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Search No Further – A.J. Campbell ★★★★

Blurb; Cara De Rosa is the heart of her large family and community in London. Her restaurant business is booming. She’s found a second chance at love, and an impending marriage is on the horizon. But there’s no such thing as a perfect life. And the good times never last forever.

When Cara’s health suddenly falters, her family’s world turns upside down in the blink of an eye. In a bed-ridden haze, she confides in Sienna, her favourite grandchild, that her rapid decline may be at the hands of one of her own.

Sienna, a young, single mother, is reeling in the wake of her husband’s unsolved death. She is haunted by crippling anxiety and misplaced guilt, heightened by suddenly finding herself in a race against time to save Cara’s life. As she begins to pull at the strings of a tangled family web, she’ll reveal disturbing secrets, decades of deceit and shockingly serious crimes.

My Review; My first book I’ve read by this author. This is a Standalone read and it’s brilliant. I devoured it. Gripping. Thrilling. Race against time to get the answers she wants and needs to save a life. I loved Caras character, she really is the head of the family as they say. Sienna is one strong, determined character who will do anything for Cara, even launching her own investigation against her own family. Kept me on my toes throughout and had my belly grumbling with all the mention of food throughout.

A happy ending for most of the family. But plenty of truths, secrets, lies and affairs have to come to the surface first which could tear this family apart. There’s always something going on to keep the pages turning. Very impressed. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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The Wreckage – Robin Morgan-Bentley ★★★★

Blurb; One fatal crash. Two colliding worlds. Three wrecked lives.

School teacher Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to work.

A day like any other…

Except for one man who, in a final despairing act, jumps in front of Ben’s car, turning the teacher’s world upside down in a single horrifying instant…

Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, he develops a friendship with Alice, the dead man’s wife, and her 7-year-old son Max.

But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could he go too far in trying to make amends?

How would you cope, knowing you’d caused someone’s death?

My Review; I got this one as a bargain from Amazon for just £2 and soon found myself devouring it. From the start I was hooked and intrigued about why this man committed suicide. It’s a page turner of a read which kept me guessing throughout. I really felt for Ben for most of this story as his guilt at killing this man was eating away at him and all he wanted to do was help this mans wife and son. Wouldn’t anyone?

Around half way through things started to turn becoming spooky, scary, dark and stalkerish. Is Ben becoming obsessed with this woman and her son? The ending just blew me away like OMG what a clever twist. Crafty. So well thought out. I never could have guessed or written it myself. Made the whole book worth it. Genius. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Well written story. Gripping.

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Finlay Donovan Knock Em Dead – Elle Cosimano ★★★★★

Blurb; Finlay Donovan is―once again―struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she’s dealt with lately is that of her daughter’s pet goldfish.

On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he’s a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of hit-women disguised as soccer moms, and a little bit more involvement with the Russian mob than she’d like.

Meanwhile, Vero’s keeping secrets, and Detective Nick Anthony seems determined to get back into her life. He may be a hot cop, but Finlay’s first priority is preventing her family from sleeping with the fishes… and if that means bending a few laws then so be it.

With her next book’s deadline looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is quickly coming to the end of her rope. She can only hope there isn’t a noose at the end of it…

My Review; Another recent buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. We both loved book one so much we went straight into book two. These are best read in order and do not work as Standalone reads. Again another brilliant five star read we both loved and enjoyed. The same characters and setting. More drama. But this time it’s too close to home when it involves Finlays ex partner and father to her children.

Can Finlay and Vero turn detectives again and save her ex while keeping her children safe? All while working on her future novels? I just love her character so much she has to be one of my favourites. I’m so excited to see what lies ahead for her in future books three and four. Patiently waiting. A must read. A must buy. Highly recommend. Enjoyed and loved by us both. Hard to forget.

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