Thursday, 20 September 2018

Review - I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks
Publisher: HQ
Release date: 20 September 2018
Back cover blurb:  When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children. Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband… This dark, unsettling tale of the reunion of long-lost friends is thoroughly gripping exploration of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.

Mel and Abi were best friends in Uni, they were inseparable, but then Mel had to drop out to an unplanned pregnancy. They haven't seen each other for Seventeen years, and their lives couldn’t be more different. If Mel is completely honest, then she wasn't sure that she would ever hear from Abi again, as so much time has passed between them.

So Mel is delighted to hear from her old friend out of the blue, and secretly even more delighted that Abi is asking for her help.

Abi has always been the cool, modern, confident one. Mel, the likeable, dependable one and loves to help those around her. Mel is a genuine friend; the kind, warm, funny, generous friend, that we would all love to have.

When Abi arrives on Mel's doorstep, it is if all the years between them have been erased. Particularly as Abi is now single, having discovered that her husband had been cheating on her. Naturally Mel wants to help her friend in her hour of need, and welcomes her into her family home. She is thrilled at the chance to catch up and relive her younger years by rekindling their friendship.

But Abi has other ideas...

I thought when I read “The Perfect Girlfriend” earlier in the year that Juliette was the most manipulative character I had possibly ever had the pleasure of reading, but Abi may have just won that crown right off of her pretty little head...

Adele Parks has excelled herself with this novel. It’s a twisty, compelling tale of female friendship, betrayal, secrets and lies that will leave you wanting more.

A must read!

I Invited Her In is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who sent me an advanced proof copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, 17 September 2018

Review - The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth

The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth
Publisher: Quercus Books
Release date: 6 September 2018
Back cover blurb: NOW. Living in her home in the remote countryside - the perfect place to get away from it all - Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley's fault? 
THEN. When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she's startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud - maybe this is the protégée she's always wanted to have? But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley's drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences...  The Rival is an addictive psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry, and how far you'd go to get what you want.

Helena is a high flying career woman when she employs Ashleigh\Ashley an ambitious but inexperienced young woman. Helena is initially shocked, but then impressed at how badly Ashley wants to progress within KAMU (Kiss And Make Up).

Helena encourages Ashley’s ambition, after all, she has always wanted to mentor someone successfully.

When a new project comes along, Helena realises that perhaps she has underestimated Ashley’s ambition, but once again encourages it, as they become the new office dream team. They are formidable together and really want to make the new project a success.

Then Helena discovers something that threatens to shorten, or at least significantly change her successful career. She confides in Ashley, believing that the young woman will be supportive, but doesn’t get the support she so badly needs.

Quickly the dynamic changes between them, Helena begins to feel sidelined by her protege and as time goes on, begins to realise that ambition can be a very dangerous weapon indeed.

Without saying too much more, The Rival is a novel that shows just how far some women will go to get what they believe they deserve, no matter who or what they harm in the process. A must read.

The Rival is available to buy now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Review - You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: 16 August 2018
Back cover blurb: Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house ... I’M IN YOUR HOUSE. There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows. I’M IN YOUR HEAD. Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night. AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET.  As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key… Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, YOU LET ME IN is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author, Lucy Clarke.

Elle Fielding is a celebrated author on a tight deadline for her second (and eagerly anticipated) novel when she finally moves in to her Cornish retreat. The house she has always dreamed of. Except it’s not anymore. Not really.

Because it’s the house she and her husband created together and now he’s gone.

Elle is lonely.

Recently out of the country on a writing retreat she reluctantly rented the house to an Air BnB user.

Now the house doesn’t feel the same.

Elle tells herself she is imagining things. But broken and missing possessions tell her otherwise.

“It’s all in your head”


Elle has heard those words before, a long time ago.

Hearing them again makes her feel like she is going mad. Her writers imagination working overtime. Her closest friends and family concerned for her welfare.

But Elle knows that something just isn’t right.

You Let Me In reminded me a lot of Clare Mackintosh’ first novel. I think mainly because I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next....

And the novel nearing its conclusion completely floored me with a subtle twist that I could’ve spotted, if only I’d looked a bit harder!

You Let Me Lie is a fabulous novel and I can’t wait for this authors next offering. 

Let Me In is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You To the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Review - The Choice by Edith Eger

The Choice by Edith Eger
Publisher: Ebury Publishing (Rider)
Release date:16 August 2018
Back cover blurb: ‘Little dancer,' Mengele says, 'dance for me'. In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, her bravery helped her sister to survive and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. In The Choice, Edith Eger shares her life, remarkable because her years in the concentration camp encouraged her to find a hope and resilience that most of us would never think was possible.  It wasn’t easy but, as she tried to find a future for herself after the Second World War, partly by helping many others through their own versions of trauma, she discovered an honesty, strength and empowerment within herself that makes for a memorable and inspiring read. Compelling, truly remarkable, and ultimately triumphant, The Choice is the unforgettable memoir of a woman who has seen the worst and lived the best.

Imagine your worst nightmare, several times over, and then even worse again, and Edith Eger has lived it.

A survivor of three Nazi “labour” camps; Auschwitz, Mauthausen and Gunskirchen, as Jews, Edith and her sisters survived the war by a combination of strength, determination and luck. They were shot at, singled out and humiliated.

Yet somehow they each survived their ordeal, making them much stronger individuals.

When the war was over, each of them found it difficult to come to terms with what had taken place. The brutality and horror of the conditions that they’d been subject to, and the loss of other family members that they were separated from.

Somehow they moved on and got on with their lives. Edith ending up in America with a new husband, and building a new life and family away from her home country that bought so many memories.

However Edith didn’t escape the past fully, and didn’t realise that she was suffering from post traumatic stress until much later on life, when her behaviour in certain situations was questionable to say the least.

So Edith decided that she needed help, and in doing so, found that she wanted to help others. For many years Edith has been a celebrated psychologist helping others with PTSD. She is a remarkable woman, as are her sisters.

This is a book that will make you re-evaluate your life and the decisions that you make on a daily basis. It will also make you truly grateful to be alive. 

The Choice is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Review - How hard can it be? by Allison Pearson

How hard can it be? by Allison Pearson
Publisher: The Borough Press
Release date: 28 June 2018
Back cover blub: Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her there but won’t talk to her and ailing parents who aren’t coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn’t even allowed to eat because of the calories. She’s back at work after a big break at home, because somebody has to bring home the bacon now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by in her new workplace, her old client and flame Jack reappears complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it. How Hard Can It Be? is a coming of age story for turning fifty. It’s about so much more than a balancing act; it’s about finding out who you are and what you need to feel alive when you’ve got used to being your own last priority. And every page will leave you feeling that there’s a bit of Kate Reddy in all of us.

So I feel the need for a quick disclaimer first. I am nowhere near Fifty (I am infact Thirty-Five) but I identify so easily with Kate Reddy and her chaotic life.

We meet Kate in a middle of the night crisis, her teenager daughter trying to frantically get her Mother's attention without waking her Father. The disaster is a 'Belfie' that has gone viral. If you are cool and down with the kids (which I am clearly not) then you will know what a Belfie is.

I am clearly no longer in touch with the digital world...

A belfie, is a version of a Selfie I suppose, but a picture of one's own bottom, rather than their face. I know right? Who knew such a thing existed? I digress. This middle of the night disturbance basically sums up Kate's chaotic life, as she struggles to cope with two teenagers, a husband clearly having a mid-life crisis and her own desire to get back to work.

But who would want to employ a near fifty year old?

In desperation Kate turns to her old employer. She applies for a position, knowing that she has lied about her age on the application, she is nervous, but knows that she can do the job, and its not as if anyone who worked there previously is still hanging around, who might know her real age... is it?

Kate's life may be chaotic, but it's about to get a whole lot worse.

How hard can it be? is a delightful warmhearted novel, and I hope to hear more about Kate Reddy.

How hard can it be is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers and who sent me an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Review - When the lights go out by Mary Kubica

When the lights go out by Mary Kubica
Publisher: HQ
Release date: 23 August 2018
Back cover blurb: A woman is plunged into a bizarre case of stolen identity in this ambitious and riveting thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica. Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. But she’s stopped in her tracks when she receives a call informing her that her social security number has raised a red flag: according to their records, she died seventeen years ago. Suddenly questioning everything she has ever known, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind, until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined. Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Is Jessie really who she thinks she is? Has her whole life been a lie? The truth will shock her to her core…if she lives long enough to discover it.

Jessica Sloane is alone and distraught when her Mother finally loses her battle with cancer. No longer able to live in the residence they shared, Jessica (Jessie) decides on a fresh start and moves into a carriage house before applying to college.

It is only when doing so that she begins to question her very existence. For the college call her with some alarming news. Her social security number belongs to someone who died 17 years previously. Jessie seeks the truth by trying to track down her birth certificate but quickly realises she has no formal identification as she doesn’t drive and has never needed a passport.

This has never mattered until now. Living in a city Jessie has had no need for a drivers licence and has never travelled far enough for a passport. As she seeks to discover the truth behind this puzzling mystery, Jessie is shocked when she looks up ‘Jessica Solane’ Online and finds that she does indeed have the identity of a dead girl.

But how is this possible? Why would her mother lie to her for her whole life? And who is she really?

As Jessie seeks to find the answers to these questions, her life becomes more and more bizarre, as she battles grief with insomnia and worries that she herself might die from vital lack of sleep. Can she stay alive long enough to discover the whole truth?

When the lights go out is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who sent me an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.