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I’ll Eat When I’m Dead By Barbara Bourland

I'll Eat When I'm Dead‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ is Barbara Bourland’s debut novel.

Everyone thinks Hillary starved to death – but Cat knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t a capital P problem. If beauty kills, it’d take more than that. Hot-headed and fiercely feminist, Cat’s sure she can match the investigating skills of Detective Mark Hutton, solve the case, and achieve sartorial fulfillment.But going undercover, Cat’s in over her head, and soon becomes snared in a very stylish web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change her look – and outlook – forever.

This book has been described as ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ meets ‘American Psycho’ and that would be a statement that I agree with. It is based in the busy and competitive environment of Rage book, a popular lifestyle and culture magazine where there is constant pressure to succeed.

When Hilary, a leading member of staff is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Cat, a staff member and friend of Hilary, is still unconvinced about her friends death. On this journey with the help of the handsome detective Matt Hutton, Cat discovers the dark world of journalism and fashion and how it’s not all just about flashing lights and glamour.

With sass and reeking of attitude, this book delivers a clever plot line with a investigative twists. As Cat and Matt delve further in Hilary’s death, they uncover a world hidden away from the public eye.

Filled with glamour and wit, this book highlights the pressure of this high paced job and sometimes it’s not as rewarding as public are lead to believe.

Barbara’s writing is fast paced delivered with a funny quips along the way that made for enjoyable reading. The wide range of characters are vibrant and engaging that made for gripping reading.

With an eye catching title and gripping plot line, ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ is an honest but humorous story about the pressure of journalism, that was fun to read from start to finish.

You can buy I’ll Eat When I’m Dead from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

All The Good Things By Clare Fisher

All The Good Things‘All The Good Things’ is the first book by Clare Fisher.

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve ever to feel good again. But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head. But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing. What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone – even a 100% bad person – deserve a chance to be good?

‘All The Good Things’ is Clare’s debut novel and it’s a hauntingly great tale and female prison life and mental illness.

The story is seen through the narrative of Beth, a young troubled woman who’s in jail and is told by her counsellor to write about all the good things in her life.

As Beth works on her list, she brings us back to her past from growing up with foster families, finding her feet and dealing with the realisation of becoming a teenage mother.

Beth is a complex character, which is no surprise as she had a troubled upbringing, with a mother who had her own health problems, she spent most of her time absent from Beth’s life and Beth spent her time moving from different families, hoping to eventually one day find her own permanent place in life. She’s outspoken with a quick temper but underneath all this bravado, she’s insecure and unhappy and longs for content.

Having spent most of her life feeling unloved, she bares her soul into her writing, revealing her thoughts and fears of becoming a mother as well as voicing her excitement. As the story progresses, we delve further into Beth’s life and what path she took to end up in prison.

This story is beautifully written and handles the subject of mental illness with care and grace. Not only is Beth, a wonderful lead character with a strong personality and kind heart, the friends surrounding her, inject a dose of humour into this serious and poignant tale.

A heartbreaking and honest story about the difficulties of mental health and redemption, ‘All The Good Things’ is a book that stays with you long after you reached the final page.

You can pre-order All the Good Things from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 1st June 2017.

The Last Piece Of My Heart By Paige Toon

The Last Piece Of My HeartPaige Toon is back with a new book called ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’.

Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change.

Paige is back with another beautiful tale, a story that whisks you anyway to many different countries packed with exotic and handsome men and adorable babies.

In this book, we meet Bridget who was originally introduced to us in one of Paige’s earlier books, ‘Thirteen Weddings’. She’s happily working away on her blog, reuniting with old boyfriends and putting ghosts to rest until her agent asks her to ghost write the follow up novel to a best seller. Sadly, the author Nicki, passed away before finishing and Sara, Bridget’s agent thinks she would be perfect for the job.

But, for Bridget to finish the book, Bridget must delve into the world and thoughts of the author and this brings her to Cornwall, where she lives in her fathers old motor home called Hermie and she spends her days with the widowers husband and their baby sweetly called April. It’s during this time with Charlie and April, that Bridget forges a friendship with the pair and finds herself discovering new things about herself whilst finishing the challenging novel.

As per usual, Paige has written another book that tugs at the heartstrings with an adorable baby with a sweet and inquisitive nature but also makes for poignant reading as she reads the private thoughts of a young woman whilst intruding on a mans grieving.

Bridget is the life and soul of the paper, she’s fun, outspoken and not used to children, until she met April, she feared them but immediately falls for the little girl. As she researches into the book, we realise that she’s not quite as settled as we thought, as she tries to deal with a long distance relationship with her boyfriend in Australia, but as time goes by, she begins to wonder if he does own the last piece of her heart.

Charlie, is also another beautiful character, he’s handsome, creative and tortured as he deals with his wife’s untimely death but with Bridget suddenly thrown into his and his daughters lives, he begins to deal with his grief and she helps him realise that life can move on.

Their scenes together are wonderful, they are fun and vibrant and Bridget really does bring the best out in Charlie. I genuinely loved the couple, they were fun, relatable and most of all engaging.

A warm and sweet tale, that flowed at a lovely pace, ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’, is a beautiful and sensitively written tale about love and loss that truly made for bittersweet reading.

You can pre-order The Last Piece of My Heart from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th May 2017.

Obsession By Amanda Robson

Obsession‘Obsession’ is Amanda Robson’s debut novel.

One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could? It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life. Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends? Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

‘Obsession’ is a dark and thrilling story about one woman’s jealousy and how it utterly consumes her. When Carly drunkenly asks her husband who he would like to be with, he reluctantly tells her that, he likes Jenni, their best friend and a woman who is the polar opposite to Carly, she’s a meek, good living woman.

Overwhelmed at the thought of her husband having lustful thoughts about her friend, Carly embarks on vengeance on her friend, who’s unaware of Rob’s attraction.

The story is written through the narrative of the four characters of both marriages as the pair of them fall apart and they struggle to get through the repercussions of their actions.

The story is cleverly written with empathic and dislikable characters that made for complex and unhappy reading. When the story begins, we meet Carly, a sexual and outspoken woman who becomes obsessed with the idea of her husband, Rob lusting after someone else, but as the story progresses, we see this confident woman fall apart and anxiety sets in when she becomes convinced that Jenni is after her husband. Meanwhile, the most important man in Jenni’s life is Jesus, she’s good living and kind to people but with Carly’s obsession, we see a darker side to the once timid character.

I loved this story, it made for such twisted and unhappy reading that I couldn’t put it down. A dark and twisted story about the complexities of marriage and relationships. A story that explores, lust, revenge and betrayal, ‘Obsession’ is a fast paced thriller that hooks the reader in and takes them to a dark place that no relationship ever wants to venture.

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

The Night Visitor By Lucy Atkins

The Night Visitor‘The Night Visitor’ is the latest book by Lucy Atkins.

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

‘The Night Visitor’ is a gripping and sinister tale, that held me in its clutches over the last couple of nights as I delved into the twisted and complicated relationship of Olivia Sweethorn and Vivian Tester.

The story is written in a dual narrative seen from the perspective of both women in alternating chapters, travelling swiftly and neatly from past to present tense, bringing the reader up to speed about their status.

Olivia is a beloved historian who longs to share the compelling story of Annabel Burley, a renowned woman in British medicine and with the help of Vivian, a researcher the pair of them write a successful bestseller. But, just as the book hits the shelves, Olivia begins to realise that Vivian isn’t quite the person she was led to believe and regrets the woman’s involvement in the creation of the book.

The two women are polar opposites of each other, which makes their relationship and the drama surrounding them so intense and chilling. Olivia comes from a bustling family, mother of three children and married to fellow writer David, her life is a hive of activity whereas as Vivian has no one, other than her dog, Bertie for company. She leads a lonely life, an only child with no family and she sometimes finds it hard to deal with human relationships.

She’s a simple but guarded woman that I sometimes found myself sympathising with. Where, Olivia shines in all her glory, Vivian prefers to sit back and watch and what she observes certainly makes for haunting reading. As the story develops, secrets are revealed and tragic events occur that effect both women.

Suberbly researched, this book is cleverly and chillingly written. This intense story observes the somewhat twisted relationship between women, a story of obsession and jealously, ‘The Night Visitor’ is a menacing tale riddled with deceit and an intriguing plot line that made for creepily atmospheric reading.

You can buy The Night Visitor from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.