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The Sun Down Motel – Simone St. James ★★★★

Blurb; The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…

My Review; This one took me a while to read through the borrow box library app but well worth every page. It’s a mystery/paranormal/Thriller/crime all in one. It’s told between two characters aunty Viv back in the past who vanished into nowhere with no answers to where she went or if she is even alive. Then in the present day through her niece seeking answers about what happened to her aunt Viv and what really happened all those years before. She finds herself following her aunties footsteps but everything is not as it seems. Ghosts. Hauntings. Deaths. A travelling sales man. Can she figure it out all these years later? Can she reveal all the hidden secrets. Is her aunt still alive? A brilliant outcome, unexpected and jaw dropping. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Brilliantly written. Gripping.

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Blind Spot – Paula Hawkins ★★★★

Blurb; ‘How can you say things like this? How can you be so blind?’

Since they were kids, Edie, Jake and Ryan have been the closest of friends. It’s been the three of them against the world. Edie thought the bonds between them were unbreakable. So when Jake is brutally murdered and Ryan accused of the crime, her world is shattered.

Edie is alone for the first time in years, living in the remote house that she and Jake shared. She is grief-stricken and afraid – with good reason. Because someone is watching. Someone has been waiting for this moment. Now that Edie is alone, the past she tried so hard to leave behind is about to catch up with her…

My Review; From the bestselling author of The Girl on the Train comes a brilliant, short quickread at 120 pages. Perfect for me right now with a 9 day old newborn. I really enjoyed this was gripped from the first line. Kept me guessing and doubting the characters throughout. The story focuses on three main characters Edie, Jake and Ryan who has been long term friends for ages. But from the start Jake is dead. Why? How? Who? An unexpected outcome that relates to their teenage years and a brilliant epilogue. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. My first book read since having baby #3.

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The Couple at No.9 – Claire Douglas ★★★★

Blurb; It was the house of their dreams. Until the bodies were found . . .

BODIES FOUND UNDER PATIO

When pregnant Saffron Cutler moves into 9 Skelton Place with boyfriend Tom and sets about renovations the last thing she expects is builders uncovering a body – two bodies, in fact.

POLICE INVESTIGATE

Forensics indicate the bodies have been buried at least thirty years. Nothing Saffy need worry herself over. Until the police launch a murder investigation and ask to speak to the cottage’s former owner – her grandmother, Rose.

OWNER QUESTIONED

Rose is in a care home and Alzheimer’s means her memory is increasingly confused. She can’t help the police but it is clear she remembers something.

A KILLER AT LARGE?

As Rose’s fragmented memories resurface, and the police dig ever deeper, Saffy fears she and the cottage are being watched.

What happened thirty years ago?

Why did no one miss the victims?

What part did her grandmother play?

And is Saffy now in danger?

My Review; Have been a huge fan of this author in the past and have read most of her books. This was mine and Mels most recent buddy read and I really enjoyed it. It kept me guessing throughout but Mel did guess the twist quite early on. The story is told through each of the characters and does flick between the past and present surrounding the house and the bodies found in the garden.

Had a lovely ending and justice was given eventually even after all these years for the bodies and what occurred in the past. The author also included a civil partnership (gay) relationship and dementia within the story. I enjoyed it. Gripping. Kept me guessing. I love the cover too. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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