mystery · suspense · thriller

Haven’t They Grown – Sophie Hannah ★★★★

Blurb; All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.

They are no taller, no older… Why haven’t they grown?

My Review; This is one from my library pile and my third buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. I’ve seen a lot of hype about this book so ofcourse I had to check it out for myself and it was good!

Creepy. Unusual. A mystery. Confusing. A story that messes with your head. An ending I could never expect and outcome that you could never describe and believe. But alas. A brilliant, page turner of a read.

I have to give it to her Beth refuses to give up without answers. She’s determined and brave. Worried about her old friend. Her instincts were screaming at her, but was she prepared for everything she was about to unravel? Then poor Flora you’ve really got to feel for that woman. Just what is going on? I know I would want answers if this happened to me. Gripping. Thrilling. Mysterious. Twisted. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. It’s still blagging my head now even after finishing it.

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Short Stories · suspense · thriller

Clean Break – Tammy Cohen ★★★★★

Blurb; Marriage is complicated, especially for Kate. Her husband Jack has a temper on him, and has been an absent father for years. Kate knows it’s time for a divorce. The trouble is, Jack refuses. And now that he has found out Kate has met another man, his jealous rages escalate. Can Kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it’s too late?

My Review; Now this one was pure creepy, evil, twisted and stalkerish. What happens after a break up? Not what happens in this book usually. Her ex husband spies on her, has cameras installed and audio devices. He lives in their attic without them knowing. Hurting those she loves. Pure evil. Jealous. He can’t let her go.

However, the end made up for all she had to endure. She got her revenge perfectly. You know when your getting towards the end of the book, immersed in the story and those final pages are a preview of another book? I was wounded! Gutted. I wanted more.

Brilliant, gripping and a tense read. A well deserved five stars from me. Another quick read at 95 pages. Highly recommend.

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horror · Killers · Short Stories · suspense · thriller

Wrong Time, Wrong Place – Simon Kernick ★★★★★

Blurb; Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? You are hiking in the Scottish highlands with three friends when you come across a girl. She is half-naked, has been badly beaten, and she can’t speak English. She is clearly running away from someone. Do you stop to help her? This book deals with these questions.

My Review; This was brilliant. It had me jumping at every sound around me, I was literally immersed in this story. For me this was more a horror. The stuff of nightmares. Petrifying. Tense. Dark. Brutal. Deathly. I loved it. A real page turner and would highly recommend. Another quick read at 100 pages. But one that doesn’t end well (like they usually do). Literally is running fot your life in this book. Imagine seeing everyone you love killed before your eyes. Awful, but gripping.

A well deserved five stars from me. Don’t think I could forget this one if I tried.

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