#Bookreview Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman #Netgalley #literaryfiction

Eleanor Oliphant is thirty years old and lives alone. With no friends and family around her and a difficult past she keeps under wraps, she is also rather prickly and judgemental. When she meets new IT help, Raymond, at her place of work the two strike up a rather unlikely friendship which leads to Eleanor questioning her ideas and opinions and giving her a glimpse of a normality she never had.

This really was a beautiful story of friendship and self-discovery. It was undoubtedly hard to read at times and I really became invested in Eleanor and Raymond as I devoured this book in one sitting.

Like many fans of this novel I felt bereft when I came to the end and would love to read more about Eleanor navigating life which seems to befuddle us all in differing degrees from time to time. Please say there will be a sequel!

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#Bookreview Broken Bones (DI Kim Stone Book 7) by Angela Marsons #crime #thriller

The seventh book in this long running police procedural crime fiction series sees Kim left holding a baby on Christmas night and the team being called out to investigate the murder of a prostitute. It has been a while since I read the previous books in the series and I embarked on this novel with the recollection of the main characters, namely Kim and her team, but found I was at no disadvantage if I hadn’t read the previous books in the series when it came to enjoying this one.

Stacy and Kevin are assigned to find the parents of the abandoned baby, which leads them to a factory of Romanian workers. After finding no clues but gut feeling something isn’t right with the set up of the employees at the factory they follow their hunches unearthing seemingly unrelated illegal immigrant activity in the area, but when another body turns up things get more urgent.

Kim and Bryant’s investigation leads them to Kai Lord, a gang leader who is known to run a prostitution ring they cannot crack. Kai is so well covered his operation seems beyond their reach but when more deaths seem tied to the original Kim is not about to let matters slide.

Dealing with difficult themes such as grooming, prostitution, slavery and people trafficking this is another compelling read in the series and as always I find Kim Stone a valiant protagonist. Looking forward to the next one already.

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#BookReview The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Bolland #Weekendbloghop #thriller

​Anna is happily married to Will, a wealthy restaurateur, but on his thirtieth birthday she receives a chilling text message that brings a past she thought she had left behind tumbling into the present. As we read about how Anna deals to this new threat to her home and security, we find out what happened to Anna when she was fifteen and embarked on her first serious relationship. It seems her past is not done with her yet. 

I became totally engrossed in this suspense thriller from the outset as Anna is a strong narrator and protagonist, that is not to say she isn’t flawed and there were times her calm, intelligent sensibilIty seemed at odds with her passive and somewhat deceptive actions. All the characters in this unpredictable thriller raised my hackles, making this quite a thrilling read. 

The last few chapters really amped up my adrenaline and by the end I was rattled enough to have the story in my head for hours. This is my second book from this author and I absolutely loved it. Huge recommendation from me. 

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Advance #BookReview A Justified Bitch by H G McKinnis #Tuesdaybookblog #thriller #Netgalley

​When her neighbour, Bebe, is murdered Helen finds herself and her eccentric lifestyle under scrutiny. can hear and see Bobby her deceased husband, refuses to bathe and groom herself and lives with a number of cats in squalor. After being taken into custody by the police her sister, Pat turns up and although they have been estranged for years feels a sense of responsibility and guilt for not being around. With help from the detective on the case can Bebe’s killer be caught before becomes a target?

Easy to read and get into I found this crime thriller interesting as it gave an account of what it’s like to be a native of Las Vegas. Helen’s eccentricities were a quirky hook in this story and the complexities in her family add another dimension to the thriller. This is quite an even paced read and the characters really grew on me. 

The supernatural question of whether Bobby is really seen by Helen makes me want to read more in this series. 

This book will be available to buy from 8th August 2017.

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#BookReview The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances #thriller #Netgalley

Laura loves her son, Daniel, and is excited to have him nearby again as he finishes University and moves back to London to start his new job soon. However, she soon realised she won’t have him to herself when he meets and becomes smitten by the beautiful Cherry. Cherry has always wanted to leave her humble beginnings behind and sees Daniel as a way out of what she considers everyday drudgery. 

As Cherry and Laura face off, an avalanche of manipulation ensues driving Laura further from the ones she loves, but how far will Cherry go to get what she wants? 

I loved the chess moves played by Cherry and Laura to monopolise Daniel and I think the politics between them kept me turning the pages. Neither character was particularly likeable but Laura had my sympathy throughout this read. 

However, what I liked less whilst reading this was a sense of overdramatic events and the only character I really was interested in reading about was Cherry’s mum and I wished there was more of her. 

As a psychological thriller this didn’t breach any new barriers but it’s a perfect beach read and is entertaining enough to be recommended. 

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#BookReview Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister #wwwblogs #amreading #Netgalley

​Rachel after a whirlwind romance with Jack is pregnant with his baby. The past year has been hard for Rachel after a long-term relationship break-up, her mother’s illness and death and a mysterious event in her medical career. Rachel no longer works as a doctor, but a secretary at a legal firm and is still very much processing everything that has happened to her. One night she sees the notification of an e-mail on Jack’s iPad and becomes suspicious about what he seems to be hiding about himself. Realising she has not met any of his friends, Rachel tries to dig deeper into his life but is this about her paranoia or is he really hiding something?

As much as parts of this book’s did exasperate me, I couldn’t stop reading it as what could have happened that could be so awful that an otherwise affable Jack has gone to such great lengths to hide? As it is narrated from Rachel’s point of view you, as a reader, are at the mercy of her judgment and to complicate matters Rachel is far from transparent herself, with issues relating to her personal and professional life, which become clearer later on in the book. 

It would be easy to dismiss Rachel as whiney or paranoid but the reasons behind her insecurity and her beating herself up are caused by significant issues she has dealt with in a short period of time. Her pregnancy puts the pressure on her relationship with Jack to become all it can be before the baby arrives. 

I loved the resulting gray areas that presented in the issues both Rachel and Jack faced and the moral of this story, for me, questioned the vilification of people for choices they made with good intentions, whether it’s right to condemn these characters entirely based on events of their past and their need to be accepted for who they are without judgment. Ultimately the book gave me a lot to think about and for that reason I highly recommend it. 

The parts that irritated me were dwarfed by how much I enjoyed reading the moral dilemmas faced by Rachel and Jack and apart from saying the book was verging on being a bit too preachy about the medical profession, obviously written by someone who quite rightly has a great respect and admiration for someone close to them who is a doctor, I found Rachel’s past role as a new paediatric registrar odd. Her relationship with her consultant was odd.

Her singling out one patient as a paediatric registrar with most likely not a huge fraction of the knowledge or experience of paediatric oncology that the paediatric oncology consultant above her has (let alone other more experienced registrars in the department and all the support staff oncology units have thankfully) and going against departmental and GMC guidelines undermined the conscientious part of Rachel’s character that would have known that the diagnosis of cancer and the subsequent poor prognosis it may have can lead to catastrophic outcomes. I know this is fiction but to be realistic enough for me, this would have been, in my humble opinion, on the mind of an ethical doctor like Rachel in the way she is written: thorough and obsessive. As much as I liked this book the odd medicine did detract some of the enjoyment for me, but probably wouldn’t bother less obsessive medics and non-medics. 

Overall one I definitely recommend. 

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#BookReview Dark Matter by Blake Crouch #scifi #Thriller #Tuesdaybookblog

A masked abductor attacks Jason Dessen on his way home one night and sends him to an alternative reality where hike doesn’t marry his wife and his son does not exist. However, Jason has made major scientific breakthroughs and soon learns that a multiverse of alternative realities exist but he only wants to live in one. 

The premise of this sci-if thriller is fascinating and one that I have often pondered. Not quite as intriguing as the Wayward Pines books, I still found this an enjoyable read. The paradoxes of Jason’s plight to find his way home and to text his family kept me turning the pages, but this is one I cannot see easily translating to tv or movie. 

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#BookReview The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel #thriller #Fridayreads

​Lane went to live with her grandparents after her mother’s death but left their care whilst she was still a teenager, now she returns after getting a call that her cousin, Allegra, is missing. Lane tries to piece together what happened to Allegra in the dysfunction that is her family.

Not an easy read due to the themes of incest and grooming in this hard-hitting novel about a fundamentally flawed family. However, the mystery of what happened to Allegra kept me turning the pages and I read this book in one sitting. As bleak as the story was it did end on a note of hope and the complex characters made it a worthwhile read.

A definite recommendation from me.

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#BookReview The Escape by C.L. Taylor #thriller #Tuesdaybookblog #Netgalley

​Jo is threatened by a woman outside her place of work over something to do with her husband’s investigative journalist job. However, he doesn’t believe her and uses her longstanding anxiety and agoraphobia against her. Soon the threat against Jo and her daughter escalates and Jo must take drastic action to keep them both safe.

A taut, fast paced mystery psychological thriller, which not only presents us with Jo’s current day issues but also finds her heading on a collision course with secrets hurried in her childhood. Not knowing who she can trust anymore Jo flees and eventually realises the threat isn’t coming from where she thought.

A gripping page turner from a seasoned psychological thriller writer.

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Advance #BookReview Here and Gone by Haylen Beck #thriller

​On a journey to get away from her husband, Audra is on her way to Arizona with her two children, Sean and Louise. She is stopped by a policeman and arrested, but once in the police holding cells she’s told she never had any children with her. Suspicion now runs to Audra being responsible for the disappearance of her own children, but will the more sinister truth come to light.

A taut suspense thriller of corrupt authorities and a shadowy underworld, Audra is the underdog in this thriller, vulnerable with a questionable past which makes her an easy target for the unscrupulous.

A tense read. This book will be published on 13th July 2017.

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