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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.

The Family By Louise Jensen

The Family‘The Family’ is the latest book by Louise Jensen.

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home. But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go. Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

When I should have been sleeping at the weekend, I sat up late reading this book unable to put it down until I reached the final page.

Louise has written a book that’s thrilling and suspenseful with unreliable narratives that makes for exiting reading.

Seen primarily through the eyes of mother and daughter Laura and Tilly, they are struggling to get their lives back on track after the sudden death of their husband/father. Financially unstable, they have no one to turn to since the town has turned on them. Their only offer of help comes from a small community group at the edge of the town, that is rumoured to be a cult. With no other better option, they move in and immediately they are taken care off. Both women in awe of the handsome and charismatic Alex, the leader of Oak Leaf Organics.

Both women are fascinating characters and it’s interesting how different they view each other. Laura tries to be there for her daughter but is pushed away, whilst Tilly tries to help her mother but is seen as a nuisance. Alex is a complex character, idolised by many of the people in the community, he harbours a secret that I found myself racing through the pages to find out.

Eerie and unsettling in places, ‘The Family’ is a well written thriller that really pulls the reader in. Dark and atmospheric from the beginning, the story touches on vulnerability, loss and lies and is the perfect twisty thriller that will keep you guessing until you’ve reached the final page.

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

The Day We Meet Again By Miranda Dickinson

The Day We Meet Again‘The Day We Meet Again’ is the latest book by Miranda Dickinson.

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t in the schedule. So they make a promise: to meet by the statue of Sir John Betjeman in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together. But is life ever as simple as that?

Known for writing heartwarming and poignant stories, Miranda’s latest offering is a stunning story of life discovery and grabs the readers heart strings from the very first page.

In this story, we meet Phoebe and Sam. Two strangers that literally run into one another at a train station, they spend some time together whilst they wait on their trains and both realise that they have a strong connection. But both of them already have lives mapped out for the next year and can’t make any adjustments, and decide that if they are meant to be, they’ll meet at the exact same spot in one year.

The story then follows them for the next year as they both try to find their places on life. Phoebe on her travelling around Europe and Sam as he tries to locate his father who disappeared from his life when he was a child.

This is such a lovely book to settle down with. With heart warming characters, stunning locations and a relatable situations, this book is a journey from start to finish as both Sam and Phoebe were searching for their places in life.

The story is seen through their narrative and this is a lovely concept to the story. Phoebe is undecided about her life and takes this year out to think about what’s wanting to achieve all whilst discovering France and Italy, doing odd jobs and meeting new friends along the way. Meanwhile Sam is returning home to Scotland to try to make amends with his estranged father and finally put to rest his troubled childhood. As the pair of them are both on a journey of self discovery, they are never far from each other’s thought, with calls, messages and postcards throughout the year.

A love story from the first page, this book is about right people but wrong time but instead of forgetting about it, we see them make the best of both worlds, putting themselves first with the hope that in a year later they will still feel the same. Both characters are slightly flawed and that makes them so relatable, Sam has a habit of running from his troubles echoing his father’s actions whilst Phoebe also has issues with settling down.

Sweetly written with vivid and bright locations, ‘The Day We Meet Again’ is an engrossing love story, that’s joins a couple on their journey as they fall in love with each other and themselves.
You can buy ‘The Day We Meet Again’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Stranger Inside By Lisa Unger

The Stranger Inside‘The Stranger Inside’ is the latest book by Lisa Unger.

Rain Winter left journalism behind to focus on her baby daughter. But when a man acquitted for murder is killed, in the same way as his suspected victims, Rain sees a pattern emerging between a series of cold cases. Meticulous and untraceable, this killer strikes in the dead of night, making sure that the guilty are suitably punished for their crimes. As Rain’s investigation deepens, she must face up to dark secrets in her own past and the realisation that the killer may be closer than she thinks…

I spent my Sunday with my head buried in this book. A story of conflicted morals and lucky escapes, this psychological thriller was gripping from the start.

The story is seen through multiple narratives, namely Rain, who as a child avoided kidnapping but in doing so loses her best friend and leaves her other friend severely broken. Taking a break from her job as an investigative journalist, she decides to investigate into a series of murders where the victims have been convicted of a crime and are killed in the same way as their victims. As Rain starts to investigate into this story, it brings back unexpected feelings that she thought she had hidden. The other narrative is from the killer, giving an interesting slant to the story, as they justify their actions.

The story is written at a clever and fast pace, immediately drawing the reader in with the unreliable narratives, which gives the an excellent twist to the story. Rain is a complex character, as much as she tries not to think about her ordeal and the impact it had on her life, it really has shaped her into the woman that she has become. A woman who believes in justice and is determined to find out the real identity of the ‘Night Hawk’ killer.

Atmospheric from the first page, ‘The Stranger Inside’ is superbly crafted and well plotted story, with drama and suspense lifting from the page, this is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Unger and will most certainly not be the last!

You can buy ‘The Stranger Inside’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.