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Sam Carrington Reveals New Book – Bad Sister

Bad SisterSam Carrington is back with a new book called ‘Bad Sister’ and it sounds like a thrilling story.

What the back cover says –

Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B.A. Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.

You can pre-order Bad Sister from Amazon .The ebook will be available from 5th October and the paperback will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th December 2017.

Do Not Become Alarmed By Maile Meloy

Do Not Become Alarmed‘Do Not Become Alarmed’ is the latest book by Maile Meloy.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship’s comforts and possibilities seem infinite. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor mishaps lead the families further from the ship’s safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone. What follows is a heart-racing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the distraught parents – now turning on one another and blaming themselves – try to recover their children and their shattered lives.

In my cold and tired state, I sat up late so I could finish this book, I couldn’t put the book down until I reached its conclusion and if the children were returned safely to their parents.

When friends Liv and Nora go away on a cruise with their husbands and children, they think it will be perfect distraction from real life. Away at sea with an array of activities to keep everyone entertained, nothing could go wrong until the mothers and the children step off the ship and suddenly the children are gone, with the parents distraught and consumed with fear.

The story is cleverly written from both the narrative of the children and the their parents as they race against time to become reunited, but it’s not a simple reconciliation, as there are many hurdles along the way.

The inclusion of both perspectives is very interesting, with the children there is the fear of never being found as well as naivety, that they will be found. But, as the story progresses, the children are exposed to horrific situations and for some of them, rids them of their innocence and makes them stronger. With the much younger children, there is a sweet element, that adds a gentle touch of humour to the gripping tale, as they question and wonder about everything much to the annoyance of their elders.

Elsewhere the parents have to deal with the guilt of letting their children down and with each passing second, their fears become real as police delve further into the investigation. Their emotions race between fear, frustration and guilt at having their backs on them.

The story progresses at a quick speed with short and snappy chapters packed with many twists and dramas along the way. Filled with bad guys, bunnies and everyone wanting to do the right thing, ‘Do Not Become Alarmed’ is a fast paced drama about every parents nightmare.

You can pre-order Do Not Become Alarmed from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th July 2017.

The Night Visitor By Lucy Atkins

The Night Visitor‘The Night Visitor’ is the latest book by Lucy Atkins.

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

‘The Night Visitor’ is a gripping and sinister tale, that held me in its clutches over the last couple of nights as I delved into the twisted and complicated relationship of Olivia Sweethorn and Vivian Tester.

The story is written in a dual narrative seen from the perspective of both women in alternating chapters, travelling swiftly and neatly from past to present tense, bringing the reader up to speed about their status.

Olivia is a beloved historian who longs to share the compelling story of Annabel Burley, a renowned woman in British medicine and with the help of Vivian, a researcher the pair of them write a successful bestseller. But, just as the book hits the shelves, Olivia begins to realise that Vivian isn’t quite the person she was led to believe and regrets the woman’s involvement in the creation of the book.

The two women are polar opposites of each other, which makes their relationship and the drama surrounding them so intense and chilling. Olivia comes from a bustling family, mother of three children and married to fellow writer David, her life is a hive of activity whereas as Vivian has no one, other than her dog, Bertie for company. She leads a lonely life, an only child with no family and she sometimes finds it hard to deal with human relationships.

She’s a simple but guarded woman that I sometimes found myself sympathising with. Where, Olivia shines in all her glory, Vivian prefers to sit back and watch and what she observes certainly makes for haunting reading. As the story develops, secrets are revealed and tragic events occur that effect both women.

Suberbly researched, this book is cleverly and chillingly written. This intense story observes the somewhat twisted relationship between women, a story of obsession and jealously, ‘The Night Visitor’ is a menacing tale riddled with deceit and an intriguing plot line that made for creepily atmospheric reading.

You can buy The Night Visitor from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door ‘The Couple Next Door’is the latest book by Shari Lapena and was awarded ‘WH Smith Book of the Year 2016’.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

Last year there was an awful lot of talk about ‘The Couple Next Door’ on social media, people were singing its praises and I was really curious to see what all the hype was about, so when it came next on my TBR pile, I grabbed it with both hands.

The story is about Marcus and Anne, a married couple with a 6 month old baby called Cora. On a rare night out and unable to get a babysitter, they leave Cora in their house next door and bring the baby monitor with them checking on her every half hour. But, it’s on their return that they discover that Cora has been snatched.

The story then follows as the couple become the prime suspects in the case, as the press and police point the finger of blame at them, particularly at them leaving their baby alone. As the story progresses, we delve deeper into the couples lives, the stress of both emotional and financial as parents and adjust to their new lives.

The book is cleverly written in a third person narrative and reads like an observation of both Anne and Marcus. It flows quickly between both of them as they struggle with being in the spotlight and trying to piece together their last moments with Cora. Both are complex characters, both with secrets that they have hidden from each other but as the story flows and the police investigate more, secrets are revealed and more people are convinced that they are involved.

Marcus has always felt inadequate to Anne’s family, they never really approved of him and show their true colours with Cora’s disappearance by making him feel unwanted and unloved whilst Anne struggles with post natal depression, she’s terrified she did something and blocked it out. An interesting addition to the tale is inclusion of the story being seen from the perspective of the detective, giving an insight to the police procedure.

With a fast paced story that keeps the reader on their toes and thoroughly engaged. ‘The Couple Next Door’ is a cunningly written tale, filled with unlikable and occasionally sympathetic characters plus plenty of suspects. Packed with tension, twists and a hell of an ending, this book is must definitely worthy of all the hype!

You can buy The Couple Next Door from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Good As Gone By Amy Gentry

Good As Gone‘Good As Gone’ is Amy Gentry’s first novel.

Eight years ago, thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night. In the years since, her family have papered over the cracks of their grief – while hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then, one night, the doorbell rings.

Yesterday I spent my day gripped by Amy’s debut book, an atmospheric and dark tale about every parents worst nightmare, when a child goes missing.

Cleverly the story starts with Anne retelling, the moment her daughter, Julie was taken away 8 years ago and then flashes to present time when Julie suddenly reappears in their life.

As the story flows, it’s seen from the narrative of both Anne and Julie as they settle into their lives together. As they have spent so many years apart and Julie has been through so much, the two women are like strangers and find it hard to be close, as Anne had always prepared herself to believe that her daughter would never return and when she reappears, she finds it hard to adjust especially when she finds that things about Julie don’t make sense and she begins to question whether Julie is really home or is someone impersonating her missing daughter.

Julie is an interesting woman. Having been missing for a number of years, she’s been through an awful lot and has had many demons to deal with. Her chapters alternate between different personas she’s had to become to survive over the years and cleverly with this different characters, you do wonder if she really is Julie.

Right from the start, there is an element of uncertainty in the story, as with Anne you begin to question Julie’s story and different things come to light but as the story progresses, it becomes darker and focuses on the subject of cults with the introduction of a creepy character called John David.

Riddled with suspense and complex characters, ‘Good As Gone’ is an emotionally charged and thrilling story that made for gripping reading, with clever plot twists and confused identities that keeps the reader on their toes, this debut was an exciting read.

You can pre-order Good as Gone from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 6th April 2017.