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Then She Vanishes By Claire Douglas

Then She Vanishes‘Then She Vanishes’ is the latest book by Claire Douglas.

Jess and Heather were once best friends – until the night Heather’s sister Flora vanished. The night that lies tore their friendship apart. But years later, when a brutal double murder shakes their childhood town, Jess returns home. Because the suspect is Heather.

I started this book one evening and found it so good that I even missed an episode of ‘Love Island’ because it had gripped my attention so much.

The story is seen from the narrative of journalist Jess and the mother of her former best friend Margot. Many years ago, Margot’s eldest daughter Flora disappeared and was never found, Margot and her other daughter Heather never recovered until many years later two people were murdered and Heather is left with a self inflicted wound with no memory and people are assuming that she murdered the people.

Once a successful journalist, Jess has returned home to a weekly newspaper and is struggling to find out why her childhood best friend might have murdered two people and finds herself reconciling with Margot as the two of them try to pierce together Flora and Heather’s last movements.

I really enjoyed the pace of this story and the dual narratives as they gave an interesting insight into the two women. As well as their narratives, there was also Flora’s last movements and this was particularly gripping. It was also insightful seeing Jess battle with morals as journalist she’s looking for the big reveal but also has a connection with the main suspects.

Cleverly written with interesting and unreliable characters that made for thrilling reading, ‘Then She Vanishes’ is a complex and suspenseful psychological thriller. Filled with plot twists and drama, this book was impossible to put down.

You can pre-order ‘Then She Vanishes’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 8th August 2019.

The Nanny By Gilly Macmillan

'The Nanny‘The Nanny’ is the latest book by Gilly Macmillan.

Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother. When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never gets over the loss. How could she vanish without saying goodbye? Thirty years on, Jo is forced to return to her family home and confront her troubled relationship with her mother. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of the house, Jo begins to question everything. Then an unexpected visitor knocks at the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again as, one by one, she discovers her childhood memories aren’t what they seemed. What secrets was her nanny hiding – and what was she running away from? And can Jo trust what her mother tells her?

‘The Nanny’ is a thrilling story by Gilly MacMillan which is riddled with drama and suspense.

In this story, we meet mother and daughter Virginia and Jocelyn, they have a complicated and intense relationship. Virginia is cold hearted woman who rarely showed affection or spent time with her daughter whilst Jocelyn is wary of her mother, having to return home from America after her husband died. For all the affection that Virginia lacked towards Jocelyn, she gives openly to Jocelyn’s only daughter. Things have never been the same between the mother and daughter since the nanny suddenly disappeared one night and now many years has reappeared into their lives much to the dismay of Virginia.

The story is seen through the narrative of both Virginia and Jocelyn and gives an insight into the complex relationship of the pair of them and just how differently they think. Virginia is an old-fashioned woman, married into wealth and becoming the Lady of the Manner, affection isn’t high up on her list of priorities and seeing how it turned out with her daughter, she’s actively working to redeem her relationship with Ruby, a little girl that she actively loves with her curiosity and bubbling personality. Meanwhile Jocelyn, is finding it hard to adjust to being back with her mother and finds old memories constantly popping up and finds herself delighted to have her old nanny reappear and help with her troublesome mother.

As well as the narrative from the mother and daughter, there is also an unknown voice in the story that gives the book quite an interesting twist. The story is cleverly written with unreliable and unlikable characters, scenes betweens Virginia and Jocelyn are occasionally fraught with arguments and this does make for interesting reading. With the reappearance of the nanny, Jocelyn begins to question her childhood, especially when those close to her have different sides to the story.

A tense and exciting story that will have the reader gripped from the first page, ‘The Nanny’ is a twisty tale of family secrets that will have you guessing throughout.

You can buy ‘The Nanny’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

Playgroups And Prosecco Giveaway

Playgroups And ProseccoI’ve a copy of Jo Middleton’s hilarious new book called ‘Playgroups And Prosecco’ to give away to one lucky book lover.

What the back cover says –

January 3rd

Jaffa Cakes – 7. Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4. Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed.

Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.

The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy really needs a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question with leaving your in the comment box below.

Who does Frankie have inappropriate thoughts about?

The winner will be revealed on Monday 29th April. Good luck!

The Day We Met By Roxie Cooper

The Day We Met‘The Day We Met’ is the latest book by Roxie Cooper.

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie? When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything.

For me this book was a difficult story, not only was it heartbreaking, but I found myself morally conflicted about it as well.

The story is seen in alternative chapters through the eyes of Stephanie and Jamie, who meet and fall in love, even though they are both with other people. The couple then meet once a year, to catch up and with these meet ups, emotions become stronger and the couple fall more in love, even though they can’t be together.

This book troubled me, I can read about murders and I feel nothing but when I read about infidelity, I become uncomfortable and I really found that with this book. As much as I loved both Jamie and Stephanie and I wanted them to get their happy ever afters, ultimately people had to be hurt and families had to be broken up for this to happen.

Aside from this, I liked both characters and my heart went out to them, not being able to be together and how precious those short moments they have and just how much joy they can bring.

As well, as the torment of their illicit relationship, both characters have their own issues, Stephanie has never properly got over the death of her mother and finds her marriage hard work, whilst Jamie has never fulfilled his dreams of becoming an artist and feels that he’s let his wife down, living in her shadow.

A turbulent and heartbreaking story that will have you crying and laughing throughout, ‘The Day We Met’ is an emotional rollercoaster.

You can buy ‘The Day We Met ‘ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Chloe Esposito Writers Tip

“ChloeBefore putting pen to paper and writing the ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know’ trilogy, Chloe Esposito was an English teacher. ‘Bad’ is the second book in the trilogy.

Today, Chloe shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

Reading. In order to write well, you first need to read everything. Then get a writing group for regular feedback on your work.