The Lost And The Found by Cat Clarke

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Book Description:

LOST.

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.

FOUND.

Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

My Thoughts:

Cat Clarke has got be with out a doubt one of my favourite YA authors. I’ve read nearly all of her books and have highly enjoyed every one of them.

The majority of this authors books tend to be along the lines of suicide and sexuality which makes The Lost and the Found stand out slightly with it being a totally different story line.

The Lost and the Found is a bit of a slow burner, not in a bad way though. Whilst not as dark as her other books, there is just something about this story line that keeps you intrigued and makes you want to read more.

Faith and her family have pretty much plodded though the last thirteen years since Laurel went missing. All of them coping with her disappearance in their own way. When Laurel suddenly turns up after all those years, all but Faith are ecstatic to have her back.

I really felt for Faith, she has missed her big sister and overall is glad to have her back, but being an only child for the last thirteen years has her worrying how having Laurel back will alter that. Some people might see that as being selfish but I think it is a big adjustment for all the family and all of a sudden the parents attention is all focused on one sibling while not meaning to, but to a certain extent leaving the other one out.

Not only does Faith find it hard adjusting to having Laurel back home but she keeps getting a little niggle that something isn’t quite right with her sister which she tries to put down to what must have happened to her when she was abducted.

Laurel is certainly a hard character to fathom out. Obviously she has been through a traumatic time and at times my heart really went out to her. Other times though, like Faith, I had certain doubts and fears.

The Lost and the Found is a story full of mystery and suspense. The author slowly takes the reader on a journey of discovery and relationships. It makes for a fascinating read and as with the authors other books, the ending always leaves me feeling a whole bunch of emotions whilst leaving me quite breathless. Another great read.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Lost and the Found is available to purchase from Amazon.

Unquiet Souls by Liz Mistry

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Book Description:

When the body of a prostitute is found, followed by the discovery of children locked in an attic, DI Gus McGuire is handed the case. But what at first appears to be a simple murder soon turns into an international manhunt for the members of a twisted child trafficking ring.

McGuire who is suffering with his own emotional problems, must pick his way through the web of deceit and uncover the truth in time before the body count rises.

Can McGuire identify The Matchmaker before it’s too late? And can he trust those he is working with?

Unquiet Souls is the first book in a dark and compelling new police series.

My Thoughts:

Unquiet Souls is the first book in a brand new crime series set in West Yorkshire.

I connected with this book so easily. Living in Yorkshire myself and reading of mentions of my favourite radio station and presenters as well as one of my favourite restaurants in Leeds, well it was almost like what was going on was happening right round me. Was so easy to visualise a lot of the areas as well as the characters.

I love Gus, he hasn’t had an easy time of it but thanks to his dad and his work colleague, he is finally allowed back to work. His work is something that Gus is good at and it gives him a purpose in life. I also love his parents. His dad is just a brilliant character and brings a slight humour to the otherwise dark and sometimes uncomfortable read.

The case that Gus comes back to is a child trafficking racket. I knew as I was reading it that at times this was going to be out of my comfort zone and I wasn’t wrong. The author does it in a way though that they give enough away without giving to much.

Unquiet Souls I have to say is a cracker of a book for the first in a series. The author had the perfect balance for me of the characters and their background without it affecting the actual case and story line. It’s a dark and gritty read that had me feeling like I was holding my breath towards the end as I was so caught up in everything that was going on. Can not wait for the next one.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Unquiet Souls is out on the 30th of July and available to pre order from Amazon.

The Helper: A dark crime thriller packed with twists (The Detective Callum Doyle Series) by David Jackson

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Book Description:

Furiously fast-paced and totally unpredictable, a compulsive thriller is perfect for fans of Lee Child and Harlan Coben

An anonymous caller is willing to give you clues that will help you solve a series of murders.

But there’s a catch: You can’t tell anyone about the help you’re getting.

What do you do?

If you turn the offer down, you will have nothing to go on, and more people could die.
But if you accept it, and fail to interpret the clues correctly, they will still die, and you will have concealed information that could have stopped a killer.

Such is the dilemma faced by New York detective Callum Doyle.

The decision he takes will have consequences that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

My Thoughts:

What I love about the Callum Doyle series is that all the books can easily be read as stand alone’s. I should know as I have read them all out of sequence by starting with Cry Baby which is the fourth in the series to reading the first, third and then this one. So as you can see, totally out of sequence, which really isn’t like me at all but luckily it didn’t matter that they weren’t read in order and all have been worthy of five stars as have loved them all.

The Helper is quite different to the others in the series. This is due to the killer dropping hints to Cal in order to give him a chance to try and stop the murders before they happen. This not only infuriates Cal but the reader also. You need to be psychic at times I think to work the hints out and understandably Cal is beating himself up when he doesn’t manage to stop them in time.

It felt very much like a cat and mouse game where the killer has the upper hand and is more powerful whilst Cal is the mouse who just seems to be running back and forth with no idea of what is going on but knowing he has to put a stop to it. It is a very fast paced read and very much a race against time to try and stop even more innocent people being killed.

I loved Gonzo’s character in the book. He is a bit of a techno geek who fancies himself as a bit of a detective and gets under Cal’s feet whilst trying to help him solve the murders. It is obvious that Cal finds Gonzo annoying but he can’t help admiring his determination and I think he has a bit of a soft spot for him.

The Helper is yet another griping ride in the series that will have you holding on tight. With shocks and twists a plenty it left me feeling breathless by the end. Loved it!

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Helper is available to purchase from Amazon.

 

We’ll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson ***Blog Tour***

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Rosie Jackson is beginning to slowly come to terms with a new life and a new future at the age of sixty-five.

Rosie is bereft when her husband Mike dies. She misses him terribly; even though he wasn’t the love of her life, she feels lonely in her grief, despite being close to her two grown-up daughters. With time away from the family florist business, Rosie has the space to think about the past and what might have been. She remembers a summer with first love Peter as one of the happiest times of her life, but her memories are bittersweet.

After a chance encounter with Peter forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ and whether it’s never too late for second chances in love . . .

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of Sue Watson’s novels and have been eagerly awaiting her new novel.

We’ll Alway Have Paris feels almost more grown up than the authors other books. Where as her other novels have a sense of humour and fun throughout them, this one felt that bit more serious.

Now don’t panic as that will not spoil your enjoyment of this wonderful book. The authors trade marks of a strong leading lady as well as a main thread of romance is still very much there. She manages to even still squeeze in the mention of the most mouth watering foods that always has me reaching for the cupboards in search of some gourmet delight, which sadly seems to be lacking in my kitchen.

Through Rosie we see how someone copes with the loss of their much loved other half and how they fight their way through the darkness and start to live again. It also gives us hope that no matter how old we are we should never give up on love and how people are capable of loving more than one person.

Through Rosie’s daughters we also see how much of an adjustment it can be for close family to cope with their loved ones moving on and how it can make relationships fraught at times.

We’ll Always Have Paris is a heartfelt, uplifting and warming story that will capture the readers attention. As with all the authors novels, her characters are realistic and ones that readers can easily relate to. Yet another wonderful novel that will be a hit with fans new and old.

My thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group Uk and Sphere for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

We’ll Always have Paris is out today on kindle from Amazon.

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About the author:

Sue Watson was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before working in a career in TV where she was a producer with the BBC. She has published six novels, her most well-known being Love, Lies and Lemon Cake. Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives in the Midlands and writes full time.

@suewatsonwriter

www.suewatsonbooks.com

No Second Chances by Marissa Farrar

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Book Description:

Gabi…
When I was seventeen years old, I was told to stay away from Cole Devonport. Kids like him only ever meant trouble. I should have listened, but I didn’t, and surprise, surprise, I was the one who got hurt. But escaping Cole didn’t mean the end of my pain. Life has a way of screwing me over, and after joining the Army as a way of forgetting him, I suffered a loss I’ll never recover from.
So now here I am, back in the town I ran away from, with my alcoholic father apparently looking after me.
The last thing I need is Cole showing up on my doorstep because nothing has changed—with his prison tattoos and don’t-screw-with-me edge, Cole Devonport still means trouble…

Cole…
I let everyone down all those years ago. I made mistakes and I’m not proud of them, but I’ve done my time and now I just want to keep my head down and get on with my life. I thought I was doing exactly that until I heard Gabriella Weston was back in town.
Despite what she thought, I was always in love with her. She might hate me, but whether she knows it or not, she also needs me.
I want to make it up to her, but with my past still trying to pull me down, perhaps it would be best if I just stayed the hell away like she keeps telling me to. Problem is, I can’t seem to resist her, and I’m the type of guy who always gets what he wants…

‘No Second Chances’ is a stand-alone, second chance, contemporary romance. It is a full length novel with no cliff-hanger!

My Thoughts:

Cole and Gabi were childhood sweethearts until Cole is arrested and sent to prison for ten years. Obviously going to prison is going to change a person but Gabi also has a lot to deal with in that time as well. Both characters find themselves back in the same small town at around the same time and even though things ended badly between them, there is obviously still a spark there.

Cole really is a very misunderstood man. He hasn’t had the best of upbringings living in foster homes but he falls for Gabi and he has big plans to make something of himself to give them both a better future. Unfortunately life doesn’t always give us a helping hand and Cole ends up being forced down a different path.

You can’t help but have every empathy for Cole, here’s a person whose heart is in the right place and it’s obvious how mad he is about Gabi. Having been in prison makes him even more determined to keep his head down and to stay out of trouble. Obviously I will happily admit to being envious of Gabi, the descriptions of Cole in the book and the more intimate parts between him and Gabi certainly got me a bit hot and bothered and would have loved to have swapped places with her. (Just don’t tell my husband).

Gabi is such a great character and I loved how even though she is such a a strong character, she is also very fragile. She doesn’t sit around wallowing in self pity after Cole is arrested, she joins the army and goes fighting in Iraq. You have to take your hat off to the author for having such an up to date female character that is very much part of today’s world. Her injury and her experiences in Iraq have obviously taken their toll on her and have left her damaged. Even though she is determined to have nothing to do with Cole the attraction between them is just to strong.

No Second Chances is a story very much of trying to move on with your life whilst battling your own demons. It is an enthralling read where the characters totally capture the reader and you get caught up in their whole world. There is also that underlying sense of romance and love that gets stronger through out the novel.

Highly recommended for readers who love a good story line that is fuelled by romance and is very current for today’s world.

My thanks to the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

No Second Chances is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.

Abigale Hall by Lauren A.Forry

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Book Description:

Amidst the terror of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, losing their mother to the Blitz and their father to suicide. But when they are forced to leave London to work for the mysterious Mr Brownawell at Abigale Hall, they find that the worst is yet to come…

There are tales that the ghost of Mr Brownawell’s bride-to-be haunts the desolate mansion, and in the village there are shocking rumours of maidservants meeting a terrible fate within its walls. But is it superstition that Eliza should be afraid of or is there something real and deadly lurking in the dark, dusty rooms of Abigale Hall? Yet vicious, cold-hearted housekeeper Mrs Pollard will stop at nothing to keep the mansion’s terrible secrets, and she exerts a twisted hold over Rebecca.

To save herself and her sister descending into madness, Eliza must wage a desperate battle to escape back to London and uncover the horrifying truth before Abigale Hall claims two more victims. Taut and suspenseful, Abigale Hall is a thrilling debut from Lauren A. Forry.

My Thoughts:

3.5 stars.

Abigale Hall is a slightly tame horror novel. It is ideal for young adults and adults who don’t like to be to horrified.

The whole story is steeped in mystery and intrigue. It is very obvious from when both sisters arrive at Abigale Hall that things are not quite right and Eliza does her best to get to the bottom of it all.

I felt quite sorry for Eliza, having lost both parents, her and Rebecca’s lives take a very uncertain turn and are forced to work to earn their keep. Eliza is also having to be parent to her younger sister which you wouldn’t think would be to bad but Rebecca is a very strange girl and is obviously quite disturbed.

This is one of those books that I think would make a great film as the setting of the house as well as the house itself you just know on looks alone would have you hiding behind the cushions.

There are a couple of nice characters in the story but the rest are not very likeable at all, especially Mrs Pollard. Her treatment of everyone that she has to deal with is quite shocking and she certainly is far from an ideal boss.

The house obviously holds some dark secrets and I have to say I had absolutely no clue as to what it was and was as shocked as Eliza when all is revealed.

Abigale Hall is a decent read and one I would recommend. For me though it was slightly to tame for my tastes and only really started to horrify me towards the end, hence my rating, but other than that I really enjoyed the novel for what it was.

Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.

Abigale Hall is available to purchase from Amazon.

Prima Facie by Netta Newbound ***Blog Tour***

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Book Description:

A Compelling Psychological Thriller Novel.

In this fast-moving suspense novel, Detective Adam Stanley searches for Miles Muldoon, a hardworking, career-minded businessman, and Pinevale’s latest serial killer.

Evidence puts Muldoon at each scene giving the police a prima facie case against him.

But as the body count rises, and their suspect begins taunting them, this seemingly simple case develops into something far more personal when Muldoon turns his attention to Adam and his family.

My Thoughts:

I’ve read all of the books in the Adam Stanley series and enjoyed every one of them.

There is a lot of background surrounding Amanda’s character which the author does a good job of mentioning it in the book, so for any readers that are new to the series, they shouldn’t have a problem keeping up but obviously I recommend reading them all as they are good books.

Out of all the books in the series this one has to the most edge of your seat read. There are murders, quite a lot in fact and very brutal ones at that. Not only is it very much a race against time to try and stop the killer, Adam also has the worry of having the murderer seemingly targeting him and his family. For Adam this case is very personal with it affecting him. I think this gave the whole story a more thrilling feel to it and not only did it have me on the edge of my seat, I nearly fell off it!

It was good to catch up with Adam and Amanda again as they are such a lovely couple and they haven’t had it very easy. They have a lot going on in their personal lives as well as Adams job in the police force. There felt like a bit more of procedural work going on which I really enjoyed and Adam came across like being a bit like Columbo in how he eventually works everything out.

I had worked out a certain aspect of the story quite early on in the story but when it came to revealing who the actual murderer was it still very much came as a shock.

Another great read in a really good crime series that had my heart literally racing towards the end.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Prima Facie is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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