Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall. After finishing it at the weekend, I can see why everyone has been talking about this book.

Imperfect Women: The blockbuster must-read novel of the summer that everyone is talking about by [Araminta Hall]

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Nancy, Eleanor and Mary met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs.

Eleanor is calm and driven, with a deep sense of responsibility, a brilliant career and a love of being single and free – despite her soft spot for her best friend’s husband.

Mary is deeply intelligent with a love of learning, derailed by three children and a mean, demanding husband – she is now unrecognisable to herself and her friends.

Nancy is seemingly perfect: bright, beautiful and rich with an adoring husband and daughter – but beneath the surface her discontent is going to affect them all in terrible ways.

When Nancy is murdered, Eleanor and Mary must align themselves to uncover her killer. And as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many different truths to find, and many different ways to bring justice for those we love…

Everyone wants a perfect life. But there is no such thing…

MY THOUGHTS

Imperfect Women is a dark and compulsive read by Araminta Hall. It follows the lives of three women, Nancy, Eleanor and Mary; who have been friends since university. It is a book which examines their friendship and the lies which ultimately are revealed when one of them ends up dead. It makes you wonder do you really know the people who you are friends with. Surely friends don’t keep secrets from you?

I found this novel very addictive. There aren’t any chapters in this book. It’s split into three parts as it is told from the viewpoint of the three women. It didn’t bother me at all that there were no chapters, and I flew through it very quickly.

Nancy is found dead in the early chapters of the book, and her devastated family quickly learn that she has been having an affair. Eleanor was the only person from the group who knew about Nancy’s affair, but she never really knew who it was who she was seeing, only that his name was David. She knows that Nancy has been trying to end the affair and that David was angry about her decision. This, of course, puts this person right at the top of people of the list of suspects. It did make me think that Eleanor seemed quite annoyed at Nancy for not giving her more details. But Mary is even more so as she is the one who was kept in the dark.

I liked how Araminta Hall really got inside the heads of her characters. I loved how she gradually unpeeled the layers, and as we got to the truth, we begin to see a different side to the people who we thought we knew.

One of the characters who I really felt for as I was reading was Mary, especially as I was reading the section of the novel from her point of view. I was rooting for her as I was reading this part, but I need to be careful here, so I don’t reveal anything about what she is thinking. It makes for really gripping reading as she gets closer and closer to achieving her aims.

I wanted to get to the bottom of what had happened to Nancy. I wanted the person who was behind what happened to her to face justice. Even though I didn’t feel that Nancy was a particularly likeable character, I still wanted the other characters in the book to know the truth to bring them closure.

This is a dark, absorbing read which I flew through in a couple of days. It’s a book that will keep you thinking about the characters within the pages. I loved it! I can’t wait to read more from Araminta Hall.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 4th August 2020

Print length: 271 pages

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My Darling by Amanda Robson #bookreview

Happy publication day to Amanda Robson. Her new novel, My Darling is published today.

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A new couple moves in next door.
And nothing will ever be the same again…

I watched you move in and thought we might be friends.

I saw you watching from the window – and knew I’d have to keep you away from my husband.

I started to trust you. Confide in you.

I started to mistrust you. Suspect you.

I was confused when I blacked out after an evening at your place. Was I really that drunk?

I came up with a plan. A plan to make you both pay . . .

MY THOUGHTS

It feels like it’s been a long time since I read a book by Amanda Robson, so I put her latest novel, My Darling right to the top of my TBR pile. I devoured this book in one weekend. It’s such a dark and twisty read. Once you think you know where the novel is going, Amanda takes it in a completely different direction. I had so much fun reading it.

I was swept straight into the story from the opening chapter. We meet Jade and Thomas, who have just moved into their new home. Amanda lets us in on Jade’s innermost thoughts as she surveys their new neighbour, Emma, a successful dentist who is currently in a relationship with Allister who works as a forensic scientist. There is tension between this group from the get-go. Jade is icy towards Emma, especially when she warns Emma of her husband’s wandering eye. You can see that things are going to end badly for them, but who is really pulling the strings here? This is what Amanda really succeeds at. Throughout the book, I kept changing my mind about what I thought about the characters, and this is what made it such a twisty and exciting read.

The chapters are short and pacy, and this is what kept me utterly gripped to Amanda’s writing. When the novel did start, I did find it a bit confusing when we kept switching between different characters so rapidly. Once I knew who everyone was, though, I really started to enjoy it. The characters in this book are some of the most devious I’ve come across in fiction. Without going into any detail about the plot, it seemed as though each one of them had something up their sleeve; something they were planning to use against other members of the group.

I liked the fact as well that Allister was working as a forensic scientist. He works with the police, and you can see how easily he can manipulate the situation they find themselves in. Because of his connections, it made me ask, are any of them really safe, and it felt as though they were all trapped in this hideous nightmare.

DS Miranda Jupiter is another character who I really liked. You can see that she is really up against things here as she tries to bring the case to a successful conclusion and apprehend the right person. Even Miranda can see just how complex things are here, and she doesn’t know who she can believe or trust. Miranda has her suspicions, but she isn’t sure if she can act on them.

Amanda Robson ties everything up into a neat and satisfactory ending, and the book concludes on a chilling note. The plot and the characters keep the pace driving forward, and I loved the ride. My Darling is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 3rd September 2020

Print length: 384 pages

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Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough #bookreview

I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Sarah Pinborough, Dead to Her on my blog today.

Dead to Her: The most gripping crime thriller book you have to read in 2020 from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author! by [Sarah Pinborough]

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Something old…

When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread.
 

Something new…

Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason.
 

Something you can never, ever undo…

Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?

MY THOUGHTS

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough is a dark, tense read that pulls you in right from the first page. I was instantly intrigued by the characters, especially when Keisha, the new wife of a successful, recently widowed businessman, makes an appearance. It’s fair to say that she certainly turns a few heads when she makes her first appearance, and she particularly intrigues Marcie. Marcie is the wife of Jason, an employee of Keisha’s new husband, William. Marcie also knows what it’s like to be in Keisha’s shoes. She too is the second wife, and it does seem to her that she is living in the shadow of Jason’s former partner. She can see just how infatuated Jason has become with Keisha and she is desperate not to lose him and the wealthy lifestyle she has since become accustomed to.

I found Sarah’s writing so addictive, and there is a real sense of foreboding as we get to learn more about the characters in this book. You begin to see the true side of Keisha as the plot develops, and this kept me turning the pages as I was never sure how things were going to turn out for her. I kept imagining that she had a grand scheme up her sleeve that would rock the foundations of her new marriage.

The darkness in this novel creeps up on you as the novel progresses. I wouldn’t say that this is a fast-paced novel, but I loved the way how Sarah pulled me into the story. You can feel the tension growing between Jason and Marcie as she becomes concerned that his attention is beginning to drift. I really don’t want to give anything of what happens next away, but the book took a completely unexpected turn; it surprises Marcie just as much as well. The twist is a dangerous one for the characters involved and heightened the tension even more.

The characters in this book all seem to be walking on eggshells. I didn’t find any of them particularly likeable, but I wanted to know what was going to happen to them. To me, it seemed they were all playing their own game, and I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to unfold. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to know how things were going to work out between Keisha and William. Would William start to see Keisha as the person she really is?

If you’re looking for a book that is wildly entertaining but also dark and mysterious, then this is the book for you. I still need to catch up on Sarah Pinborough’s second novel, which I’ll definitely be doing soon.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication date: 4th June 2020

Print length: 416 pages

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Her Husband’s Secrets by Louise Mangos #bookreview @LouiseMangos @HQDigitalUK

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Her Husband’s Secrets by Louise Mangos which was previously titled The Art of Deception. I’ve had this book on my TBR pile since July 2019 and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to reading it.

Her Husband’s Secrets: A gripping, twisty, must-read new psychological thriller by [Louise Mangos]

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Art college dropout Lucie arrives in a Swiss ski resort looking for work – but instead finds love in the form of the handsome and charismatic Mathieu.

Matt seems like perfect husband material – especially when Lucie discovers he’s from a wealthy family. But Matt’s dark side soon emerges. Manipulative, controlling and abusive, he is anything but perfect and will tear the life she has built for herself and their six-year-old son JP apart.

Then, one fateful night, things come to a head in the most shocking way . . .

Wrongly accused of her husband’s murder and left fighting for her freedom in a foreign prison, Lucie is starting to lose her grip on reality. Now, she must summon all her strength to uncover the truth about Matt’s death and be reunited with her son – before it’s too late.

The clock is ticking . . . but who can she trust?

MY THOUGHTS

Her Husband’s Secrets is the second standalone book by Louise Mangos set once again in the beautiful rural landscape of Switzerland. Louise’s writing reels you in as we follow her main character, Lucie, who is currently serving a prison sentence for the murder of her husband. Lucie is in a desperate situation. Her son is now being brought up by her husband’s family. Lucie fears that they are turning her son against her and ultimately will try to take him away. Lucie will stop at nothing to make sure that this doesn’t happen.

This is a cleverly plotted novel, and to me, it felt really fresh. I liked the way how Louise Mangos makes you ask questions about what happened and if Lucie is guilty or innocent. I really felt for her as she tried to stay in contact with her son as much as possible. I wanted Lucie to be innocent, and I was rooting for her all the way through. I could see that her husband’s family were manipulating the situation, and I was fearful that they were going to disappear before Lucie had a chance to do anything about it.

You can feel that the odds are stacked against Lucie. She is an English woman in a foreign prison. Lucie can also barely grasp the language, so this will also have an impact against her. While in prison, she does make friends with a small group of women. I thought this gave Lucie some light relief and I was pleased that she did have someone who she could talk to.

As the plot progresses, we get to see the events leading up to when Lucie was arrested. We see the days when she first fell in love with her husband. When they first got together, I didn’t like him at all, and I didn’t like his family, particularly his mother, who I found to be very pushy. Even in this situation, it felt as though Lucie was on her own, an outsider. It seemed as though there were very few people who she could turn to for support.

I was not expecting the book to take the direction that it did. It made for a really refreshing take on this story, and it kept me turning the pages as I waited to see how Lucie was going to execute her plan. Louise Mangos pulls of a cleverly crafted plot with a really satisfactory ending.

Her Husband’s Secrets is a well-executed novel; you will be rooting for Lucie right the way through to get the justice that she deserves. An excellent read!

Publisher: HQ Digital

Publication date: 6th June 2019

Print length: 264 pages

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The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on the second novel by Harriet Tyce, The Lies You Told.

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Sadie loves her daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.

She can’t tell her why they had to leave home so quickly – or why Robin’s father won’t be coming with them to London.

She can’t tell her why she hates being back in her dead mother’s house, with its ivy-covered walls and its poisonous memories.

And she can’t tell her the truth about the school Robin’s set to start at – a school that doesn’t welcome newcomers.

Sadie just wants to get their lives back on track.

MY THOUGHTS

There are so many characters in The Lies You Told who will get under your skin. When Harriet Tyce first introduces us to her protagonist, Sadie, she is just moving back to her home town, and into the home, she lived in as a child. But the place is full of dark memories for Sadie. It isn’t exactly a happy move, but at the moment she has little choice after breaking up with her husband who lives in the States. Things really begin to change when Sadie enrols her daughter, Robin at her old school and Sadie is introduced to a group of mums. They appear to be in control of everything that goes on with the school and with the wider community. Sadie soon finds herself ostracized from the group, and it is clear that they are willing to do anything to make her and her daughter’s life a living hell.

There are some really dislikeable characters in this book. It was the group of women who Sadie is introduced to who I took a intense disliking to. If I’m honest, when I did start reading this book, it took me a long time to get into it. Harriet Tyce’s writing is very addictive, and it’s what kept me reading, but I struggled to connect to Sadie in the opening chapters. I could feel her frustration and anger though as she found herself and her daughter being bullied.

The part of the novel which I did find more interesting was the court case Sadie was taking part in. Like in her first novel, Harriet Tyce uses her knowledge of this field. Sadie is part of a team representing a young man. He has been accused of rape by a student of his. There are many who believe in his innocence, and he has amassed a small fan club on the outside. I found these scenes tense, and I really wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on.

I became more gripped to the plot by the second half of the novel. Things begin to change for Sadie, but I wondered about the motives behind this sudden move. I felt that there was something dark at play here, and I wanted to know what the final fall out was going to be.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Blood Orange but Harriet Tyce’s writing will, I’m sure, make me keen to read another book by her.

Publisher: Wildfire

Publication date: 23rd July 2020 (kindle) 20th August 2020 (paperback)

Print length: 314 pages

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Lock Me In by Kate Simants #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on the debut novel by Kate Simants, Lock Me In.

Lock Me In: An absolutely gripping new psychological crime thriller with an ending you won’t see coming! by [Kate Simants]

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Whatever you do, don’t open the door…

By day, Ellie Power has a normal life. She has a stable home, a loving boyfriend, a future.

But at night, she suffers from a sleep disorder. She becomes angry, unpredictable, violent. Her mother locks Ellie in her bedroom every night, to keep them both safe.

Then one morning, Ellie wakes up, horrified to find the lock on her bedroom door smashed from the inside. She is covered in injuries, unable to remember anything about the night before.

And her boyfriend Matt is nowhere to be found…

MY THOUGHTS

Lock Me In is a tense and chilling debut by Kate Simants. I’ve had this on my shelf since last year, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get round to reading it sooner. This book has one of the most intense openings I’ve read in a long while, and it drew me into our lead character, Ellie’s, world and what she was going through. I immediately wanted to find out more about Ellie. Ellie suffers from violent fugues, and it appears that she takes on an alternate personality. Often, for her own safety, her mother has to keep her locked up in her room so that she can’t harm anyone. When Ellie’s boyfriend, Matt disappears, Ellie can’t remember anything about the night of his disappearance. What is even more disturbing is that Ellie is covered in bruises. What has happened to her boyfriend? Is there any chance that she could be involved in his disappearance?

Ellie was the most intriguing character in this book. I found the idea of your personality changing really scary, and it made me wonder if such occurrences actually happen. I wanted to know what had happened in Ellie’s past; surely, something must have happened to make her like this. It made me start to question what really happened on the night her boyfriend disappeared. It made me wonder just how dangerous she was and if she was a threat to anyone else.

The other character who’s viewpoint the novel is told from is Detective Ben Mae. As the investigation into Matt’s disappearance got going, I was rooting for him. Ben is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, but Kate Simants also displays a soft, caring side to him. You can see how much he loves his daughter, and this comes through very strongly in Kate’s writing.

The plot is cleverly put together; it does get quite complex as the police begin to follow the trail Matt has left behind. It took a direction which I wasn’t expecting it to, and there were several moments when I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

The ending of this book left me reeling. Kate Simants delivers a tense and shocking conclusion, and I’m sure it will be sticking with me for a while to come. Kate Simants is a huge new talent, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: 3rd October 2019

Print length: 387 pages

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It only takes a moment to unravel a perfect life . . .The Night You Left by Emma Curtis #bookreview @emmacurtisbooks

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Night You Left which is the third novel by Emma Curtis.

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IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO UNRAVEL A PERFECT LIFE . . .

When Grace’s fiancé vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is turned upside down. But has Nick walked out on her, or is he in danger?

As Grace desperately searches for answers, it soon becomes clear that Nick wasn’t the uncomplicated man she thought she knew. And when she uncovers a hidden tragedy from his childhood, she realises an awful truth: that you can run from your past – but your secrets will always catch up with you . . .

MY THOUGHTS

The Night You Left is a complex and chilling psychological thriller by Emma Curtis, and I found it very difficult to put down. I became utterly absorbed by Emma’s writing as the plot began to unfold. The book opens with the disappearance of Grace’s fiancé, Nick. Grace is distraught. The night before Nick proposed to her and she can’t understand why he would leave without speaking to her. Grace is convinced that something has happened to him, and as details about Nick’s past begin to unravel, it seems that Nick might be in danger.

Emma Curtis’s latest novel is twisty, unpredictable, and cleverly plotted. Emma reels you into the story from the very first line ‘He didn’t take the dog.’ Immediately you are thrown into the story. I really liked the dual timeline here which takes us back to the year 2000, when Nick is a teenager on holiday with his family and a group of friends. As Emma Curtis gradually begins to reveal what happened on that holiday, it becomes apparent that Nick has been hiding certain aspects of his past from Grace. I wanted to find out what had happened during this time. Did it have any bearing on his disappearance in the present? The revelations are devastating, and as Emma Curtis revealed each new detail, she kept me reading on.

I could feel Grace’s frustration as the police seemed to take little interest in her fiancé’s disappearance. In their eyes, he’s a grown adult, and until he has been missing for a certain amount of time, there was little they could do. I also couldn’t believe the treatment Grace was receiving from Nick’s parents. I really took a disliking to them, especially as they seemed to want to move on very quickly and already believed that Nick was dead and wasn’t coming back. This was what made me root for Grace even more. I wanted her to get justice. It also made me want to believe that Nick was still alive.

There are some horrific and disturbing reveals as Emma Curtis reveals the truth about Nick’s past. As Emma did this, I began to join the dots, and I could begin to see some of the reasons behind Nick’s disappearance. The novel shows you how, over time, a past event can fester in someone’s mind. It shows you what a person is capable of if they are just pushed over the edge. And that person is always the one who you least expect.

Emma Curtis’s writing will pull you into the story, and the mystery of Nick’s disappearance will keep you utterly gripped. The Night You Left is a highly entertaining story. I’m looking forward to reading what Emma Curtis comes up with next.

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication date: 5th September 2019

Print length: 464 pages

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The Last One To See Her by Mark Tilbury #bookreview blog tour @MTilburyAuthor

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Last One To See Her by Mark Tilbury today on my blog.

The Last One To See Her by [Mark Tilbury]

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He says he is innocent…so why did he lie?

Mathew Hillock was the last person to see eleven-year-old Jodie Willis alive. When her dead body turns up four days later in his garden shed, the police think he’s guilty of her murder. So do most people in the town. But there’s no DNA evidence to link him to the crime.
Battling the weight of public opinion and mental illness due to a childhood head trauma, he sinks into a deep depression.
Can Mathew do what the police failed to do and find evidence linking the real killer to the crime?

The Last One To See Her is a terrifying story of what happens when you’re accused of a crime and no one believes you are innocent.

MY THOUGHTS

Mark Tilbury writes dark and gritty crime fiction. In his latest book, The Last One To See Her, eleven-year-old Jodie Willis disappears after she visits the local shop. Three people are the last to see her alive, Matthew Hillock, a young man who has suffered a horrific trauma in his past, Jim Bentley, a drug dealer who has been on the police radar for years, and the shop owner. But witness statements quickly complicate the case. Matthew soon finds himself at the centre of the police probe, but even he isn’t confident of his innocence. As the police investigation deepens, Matthew has to consider the unthinkable.

The Last One To See Her was a really gripping read. Like Matthew’s family, I couldn’t believe that he was the one responsible for Jodie’s disappearance, and even as the evidence mounted, I felt sure that someone was setting him up. Matthew has been left with brain damage following a horrific attack on his family several years earlier when his father and sister were killed. It was only by pure chance that Matthew even survived the attack after being saved by his brother. I could easily see how Matthew could be made to be a scapegoat in this case, and you can see how quickly people turn against him, just because he is different, and this made me feel really sorry for him. Mark Tilbury paints a clear picture of just how vulnerable he is.

Jim Bentley is a character who will get under your skin. Violence comes as second nature to him, and from the very first moment when Mark Tilbury introduces him to us, he made me feel uncomfortable. A lot of the time, Jim expresses anger and frustration, and his overriding need for drugs drives this. Jim is also willing to do anything to cover up his crimes. I really hated Jim as I was reading. Making his characters come to life is what Mark Tilbury does really well, and I wanted the police to get to the real truth as I was sure that Matthew wasn’t involved.

Mark Tilbury doesn’t shy away from violence, and there are some quite graphic scenes in this book, so this wouldn’t be for the faint-hearted. The opening chapter is really dramatic as well, which had me hooked very early on. There are some terrifying moments as well which had my eyes glued to the page as I wanted to find out what happened next. Every time I got to the end of a chapter, I had to read on to find out how things were going to pan out.

Throughout the book, I was never certain who was responsible for Jodie’s disappearance. I could also still never entirely be sure about Matthew, and this was what kept me turning the pages, I really wanted him to be innocent, but I also had to know the truth. Mark Tilbury creates nail-biting suspense in the final chapters of this book as the plot unravels.

This is the first book I have read by Mark Tilbury, and I am certain that it won’t be the last book I read by him. The Last One To See Her is a read which you won’t want to put down!

Publisher: Tilbury Publishing

Publication date: 4th June 2020

Print length: 266 pages

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He Started It by Samantha Downing #bookreview blog tour @smariedowning @PenguinUKBooks

It’s my pleasure to be joining the blog tour for the latest thriller by Samantha Downing, He Started It. With thanks to Sriya Varadharajan at Penguin for inviting me to take part.

He Started It: The new psychological thriller from #1 bestselling author of My Lovely Wife by [Samantha Downing]

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This is a story about three siblings. Like any family, sometimes they don’t get along.

It’s a story about a secret that they’ve all kept since they were children.

It’s a story about lying. A story about murder.

It’s a story where only one can win.

MY THOUGHTS

I was a huge fan of Samantha Downing’s first novel, My Lovely Wife, so I jumped at the chance to read her second. He Started It is more of a slow-burner, but it is still an ingenious, twisty tale which delivers shocker of an ending that made me hold my breath. Samantha delves into the lives of her characters as she takes them on a journey that will have a huge impact on their lives.

A road trip is the type of holiday that would never appeal to me. I can’t stand the idea of being stuck in a car for hours on end. But Beth, Portia and Eddie are going on a road trip for a very different reason. Their grandfather has passed away, and he has left them his estate worth many millions of dollars which he plans to divide among the three of them. But this is on condition. His grandchildren must complete a planned road-trip, copying one they took with their grandfather many years ago. He wants them to scatter his ashes in the desert right at the end of the trip. It is clear that neither of them are keen to go on the trip and they find the whole scenario creepy, but they are all desperate for cash and are willing to carry out their grandfather’s wishes.

I became totally immersed in Samantha Downing’s latest novel. I wondered how Beth, Portia and Eddie were going to cope on the trip, especially as they haven’t seen each other for years. It is also clear that they don’t all get on; this is certainly the case with their partners who are also accompanying them. Tension simmers in the background as the trip goes ahead, and it mounts when the group become aware of a vehicle that appears to be following them.

I became more and more intrigued by their grandfather. You can see that he wasn’t liked at all, and some very serious accusations are made against him, which doesn’t paint him a very good light. The road trip also shows that he had a very controlling personality. It appears that he still wants to hold control over his family beyond the grave. If he wants his ashes scattered in a particular place, he could have told his grandchildren to take any form of transport, a plane, for instance. I didn’t think for an instant that he wanted to remind his grandchildren of happier times by sending them on this road trip.

Samantha Downing has created another compelling and creepy psychological thriller. I wanted to know what was going to be waiting for them at the end of the trip, and Samantha delivers an explosive finale. Brilliant stuff!

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 30th April 2020

Print length: 382 pages

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A Knock at the Door by T. W. Ellis #bookreview

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on A Knock at the Door by T. W. Ellis which is released in e-book today. T. W. Ellis is a pseudonym for bestselling author, Tom Wood, who is known for his Victor novels.

A Knock at the Door by [T.W. Ellis]

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They ask for your husband. They just want to talk. THEY’RE LYING.

Your husband isn’t who he says he is, say the people at your door. Come with us.

Don’t trust them, says a voice on the phone. Run.

Who would you believe?

In this terrifying first psychological thriller by bestselling author T.W. Ellis, one woman goes on the run and is forced to question everything she held dear . . .

MY THOUGHTS

There’s action on every single page in T. W. Ellis’s A Knock at the Door and the pace never slows down. T.W. Ellis is a pseudonym for Tom Wood. I haven’t read any of his boos before, but now I’ll be catching up on his Victor novels. These books have been lingering on my TBR pile for far too long.

Jem Talhoffer’s life is turned upside down when two strange visitors turn up at her house, not long after her husband, Leo has left to travel to England. In a split second, she learns that her husband isn’t the man who she thought she knew and that her whole marriage has been a lie. Now there are some very dangerous individuals who want to kill her for whatever mess her husband has got himself caught up in. Jem must fight for survival.

T. W. Ellis has created a belter of a thriller that had me completely and utterly hooked. I don’t think I’ve ever raced through a book quite so fast. I wanted to know what it was that Leo was involved in, and it seems very clear that his wife can’t trust anyone. This is the real hook of the novel. Jem has to believe that she can trust her husband, but why have these people turned up? Why is she suddenly being targeted when her husband is out of the country?

Jem is in a very perilous situation which is not her fault, and I wanted to see how things were going to pan out for her. It seemed as though Jem was very much on her own, and even the people who she felt she could turn to, I still wasn’t sure if she should trust them. There’s a real sense of time ticking towards an explosive finale as Jem races to find out the truth, and the final scenes bring some shocking reveals that I didn’t see coming.

This is a perfect read if you’re looking for an escape, the writing will pull you into the story and keep you there. Highly recommended!

Publisher: Sphere

Publication date: 7th May 2020 (kindle) 9th July 2020 (hardcover)

Print length: 384 pages

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