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*BLOG TOUR* The Family at No. 12 – Anita Waller ★★★★★

Blurb; When Janette answers the door to a potential customer looking to board his dog, she never imagines he has nefarious plans.

But minutes later he’s dead and in her cellar.

Weeks later she realises she’s pregnant.

And so she becomes Mother and the baby Child, and a hidden life begins.

But all secrets come out eventually . .

My Review; I was hooked from the first page. Blown away. Wow. What a sick, twisted, dark and disturbing read the first half of this was. I really felt for the ‘child’. As a mother of 3 I would never let that happen to any child. Utterly heartbreaking. The story is split into 3 books and we see how the child progresses with her life. I can’t say too much without some sort of spoiler but you will devour this read, I did. It’s one that will be hard to forget. Would recommend to all however, it does contain a rape though so trigger warning for that. A well deserved five stars from me. This book made me feel a whole range of emotions. Brilliantly written.

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The Final Gambit – Jennifer Lynn Barnes ★★★★★

Blurb; Avery’s fortune, life, and loves are on the line in the game that everyone will be talking about.

To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. The paparazzi are dogging her every step. Financial pressures are building. Danger is a fact of life. And the only thing getting Avery through it all is the Hawthorne brothers. Her life is intertwined with theirs. She knows their secrets, and they know her.

But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.

Secrets upon secrets. Riddles upon riddles. In this game, there are hearts and lives at stake—and there is nothing more Hawthorne than winning.

My Review; Wow. I devoured this. What a way to end the trilogy. Yes they must be read in order, but this final book just blew me away. A trilogy I don’t think I will ever be able to forget. Full of games, secrets, lost family members/ties, lies and loss. Wow. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. A brilliant wrap and up and way to end it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars ofcourse. (No spoilers for Mel, hurry up and read the damn book).

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Jar of Hearts – Jennifer Hillier ★★★★★

Blurb; This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

My Review; I read this as part of the Novels & Natter monthly read and my god I wish I read this miles sooner, what an amazing read. Brilliant. Fantastic twist which I did not see coming, I was hooked and loved every single part of this. I’ve always been fascinated by anything prison so the start of this book was really interesting to me with it being set in a prison. Jaw dropping ending that made the whole book for me. An all round enjoyable, well written and clever story. One I will not be able to forget in a hurry. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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