’Those People’ is the latest book by Louise Candlish.
Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival, disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence. Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: Booth did it. But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree with them.
I spent one Friday morning enthralled with this book and only could I put it down when I finished it.
The story is seen through the narrative of the residents of Lowland Way, when a new neighbour moves in and causes some uproar to the friendly environment. Like Louise’s previous books, the book starts right at the moment something sinister has happened and everyone in the neighbourhood is a suspect.
The characters are an interesting mix of people, all quite snobby and set in their ways and with the arrival of Darren and his outspoken partner Jodie, you find them really rebel against change. The new neighbour challenges the dynamics of the neighbourhood and this makes for unsettling reading as the neighbours try to reason with them, only to be cut down. All the neighbours have their own motives and makes them all suspects throughout the story. There’s the new parents struggling with a new born getting sleep, the elderly woman who’s lonely and only company she has are those who stay in her bed and breakfast and finally the rivalling families who’s determined to make the area child friendly.
A fast paced and intriguing story that hooked my attention from the very first page, ‘Those People’ is just as compulsive as Louise’s highly acclaimed previous book called ‘Our House’. With a thrilling and fast paced plot and wonderfully fascinating characters, ‘Those People’ is definitely another summer hit from Louise.
You can buy ‘Those People’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
‘A Postcard From Italy’ is the latest book by Alex Brown.
Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s. Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother. Embarking on her own voyage of discovery, Grace’s search takes her to a powder pink villa on the cliff tops overlooking the Italian Riviera, but will she unravel the family secrets and betrayals that Connie tried so hard to overcome, and find love for herself?
It’s been a well since I read a book by Alex Brown and I forgot how lovely it is to curl up with one of her stories and how they can transport you off to another land and forget about all your worries.
In her latest book we meet gentle and kind Grace, who’s been taken for a ride by her domineering and horrible mother called Cora and her possible boyfriend Phil, letting people walk all over her and tell her what to do, she finds solace in her job where she gathers information in a storage company. One day, she’s given the task of sorting out a storage unit belonging to a glamorous woman called Connie and she finds herself on a mission to find out what became the infamous Connie. This journey takes Grace on an adventure to Italy, where she not only uncovers Connie’s life but also finds herself looking at her own life as well, along with the help of the handsome Ellis.
I loved this book, the combination of the exotic location as well as the endearing characters made this a really good book to get stuck into. I loved Grace and often sympathised with how people treated her but as the story progresses we see her blossom and grow in confidence which is really lovely reading.
The story is seen from the perspective of both Connie and Grace which gives the story an interesting slant. Connie is wonderfully glamorous and the Italian setting adds an exotic element to the tale.
Wonderfully written and vividly picturesque, ‘A Postcard From Italy’ is romantic and heartwarming story about life discoveries and starting over. I adored it!
You can buy ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
‘The Evidence Against You’ is the latest thrilling book by Gillian McAllister.
It’s the day Izzy’s father will be released from jail. She has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories. But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother. Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial.But should she give him the benefit of the doubt? Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?
The story is seen from the narrative of Izzy and parents leading up to Izzy’s mother’s death and gives an interesting insight into the relationship between the three of them. It also shows how differently things can be perceived between adults and children and this was an interesting slant to the story.
I really liked Izzy and it was interesting seeing her struggle with morals and emotions as she reconnected with her father and tried to understand their relationship. For years, she was led to believe one thing but suddenly there’s a lot of uncertainty in her life. I found her to be quite a reclusive character and found that most of the people that she relied on in life had taken a step back. Her marriage didn’t seem happy and throughout the story, there was a lonely atmosphere to it.
What made the story so gripping was the unreliable characters that are throughout the story. All the characters are a suspect in the story and it seems that everyone could have a motive behind her mother’s reason.
An impressive and thought provoking story about family and lies, ‘The Evidence Against You’ is a well crafted story with an unexpected ending.
You can buy ‘The Evidence Against You’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
‘Then She Vanishes’ is the latest book by Claire Douglas.
Jess and Heather were once best friends – until the night Heather’s sister Flora vanished. The night that lies tore their friendship apart. But years later, when a brutal double murder shakes their childhood town, Jess returns home. Because the suspect is Heather.
I started this book one evening and found it so good that I even missed an episode of ‘Love Island’ because it had gripped my attention so much.
The story is seen from the narrative of journalist Jess and the mother of her former best friend Margot. Many years ago, Margot’s eldest daughter Flora disappeared and was never found, Margot and her other daughter Heather never recovered until many years later two people were murdered and Heather is left with a self inflicted wound with no memory and people are assuming that she murdered the people.
Once a successful journalist, Jess has returned home to a weekly newspaper and is struggling to find out why her childhood best friend might have murdered two people and finds herself reconciling with Margot as the two of them try to pierce together Flora and Heather’s last movements.
I really enjoyed the pace of this story and the dual narratives as they gave an interesting insight into the two women. As well as their narratives, there was also Flora’s last movements and this was particularly gripping. It was also insightful seeing Jess battle with morals as journalist she’s looking for the big reveal but also has a connection with the main suspects.
Cleverly written with interesting and unreliable characters that made for thrilling reading, ‘Then She Vanishes’ is a complex and suspenseful psychological thriller. Filled with plot twists and drama, this book was impossible to put down.
You can pre-order ‘Then She Vanishes’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 8th August 2019.