This Nowhere Place by Natasha Bell #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Natasha Bell, This Nowhere Place.

This Nowhere Place by [Natasha Bell]

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Nothing ever happened here . . . Until the first girl died.
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Ten years ago, Mo arrived at the white cliffs, befriended by teenagers Cali and Jude.

They thought they’d save each other.

Within months, two of them end up dead, the third scarred for life.

Now, documentary maker Tarek is asking difficult questions about what happened that summer.

But the truth is something that must be unburied carefully . . .

Or it might just it bury you.

MY THOUGHTS

This Nowhere Place is a haunting and a very powerful read by Natasha Bell. I think I was expecting a slightly more different read when I first picked it up, but as the storyline unfolded, I found it all the more immersive.

Natasha Bell tackles some tough themes in her novel, including racism and suicide. She paints a very vivid picture of the town of Dover and the tensions which are running high. The book is set in 2016, the year of the Brexit referendum and 2026, ten years on. A decade on from the events in 2016, a young man, Tarek, a refugee, is making a documentary. He wants to find out what happened a decade earlier in the summer when two girls died.

It is in 2016 when best friends Cali and Jude meet Mo, a young girl who has recently come to Britain from Syria. She is on her own and living in an abandoned lookout post from World War Two. Mo is desperate to reach her family in Manchester, but she has no means of contacting them. Cali and Jude feel compelled to help her.

Mo was a character I really felt for in this book, and Natasha Bell captured the horror of her situation really well. I can only imagine what people in Mo’s position must go through in their attempt to flee countries that have been torn apart by war. I wasn’t sure if I could quite trust Cali and Jude when they first meet Mo. Although they appear to want to help her, I couldn’t help but think that there was something else going on here between them. Soon two of the girls will end up dead.

What I did like about this book was that Natasha Bell told part of it in the form of a television documentary. I really liked this perspective, and the short snippets from the documentary which Natasha shares with us made me even more eager to find out what happened in 2016. I wanted Tarek to find out what had happened in 2016, and I was rooting for him all the way.

This is a really well written, thought-provoking book. This Nowhere Place is an utterly compelling read. I really enjoyed it.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 18th March 2021

Print length: 367 pages

This Nowhere Place is available to buy:

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WWW Wednesday – 31/03/2021

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?

Two people can keep a secret . . . if one of them is dead.

Sisters Jo and Caroline are used to hiding things from each other. They’ve never been close – taking it in turns to feel on the outside of their family unit, playing an endless game of favourites.

Jo envies Caroline’s life – things have always come so easy to her. Then a family inheritance falls entirely to Jo, and suddenly now Caroline wants what Jo has. Needs it, even.

But just how far will she go to get it?

The Killing Choice: Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month ‘Riveting’ (DI Alex Finn 2) by [Will Shindler]

‘Leave your daughter with me, or I will kill you both’

It felt like a normal Friday evening before Karl and his daughter Leah were ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is forced to make an impossible choice. Stay and die, or walk away from Leah and take this thug’s word that they both will live.

Should Karl trust a villain and leave his daughter with a knife at her throat? Could he ever live with himself if he did?

It’s not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their life. More blood is spilled, more families shattered, and more people are left to suffer with the consequences of their decisions.

DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must hunt for a killer that appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience before more victims are forced to make their choice.

What have I finished reading?

A young man stands accused of murder. The evidence is overwhelming.

But at his trial, this man tells an extraordinary story.

It is about the woman he loves, who got into terrible trouble. It’s about how he risked everything to save her.

He swears he’s innocent. But in the end, all that matters is this: do you believe him?

This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street.

All these things are true. And yet some of them are lies.

You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. But you’re wrong. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, something lies buried. But it’s not what you think…

What will I read next?

Nothing ever happened here . . . Until the first girl died.
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Ten years ago, Mo arrived at the white cliffs of Dover, befriended by teenagers Cali and Jude.

They thought they’d save each other, yet within months their friendship would see two of them dead and the third scarred for life.

Now documentary maker Tarek and his film crew are in town, asking difficult questions about what happened that summer.

Because in the shadow of the white cliffs it’s easy for people and their stories to get lost . . .

And as Tarek will discover, the truth is something that must be unburied carefully.

Or it might just it bury you . . .

Lie Beside Me: From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy bestseller She Lies in Wait (Jonah Sheens 3) by [Gytha Lodge]

Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy. But she suspects she’s done something bad.

She rolls over towards her husband, Niall.

But it’s not Niall who’s lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.

And he’s dead . . .

As Louise desperately struggles to piece her memories back together, Detective Jonah Sheens and his team mark her as their prime suspect.

But she’s not the only one with something to hide . . .

Did she do it?

And, if not, can they catch the real killer before they strike again?

His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell #bookreview blog tour @byTashB @MichaelJBooks

I’m delighted to be sharing my review of His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell on my blog today. This book was previously titled Exhibit Alexandra.

His Perfect Wife: This is no ordinary psychological thriller by [Bell, Natasha]

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She was his perfect wife, until she went missing . . .

Alexandra Southwood has vanished. Her husband, Marc, is beside himself. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body.

But Alexandra is alive – trapped, far away from her husband and young daughters.

Desperate, Marc will stop at nothing to find the woman he loves. Even if it means discovering that he never really knew her at all.

Because Alexandra is no ordinary missing person – but then neither is she quite a perfect wife . . 

MY THOUGHTS

His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell is an utterly immersive novel that thinks outside the psychological thriller box. This was a pacy, quick read and I loved the style in which it was told which I thought made it feel very different to what I have read recently in this genre.

There are some very intriguing aspects to this story. In the set-up, we have the disappearance of Marc’s wife, Alex and we can see that he can’t bring himself to even comprehend what has happened, especially when the police begin to believe that Alex is dead. But the story is told partly from her perspective, as though she is looking in on her husband’s life in the aftermath of her going missing. I thought this was very unusual and it made this book feel very different.

I found the plot of this book to be very unpredictable, and I never could quite see where the story was heading. I had so many thoughts and different scenarios going around inside my head as to what could have happened to Alex, and it does take a very twisty turn which will have you thinking about what you have missed, and how Natasha has cleverly placed all of her clues throughout the book. I’m not going to talk any more about the plot as I don’t want to spoil the story as it is very difficult to talk about without giving anything away.

Natasha also takes us back to the time when Marc and Alex first got together and it was fascinating to see their relationship develop.

This is a thriller that will keep you thinking all the way through about what really is going on here and Natasha’s writing makes it a very addictive read. There are lots of secrets to be uncovered and nothing is as it seems. His Perfect Wife is a really well written and a compulsive read that will keep you hooked.

Thank you to Sriya at Michael Joseph for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 21st March 2019

Print length: 400 Pages

If you would like to purchase His Perfect Wife, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below.

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