I Know You by Claire McGowen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Rachel. One day she is out in the woods walking her dog when she discovers the dead body. Rather than immediately ringing the police Rachel runs. Rachel has a really good reason for reacting the way she did

I really enjoyed this book. It has a mystery in the present and a mystery in the past. Each chapter alternates between past and present. I found both timelines equally as interesting as each other. It was a fast paced read. I was satisfied with the ending although I guessed part of it. I would highly recommend this book.

The Replacement by Melanie Golding ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A toddler called Leonie is found alone outside a shop at Christmastime. The police and social services are called but not long afterwards her mum turns up. Several miles away D.S Joanna Harper is dealing with a man found severely injured in a bathtub. The two events seem unconnected but are they?

I found this story to be too slow for me. A large part of this book deals with folklore and mysteries of the sea which I did not find interesting and didn’t really fully understand. We have a dual timeline which I always enjoy. Surprisingly the crime investigation was actually my favourite part of this book. I also really liked the characters of Joanna, Ruby and Leonie and they were the reason that I kept reading. In summary I enjoyed it overall but wish it didn’t have the folklore element to it.

Safe at Home by Lauren North ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Anna, she is mother to 11 year old twins Elise & Harrie and 7 year old Molly. Anna’s husband Rob works away on an oil rig. Anna is trying her best to juggle the children’s after school activities. After some pleading Anna reluctantly agrees to leave Harrie alone whilst she takes Elise to her gymnastics lessons. By the time that Anna gets back something terrible has happened to Harrie but Harrie will not tell what that is.

This story has three timelines before, during & after the incident. It is a very fast paced thriller which keeps you guessing all the way through. It is a really fun, exciting read and I enjoyed the different multimedia formats that were used such as police & media interviews, WhatsApp group messages and letters. I thought that I knew where this story was heading but I wasn’t even close. I really loved being surprised as I was steered down a particular path and having read lots of thrillers I am not usually fooled so easily. There were a couple of bits in the story which I didn’t think quite made sense to me and if it weren’t for that it would be a five star read. I will definitely be pushing this onto all my fellow thriller lovers.

I Have Something To Tell You by Susan Lewis. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story is about Jay, Jay is a lawyer who is married to Tom who is also a lawyer. They have two teenage children but their life together is not as perfect as it appears. Jay is called to defend a man whose wife was found tied up naked on her bed. Jay believes him to be innocent even though everything is stacked against him.

The main themes of the book is murder, betrayal, love & grief. I enjoyed the murder investigation part of the story but was not as keen on the part concerning her personal life and wished that the story could have just been focused on the murderer. The main character went beyond her duties in her investigation and I wasn’t sure how realistic that was. I admired the strength and determination of the main character. I think that I would have enjoyed it more if the book wasn’t as long.

The Woman On The Beach by Julia Roberts. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Liv, Grace & Sophie have been best friends since Secondary school. Sophie marries Liv’s brother Tom and then Liv marries Tom’s best friend. Tragedy hits whilst Sophie is visiting Grace in Mexico. There is a terrible accident and Sophie dies. Due to Sophie’s death and two other tragedies in Liv’s life the stress becomes too much and her husband Jamie suggests a trial separation. Liv decides to have a break in Mexico to commemorate what would have been Sophie’s 30th birthday. On her last day on the beach she sees a woman who she is convinced is Sophie but Sophie is dead. Is it the stress of everything that has recently happened in her life getting to her? This sighting sets off a sequence of events.

This is a story about family and friendship. I enjoyed the story overall but because the story kept going back and forth and also from different perspectives I got confused in parts. This was a very easy read and I will be seeking out more books by this author.

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story is about Wren. She seems to have her life together. She has a highly successful career as an agony aunt, she owns her own house and has a best friend. The only thing missing is a romantic relationship. Her best friend convinces her to sign up to a dating app called Torch. She eventually meets Adam and they start a relationship. One day he just doesn’t turn up for a date they arranged. He eventually texts her a goodbye message. She tries to contact him to get an explanation but finds that all traces of him have been erased. She has been ghosted and eventually finds out that she has not been the first. She is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.

This was a 5 star read at first but as more layers of the story got introduced the less interested I was. It definitely wasn’t as fast paced as I expected and failed to keep my attention some of the time. The premise was great but the story got a little over complicated. It was just okay overall. I really enjoy Lisa’s writing and will look out for her next release.

The Memory Box by Kathryn Hughes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ceived a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of 100 year old Jenny who lives in a residential care home. Jenny is particularly close to carer Candice and wants her to accompany her on a trip to Italy so she can put the past to bed whilst she still can. She tells Candice the story the mystery of her past and why she wants to go starting with her and her brother being evacuated to Wales in the Second World War.

I have to be honest and say that reading about WWII or in fact any war is not normally you cup of tea. I have read all of Kathryn Hughes’ other books and enjoyed them very much so couldn’t not read this one. The story is not so much about the war but things that happened to her during this time. I have to admit though that the present day story of Candice and her boyfriend was the part of the story that I enjoyed so much more than the mystery of the past. This was a beautifully written story which I enjoyed overall and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My true rating for this book is 4.5 stars.

This is the story of Adam and Amelia. Adam is a successful screenwriter who has a condition called prosopagnosia (face blindness). Amelia is feeling neglected by Adam so when she wins a weekend trip to a converted chapel in Scotland she thinks it is the perfect opportunity for her and Adam to spend some time together and save their marriage. The chapel is a lot creepier than either Adam or Amelia expected.

This story is told from both Adam and Amelia’s point of view. There are also letters that have been written on each wedding anniversary that are in between chapters. I really enjoyed this story it was equally creepy and mysterious at the same time. Neither Adam or Amelia were likeable characters. As a seasoned thriller reader I didn’t see any of the twists coming which is quite unusual for me. This was definitely a page turner and definitely my favourite read of the year so far.

Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this audiobook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story is basically a murder mystery about multi millionaires Fred & Shiela Merton . The day after a strained Easter Sunday lunch with their 3 grown children present, Fred & Sheila are found murdered in their own home. With a big inheritance coming to them, all three siblings are immediately under suspicion.

This is a book full of unlikeable characters which I really don’t mind. What did constantly have me face palming was the constant lies being told to the police as each of the siblings tried to cover up the stupid things that they had done which only served to make themselves look guilty. There is not too much more to the plot than that. None of the siblings seemed too upset that their parents were dead. There are a couple of other suspects so we are never completely sure whether any of the siblings are guilty until the reveal.

I didn’t mind the narrator to this audiobook, she didn’t do too much with her voice but I was still able to distinguish between the different characters.

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about Teddy, he has been voted teacher of the year in the prestigious private school he works at. On the tenth anniversary function of a well loved female teacher one of the parents dies. Soon the case is treated as murder and the press are all over this story. Teddy finds his private life scrutinised and doesn’t feel valued by the school. Teddy will do anything for his students even though it is definitely not what they want but he justifies it by saying it is for their own good. As Belmont Academy is desperately trying to save its reputation the body count and suspects begin to climb.

I have to admit I was a bit conflicted as to whether I should read this book as I don’t normally enjoy books set at school. I am so glad that I decided to read this. There is a LOT happening in this book. The story is told from multiple points of view. Some of the characters are likeable but most are not. There are a lot of characters to keep up with. The action does not stop all the way through and it is a book that will certainly have you up all night turning those pages. I have to say that towards the end I felt that things had gone too far. I am not a huge fan of the ending but it was such a fun read.