Stay Home by Ava Pierce. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This book is set in March 2020 in the fist lockdown caused by the pandemic. Caitlyn had been having an affair with a younger man but decided to call it off and concentrate on her husband and teenage twins. One day she decides that she can’t stand staying away and decides to go and visit him using exercise as an excuse to go out. When she gets there she finds her lover has been murdered. She decides her best course of action is to leave and let someone else report it to stop her family discovering her affair. What she doesn’t realise is the woman across the road who is an alcoholic has seen her.

I really enjoyed reading a story set in England in lockdown whilst I was living through lockdown 2.0 . I will say that it is a bit of a slow start until you get beyond the synopsis of the story. After that though the story seemed to fly by. The story was a bit different to what I had expected from the synopsis. The characters are all flawed but I really appreciated that and made the story more realistic. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout the story but that didn’t stop me guessing the ending. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and will definitely be looking out for any future releases.

A Sky Full Of Stars by Dani Atkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Alex whose wife dies very suddenly leaving him and his little boy devastated. Lisa, Alex’s wife has chosen to donate her organs and we also meet the four recipients of her organs although we focus quite heavily on Molly. This is a story of love, loss, grief and gratitude.

I really enjoyed reading about the character of Molly. Although, she was a major character in the book I was always a bit disappointed when we went back to read Alex’s point of view. This story did make me cry at points throughout it. I thought that the author got across beautifully those small moments of grief that take you by surprise. There were also times that the story lost me a little bit as I felt it was getting a little bit too fanciful. I cannot fully explain what I mean by that without ruining the story. From right at the start of the book I thought that I knew exactly where the story was going but I was proved wrong. On the whole i really enjoyed the book

The Searcher by Tana French. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Cal. He is an ex police officer who has moved from Chicago to a small village in Ireland He is happy with his quiet life, renovating his property, going for walks and getting to know the locals. Cal quickly realises that he is being watched. One day he finds 13 year old Trey on his property. Trey wants Cals help to find the brother Brendan who has run away according to the mother. Trey doesn’t believe this. Even though it is the last thing that Cal wants he decides to do some investigation on Trey’s behalf. There are a lot of people in the village who do not appreciate Cal asking questions.

This is a very slow paced story with lots of description. In all honesty I thought that although it was an interesting story it was just far too long. There is so much that could have been cut out without losing any understanding of the plot. I just felt it needed to be more focused on the main plot as there was no real subplots to focus on in between. I really enjoyed the relationship between Cal and Trey. I am really torn on whether I liked the ending or not. It definitely is not predictable which is something I am always looking for in mystery and thrillers.

Sleep Tight by C.S.Green. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.D.C. Rose is called in to investigate the death of a woman who was suffocated in her sleep. When Rose gets there she finds that there is more to the case than she first thought.

I was attracted to this because I love any story which involves sleeping or dreaming. I was a little worried that this may go down the fantasy route but I am happy to say that it doesn’t, it is most definitely crime with a touch of paranormal. I enjoyed the authors writing style and I enjoyed the story but I just don’t think that I will remember anything about it in a few weeks time. I am however tempted to carry on with the series as I really like concept

The Rule by David Jackson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Daniel a 22 year old man who has special needs. He lives with his parents and loves nothing more than reading his favourite super hero comic books. Daniel is a big man who is kind and loving but doesn’t know his own strength. Daniel has to abide by The Rule and promise not to break it. One day he does break that rule because he needs to protect his Father. How far would these parents go to cover for their vulnerable son? I am not going to spoil anything here. You need to read this fantastic book to find out.

I read The Resident last year which became my favourite book of the year so I was thrilled at the chance of reading this one. I quickly became absorbed into the story of The Rule and found myself wondering what I would do in a similar situation. I do feel that lots of questionable decisions were made by the parents but despite this I couldn’t help but root for this family. This is a story about a family trying to stay together despite the circumstances that they have found themselves in. It also has an element of grief. Most of all, this is a fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I am excited to see what David Jackson comes up with next.

The Rule is released on 1st July 2021.

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Reality and Other Stories by John Lanchester. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received the audiobook version of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a short story collection of eight horror stories all based around the theme of technology. I have never read anything by this author before but was hoping for a good scare. I think that the author may be trying to appeal to fans of Black Mirror. I personally have only seen a couple of episodes. As with all short story collections some were better than others. My most favourite story is one called cold call about a woman who has to deal with absurd phone calls from her Father-In-Law who lives alone and cannot look after himself properly. I think that my least favourite was the one about audiobooks As I listened on audiobook I cannot remember all the titles. All the narrators did a great job. This book was just okay in my opinion. If you like your horror with the theme of technology and a twist at the end then maybe this is the book for you.

Shadow Of A Doubt by Michelle Davies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Cara. At the age of 9 she was accused of killing her little brother. Cara blamed a ghost called Limey Stan. As a result Cara was sent to a hospital where she was treated for a mental illness. When she was released she went into care. As an adult her mother dies and much to her surprise leaves the house to her. Cara decides she needs to stay in the house and find out the truth as to what happened all those years ago.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I found parts of this book really frightening but I must say that I scare quite easily. There was lots of twists and turns to this story which led to a fairly satisfying conclusion. The format of this book reminded me a lot of the Riley Sager books that I have read. I will definitely be seeking out more books by this author.

First Date by Sue Watson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about social worker Hannah who has recently come out of a relationship. Her best friend/boss suggests she tries using a dating app. She arranges a date with Alex who is a lawyer and seems to be the perfect match. But it seems Alex is a bit too good to be true.

On the whole I did enjoy this book but I got very frustrated with Hannah who is the main character. I gave her the benefit of the doubt at first but after a while her blindness as to what was happening got annoying. I guessed what was happening but enjoyed the twist and turns along the way.

Confessions On The 7.45 by Lisa Unger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In this story Selena whilst coming home on a train strikes up a conversation with a woman who introduces herself as Martha. Martha confesses to Selena that she is having an affair with her boss. Selena then opens up to Martha and tells her that her husband has been having an affair with the nanny. Later on Selena starts receiving texts from Martha and she soon begins to regret confiding in her and she has no recollection of giving her her number. When Selena’s nanny goes missing she wonders if there is a connection.

The first thing that I would like to say is, there is a lot of names to keep track of so you really need to make sure that you are paying attention. I feel that it would be quite easy to get confused. This is a fast paced psychological thriller with an unexpected ending. There are lots of twists and turns along the way. The alternating points of view just added to the suspense. I thought that the plot was really clever. Although I really enjoyed the story it could have been a little shorter. It seemed to drag for me towards the end which is why I couldn’t give it the full five stars. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Ava and Matt are parents to Abi who is around 2 years old. One day Ava decides to take Abi out to feed the ducks. She straps her into her pushchair and realises she has left her phone upstairs so goes upstairs grabs her phone and uses the bathroom. When she comes back down Abi is nowhere to be found and the front door is slightly ajar. The story goes back and forth between present day and the day Abi went missing.

I enjoyed this book overall but this is not what I would describe as a thriller which is what it is marketed as. I would describe it more as a family drama with a mystery element. There are a few twists within the story which did keep my attention. I was not quite sure about the ending. In a way it was satisfying but felt a bit too contrived. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and I am open to reading more by this author.