Friday, 20 January 2017

Review [Blog Tour] - Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Relativity by Antonia Hayes
Publisher: Corsair
Release date: 17 January 2017
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy. His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago. Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life.  When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again. Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

Relativity is a really beautiful debut novel, focusing on family relationships, life-long secrets, and above all forgiveness, with a dash of physcis thrown in for good measure.

Now I’m not one for all things science-y, especially not physics, it was my worst subject at all (I'm a literary girl what can I say...) but this was essential to the story, and added so much to it in my opinion.

Ethan Forsythe is a twelve year old boy, doing well in school, showing great promise with a love of all things scientific, particularly physics and astronomy. He lives with his Mum, Clare and is happy with his life, but sometimes he wonders where his Father is, and why he isn’t in their lives.

Ethan finds the answer to these questions in the worst way imaginable.

It seems that something terrible happened to him when he was a baby, and that his Father somehow was a part of that. Ethan refuses to believe that this is the reason his Father left and becomes determined to find out the real truth.

This is one of those novels which is impossible to say too much about for fear of giving anything away...

Told from the perspectives of Ethan, Clare and Mark (Ethan's Father), Relativity is a novel that will draw you into its characters lives and keep you there with therm until its conclusion.
Relativity is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, currently lives in London with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.

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  Thank you to the publishers who invited me to take part in this blog tour and provided me with an advanced proof of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Review - the Vanishing by Sarah Tobin

The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: 12 January 2017
Rating:*** and a half 
Back cover blurb: On top of the Yorkshire Moors, in an isolated spot carved out of a barren landscape, lies White Windows, a house of shadows and secrets. Here lives Marcus Twentyman, a hard-drinking but sensitive man, and his sister, the brisk widow, Hester. When runaway Annaleigh first meets the Twentymans, their offer of employment and lodgings seems a blessing. Only later does she discover the truth. But by then she is already in the middle of a web of darkness and intrigue, where murder seems the only possible means of escape…

The Vanishing is an intriguing and enjoyable historical mystery centered around the secretive Marcus Twentyman.

Annaleigh Calvert is a foundling, an orphan, newly appointed as Housekeeper to the mysterious White Windows upon the Yorkshire Moors. Arriving from London having left her adoptive Father behind in pursuit of a career, Annaleigh struggles to make the transition from bustling London to quiet countryside.

White Windows is a residence steeped in mystery, intrigue and darkness. The previous housekeeper seems to have left under a cloud and Annaleigh is curious, particularly when the other staff are warning her not to ask questions and not to get too close to the Master, Marcus Twentyman.

At first Annaleigh is a little offended. Why should they question her virtue?

She has no intention of getting close to Marcus Twentyman at all. But as things around the house become more and more peculiar, Annaleigh develops a desire to leave. And she quickly realises that is not an easy thing to do...

Trapped at the mercy of the Twentyman's Annaleigh must decide her future for herself, does she risk her life by fleeing, or does she resign herself to a fate much worse than that by staying.

The Vanishing is a very clever novel that feeds you tiny bits of information at a time, until you are desperately wanting to know more. Separated into three parts, the tension of the novel builds to its dramatic conclusion. This is a novel for any historical fiction lover, you won't be disappointed.

The Vanishing is available now Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank you to the publishers who sent me an advanced proof copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Review - Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Harper Collins UK 
Release date: 26 January 2017 
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: Don’t trust this book. Don’t trust this story. Don’t trust yourself. David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He's a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden? As Louise, David's new secretary, is drawn into their world, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong – and how far someone might go to protect their marriage's secrets.

There's a reason that this novel has been branded with the hashtag #WTFthatending before its publication. When you get your hands on a copy you will understand why. I mean, seriously, WTF?!

Behind Her Eyes is SO much more than a psychological thriller. 

Although when you first start reading, it seems to be the standard toxic marriage, horrible unlikeable characters it soon becomes clear that there is something different about this book.

Louise meets David, a handsome stranger in a bar, and kisses him before she; has any idea that he is about to be her new boss; and before she realises he is married. Louise is a sensible woman, as a divorced single parent, she has to be. But David has awoken something deep inside of her that makes her throw caution to the wind and entangle herself up with him.

Then she meets Adele, David's beautiful wife, and wonders what on earth she is doing. What on earth is David doing? Adele is perfect for him. They are perfect together. Why on earth is he looking elsewhere?

Adele is lonely, with no friends to speak of, she doesn't know of Louise's connection to her husband and wants to be her friend. Louise is too nice of a person to deny Adele her friendship, but she realises that she is getting herself into something that is not going to be easy or pleasant to get back out of again.

Told from both Louise and Adele's perspectives, Behind Her Eyes is a novel that will have you tied up in knots. You will not know who to trust, who to believe, and at points, you will not have a clue what on earth is going on -  and it is brilliant!

Behind Her Eyes is available from 25 January 2017.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Review - Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Rattle by Fiona Cummins
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: 26 January 2017
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: A serial killer to chill your bones A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he's just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family's macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt. Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey's father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions. Set in London's Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge. It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it's also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.

Rattle is the outstanding debut novel by Fiona Cummins. It's only the third book I've read so far due to be published in 2017, but I predict this novel is going to be huge!

Rattle focuses on the depraved life of the villain (literally) that they call the Bone Collector, desperately being hunted by Detective Etta Fitzroy. Depicted as a psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lector, he is truly horrifying.

Clara Foyle and Jakey Frith have more than their young age and rare disorders in common. They are both being sought out by the Bone Collector as his next victims. Or as he would prefer, 'additions to his collection'.

For the Bone Collector's collection is quite something... but he will not rest until it is complete.

For Clara and Jakey, their already challenging life's are about to be turned upside down in away that no one could imagine. Fitzroy must use her already strong instincts about a previous case to lead her to the Bone Collector, and she will not rest until she sees him bought to justice.

I don't want to say too much more about Rattle, as it is a novel that you must discover for yourself!

Rattle has a dark and disturbing undertone throughout the novel, that leaves the reader constantly on edge. I can guarantee you won't want to put this one down. And, as much as I really don't want to meet the Bone Collector again, I am kind of hoping for a sequel...

Rattle is available from 26 January 2017.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Review [blog tour] - The Dry by Jane Harper

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Review - Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
Publisher:  Bloomsbury 
Release date: 9 February 2017 
Rating:  *** and a half 
Back cover blurb: Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up. When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan's world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly manoeuvring on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all. A funny, wise romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathan Unleashed is a story of tangled relationships, friendships, and dogs. Rogoff s novel is for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there.

Jonathan Trefoil is a floundering individual. He is stuck in a life that he seems to have little or no control over. One minute he’s at college, causally dating. The next he’s living in New York City working at a marketing company, in charge of his brother’s dogs whilst he is working in Dubai.

Oh, and his girlfriend is seemingly now his fiancée.

Jonathan has issues with working at Comrade, it is mind-numbingly boring and he would much prefer to be exploring his creative side and writing/drawing graphic novels. Whilst Julie is living away from New York, Jonathan’s life is mundane, but stress free. He goes to work, walks the dogs, designs his novels, and repeat...

When Julie arrives in town with a new job, it quickly becomes clear that Jonathan’s life is a lot more hectic with her in it. And now she’s saying that she wants to get married. He doesn’t need to worry about a thing through because the magazine she’s working on will pay for it...

But Jonathan although he loves Julie, really isn’t sure about marriage.

How can he tell her without breaking her heart?

Jonathan unleashed is a novel full of some wonderful quirky characters, and is a great quick read. Perfect for this chilly winter nights where you need a little warmth...

Jonathan Unleashed is available from 9 February 2017.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to and the publishers who sent me an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.