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One White Lie By Leah Konen

One White Lie‘One White Lie’ is Leah Konen’s debut novel.

Imagine you’ve finally escaped the worst relationship of your life, running away with only a suitcase and a black eye. Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed – fun, kind, empathetic, very much in love. Imagine they’re in trouble. That someone is telling lies about them, threatening their livelihoods – and even their lives. Imagine your ex is coming for you. If your new best friends needed you to tell one small lie, and all of these problems would disappear, you’d do it . . . wouldn’t you? It’s only one small lie, until someone turns up dead.

I curled up during the week with this book and within three hours, I had the whole lot consumed.

The story is seen through the narrative of Lucy who has escaped New York to get away from her abusive and controlling boyfriend Davis. She moves to a quiet and small town with only her dog called Dusty for company. It’s there, that she befriends her new neighbours, husband and wife called John and Vera who Lucy confides in about running away and in turn they confide in her. One day, John is murdered and Lucy finds herself caught up in a web of drama and danger.

Fast paced, with unreliable characters and an almighty twist, this book had the makings of a great thriller, that didn’t disappoint at all. Lucy is an interesting character, who’s fled her abusive boyfriend and is trying to make a better life for herself. The story features flashbacks to the abuse, giving the reader an insight to what she was running away from. Vera and John are an interesting couple, even though they have taken Lucy under their wings and have become firm friends, they’re not liked in the town and this makes for gripping reader as the reader is left to wonder what is wrong with the pair to have a town turn against them.

The story flows at a pace that really keeps the reader engaged with clever twists and dialogue that really hooked me in. I found the flashbacks to be particularly interesting as they really set the tone for the story.

For debut, I thought it was a gripping page turner that was addictive from start to finish. With drama and suspense from the first moment that Lucy arrives in the sleepy town to the climatic final page, ‘One White Lie’ is a tense and atmospheric story that has all the elements to make it the perfect psychological thriller.

You can buy ‘One White Lie’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

The Fallout By Rebecca Thornton

The Fallout ‘The Fallout’ is Rebecca Thornton’s debut novel.

When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about. Was nobody watching him? Where was his mother? Who’s to blame? The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop. Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart.

This story is an interesting that is seen primarily of best friends Sarah and Liza. When Liza’s little boy Jack falls and fractures his neck, Sarah says that she was keeping an eye on him whilst Liza was looking after her new born baby. In reality, Sarah was chatting to Ella, the glamorous and mysterious woman, who everyone wants to be best friends with. Ella ghosted all the friends a number of years ago and no one knows why adding more mystery to the woman. As Sarah battles with her guilt of not properly watching her best friends’ little boy, Liza battles with her own guilt as fingers begin to point at her for not being a fit mother.

If you’re a fan of the ‘Big Little Lies’ book and series by Liane Moriarty, then I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. Set in well to do London, where all the women have nannies and staff, the story concentrates on the pressures of society as well as the ruthlessness of social media. As the women communicate through their WhatsApp groups pretending to be friends and there for one another, but instead are bitching behind each other’s back. Inclusions of WhatsApp conversations give an interesting slant to the story, as it shows the real people and their true colours. I found myself feeling sympathetic towards both Sarah and Liza as they battled with heightened emotions but also found their obsession with Ella and why she ghosted the women fascinating. Ella certainly is an interesting character, she’s elusive, with her perfect life, body and family.

Rebecca is a new author for me, but is definitely one that I will be looking into, her observation of toxic female relationships and shallow characters is well written and made for compelling reading. A thrilling story of how one simple story can spiral out of control, ‘The Fallout’ is a good dramatic story with complex characters highlighting the pressures of the society and the real struggle behind perfection.

You can buy ‘The Fallout’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

The Ex Girlfriend By Nicola Moriarty

The Ex-Girlfriend‘The Ex-Girlfriend’ is the latest book by Nicola Moriarty.

Finally, Georgia has found the one. Luke is kind, handsome, and makes her feel safe – which is what she needs after everything she’s been through. The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. Luke says Cadence just can’t accept the breakup, and that explains the texts, the emails, the notes. But then things start to go very wrong – will Cadence really do whatever it takes to get what she wants?

I’ve spent my day with my head in this book and it was a fantastic story. Cleverly written with relatable characters, this book discusses the complexities of relationships and obsession Georgia has just about given up on love after a doomed Tinder date, meets Luke who rescues her after unwanted advances from other men. She begins a relationship with Luke and everything seems perfect until Luke reveals that he has baggage in the shape of an ex girlfriend who refuses to believe that they are over.

Delighted to be in a new relationship, Georgia finds herself a victim of a hate campaign as Cadence plots against Georgia to make her life hell.

One of the many things that I really enjoyed about this book is the tricky characters, that make them so unreliable and for me this really kept me on my toes as I was second guessing their actions and trying to figure out who you could trust.

Riddled with suspense and drama, the story has many twists and turns that really made for dramatic and enjoyable reading. The perfect psychological thriller with just the right combination of romance and drama, ‘The Ex Girlfriend’ is a well crafted story about love, obsession and is most certainly, a creepy read!

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

The House On The Edge Of The Cliff By Carol Drinkwater

The House On The Edge Of The Cliff ‘The House On The Edge Of The Cliff’ is the latest book by Carol Drinkwater.

Grace first came to France a lifetime ago. Young and full of dreams of adventure, she met two very different men. She fell under the spell of one. The other fell under hers. Until one summer night shattered everything. Now, Grace is living an idyllic life with her husband, sheltered from the world in a magnificent Provençal villa, perched atop a windswept cliff. Every day she looks out over the sea – the only witness to that fateful night years ago. Until a stranger arrives at the house. A stranger who knows everything, and won’t leave until he gets what he wants.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Carol and I must say that I really enjoyed it. The story is seen through the narrative of Grace and flows back and forth in past and present tense. Set in France, Grace has a content life with her husband, her primary concern as he prepares for an operation, until one day an old face from her past reappears and brings old ghosts back to life.

The past aspects of the story are the background of Grace’s life as she moves to France hoping to become a world famous actress. Alone in the country, she finds help from kind stranger, Peter and together they travel hoping to escape the riots. These narratives give an insight into Grace and the kind of character she is. She’s a kind and adventurous soul but as the story progresses, we see her develop through the years into the older woman that she’s become. As the story develops, it gets darker and grittier which is really interesting reading. The present moments were quite thrilling in parts and you couldn’t help but feel an empathy towards her.

A compelling story of secrets and suspense and riddled with drama throughout, set against a picturesque background, ‘The House on the Cliff Top Edge’ is a romantic story that really pulls the reader in with its mystery and charm.

You can buy ‘The House On The Edge Of The Cliff’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Some Kind Of Wonderful By Giovanna Fletcher

Some Kind of Wonderful‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’ is the latest book by Giovanna Fletcher.

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since their first day at university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. A romantic escape to Dubai is the perfect moment, but instead of the proposal Lizzy hopes for, Ian reveals he’s not sure he even wants her anymore. Lizzy is heartbroken. But through the tears, she realises this is her chance to seize the opportunities she missed as Ian’s other half. But what does she want? How much of her is really Lizzy, and how much was Ian’s influence? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and in the meantime, have a little fun.

Giovanna Fletcher has returned to our bookshelves with a book that will have you laughing and crying in quick succession.

When Izzy and Ian go on holiday, Izzy thinks it’s only to be expected for him to propose to her after ten years together. Wrong. Instead, he breaks up with her and she ends moving back to her family home, much to the upset of her pregnant sister, who’s wedding is coming up and Michelle is convinced that Izzy is determined to ruin her big day.

As Izzy reflects on her life, now as a single woman, she thinks of all the changes and sacrifices she made for the relationship and is determined to live her life for herself and not for others. This involves wearing throngs, going out with friends and meeting new people and joining a choir.

This book is a journey of self discovery and for me, was quite the thinker as we all change in relationships. I loved how Izzy rebelled now she was single and had only to answer for herself, as well as figure what she really wanted from life, as the story progressed, she blossomed into a strong and independent woman.

The story is tender and heartfelt and you can feel the love in the writing. I loved Izzy, she was a fun and vibrant character with a big heart and this reflects through the hilarious situations that she gets herself in, whether it’s with outspoken sister or fun best friend, Connie.

Deliciously fun and witty, ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’ is a charming story of new beginnings and self discovery.

You can buy Some Kind of Wonderful from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.