mystery · suspense · thriller

The Castaways – Lucy Clarke ★★★★★

Blurb; A SECRET BEACH. A HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME.
WISH YOU WERE HERE?
THINK AGAIN…

It should be like any other holiday.

Beautiful beaches.
Golden sunsets.
Nothing for miles.

You’ll never want to leave.
Until you can’t…

My Review; Now this was meant to be a buddy read between myself and Melanie’s Reads. However, I soon found I couldn’t put it down. I kept reading. It was all I thought about. This book royally had me hooked. I was addicted and read the majority of this book in one sitting. It’s still on my mind. I know there’s a lot of similar books out there lately but this is the first one I’ve read and I think I’m in love.

Might have given me a phobia of flying but what a brilliant story. Kept me guessing throughout. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I needed to know what happened. Who survived. I think the fact there’s a baby also involved ramped this story up for me. How do you even cope with a baby on a remote island? The story is told through two sisters. One whose on the island and one who is searching for answers and won’t give up. A plane can’t just disappear can it?

Absolutely brilliant. Loved the ending. This is going into my top reads of the year. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

The Christmas Wedding – James Patterson & Richard Dilallo ★★★★★

Blurb; The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married–and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day–she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise–she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.

My Review; With Christmas 27 days away it’s time to read some Christmas books. This is a stunning read. Devoured it in one day. A Christmas wedding but with a twist… After receiving three marriage proposals noone knows who she is about to marry. Suspense. It’s a coming home and bringing the family together again story. Warm. Cosy. Comfort read. Beautiful. A happy ending for all. Adored this. Short chapters throughout. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Isn’t that cover just stunning though. Won’t forget this one in a rush.

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crime · mystery · suspense · thriller

The Shadow – James Patterson & Brian Sitts ★★★★

Blurb; Even time cannot stop the Shadow. 
 
Only two people know Lamont Cranston’s secret identity as the Shadow, a vigilante of justice: his greatest love, Margo Lane — and his fiercest enemy, Shiwan Khan. Then Khan ambushes the couple, who have the slimmest chance of survival … in the uncertain future.

A century and a half later, Lamont awakens in a world both unknown and disturbingly familiar. The first person he meets is Maddy Gomes, a teenager with her own mysterious secrets, including a more than passing familiarity with the legend of the Shadow.

Most disturbing, Khan’s power continues to be felt over the city and its people. No one in this new world understands the dangers of stopping him better than Lamont Cranston. He also knows he’s the only one who stands a chance. The Shadow must prove that he’s not only a super crime-fighter, but an icon.

My Review; My favourite author. This one was a totally different read for me by James Patterson. Wierd but very good. A huge explosive battle at the end. Historical. Magical. Invisibility. Turning into a cat. Bringing the dead back to life. All within this one story. Meet the Shadow. Friend to some. Enemy to others. He’s trying to save many.

Again a fast paced, action packed story with short chapters. Always expect the unexpected. Brilliant read. Unique. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars. There’s a new hero in town… The shadow.

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