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Through The Wall By Caroline Corcoran

Through The Wall ‘Through The Wall’ is the latest book by Caroline Corcoran.

Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom. But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing… Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand. Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop…

Avon Books have produced some fantastic thrillers this year and I have to say ‘Through The Wall’ is a brilliant book.

The story is seen through the narratives of neighbours Harriet and Lexie and the issues that they are going through. Lexie is desperate to have a baby with her partner Tom but is having difficulty which is putting severe pressure on their relationship and her mental health. Unknown to her, her socialite neighbour is obsessed with her and is determined to break her relationship up.

Harriet is convinced that Lexie is leading the life that she deserves and is set on destroying her life. There are flashbacks in the story informing the reader that she has had some issues in her life that has really impacted her both emotionally and mentally.

I really really enjoyed this book, so much so that it kept me up later at night. The chapters are short and snappy and this made for really engaging reading. The chapters alternate between the two women and this really does make for gripping reading as Harriet is determined to destroy Lexie’s life whilst Lexie is doubting her self and her own mental health.

A genuinely gripping story from the start to finish, ‘Through The Wall’ is a cleverly written story that really pulls the reader in. Touching on mental health, relationships and infertility, is book is one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read this year and will most certainly be looking into more books by the author!

You can buy ‘Through The Wall’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Her Perfect Lies By Lana Newton

Her Perfect Lies‘Her Perfect Lies’ is the latest book by Lana Newton.

When Claire Wright wakes in hospital, she doesn’t recognise the person staring back at her in the mirror. She’s told that she has the perfect life: she’s beautiful, famous, with a husband and a house to die for. But Claire can’t remember anything from before the devastating car crash that’s left her injured. And now she’s surrounded by strangers, saying they’re her family and friends. As Claire discovers the person she used to be she must also unravel the mystery that surrounds the accident. But the more Claire uncovers, the more she will be forced to face up to the dark secrets from her life before.

This is perfect thriller to get absorbed in and with an unreliable narrator leaves the reader guessing right until the final page.

Seen from the perspective of Claire, who wakes up from a coma after an accident with no memory and having to rely on what friends and family tell her to be true. Led to believe that the life she has is perfect, Claire begins to question her life especially after her father also wakes up from a coma having been involved in the same accidents and also makes her doubt everything that she was led to believe.

As the story progresses, we see a different side to Claire, prior to her accident she was a successful ballet dancer, she wasn’t the nicest of people to her family and friends and as people remind her of her old life, it gives her time to reflect and try to piece together her life and the memories and dreams that haunt her. In an unhappy marriage, she struggles to make sense of what is real and what she is led to believe.

The story isn’t that long and could be absorbed in one sitting. Cleverly written with a character that you initially feel an empathy for due to her situation, you begin to change your opinion of her as people relieve what type of person she was before the accident, vain and unfaithful. She’s not quite the perfect girl that her father tells her.

As Claire tries to piece together her old and new life, she finds herself revealing secrets that were long hidden from her life and coincidentally puts her own life at risk.

Thrilling with drama, suspicious characters and twists throughout, ‘Her Perfect Lies’ is a fantastic psychological thriller that made for unpredictable reading.

You can buy ‘Her Perfect Lies’ from Amazon.

Traces of Her By Amanda Brittany

Traces of Hern‘Traces of Her’ is the latest book by Amanda Brittany.

When Rose’s flighty stepsister Willow disappears to Cornwall, she can’t help but roll her eyes. Willow is always taking off and there is always some kind of emergency. But after Willow discovers that she was adopted and her birth mother died in tragic circumstances, her trip to the coast sparks a search into her past. Two days later, when a package arrives at Rose’s house containing a series of four polaroids of four different men, Rose knows that Willow is in trouble. Each photograph a possible murder suspect, their family life begins to unravel, leaving one crucial question unanswered. Who killed Willow’s mother?

This is the first book that I’ve read by Amanda Brittany and I have to say that I loved every second of it. It’s gripping, thrilling and pulls the reader in right from the first page.

The story is written in the past and present tense. The present being when Rose gets a phone call from her adopted sister asking her to visit her as she’s convinced she has found out who killed her own when she was a child. Rose then drops everything to be with Willow but finds herself in a dangerous situation when she received whispered threats and letters saying “Leave”. Plus Willow, has suddenly disappeared. As Rose delves into her sister’s life, Rose finds herself and her daughter unwrapping some dangerous information.

The past sequences are leading up to the death of Willow’s mother called Ava and this is a great side to the story as it really sets up the premise to the book and introduces a lot of characters that are suspicious and unreliable throughout the sequence of events.

Fast paced with clever dialogue and narratives and unreliable characters that really keeps the reader engaged and on their toes, ‘Traces Of Her’ is a fantastic psychological thriller. Filled with drama, tension and suspense throughout, this book was the perfect introduction to a new author.

You can pre-order ‘Traces Of Her’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 25th October 2019.

Rewrite The Stars By Emma Heatherington

Rewrite The Stars‘Rewrite The Stars’ is the latest book by Northern Ireland author, Emma Heatherington.

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go. It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back. The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’ Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom? Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

I set and read this charming book in two sittings over the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming book.

The story is seen through the narrative of Charlotte Taylor who one day meets Tom Farley and becomes besotted with the idea of him being the one. Years later, they meet again only for things again not to work out when Charlotte’s brother is involved in a terrible accident that she feels responsible for. Tom moves away to London and Charlotte stays in Dublin. Both Charlotte and Tom are musicians but Charlotte focuses on her teaching career whilst Tom is in a popular band that is rapidly getting bigger and forever reminding Charlotte of what might have been if they had given the relationship a proper chance.

The story is written over a period of time as both characters develop and move on on their lives, Charlotte meets Jack, falls in love and get married, the expected progression in life, but all the while wondering what if.

Charlotte is a lovely lead character, she’s kind, relatable and like everyone else in the world, wonders if the grass is greener on the other side. Warmly written with poignant moments that makes for tender reading and with laugh out one liners and fantastic supporting characters, ‘Rewrite The Stars’ is a warm and cosy story that is perfect to curl up with on these cold autumn evenings.

You can buy ‘Rewrite The Stars’ from Amazon and is available from good bookshops.

My Writing Space – Alex Brown

Alex Brown Writers Space

Alex Brown, author of the Carrington’s series as well as her recent book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ invites us to see her writing space and what a pretty one it is!

My office overlooks woodland, but because I also live very close to the sea I often hear the soothing sound of seagulls. To the side of my desk is a vintage Dansette record player so I can listen to my beloved Northern Soul records while writing and bookcases run along one wall where I’ve recently added my new book for 2019, ‘A Postcard From Italy’.

Alex Brown Writers Space

I’m very superstitious and must light a candle and have my ‘lucky writing poncho’ close by before I start writing, you’ll see it’s currently over my chair in this hot weather, but I’ll be wearing it as soon as winter comes.

Alex Brown Writers Space

You can buy Alex’s latest book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.