So this year I have managed to read some excellent books (90 books to be exact) and hosted many blog tours. Below you will find my top twenty 2017 reads in no particular order.
- Hydra – Matt Wesoloski.
- The Good Samaritan – John Marrs.
- The One – John Marrs.
- Britt-Marie was Here – Fredrick Backman.
- Lion – Saroo Brierley.
- The Abbattoir of Dreams – Mark Tilbury.
- A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart.
- One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr.
- A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness.
- Charisma – Jeanne Ryan.
- Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher.
- The Little Church by the Sea – Liz Taylorson.
- Silent Victim – Caroline Mitchell.
- Dead Woman Walking – Sharon Bolton.
- Love, Lies and Lemon Cake – Sue Watson.
- The Child – Fiona Barton.
- My Sweet Revenge – Jane Fallon.
- Keep Her Safe – Richard Parker.
- Bring Me Back – B.A. Paris.
- Crossed Out – Malcolm Hollingdrake.
Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.
Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.
But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They made odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.
Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?
My Review; Wow! What a brilliant story. I have read and reviewed all Claire’s stories so far and she has never let me down. This was brilliant! I was hooked. I honestly did not want to put it down. What a cleverly written story. I also love the cover.
Last Seen Alive is written well, fast paced and contains short chapters which are split into three parts. I highly recommend this story to you all. Very twisted story towards the end. Very impressed and cannot wait for Claire’s new book coming out Summer 2018. Last Seen Alive is a gripping story you will want to devour in one sitting. A book that will not disappoint.
Blurb; A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.
Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.
As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
My Review; Cancel all your plans until you have devoured this, you will not be sleeping tonight. Bring Me Back is one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and has to be one of the best books I have read this year.
I was hooked from the prologue. Bring Me Back is fast paced, gripping, thrilling and one of those stories you will not want to put down. You will also want to read it in one sitting. This story starts when Layla goes missing but where did she go? The chapters within flick between before and now but are set out clearly so theres no confusion for the reader.
I have read all of B.A.Paris’s books so far and this has to be the best one yet. I was blown away. What an excellent book! Bring Me Back will be released March 2018 and I would highly recommend you all go pre-order it or add it to your lists now as this is going to be a bestseller. A well deserved five stars from me. Keeps you guessing until the end and on the edge of your seat.