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Forget Me Not By Claire Allan

Forget Me Not‘Forget Me Not’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road. Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth. When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything. But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?

‘Forget Me Not’ is the latest chilling thriller from Claire Allan and definitely leaves you double checking the doors before you go to bed.

In this story we meet Elizabeth, an elderly woman who when out walking her dog comes across a woman assaulted on the road, just as Elizabeth phones for help, the woman dies in her arms. Rachel is heartbroken that her best friend has been murdered, but it seems that the killer wasn’t only after Clare. Rachel, her other friend Julie and even Elizabeth is now being hunted, with threatening notes and bunches of Forget Me Notes left at their doors.

The story is fast paced and is written over a short period of time and in that time a lot happens! Rachel is unhappy in her marriage and finds herself in the middle of a nightmare when her best friend is brutally killed and herself and her family are being terrorised. I felt myself sympathising with Rachel, she seems a kind woman, but her marriage is feeling unsatisfied and she finds herself looking elsewhere for attention.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her only daughter and finds the days long without company.

I used to read Claire’s romantic novels and even though I enjoyed them, she has really found her voice in thrillers. Her writing is clever and her characters are flawed, relatable and that really pull the reader in. In this story, we meet two women who are fundamentally quite lonely in life and struggling, whether it’s a death of a child or an unhappy marriage and for me this made for poignant and gripping reading. As both women find themselves battling against time to save their lives and figure out why they have become the attention of a killer.

Throughout the story, we meet suspicious characters, that puts doubt into the readers’ minds, but nothing prepares the reader for the revelation at the end.

Another thing that I love about Claire’s writing is the colloquialisms and for me, coming from Northern Ireland this adds an element of charm to the dark story.

Suspenseful from the first page, ‘Forget Me Not’ is an exciting and menacing story that will have the reader bursting to reach the final page.

You can buy ‘Forget Me Not’ from Amazon and is 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.

The Night Before By Wendy Walker

The Night Before‘The Night Before’ is the latest book by Wendy Walker.

Rosie Ferro and Laura Heart are sisters, but as different as it is possible to be. One is lucky in love and has a conventional family: a husband, and a small son. The other has a troubled past she is still struggling to break free from. When Laura disappears after going on a date with a stranger she met online, Rosie, her protector since they were young, springs into action to look for her. But as she slowly uncovers more about the situation, Rosie begins to fear that her sister might have been more of a danger than the man she went out with.

I sat up one night reading this book and literally couldn’t put it down until I reached the final page.

The story is seen through the narrative of sisters Rosie and Laura leading up to and during Laura’s first online date with a man that she has never met before. It’s during this date that Laura disappears and Rosie fears the worst. The story is seen from the perspective of the sisters and their thoughts and situations at this time.

I really liked this book. It flowed at a fast pace and really kept me engaged. Laura is a complex character, we don’t know if she’s a good or bad character as something questionable has happened to her in the past, that makes everyone including herself question her actions and behaviours and for me, this really kept me on my toes whilst reading the book. As well as being seen from both narratives, the story also is written in past and present tense giving the reader an interesting insight into the sisters and their relationships. Rosie is more settled than Laura, married with children, she’s content with life but when Laura disappears, she immediately fears the first and finds herself battling against time to find her.

This story is cleverly written with cunningly planned twists that really take the reader by surprise. With drama, suspense and an unreliable protagonist, ‘The Night Before’ is dramatic thriller that really pulls the reader in.

You can buy ‘The Night Before’ from Amazon and will be availble to buy from good bookshops from 3rd October 2019

The Picture Of Innocence By TJ Stimson

The Picture Of Innocence‘The Picture Of Innocence’ is the latest book by TJ Stimson.

With three children under ten, Maddie is struggling. On the outside, she’s a happy young mother, running a charity as well as a household. But inside, she’s exhausted. She knows she’s lucky to have to have a support network around her. Not just her loving husband, but her family and friends too.

But is Maddie putting her trust in the right people? Because when tragedy strikes, she is certain someone has hurt her child – and everyone is a suspect, including Maddie herself…

If you’re looking for a thriller with a twist, then I’d wholeheartedly recommend this story, with an unreliable protagonist and an gripping storyline, this book was difficult to put down.

Suffering from post natal depression and trying to fix her sinking business, Maddie is finding life hard and the finger of blame is pointing at her when her family suffer a terrible tragedy. As she tries to piece it all together, Maddie finds memories disappearing and begins to doubt herself when things begin to happen. Meanwhile, there is the inclusion of a smaller story of a little suffering horrendous abuse at the hands of her mother and throughout the story, the reader is left wondering who the little girl is.

I really enjoyed this story, it’s just the right amount of thriller and suspense to keep the reader gripped. Maddie is a relatable character, struggling with three children, particularly two under years old, life is tying especially when her usually supportive husband, Lucas isn’t around. We can sympathise with her when things happen but we also question her reliability.

Thrilling from the first page and written at a fast pace, ‘The Picture of Innocence’ is a dark and intense story filled with twists and turns that made it impossible to put down.

You can buy ‘The Picture Of Innocence’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Little Darlings By Melanie Golding

Little Darlings‘Little Darlings’ is Melane Golding’s debut novel.

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate. When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later. Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

I started this book late on a Saturday evening and I couldn’t put it down until I had reached the final page at 2.30 on Sunday morning. Even at that, I had to leave the book in another room as it’s such an unsettling and creepy tale.

The story is seen from the perspective of new mother of twins Lauren and the police detective Harper. Whilst in hospital after giving birth to twins, Lauren is convinced that someone is after her twins and then one day, her fear is confirmed when they are snatched away. Safely returned, Lauren is adamant that the babies are not hers, beginning a quest into proving her sanity and finding her babies. DS Harper is interested in the case, not only is she questioning Lauren’s sanity, but she’s also beginning to see things differently from the new mother’s perspective, making her doubt everything that she believed to be real.

This book has to be one of the most unsettling stories that I’ve read in a while, filled with paranoia and suspense, it was impossible to put down. With the story written from both perspectives, we see the struggles of the first time mother, the tiredness and the fear that they could be taken away. She’s paranoid and convinced that someone is watching her every move and after since the night in the hospital when a woman tried to take her babies, she’s terrified that it will happen again. Meanwhile DS Harper is the calmness and the logic in the story, she understands Lauren’s concerns but as the story progresses, we see her opinions change and this makes for extremely interesting reading.

This story isn’t just a thriller, it’s also part fairy tale and that really does make for creepy reading which really did unsettle me. ‘Little Darlings’ is a cleverly written tale of a mother’s nightmare filled with drama, paranoia and an eerie atmosphere from the very first page, this book is a stunner of a debut and shows the length a mother will go to prove her love.

You can pre-order ‘Little Darlings’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd May 2019.