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The Secrets Of Primrose Square By Claudia Carroll

The Secrets Of Primrose Square‘The Secrets Of Primrose Square’ is the latest book by Claudia Carroll.

It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches. In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her. A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever. And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up. Welcome to Primrose Square.

‘The Secrets Of Primrose Square’ is Claudia’s first book with her new publisher and it’s a lovely tale.

The story is seen through the perspective of four different women all dealing with heartbreak and new beginnings. Susan can’t deal with the sudden death of her daughter, she takes her anger and hurt on those around her including Melissa, her other daughter. Melissa is having to deal with her grief alone, only a young girl she’s having to be the adult in the family, as her father is away with the army. Until, one day her mother breaks down and is committed to hospital. Melissa is sent to live with her neighbour called Jayne, a widow, who’s recently found love online much to the disgust of her son and daughter in law. And newcomer to the area Nancy has escaped London life to direct ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at a Dublin theatre.

All four different women are at difficult times in their lives, bereavement, loneliness, harassment and together they form an unlikely bond, helping each other and providing the well needed support they all need.

The women are all from different generations and this gives the story an interesting slant to the tale, as their experiences and wisdom are all able to help each other.

Like Claudia’s previous books, the story is filled with Irish wit and charm, that really made for sweet reading. The relationships between the women are lovely to read, as they grow from tentative women into strong and determined ladies.

A poignant tale filled with emotion and insights in female relationships from mother and daughter to friends, ‘The Secrets Of Primrose Square’ is a modern story of friendship and starting over.

You can buy The Secrets of Primrose Square from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient‘The Silent Patient’ is Alex Michaelides debut novel.

There has been much hype and talk over the ‘The Silent Patient’, Orion Books highly anticipated debut for 2019 and after reading the book in two sittings, I fully understand the excitement.

The story is seen through the narrative of successful artist Alicia and her therapist Theo, who has been quite obsessed with the woman after she allegedly killed her husband, but no one knows the true story as Alicia, has never spoke from that fateful day. She’s now in a psychiatric hospital and Theo is making it his job to get her to speak and reveal all.

The story flashes back and forward between both characters and gives the reader a clear insight into both people. Before the incident, Alicia was a highly regarded artist married to a top photographer, whose life everyone envied. Her childhood was troubled and these troubles were translated into her paintings that sold out art galleries.

Theo is determined that he will be able to find the answers to the questions, his colleagues were unable to and with connecting with Alicia’s family and friends, is able to get a clearer picture of the woman she once was and has now become.

Now, working in a volatile environment, where his life could potentially be at risk, Theo begins to embark on a tentative friendship with Alicia, hoping to get her to talk.

The story is bleak and riddled with suspense that really leaves the edger on tender hooks, both the main characters are extremely flawed and they use this to their advantage in their strange relationship. The flashbacks to the past and present are cleverly written and tie deliciously together in the end, when all is revealed. It’s so skilfully written and flows at a nice pace that really pulls the reader in, wanting to know more about Alicia and the actions of that night.

I genuinely loved this book and thought it was one of the best psychological debuts that I’ve read in a while, a strong plot, a mute woman with a story to tell and a man determined to know the truth.

It was tense, atmospheric and had a twist that really did blow my mind, for all fans of psychological thrillers, ‘The Silent Patient’ needs to be at the top of your TBR pile!

You can pre-order The Silent Patient from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 6th February 2019.

Some Kind Of Wonderful By Giovanna Fletcher

Some Kind of Wonderful‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’ is the latest book by Giovanna Fletcher.

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. A romantic escape to Dubai is the perfect moment, but instead of the proposal Lizzy hopes for, Ian reveals he’s not sure he even wants her anymore. Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian’s other half. But what does she want? How much of her is really Lizzy, and how much was Ian’s influence? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and in the meantime, have a little fun.

Giovanna Fletcher has returned to our bookshelves with a book that will have you laughing and crying in quick succession.

When Izzy and Ian go on holiday, Izzy thinks it’s only to be expected for him to propose to her after ten years together. Wrong. Instead, he breaks up with her and she ends moving back to her family home, much to the upset of her pregnant sister, who’s wedding is coming up and Michelle is convinced that Izzy is determined to ruin her big day.

As Izzy reflects on her life, now as a single woman, she thinks of all the changes and sacrifices she made for the relationship and is determined to live her life for herself and not for others. This involves wearing throngs, going out with friends and meeting new people and joining a choir.

This book is a journey of self discovery and for me, was quite the thinker as we all change in relationships. I loved how Izzy rebelled now she was single and had only to answer for herself, as well as figure what she really wanted from life, as the story progressed, she blossomed into a strong and independent woman.

The story is tender and heartfelt and you can feel the love in the writing. I loved Izzy, she was a fun and vibrant character with a big heart and this reflects through the hilarious situations that she gets herself in, whether it’s with outspoken sister or fun best friend, Connie.

Deliciously fun and witty, ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’ is a charming story of new beginnings and self discovery.

You can buy Some Kind of Wonderful from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Friend Request By Laura Marshall

Friend Request‘Friend Request’ is Laura Marshall’s debut novel.

Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.

‘Friend Request’ was one of the big debuts of 2018 and I finally got around to reading it at Christmas and it was quite the roller coaster ride.

The story is seen through the narrative of Louise Williams, a young woman who randomly gets a Facebook Friend Request from Maria Weston, a woman from her past. A woman that Louise is convinced is no longer alive. After a fateful night at their school leavers ball, Maria disappeared and has never been seen again. Now 25 years later, Maria wants to get back in touch, just as Louise receives an invite to her school’s reunion party, to reconnect with all the people who changed her life.

As the date of the reunion looms closer, Louise receives more unsettling messages and finds herself fearing for her life, as she believes that she is being punished for Maria’s disappearance.

The story is written in the past and present tense. Maria and Louise at school, Maria is the newcomer that the popular girls don’t like and force Louise make Maria’s school life unhappy, even though Louise likes Maria.

The story is filled with suspense and right from the start, we are drawn in the dark world of social media and how easy it is to reconnect with someone from your past. Louise is deeply troubled and haunted from her past and even though she is terrified that she is being hunted, she’s also relieved that the burden she’s been carrying may finally be revealed. She’s not the most strongest of characters, but as the story progresses, we begin to see another side to her. The story has many interesting characters, including Sam, Louise’s ex-husband and crush at school. He’s charismatic and charming and someone Louise can confide in, even though he broke her heart.

Twisty from the first page, this book really pulls the reader in and keeps them guessing until the final page. With unsettling moments and dodgy characters that make everyone a potential suspect, ‘Friend Request’ is a cleverly written psychological thriller that is well worthy of all its hype.

You can buy Friend Request from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp By Sarra Manning

The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp‘The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp’ is the latest book by Sarra Manning.

Determined to leave her poverty-stricken roots behind her, Becky Sharp is going to take every opportunity offered to her to climb to the top. Whether it’s using her new BFF Amelia Sedley to step up into the rarified world of London’s upper classes, or seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, Becky Sharp is destined for great things – at any cost. From London to Paris and beyond, the world is there for Becky’s taking – even though some people are determined to stop her along the way

This book is Sarra’s modern take on the classic novel, ‘Vanity Fair’.

In this book, we meet upcoming socialite Becky Sharp, who after spending years scrimping to get by, is determined to make something of herself. After coming second in ‘Big Brother’, she becomes best friends with winner, Ameilia Sedley. A well known socialite from a rich family, she’s kind with a big heart and doesn’t see when others take her for granted, including Becky.

After being cast off to the countryside, Becky reluctantly becomes a nanny to the many children of Sir Pitt Crawley, a former lusted after film star, who has let his house and himself go to rat and ruin much to Becky’s despair.

Fortunately Becky meets Rawdon, Sir Pitt’s son and the pair fall madly in love and become one of the UK’s hottest couples, with his upcoming rise to film stardom and Becky becoming the latest reality star, the couple are on the top.

As the couple travel the world with the paparazzi watching their every movement, Becky begins to enjoy the life that she feels richly deserves much to the bemusement of those around her.

I adored this book, but I knew that would be the case as I love her Sarra’s writing. Her writing is always fresh, witty with fascinating characters and hilarious situations that made for compulsive reading.

The book is so reflective of modern life, the pressures of social media and appearance and I thought that Sarra made a fantastic job of adapting the book to the 21st century.

I loved Becky, she’s the woman we all dream of being, glamorous, gutsy and not afraid to follow her dreams, no matter the cost. Amelia was also especially sweet and gave an insight into the other side of being a socialite as well as living in Becky’s shadow.

With a fabulous cover, delicious characters, drama and sass throughout, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp’ is a fantastic retelling of a contemporary classic filled with filters, designer labels and wit.

You can buy The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.