#BookReview Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal #thriller #Netgalley 

​When the adoptive parents of a daughter she gave up contact her, Nora, is stunned to find out that she’s missing. With very little being done to find Bonnie, Nora steps into the breach to track down the teenager herself, but it will require visiting the past and opening wounds that she never truly laid to rest.

Nora is an unusual character and makes questionable judgments but that only seems to make her more intriguing as we piece together her past and present. Living on the fringes of society this flawed protagonist with very little trust to spare cares more than she lets on and is a survivor in the true sense of the word.

An impressive debut and a memorable crime thriller protagonist I look forward to reading again.

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#BookReview A Taste of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke #Tuesdaybookblog #RBRT 

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

A tantalising thriller about the reunion of a group of pharmacology graduates who meet after thirty years, but Kate, a flying student who was once top of the class has revenge in mind for those who wronged her years ago. However, will revenge go to plan and will the secrets from student day emerge once again? 

This book became more gripping as I read and ended on quite a cliff-hanger, what I really wasn’t expecting was how dark the characters are and how malevolent parts of this story was to read. I’m really hoping there’s a second book soon as I can’t wait to see how the story ends.

With twists turns and revelations galore there is rarely a dull moment in this page-turner.

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#BookReview The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman #histfic #books

​A historical fiction novel about a couple who live on Janus Island, off the coast of Western Australia, in the early nineteenth century, as the husband Tom, man’s the lighthouse and his wife Isabel helps him around the island. When a boat carrying a body and a baby wash up, the decisions they make will change everything, not just for them but the family of the man and baby miles away. 

A truly moving novel that explores and depicts characters with a huge amount of depth and understanding. The small town setting of the story as well as the isolated life Tom and Isabel live on Janus Island was intriguing and the period aspect of the novel seemed very convincing. 

So engrossed was I in reading about Tom and Isabel, I finished the book within twenty-four hours and found it touching. I am not a huge romance reader, but even I couldn’t be helped but touched by Tom’s devotion to Isabel. A story that will no doubt stay with me for a long time.

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#BookReview Exposure (Crazy Amy Book Two) by Rose Edmunds #RBRT #Sundaybloghop #thriller

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

Amy returns in book two of this series after leaving her last employers and, taking advantage of the remainder of her private health insurance, goes to rehab. The very publicised death of an old colleague involves her as she is mentioned in his dying words, but why? Matters are complicated further as she teams up with an old flame to get to the bottom of what the man’s dying words meant, but her investigation puts her right inside the hornets nest where no one can be trusted and Amy is in mortal danger. Will she uncover the truth and get out intact? 

Absolutely love reading Amy, she’s a character that amuses and intrigues as I’m never quite sure what she’ll do next. A breath of fresh air from the sanitised female protagonist, Amy is proof women can be human, flawed and less moral than Snow White and still be good reading. 

I found this second instalment more suspenseful than the first one with a rapid pace that kept me on the edge of my seat, but the book still managed to fill some blanks in Amy’s troubled past. A mystery to keep me guessing as well as revisiting a much loved character, I recommend this rare type of thriller, a finance thriller, to all thriller fans. You won’t be disappointed. 

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#BookReview By Any Means Necessary by Stephen Sayers #Fridayreads #thriller

​A dark, gritty crime thriller set in Newcastle, which sees Tommy Myers, a promising young boxer, make a decision that changes his life forever after his sister is attacked. The New path Tommy finds himself on will put him in direct odds with a local crime lord and have tragic consequences.

This book starts on the ground running and then we are taken back in time to understand Tommy’s character and his relationship with his family. As dark and gritty as this novel is, it was easy to immerse myself in Tommy’s story and despite some violent and difficult instances, I kept turning the page to find out what happened to Tommy and his loved ones.

My first read from this author and hopefully not my last a very gripping crime thriller.

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#BookReview Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land #Fridayreads #thriller

​An original and interesting take on the serial killer psychological thriller genre this novel is written from the point of view of Milly, who has been fostered by a psychologist and his wife under a new identity whilst she waits to be a witness at trial. Milly has had a disturbing life so far and her mother stands accused of several counts of murder. Living with her new foster family is not ideal as their daughter Phoebe bullies Milly from the outset. 

I found this an absolutely stunning read because not only did it tackle the rarer female serial killer but it also approached the themes from an original viewpoint. The pace was compelling without any lull or let up and Molly kept be guessing from the start. I didn’t find the plot particularly twisty as the title, Good Me, Bad Me already had me primed for a struggle within the main character, however, the lack of surprises did not detract from the macabre themes in the book as we unravelled Milly’s twisted past. 

I was intrigued by the choices Milly made and how she would deal with her situation at home with her new foster family and in court at her mother’s trial. An absolute must read in the crime/psychological thriller genre.

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#BookReview Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent #psychological #thriller

​A remarkable thriller set in Southern Ireland, which opens with the murder of Annie Doyle who is eventually reported missing by her family but due to lack of leads and the assumption she was a heroin addict and prostitute, was not investigated thoroughly. Years later her sister, Karen still hopes to find out what happened to Annie, but at the heart of this crime is a family with a number of hurried secrets. 

This book opens at a point in the story you cannot help but get absorbed in, and the pace keeps up until the chilling end. This is not my first book from this author but I think this is the best one I have read from her so far. Lying In Wait is a suspenseful mystery thriller and will keep you up all night. 

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#BookReview A Mother’s Reckoning Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold #Tuesdaybookblog #truecrime 

​This true crime account of the Columbine High School shooting by mother of one of the shooters, Sue Klebold is probably the most difficult book I will read this year. It was hard reading how life as they had known it changed irreparably for the Klebold family whilst they came to terms with the loss of their youngest son, Dylan. 

Whatever preconceptions and judgments emerged over this horrific event nothing can even begin to rival what this family went through and despite finding this hard to read because of the true life aspect of the subject matter I also came away with hope and felt inspired by the strength Sue shows through the worst nightmare a parent could have.

As well as sharing entries from her diary, Sue educates by giving us a lot of information about teen mental health and suicide prevention. As horrific as the Columbine High School shooting was, it led to a deeper understanding of bullying in schools and was a gateway to many school policies we take for granted today, eighteen years later. 

A moving and inspirational book about a tragedy that shook parents everywhere.

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#BookReview Chasing Chaos (Entanglement Book 3) by Katie Rose Guest Pryal #contemporaryromance #FridayReads

​As things become more complex in Daphne Saito’s life with Greta getting married and having to face the reality of her relationship with Dan, she is thrown into further turmoil when she starts a friendship with Marlon, Sandy’s handyman and friend. However, is is usually the case with Miss Saito trouble isn’t far behind.

I read the second book in this series some months back and became absorbed by the characters in this contemporary romance. Be warned, the characters are major my flawed, but that’s what I found appealing about the story and was glad to catch the final book in this series.

Easy to read and light-hearted fiction in comparison to many of the heavy thrillers I’ve read recently, Chasing Chaos was a leisurely read and a welcome break on my reading list. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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#BookReview The Paradise Trees by Linda Huber #thriller #

​Alicia returns to her childhood home after many years to help her Aunt take care of her estranged father after his debilitating strokes. Weary about returning to look after a parent who had disowned her at sixteen, she’s even more troubled about returning there with her eight year old daughter. However, her return piques the interest of someone locally who is harbouring a number of deadly secrets and has both Alicia and her daughter, Jennie in his crosshairs.

Well written characters make this thriller an intriguing read as the story is told from the point of view of Alicia and the malevolent stranger stalking her and her daughter. As we are told the slowly unfolding and disturbing back story of a killer, Alicia battles with a sense of foreboding awakened in her by her familial home. So we are intrigued further by Alicia’s past and what had happened between her and her parents for her to leave as soon as she was able.

The identity of the stranger kept me turning pages until the end and proved to make this a satisfying psychological thriller to read.

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