Looking for your next read? Then, why not check out this extract from Clare Allan’s new book called ‘Apple Of My Eye’ and see if it’s next on your TBR pile.
I leave him to sleep. A couple of slices of toast and a cup of decaf tea later, my brain still doesn’t want to switch off. I sit in the living room, trying to distract myself from my thoughts by watching some American TV show in which a bride-to-be has to choose between a brand-new wedding gown or having her mother’s wedding dress remade into something more suitable for a modern bride.
But, of course, my mind keeps drifting back to my own wedding and my own marriage. To my husband lying upstairs resting before his next work trip. I know I should trust him. I think I do trust him. Mostly. But I wonder, should I be asking more questions?
Maybe if I have a look at his emails. His phone. His wallet. Would I find something to confirm my worst fears or would finding nothing reassure me?
I’ve never snooped on Martin before. I’ve never felt the need and I do feel guilty. I actually feel like an actor in a soap opera as I walk to the dining table, where his suit jacket is draped over the back of a chair. Delving into the pockets, I pull out a receipt for a single cup of coffee and a chicken salad sandwich. A half-empty packet of chewing gum. Assorted small change amounting to seventy-eight pence and some fluff.
Not even Columbo could find evidence of foul behaviour in that. Chiding myself, I put everything back as I found it, feeling like I’m the one who’s betrayed him. I suppose I have. I’ve doubted him.
I probably still do, a little.
Taking a deep breath, I remind myself to be mindful. To be in the moment. It’s a method we use with our patients to help with anxiety. Our patients who have real problems. Mine are nothing in comparison.
I read this book recently and it’s a thrilling story about the power of a mother’s love.
You can buy ‘Apple Of My Eye’ from Amazon and is available to buy from other good bookshops.
‘Apple Of My Eye’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.
When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months. As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future. Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother.
The story is seen through the narrative of Eliana Hughes, who’s finding her first pregnancy quite hard as well the pressures of her difficult job caring for patients in a hospice. But when she receives a strange note at work, Eliana begins to doubt everything that she felt was secure in her life and begins to look at her husband and friends in a different light.
Not only is the story seen through Eliana eyes but there is the inclusion of chapters seen from the perspective of a woman who never got over the death of her baby and this can occasionally make for sad reading.
I found this book to be an intriguing story, with Eliana’s issues and the mysterious person torturing her. I particularly found Eliana’s mother a difficult and uncomfortable character, she was controlling and suffocated her only daughter, even if she did think she was only doing what was best for Eliana.
The story flows at a fast pace and with it being set in Derry, was like a darker more intense episode of ‘Derry Girls’!
Filled with drama, suspense and uncertainty that leaves the reader on their toes, ‘Apple Of My Eye’ is a cleverly written and emotional story about a mothers love.
You can buy ‘Apple Of My Eye’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.
Noireland made its debut in 2017, bringing a plethora of crime authors from around the world together to inform and inspire crime lovers and aspiring authors about their writing journeys.
Good news for crime fans, as the festival returns again this year and has an amazing lineup that has promised to be bigger, better and deadlier than ever.
The festival will take place from on 8-10th March and authors announced for the event include, writer of the television series, ‘Vera’ Anne Cleeves, Stuart McBride and Sarah Vaughan, to name but a few.
For a list of authors and how to get tickets to the event, go to Noireland.com