Your Neighbour’s Wife by Tony Parsons ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This book is about Tara & Christian Carver. Tara has her own internet dating app business and Christian is a full time dad to their son Marlon. Everything seems perfect until one day Tara goes to Japan for a business conference. She meets a man and has a one night stand. This will turn out to be the biggest mistake of her life. Tara thinks that she will never see him again but he tracks her down and makes her life a misery & Tara’s happy family life will never be the same again.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story really gripped me from the start. I enjoyed the exploration of the different characters in the book. What we initially see on the outside is not necessarily the whole story. There are a few things that prevented me giving this 5 stars. Firstly I questioned some of the police procedures and whether people could be charged on the evidence that the police had. I also guessed the ending but was not fully convinced. I also think that the book could have been condensed a little bit as there was some unnecessary detail in my opinion. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more of Tony’s work.

Every Move You Make by Deborah Bee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Clare. She turns up at a police station in just a dressing gown claiming to have been suffering mental and physical abuse. D.S.Clarke is in charge of the case but when she starts investigating nothing about Clare’s story adds up. Clare’s husband has disappeared and D.S.Clarke begins to wonder if Clare has had a role in her husband’s disappearance.

I would firstly like to give huge trigger warnings for domestic violence. Most of the book is set in a women’s refuge so it is definitely not the book for everyone. I really enjoyed the story and think that the characters were well written. On the whole I really enjoyed this story although there were small bits of the plot that I couldn’t get my head around. I will definitely be looking at other titles by this author.

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

The main premise of this story is that Violet is a mummy vlogger on You Tube. One day this successful vlogger just disappears off the internet. There is a lot of speculation as to why Violet has disappeared and why.

This book was told from 3 points of view. Henry who is Violet’s husband, Lilly who is a struggling single mum & Yvonne who is a successful photographer married to a younger man who is a personal trainer. Yvonne and her husband are having fertility issues. The book starts with someone who is sending Violet nasty messages was a good strong start but it quickly got repetitive. I was actually a bit puzzled as to why these people cared so much as to what had happened to this social media star. It does all come together in the end. The story just wasn’t what I was expecting it to be.

The Last Flight by Julie Clark ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Claire. She is married to a powerful man from a family equal to the Kennedy family. Claire is desperate to escape this abusive relationship but her husband is not a man who would just give her a divorce and let her get on with her life. Claire meets Eva in the airport by chance and as Eva is as desperate to escape her life as Claire is. They come up with a plan to swap tickets. Later Claire finds out that the plane that she should have been on has crashed and there were no survivors. Claire has no choice but to take on Eva’s identity but Claire finds out that she has taken on more than she bargained for.

I really enjoyed this story. It is told from both Claire’s and Eva’s point of view present and past. It was one of those that has you holding your breath one minute and shouting at a character the next. I honestly couldn’t turn those pages fast enough. I did feel though that the Eva we met at the airport was a very different Eva than the one we got to know.

Have You Seen Me? by Kate White ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of Ally. One morning she turns up for work but realises something isn’t right. Her boss comes in and asks what she is doing there as she hasn’t worked there for five years. It turns out that she has lost two days of her life. Ally is determined to find out what happened to her in those two days.

This was a fast paced thriller with almost every character a suspect. I really enjoyed it and was surprised that I didn’t guess the ending correctly. This is my first book by this author and will definitely be reading more by her.

Nightingale House by Steve Finch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

After author Daniel Price finally has a best selling book on his hands himself and his wife Nicole decide to move themselves and their daughter from their cramped flat to a nicer house. On their way back home after putting in an offer on Nightingale House they are involved in a crash and Nicole doesn’t survive. Eight months later Daniel and his daughter Caitlyn move in. Almost immediately strange things start happening.

I really enjoyed this book. There are two timelines. One is Daniel and Caitlyn dealing with their grief and strange things that are happening in the house in present day. The other is a diary from 1900 written from the point of view of Rebecca daughter of a pharmacist. I enjoyed both timelines. At times this story was very creepy and would scare me in the middle of the night which is something that a book hasn’t been able to do for a while. I enjoyed the authors writing style. This was very easy to read and not too descriptive like a lot of other ghost stories I have read. I wasn’t overly impressed by where the book went in the end. I thought it was quite a predictable ending. I am exciting to read more from this new to me author.

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is set in two different timelines. In 1998 two brothers go to a ski chalet with their girlfriends. One day the two brothers decide to go skiing on their own with instructors so they can try some harder slopes. Disaster strikes and ine brother dies.

Twenty years later back at the same chalet Ria and Hugo are at the chalet to promote their travel business hoping to impress Simon who is there with his wife Cass and their baby Inigo and nanny Sarah. In turn the owner of the chalets, Cameron is hoping that Hugo will be impressed enough by the chalets to do business with him. Chalet girl Millie is looking after all the guests. Somebody knows exactly what happened 20 years ago and wants revenge.

The story goes backwards and forwards telling the story of 1998 and 2020. I enjoyed the writing style and was quickly thoroughly immersed in the story. Just when I thought that I knew where this story was going there was a twist which changed my mind. I think this would be the perfect book to read on a cold winters day. I will be definitely looking out for more by this author.

My Darling by Amanda Robson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of Jade and Tomas who moves into a new neighbourhood. Jade instantly takes a dislike to her neighbour Emma. She suspects that her husband will start to have an affair with her as he has had affairs in the past and Emma looks to be just his type. She invites Emma and her boyfriend Alistair over for drinks and takes Emma aside to warn her about Tomas’s roving eye. Shortly after this the story takes an unexpected turn.

I would advise anyone wishing to read this book to ignore the burb and just go into this book blind. I promise that this is a much better story than the blurb makes it sound. The story is told from multiple points of view. In between the present day scenes there are flashbacks of a young girl witnessing domestic violence. This is slow to start but as soon as the main plot twist happens the story quickly picks up the pace and it is hard to stop reading.

Anti-Social by Nick Pettigrew ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Nick Pettigrew is an anti-social behaviour officer. He deals with everything from noise complaints to people using their council flat to grow and supply drugs. This book is written in a diary style. It is wrote in a humorous way much like Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. Throughout this book he relates his different experiences in his job. There are stories that will make you laugh and others that will make you cry. He also relates his own mental health problems. It becomes apparent throughout the diary entries that a lot of the people who are causing problems have ongoing mental health problems. I didn’t always agree with everything Nick had to say but this was a really enjoyable read.

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

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

This is a very clever story. What it actually is is a book within a book. Jim Doyle is a security guard in a Supermarket. One day when he is going through his daily routine he sees a woman pick up a book off the book section. He is shocked when he sees the book as it is about a serial killer called The Nothing Man. Jim is the nothing man. It has been written by Eve Black, a woman whose family was killed by him. Jim needs to read the book and find out what she knows or what she thinks she knows.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. We get to read the book that was written by Eve which doesn’t just include her own story but those of The Nothing Man’s other victims. We also get to hear about the crimes from Jim’s point of view. As I was reading this I thought that it reminded me a lot of I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara and the author of this book does acknowledge that she took some inspiration from that real life case. I would argue that this book is scarier even though it is fiction. It is a good while since I was worried about reading alone in the dark.