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Girls’ Night Out By Liz Fention and Lisa Steinke

Girls' Night Out‘Girls’ Night Out’ is the second book by writing duo Liz Fention and Lisa Steinke.

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together. Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies? As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.

For the last few days, I’ve had my head stuck in ‘Girls’ Night Out’, a gripping story about the complexities and issues of female friendships with unexpected results.

The story is seen through the eyes of once best friends, Ashley, Natalie and Lauren as they all disappear to Mexico to try to rekindle the old friendship that they had, but life and jealousy has gotten in the way making them wary of each other. What should be an adventure and an opportunity to mend old wounds turns into a nightmare when Ashley disappears leaving both Natalie and Lauren wishing they had been better friends. The story floats between the past and present tense leading up the Ashley’s disappearance.

The three friends are interesting characters. They pretend to be best friends, but really they are all hiding something from each other. Ashley is quite obviously the leader of the pack, men want to be with her and women want to be friends with her, but her two best friends see another side of her that they don’t like. She’s domineering, self-centred and likes everything to be her way, much to the despair of Lauren and Natalie. Natalie is the peacekeeper of the group, always neutral and trying not to take sides, but she’s finding it hard to keep things together when her own marriage is falling apart, whilst Lauren will never forgive Ashley for not really being there for her when her husband died and thinks that this holiday will be the ending of the relationship.

A taunt thriler from the very beginning and riddled with tension throughout that made for dramatic reading, ‘Girls’ Night Out’ is a thrilling story of jealousy, that shows female friendship at its very worst.

You can buy Girls’ Night Out from Amazon

Fiona Barton Releases New Book – The Child

The Child If you’re like me and loved Fiona Barton’s debut novel, ‘The Widow’, then you’re in for a treat, as she’s back in April 2017 with a new book called ‘The Child’.

The story of ‘The Child’ is –

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for a third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

I absolutely adored ‘The Widow’ so I can’t wait to get reading this book!

You can pre-order The Child from Amazon and will be available to buy from 6th April 2017.

The Widow By Fiona Barton

'The Widow‘The Widow’ is Fiona Barton’s debut novel.

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him? Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

‘The Widow’ is an gripping and dark story where suspense oozes from the pages.

The story is seen from the perspective of three people, the widow, the detective and the reporter who are all involved in the disappearance of a young girl called Bella.

The story starts at the beginning when a man called Glen Taylor is killed by a bus. Glen was the key suspect in the disappearance of Bella and both Bob Sparkes, the detective and Kate, the reporter hope that now Glen is out of the way, that his wife Jeanie, the widow will finally speak and they will be able to get closure on the case that has been running for the last couple of years.

The story cleverly flows from the present time to the past, when the incident first happened and how things have developed through the case, as Glen has maintained his innocence but things don’t add up in his statement and regularly he finds himself the main subject of the press. Glen is a domineering character, arrogant with a dangerous and secretive side, he manipulates his wife into thinking like him. Jeanie is a meek woman who is besotted with Glen she is loyal and true to her husband. She refuses to believe that he is involved but as time goes by, she notices things and wonders if her husband was the good man that he claimed to be.

The inclusion of the detective and the reporter gives a factual and humane spin on the story as Bob strives to find Bella and prays she is still alive whereas Kate is looking for the next big reveal.

Both Bob and Kate are written in the third person but interestingly Jeanie is seen from the first person. This made for gripping reading as we see the woman develop from a timid character to a woman who suddenly speaks her mind and wants to tell her story. After spending years in silence, Jeanie has a voice and a story to share.

I absolutely loved this book and it is genuinely worth all the hype around it. Fiona comes from the reporting background and with her knowledge and experience, this gives the book an authentic and factual feel to it. A story about deception and riddled with lies, ‘The Widow’ is a dark and gripping, psychological story about a person’s lust and what secrets lie behind closed doors.

You can pre-order The Widow from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 26th August 2016.