Her Last Holiday by C.L.Taylor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

My true rating for this book is 3.5 stars. This story is about Fran whose sister Jenna disappeared whilst on a Soul Shrink retreat in Gozo. The official ruling was suicide but the family believes she was murdered. When Soul Shrink puts on another retreat after leader Tom Wade is released from prison after serving a sentence for the deaths of two people. Fran’s mother sends her on the retreat to try and get the truth from Tom who they believe is responsible. Somebody on the retreat does not want Fran to get to the truth.

The story is told in two timelines, one is present day where we are following Fran who is trying to get to the truth of what really happened to her sister. In the past we are following Jenna on the retreat in Gozo as we find out about what happened in the lead up to her disappearance. I have read all of this authors adult books and was really excited to read this one. Unfortunately I felt this one was not quite as good as some of her others. The second half of this book dragged on a bit. Each time I thought that there was nothing else to say something else happened. I also felt that the ending was a bit of a let down. I will look forward to this authors next release.

The Woman In The Woods by Lisa Hall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Allie who moves into an old cottage with her husband and 2 year old daughter Mina. She then gives birth to her son. She then sees a flash in the woods which is at the back of her garden and she starts hearing strange noises. After researching her house She discovers her home is associated with Witchcraft.

I was a bit dubious when I started this book because Witches and Witchcraft are not something I generally enjoy reading about. I suppose I was worried this might go more into the fantasy genre. I needn’t have worried as there isn’t any fantasy element to this book. I was drawn into the story straight away and felt great sympathy for Allie who was struggling to adjust to having a two year old and a newborn. There were a few plot twists and is genuinely creepy in places. It would make the perfect Halloween read.

True Crime Story by Joseph Knox. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of 19 year old Zoe Nolan who went missing in 2011 as written by author Evelyn Mitchell. Joseph Knox steps in and completes the book when something happens to Evelyn which we are told about in the prologue. It is written as a series of interviews with everyone involved in the case including her twin sister Kimberley. There is also emails between authors Joseph Knox and Evelyn Mitchell discussing the case and what is happening to Evelyn in her life. 

I was honestly quite confused at first as I thought I was reading a true crime story but something made me question whether this was non fiction. I then looked up the book and found that it is actually fiction. I got engrossed in the story very quickly and loved the format of the book. The characters are very believable. I thought that this was a very clever book.

Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

I will start by saying that this is not the book that I was expecting. The book is more like a book of short stories. Each story is about a different resident of an apartment building owned by billionaire Tobias Fell. Each of these residents have a unique paranormal experience and at the end of each story they get an invitation to a dinner party hosted by Tobias Fell. We know right from the start that Tobias Fell was murdered at this dinner party but none of the guests admit to knowing anything. The book ends with the residents attending the dinner party.

As with all collections of short stories I enjoyed some more than others. I liked that each story was unique and we got to meet very different characters. The horror within these stories is psychological which was a relief to me because I was worried there might be body horror.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good ghost story with a touch of horror.

The Whispers by Heidi Perks ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Grace. She returns from Australia with her daughter Matilda to a seaside town called Clearwater in England. Grace has enrolled her daughter in the same school,that her best friend Anna’s son goes to. Grace is hoping to pick up her friendship with Anna where they left off many years ago. However, Anna has a new set of friends now and Grace is not welcomed into their group. When Anna suddenly disappears after a night out Grace is suspicious that the group are holding information back from her.

At the start of this book I thought that it was going to be more about playground cliquey mums. Although it started this way it quickly turned into something different. There are lots of twists and turns and it does keep you guessing but it was also la king something as it just didn’t keep my attention all the way through .

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My true rating for this would be 3.75 stars.

This is the story of Abigail. She meets Bruce Lamb who is a multi millionaire and quickly falls for him and they decide to marry. At her Bachelorette party she meets man who calls himself Scottie who later reappears on her honeymoon.

I have had a hard time trying to review this book whilst not giving too much of the plot away. A lot of this book is just setting the scene. How Abigail met Bruce, her previous relationships, her relationship with her parents. Despite that I did enjoy reading this story and it somehow kept me turning the pages even though most of the action was at the end.

The Dare by Lesley Kara. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

My true rating for this book is 3.5 stars. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Lizzie. She has just moved in with her fiancé Ross who is a G.P. Lizzie is epileptic and when she was 13 she suffered a seizure whilst walking with her best friend Alice near train tracks. When Lizzie regains consciousness finds Alice dead beside her and no memory of what happened just before her seizure. Now 10 years later Lizzie starts receiving silent calls and finds a toy train strategically placed where she was sure to see it.

This was a fast paced psychological thriller. As someone who has read a lot of this genre a lot of the twists I could see coming a mile off. There was a few that I was kicking myself for not guessing. I enjoyed the story but I don’t think that it brought anything new to the genre but if you haven’t read many psychological thrillers it is a great one to start with.

Trust Me by T.M.Logan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My true star rating for this book is 3.5 stars.

Whilst travelling home from the fertility clinic after receiving bad news, the last thing that Ellen wanted or needed was a young woman sitting next to her with a three month old baby. Ellen and the woman start chatting and then the woman asks Ellen to hold the baby whilst she takes a phone call. The woman never comes back. Ellen is left with a dilemma about what she should do. What Ellen doesn’t realise is that danger is just around the corner.

I am a massive fan of this author and have read all of his books. I thought that this book was a much faster pace than any of his others. The action is non stop and I really did anticipate a 5 star read. About 3/4 of the way through I stopped enjoying it quite so much. I felt that the main character made a few stupid decisions and I got a little confused with what was happening. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Frankie Elkin. She is a recovering alcoholic who travels to different locations to voluntarily help with missing persons cases. She has a high success rate. The case this time is missing school girl Angelique who vanished without a trace after school one day. It is a tough job for Frankie in a rough area of Boston where she finds neither the locals nor the police have any trust in her.

I thought that this book was okay. I was far more interested in Frankie and her personal life than I was the case that she was working. The case veered off into a direction that really didn’t interest me. I also found that some of the discoveries that she made were far too convenient. My mind is still blown how Frankie A, reached a theory based on nothing much and B that it was correct. I would be happy to read more books with this character but I would hope for something a bit more thrilling.

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of Emmy who is a social influencer who goes under the name the mama_bare. Her husband Dan is not 100% happy with her career choice but it brings the money in and allows him to try and write another best selling novel. Somebody is following everything the family does and planning revenge.

I thought that this was a real insight into high profile social media stars. I really didn’t like our two main characters. Emmy is self absorbed and the way she treats her best friend is unforgivable. Dan her husband is lazy and quite happy to let Emmy do all the work including looking after their son and daughter so he can play at being a writer. It was hard to feel any sympathy for the characters and if it wasn’t for the children in this story I really would not have cared too much about what happens. I really did enjoy the ending.