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Unfaithful By JL Butler

Songs In Ursa Major‘Unfaithful’ is the latest book by J.L. Butler.

Rachel Reeves has it all. The perfect family, a rich husband, and a gorgeous home. But when her only child flies the nest, Rachel feels lost – and succumbs to a mind-blowing one-night stand. Instantly regretting her infidelity, Rachel cuts ties with Chris. But he won’t let her go that easily. She erases him from her life – until a text changes everything. Someone knows what she did. And they’re ready to destroy her entire life because of it.

J.L Butler is the pseudonym for ‘Sunday Times’ bestselling author Tasmina Perry and her latest book is set in the fascinating world of publishing.

When her only child Dylan leaves home for university, Rachel decides to return to her job in publishing after an 18 year absence. After the excitement of being back in employment and doing something for herself, Rachel runs into an old university boyfriend and after several drinks and walks down memory lane, she ends up in bed with Chris Hannah. Distraught that she cheated on her husband, Rachel tries to move on from the incident, only for Chris to keep reappearing and want to reconnect again. Leaving Rachel in fear that this one night stand could potentially ruin her career and family, when professional and personal Iives collide.

I love Tasmina’s book, her books are rich in wealth, glamour, deceit and sex and even though she’s writing as J.L. Butler, I did feel as if I was reading the latest Tasmina offering.

I loved Rachel, keen to back out there and be seen as a professional and not as mother, she wants to make her mark in the publishing world and even though she’s been out of the game for 18 years, her knowledge remains intact. Her interaction with others makes for interesting reading particularly with her daughter, as she wants to not only be the mother but a friend too. She often appears as a meek character but as the story progresses, we see her become stronger with each problem she has to face.

For me as a keen reader, this book gave an interesting insight into the publishing industry and particularly enjoyed the scenes when Rachel was in work and pitching ideas for upcoming releases. The story concentrates on harassment and trolling, an action that has become much more prevalent in recently and it’s hard reading at times, the abuse that Rachel has to read about herself as well as what she has to face.

The story is cleverly written in a way that not everything is as it seems and just when you’re figured out who Rachel’s stalker is, something happens that pulls you into a completely different direction.

A gripping thriller set in the book world that oozes glamour, sex and suspense throughout, ‘Unfaithful’ is fast paced roller coaster of a story that hooks the reader attention from the very first page.

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

Deadly Little Lies By Stephanie DeCarolis

Deadly Little Lies‘Deadly Little Lies’ is the latest book by Stephanie DeCarolis.

Juliana Daniels finally has the life she’s always dreamed of. A loving husband, a career as an attorney, and a cozy apartment in Manhattan to call home. But when she gets a message from an old college friend, her blood runs cold. Remember me? Juliana drops her phone as though she’s been scalded. The name Jenny Teller shines out from the screen… but Jenny can’t have sent that message. Because Jenny is dead. Juliana’s other college friends have all received the same message. The four of them are the only ones who know the truth about the night Jenny died. It’s a secret they have kept buried for thirteen years. With ‘Jenny’ now blackmailing them and threatening to expose their secret, only one thing is certain. Someone else knows the truth about that night… or one of them is lying.

If you enjoy a good thriller that keeps you on your toes then look no further as ‘Deadly Little Lies’ has all the makings of a gripping drama.

Written in the past and present tense through the eyes of Julianna, who’s married and happy in her job. Until one day, her past pops up and the secrets that she’s kept hidden are coming to the surface. But it’s not only her that’s being threatened but her college friends Tori and Nessa. Making them all suspicious of each other as well as former friend and all round nasty girl Emily who enjoyed tormenting her peers in college.

The story flows at a fast paced speed that immediately held my attention as it flowed in different tenses and really set the story up nicely. Giving a clear insight into each character’s role and involvement leading up to the present time.

Right from offset I liked Julia, from her college days when she’s insecure and lacking in confidence and wanting to be liked by her friends and boys and how she blossoms into a confident woman who’s settled in her life. She makes for a relatable but also fascinating protagonist in the story, as she leaves the reader with uncertainty at times and makes it difficult to judge others at times.

Riddled with drama, suspense, college bitchiness and veiled threats, ‘Deadly Little Lies’ is a cleverly written psychological thriller that made for tense reading!

You can pre-order ‘Deadly Little Lies’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 26th November 2021.

Last Girl Ghosted By Lisa Unger

Last Girl Ghosted‘Last Girl Ghosted’ is the 19th book by Lisa Unger.

When Wren Greenwood meets a good-looking stranger from a dating app, she expects a casual fling – but they connect immediately. Adam Harper is her perfect match. She falls for him. She confides in him. And then he disappears… his profiles deleted, his phone disconnected, his Manhattan apartment emptied. First, Wren blames herself. Then she hears about the other girls – girls who fell in love with Adam, and are now missing. Wren needs answers, but as she follows the breadcrumb trail Adam left behind, it leads back to her own dark past. Suddenly, she’s no longer sure if she’s predator or prey. She only knows one thing: whatever it takes, she’ll be the last girl he ever ghosts…

The night social media switched off, I was blissfully unaware as I was absorbed in this book.

Tense and thrilling from the first page, Lisa writes a fast paced thriller with a fascinating protagonist and an even more fascinating back story.

The story is seen through the narrative of Wren, a successful problem solver who decides to give love a go and sign up to a dating app called Torch where she meets Adam. They fall in love and then just as he’s about to ask her something important, he disappears.

Detective Bailey then comes into her life and is trying to find a man who matches Adam’s description involving three other women and Wren starts her own in investigation into his disappearance and ends up revisiting old ghosts and memories.

Thr story is also seen in a past sequence and this makes for interesting reading as it’s seen from the narrative of a child living in fear of a controlling father who’s obsessed about the end of the world. The innocence and the naivety of the child makes for poignant reading as they try to keep their father happy as well and keep their family together.

Wren is a great character, with a background in problem solving with a blog and podcast series called ‘Dear Birdie’, people write in with their problems and with her best friend called Jax they offer advice. She’s kind, sweet with secrets and thought that meeting Adam who was handsome, charismatic and promised her the dream would finally find her happy ever after.

‘Last Girl Ghosted’ is an interesting and dark twist on ghosting that’s cleverly written, addictive and atmospheric.

You can buy ‘Last Girl Ghosted’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Perfect House By R.P. Bolton

The Perfect House‘The Perfect House’ is the latest book by R.P. Bolton.

Ellie knows she has found her dream home – number six Moss Lane. The place she and Tom can settle down, raise their new baby and start again. But why do their new neighbours think they’re so brave for moving in? Why are Ellie’s keys never where she left them? And why can Ellie hear strange noises in the night that Tom can’t? Suddenly their dream house no longer feels so perfect and when Ellie learns the truth about number six’s dark past, a truth that Tom has been keeping secret from her, she no longer knows who she can trust. Has their perfect home become her worst nightmare?

If you like your psychological thrillers with a hint of the supernatural threaded throughout, then I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

The story is written in the past and present tense as first time mother Ellie embraces her new daughter Trinity as well as adjusts to her new home with boyfriend Tom. But strange things happen in the old house, things that only Ellie sees and everyone begins to question Ellie’s mental health and whether she’s capable of the job of being a mother.

This is one of the creepiest books that I’ve read in a while, with unreliable protagonist, a suspicious partner and a strange mute woman, this book gave me the chills from the first page.

Ellie thinks that she’s found the perfect home, but her dream home is shrouded in misery and death and makes it the talk of the town when they move in. A house associated with death, Ellie feels threatened in her new home with strange sounds, visions, it’s impossible for her to enjoy the new space. With Tom, busy with his job and her mother stuck in Spain with a broken leg, Ellie feels completely isolated and paranoid at a moment pivotal moment in her life.

The older narrative from Ellie’s is from university days with best friend Mia and when she meets and it’s the first hazy days of love.

This book is creepy and unsettling but it was impossible to put down. Atmospheric from the first page, the book was cleverly crafted with suspense building with each turned page and with a plethora of complex characters that all made for suspicious reading, this supernatural thriller has a devilishly twisted ending that left me shocked.

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

The Secret Keepers Daughter By Samantha King

The Secret Keepers Daughter’‘The Secret Keepers Daughter’ is the latest book by Samantha King.

Holly Mayhew has the perfect family set-up. But when her seven-year-old daughter, Marley, begins to act strangely, refusing to speak and rushing off to hide in her room, she knows something isn’t right. Desperate to understand why Marley has become so withdrawn, Holly creates a worry box, where Marley posts her thoughts each day. At first, the messages seem innocent. But when Holly finds a note saying secrets make me sad, she begins to question everyone entrusted with her care. Including her family.

I’m a bit late to the tour but for the last couple of days, I had my head stuck in this book.

The story is written in the past and present through the narrative of Holly, who’s little girl was withdrawn into herself and is leaving little notes giving Holly an insight into her fears. Holly is trying to deal with a new baby, a husband who’s never around whilst she’s dealing with a turbulent relationship with Amy. A woman who was brought into Holly’s life as a young girl and Holly was forced to adjust from being an only child to having someone disrupt your life at every turn.

I particularly loved the narrative from the past tense as it really gave an insight into Holly’s past and how Amy is introduced into her life. She’s brought to live with Holly’s family as her parents are friends with Holly’s and when her parents move to Paris for work. Her relationship with Holly is upsetting, she hurts her, lies and gets Holly into trouble, whilst Holly’s father fails to believe that Amy would do bad things. But as they grow older, they have a love hate relationship but are there for each other when things are tough they are there for each other.

Holly has a heart condition and because of this, she’s constantly wrapped up in cotton wool with her family tip toeing around her much to her frustration. As the story unfolds, we read new secrets and lies that we’re hidden from her and how her relationship is with her family was far from perfect.

The story is cleverly crafted with characters are both relatable and unlikable. Amy is a bit of toxic character, who’s jealousy toward sweet Holly is prevalent and even as older women, there’s an obvious rift between the pair.

A compelling and observational story about the dynamics of family relationships and the innocence of a child’s mind. ‘The Secret Keeper’s Daughter’ is a great read.

You can buy ‘The Secret Keepers Daughter’ from Amazon