mystery · suspense · Young adult

D.O.G.S. – M.A. Bennett ★★★★

Blurb; After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . .

A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson’s The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse it, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return – Longcross Hall.

There she discovers that not only is the Order of the Stag alive and well, but that a ghost from the past might be too . . .

My Review; Finally got around to reading this, book two in the S.T.A.G.S series and I seriously hope there is more to come. Please. I need more. S.T.A.G.S I read last year was brilliant and made my top twenty of 2019 and this was just as good!

We see the same characters from the first book with some new comers but this year it’s all focused on a play called The Isle of Dogs. Which apparantly all the scripts got destroyed… Well except one… The one Greer has been given. She decides to perform the play for her A level but things soon start to become wierd and familiar. Linking past to the present. This is more than just a play…

After book one (S.T.A.G.S) she could never imagine she would end up back at Longcross but that is exactly where she ends up. Back where everything began. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a brilliant sequel to S.T.A.G.S. A must read. I really enjoyed it. The ending messed with my head a little and ended on a major cliffhanger… I need answers. I need more.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Brilliant. Perfect for mystery and young adult readers. Would make a brilliant tv series or film.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

Sleep – C.L. Taylor ★★★★★

Blurb; All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

My Review; I have loved and enjoyed every single book by this author so far, she never disappoints me. I literally devoured this in two days. It’s one of those books you don’t want to put down. It also has you guessing and trying to figure out who the killer is… I failed… Never saw that coming in a million years. Jaw dropper. Shocking.

Sleep is a page turner of a read. Brilliantly written and contains short chapters. The story is told through the different characters, but the main character is Anna. Now I really felt sorry for Anna. It all began with a car accident and she hasn’t had a break from life since then… Poor thing. She needed a break and time away. Cue her going to Rum a scottish island. But even then she didn’t get away…

A must read from me. Thrilling. Tense. Full of suspense. Edge of your seat read. I even think this may be going into my top twenty of 2020 and we are still in January! It’s brilliant. You will love it. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I’m looking forward to reading Callys new book Strangers due out this year.

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Safe House – Jo Jakeman ★★★★★

Blurb; The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.

Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. This sacrifice cost her everything.

And now she has a chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really paid the price for what she did.

My Review; My first five star read of 2020. I actually started this one before Christmas and got 100 pages in, but I devoured the rest of this in a day. It’s full of suspense, tense, thrilling and an edge of your seat read. Especially towards the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. A real page turner.

THE ENDING. THE OUTCOME. THE TWIST. Never saw it coming in a million years. True shocker. Jaw dropper. Just didn’t expect it at all. The main character Charlie has done her time with a short prison sentence and is ready to move on. New location. New home. New friends. But is it ever that easy? She has to start from the bottom again to reach the top. She has her supporters, but she also has her haters.

I actually felt sorry for Charlie. She deserves to move on… The relationship she strikes up with an elderly neighbour Aubrey was cute and probably a comfort to her. The story flicks from present Charlie to the past where she was known as Steffi. It’s a brilliant read. I enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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