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The Perfect Victim By Corrie Jackson

The Perfect Victim ‘The Perfect Victim’ is the second book in the Sophie Kent series.

Charlie and Emily Swift are the Instagram-perfect couple: gorgeous, successful and in love. But then Charlie is named as the prime suspect in a gruesome murder and Emily’s world falls apart. Desperate for answers, she turns to Charlie’s troubled best friend, London Herald journalist, Sophie Kent. Sophie knows police have the wrong man – she trusts Charlie with her life. Then Charlie flees. Sophie puts her reputation on the line to clear his name. But as she’s drawn deeper into Charlie and Emily’s unravelling marriage, she realises that there is nothing perfect about the Swifts. As she begins to question Charlie’s innocence, something happens that blows the investigation – and their friendship – apart. Now Sophie isn’t just fighting for justice, she’s fighting for her life.

I started reading this book one evening and was unable to put it down until the I reached the final page.

The story is quirkily written with an inquisitive and passionate lead character, who isn’t happy unless her life is at stake and she’s got a good news story.

Sophie Kent is a driven young journalist, who’s determined to prove her colleague and friend’s innocence when he is suspected of murdering a solicitor, Sophie believes there’s a lot more going on, than people are letting on and particularly finds Charlie’s wife, Emily a person of interest. Emily and Charlie had a whirlwind romance, the perfect couple on social media, but when new revelations come to light, the couple are seen to be far from perfect.

Sophie is quite a complex and troubled character, she puts on a hard act pushing herself to limits, but all the while she is dealing with the death of little brother Tommy. She doesn’t believe that he committed suicide and fears something a lot more sinister is at place and finds herself embroiled in a cult, whilst trying to find Charlie as well as piece Tommy’s last dying moments together. But just as Sophie gets closer to discovering the truth, her life and those around her are put into danger.

The story is fast paced with each chapter ending on a hook, making it difficult to put down. The characters are interesting and well written and with the chapters flowing between past and present tense, it really sets the scene in this quite bleak thriller.

As well as the seeing the story through Sophie’s narrative, we also see the perspective from Emily’s eyes, as her perfect life unravels before her eyes. I thought it was quite clever to add another voice to the story, adding another layer to the thriller.

This book is the second in the Sophie Kent series and although I haven’t read the first book in the series, I thought this book gave plenty of background information, so I wasn’t lost in the plot.

Packed with great characters, particularly the ballsy lead with a great plot and strong dialogue, ‘The Perfect Victim’ is a twisty tale that I genuinely enjoyed.

You can buy The Perfect Victim from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Give Me The Child By Mel McGrath

Give Me The Child‘Give Me The Child’ is the latest book by Mel McGrath.

Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate. A devastating secret. But as the events behind Ruby’s arrival emerge – her mother’s death, her connection to Cat – Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk. Do we get the children we deserve? Cat’s research tells her there’s no such thing as evil. Her history tells her she’s paranoid. But her instincts tell her different. And as the police fight to control a sudden spate of riots raging across the capital, Cat faces a race against time of her own.

I sat reading this book one day and was unable to put it down until I reached the final page. Cleverly written with quite an unreliable narrative, this book made for gripping reading.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of child psychologist Cat Lupo, who is woken in the dead of night by the police with a little girl called Ruby claiming to be her husband’s Tom’s daughter. Shocked and hurt at the deceit and the betrayal, Cat wants nothing to do with the strange girl, but as the little girl’s mother is dead, Cat and Tom become her guardians. Already parents to Freya, who is delighted to have a new sister, they reluctantly try to move on, but there is something about Ruby that Cat can’t quite put her finger on. Having worked with troubled children and her own battles with mental illness, she identifies something in the little girl, something she doesn’t like.

From the every start of this story, the reader is kept on their toes. Cat is a mysterious character, with a background of her own, that she likes to keep hidden. She sees similarities in Ruby from herself and she tries to get close to the child, but Ruby keeps pushing her away. Strange things happen and even Freya, a happy, boisterous child seems withdrawn since the new arrival. Cat’s relationship with Tom also becomes turbulent, he also seems unstable and shows little remorse for his actions, which really makes him an unlikeable character.

The story is riddled with strong personalities, all battling demons and disorders and for me, I found this particularly interesting. In her role as a child psychologist, Cat has to deal with many troubled children and it’s how she identities with them, that I found to be quite fascinating.

The story is filled with many twists and turns that does make for shocking reading, but what’s particularly gripping, is the sense of paranoia that is apparent from the very start. As strange things start to happen in Cat’s life, she and the reader begin to doubt her sanity and it’s these doubts that are both unsettling and addictive.

With a chilling plot and an atmospheric setting, ‘Give Me The Child’, is a fast paced psychological thriller, that made for compulsive reading with a shocking ending that you will never expect!

You can buy Give Me the Child from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Bring Me Back By BA Paris

Bring Me Back‘Bring Me Back’ is the latest book by BA Paris.

The Disappearance.
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.
The Suspicion.
He told the police the truth about that night. Just not quite the whole truth.
The Fear. Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…

I first became aware of BA Paris, when she released her debut last year called ‘Behind Closed Doors’, a dark and gripping story about the complexities of a controlling relationship. I consumed that book in a day. I then read her next book called ‘The Breakdown’ at a hairdressers appointment where I spoke to no-one, as I was so absorbed in the story.

So. when I heard that she was back with a new book called ‘Bring Me Back’, I knew that it was going to be another great story that really hooked my attention, particularly with the hashtag #ForgetSleep.

I began to read this book late one evening and reluctantly put it down, as I had to go to work the following day. But with its short and snappy chapters and them all ending with an addictive hook, I found it impossible to put down.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Finn, a man who was hopelessly in love with Layla, a young woman he met on New Year’s Eve. They had an intense and passionate affair, until one day in France whilst on holiday, she disappeared. Now, twelve years later, Finn is about to marry her sister Ellen. When, suddenly he starts to find tiny Russian dolls dotted about his home and throughout his day and he begins to wonder has Layla returned, as she had a tiny Russian doll when he met her.

The tale is written in the past and present tense and gives us a great insight into Finn, his personality and how he became the man that is now. He’s a confident and successful man who’s content in his life, but never quite managed to get over the woman who suddenly left his life. As a controlling character, he has so many unanswered questions, he’s hoping that now they may finally be answered. Layla is quite an intriguing character, she’s mysterious, whilst her sister Ellen is quite boring in comparison, she’s settled in her ways and seems thankful that Finn loves her.

As well as Finn’s narrative, there’s also another unknown voice in the story adding an element of mystery to the tale.

I’ve come to the point, where I thoroughly adore BA’s writing, she’s the queen of psychological thrillers. She’s so skilled at writing psychological tales that really pull the reader in. Cleverly engaging their attention at every twist and turn and keeping them on their toes. Dark and compelling, with a bleak and atmospheric backdrop that made for bittersweet reading in parts, ‘Bring Me Back’ is a twisted tale of love and obsession and just how far we will go, to be with the one we love. You will most definitely #ForgetSleep when you start this book.

You can pre-order Bring Me Back from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 8th March 2018.

Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual By Owen Williams

AlienIf you’re a bit like me and enjoy a little bit of science fiction in your life, particularly when it comes to films, then the ‘Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual’ is an absolute must.

The book offers an unique experience that you will never forget.

Celebrating over 35 years of the successful franchise, this interactive book is specially written for the new recruits of the US Colonial Marines to impart knowledge of identification and combat of Xenomorphs. Your goal is to protect yourself and mankind against this significant and ever growing threat.

With detailed information and vivid imagery, this book also offers one unique experience and that is, the chance to interact with it through the power of augmented reality. By simply downloading the ‘Alien’ app from the App Store, the augmented reality animations bring your favourite Xenomorph to life, via a smartphone, or tablet.

This book is truly an exciting visual adventure, combining books with the recent craze of AR features. It enables the reader to re-enact some of the most famous scenes from the films as well as seen a Xenomorph race across your ceiling, which is quite terrifying!

Visually stimulating as well as heartstoppingly entertaining, ‘Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual’ is the perfect stocking filler for the ‘Alien’ fan in your life.

You can buy Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual (AR) from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual

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The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane By Ellen Berry

The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane’The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane’ is the second book in the Rosemary Lane series.

Ellen Berry is back with a delicious new book, that is a lovely return to Rosemary Lane.

Growing up in a Yorkshire village, Roxanne Cartwright couldn’t wait to escape and make her place in the world. Now, thirty years later, she’s a fashion editor living a glamorous life of perennial singlehood in London – or so it seems to her sister Della. But when Roxanne finds her career under threat, she feels herself pulled back to the quiet village she’d been so desperate to leave. As Roxanne reacquaints herself with life on Rosemary Lane, she slowly makes a surprising discovery: the people who live in Burley Bridge are, well, just people – different from the fashion set she’s used to, but kind and even interesting. Michael, a single dad trying to make a go of a small bakery, particularly so. Little by little, cupcake by cupcake, Roxanne and Michael fall into an unexpected friendship. Could there be a life for Roxanne after all, in the place she’s spent years trying to escape

This time we meet Roxanne, who’s sister we met in the first book of the Rosemary Lane series called Della.

Roxanne is the fashion director of a popular women’s magazine, she’s content in her life, looking forward to celebrating her boyfriend’s Sean birthday, as his fiftieth looms closer. But, her life takes an unexpected turn when, both her job and relationship are suddenly looking doubtful and she agrees with her scatty boss to take a sabbatical.

Roxanne, then retires to the countryside to spend time with Della as she prepares for the reopening of her bookshop. Roxanne, loves the slower pace of life and embraces the daily walks with Della’s dog and getting to know the handsome baker who becomes her friend.

But, it’s whilst she takes the time to reflect and relax, Roxanne begins to put her own life into perspective and begins to wonder if city life is still for her.

Roxanne is a lovely character, she’s kind with a huge heart and is looking out for others, particularly her elderly neighbour, Isabelle. The pair of them have a sweet relationship, there for each other when they are in trouble, their scenes make for tender reading. Roxanne, really comes to life when she’s living in the village, away from stress and drama, she relishes in the quietness and serenity and loves helping Della with her bookshop.

This book is sweet reading from the beginning, the characters are warm and engaging and with it being the second book in the series, the characters have become fun and familiar in the small close knit community.

Packed with charm and humour, ‘The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane’ is a reflective, tender and warm-hearted reading that is perfect to curl up on a cold winters night.

You can buy The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.