mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Weekend – L.H. Stacey ★★★★

Blurb; That Lake. This house. His friends. They all know what happened to my boy. I know they do. And you… you have to help me find the truth…

A weekend to remember…

Ten years ago, deeply in love, I would have done anything for Thomas Kirkwood.

But on the night of our graduation, fuelled by drink and drugs, Thomas’s lifeless body was found floating in the Kirkwood family lake. That weekend changed everything, and I swore I would never return to Kirkwood manor.

A weekend to forget…

Now, ten years later, I have been invited back to the place that holds such terrible memories for me, to a memorial weekend for Thomas, organised by his still-grieving mother Ada.

But this is no ordinary weekend. This is a reunion to catch a killer…and I fear that I could be top of Ada’s list….

My Review; This was such a gripping read. It is a story about Thomas’s death in the past but also a reunion set in the present, where everyone comes back for a memorial but with a twist. It’s not a memorial I’d want to attend. Who killed Thomas? With tensions high and more deaths ahead, what is going on at this Manor? The story flicks from the past (ten years before) and the present, and it really is a who dunnit story until the final pages. The main character, Lizzie, was Thomas’s ex, and it seems not many people like her, but one person still does… Thomas’s brother William. With everyone under a spotlight, including the staff, will they find the killer? With family secrets uncovered along the way, this is a tense, fast-paced, and deadly read. It kept me guessing, and it wasn’t who I thought it was. Highly recommend. Enjoyed this one. A well-deserved four stars.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · Emotional · romance

All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover ★★★★

Blurb; Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

My Review; I was kindly gifted this book as a galentines and there has been a lot of hype over this author. You’ll be shocked to know this is only my second book I’ve read by her. BUT… I absolutely fell in love with Quinns and Grahems story. OMG. Literally had me tearing up at one part. It’s a beautiful love story with a happy ending. But it does contain a hard-hitting subject within which many readers may be able to relate to or find hard to read. Miscarriage and infertility. It’s a story of love. The deepest, purest love. It’s a conquer all together story. Find your own grahem and don’t let get. This will be a hard story to forget. Beautiful. Highly recommend. A well-deserved four stars.

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fantasy · Short Stories

She and Her Cat – Makoto Shinkai & Naruki Nagakawa ★★★★

Blurb; “It was the start of spring. It was raining. That was the day that she brought me home.”

This is the story of Miyu, a woman who lives alone with her cat, Chobi. As Miyu navigates the world of adulthood, she discovers both the freedom and loneliness that come with living independently, and Chobi learns of the outside world through her actions. Time drifts slowly for Miyu and her cat, but the harsh realities of the world soon catch up…

My Review; This is such a beautiful short story. If only cats could really talk to us, eh? It’s kind of four short stories in one, but they’re all linked together by the characters knowing each other or the cats/kittens being related. It shows us that cats bring comfort and joy but also that cats need their humans just as much as their freedom. Beautifully translated. Lovely read. Gorgeous illustrations at the beginning of each part. Highly recommend. A well-deserved four stars.

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