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When You See Me – Lisa Gardner

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This is my first read of Lisa Gardner and what a great read.  I can see that I have been missing out so will have to put that right.  This did not, however, diminish my enjoyment of this novel at all.

Human bones are found by two hikers and these are determined to be the remains of Lilah Abenito, who has been missing for some fifteen years.  Jacob Ness is believed to be responsible for the murder even though he is now dead.

Detective Sergeant DD Warren joins forces with the FBI task force to investigate, drawing in a previous victim and computer analyst in an exceptionally well-researched storyline.

The town of Niche becomes embroiled in the horrors as other bodies are discovered.  As a reader I am introduced to Bonita, who is mute and manages to portray the horrific scenes she has witnessed to the FBI task force.

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone Century and Lisa Gardner for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Excellent read and highly recommended.

 

 

 

The Liar’s Daughter – Claire Allan

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I have read Clair Allan novels before and none have disappointed and neither did this one.  As usual the author addresses issues which are usually hidden or skipped over but paedophilia is tackled head on with sensitivity and clarity.

Joe McKee is suffering from terminal cancer and is viewed as exceptional for taking care of Heidi, when her mother (who Joe was living with at the time) died even though he already had a wife and daughter.  The situation brings together Heidi, Ciara (who is Joe’s daughter), Marie (Joe’s wife who he left) and Kathleen who is Joe’s sister to the house which has been left to Heidi by her dead mother although allowed Joe to live there while he was alive.

The complications of their relationships and the hatred from the past deceptions adds flavour to a traumatic storyline, especially when he is found dead.  This is a dark and sinister thriller which is written from different viewpoints switching between the present and the past.  Clever plotting and the ability to ‘drip feed’ the information left me speechless at time.

Once again, a superb read from Claire Allan

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Claire Allan for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Superb read and highly recommended.

 

 

 

The House on the Lake – Nuala Ellwood

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This is the second book I have read by this author and this one is as good as the first.  It is an intriguing storyline, initially split into two between Soldier who is a young girl being trained by her father just back from war and Lisa who is running away from her husband and an abusive relationship.

The House on the Lake, together with its history, is the common denominator.  As the story progresses the reader is introduced to Isobel, the daughter of the local vicar where there appears to be a sinister undertone.

The characters and the plotting are excellent and the author has taken great care to ensure the reader is taken on the journey with all the shock and fear along the way.  All in all, it is a depressing read on many levels but seems to capture the situations of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, abuse in a relationship and how to survive with clarity.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Books (UK) and Nuala Ellwood for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Great read, highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

The Assistant – S.K. Tremayne

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I have read S. K. Tremayne before and this one was the best.  An absolute belter.

The story is based in Camden Town, London and the central character, Jo, is a freelance journalist struggling for money and is lucky enough that her best friend, Tabitha, has a beautiful flat which Jo rents a room at a rock bottom price.  Tabitha is seldom there and the flat has all the high-tech gadgets, which turn on lights, heating and many more things.

Jo has a sad family background and her loneliness is extenuated by the cold, snowy London of mid-winter.  When the high-tech ‘assistants’ start to ‘mis-function’ the reader is introduced to Jo’s past, some of her friends and ex-husband.

At one stage I had no idea if Jo was imagining all the mis-functions, somebody was trying to scare her or even worse.  This is truly a book I could not put down.  It is original and brilliantly plotted with some weirdly interesting characters.

Thanks to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK and S. K. Tremayne for my ARC in return for my honest review.

An absolute exceptional read that I could not put down.  Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

Single – K.L. Slater

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K L Slater has been high up on my ‘must read’ authors for some time and I have read all of her previous novels.  Her writing and storylines grip me from the very beginning and ‘Single’ was no exception.  I absolutely loved it.

It is the story of Darcy, a single mother bringing up two boys after her ‘husband’, Joel, died.  She is relying heavily on Joel’s family when she meets George, a local surgeon, when he saves her son’s life as he is suffering from a severe asthma attack in a playground. He is single as his wife died and he has a young daughter.

They begin to date and initially it sounds like a match made in heaven but both have secrets and lies in their past and as the story progresses, we are slowly made aware of each one, leaving Darcy with decisions to make about who she can and cannot trust.

The twists and turns keep on coming and I cannot profess to guessing all of them but the careful plotting and mixture of characters’ personalities left me shocked as each one unfolded.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookoutre and K L Slater for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Brilliant read, highly recommended.