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Missing Pieces By Laura Pearson

Missing Pieces‘Missing Pieces’ is the first book by Laura Pearson.

All Linda wants to do is sleep. She won’t look at her husband. She can’t stand her daughter. And she doesn’t want to have this baby. Having this baby means moving on, and she just wants to go back to before. Before their family was torn apart, before the blame was placed. Alienated by their own guilt and struggling to cope, the Sadler family unravels. They grow up, grow apart, never talking about their terrible secret. That is until Linda’s daughter finds out she’s pregnant. Before she brings another Sadler into the world, Bea needs to know what happened twenty-five years ago. What did they keep from her? What happened that couldn’t be fixed? A devastating mistake, a lifetime of consequences. How can you repair something broken if pieces are missing?

Missing Pieces is an intensely sad but beautifully written story about the loss of a child and how another one can never quite fill the void.

The story is written in two parts and is seen through the perspective of Linda, the mum, Tom, the husband and sisters Bea and Esme. It flows in past and present tense and gives the reader an understanding of the family and the difficulties they are facing from the loss of a child. Linda is heartbroken when her daughter dies and never seems able to move on, even with her older daughter Bea and baby Esme, she is unable to get over her loss and it’s up to Tom to try to hold the family together whilst the two sisters try to carry on with their lives, one knowing the sister that passed away and the other one living in her shadow.

This story is a wonderfully moving tale that will certainly tug at the heartstrings. The different perspectives of the story, is insightful as it shows how the tragedy is affecting each person differently.

The story battles many issues, death, mental illness plus the pressure of living in a dead person’s shadow, there doesn’t seem to be many topics that the book doesn’t cover.

Laura’s writing is clear and descriptive, creating vivid scenes of emotion and turmoil throughout. A heartbreaking story of bereavement and loss, ‘Missing Pieces’ is a triumph of a debut.

You can buy Missing Pieces from Amazon and is available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and Google Play.

How Far We Fall By Jane Shemilt

How Far We Fall ‘How Far We Fall’ is the latest book by Jane Shemilt.

Meeting Albie gave Beth a fresh start – a chance to leave her past behind. Now she has her new husband; an ambitious, talented young neurosurgeon. Their marriage gives Beth the safe haven she’s always wanted – with just one catch. Albie has no idea of the secrets she’s keeping. He doesn’t know that years ago, Beth had an affair with Ted, the boss helping Albie’s star ascend. Nor that the affair’s devastating ending will have consequences for their own future. So when Ted’s generous patronage begins to sour, Beth senses everything she’s built could crumble. And she sees an opportunity. To satisfy Albie’s ambitions, and her own obsessive desire for revenge. She’ll keep her marriage and her secret safe. But how far will the fall take them?

I’ve been spending the last few days reading this book and I must it’s quite an intense story that regularly made for interesting reading. The book is primarily seen through the eyes of married couple Albie and Beth. Albie is a hard working surgeon who’s determined to find a cure for cancer, after seeing so many children suffer for the terrible illness whilst his wife Beth, is content in life, no longer a theatre nurse, enjoys the time in their garden.

Between Albie and his boss, Ted they have potentially found a cure, but when Ted takes the credit for Albie’s hard work, this stirs something in Albie. Albie is hurt at this, as Ted was not only his mentor but also a close friend and finds himself unable to move forward and with Beth’s encouragement does something that will jeopardise everything. Unknown to Albie, Beth has history with Ted and it’s through their perspectives of the story that we see different reasons for their actions and also the consequences.

For the majority of this book, I enjoyed reading it, it’s dark and complex with a clever plotline. But in some parts, I found it a bit difficult as there is a quite a lot of medical jargon and procedures in it and sometimes, I found myself getting a bit lost. There was one scene that was particularly vivid and gruesome in describing an operation.

Both Albie and Beth are great characters, their back stories are interesting particularly Beth, as we see her personality develop throughout the story and she’s not quite the wholesome woman that Albie is led to believe. For me, Beth was my favourite character of the story, she’s strong, opinionated but not in a domineering way. Ted was also quite interesting, as we see his empire and ego tumble down around him.

This is Jane’s second’s book, after the huge success of her first novel, ‘Daughter’ which was another intense thriller about a mother’s quest to find her missing daughter and ‘How Far We Fall’ is just as gripping. A compelling tale riddled with drama and deceit, ‘How Far We Fall’ is a thought provoking tale about morals and just how far a person will go to get revenge.

You can pre-order How Far We Fall from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops from 28th June 2018.

The Party By Lisa Hall

The Party‘The Party’ is the latest book by Lisa Hall.

When Rachel wakes up in a strange room, the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened? Little by little, Rachel pieces together the devastating events that took place in a friend’s house, at a party where she should have been safe. Everyone remembers what happened that night differently, and everyone has something to hide. But someone knows the truth about what happened to Rachel. And she’s determined to find them.

Recovering from jet lag and unable to sleep, I started ‘The Party’ and it was the perfect pick me up as I was unable to put the book down until I was finished.

The story is seen solely through the narrative of Rachel, the morning after her neighbours New Years Eve party and she’s in their house, naked from the waist down with no memory of the night before. The story then flows in past and present sequences, leading up to the night and afterwards as she tries to put the pieces together and figure out what happened.

Rachel isn’t a particularly nice character and I found it hard to warm to her and her husband Gareth. After having an affair, their relationship is volatile and riddled with mistrust and deceit, as Rachel deals with the situation that she was raped. She becomes the centre of gossip as people remember being drunk and boisterous at the party.

The book is cleverly written, with a tense plot line and suspicious characters, the story is really a guessing game, as like Rachel you try to piece together her memories of that fateful night.

Filled with drama and uncertainty, ‘The Party’ is thrilling psychological tale that is the perfect escape from jet lag!

You can buy The Party from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 26th July 2018.

Mine By Susi Fox

Mine‘Mine’ is the latest book by Susi Fox.

You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, dying to see your child. But when you are shown the infant, you just know. This baby is not yours. No one believes you. They say you’re delusional, confused, dangerous. But you’re a doctor.
Do you trust yourself? Because you know only one thing – You must find your baby.

Mine is an intoxicating thriller, that will keep the reader hooked throughout. The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Sasha, a first time mother who has finally given birth after years of trying. This should be a happy time for her and her husband Dan, but Sasha is convinced that the baby she is told is hers is actually not and so ensues a story of investigation, doubt and paranoia.

The story starts just as Sasha wakes up after an emergency caesarean, Sasha is confused and desperate to see her little girl but when she is presented with a baby boy instead, she is convinced that the baby is not hers and is determined to find her baby. Sasha is a doctor and is aware of circumstances can change during the pregnancy, but no matter how many times she is told the boy is hers, Sasha declares otherwise.

‘Mine’ is cleverly written, it’s written in both the past and present tense, both through the narrative of Sasha and Dan and gives an interesting insight into their relationship. Their first meeting, their history and just how much their desire to have a baby consumed their relationship.

Right from the very beginning the story is dark and claustrophobic, set primarily within the confines of the hospital, what should be a happy moment for the couple is instead riddled with sadness and suspicion. The story is a rollercoaster right from the very beginning, I found myself urging Sasha to bond with her little boy and other times, with suspicious characters and situations, began to wonder if Sasha could potentially be right, and it’s not all in her head like everyone suspects.

A chilling tale about the dark side of motherhood, this book is an intense story where everyone is a suspect. Creepy and scarily believable, ‘Mine’ will leave you breathless when you reach the final page.

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

Relight My Fire By Joanna Bolouri

Relight My Fire‘Relight My Fire’ is the latest book by Joanna Bolouri.

When Phoebe and Oliver had their happy ending, they thought the hard part was over. And now, with a five year old daughter, they are far from the blissful hedonistic lifestyle of when they first started dating. Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it. But with distractions aplenty, will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

I spent the weekend with my head in this funny and fresh tale. A frank and honest reflection on relationships, with hilarious situations and witty one-liners.

This is the third book that I’ve read by Joanna and this book sees the welcome return of Phoebe Henderson who appeared in one of her earlier books called ‘The List’. In this book, Phoebe is hurtling towards her 39th birthday and feels that her relationship with her boyfriend called Oliver is growing stale, so with the advice of her best friends, Lucy and Hazel, she enlists the help of a therapist called Pam, who helps them ignite their fires.

As they progress with their therapy, Phoebe and Oliver begin to discover things about themselves as well as their relationship.

Joanna is a fantastic writer, she writes wittily and from the heart. With a strong relatable leading woman who makes for delightful reading. Phoebe is my new best friend, she’s frank and straight to the point and with her best friends, they’d be perfect for a night out.

Fun from the very start, ‘Relight My Fire’ is a deliciously, naughty book, a story that had me snorting throughout, a must read for all fans of Mhairi McFarlane.

You can buy Relight My Fire from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.