Cross Her Heart by -Sarah Pinborough Review

‘I don’t think I’ve read a book this quickly in a while, hooked from the beginning – not all is as it seems and this book is full of twisted revelations even down to the epilogue’
People say don’t judge a book by its cover, but 9/10 time I do this – not by the pictures but by the reviews from other authors. One of the reviews said ‘addictive’ I must say this did not disappoint!

This is a well written novel which is twisted and keeps you guessing from the moment you start reading. What was in my head the whole time was a part from the blurb ‘When you think you’ve guessed the twist…YOU HAVEN’T’ the whole time I kept an open mind thinks my it’s not what I think is and to some effect this was true.
The short chapters are easy to read and I love it when books allow you to feel and hear from different characters, not just the one the story revolves around.
Highly recommend this book will be looking out for future books by Sarah
Thanks for reading
T x

The Fear C.L.Taylor

Morning everyone!
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a fan of C.L.Taylor – Ive read all of her books and pre ordered the new release for next year! When you get a writer with a style like Callys it makes you know you’ll enjoy what’s coming next.
The fear again, did not disappoint. When Lou was younger she ran away with her teacher to her happy ever after- when that didn’t happen and she escaped she vowed to make sure no one else has to experience what Mike did to her.

When Lou finds out mike might be up to his old tricks again, she can’t stand by to see another young girl – Chloe – get hurt or worse. Lou takes things into her own hands and then realised she has left a few holes in her story and what she’s been doing.
Lou has good intents with what she does to Mike but she hadn’t through about what she was going to do once he was in a compromising position. With no one listening to lous fears about Chloe, she wonders if she is doing the right thing at all.
Lou seeks an unlikely ally who, along with Chloe, could help bring down mike once and for all.
Where is mike?
What has Lou done to him?
What helps her ?
Is or was Chloe ever in any real danger?
I highly recommend this book and didn’t want to give to much away about the ending for you.
If anyone else has ready the C.L. Taylor books would be interested to hear your thoughts?
Thanks for reading
T x

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Hi all,
My second review of the day is on the lying game. Again I read this some months back so I have tried to give it a quick scan to relay this accurately for you.
The lying game starts based on friendships from the past. Kate, Fatima, Thea and Isa have a secret. Isa is the character who is recalling the tale. The book is wrote from her point of view I believe. She and her friends haven’t seen each other in many years and all of there lives have moved on.

The story starts with us knowing the girls have a secret but we don’t know what that secret is. Even when you think you know there’s a chance you don’t! The girls come back together to discuss what happened all those years ago when Kate’s dad tragically committed suicide.
They reminisce about the summers they used to spend at the mill together and talk about how things went so wrong. What the girls don’t realise is that Kate has a secret of her own, and this is what prompted her to call them all back to where they lived all them years ago.
The end is good and you don’t see it coming until you get to a certain point and you think you can’t come back from that! Highly recommended.
Sorry to be so cryptic but I don’t want to give the story away. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to put the pieces of crimes together.
Thanks for reading
T x

In a Cottage in a Wood by Cass Green

Hi all
My first review of the day is on in a cottage in a wood by Cass green. I read this first about 6 months ago but still remember how this book made me feel.
This is a gripping unusual story that keeps you guessing who is who and what is there relevance.
The book starts tragically but this paved the way for the story to come. Neve is minding her own on the Waterloo bridge when a lady approaches and hands her a envelope after a brief exchange she calls someone and jumps off the bridge.
Neve ends up going up Isabelle’s cottage in the woods – that Isabelle left to her. Petty shin cottage.. The cottage is not what neve expected, there are bars on the windows and the whole place has a deserted feel to it. There are several locks on the cottage, which rings alarm bells to Neve.
However, never has nothing else that’s pressing her to get home so she stays there for a while and meets the neighbours. Everyone has a view on Isabelle and some are willing to share their stories, others are not. Neve, Begins to get freaked out with things happening around the cottage and thinks this must be why Isabelle left.
Neve meets the locals and they are mostly warming, and start to fill in a few blanks for her. Without giving too much away there are parts in this book where you think you’ve worked it out- then realise you may not have at all!
Great suspense builder and a creepy psychological thriller built on the secrets that destroy.
Thanks for reading
T x

99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter

Hi all,
I seem to be on a roll today! 4th short review of the day! Some of these books I have read in the past so it’s hard to remember the detail around what happened and how. But not with this book- I remember it clear as day- which is usually a good sign!
When grace goes missing on her way home from school her family goes into turmoil. Grace has always been able to walk home from school but has never been late before.
The longer that grace is missing the more the family seems to fall apart. It becomes clear there is a secret between Emma’s husband and her sister but does this have anything to Do with the disappearance of Grace?
To add to the suspicions around the Aunty and the husband, Emma’s mother is also acting strange. In the readers head we believe that this is because Emma was adopted when she was younger, although she has no recollection of this. This story has so much more than meets the eye.
Who has taken grace?
Will she be returned alive?
Which one of the family is responsible for this kind of upset.
Highly recommended book and a brilliant gripping story!
Thanks for reading and again is you have come across this book before – let me know your thoughts
T x

The Liar -Steve Cavangh

Hi all
I’ve you’ve ever read a Steve cavanagh book you will not be disappointed by the rest of the books in the series. As normal for me I started on book 4 and went back to read the others.
The Defence
The Plea
The liar
As mentioned before I tend to buy books on offer with a newspaper- gives me different genres to compare.
If you like books with a bit of corruption you will love this book. Eddie Flynn is a brilliant lawyer who used to be a con man. Although Eddie has left the game behind him ,he will still sometimes rely on dirty tactics to get what he needs.
Eddies latest case starts when a child goes missing, given the first book (the defence) where his own daughter is missing it’s struck a cord close to Eddie who takes on the case even if it may cost him more in the long run.
Leonard howell’s daughter goes missing and he’s the prime suspect. With Leonard in prison Eddie must do what he can to prove his clients innocence, which sounds easier than it is.
Is Leonard innocent?
Did he kill his daughter?
If he didn’t who did?
There’s a lot of questions to answer while reading this book and it constantly keeps you guessing, without revealing the story you will be surprised what people in power can do.
Thanks for reading
T x

Perfect silence – Helen Fields

Hi all
Another gruesome thriller review for you all! I must say before starting that this is part of a series and I started and on the last one. Others from the same author are as below:-
Perfect Remains
Perfect Pray
Perfect Death
Right from the start there is drama in this tale. When a girl goes missing and turns up dumped in the road in Edinburgh everyone is stunned to see the state she is in. She had no chance of survival and yet the killer still released them, ensuring they spent their last few breathes desperately trying to get to safety – when they would never be safe again.
This is a good detective story as they, DCI Taylor and DI callanach, try to piece together two major ongoing instances to try and see if there is any link between the two. The city has been taken over by a number of unfortunate events, girls are turning up with the shape of a baby caved into their backs and stomachs, then dolls made from the victims as well as a number of vicious slashings mainly on the homeless.
The two officers investigate the crimes but you also have boys about there story and background which gives the book more stability and keeps you guessing both on the crimes and on the personal lives of the officers.
I could feel the end building as we had to be getting close- wasn’t let down at all by this boom and will definitely I back and read the first 3- I believe the characters remain consistent but the scenario changes.
Great read – Recommended to people who don’t have a light stomach.
Thanks for reading
T x

The Perfect Neighbours

Hi all
It’s been a while since my last blog but I haven’t stopped reading in between so look out for more book reviews soon.
The most recent book Ive read is The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes stories with a gripping, twisted storyline.
Firstly, the perfect neighbour is a brilliant book that’s defiantly not all lovey Dovey, so I’d like me, you also like a good thriller this is the place to start.
Helen has just moved to Germany to support her husbands role at a international school – teaching German. The neighbours are quite clicky and it’s clear there is a ring leader of the wives. Louisa’s husband Damian is the schools head teacher and a lot of other teachers also live in the same street.
In my head I pictured the estate to be kind of the the stepford wives, Louisa is queen bee and the other wives follow her lead. Helen and Louisa have never seen eye to eye and we start to build assumptions of what Louisa up to, and with who. Helen doesn’t like to follow the crowd and often goes solo, which has landed her in trouble on more than one occasion.
It’s not just all about the wives and what they get up to, as the husbands also have their fair share of secrets between them. The secrets get revealed as the book goes along but I didn’t see end what happened in the end happening. Very good ending and unexpected!
It’s 5* from me!
If anyone else has read this book please feel free to also share your thoughts.
Thanks for reading
T x

Bad Sister By Sam Carrington

Hi all,
Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been all over the place but I’ve still been reading! I’ve just finished Bad Sister. This book kept me guessing from start to finish and I would highly recommend it.
I brought this from my local Tesco, I often get two for this offer, no doubt another review soon. When I say I recommend this book I mean to people who like this genre. This isn’t a love story at all, it’s crime and full of unexpected twists and turns.
When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price.
Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night. But some truths are better left alone . . .
Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.
The chapters are short so it just made me read it twice as fast. The chapters flip from Connie, to DI Wade and to Brett. Both past and present, then and now.
This clever story kept me guessing the whole way though and I still didn’t see the end coming! I always love it when books surprise me in this way, just when I think there aren’t enough pages left for a big twist it’s revealed.
For a fast paced, gripping and tense tale this is definitely worth a read.
Thanks for reading
T x

The Shed- My Den

My shed is my new spiritual den.
I found that recently I needed some peace and quiet where I can think, read and write. Im also learning about mind,body and spirit so I have a large collection of items that I want all together, where I can take it all in. My house is always busy, there’s always too many people here, I never get a moment quiet when I need it.
One day I was doing the gardening and went to get a rake from the shed. That’s when it hit me. Not the rake, although that hasn’t happened before, but the idea.
My shed was grubby and horrible and seemed a waste of space as we had two. So I asked my partner if I could turn it into my den. And that’s what I did.
I took everything out the shed, cleaned it from top to bottom, I painted the walls a bright lime green and Honestly it’s not as bad as it sounds. I then got my partner to lay some carpet for me. It was almost complete.
I wanted some old fashioned arm chairs for my den as well so I can sit and watch out the window. The other half grabbed a bargain 2 beautiful red and gold arm chairs for £20.
Finally I added my granny’s bureau as well. The perfect place to relax and just be me and do me things. When I walked in today, even though it was cold, I felt good straight away, the scents, the space, the comfort of it all just seemed to hit me all at once.
Sometimes we should be able to have time alone but can’t. For me I’ve just created a way for me to do that. My safe place.
Thanks for reading
T x