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*BLOG TOUR* The Family at No. 12 – Anita Waller ★★★★★

Blurb; When Janette answers the door to a potential customer looking to board his dog, she never imagines he has nefarious plans.

But minutes later he’s dead and in her cellar.

Weeks later she realises she’s pregnant.

And so she becomes Mother and the baby Child, and a hidden life begins.

But all secrets come out eventually . .

My Review; I was hooked from the first page. Blown away. Wow. What a sick, twisted, dark and disturbing read the first half of this was. I really felt for the ‘child’. As a mother of 3 I would never let that happen to any child. Utterly heartbreaking. The story is split into 3 books and we see how the child progresses with her life. I can’t say too much without some sort of spoiler but you will devour this read, I did. It’s one that will be hard to forget. Would recommend to all however, it does contain a rape though so trigger warning for that. A well deserved five stars from me. This book made me feel a whole range of emotions. Brilliantly written.

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Jar of Hearts – Jennifer Hillier ★★★★★

Blurb; This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

My Review; I read this as part of the Novels & Natter monthly read and my god I wish I read this miles sooner, what an amazing read. Brilliant. Fantastic twist which I did not see coming, I was hooked and loved every single part of this. I’ve always been fascinated by anything prison so the start of this book was really interesting to me with it being set in a prison. Jaw dropping ending that made the whole book for me. An all round enjoyable, well written and clever story. One I will not be able to forget in a hurry. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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*BLOG TOUR* The Sleepover – Keri Beevis ★★★★★

Blurb; When you’re a kid, you imagine monsters to have horns and fangs. That they hide under the bed or in the wardrobe. And you believe they can only come after you when it’s dark.

You don’t expect them to look like everyday people or that they may be someone you already know…

The summer in question started out with hot, fun-filled days and new friendships.

We had just turned thirteen and had our whole lives ahead of us.

But that was before her…

Before we became known as the Hixton Five and our lives become defined by one night.

It’s hard to believe twenty years have passed since she was locked away.

But now she’s free and strange things have started to happen.

When I close my eyes, the creeping anxiety and fear is overwhelming and all too real.

Because the monster is back, and I know she has a score to settle with us.

My Review; OMG. Where do I even start with this brilliant read? The story revolves around an incident that happened in the past 12 years ago and its all very mysterious. Huge build up. But the story is mostly told in the present with chapters referring back to the past event and memories and how that event is still effecting them today in the present. The story focuses on three main characters Rosie, Hannah and Mrs Wickham (Mrs W).

I was absolutely hooked an the huge build up was worth it. I don’t think I have despised a character as much as Mrs W before. Wow. Twisted. Evil. Monster. Disgusting. But she is and was very clever about how she did everything. Gripping until the last page. Devoured this story and will not be able to forget it for a long time. Highly recommend! I also adore this cover. Very eye catching and perfect for this story. A well deserved five stars. I loved it.

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