The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson @bookouture @LSandersonbooks

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Book Description:

‘Now we are bound forever,’ she says, her eyes determined. ‘I will never tell anyone, I swear. This is between you and me. Now you swear too.’

They called them the Orchid GirlsGraceMollyCharlotte.

One of them is in love. One of them is a liar. One of them is dead.

On a jagged Dorset cliff, wind whipping their hair, waves crashing on the rocks below, three friends became two when Charlotte’s body was pulled out of the sea.

Fifteen years later Grace and Molly are worlds apart. Grace has a glittering career and a loving husband. Molly is a lonely, unemployed alcoholic. Grace has everything to lose. Molly has nothing. 

They have moved on from the tragic accident that shadowed their childhood. But somewhere lies a photograph waiting to be unearthed – waiting to reveal a secret one of the Orchid Girls is desperate to keep hidden…

The Orchid Girls is a breathless, gripping and twisty story of love, obsession and dark, shocking secrets. Fans of K.L. Slater, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train – read this one with the lights on…

My Thoughts:

I so enjoyed this book. It had me intrigued right from the start and I ended up reading it in one day as I had to know how everything was going to end.

The story flicks between the two main characters, Molly and Grace. We are also taken from past to present so we can understand more about things that surrounded the death of their friend Charlotte.

Both women couldn’t be more different. Where as Grace is really living the high life, doing well in her work and personal life, Molly is pretty much at rock bottom. Whatever happened in the past, Molly is certainly struggling to deal with and now that she has found Grace again, all her emotions have come back to the forefront and she is desperate to rekindle the relationship they had back when they were kids.

I actually quite liked both women. They both have this vulnerability about them that made me want things to work out okay for them both. I knew though I had to know just what had happened years before and what secrets were waiting to be divulged.

There are certainly a few red herrings that threw me and I really thought I knew where the story was going only to be completely wrong. For me this is what a psychological thriller is all about. A wonderfully dark read that messes with your head.

The Orchid Girls is an enthralling read that hooked me in and didn’t let go. I loved the build up of suspense throughout the novel and it’s one that readers will definitely struggle to put down. Fabulous read, loved it.

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

The Orchid Girls is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

Anonymity by John Nicholl @Bloodhoundbook @nicholl06

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Book Description:

When Mia, a successful novelist, is targeted by a stalker, her life begins to unravel.

Unaware that the predatory psychopath has placed cameras in her home, the stalker sends untraceable emails, including photos of her and her four-year-old daughter, demanding Mia performs outlandish tasks, threatening dire consequences if she refuses or approaches the police.

As the pressure builds, Adam, Mia’s sister’s boyfriend, offers to accompany her to stay in Italy with her parents. But when the villa is burnt down, Mia fears the stalker has followed her and decides to return to Wales.

Meanwhile, the police are investigating the murder of three women in the area, and when DI Gravel’s daughter is threatened, he takes matters into his own hands.

With his health failing and his career coming to an end, just how far will Gravel go to protect his daughter and catch a vicious killer?

My Thoughts:

DI Gravel features in quite a few of the authors books but they are all written as stand alone’s so you don’t have to have read his previous novels. It is nice though to see a familiar character for people who have read the authors other books.

We get to find out quite early on who the killer is which is something I always enjoy. It does lead to some frustration though as you shout and scream at the other characters trying to warn them. I have to admit it did still shock me when we realise who the killer is, as would never have guessed before we get told.

The tension builds up throughout as we wait for the police to work out who the killer is. Poor Gravel isn’t in the best of health and even mentally, comes across as being a little unstable. His work is all he lives for and you really feel for him when there seems to be so many obstacles in the way in him being able to return to work. Due to his ill health, it does introduce us to a new character within the police. I really liked Kesey, who is a female detective, she oversees the case to do with Mia and I liked seeing a female playing a stronger role.

Anonymity is another great read by the author. You can always guarantee when you pick one of his books up that he will have you hooked within no time. They are always engrossing as well as a guaranteed page turner. I hope we get to see more of Kesey as I think there is so much potential when it comes to her character.

Anonymity is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

Wedding Bells At Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett @HQDigitalUK @Sarahlou_writes

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Book Description:

A second chance by the sea?

When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.

But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!

Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…

Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

My Thoughts:

After reading and loving the first book in the series, I immediately downloaded the second book and am delighted to say it’s every bit as good as the first one.

It was great to be back at Butterfly Cove. Whilst it’s still all the same characters, where as the first book focuses on Mia and Daniel, this one concentrates more on her sister Kiki and Aaron. It was great to catch up with Mia and Daniel again but I have to say I loved getting to know Kiki and Aaron better. Kiki’s children are just adorable.

There’s lots going off in the story with Mia’s upcoming wedding and Kiki trying to get her life together after leaving her husband. It was wonderful to be part of their lives again and has made me want to sell up and get a nice little cottage in an idyllic setting for myself.

Wedding Bells At Butterfly Cove is fabulous follow on from the first book in the trilogy. Obviously it has left me desperate to now read the remaining one. A wonderful cosy and entertaining read.

Wedding Bells At Butterfly Cove is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

 

Talisman by David Evans @OrchardViewBook @DavidEwriter @CarolineBookBit

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Book Description:

Following a fire in a terraced house, the body of a prominent lawyer, Charles Chamberlain, is found naked and shackled to a bed frame.

Six weeks earlier, DI Colin Strong is investigating the sudden death of a transsexual, left undiscovered in the bath for over a year. Initially, it appears to be a tragic death but one mysterious item, a card for the Talisman Club, is found in the bedroom.

Meanwhile, Bob Souter, journalist and close friend of DI Strong, is probing connections between a developer and the council leader in respect of a controversial project when massive European funding is announced. Souter smells a rat and delves further into the scheme.

Is there a link between the bodies and the business deal?

Will Souter or DI Strong crack the case first?

And what exactly is the Talisman Club?

In the third instalment of the Wakefield series, the two men must work together to bring the guilty to justice before time runs out.

The Wakefield Series:

#1 Trophies
#2 Torment
#3 Talisman
#4 Tainted – coming 2018

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My Thoughts:

Even though this is the third book in The Wakefield series, I actually think it works quite well as a stand alone, though I would certainly recommend reading the others as they are great books.

Over the series I have actually grown quite fond of the two main characters, especially Bob. The friendship between both men seemed so much stronger in Talisman and I actually felt quite sad when I got to the end as it was like saying goodbye to very dear friends.

With the books being set in Leeds and Wakefield which are areas I am very familiar with, yet again I was transported in my head to all the places that were mentioned as I could easily visualise them in my head.

There seems to be quite a few threads to this storyline that all seem to weave together. One thread in particular I thought I knew exactly where the author was going with it. I won’t mention which particular one, though I think it is quite easy to work out but I couldn’t have been more wrong at the end. This particular part of the story line literally had my heart in my mouth and I didn’t really want to carry on as what I thought was going to happen, I really didn’t want to. It ended up making for some really emotionally reading and it felt like the tension that you get when your about to go on quite a scary ride and the pure relief you get when you get off it in one piece.

I have no idea whether this is going to be a trilogy or the author is going to carry on, but I am really hoping he will carry on. I have become very attached to Bob and Colin and I think theres so much more potential for this crime solving duo.

Talisman is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.

Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.

Now, whilst awaiting the fourth book in the Wakefield Series (coming early 2019), the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers.

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Snowy Nights At The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King @bookouture @karen_king

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Book Description:

Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs?

Twenty-nine-year-old Saffron Baxter knew her fun holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.

Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.

Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives over the road, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about family, or anyone’s feelings.

Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…

The perfect festive romance novel, ideal for fans of Nora Roberts, Jenny Hale and Debbie Macomber.

My Thoughts:

Oh my, what a fabulous romantic and festive read!

I absolutely love the setting for this story and the fact that there is quite a bit of snow which really gets the festive feeling across to the reader. There really is so much to love about this story. The cast of characters for a start!

There are so many great characters in this book. From Saffy, Logan, the adorable little Chloe, the gay best friends, Robbie and Duncan. I could easily have carried on reading about them all way after this story was finished. Would love for the author to do a catch up with them at some point as I loved reading about their lives.

Saffy I loved. Almost as much as Logan but not in a romantic way of course. I just thought she was fabulous and right from the start I was dying for her to meet and fall in love with someone. When Logan comes into it, well it isn’t only Saffy’s heart that gets a little flutter. Seeing the two of them get closer was so heart warming and I felt such a lovely warm glow the further into the story I got.

Snowy Nights At The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a truly fabulous feel good read that will definitely have you feeling all loved up and romantic by the end. The perfect festive read. Loved it!

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Snowy Nights At The Lonely Hearts Hotel is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

 

In Bloom by C J Skuse @HQDigitalUK @CJSkuse

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Book Description:

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?

My Thoughts:

In Bloom is the second book to feature Rhiannon. Would highly recommend you read Sweetpea, the first book, before reading this one. There is a lot of background that I feel readers would feel like they are missing out on if they don’t read them in order.

It was great to catch back up with Rhiannon again. I’m sure we can all see a bit of ourselves in her, though luckily for the police, the rest of us can restrain ourselves from breaking the law and killing people, even though some of them do deserve it. Being pregnant you would think Rhiannon would maybe turn over a new leaf but then where would the fun be in that? To a certain extent, the unborn baby is a bit like a guardian angel and Rhiannon’s sense of reason. She constantly questions what Rhiannon is about to do and makes her think more about the consequences. I loved the parts to do with Rhiannon talking to her unborn baby. It was quite tender, emotional as well as at times, funny.

Rhiannon is every bit as selfish as she was in the first book. At times we do see her mellow and think about other people. It was great to see but then on the other hand it also broke my heart. I’ve got to admit I’m not completely sold on the ending of this book. I think the author has kept true to the character and deep down I know it was the right one but my conscience still struggled with it.

In Bloom is every bit as dark and twisted as the first book. It is a highly entertaining read and I loved being inside the mind of a serial killer. It probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I for one thought it was a great read and follow on from Sweetpea. Not sure if this is the last we have seen of Rhiannon but I hope not.

In Bloom is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland@bookouture @ShaliniBoland

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Book Description:

‘Mummy, she’s gone…’

Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.

The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.

After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over.

But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.

And she realises it’s only just beginning…

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this completely addictive psychological thriller of secrets, lies and betrayal will make you gasp out loud at the heart-stopping final twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

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My Thoughts:

O…M…G The queen of killer twists has done it again!!!!

Gemma is a character who represents a lot of women. A working mother who is constantly juggling work and family life. I think many of us can relate to her. The fact that she is the main bread winner puts added pressure on her and when the chance of a live in nanny comes up, Gemma thinks it’s the answer that will solve all their prayers.

It’s really hard to say to much about the story without spoiling it for others. I did think it was going to go one way only for the author to take me by surprise and send me in a different direction.

This was such a refreshing story that really stands out on it’s own. The author had me tearing through the pages and oh my goodness, that tension! The build up is almost electrifying and my heart was pounding. The story delivers lots of thrills right up until the last page.

The Perfect Family is an exhilarating page turner of a read. A story that will take you by surprise and have you hooked until the very last word. The author cleverly steers you in one direction to then send you spiralling in another. A psychological thriller at the top of it’s genre.

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

The Perfect Family is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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Author Bio:

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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