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Almost 600 titles were published on 3 September, and apparently a lot more to come- which is causing problems for even the big bookstores to try & stock all of them. Obviously some of them have their eye on the Christmas market, but in the meantime, I feel it is our duty to read EVEN more and particularly support the less well known, non celebrity authors...!

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September 30, 2020

In my opinion...

I was already addicted to JP Delaney novels, and this latest one has not changed my mind. The rave reviews and over the top adjectives are totally deserved.

The story is horribly credible, and full of cringing, oh no moments. I raced through it.

As the autumn mists descend, and you're looking for some escapism, take the afternoon off & settle down with this thought provoking thriller...

August 21, 2020

In my opinion...

Lisa Hall did not fail me!

Yet another uncomfortable psychological thriller from the lovely Lisa Hall.

I felt anxious, concerned and unsettled as I raced through it.

Many of the characters are unpleasant and not what they appear to be, truth is mixed up with deceptions. As the story progressed I thought I could see what was happening, I had plenty of theories, some of which were corre...

October 23, 2019

In my opinion...

This is the perfect commute book- it has short chapters, with the  rapidly moving plot alternating between the present day and the time of the murders. It has clearly drawn , frequently unpleasant, characters and plenty of twists and red herrings to make you look forward to continue reading it on the journey home. I had most of the male characters on my 'suspect' list during the co...

May 27, 2019

In my opinion...

Yet another great story from Lisa Hall

Lisa, please stop writing books that prevent me getting on with the rest of my life?! I just saw a tweet that said you'd handed another book in. Sigh. Life on hold again...

This psychological thriller starts with every parents’ nightmare- when their child goes missing, except the person who actually seems most concerned is Laurel’s nanny, Anna....

September 4, 2018

In my opinion... 

Oh Lucy Clarke, yet again you play your readers so well.

For those of us who follow Lucy on social media, this novel at times makes you feel it is scarily close to the truth…there are clues dangled before us, which may, or may not, enable us to have a glimpse into the author’s life. Facebook live feeds, tweets- yes they’re all there!

But how reliable is our narrator…

            Thi...

January 19, 2018

In my opinion...

This was the perfect long journey on a train read!  It poses a challenging question- how far are you prepared to go if you truly love someone?

I love psychological thrillers, so was excited to sit down for a couple of hours without internet access and just read this crime debut from Jane Robins. I couldn’t put it down.. in many ways it’s not difficult to work out who did what, but i...

June 21, 2017

In my opinion...

I have loved Lucy Clarke’s last three novels, and couldn’t wait to read this one, so saved it until I knew I was on a flight where I wouldn’t be disturbed- I wasn’t disappointed. Phew!

It may not have the exotic settings of some of her other novels, but being a Beach Hut owner herself, she describes life in this type of  community with accuracy- and who wouldn’t love to have their...

May 17, 2017

In my opinion...

I had read an early preview of the first few chapters of this story  & was intrigued by it. I mean, what an opening! Even better, the full novel did not disappoint. I couldn’t put it down, I was there fighting for Alex and the injustices she suffered.

As she starts to fall apart, it is horribly real, but as the reader we start to wonder, is our narrator a reliable story teller? Who...

September 22, 2016

In my opinion...

So glad I don't live in their neighbourhood! With shades of Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal,  two unpleasant  neighbours, Melissa  (who appears to have it all) and the resentful, bitter widow ,Hester are forced by a series of events  into each other’s company.

The story is told from both view points, but Hester’s  is in the first person, which gives us additional insi...

June 29, 2016

In my opinion...

Unsettling, dark & spooky- an unputdownable story set in beautiful but wild Cornwall, based around the fascinating history of the tin mines. If you enjoyed The Ice Twins, which I did, you will love the latest novel from SK Tremayne, as for me, it was an even better story.

This book has it all, a very strong storyline with a great setting in Cornwall, This was so well described that...

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