The Escape by C.L.Taylor

Hey all,

I have read C.L.Taylors’ previous 3 books and this lived up to my expectations. This tense, disturbing physiological thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.
This book is about a woman called jo, whos world is turned upside down she fears for her daughters safety and no one will believe her. Her husband doesn’t and nor do the authorities. Jo has to do everything she can to keep her daughter safe.
Jo’s ordeal starts when she gives a stranger, Paula, stops jo to ask first r direction. Paula leaves her with a chill when she drops in her name and her daughters. Then Paula drops the bomb that Paula’s husband, max, has something belonging to her.
When jo turns up at the nursery to pick up Elise, her current frantic state raises alarm bells. The staff are worried about how she seems. Max refuses to report the incident to police.
Jo has to be assessed to check her state of mind and how she’s coping with her daughter . Suddenly her every move is under scrutiny. Hi tried to run from her problems to keep her daughter safe.
But is she really mad? Jo needs some time away and her dad is unwell, she goes back home to Ireland but can she really Escape?
And who really do behind everything she’s afraid of?
I absolutely loved this book. Praise to Cally Taylor once again. It’s written in two part and has short gripping chapters that just keep you turning the pages. I really enjoyed reading this because you could empathise with how Jo must have felt.
I recommend this to anyone who has read the previous books. Yes this one is just as good! To anyone who likes to work out why people do what they do, what’s made them the way the are, and why they react the way they do, this is also for you. If you like surprises and guessing what’s going to happen next, this is for you.
Enjoy
T x

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The Trophy Child by Paula Daly

‘A doting mother or a pushy parent?
Karen bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.
Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel.
But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink , the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming even more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point.
Karen would know when to stop… wouldn’t she.’
When I first saw this book I wrongly judged it by its cover and assumed that it would just be about how the child felt, being pushed to hard and how she became overloaded. I was very wrong. I found this story easy to follow, gripping and alarming at the same time.
The story starts when Bronte goes missing. There is no way this perfect little girl could have ever gone off on her own accord, most definitely not. Karen loved her daughter didn’t she? that’s why she was pushing her. To make sure she could always achieve to the best of her ability, to give her the best opportunity in life to be the best, to make her daughter happy. Or that’s what she thought at least.
Bronte was struggling under the immense pressure from her mother that she was hurting, her sister verity could see that. But with Karen refusing to see she carried on regardless, yet what has that cost her now? It seemed there were more people who didn’t like karens way around things. As you will find out. This is a tale of love, loss and heartache but with a lot twists and turns on the way.
I makes you wonder and it makes you judge. We judge the whole way through, what if it was our child? do we push them to hard? what if it happened to me. but you couldn’t predict this turn of events.
4/5
Thanks for reading
T x

 

A stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

‘Why would you run scared from a happy home?
You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.
That’s the last thing you remember.
You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend is not so sure. And even you font know what to believe.’
I recently read a book called the couple next door which was also written by Shari Lapena, so when I saw this it was a must have. I was not left disappointed. From start to finish I was engaged and found myself constantly trying to guess what was gimg_2018-1oing to happen next. I couldn’t put it down.
Karen and tom have been happily married for two years, when one night his wife has an accident which changes everything. When Karen comes round she has amnesia, she can’t remember why she was where she was. She’s found in an area that she would never normally venture out which is the first clue, that something must have been very wrong.
When a body is discovered close by to where Karen had her accident, questions are asked all round. With all fingers pointing at Karen she find herself in a very difficult position. Karen begins to wonder who she can trust and who really does trust her. We see this couple go through so many emotions, just unearth more old secrets.
As these secrets come to light the more pressure is added to Karen and Tom.  The neighbour, Bridget, acts like she is Karen’s friend. She supports her but she does also have an ulterior motive. Bridget always seems to be available at the right time and has came to the rescue many times.
As Karen melts down Bridget steps in.
I have tried my best not to give much away just the part that already explain themselves or piece together who is who. This really kept me guessing the whole way through I couldn’t wait to get home and start it again.
I would recommend this book to anyone who like twisted thrillers, that keep you guessing until the end. It’s one of them where, everyone’s’ background has been in the making of them as a person. Yet sometimes this can also be there biggest undoing.
Enjoy this read guys!
Thanks for reading
T x

 

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR BY SHARI LAPENA

Hi All
It’s been a while! I’ve been busy studying and working recently but I finally got to catch up on a few books. This is one of he best I’ve read in a long time. It’s full of so many twists and turns. It just kept me guessing right up until the end, once you start you just can’t stop.
In this book a woman and her husband, ANNE and Marco, go to the neighbours dinner party, leaving 6 month old Cora at home. ANNE was against the idea to leave Cora in the first place but Marco persuaded her, this was on the agreement that they took it in turns to check Cora every half an hour.
This is going well throughout the night and the couple relax and have a few drinks with Cynthia and graham the neighbours. Anne starts to get anxious and wants to leave because Cynthia has been flirting with Marco. They argue and leave at one thirty leaving it an hour since they last checked.
When they returned home the front door was a jar, Cora was gone….
I can’t spoil this one too much! This story shows various possibilities of where Cora could have gone, and who could have taken her. It shows the struggle the parents face with the press and how it effected them.
There were so many twists and turns right up until the end. I can’t recommend this book enough.
Happy reading all!
Thanks for reading
T x

 

Streets of darkness

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you my latest read. At our local Tesco they have been doing a book deal with the newspaper. If you buy the sun you get a book for just £2! I much prefer an actual Book to a kindle alternative, this is a great way to grow my collection.

‘The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body.

Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away.
Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…’
Firstly I really enjoyed this book in the end and can’t wait for the second book to arrive. Harry Virdee is a detective inspector who has recently been suspended from work. Harry was suspended as he assaulted another man, Pradeep. Pradeep doesn’t agree with Harry’s choices to marry a Muslim lady, Saima.

Harry and Saima are very happy together even if it is jut the two of them. They have both been disowned by there families for wanting to be together, but there love for each other was always stronger. Now married and expecting their first baby together, things should be good for them. However Harry’s potential job loss weighs on them both.

Harry is given the opportunity to save his job by finding the EX- leader of the BNP, Lucas Dwight- who has just been released from prison. Lucas is the suspect for the city’s most recent murder. However when Harry starts to believe that Lucas didn’t actually commit the crime, the pair work together to try and solve the case and regain Lucas’s freedom.

Harry and Lucas have to work through many issues to help get to the bottom of the case. Things take a turn for the worst after Harry’s wife, Saima, disappears from their home. With Saima due to go into labour any minute, a Harry does everything he can to ensure he can find her safely. However sometimes you have to cross the wrong side of the law to get things like this done.

Just how far will Harry go?

Will Saima have her baby?

Did Lucas really kill anyone?

There are so many questions you may have for this book, without ruining the end, things just aren’t always as they seem. And it’s a very small world in the end.

If you like fast paced, gripping books then this is definitely one for you! It also explores the divide between religions that I myself didn’t really understand st the beginning.

Hope you enjoyed this review. I recommend this to anyone.

Thanks for reading

T x

Baby doll. 

Hey Guys
Today I have finished reading Baby Doll by Hollie Overton. Below is the blurb from the back of the book.

You’ve been hold captive in one room.
You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.
Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.
For the first time in eight years you’re free.
This is what happens next.
I started reading baby doll a few days ago and have just finished. I enjoyed this book for many different reasons. One of the main reasons I like was about the twins and bond they have always shared and there story. This is something I wasn’t expected because there were no tell tale signs that anyone else would be involved apart from the victim and her captor.
Lily and Abby have always had a close bond until one day it all changes, what starts as an argument over a jumper ends up being Lily’s last day with her family for 8 years. In this time lily has been raped and abused by the man who took her. He also impregnanted her as well and she had sky as a result of that pregnancy.
I love that sky gave lily a reason. In real life sometimes people don’t keep the baby because of the reminder. The fact that Lily had no other choice is one thing, yet she choose to protect her child at all costs ever if it meant she was hurt in the crossfire.
The best thing that happened to Lily and Sky originally was when rick didn’t lock the door. This is where the girls journey really starts. Things happen for a reason and Rick leaving that door unlocked was a mistake, but Lily’s bravery to go through the door and not come back really took balls. She did what she had to do for her child.
After their escape things are plain sailing, Sky is now in a totally new environment and she has never been outside before so it takes her a little longer to adjust. Lily is the same and also struggles with her release. However she’s determined to make Rick be known to all so he gets locked away for his crimes.
Rick is caught and within no time other girls are discovered two, sadly one has passed and the other is very injured. This just makes the media turn crazy and they all campbup outside taking away the privacy. Lily and sky are trying to adapt to life outside the basement and it seems they are always faced with new challenges.
Abby is Lily’s older twin sister, by 6 minutes, and she’s had her own struggles since lily going missing as well, she’s battened drugs and addiction and hasn’t really let anyone get close enough in fear of hurting them. Part of Abby blames her self for what happened to Lily so vows to make it up to her.
Lily, Abby, Sky and Eve( the twins mum) help each other through the after math of Lily’s disappearance. They help each other through the many challenges they face together.
Without giving too much away in the end I believe justice is done for Rick, he may have thought abou going on the run but that didn’t quite become the reality. I would recommend this as a good book, very gripping. There aren’t too many twists and turns and it makes pretty easy reading.
Thanks for reading
T x

The Accident by C L.Taylor

KEEPING THIS SECRET WAS KILLING HER…

A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep …

Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.

Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.

Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?

Another Great book full of mystery and crime. I highly recommend this to any lover of these genres of book. Although this was the authors first book, I actually ended up reading it last. For no reason other than I was given the Lie by a friend and decided to go with that one first and had no idea of the order. Luckily they didn’t link but all three of C.L.Taylors books are brill.
Sue Jackson is quite the character through the book as she makes it her mission to find out what happened to her daughter, this is another book where it shows you both past and present so we can start guessing and putting the pies together, and I was not disappointed. From almost the start I had a few suspicions of what happened to Charlotte but every revelation can an opposite reaction. Just as you think well Oli (for example) is acting strange or another character, you’re quickly shown how it also couldn’t possibly be that person.
The story shows a different side of abuse. It shows how when Sue is when she’s younger and naïve. They start just generally happy in there  new relationship together until things start to slowly but surely take a turn for the worst. Suddenly by being honest with James and telling him about her past it all backfires and comes back to haunt her in due cause. What starts off as loves young dream, soon becomes a dark and desperate escape.
Sue thinks she’s left her painful past behind her but low and behold it may all just be about to catch up with her again. For me this story shows a mothers determination in sensing when something isn’t right with her child. She could have simply put it all down to an accident but a mothers instinct is rarely wrong. I highly recommend any of the CL.Taylor to anyone who loves a good mystery. At the back of all her books there are book club questions which I think is a really great idea. I may even answer some on here this evening.
Thanks for reading guys
T x

My Sweet Revenge

Hi All!  

This weekend I have finished ‘My Sweet Revenge’ by Jane Fallon. I started this Thursday and no I’ve finished I wish there was more. 

The book was a great read and I was constantly wanting to find out more. The story, on occasion, flipped between characters for different chapters. From this we can see both Paula and Saskias point of view on what’s happening. 

To start – Paula and Robert have been married for 18years and together 20. They have a daughter ,Georgia, who is almost 18 now and off to uni. Robert is an actor in a Tv series he has had a rather successful career , Paula on the other hand has been bringing up Georgia and playing housewife while working part time in a bakery.

 All seems fine in their marriage, until one day Paula sees a text from Roberts co-star, Saskia. This is what leads Paula to start suspecting the affair. instead of letting herself go and getting down, Paula starts to change around her life making new foundations and while trying to play a new version of herself to make Robert fall back in love with her.

This is all just part of the grander plan for Paula, she was never vindictive before she found out the last two years had been a lie. They say revenge is sweet, and this is proved through out in subtle little ways. 

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a happy ending and a hard time getting there. There were so many do they ?don’t they ? moments I thought it had almost been for nothing until the very end. 

If anyone had read this please let me know your thoughts. 

This isn’t like the usual crime thrillers I read ,yet I was still just as gripping to know what happened next. This is real life at this best and shows a different way of dealing with the situation. 

Thanks for reading 

T x

The Teacher ..Finally Finished

Hey All
So I’ve finally finished the teacher and I must say it was a good gory surprising read. It took me a while to get into it because originally different things were happening but didn’t link up. The more I got into the story the more I began to make the little links which would soon all lead to the reveal.
This book tells the story of revenge that had been waiting to happen for almost 20 years. There is good reason behind this though I believe. The first person to pass away is the head teacher of a school who hangs himself but it isn’t solely his choice to do this.
The second man is murdered in his ‘weekend apartment’. This is where he goes and pays men for sex and what ever else he chooses to do to them. However A stranger is already in the apartment and waiting, the stranger kills him and removes all of his organs in the process. The man who was murdered was called Kevin, he was a very wealthy and well respected among the high rollers. He is married with a son , Ryan, who also has his own issues. His secret from his wife was one thing but the secret he buried deep about what he did to the boy was something else.
There were 3 other victims along with the head master and Kevin, all of these where involved but without a trace. DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles have the difficult task of figuring out who is responsible for the murders that are growing by the minute. While everyone else in the force have there suspect in the frame, Kevin’s son – Ryan. Miles has his suspicions yet he genuinely believes Ryan is not responsible for this type of crime. Given that Miles and Ryan have a past together, as miles never quite manage to keep Ryan long down enough to catch him, if he believes he’s not capable of this crime there has to be a good reason.
With Miles and Grey warned away from the case, they decide to do things their own way. As they get closer to the truth they are very disturbed by what they have found along their journey. There’s more than meets the eye to the nature of this crime, but will the person behind them get caught or will his actions be justified??
Overall this is a fantastic thriller and I really enjoyed reading it. I could picture it in my head from start to finish. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the sound of the above, its a real physiological thriller at its best. I have tried not to reveal too much about the story its self because the above just doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Thanks or reading
T x