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Stand By Me By S.D. Robertson

Stand By Me‘Stand By Me’ is the latest book by S.D Robertson.

Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful. Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again. With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas.

Lisa’s life is falling apart just as her best friend Elliot suddenly reappears in her life. Her husband has lost his job and is relying on drink, her children are drifting apart and money is tight as she becomes the sole bread provider. When things suddenly the worst that they can get, Elliott turns up on her doorstep after moving to Australia almost twenty years ago. Now a successful businessman, he wants to spend some time with the woman, who was his best friend during school and was always there to protect him when the bullies were about.

Lisa is a strong woman who cares a lot for the people she is close to and that’s obvious from the start when we see the past parts throughout the story as we see how Lisa and Elliott’s friendship came about and how they were both there for each other during the difficult times.

The story flashes between past and present and is not only seen through Lisa and Elliott’s narrative but also the rest of Lisa’s family who are all faced with their own problems.

If you’ve read any of S.D.’s books before then you will be aware that his books are quite heart wrenching and that nothing is as it seems. Tear jerking from the first page, ‘Stand By Me’ is a captivating story about friendship and hope, that will reader in floods of tears!

You can pre-order Stand By Me from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 11th January 2018.

Faking Friends By Jane Fallon

Faking Friends‘Faking Friends’ is Jane Fallon’s latest book.

Amy thought she knew who Melissa was – then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé.When her career suddenly begins to unravel, Amy pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but it looks like another woman has been making herself at home. And that Other Woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her job, her fiancé, her best friend and her home in one disastrous weekend – but instead of falling apart she’s determined to get her own back.Piecing her life back together won’t be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.

In this book, we meet Amy, a successful actress in New York, whose career suddenly comes to an end and she finds herself returning to London with her tail between her legs. She’s looking forward to seeing her fiancé Jack as they have spent so much time apart with her busy career but she gets the shock of her life when she discovers that whilst she’s been away, her best friend Mel has moved in on her life with her fiancé.

Amy is now in limbo, no job and no fiancé, she’s determined to move on but isn’t going to let onto either of them that she knows about their affair, instead she decides to play games with them instead and this really makes for entertaining reading.

Amy is a great character, she’s strong and driven and refuses to go down without a fight, gradually moving her life into a small grotty flat that she now calls home. But with the help of her friend Kat, a woman she wasn’t as close to as she was to Mel, Amy begins to create a new life for herself and even meets a handsome new man.

In Jane’s witty style of writing, the story is also seen through the narrative of Mel and this for me makes for delicious reading. Mel, is self absorbed, opinionated and also self entitled. She rarely sees herself as doing anything wrong and blames others for her own failures. She’s jealous of Amy’s life, as she always wanted to be the actress and we see that from the flashbacks that are scattered throughout the story.

Deliciously funny and captivating from the start, ‘Faking Friends’ is a cleverly written tale about the complexities of female relationships and starting over. I loved it.

You can pre-order Faking Friends from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 11th January 2018.

Win A Copy of Letters From Lighthouse Cottage By Ali McNamara

Letters From Lighthouse CottageToday I’m giving away a copy of ‘Letters from Lighthouse Cottage’, a lovely tale written by Ali McNamara.

What the back cover says –

The sun is shining in the quiet little seaside town of Sandybridge

Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it’s home to Grace – although right now, she’s not too happy about it.

Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she’d long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?

It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home – after all, they do say that’s where the heart is…

To be in with a chance of winning the book, simply answer the following question by leaving your answer in the comment box below by Monday 22nd January.

Where did the main character Grace grow up?

Good luck!

The Chalk Man By C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man‘The Chalk Man’ is the latest book by C.J. Tudor.

The Chalk Man is coming. None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?

‘The Chalk Man’ is C.J. Tudor’s first book and it was a book that kept me up late reading with its grippy narrative and plotline.

The story is seen solely through the eyes of Ed, a man who has spent his life in a small town surrounded by drama and lies, where everyone is a suspect having never properly recovered from the unsolved crime that the took place over 20 years ago.

The story takes place during 1986 and flows forward to present time as history begins to repeat itself.

Back in 1986, Ed was best friends with three other boys, they spent their summers together, leaving messages for each other in different coloured chalk but that all changes one day when they find a dead girl and the friends grow apart. Move forward to present to now, someone is leaving chalk messages for Ed and he begins to wonder about the death of the young girl and begins to research into the case himself as early memories resurface.

Ed is a complex and intriguing character. He fears for his sanity as his own father died from Alzheimer’s and regularly questions his mind. He’s a bit of a loner and spends most of time in thought instead of engaging with people, but his time is taken up with reflecting on his childhood and trying to piece together the moments of leading up to and after the girls death. His obsession with the case grows as he delves further and reaching out to people who left the town.

The story is filled with many interesting characters, who all have baggage and drama that make them all for fascinating reading, with all that drama makes the reader constantly on their toes as they also try to piece together Ed’s memories with him and solve the crime.

Cleverly written and twists and tales, ‘The Chalk Man’ is a gory and gruesome story that makes for haunting reading.

You can pre-order The Chalk Man from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops from 11th January 2018.

Games With The Dead Book Tour – Extract

Games With The DeadA new year brings a new book tour and today, I’m featuring an extract from James Nally’s brand new book called ‘Games With The Dead’.

If he’s going to kill Julie Draper, there’s no reason why he won’t kill you . . .

Christ, poor Matt. My sweet, adorable stepson. The single best thing ever to happen in my life. Why am I taking this risk?

None of this is Matt’s fault. Stupid selfish grown-ups. I’m sure Zoe and I will be okay. We’re just in bit of a rut right now. Living together but not really living at all. It’s all work, childcare and sleep deprivation. I know I’m doing this for her. I’m just not sure why. To impress her? To prove myself? To make her worry about me? In place of an answer, I’ve coined a mantra: If I get through this, everything will be better. I’ll have proven myself, to her, to me. We’ll get back to how it was. She’ll look at me in that way again, eyes soft and warm. Smile at my corny gags. Sleep facing me.

But doubt, like night, has swallowed the last of the half-light.

A ghostly white sign shimmers in the gusty, malcontent air. I squint it into focus: ‘Brighton 8 miles’.

I slow to 40 and strain my eyes. The A273 slip road loops around so that I’m now heading north again; Brighton-bound A23 traffic pounds past to my left, headlights mercilessly fanning the lay-by like ravenous searchlights. The phone boxes command centre stage, spotlit by an amber streetlight. Good visibility brings mixed tidings; easier to see, harder to flee.

My car creeps into the lay-by, past the phone boxes. I perform a laboured three-point turn, helping myself to a 180-degree, headlight-illuminated view of the lay-by and the A273 beyond. I’m expecting the glint of hidden back-up cars, the outlines of poised police Ninjas. I see neither. Dread claws at my insides like a trapped rat. Surveillance are in front and behind. But they’re not here. It’s just me and him.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You can buy Games with the Dead from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.