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A Tidy Ending By Joanna Cannon

A Tidy Ending‘A Tidy Ending’ is the latest book by Joanna Cannon.

Linda has lived around here ever since she fled the dark events of her childhood in Wales. Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is – pushing the Hoover round and cooking fish fingers for tea is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy catalogues coming through the door for the house’s previous occupant. Terry isn’t perfect – he picks his teeth, tracks dirt through the house and spends most of his time in front of the TV. But that seems fairly standard – until he starts keeping odd hours at work, at around the same time young women start to go missing in the neighbourhood. If Linda could just track down Rebecca, who lived in the house before them, maybe some of that perfection would rub off on her. But the grass isn’t always greener: you can’t change who you really are, and there’s something nasty lurking behind the net curtains on Cavendish Avenue…

I’ve spent my evening absorbed in the latest book by Joanna Cannon and I can tell you, it’s addictive!

The story is seen through the narrative of Linda Hammet, a fascinating woman with simple needs who leads a simple life. She’s married to Terry, likes her house to be in order and works in a charity shop sorting out the donations. But when local women are murdered in the estate that herself and Terry have just moved into and she finds herself obsessing over the case like everyone including her opinionated mother. But as well as obsessing over the murders, Linda finds wondering about the previous resident of her new home when her post is delivered to her house.

Can I just say that this book is unreal and Linda is one of the most interesting protagonists that I’ve had the joy to read. To the outside world, she appears as simple and not clued in, people are sympathetic towards and humour her, but infact Linda is cunningly clever and this is the absolute magic in this story that made it impossible to put down. She pays more attention than people give her credit for.

Linda lives her life through rose tainted glasses and people regularly take advantage of her kind heart and when she commits to something, she’s in it 100%! She enjoys nothing more than tidiness and order and spends her time cleaning up other people’s lives.

Her interactions with her mother also made for engaging reading as her mother was quick to voice her opinion and her outlook on the world did make me chuckle at times.

Joanna has crafted an amazing story with an intricate storyline that flows at a fast pace and flows between past and present tense. The story is thrilling, compelling with such dark moments of wit and innocence that was fantastic reading.

The whole time I was reading this book, I totally imagined it as a screen adaptation with someone like Carey Mulligan playing the innocent role of Linda.

Gripping, macabre with relatable characters and a stunning leading lady, ‘A Tidy Ending’ is one of my favourite books of 2022 and if you like dark stories of revenge, then you’re in for a treat.

You can buy ‘A Tidy Ending’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Summer Fair By Heidi Swain

The Summer FairThe Summer Fair’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.

Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance. The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

For the last couple of days I’ve been reading the latest book by Heidi and even though I’m miserable and dosed with the cold, this book made me smile.

The story is seen through Beth, a carer an elderly person’s house who’s tired of living with people who take her kindness for granted. So when the opportunity arises to move into a beautiful cottage in Nightingale Square, she picks up her house plants and embarks on a new journey, along with handsome new lodger as well as a promotion in the nursing home. Beth is the absolute star of this story, she’s caring with a huge heart and has been carrying a heavy burden since the tragic loss of her mother. She’s deeply loved by the residents and staff in the nursing home and it makes for touching reading, as she arranges activities to get them entertained and see them reignite their lust for life. Whilst her housemate Elijah has also brought back her passion for music, something she has struggled with. Together the pair of them face fears and form a strong bond and this makes for wonderfully uplifting reading.

Once again, Heidi has delivered another beautifully written story that is bursting with warmth, heart and charm. Filled with hope and new beginnings, Beth’s journey made for tender reading as she embraced new challenges and put old ghosts to bed.

It was also wonderful to return to Nightingale Square and feel that sense of community as well as see them old faces from other books by Heidi.

Beautifully descriptive with warm characters, kind souls and a story to get lost in, ‘The Summer Fair’ was a joy to read and the perfect tonic.

You can pre-order ‘The Summer Fair’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 12th May 2022.

The Patient By Jane Shemilt

The Patient‘The Patient’ is the latest book by Jane Shemilt.

When Rachel meets Luc, the attraction is instant. But she is a doctor, and he is her patient. She gives him the drugs he needs – but in doing so, risks everything. And when a secret is exposed, they’re both in the firing line. Not all patients are telling the truth.

The latest book by Jane is the another intoxicating thriller that pulls you in from the first page.

The story is seen through the perspective of GP Rachel Goodchild who meets handsome architect Luc when he has suicidal thoughts and he comes to her surgery for help. She is drawn to Luc and when him and his wife move in the area, Rachel has to deal with seeing him on a regular basis and their relationship becomes much more than professional.

If you’re a fan of domestic noir, then look no further as this book has everything to keep you hooked. From the first page, the story builds with tension mounting with each page. Rachel is a nice character who cares for others. Her marriage is a routine and she wishes that she had a closer relationship with her daughter Lizzie. Luc gives her what she’s lacking in life, attention, sex and excitement and this does make for salacious reading in parts. Luc is mysterious, brooding and sexy and whisks Rachel away from the norm.

The story flows back and forth in time which makes for dramatic reading as you try to piece together the in-between.

Atmospheric and riddled with suspense, ‘The Patient’ is a cleverly plotted story. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers and procedural dramas, this book will satisfy many palates!

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

This Shining Life Giveaway

This Shining LifeI’m delighted to have two copies of ‘This Shining Life’ by Harriet Kline to giveaway to two lucky people.

When Rich dies, he leaves behind a family without a father, a husband, a son and a best friend. His wife, Ruth, can’t imagine living without him and finds herself faced with a grief she’s not sure she can find her way through. At the same time, their young son Ollie becomes intent on working out the meaning of life. Because everything happens for a reason. Doesn’t it? But when they discover a mismatched collection of presents left by Rich for his loved ones, it provides a puzzle for them to solve, one that will help Ruth navigate her sorrow and help Ollie come to terms with what’s happened. Together, they will learn to lay the ghosts of the past to rest, and treasure the true gift that Rich has left them: the ability to embrace life and love every moment.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave your answer to the question in the comment box below.

When Rich dies, what does he leave his family behind?

Winners will be revealed on Monday 23rd May and the giveaway is limited to UK and Ireland only. Good luck!

What Eden Did Next By Sheila O’Flanagan

What Eden Did Next‘What Eden Did Next’ is the latest book by Sheila O’Flanagan.

Five years after the death of her firefighter husband, Eden knows better than anyone that life can change in an instant. Now, instead of the future she had planned with Andy, she has Lila – the daughter he never got the chance to meet. And instead of Andy, she has his family. Then Eden meets someone. Someone she knew before Andy, before Lila, before the tragedy. Someone who reminds her of how she used to be. But Andy’s mother has other plans. And Eden is facing an impossible choice. One that could tear a family apart.

Sheila is returning to our bookshelves with her 30th book, a story of love, loss and new beginnings.

The story is seen primarily through the narrative of Eden, a single mother and widow to Lila, who’s never got over the sudden loss of her husband Andy and writes to him regularly regaling him with stories of her day. Originally an A&E nurse, Eden is now a carer and looks after Elizabeth, an elderly woman who was injured when she was mugged. She spends her day watching the world go by in Sycamore Grove and the latest resident Rafe and his daughter Poppy catch her eye. When Eden meets Rafe, she’s delighted to discover that he’s actually her childhood best friend who she hasn’t seen she was 10 years old. The pair of them embark on a new relationship, bonding over a mutual loss, both grieving over the loss of their partners.

This is another lovely story from one of Ireland’s most loved authors. The story is beautifully written and is packed with her Irish charm and wit with relatable characters dealing with life. Eden is a sweet character with a huge heart and it’s lovely to join her as she progresses in the story, learning to manage her grief, moving on as well as using her hobbies to open new doors and opportunities. She’s been dealt a hard hand having lost both her parents as well as her husband. I really enjoyed her interactions with Rafe as they reflected on their childhood together.

The close knit community of Sycamore Grove make for entertaining reading as they all keep an eye on the new widower to the area. The women all bringing food and checking up on him, it was amusing and interesting to see how society reacts to a young widower with a little girl, all vying for his attention. One character that made for particularly fun reading was Elizabeth who Eden cared for. Restricted to her house, she spends her time watching the world go by and never misses a thing.

Packed with warmth, love and hope, ‘What Eden Did Next’ is another lovely story from Sheila that was a joy to curl up with.

You can buy ‘What Eden Did Next’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.