Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Plus One - Sophie Money- Coutts

Blurb
The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none.
 
Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one

Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim.
But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms…
Review
Polly works for Posh! magazine spending her days writing about aristocracy, from posh babies to infamous Marquess. She has just turned 30 and is destined to hopelessly single if her previous dates are anything to go by...   
will she ever find a plus one for her best friends wedding?

I literally laughed-out-loud throughout the novel Money-Coutts writes with refreshing honestly what it's really like to date in 2018 including the cringe-worthy hookups! Polly's inner thoughts are spot on. There are touching moments too and you find yourself really rooting for Polly to be happy in the end. It just missed out on the five stars because I guessed the ending! - but the antics Polly gets up to are too funny to miss, the perfect book to cheer you up on these cold gloomy nights. 
    
Thanks to Netgalley and HQ Stories for sending me this in exchange for an open and honest review.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

All The Hidden Truths - Claire Askew

Blurb

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women, then himself.

But no one can say why.

The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame... the truth seems to vanish.

Review
This novel is set in the aftermath of a college shooting in Edinburgh and the narrative is between three different voices; the mother of the shooter, the mother of the first victim & the lead police investigator. Will they ever be able to make sense of this horrific event? The complexities of life are portrayed realistically by the gripping characters in their range of emotions and the heartbreaking questions they ask themselves. Askew uses a variety of writing styles from webpage excerpts, twitter updates, diary entries, and police interviews to reveal unexpected truths and highlight the predatory impact of the media. This is a brave, bold and brilliant debut and will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
    
Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for sending me this in exchange for an open and honest review.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Forgotten Guide to Happiness - Sophie Jenkins

Blurb

Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Green has never been good at making friends. She’s perfectly happy to be left alone with her books. Or at least, that’s what she tells herself.
Nancy Ellis Hall was once a celebrated writer. Now eighty, she lives alone in her North London house, and thinks she’s doing just fine. But dementia is loosening Nancy’s grip on the world.
When Lana and Nancy become unconventional house mates, their lives will change in ways they never expected. But can an unusual friendship rescue two women who don’t realise they need to be saved?
Review
Lana's second book was rejected by her publisher, because heartbreak and bitterness aren't appealing. So Lana goes in search of a hero, a feel-good-factor; she meets Jack who offers to step in and be her fictional hero because then he gets to date her without the emotional mess. Jack has enough on his hands with his Stepmother Nancy, in the early stages of dementia, who the police deem too vulnerable to live alone. Lana broke without her advance offers to move in with Nancy to look after her and keep her safe in exchange for a place to stay. Seems everyone needs a hero, the question is what qualities really make a good one? 

This novel has heart, it's not your typical boy meets girl they live happily-ever-after story. It's funny, charming but it's also thought-provoking and full of spirit. Nancy is the life and soul of the book her zest of life, the way she commands attention and her ability to bring the other characters together is a joy to read. The scenes detailing her dementia and the way society treats a declining health are poignant. This quirky read written from a struggling writers point of view is certainly worth a read and guaranteed to keep you entertained on these gloomy grey days.  
  
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for sending me this in exchange for an open and honest review.
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens

Blurb
She thought she'd escaped him forever. But will he ever let her go?

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash fled into the night with her young daughter, leaving an abusive relationship behind. Her ex-husband ended up in jail and Lindsey started a new life.
Now, Lindsey is older, wiser and believes she has cut all ties with the past. But when Andrew is released from prison, strange things start happening. Lindsey's new boyfriend is threatened, her home invaded and her daughter followed.
Her ex-husband denies all knowledge, but Lindsey is convinced he's responsible. Because, after all, who else could it be...?
Review
 Lindsey escaped an abusive marriage and has rebuilt her life with her daughter. 11 years later her ex-husband is released from jail and some unnerving events start occurring, home invasions and threats made to loved ones. As Lindsay's life begins to unravel her now teenage daughter starts questioning: how bad her Father really was? what if he has changed? should she give him a chance to be her Dad again? After all, she only knows her Mothers side of the story... This is a chilling well-paced and well-plotted thriller that takes the reader to some very dark places. Throughout the book, there are plenty of twists some predictable others shocking. Steven's takes an incredibly sensitive subject and makes it suspenseful and dark without dramatizing it, definitely one of the better domestic thrillers out there. 
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

One in a Million - Lindsey Kelk

Blurb
Everyone wants that special someone…. Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.
And even when they choose Dr Samuel Page PhD, historian and hater of social media, as her target, Annie’s determined to win the bet – whether Sam likes it or not.
But getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself. And before the thirty days are out, Annie has to make a decision about what’s really important…
Review
This novel is a perfect romantic comedy with a modern twist it's hilarious, warm and predictable in all the best ways. Annie and Miranda's characters are empowering, loveable, supportive and competitive. Running a start-up company is a nightmare in itself and then Annie takes on the task of making a random stranger Instagram-famous in 30 days. This stranger is Sam; social media hating historian with two PhDs, an enormous beard, baggy jeans and a flip phone! A very reluctant Sam agrees to help Annie win her bet but only if she helps him win his girlfriend back. She promptly sets up a four-step boyfriend boot camp and starts teaching Sam how to be the ultimate boyfriend. But is he the only one with something to learn? Or can Sam teach Annie a thing or two? 
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Monday, August 13, 2018

One Day in December - Josie Silver

Blurb
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist. After all, life isn't a scene from the movies, is it?

But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.
Laurie thinks she'll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus.
Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life. 
But what if fate has other plans?
Review
Snuggle up and get absorbed in the bittersweet lives of Laurie, Jack, and Sarah as they navigate the love, loss and everything in between. This novel beautifully captures friendship, the lengths taken to protect it and the consequences when fate intervenes. Silver had me laughing, crying, shouting and page-turning until the end - an utterly enthralling love story you will not want to miss! 
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Books UK for sending me this in exchange for an open and honest review.
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Friday, August 3, 2018

You Were Gone - Tim Weaver

Blurb

I buried you.
I mourned you . . .
But now you're back.
A woman walks into a police station.
She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper that reads 'David Raker'.
She says she's his wife.
She looks just like her.
She knows everything about him.
But David buried his wife eight years ago.
Is this really the woman he loved?
Did he really say goodbye?
Or is he losing his mind?
Review
I absolutely love the David Raker series! As soon as I read that tagline I was eagerly awaiting its release. We join Raker enjoying a family Christmas Devon when he receives a phone call saying his Wife has just walked into Charing Cross police station. His wife died 8 years ago so it can't be her can it? This woman looks, talks and acts like his wife and know intimate details of their marriage that no one apart from his wife could know. This woman tells the police Raker had a breakdown and that's why he can't remember, this is backed up by a respected Doctor. One of them is lying! Is she really his Wife? Is Raker delusional? Or is she lying? 

This concept is utterly brilliant and ballsy. Weaver takes his loved and trusted character and makes us question everything we know about him, everything Raker knows about himself... it's unputdownable from the start can Raker prove his innocence to the police, us and most importantly himself? The twists and turns throughout the novel keep us guessing until the end. This intense and thrilling ride is not to be missed for anyone who likes a mystery. 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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The Plus One - Sophie Money- Coutts

Blurb The Plus One  [n]  informal  a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding  or  a reminder of being single, alone and abs...