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Come Sundown By Nora Roberts

Come Sundown‘Come Sundown’ is the latest book by American bestselling author, Nora Roberts.

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time. But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance? As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

I haven’t read many of Nora’s books, to be honest I think I’ve read more as her writing as J.D. Robb than as herself, she’s an author I’ve been looking to read more off, so when I got ‘Come Sundown’, I was curious to see what this author had to offer.

Initially I was disappointed to discover that I found the book a bit hard to get into, I thought the flow of a story was a bit slow, but I persevered and was pleasantly surprised that the more I read, the more enjoyable and chilling I found it to be.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Bodine, an independent young woman who manages her family resort which hosts events and horse riding lessons, she is driven by her job and her large family, that she holds close to her heart, until her teenage crush returns and Bodine is brought back to being her awkward self. But it seems that handsome Callen no longer sees her as his best friends younger sister and the two of become close, but just as Callen returns home, women are suddenly attacked and found dead and the police are pointing their fingers at him. Meanwhile, another part of the story sees, a woman becoming hostage to a cruel man who keeps her prisoner for many years, exposing her to sexual attacks and torture.

The story dips between Bodine and the mysterious woman and with this I found the story quite interesting, as Nora weaves the two stories quite cleverly together, forwards the end of the book, I found myself racing through the pages.

There is quite a mixture of characters, all with big and outspoken personalities particularly Bodine and her grammies, who all have an opinion on something, but underneath all that bravado, the family have a strong bond that keeps them close.

With an outspoken heroine and riddled with drama, ‘Come Sundown’ an emotional and romantic tale that made for a chilling story.

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

Orange Blossom Days By Patricia Scanlan

Orange Blossom Daysn‘Orange Blossom Days’ is the latest book by Irish author, Patricia Scanlan.

Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core. Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband’s infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one. Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileño, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex’s management committee. But pride comes before a fall. Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens.

Patricia is back with a new book, filled with many nationalities from across the world who all share a love for their apartments in the La Joya de Andalucia, in a small Spanish town. The resort provides the couples with the perfect escapes from the stress of live and home, but for some the resort isn’t as perfect as some hoped and new problems arise.

From the Emerald Isle, we have retired couple Anna and Austen MacDonald who have used their nestegg to treat themselves to a second home and escape from the dramatic and needy clutches of their daughter Chloe and her desire for a big wedding. Their intentions to spend time relaxing together don’t always work out much to their dismay, as one of their children is always looking for their attention and money. Texan couple, Sally-Ann and Cal lead separate lives even though they put on an united front, until Cal bursts their bubble and they literally have to go their separate ways. Whilst Eduardo is a stickler for rules and nothing annoys him more than seeing the residents of the resort taking liberties and disobeying the rules, so he runs for president of the resort, hoping that his wife will support him, but Consuela has gotten tired of his controlling ways and goes out to find a life of her own and finally there’s Jutta, the manager of the resort, a strict German woman who runs the resort like a ship, the only thing that gets in the way is her demanding father, her frivolous husband and annoying sisters.

I love Patricia’s books, they are the perfect books to sink into and relax with, filled with warmhearted and engaging characters, her lighthearted tales always make for tender reading. In this book, the wide selection of characters and personalities , give the story plenty of twists and enjoyable turns.

The many nationalities, give the story a clever spin, the lighthearted and witty Irish characters, Anna and Austen are the warmer elements of the story with their gentle nature, they made me smile with their Irish sayings and slangs whereas Sally-Ann was fun and vibrant with a strong heart and finally both Edmundo and Jutta are both driven by their careers and will stop at nothing that gets in their way, to be honest I found them the least likeable of the characters, they were obnoxious and rude.

Filled with warm and relatable characters set against the sunny climate of Spain, ‘Orange Blossom Days’ is a tender tale of love and friendship and is the perfect escapism read.

You can buy Orange Blossom Days from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Trust Me By Angela Clarke

Trust Me‘Trust Me’ is the third book in Social Media Murder series by Angela Clarke

When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is. Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

‘Trust Me’ is the latest book in the Social Media series and this time the book focuses on Periscope, a video sharing platform.

We meet Kate, a school principal who witnesses a violent attack on Periscope but just as she goes to report it, the video vanishes leaving Kate to wonder did she really see it? Kate then goes to Freddie and Nas asking for their help but as there is no video, there’s no evidence so there is nothing that can be done. But Freddie believes Kate and begins her own investigation which brings forward more people who saw the horrific video and a proper case is established. The story is seen from the perspective of Freddie and Nas, Kate and the clever inclusion of people directly involved in the case.

Like the previous books in the Social Media series, the book is sharp and snappy and flows at a fast paced with each chapter ending on a cliff hanger and leaving the reader thoroughly engaged. I love the relationship between Freddie and Nas, where Freddie is sharp and outspoken and not one for obeying rules, Nas is quiet and determined and regularly apologising for Freddie’s behaviour, their interactions made for entertaining and insightful reading as they pieced together the clues of the puzzle and how they regularly had to fight for their places in the predominantly male workplace.

As the plot follows many perspectives, this gives the story a great sense of urgency as it is a race against time to solve the crime before it’s too late.

I really enjoyed this story, it really highlighted the dangers of social media and how the platforms that we all use for fun and engagement, can also be used for such cruel activities.

Sharp, fast and insightful from the very start, ‘Trust Me’ is another great story from Angela, packed with twists and drama, this book was a rollercoaster of a read!

You can preorder the ebook and paperback from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 15th June 2017.

He Said She Said By Erin Kelly

He Said She Said‘He Said She Said’ is the latest book by Erin Kelly.

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.

I haven’t read a book by Erin Kelly in a while so I decided that ‘He Said/She Said’ would be my next book, like Erin’s previous books, I knew it was going to a compelling thriller and with the black cover, it gave nothing away.

The story is written through the narrative of married couple Kit and Laura, a couple who share a mutual love of eclipses, they’ve travelled the world to witness this amazing sight but on this occasion, Kit is travelling to Iceland alone as Laura is pregnant with twins.

It was their love that brought them together but it was what they witnessed many years ago that secured their bond, when they stumbled upon a young woman being attacked, immediately Laura stepped in and helped Beth send her attacker to jail even though he protested his innocence. Laura and Beth then developed a friendship, Beth became dependent on Laura as she was the only person who believed in Beth, but their friendship takes a turbulent turn that leaves Laura and Kit running for their lives and trying to stay off the grid.

The story flows through the past and present tense, leading up to Beth’s attack, the court case and the circumstances that followed which left Laura from a confident young woman to a woman who lives in fear and is in a constant state of anxiety.

The chapters alternate between both characters between past and present tense and for me this made chilling and compelling reading. Both Laura and Kit are consumed with their love for each other and their passion and protection for each other runs deep. Beth is an intriguing and unpredictable woman, who I found myself not completely sure off, but as the story progresses I did find myself wonder was she actually raped or was she merely going along with Laura claims, but throughout the book there are many twists that made the story gripping reading.

A book about different sides of the story, ‘He Said/She Said’ is a cleverly crafted tale of crime and drama, filled with magic and suspense, that will make suspicious of everyone’s version. I loved it.

You can buy He Said/She Said from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Into The Water By Paula Hawkins

'Into The Water‘Into The Water’ is the second book by Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of ‘The Girl On The Train’

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool.

‘Into The Water’ is the second book by Paula Hawkins and if you’re expecting another voyeuristic tale about a woman on a train, then you’re in for a surprise, even though the book is about a female protagonist set against a bleak atmosphere with a bewitching plot line, that is where the similarities end.

In book, we meet Julia who returns home after receiving word that her sister, Nel was found dead in a notorious suicide spot. But Jules is convinced, that even though her sister was quite troubled and had a weird fascination with suicide and water, that she wouldn’t kill herself. But, it’s not only Jules who is thinking this, police officers and residents of the town are also wondering what happened at the infamous spot and is there indeed something in the water that making women take their lives.

The story is seen though many narratives, from Jules coming to terms with the death of her estranged sister and the police investigating the case but there is also the inclusion of residents of the town, who also question Nel’s death. There is also a sub story that prior to Nel’s death, a teenage girl called Katie took her life in a similar fashion, the mother’s perspective is included as she struggles to deal with Katie’s death and as the story progresses and delves deeper into past and present narratives that we discover that there was a lot more going on in the two women’s lives, a lot more than the reader is led to believe.

I loved ’The Girl On The Train’ and would even regard it as one of my favourite books, so when I received ‘Into The Water’ I approached it with an open mind and that it was not going to be a sequel to the bestseller and I was right.

The story starts cleverly right at the moment that Jules receives word that her sister is dead and from that point on, the story flows at a fast pace that immediately hooks the reader in. We don’t really meet Nel, we only see her through flashbacks with Jules and she seems quite an unlikeable character, she was popular in school whilst Jules was chubby and naive which Nel seemed to take advantage off. I didn’t really feel much sympathy for Nel, as Jules had painted her in quite a poor light, but as the story flows, we see a different side to her, that I did feel some empathy, as she was quite a troubled and misunderstood woman. Whereas Jules, is a bit of loner, having not really fully recovered from an incident from her childhood.

The many perspectives of the plot line makes for exciting and compelling reading, filled with desperate and helpless characters and set against the bleak background of a dark and troubled town, this moody thriller injected with magic made for unexpectedly gripping reading. Beautifully and descriptively written, with short chapters that made the book impossible to put down, ‘Into The Water’ is a haunting and disturbing tale that is completely different to Paula’s debut and a book I would highly recommend.

You can buy Into the Water from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.