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Keep Me Close By Jane Holland

Keep Me Close‘Keep Me Close’ is the latest book by Jane Holland.

When shy publisher Kate Kinley finds mysterious bruises on her mother’s arms she assumes the worst. Suffering with early onset dementia, her mother insists that nothing is wrong; it was just a clumsy accident. But was it an accident, or has her mother’s illness made her forget what really happened? In desperate need of someone she can trust, her isolation and paranoia grow as the closest people in her life become key suspects. With each heart-stopping revelation, Kate begins to realise that the perpetrator is no longer interested in inflicting bruises; they want blood.

This psychological thriller is the perfect book to curl up with. Cleverly crafted with a plethora of complex and fascinating characters that made for suspenseful reading.

Seen through the narrative of Kate, her life has got complicated with her mother’s dementia worsening and her carer has disappeared. She thinks all her prayers have been answered with a arrival of sweet and kind Ruby, who’s there to help with her mother and be there for Kate when she received threatening letters.

Right from the offset, I loved this book. The story is packed with such reactive and dislikable characters that it was easy to get absorbed in it.

Kate is an interesting character as she struggles with her mother’s moments of clarity and confusion as well as the egos and the sexist behaviour of her boss. Just as her life is getting sorted, strange letters appear referencing her boyfriend who took his own life.

‘Keep Me Close’ is fast paced, dramatic and riddled with tension, that is perfect for all thriller fans.

You can buy ‘Keep Me Close’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Mother Never Lies By Sarah Clarke

A Mother Never Lies‘A Mother Never Lies’ is the latest book by Sarah Clarke.

I had the perfect life – a nice house, a loving husband, a beautiful little boy. But in one devastating night, they were all ripped from me. It’s been fourteen years, and I’m finally ready to face the past. I’m taking my son back. He just can’t know who I am…or why we were torn apart.

I started this book one evening and once I started, it was difficult to put it down.

The story is seen through the narrative of mother and son Phoebe and Charlie. Phoebe had to give up Charlie for adoption but she’s never given up on him and now 18 years later, she’s hoping to reunite with him. Charlie who’s now called Ben is unaware of the strange woman who rescued him from almost being beaten up.

The flawed characters in this story make for fascinating reading. The story is written in past and present tense and it’s obvious that Phoebe once was happily married but her world fell apart and she’s now paying the price. Leaving with her parents, her alcoholic disillusioned mother who’s quite a sweet character. Ben has anger issues but sees something in Phoebe who is known as Fiona.

As the story flows between the various years, it gives a real insight into the type of person Phoebe was, carefree, happy and in love. The aftermath of that tragic night, has left her scared, unsettled and longing for a better life and to get her family back.

From the first page it’s obvious that something terrible has happened and Sarah has cleverly created a story that is filled with tension and intrigue as we delve into Phoebe’s life. Phoebe is a sympathetic character that we can relate to, she’s the underdog of the story that we all champion for a better life.

A tense and atmospheric domestic noir with short and snappy chapters that made for gripping reading, ‘A Mother Never Lies’ is a complex drama about the strength of a mothers love.

You can buy ‘A Mother Never Lies’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Turnout By Megan Abbott

The Turnout‘The Turnout’ is the latest book by Megan Abbott.

With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents’ death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prized student. The three have perfected a dance that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker-a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration-an interloper arrives and threatens their delicate balance.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Megan Abbott, the last book was ‘The Fever’ and I remember that book was particularly addictive and this latest offering is no different.

The story is seen through the perspective of Dara Durant, the eldest sister to Marie and wife to Charlie. The 3 of them run The Durant School of Ballet and are busy preparing for the production of ‘The Nutcracker’. But when a fire at the studio brings Derek into their lives, he upsets the balances of trio and Dara questions his motives.

Right from the offset, this book is a bleak and compelling story that immediately grabbed my attention and pulled me into the dark and complicated world of the Durant sisters.

Megan has a skill of creating an unsettling world and the further that the story progresses, it gets more unsettling and the hairs on your arms stands on edge and there’s a chill in the room.

Dara is a complex character, she’s the eldest and more domineering of the two sisters and Marie has always been the compliant, meek one until Derek, with his robust and large personality ignites a sexual desire and curiosity in Marie. Dara is stressed with preparing for the ballet production, the bullying between the young performers, Charlie’s ongoing aches and pains and Marie’s new obsession with Derek. She comes across as a cold character and whereas Marie has a kinder more approachable attitude and her interactions with the tiny performers make for sweet reading. She’s dependent on Dara, but is wanting to do her own thing and thinks that Derek is her salvation.

The interactions between Dara and Derek make for fascinating reading, as more issues arise with the refurbishment of the studio and he tries to reassure with his charming personality, Dara fails to warm to him and is suspicious of him right from the start.

The story also features in the past and present tense, as Dara reflects on her childhood, the tension between her parents as well as the flawed relationship that has impacted on her life more than she has realised.

A dark story that oozed tension and made for twisted reading. ‘The Turnout’ is another cleverly crafted story from Megan, beautifully written and fantastically descriptive this chilling book with its dramatic ending takes the reader to unspeakable places with its deeply rooted family secrets and lies.

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

The Therapist By Helene Flood

The Therapist‘The Therapist’ is the latest book by Helene Flood.

A voicemail from her husband tells Sara he’s arrived at the holiday cabin. Then a call from his friend confirms he never did. She tries to carry on as normal, teasing out her clients’ deepest fears, but as the hours stretch out, her own begin to surface. And when the police finally take an interest, they want to know why Sara deleted that voicemail. To get to the root of Sigurd’s disappearance, Sara must question everything she knows about her relationship.

If you’re a fan of Scandi noir, then ‘The Therapist’ is for you.

The story is seen through the narrative of teenage psychologist Sara who’s husband is found dead in a forest. Sara is confused about his death as he was meeting friends and he had phoned her to tell him that he had met them whereas they had said he had never turned up. Now Sara finds herself embroiled in an investigation and questioning her relationship.

Right from the start this book is a haunting and thrilling story, from the vivid description of the desolate house that was potentially to be filled with happiness but remains unfinished and is now an empty shell and further from the dream that Sara imagined. But as the story progresses, we seen an interesting insight into Sara, how she helps teenagers mental health and also her own battles with mental health.

I loved the steady pace of the story and the underlying tension throughout ramped at all the right moments to keep the reader engaged throughout.

This is Helene’s debut novel and it was fantastic introduction to a new author. Sara is a fascinating character, her past and present life make for intriguing reading as she begins to unpick her life, Helene’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and atmospheric and sets the scenes vividly and keeps the readers attention with engaging dialogue.

Gripping from the first page, ‘The Therapist’ is a psychological thriller that was suspenseful, engaging and ticked all the boxes for a great thriller.

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

Falling By T.J. Newman

Falling‘Falling’ is the latest book by T.J Newman.

You just boarded a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard. What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane. Enjoy the flight.

If you enjoy your thriller fast paced and on the edge of your seat, then ‘Falling’ is the book for you.

This fast paced thriller is seen through multiple narratives as Captain Bill Hoffman has been put in the terrible position of a having to choose between the lives of his family when they are taken hostage or crash a plane full of innocent people. The story follows Bill as he struggles with this decision and the battle of morals, save those closest to him or save strangers. Bill confides in one of his air hostess’s Jo, a woman who he has worked with for a number of years and they’re determined not to let the bad guys win. Back on the ground, Jo’s nephew is trying to prove his worth as a FBI agent and when Jo asks for his help, he’s determined to rescue Bill’s wife Carrie and their two children.

Another interesting addition to the story, is the back love story to Carrie and Bill as Bill reflects on their relationship.

The story is fast paced and written through the various narratives only adds to its suspense. ‘Falling’ is a battle of emotions and morals in this rollercoaster of the story as you join someone as they are forced to make the hardest decision of their life.

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