mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

The Cousins – Karen. M. McManus ★★★★

Blurb; Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

My Review; Ever since I read this authors first book One Of Us Is Lying I have followed all her books barr 1 so far and know I am in for a treat. I have loved them all and this did not disappoint either. It is a cleverly written young adult story with some evil, manipulative and dangerous characters.

I was hooked. The story focuses on three cousins Milly, Jonah and Aubrey and how their family have many hidden secrets spanning years back whilst also including there own secrets now. Took me a while to understand it all and figure it out alongside the other three characters above but we got there. AND BOY I DID NOT EXPECT THAT OUTCOME! Wow.

Karen sure knows how to get her readers gripped! It’s a real page turner and I loved it. Loved the island it was set on and the main three cousins working together. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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*BLOG TOUR* Before She Disappeared Lisa Gardner ★★★★★

Blurb; Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will–searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.

A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim’s wary family tells Frankie she’s on her own–and she soon learns she’s asking questions someone doesn’t want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing could be her.

My Review; My second five star read of the year. What a beauty. I devoured it in two days. I could not put it down! I just needed answers. The beginning drags you in straight away thinking what is going on here… Gripping. Thrilling. Tense. Fast paced. Deadly. Dark. This is going to be a bestseller for sure.

The story is about Frankie a white woman among a 99% black community. So she stands out. Is a target. Isn’t wanted. She’s there to find a missing girl. What starts out a simple girl missing case soon turns into something much bigger. Huge. Where her life is at risk so the whole thing is kept hidden. It’s a book you won’t want to put down. She is a one woman team who knows the right questions to ask and the right people to trust. She’s also an alcoholic.

Frankie is one strong, independent and determined lady and she does not give up. Got to praise her for that. Can she find the girl before it’s too late? A very clever story one that I didn’t know much about to be honest. Very clever. Highly recommend. A huge five stars from me. Brilliant read!

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mystery · suspense · thriller

The House Share – Kate Helm ★★★★

Blurb; Seven housemates. Seven lies. Would you join . . . The House Share?

Immi thought she had found the perfect new home in central London: a shared warehouse with luxury accommodation, a rooftop terrace and daily yoga, all with a surprisingly affordable price tag. The Dye Factory is a ‘co-living’ community, designed to combat the loneliness of big city life.

But soon after she moves into her new haven, Immi realises that it’s not quite as idyllic as it appears. No one seems to know who is behind this multi-million pound urban experiment. And her housemates may be hiding a dangerous secret . . .

Then, as a series of pranks escalates into something much darker, Immi is left questioning whether, in this group of strangers, she can ever really be safe.

And when you’re sharing a house, you can’t always lock the danger out.

My Review; I picked this one up because it was a £2 bargain off amazon and I devoured it. Just my type of book a mixture of thriller and mystery. What is going on in this house share? It certainly isn’t the supporting, friendly and safe community they have made out they are.

Seven house mates all with their own secrets and hidden pasts. Things gets dark quickly in this story with a few deaths. It’s a trust noone, suspect everyone story. It’s a Tense, high alert and edge of your seat read. I will admit I didn’t figure it out at all. I kept changing my mind on who it was doing all these twisted, messed up things. Brilliant read. Huge twist. Messes with your mind a little.

Rollercoaster of a read for me it was here, there, up and down. I never made my mind up. Very clever. Gripping. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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