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One of The Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of The Girls‘One of The Girls’ is the latest book by Lucy Clarke.

You always know that when you’re settling down to a book by Lucy Clarke, you’re going to be in for a bumpy ride and her latest book was exactly that. A rocky ship that’s not for the faint hearted.

Lexi never thought she’d get married but along came Ed and suddenly she’s got a ring on her finger and bursting to say ‘I do’. Along with her five friends, she goes to Greece for her hen weekend and looks forward to reminiscing, fun and adventures but instead is faced with lies, revelations and a dead body.

I absolutely loved this fast paced thriller, packed with unreliable and suspicious women that all had secrets or dramas going on in their lives. Outspoken and ballsy Bella, who’s the Maid of Honour has an unhealthy obsession with Lexi and wants to constantly be the centre of Lexi and everyone’s attention. Her girlfriend Fen is unsure of her feelings, whilst Eleanor, Lexi’s to be sister in law, is sad that she was unable to make it down the aisle due to the tragic death of her fiancé Sam. Robyn, Lexi and Bella’d childhood is dealing with the aftermath of a broken marriage and new born baby and Ana is adapting to her little boy becoming a surly teenager.

I loved the dynamics of this story, the conflict was rife and each snappy chapter was riddled with suspense. The different narratives made the story particularly gripping as all the women had a gripe with someone so that made the story even more thrilling as we wondered who the victim was and who killed them.

Set against the hot and heady backdrop of Greece, ‘One Of The Girls’ is an intoxicating thriller packed with twists, tension that makes for perfect poolside reading.

We were dying for a holiday. The six of us arrived on that beautiful Greek island dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose ourselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends. On the first night we swam under a blanket of stars. On the second night the games began on our clifftop terrace. On the third night the idyll cracked, secrets and lies whispering on the breeze. And by the final night there was a body on the rocks below. Who would kill for it?

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

Young Women By Jessica Moor

Young Women‘Young Women’ is the debut novel by Jessica Moor, winner of the ‘The Observer’ Top Novelist of the Year Award.

When Emily meets enigmatic and dazzling actress Tamsin, her life changes. Drawn into Tamsin’s world of Soho living, boozy dinners, and cocktails at impossibly expensive bars, Emily’s life shifts from black and white to technicolour and the two women become inseparable. Tamsin is the friend Emily has always longed for; beautiful, fun, intelligent and mysterious and soon Emily is neglecting her previous life – her work assisting vulnerable women, her old friend Lucy – to bask in her glow. But when a bombshell news article about a decades-old sexual assault case breaks, Emily realises that Tamsin has been hiding a secret about her own past. A secret that threatens to unravel everything.

Emily is a lawyer at a Women’s Advocacy Centre, who’s bored with her life. Her best friend, Lucy wants to settle down and start a family, whilst Emily still lives for the weekend. One day she bumps into Tasmin and they forge a new friendship. Tasmin is fun and spirited, until decades old sexual assault cases resurface and Tasmin withdraws from society when she has to face old ghosts.

A cleverly crafted story about sexual exploitation and the aftermath, this story delves into toxic relationships and masculinity and privilege in light of the Me Too movement and makes for difficult reading at times. With scenes of sexual abuse, this book is an intense read that really highlights the deep, dark issues of society. The characters are an interesting mix, Tasmin being an actress has multiple faces whereas Emily, is unlikable, selfish and even though, her job is to defend women, she’s not that good at it. I pitied Lucy, who tried to confide in Emily, only to be pushed away.

This debut is a strong one and timely one highlighting the continuing issue of consent and women seizing back control.

A story about the complexities of being a women and it’s navigation, ‘Young Women’ is a dark and thought provoking read that made for uncomfortable and gripping reading.

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

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!

Allured By You By A.D Graves

Allured By You‘Allured By You’ is the latest book by A.D. Graves.

In the quiet town of Cherry Hills, Colorado, life gets stirred up for sixteen-year-old Bridget Bulgari. When the tranquil community gains new residents Bridget quickly develops an addictive interest in the girl next door. Seventeen-year-old Veronica Delacroix is uprooted from her life and thrown into a whole new world. She has the opportunity to reinvent herself, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Bridget, fascinated by Veronica, monitors her at all times. However, when her obsession begins to spiral out of control and Veronica’s life is put in danger, Bridget discovers if she has the strength to do what needs to be done.

I hate writing reviews about books that I didn’t particularly and sadly this was the case with ‘Allured By You’.

Initially I was excited about this story, as I really enjoy Young Adult books and thought the premise was great but I really struggled with the story.

The story is seen through the narrative of Bridget who develops an obsession with her new neighbour Veronica. Veronica begins an emotional and physically abusive relationship with Jamie which Veronica watches from her bedroom window. It’s whilst obsessing over Veronica that Bridget starts a new relationship with Danny, the son of her family’s maid and they rapidly fall in love and he also takes part in watching Veronica. And whilst Veronica’s parents are away working in Syria, Bridget volunteers to tidy the house whilst they’re away, using this as an opportunity to get closer to Veronica.

The main struggle I had with this book was Bridget, I disliked her immensely. Her obsession with Veronica was intense and as much as she wanted to be Veronica’s friend, she stood by and watched her be repeatedly beat up, never intervened or behaved like the friend she aspired to be. Her obsession verged on voyeurism and the graphic details of the fights as well as Veronica’s substance abuse as well as self harm make for unsettling reading. I also found Bridget’s relationship with Danny, quite condescending as she brought him to the fanciest restaurants and expected his life to fit seamlessly into hers.

‘Allured By You’ is a dark, twisted story of obsession that the potential to be a gripping story but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for me.

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