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All The Rage By Cara Hunter

All The Rage‘All The Rage’ is the latest book by Cara Hunter in the DI Fawley series.

A girl is taken from the streets of Oxford. But it’s unlike any abduction DI Fawley’s seen before. Faith Appleford was attacked, a plastic bag tied over her head, taken to an isolated location and then, by some miracle, she escaped. What’s more, when DC Erica Somer interviews Faith, she quickly becomes convinced that Faith knows who her abductor is. Yet Faith refuses to press charges. Without more evidence, it’s looking like the police may have to drop the case. But what happens if Faith’s attacker strikes again?

This is the first book that I’ve read by Cara Hunter and it was an absolute cracking introduction to the DI Fawley series, granted there’s been a few books already in the series, but at no stage in the story, did I feel lost or confused by the characters.

The story is primarily about a young woman who is attacked but doesn’t want to press charges. But when the incident is investigated further it’s discovered that the case isn’t as straightforward as suspected and finds DI Fawley his himself revisiting an old case when similar patterns emerge.

The story is seen through multiple perspectives in the stories, whether it’s victims, police or potential suspects all giving different insights to the story. They are all clearly outlined so that the reader doesn’t get confused.

Right from the outset, the story really pulls the reader in, it’s fast paced and edgy and deals with current issues such as transgender and hate crimes and all cases are handled with sensitivity and are thoroughly researched, that really makes the reader emphasise with the unfortunate victims. But with each hard hitting scene or discovery, Cara injects a little of humour into the story to lighten the storyline.

I found there to be quite an array of characters, from the quiet and brooding DI Farley, to DI Somer, a young detective that reminds me DI Tennison from the ‘Prime Suspect’ series.

With unexpected drama, unreliable characters and narratives, ‘All The Rage’ is a story that packs a dramatic punch that had me hooked until the final page.

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

Mad By Chloe Esposito

Mad‘Mad’ is Chloe Esposito’s debut novel.

Alvie has always been in the shadow of her glamorous sister Beth. So when she’s invited to her identical twin’s luxurious Sicilian villa, Alvie accepts. Who wouldn’t want seven days in the sun? With Beth’s hot husband, the cute baby, the fast car and of course, the money. The thing is it’s all too good to let go and her sister Beth isn’t the golden girl she appears. It’s Alvie’s chance to steal the life that she deserves. If she can get away with it.

‘Mad’ is the first book in new series by Chloe Esposito and it’s an absolute cracker of a story, fast paced, edgy with drama and sass this book has a heroine that made for delicious read.

Alvie is fed up with life, having spent most of her life scrimping and saving, she both loves and hates her identical twin sister for having the life, that Alvie is convinced was meant for her. Beth is married to the man that Alvie only loved. With a rich life and settled in Italy, Beth was always the favoured twin of the two, much to Alvina’s discontent. The favourite twin, the prettiest and the apple of her mother’s eye, Beth is oblivious to the world that Alvina lives. So, when Beth invites Alvine to visit her new family, Alvina reluctantly takes the opportunity to reflect on her life and get a bit of sun. But whilst discovering the perks of the lifestyles of the rich and the famous, Alvie unearths some hidden truths and discovers a new talent.

I absolutely adored this book. Alvie is crude, rude and is unapologetic for her reckless behaviour, also having spent her life living in her sisters shadow, made it easy for me to sympathise and understand her issues in life. The story flows at a nice easy pace and with the picturesque location of Sicily, it was easy to settle into the book.

The narrative is seen solely through Alvina’s eyes and this makes for fun and entertaining reading, that was really enjoyable. Witty from the first page and riddled with lies and suspense, ‘Mad’ is an excellent first book of a new series called ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know’ and I really look forward to reading the rest, perfect for fans of Rebecca Chance and Tilly Bagshaw.

You can buy Mad from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jane Corry

Jane CorryJane Corry was a magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. She had never been inside a jail before and this often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers, ‘Blood Sisters’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’. ‘The Dead Ex’ is her latest book.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing.
    My name is Jane Corry and I write psychological suspenses. They are about families whose lives suddenly change without warning. I am published by Penguin. My previous two books ‘My Husband’s Wife’ and ‘Blood Sisters’ got into the top 10 of the ‘Sunday Times’ bestseller list. I’ve always written for as long as I can remember. I began with poetry and little stories from about the age of three or four. After university, I became a magazine journalist for many years and then, after my first marriage ended, I took a job as a writer in a high security male prison. This made my writing darker! I then got married again which made me very aware of how family relationships can change. I wrote ‘My Husband’s Wife’ on the strength of this. A friend of a friend put me in touch with an agent who then sold it to Penguin.
  2. Can you tell us about your new book ‘The Dead Ex’
    Vicki is an aromatherapist with a troubled past. One wet windy night, the police come knocking at her door. They ask when she last saw her missing husband. Vicki tells them it was five years ago. When they leave she picks up her mobile and calls him. Scarlet’s mother is a drug addict. Scarlet is taken into care at the age of eight. Each of my main characters tells her story until we get to the point where the two of them meet.
  3. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    I’d ask other writer friends like BA Paris, Kate Furnivall and Teresa Driscoll. I’d also invite Martina Cole because I interviewed her once and thought she had some great tales about the underworld. If it was possible, I’d also like to invite the ghosts of writers have passed away such as Helen Dunmore and Mary Wesley.
  4. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    “The mole had been working very hard all morning, spring cleaning his little home.”This is the opening line from ‘Wind In The Willows’. It was the first book which my father read to me. Now he is 94 and I read poetry to him.
  5. If you were starting your writing journey again, would you do anything differently?
    I’d have stopped being a magazine journalist in my thirties and begun writing novels earlier. It requires a leap of faith to give up a steady job and do something that’s quite uncertain. Bit it was worth it!
  6. Who’s your favourite villain?
    My cousin Rachel in Daphne du Maurier’s novel with the same name. Some might say she’s not a villain at all but I’m not so sure….
    The Dead Ex
  7. What made you decide to become a thriller writer?
    It was partly my time in prison (see answer to question one) and also because I love creating twists and turns. I’m one of those annoying people who likes to guess what’s going to happen at the beginning of a book or drama.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    The complete editions of ‘Trollope’. ‘The Bible’. ‘Palgrave’s Golden Greasury’.
  9. From books to films, what’s been your favourite adaptation?
    ‘Gone With The Wind’. My second husband recently took me on a road trip to the southern states of America. We were lucky enough to visit Margaret Mitchell’s house. It was a dream come true for me. I’ve always admired her.
  10. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Viewpoint. Readers need to be inside the character’s head in order to believe the story.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    My dog. He sits on the sofa behind me and tells me when it’s time to get up and have a walking break along the beach! We have to wrap up warm as it’s really cold at the moment!
  12. And finally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I’m currently writing next year’s book for Penguin. I can’t say anything about it right now but I live it in my head every day while writing. Actually, I will give you a clue! I became a granny two years ago and it’s changed my life.

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The Day We Disappeared By Lucy Robinson

The Day We Disappeared‘The Day We Disappeared’ is the latest book by the fabulous Lucy Robinson.

Annie has a secret. But if she’s not going to tell, we won’t either. It’s a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn’t have – yet Annie isn’t broken, not quite yet. Especially now there’s someone out there who seems determined to fix her. Kate has run away. But she’s not going to tell us why – that would defeat the point of running, wouldn’t it? It’s proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind. Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren’t entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good.

Lucy Robinson is one of my all time favourite authors, she writes her books from the heart with frank and honest characters, humour and a twist that will leave the reader breathless and she definitely delivered this in her latest book.

The story is seen through the eyes of two friends Kate Brady and Annie. Kate Brady has left her busy job at Google in Dublin and travelled to England to become a trainee yard assistant with one of Britain’s most famous dressage riders, Mark Waverley and it’s here she has set up a new life trying to escape the old one that she has left behind. Meanwhile back in London, her new age scatty brained friend, Annie has found her dream job, after she ran into entrepreneur Stephen Flint, he has swept her off her feet and given her a new lust for life. The story flicks back and forth between the two lead characters and occasionally goes back into the past and is seen through the eyes of a young person, these chapters give the story an even more gripping element to it.

The main characters in the story both make for compelling reading, but with the wonderful accompaniment of the Le Cloob, Annie’s close friends, straight talking and wannabe French lady Claudine, Tim and her older sister Lizzy , their meet ups are frank and honest and make for delicious reading, as uncertain Annie has to deal with their forwardness. Meanwhile Katie, has to deal with the charming and handsome Mark. In every scene that he appeared, I imagined he was Colin Firth, his favourite horse Stumpy was a delight and outspoken and fiery daughter Ana Luisa regularly had me in fits of laughter throughout the story.

In Lucy’s style of writing, she creates a world with characters that you find relatable and fall in love with, you accompany them on their travels and wish with all your might that they get their happy ever after. But with Lucy’s books, this is never easy and there is always trouble on the horizon and in this book, there is an spectacular twist that will literally take your breath away.

Filled with humour, love and scandal, ‘The Day We Disappeared’ is an extraordinary story that’s impossible to put down and will have you guessing right until the very end.

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

Christmas With Billy And Me By Giovanna Fletcher

Christmas With Billy And MeIf you enjoyed Giovanna Fletcher’s debut book, ‘Billy And Me’ then you will be delighted to hear that Giovanna has returned to those characters with her short Christmas book ‘Christmas With Billy And Me’

The story of ‘Christmas With Billy and Me’ is –

Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May. When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true? As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?

I don’t usually review short stories for the fear of giving too much away especially with this sweet festive story being just 52 pages long.

But I wanted to give it a little review, as it is the return of our favourite couple by Giovanna Fletcher from her debit novel Billy and Sophie as they prepare for Christmas and Sophie has been given a special task for Christmas Eve.

‘Christmas With Billy And Me’ is an enjoyable and warmhearted festive story that is perfect to curl up with a cup of tea. Packed with joviality and Christmas magic this book is lovely reading!

You can buy Christmas With Billy and Me from Amazon and is available to buy from Waterstones.