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Sun Damage By Sabine Durrant

Sun Damage‘Sun Damage’ is the latest book by Sabine Durrant.

Nine guests arrive at a remote villa in the south of France. They know each other well. Or think they do. But at least one of them has plenty to hide – and nowhere to run. Under the relentless sun, loyalties will be tested, secrets revealed, and tensions pushed to the point of no return.

Yesterday I spent my day absorbed in this book and it’s an exciting thriller packed with deceit, drama and delicious food that literally had my mouth watering.

Set in France, Ali works with Sean, they are both con-artists taking advantage of vulnerable people but one day it all goes terribly wrong and Ali decides that she wants to go alone and manages to escape Sean. Using her skills and wits, Ali takes on a new identity as an aspiring actress called Lulu who will be a cook for a holidaying family. Whilst hiding from Sean, she finds herself connecting with the family and uncovering their secrets whilst falling for the charms of the family friend Rob.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Sabine but like the name of her previous book, once you start, they really get under your skin. Ali is a great character, having had a troubled past, she’s had to hustle her way through life and to be honest, it really makes for fascinating reading as she explains her tricks. The family that she’s working with is an interesting mix of personalities, the mother Rebecca is a scatty character who’s constantly putting herself down whilst her teenage daughters are dealing with their own dramas.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it was so easy to get whisked away and caught up in the drama set against the sunny backdrop of France and packed with delicious flavours and exquisite descriptions of food. The story is a suspenseful one packed with anxiety and unreliable characters that made for gripping reading. Fast paced, dramatic and steeped in suspense, ‘Sun Damage’ is a great thriller that sizzles throughout!

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

Finders Keepers By Sabine Durrant

Finders Keepers‘Finders Keepers’ is the latest book by Sabine Durrant.

Ailsa Tilson moves with her husband and children to Trinity Fields in search of the new. New project – a house to renovate. New people – no links to the past. New friends – especially her next-door neighbour, the lonely Verity, who needs her help. Verity has lived in Trinity Fields all her life. She’s always resisted change. Her home and belongings are a shield, a defence to keep the outside world at bay. But something about the Tilsons piques her interest. Just as her ivy creeps through the shared garden fence, so Verity will work her way into the Tilson family.

Finders Keepers is an intense and claustrophobic story about revenge and obsession.

The story is written primarily through the narrative of Verity and in the past and present.

The story begins with Verity caring for Ailsa You’re aware that something has happened, a tragedy but it’s only as the story flows back and forth that you realise that Alisa has been charged with the murder of her husband. Verity is now her carer and Ailsa doesn’t remember much. In the past sequences, we see the sophisticated Alisa and her husband Tom move in beside Verity with their 3 children and Verity and Ailsa become close friends. But Verity doesn’t think that their marriage is as perfect as they make out, as she’s heard the shouting and seen the tense exchanges between the family members.

The story is an observational story. Verity lives alone with her dog and has a lot of time on her hands, so when Ailsa befriends her she jumps at the chance. It’s sad in some senses as Verity is a lonely person and Ailsa cunningly uses this to her advantage getting Verity to babysit or tutor knowing that she won’t say no.

The flow of the story is cleverly written and really pulls the reader in as the two women become firm friends and confide in each other about their past and present. The different tenses really set the tone of the story on the lead up to the murder as well as the developing friendship.

With an intriguing and flawed narrator and a host of interesting characters, ‘Finders Keepers’ is the ideal psychological thriller that made for compulsive reading.

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