suspense · thriller

Dead Lovely – Helen Fitzgerald ★★★★★

Blurb; Krissie and Sarah had been best friends since they were children. But cracks start to appear when Sarah and her husband Kyle who have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby and Krissie accidentally becomes pregnant following a drug-fuelled dalliance in a Tenerife toilet cubicle. Then one night friendship turns to betrayal, and to murder.

My Review; This book is amazing. It’s been a long time since I finished a book in hours and this is one I finished in 6 hours. I couldn’t put it down. It’s twisted. Dark. Fast paced. Got the heart pacing. Holding my breathe throughout. Parts made me absolutely angry and sick! I loved how gripped I was by the book but hated the characters, all of them! Mixed feelings. Wound me up. But I loved it! Not read a book that made me feel like that for a long time…

Krissies character where do I start? She is a horrible mother and person. Raa. She should know better especially with the job she has. Parts had me raging at what she did. As a mother myself I know how hard it is and all about post-natal depression but my god she just didn’t care did she? That poor child. She really needed a wake up call and I think she got that towards the end.. I didn’t agree with anything she did throughout the book. Then…

Sarahs character. Hmm. Another psycho. Not much of a best friend really is she? Jealousy is a horrible thing. She got what was coming to her in the end. Parts made me feel sick. Throughout the story I just kept thinking about that poor child.

It has to be five stars from me. I mean it’s brilliant. Devoured it. Enjoyed it. Highly recommend. Amazing. Brilliantly written. Easily readable in one sitting. I’ve been telling everyone about this book!

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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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