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The Therapist – B A Paris

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Published on 7th January 2021

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Mystery & Thrillers and BA Paris for this ARC of ‘The Therapist’ in return for my honest review.

I have read all of this author’s novels and found this to be one of, if not, the best so far.  Totally compelling reading.

Alice and Leo have decided to move in together after having a few months in a long-distance relationship. Alice has rented out her cottage and Leo has found a house in and exclusive gated community ‘The Circle’, near Finsbury Park, London, for what seems to be a reasonable price.  The reasons for this unfold as the story is told.

The narrative is told from Alice’s viewpoint interspersed with what is clearly therapy sessions.

Against Leo’s better judgement Alice invites all those who live in ‘The Circle’ for Saturday evening drinks and most of the neighbours arrive although there are a couple of absentees. There is a gate crasher to the event and Alice finds out who he is when he turns up at her door stating he is a private investigator looking into the murder of Nina Maxwell, who used to live there.

I was pleased I was in the house alone at certain points as the story unfolds and the ending was brilliant.

Highly recommended and make sure the doors and windows are locked before reading!.

Ask No Questions – Claire Allan

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Published on 21st January 2021

I have read most of Claire Allan’s novels and none have disappointed. This is another cleverly plotted storyline which leads the reader in several different directions.

Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween, Kelly Doherty disappeared and was found a few days later murdered. Her body was found by twins from her class and it affected the two of them in different ways. The murder rocked Derry.

Ingrid Devlin is an investigative reporter covering the anniversary of the murder for the local newspaper and interviews Jamesy Harte, who was convicted and sent away to prison for the murder. He has been released and has always stated his innocence.  Ingrid was at the same school as Kelly and has always felt guilty.

The plot follows the investigation and things begin to get nasty as somebody is trying to stop the investigation.

I read this in a day. The writing and plotline are superb along with clever twists and turns as everybody seems to know something about the night Kelly vanished which they have not spoken about.

Another brilliant read from Claire Allan. Not to be missed and highly recommended.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Claire Allan for my ARC of “Ask No Questions’ in return for my honest review.

Two Wrongs – Rebecca Reid

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I have read Rebecca Reid’s previous novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. This was in the same league and I found it another compelling read.

The story is told in two timelines. The first being when Chloe arrives at university, she finds she is sharing a room in the Halls of Residence. Chloe is shy but is looking forward to meeting her new roommate, Zadie. She is in for a surprise as Zadie doesn’t turn up as she has other plans and is moving in with her boyfriend, Max, in a house his parents own.

When they finally meet Zadie takes Chloe away from her studying into a party environment with an abundance of drink and drugs. Chloe struggles to keep up with her course work.

In the present-day Chloe is married to Rav, who she met on her partying spree at university but she hasn’t been able to track down Zadie since she left university one evening after an incident. She has spent many hours searching social media to track her down.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Corgi and Rebecca Reid for my ARC of ‘Two Wrongs’ in return for my honest review.

This is brilliant if you like a twisty, no holds barred read.  Highly recommended.

Out on 21st January 2021

The Killer’s Girl – Helen Phifer

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Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Helen Phifer for this ARC of ‘The Killer’s Girl’ in return for my honest review.

I am a fan of Helen Phifer’s novels including the first in the series of Detective Constable Morgan Brookes. This is another brilliant read and can easily be read as a stand-alone.

The story opens with a dead woman, tied and strangled on her bed. She lives with her parents but they are on holiday and return to find the scene some days later. DC Morgan Brookes is horrified by what she sees but as soon as the DNA is returned there are more questions than answers as it appears that the killer has been behind bars for several years.

Morgan is a feisty, clever and fearless character and has an interesting relationship with her boss, DS Ben Matthews, which could become romantic.

As the twists and turns weaved their way through the storyline I was unable to put it down.

Great read and highly recommended.

Shiver – Allie Reynolds

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Five friends have been invited back to the French Alp Resort where they used to be professional and semi-professional snow boarders ten years before. The events of that winter are embedded in their minds and Milla drops everything to go to the reunion because she believes Curtis has invited her.

As soon as they arrive, they realise something is seriously wrong and they find themselves trapped in the resort with no way out. They have been lured there and the first ‘game’ they play shows that all of them have something to hide.

The story is told in two timelines; the present day and ten years ago when there was fierce snowboarding competition between Milla and Saskia who was borderline psychotic. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the detail about snowboarding and the competition between those on the slopes and how this manifested itself. There are many twists and turns and nobody is totally innocent. Cleverly plotted and kept me interested from start to finish.

Thank you to NetGally, Headline and Allie Reynolds for my ARC of ‘Shiver’ in return for my honest review.

Excellent read and highly recommended.