Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Review - While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft
Publisher: Bookouture
Release date: 16 November 2016
Rating:  ****
Back cover blurb: You wake up to find the man beside you is dead. He is not your husband. This is not your bed. What do you do? Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer. But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse – he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart. But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do. Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything? A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

When Tara Logan wakes up in her neigbour Lee's bed, she is fearful that she has done something stupid.

She is happily married with two children, but although she cannot remember sleeping with Lee, she realises that she surely must have to have ended up naked in bed with him.

Tara's nightmare doesn't end there, for Lee is very much dead. Murdered in fact.

Tara knows that she didn't do it.

But if she cannot remember sleeping what him then what else might she have forgotten?

Tara doesn't say a word to anyone, just slips home without notifying the Police, knowing that she can't hide forever but realising she can't stay or they will find her there and assume the worst.

While You Were Sleeping is a gripping novel with a killer twist that will surprise even the most prolific thriller readers.

While You Were Sleeping is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

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

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Review - The Many by Nathan Field

The Many by Nathan Field
Publisher: Silvermac publishing 
Release date: 12 July 2016 
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: Karl notices something odd about his sister the morning after a blind date. A coldness in her manner; nothing anyone else would notice. Suspicious, he confronts her about the date but she turns nasty, accusing him of taking a perverse interest in her sex life. When he next sees her, months later, she seems back to normal, until a harmless comment provokes a sudden, violent response. As her mental state fluctuates, Karl seeks out the man she dated just before her personality began to change, convinced she is suppressing a painful memory from that night. But what he discovers is something far more sinister, and pervasive, than he'd ever imagined. Strictly for adult readers, THE MANY is the first book of a trilogy that explores contemporary themes of corruption, sexuality and gender, while shedding light on a shadowy evil that is both disturbing and eerily familiar.

When Karl's sister goes on a blind date with a handsome ophthalmologist, Karl realises that he should be pleased for her, after all, a highly paid, handsome Doctor is quite the catch...

But when she returns the following day, having declined to show up for work or tell any of her family where she is. Karl is convinced that something happened to her.

Stacey has always dated, sometimes she has even gone home with her dates. But none of them seem to have affected her so deeply before. It's almost as if she has has a personality transplant.

Karl is sick with worry for his Sister as her behaviour grows increasingly erratic and at times violent, he refers her to a psychologist. When she is placed under hypnotherapy, things take a dramatic turn for the worse and Karl is more concerned than ever.

When Karl hears about Dawn, a woman whose Mother seems to have suffered a similar fate to Stacey, he realises that the similarities are too close to ignore, even though her Mother's date was with another woman.

With detectives thinking that Karl and Dawn are at best making it up, at worst a little bit loopy, they know they must work together to get justice for their loved ones.

The Many is an original story that will keep you gripped and thinking twice before trying any online dating in the future.

The Many is available to buy now via Amazon online.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Publisher: Quercus
Release date: 3 November 2016
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb:  Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her father's whaling ship. Now she is returning to the frozen seas as the head of her own exploration expedition. Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan, but his yearning for new horizons leads him to the Arctic as part of a rival expedition. When he and Flora meet, all thoughts of science and exploration give way before a sudden, all-consuming love. The affair survives the growing tensions between the two groups, but then, after one more glorious summer on the Greenland coast, Jakob joins his leader on an extended trip into the interior, with devastating results. The stark beauty of the Arctic ocean, where pack ice can crush a ship like an eggshell, and the empty sweep of the tundra, alternately a snow-muffled wasteland and an unexpectedly gentle meadow, are vividly evoked. Against this backdrop Penney weaves an irresistible love story, a compelling look at the dark side of the golden age of exploration, and a mystery that Flora, returning one last time to the North Pole as an old woman, will finally lay to rest.

Flora Mackie is the daughter of a captain of a whaling ship. From a young age despite her Father’s protests she has joined him aboard ship, even though it is ‘no place for a young lady’

But Flora is no ordinary young lady and her experiences on her Father’s whaling ship leave her hungry for adventure and exploration.

This taste for adventure ultimately leads Flora to the Arctic. Where she meets fellow explorer Jacob De Beyn for the first time.

Their attraction to each other is neither instant nor mutual, but as they get to know each other, so begins a mutual respect for each other.

It is only when they are parted that they realise the true extent of their feelings. And so begins an affair that is unconventional bordering on scandalous for the times we are reading about.

Does the course of true love ever run smooth? Or are our two intrepid explorers headed for heartbreak?

Under a pole star is a sweeping epic, that would make a wonderful film, reminiscent of Titanic. Please don’t let the 600+ page length of this novel put you off reading, for me it didn’t seem long at all, and was well worth the time invested.

Under a Pole Star is available to buy now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to lovereading.co.uk and Quercus who sent me an advanced proof of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Review - What remans of me - A.L. Gaylin

Monday, 21 November 2016

Review - A high mortality of doves by Kate Ellis

A high mortality of doves by Kate Ellis
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Release date: 3 November 2016
Rating: *** and a half
Back cover blurb: 1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still reeling from four terrible years of war, and now, just when the village is coming to terms with the loss of so many of its sons, the brutal murder of a young girl shatters its hard-won tranquillity. Myrtle Bligh is found stabbed and left in woodland, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove, a bird of peace. During the war Myrtle worked as a volunteer nurse with Flora Winsmore, the local doctor's daughter, caring for badly wounded soldiers at the nearby big house, Tarnhey Court. When two more women are found murdered in identical circumstances, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London, a man not only wounded in war but damaged in peace by the death of his young son and his cold, loveless marriage. Once in Wenfield, Albert begins to investigate the three recent murders and the Cartwright family of Tarnhey Court and their staff fall under suspicion as their hidden lives and secrets are uncovered. With rumours of a ghostly soldier with a painted face being spotted near the scene of the murders, the village is thrown into a state of panic - and with the killer still on the loose, who will be the next to die at the hands of this vicious angel of death?
For me this novel started off with such promise, a post WW1 with a difference. Sadly I was left a little disappointed by its conclusion. Although others may enjoy this novels ending.

A high mortality of doves is ultimately Flora Winsmore's story. A doctor's daughter who voluntereed as a nurse during the war, Flora is a feeling a little low at the prospect of post war life. Her Father doesn't want her to train to be a 'proper' nurse, but Flora is desperate to be one.

When a young local woman, Myrtle Bligh is murdered, Flora hurries to be at her Father's side as he called to the scene as a Doctor. Barely disturbed by what she sees - after all she was a nurse during the War.. Flora is secretly a little thrilled as tragically more deaths descend upon the village of Wenfield.
As more grisly murders occur, a detective from Scotland Yard is called upon to help the investigation. As an outsider Albert Lincoln is not afraid to question those in the village who the local police might think above the law.

But as the investigation closes in on the murderer Albert must question everything he has learnt about the people of Wenfield, because it seems that at least one of them is most certainly not the person they appear to be...

A high mortality of dove is available to buy now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Review - The Last Night by Cesca Major

The Last Night by Cesca Major
Publisher: Corvus Books
Release date: 3 November 2016
Rating: *****

Back cover blurb: In a quiet coastal village, Irina spends her days restoring furniture, passing the time in peace and hiding away from the world. A family secret, long held and never discussed, casts a dark shadow and Irina chooses to withdraw into her work. When an antique bureau is sent to her workshop, the owner anonymous, Irina senses a history to the object that makes her uneasy. As Irina begins to investigate the origins of the piece, she unearths the secrets it holds within. Decades earlier, another young woman kept secrets. Her name was Abigail. over the course of one summer, she fell in love, and dreamed of the future. But Abigail could not know that a catastrophe loomed, and this event would change the course of many lives for ever...

The Last Night is another beautifully written novel by Cesca Major.

Irina is haunted by a tragedy in her past. Unable to let go, she has lost the man she loves and her relationship with her Mother is at times strained.

When she is mysteriously sent a cabinet for repair, Irina is struck by its beauty and hidden compartments holding treasures that were clearly dear to someone once. 

When Irina finds a number of trinkets that warrant further investigation she calls upon her ex, Andrew for help. 

The two of them set upon a journey together that will lead them not only to discover the truth behind the items lost, but also the truth about themselves.

Decades earlier, Abigial Lovatt arrices in Devon devasteated by the death of her Mohter, her Sister and husand welcome her into their home but Abigail feels lost without her best firend Mary. Until she meets Richard and suddenly everything falls into place.

Abigail is secretly planning a new life with Richard when something unthinkable happens and she knows she cannot tell Richard and instead must leave as quickly as she can.

Will Richard truly know how she feels or is she just another stranger to the town?

The Last Night is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

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