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The Silent House By Nell Pattison

The Silent House‘The Silent House’ is the latest book by Nell Pattison.

If someone was in your house, you’d know … Wouldn’t you? But the Hunter family are deaf, and don’t hear a thing when a shocking crime takes place in the middle of the night. Instead, they wake up to their worst nightmare: the murder of their daughter. The police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the Hunters are hiding something. One by one, people from Paige’s community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl? Was it an intruder? Or was the murderer closer to home?

The Silent House is an intriguing story of suspense as a deaf interpreter is caught up in the middle of an investigation when a little deaf girl is tragically murdered.

Paige accidentally becomes an interpreter when she’s the only hearing person in her family, even though her heart belongs to creativity. When a little girl of a close friend is brutally murdered, she finds herself embroiled in a case not only as an interpreter but as a target.

This is the first book written by Nell and it’s an extremely interesting and strong debut. Atmospheric from the first page, it tells the story of a close community united in grief. As the story is primarily seen through the narrative of the deaf characters and their signing and it really does make for interesting reading, reading about life in the deaf community.

As Paige begins to investigate the case along with her little sister, they find themselves the target of unwanted attention. I found it fascinating reading about life in the deaf community and really found it to be an addictive story.

Cleverly plotted with an intriguing hook, ‘The Silent House’ is a fascinating story they really gripped my attention. Riddled with drama, suspense and unreliable and dislikable characters, this book is a unique and unsettling story that made for eerie and addictive reading.

You can buy ‘The Silent House’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

When Life Gives You Lemons By Fiona Gibson

When Life Gives You Lemons‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ is the latest book by Fiona Gibson.

Between tending to the whims of her seven-year-old and the demands of her boss, Viv barely gets a moment to herself. It’s not quite the life she wanted, but she hasn’t run screaming for the hills yet. But then Viv’s husband Andy makes his mid-life crisis her problem. He’s having an affair with his (infuriatingly age-appropriate) colleague, a woman who – unlike Viv – doesn’t put on weight when she so much as glances at a cream cake. Viv suddenly finds herself single, with zero desire to mingle. Should she be mourning the end of life as she knows it, or could this be the perfect chance to put herself first?

Fiona Gibson is back with a warm-hearted story that will certainly warm the cockles of your heart during this dark and scary time.

Just when Viv is about to get her life back on track after forgiving her husband for his affair, he ups and leaves and Viv is wondering what to do next.

A single parent going through the menopause, the last thing she wants is to meet someone else even though her friends are determined that she should mingle. With a new position in work and becoming a voice for the older generation, Viv finds herself on a new path in life.

If you’re looking for the perfect distraction from all the bad news and drama in the world, I would whole heartedly recommend this story. Written with warmth, wit and cheer, this coming of age story follows the narrative of one woman as she adjusts to her new life. Packed with eccentric and interesting characters, hilarious scenarios and witty one liners, this story is an upbeat and relatable book and perfect for all lovers of romantic comedies.

You can buy ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Poison By Jacqui Rose

Poison‘Poison’ is the latest book by Jacqui Rose.

In a life of crime, loyalty means everything – even if you don’t always see eye to eye. But when Vaughn Sadler speaks up to get Franny Doyle sent down, he’s broken every rule in the book to win checkmate. Holed up in prison, Franny has more than one score to settle – but she’s starting with Vaughn. Because you don’t grass on your own, no matter what. And though she may be behind bars, she will get revenge – whatever the cost.

‘Poison’ is the first ever book that I’ve read by popular crime author, Jacqui Rose and it was a gripping story of divided loyalties and revenge. It’s the latest book in the Alfie Jennings saga and thankfully, Jacqui give ample background information and great detail about the characters and the situations that they are in.

The story is seen through multiple narratives, but is primarily seen through the perspective of Franny as she adjusts to life in jail, being harassed why the cruel and top prisoner Christine as well as deal with the unrelenting rage that she feels towards Vaughan for putting her in prison in the first place. On the outside, her boyfriend Alfie is dealing with being a first time father for a child that he feels no connection with whilst Vaughan is trying to look after his best friend.

This book is a really gritty and dark story about the dark side of gangs and repercussions when things don’t go right. It’s violent in parts, particularly in scenes in the prison when Franny is faced with Christine, a cruel and terrifying woman who rules the prison with her gang of followers. Franny is a strong character who refuse to stand down when Christine confronts her and these scenes make for intense and gripping reading as the pair come face to face. The prison scenes are unsettling and fascinating in equal measures as women fight for dominance and leadership within the prison walls. Outside Alfie has his own issues with new parenthood as well as dealing as rival gangs that he owes money to.

Cleverly written with blood, drama and revenge, ‘Poison’ is the perfect gangland thriller that I found compelling from the first page. There are many strands to the story with each character having their own issues, but Jacqui ties them together with a cliff-hanger that leaves the reader bursting for more. Jacqui Rose is a new author for me and the Alfie Jennings series is also new to me but the book could be read as a standalone with no confusion. Jacqui is an author, I look forward to reading more off, she writes vividly with wit and her character development is on point with troubled characters that you really feel a connection with.

You can buy ‘Poison’ by Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Liar Liar By Mel Sherratt

Liar Liar ‘Liar Liar’ is the latest book by Mel Sherratt in the DS Grace Allendale series.

When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything – and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident. Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world – and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined.

‘Liar Liar’ is the first book that I’ve read by Mel Sherratt and it honestly was a great introduction to a new author.

It’s the latest book in her DI Grace Allendale series and is thrilling mystery of who done it and why they done it.

The story is about a little boy who falls from a balcony and is initially thought to be an accident but when more things happen around the estate and everyone claiming that they saw nothing, Grace finds herself questioning the residents of Harrison House and everyone claims to have seen nothing.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Grace and Ruby who is the mother of the young boy who has fallen. Her story is written in past and present sequences, setting the background clearly for her story and how she came to live on the estate. She’s a strong and relatable character who thought she had found the love of her life, only for it to come apart after falling in with the wrong crowd. Her first instinct is the safety of her children and will stop at nothing to protect them.

As Grace delves into the case of the fallen child, she finds herself uncovering nasty characters, as well as a society that is controlled and live in fear.

I really enjoyed this story and found it quite easy to be absorbed in. Even though the book is part of a series, Mel explains the background of characters clearly without giving anything major away or any spoilers, should the reader decide to read the previous books.

A gritty and thrilling story about possession and the strength of a mother’s love ‘Liar Liar’ is a dark and twisty tale that’s filled with drama and suspense and has the reader gripped to the edge of their seat.

You can buy ‘Liar Liar’ from Amazon and is avaialble to buy from good bookshops.

The Liar’s Daughter By Claire Allan

The Liar's Daughter‘The Liar’s Daughter’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon. But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe – the man who was supposed to protect them and did anything but.As the mourners gather, the police do too, with doubt being cast over whether Joe’s death was due to natural causes. Because the lies that Joe told won’t be taken to the grave after all – and the truth gives his daughters the best possible motive for killing him.

Claire Allan is back a new thriller that had my attention gripped throughout. Set in the maiden set of Derry, this psychological thriller is a twisted story of lies and deceit. To the outside world Joe McKee, is the perfect man, God fearing Catholic who took over the care of his partner’s child when she died. But there is another side to Joe, that the only people closest to him know about. So when Joe finds out that’s he’s dying, he expects everyone to rally around him, but everyone is actually counting down until he dies and when he suddenly does die, everyone is a suspect.

The story is seen primarily through the eyes of Heidi and Ciara, the daughter of the dead partner and Joe’s biological daughter. They hate each other, Ciara hates Heidi for taking away her father and Heidi hates Ciara for the bullying and pain Ciara inflicted on her whilst going up. But unknown to both of them, they have more in common than they had ever known.

Both women are interesting. Heidi is a new mother who is fiercely protective of her baby, she’s meek and has struggles in her life, whilst Ciara, I found to be quite a dislikable woman. She’s brash, harsh and is always turning on Heidi, who I found myself quite protective off.

The story is written in past and present tenses and really helps with characters development and shows the reader why both women behave in such a way. I despised Joe, Claire really achieved an instant hateful man who’s slime and sleaze oozed off the pages. So when he’s killed, it’s understandable why there are so many suspects!

Bleak and atmospheric, this book is a tough book to read, touching on abuse and mental illness, this pacy thriller really gripped my attention. With unreliable characters and suspicious situations and a menacing plot line that really pulls the reader in, ‘The Liar’s Daughter’ is a taunt and twisty story that will have you guessing throughout.

You can buy ‘The Liar’s Daughter’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.