Monthly Archives: June 2017

Behind her eyes

By Sarah Pinborough

Wow, did I love this book! This was one of those that just won’t let you go. That you put down at the end in a state of total shock and wonderment. It was like a magnet, pulling me ever deeper into the story, with hints that things may not quite be as they seem. It’s the story of the relationship between a husband and wife and the growing friendship between two women. Quite twisted relationships. Why? Because the husband had a one-night stand with his wife’s new best friend. Who knows about the affair? Or the new friendship? I had whiplash as I constantly changed my mind about who was good and who was bad. And that ending! I was gobsmacked. Brilliant! 5 stars.

Book blurb:

Louise

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David

Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele

Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

 

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The Lucky Ones

By Mark Edwards

I seem to have read little apart from crime thrillers recently, and was beginning to feel a little jaded. The original premise of this book, however, made it a stand-out.  The Lucky Ones is a thoroughly good read about a twisted ‘guardian angel’ who leaves his dead victims with smiles on their faces. I enjoyed strong, assertive, gutsy DI Imogen Evans who has washed up in Shropshire and misses the excitement and diversity of London. The story dips into a number of different themes, including the relationship between mother and son, bullying and the dangers of the Internet. Despite covering so much, and all the twists and turns, Mark Edwards keeps the story tight and engrossing. He introduces a string of great characters – both good and bad. Even those with cameo appearances are memorable. Karen Lamb, the pathologist, for example, is a gem. Described as having less charm than some of the murderers Imogen had put away, she doesn’t get on very well with people – not ones who are still breathing, anyway.

Book blurb:

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

 

 

Sins of the Father

By Sheryl Browne

This was a suspenseful read that kept me on tenterhooks as Detective Inspector Matthew Adams and his family get drawn deeper and deeper into the horrific nightmare mapped out for him by a truly despicable character. I felt huge foreboding as I read it – and had to come up for breath more than once. I felt a huge connection to Matthew’s wonderful, loving family – as well as being a thriller, this was also a beautiful love story. It’s a long time since I’ve read such a great combination of detective thriller/romance, and while I’m not a romance fan, this really worked. I found myself rooting for them, petrified for them and in awe of them. Sins of the Father is the second in the DI Adams series. It read totally fine as a standalone novel, but I’m now tempted to go and read the first one, and cannot wait for the next one to come out!

Book blurb:

What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?
Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.
But the past is the past or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible.
When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?