contemporary

*BLOG TOUR* A Modern Family – Helga Flatland ★★★★

Blurb; When Liv, Ellen, and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s 70th birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce. Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history. A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships, and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change.

My Review; What a beautiful written story that shows the aftermath of a divorce in the family and how it can effect the family members in different ways. I loved reading this. It was an easy to devour read and quite short at 230 pages.

The story is told through the three siblings Liv, Ellen and Harkon. Each have their own personal problems going on but when their parents tell them about their pending divorce things start to change. I felt heartbroken for what Ellen had to go through it musn’t have been easy. Harkon I thought was a funny character with all his theories and he seemed very clever. A close knit famkly at first, will they all rekindle?

Brilliantly written, thoughtful and an inspiring story of the aftermath of divorce… It doesn’t matter what age you are it will still affect you. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. A Modern Family will be published 13th of June in the UK. Pre-order link below.

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thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Worst Case Scenario – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★

Blurb; Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line.
Liam Macdowall was imprisoned for murdering his wife, and he’s published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that makes him an unlikely hero – and a poster boy for Men’s Rights activists.
Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand of justice … with devastating consequences.
A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.

My Review; Worst Case Scenario is a brilliant story, at just under 200 pages long, it is easy to devour in one sitting. It is fast paced and brilliantly written.

This book had me laughing out loud in certain parts with Mary and her menopause moments. Marys character I’m very undecided about I get that her job can be challenging and tough at times but I felt she handled thing wrongly A LOT of the time leading to all the chaos and disasters that followed… Oh dear. A bit of a nutter and crazy in my eyes. But she made this story didn’t she.

The ending wow… Major cliffhanger alert, I wanted more I wanted to find out what happened to Marys son. Loved every minute of it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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crime · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Breakers – Doug Johnstone ★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum. On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation . . . unless he drags her down, too.

My Review; Oh My Heart! Where do I start? I easily devoured this within a day! Such a brilliant story and I will explain why…

TYLER! Oh my. He’s trying his bloody hardest and is the best big brother ever to little bean. My heart. Those two have such a cute, special bond. I felt Tyler was trying to protect everyone around him and make everyone happy which sometimes isn’t possible. He’s a good lad really bringing his sister up.

BEAN! The youngest of the family, the cutest, innocent and doesn’t have a clue about the world she is in really. What she does know is that she loves her brother Tyler more than anyone. We all need someone to lean on. Such a sweet little girl.

Now don’t get me started on Barry and Kelly, especially Barry. While reading this book I found my anger building up and hating Barrys character to the point well, he got what he deserved. Such a horrible character. Grr. Kelly wasn’t much better either but I reckon there was another side to her underneath.

Brilliantly written, thrilling, fast paced and a page turner of a read which I actually didn’t put down for once well, until the end. A happy outcome for all. I actually got so emotionally attached to some of these character specifically Bean and Tyler, theyre both still kids. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend.

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