My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My Sister's BonesMy Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an incredible book. It has so many twists and turns that you will get travel sick. The writing style is mature yet incredibly easy to read. It captivated me from the very first page.

I won’t give away any plot details from this book because I wouldn’t want to spoil it, however, I do urge you to read it.

To my shock, I read the first part of the book and found it set in my town, Herne Bay, in Kent. Initially, I laughed at the way the sleepy seaside town was portrayed to be sinister as my experiences are of a rather boring and pretty town. I did eventually start to see the place through the lens of the author and appreciate the danger she was showing. That is the sign of a great author!

Read this book, you won’t regret it.

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The Marriage Mender by Linda Green

The Marriage Mender: The #1 Bestselling AuthorThe Marriage Mender: The #1 Bestselling Author by Linda Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from Linda Green. The book follows a relationship counselor through the journey of having to attend marriage counselling herself. There are plenty of satisfying flashbacks, twists and intrigue that will grip you.

I was riveted by this novel, every page had a new, juicy morsel of information, and it was a joy to read. Even better, I had no clue about where it was headed. One of my biggest turn-offs when it comes to books is predictability. There was no trace of it in this novel.

If you are looking for a gripping read that falls somewhere between chick lit and a thriller, this book is for you.

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Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse

Dead to MeDead to Me by Lesley Pearse

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is set in WW2 and follows two female characters from very different classes. They develop a friendship as young children and the book on from there to finish in their twenties.

Although I found some interesting details about the “Cable Girls” I struggled to enjoy this book. Other Lesley Pearse books have captivated me from the start, and I’ve barely slept while trying to finish them. With this book, I was… bored. I don’t know why because if I think about it, it is a great concept with twists and turns and drama.

It just felt too familiar to me. I wonder if I’ve read too many Lesley Pearse books? As her books tend to follow a particular pattern, perhaps I’ve learnt to guess what’s coming next. To someone else, who hasn’t read all of her other books, I would say give this one a try. But for me, somehow it just didn’t click.

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Book Review – Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her EyesBehind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book blew my mind. I won’t include any spoilers here because I wouldn’t want to rob anything from future readers, which you should be. Thriller lovers – read this book! You won’t be disappointed.

From start to finish this novel gripped me. I found the exact right ratio of mystery to truth. It’s as if Sarah Pinborough was drip feeding enough revelations to keep you addicted, but never enough to fully satisfy until you reach the end of the book.

If you see the twist at the end of this book coming, you must be psychic.

What are you doing reading this review? Get out and read this book!

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Book Review: The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

The Secrets of HappinessThe Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this book VIA Audible, and I found it to be an entertaining read/listen.

It is a cosy story about two step-sisters, and their journey to fix their relationship. It is written from the perspective of the two sisters separately, and I liked this about the book.

The Secret of Happiness is a cosy story, with bundles of humour, a spattering of romance, and lots of feel-good vibes.

It didn’t rock my world, hence the four stars, but I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a book to escape with. Perfect holiday reading!

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Book Review: While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

While My Eyes Were ClosedWhile My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this “read” (I listened to the audiobook). I was concerned that the subject matter of a four-year-old going missing would lead to a dark and horrible ending, but I had no reason to worry. This book is my favourite balance of Thriller and Women’s lit. It’s full of emotion and pain, but also, there is strength and love within these pages. I’m not talking romantic love, but family love.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller. Also, I would encourage those who are concerned about the subject matter of a missing child to give it a go, because they won’t be disappointed.

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