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The Final Reckoning By Margaret James

The Final Reckoning‘The Final Reckoning’ is the latest book by Margaret James.

When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found. Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind. Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

The story is seen through the narrative of Lindsay, a young woman who has to return home after her mother’s death to sort out her mother’s belongings whilst organising the funeral. She hasn’t been home for years, after the gruesome discovery of her boyfriend’s who was murdered. No one was ever charged with the murder and Lindsay hopes with returning to the village that she will get answers to some unanswered questions as well as seeing Simon, the boy who’s father has cruelly murdered.

The story is set in a bleak and cliquey village where everyone knows everyone’s business and Lindsey finds herself the subject of village gossip with her reappearance, also with the addition of her annoying flat mate Nick, who becomes quite a hero throughout the book. I really enjoyed the mystery and magic of this story, with enchanting women who turned men’s heads and the relationship between Lindsey and Nick which added some humour to dark and unsettling story.

Gripping from the first page, ‘The Final Reckoning’ is twisted and haunting tale about obsession, love and loss that isn’t for the faint hearted.

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

In The Absence Of Miracles By Michael J Malone

In The Absence Of Miracles‘In The Absence Of Miracles’ is the latest book by Michael J Malone.

John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again. With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family’s past he’s forced to revisit, and revise his childhood. For in a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about. A discovery that sets John on a journey from which he may never recover.

For the last couple of days, I’ve been embroiled in this story, genuinely gripping but also heartbreakingly shocking.

The story is seen through the narrative of John, who makes a shocking discovery when hunting through his mother’s house, he uncovers a brother he never knew he had and whilst on a journey uncovers a lot of memories that he had thought he had buried deep.

When I started this book, I had a vague idea of where the story was going but nothing could prepare me for the twist in the book. A story about human trafficking and child abuse, this book is a hard read that is sensitively written about such traumatising topics.

Raw from the first page, we join one man’s journey, as he delves into his family’s past and uncovers secrets and this makes for sad and unsettling reading as he discovers that his memories from the past aren’t what he seemed they were. John is a troubled character, that I felt such empathy for, he’s damaged from his childhood and as he delves deeper, we see him unravel and this makes for emotional reading.

A challenging story about family secrets and lies, ‘In The Absence Of Miracles’ is a harrowing story with a complex storyline that grips the reader’s heart from the first page.

You can buy ‘In The Absence Of Miracles’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

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.

Stolen Book Tour – Extract

StolenOn the book tour from the latest chilling book from Paul Finch called ‘Stolen’, the latest in the ‘Lucy Clayburn series’. Sit back and enjoy an extract from the story.

The men and dogs scrambled for their cars, and there were gut-thumping collisions as the officers piled into them. Despite this, several vehicles started up, but as they all sought to rev away up the track at the same time, they slid into each other, clunking and shunting, grinding to a chaotic halt. The couple that managed to get ahead of this tangle only made it a few dozen yards, before the sight of a police troop-carrier blocking the gate and a whole phalanx of TAU men, as well armed and armoured as the divisional lads and yet somehow looking more menacing, more military as they advanced down the dirt track, brought them to a halt. The next thing, doors were being yanked open and burly policemen dragging out the drivers and their passengers.

Lucy lowered her loudhailer as she entered the farmyard.

Arrests were being made on all sides. There was no serious violence, but there were struggles as brutish, swearing men were wrestled to the floor and clapped into cuffs. One was struck across the back of the knee with a baton to help him comply. The dogs would have been a problem, especially as several had got loose and were darting back and forth, but they were all still muzzled, and now, at Lucy’s direction, the RSPCA handlers came forward to take charge of them.

‘Prisoner transports move in,’ Lucy told her radio. ‘We’ve got a large number detained.’

One suspect, a younger guy with longish, fair hair, wearing what looked like a wolf-fur doublet, made a semi-successful break for it, shaking off a lone PC and racing onto the open ground of the pony paddock, veering towards Wellspring Lane – only to stop at the sight of several more police vans pulling up behind the troop-carriers. He didn’t know they were divisional vans coming to take prisoners, and, thinking they were yet more police reinforcements, slowed to a trudging halt before dropping to his knees and raising his hands, allowing the pursuing officers to take him into custody.

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