already living in the street. I felt that Darren and Jodie hadn’t taken the time to research the area properly before they moved in. If they had, then perhaps they might have realised this wouldn’t have been the place for them, but then there wouldn’t be a story.

Louise Candlish builds the frustration of the local residents to boiling point as they come to terms with what is happening to their paradise. We know that something dreadful is about to happen. We can see this through snippets from police interviews, as one by one, the streets residents are questioned.

As the story developed, I seemed to keep switching sides. There seemed to be no willingness to compromise between the already existing residents and Darren and Jodie. You can see how this is stretching the tension already between them to breaking point. But I could see why some of the residents were pushed to taking the actions that they did. With no help from the council or the police, you can seem utterly on your own, until something terrible happens.

Those People is an intense, gripping drama that’ll make you think about your own neighbours perhaps a little bit more. Highly recommended!

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Publication date: 27th June 2019 (hardcover) 26th December 2019 (paperback)

Print length: 384 pages

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A Prayer for the Broken by Mark Tilbury #bookreview #bogtour @MTilburyAuthor

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for A Prayer for the Broken by Mark Tilbury on my blog today.

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They promised the boy he’d be safe – they lied! When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate. As Stone attempts to purify John’s soul of “dangerous levels of toxicity”, it becomes increasingly clear he’s at the mercy of a madman. Who can John talk to when no one wants to listen? Who can he trust when all he knows is betrayal? A Prayer for the Broken is the story of one child’s desperate fight to escape a sadistic killer who has complete control over him.

MY THOUGHTS

A Prayer for the Broken is a dark, dark read by Mark Tilbury. We follow eleven-year-old John McCormack, who has already suffered in his young life, following the murder of his mother. After being in temporary foster care, he is adopted by a priest, Pastor Stone and his family. But Pastor Stone has a very specific reason for adopting John. Pastor Stone believes it is his mission to rid the world of evil, and he sees John as one of his biggest challenges. But as things begin to get tough for John, what can he do to stop this from happening? Who would believe an eleven-year-old over the word of a respected priest?

I really felt for John. He is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother. Now he is being subjected to an unimaginable level of torture. This is not an easy book to read, and it does get quite heavy at times. There were often times when I wondered how things could ever get better for John, and I couldn’t see this ending well for him.

While he is in Pastor Stone care, John makes friends with another boy, Brendan, who is another boy who Pastor Stone has adopted. The pair strike up a strong friendship bound by their united hatred for Pastor Stone and everything he has subjected them to. It the scenes in which they were together that provided some light in the darkness. It’s hard to imagine what would have become of John if he didn’t have Brendan to talk to.

I took an intense disliking towards Pastor Stone very early on. He takes seriously the mission he believes God has given him, and this is what makes him so dangerous. If he believes God is telling him to do something, he won’t fail to act on it. It did make me think that similar cases to John and Brendan’s, have more than likely happened in the world. Perhaps they are still happening in the world. This is what makes it very scary to think about. On the one side, Pastor Stone is a respected pillar of the community. It shows that you can never really know what is going on behind closed doors and how blinded we can become.

I was rooting for John and Brendan to get their revenge on Stone. I could see just how much his actions had had an effect on them. They are afraid even to tell the police what is going on. This is when you can see just how vulnerable the boys are and how much of a control Stone has over them.

A Prayer for the Broken is an intense, fast-paced read. If you enjoy dark psychological thrillers, then this is the book for you.

Publisher: Independently Published

Publication date: 25th September 2020 (paperback) 5th October 2020 (kindle)

Print length: 432 pages

A Prayer for the Broken is available to buy:

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The Secret Admirer by Carol Wyer #bookreview @carolewyer @bookouture

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on book number six in the DI Natalie Ward series by Carol Wyer, The Secret Admirer.

The Secret Admirer: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 6) by [Carol Wyer]

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‘I tried to talk to you today but you snubbed me and walked away. It wasn’t wise to give me the brush-off, Gemma. I can be a truly good friend but I also make the perfect enemy.’

Sasha’s eighteen-year-old daughter Gemma was all she had in the world. Sasha fell pregnant with Gemma when she was still at school, and the two are as close as sisters. So when Gemma’s burned and broken body is found, Sasha’s world ends. What kind of person would want her beautiful daughter dead?

Leading the case is Detective Natalie Ward, scarred by her own recent tragedy. When she finds a note in Gemma’s diary from ‘a secret admirer’, she moves quickly, determined to un-mask them. But interviews with Gemma’s devastated ex-boyfriend, and her charismatic teacher, who has been seen embracing his student far away from the classroom, don’t give Natalie the answers she’d hoped for…

And then the case takes a devastating, personal twist. CCTV footage reveals Natalie’s estranged husband David followed Gemma home every evening the week before she died.

Natalie is forced to put personal feelings aside and follow procedure, even though she can’t believe David could be guilty. But when Gemma’s housemate is found murdered, Natalie thinks the killer could still be at large. Is she right to trust her instincts about David and can she discover the truth before another precious life is taken?

MY THOUGHTS

After reading the last book in Carol Wyer’s DI Natalie Ward series, The Blossom Twins, I had to take a bit of a break before diving into book six. The last book in the series left me reeling, and I didn’t know how things were going to pan out for the characters in the next book, The Secret Admirer. If you haven’t read book five, then book six does contain some major spoilers. This is why I would suggest at least reading book five first if you haven’t read the other books in this series. You can find my review of The Blossom Twins by clicking here.

DI Natalie Ward has a new, complex case to get stuck into. A young girl, Gemma, has died following a horrific attack after acid was thrown in her face. Was this a random attack? Or was she specifically targeted? Over the last few years, I have seen quite a few reports on acid attacks in the news. Some of them, scarily, seem to have just been random attacks. This is what makes it so scary. Natalie and her team aren’t short of a list of suspects to investigate which is what makes this case particularly difficult. Things get even tougher for Natalie, though, when her own husband comes into the frame. The case takes a darker turn when Gemma’s housemates are soon targeted as well.

I really felt for Natalie and her family in this book, but particularly for her ex-husband, Dave. The recent events which have taken place in the series have really taken their toll on him. Natalie throws herself in her work to try and move forward with her life. As the investigation into the young girl’s attack and murder moves forward, Natalie is concerned that all they have is only circumstantial evidence. They don’t have the silver bullet that will help them to nail one of the persons of interest in the frame. This is when things particularly start to heat up, especially when Gemma’s friends soon turn up dead as well.

I raced through this book to get the truth. I was desperate to know who was behind the attacks and why. I had some inclination along the way as to who the culprit was, and my guesses were proven correct, but I still found the ending very dramatic. The confessions that come are devastating, and they really put you in the mind-set of the person behind the killings.

This book will take you on a whirlwind of emotions. Carol certainly knows how to reel her readers in. I’m really trying not to give anything away here, but now I’m even more concerned for Natalie and her family, and how things are going to pan out for them in the next book in the series.

The Secret Admirer is another top read in this series, and I’m really excited to find out what happens next.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 2nd April 2020

Print length: 370 pages

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Untethered by John Bowie #coverreveal @johnbowie @RedDogTweets

I’m delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Untethered, the new novel by John Bowie on my blog today. Before I reveal the cover, let’s take a look at what the book is about.

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John Barrie is bored in his witness protection program in Bristol. A disturbed ex-SAS soldier, he searches for meaning at the bottom of many a glass as madness begins to set in. Then a series of cryptic messages arrive, pulling him into a web of deceit, destruction and disillusionment.

One note comes with a knock on his door and a chance to find a missing girl; to start over again… as a private investigator.

Meanwhile, his therapist encourages him to put his demons on paper; to write it all out. As John battles with his past, could this writing lead him to find the girl, his future and maybe even the love he craves?

Untethered is a semi-autobiographical crime noir, reminiscent of old noir films like Chinatown and Double Indemnity, exploring themes of identity, isolation and the damaging effects of drink, depression and PTSD.

And now to reveal the cover!

Untethered_FINAL

Untethered is being published on the 13th October 2020 by Red Dog Press and you can pre-order your copy by clicking on the link below.

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WWW Wednesday – 07/10/2020

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What am I currently reading?

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What have I finished reading?

What will I read next?

The Girl from Widow Hills: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick, The Last House Guest by [Megan Miranda]
33 Women: A gripping new thriller about the power of women, and the lengths they will go to when pushed... by [Isabel Ashdown]

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware #bookreview

I’ve finally caught up on The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, which has been on my TBR pile for a couple of years now. I’m excited now to catch up on her other books.

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Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.

Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game, competing to convince people of outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of hiding the truth, something terrible has been found on the beach. The friends’ darkest secret is about to come to light…

MY THOUGHTS

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book by Ruth Ware and I’ve been meaning to catch up on her books. The Lying Game is an intriguing mystery. At school, a group of friends started up a game to see how long they could tell the biggest lie. But this soon spiralled out of control when the father of one of the girls ended up dead. Now, ten years later, they are all reuniting for the first time in years. The reason they are all together is that a body has been found and they need to work out what is going to happen next.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Ruth Ware creates a foreboding, atmospheric setting. Ruth Ware has been compared to Agatha Christie, and I can certainly see why. You can see just how much this reunion affects the young women. It makes them uncomfortable as they think back to the time when they helped cover up a dark secret. We know from the opening chapter that a body has been found. I wanted to know how this was connected to the girls and what role they had once played. You can see just how unsettling the discovery is for them, particularly, Isa, who now has a young daughter who she brings with her.

Ruth Ware kept me thinking about what was going to happen to the young women next, as their secret gets closer to being uncovered. As more details about what happened in the past, I kept thinking that there must be something more here, than what first meets the eye. Everything is all connected to when they the body of one of the girl’s father was found. But the rest of the group don’t really know what happened that night. It’s that thought that plagues and worries them now.

What Ruth Ware also explores in her novel, is how friendships change over time. Isa hasn’t seen any of the girls since they were last at school together a decade earlier. There is a level of tension between them as they try and work out what is the best thing to do next. There are many disagreements between them about this and Isa is anxious and terrified about what is going to happen, and about what decision they’ll ultimately make next.

The only small criticism I would have is I did feel that the tension dropped a bit after the initial opening chapters, but it did pick up again as we reached the second half of the book. The tension grew as more secrets about the past were revealed.

Overall, I thought The Lying Game was an engaging and intriguing thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ll definitely be catching up on Ruth Ware’s other books.

Publisher: Vintage

Publication date: 15th June 2017

Print length: 372 pages

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