mystery · suspense · thriller

Haven’t They Grown – Sophie Hannah ★★★★

Blurb; All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.

They are no taller, no older… Why haven’t they grown?

My Review; This is one from my library pile and my third buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. I’ve seen a lot of hype about this book so ofcourse I had to check it out for myself and it was good!

Creepy. Unusual. A mystery. Confusing. A story that messes with your head. An ending I could never expect and outcome that you could never describe and believe. But alas. A brilliant, page turner of a read.

I have to give it to her Beth refuses to give up without answers. She’s determined and brave. Worried about her old friend. Her instincts were screaming at her, but was she prepared for everything she was about to unravel? Then poor Flora you’ve really got to feel for that woman. Just what is going on? I know I would want answers if this happened to me. Gripping. Thrilling. Mysterious. Twisted. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. It’s still blagging my head now even after finishing it.

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mystery · suspense · TV series · Young adult

Riverdale: Get Out Of Town – Micol Ostow ★★★★

Blurb; When Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead take a road trip, they discover that their small-town problems seem to follow them wherever they go.

Archie’s on trial for murder, and the evidence is stacked against him. Betty, Veronica, and Jughead all know that Archie is being framed by Hiram Lodge, but how can they prove it?

The gang comes up with a last-ditch plan to prove Archie’s innocence: They have to go back to the scene of the crime. They have to go back to Shadow Lake.

Threats are around every corner deep in the woods at the Lodge family cabin. Will the teens find the evidence they need to clear Archie’s name? And more importantly, will they make it back to Riverdale alive?

My Review; This is book two in the Riverdale series and as expected was much better than book one. Same characters, same town, but more drama! Archie has been accused of murder but with his friends and family supporting him they’re making sure he proves his innocence.

He’s been set up and they’re determined to prove it by going back to the scene and finding evidence to prove it. Things start to turn creepy, spooky and scary in their search for evidence with an explosive ending… Literally. A major cliff hanger. The books set just before going back to school so I expect book three will have the result of Archies trial and everyone will be back to school.

A brilliant read. Much better than book one. Devoured it. Gripping. Thrilling. Suspense thrilled. Dark towards the end. Loved it. Perfect for YA readers I am really enjoying reading it. I’m looking forward to what book three has in store for me. A well deserved four stars highly recommend.

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TV series · Young adult

Riverdale: The Day Before – Micol Ostow ★★★★

Blurb; Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One.

Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica’s life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie?

Told from multiple points of view, your favorite characters tell their story their way.

My Review; So I haven’t watched Riverdale yet as I’m one of those that has to read the books first but I cannot wait to watch it and compare. This is a prequel novel so for me it was more an introduction into Riverdale and the characters. It was still a good read with an unexpected ending but I’m expecting more in book two. This book (book one) is set before series one of the tv series and I devoured it within a day, so easy reading.

The story is told through each of the different characters those being… Betty, Archie, Veronica and Jughead. This story gave me a good introduction to all their lives, friendships, ties, relationships, jobs, background and family life.

Still a great read an introduction into the world of Riverdale. A well deserved four stars from me. I’m looking forward to book two which I will be starting today.

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