The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

As children, siblings Henry and Lucy Lamb were living quite a normal but privileged life until two strangers move into their home. After that everything changed culminating in the deaths of 3 people. Back in the present day Libby receives a letter saying she has inherited 16 Cheyne Walk. Libby is very interested to find out what exactly happened in the house which resulted in the 3 deaths many years ago.

I really enjoyed this book. The subject matter was quite different from what I normally read. Not all of the characters were likeable. I really enjoyed both timelines and it kept me gripped all of the way through.


The Perfect Wife by J.P.Delaney. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Abbie,Tim & autistic son Danny. Abbie is a robot, a clone of Tim’s wife who is missing presumed dead as a result of a surfing accident. Robot Abbie has been programmed with Abbie’s memories. Robot Abbie decides to investigate what happened to the real Abbie.

This story is told from two point of views. Firstly Abbie the robot in the present and a nameless person telling the story of the real Abbie from the beginning. I really couldn’t get my head around the way people treated robot Abbie as though she was a real person. I did enjoy the mystery of what happened to the real Abbie but what I loved more was the Autism representation in this book. I would highly recommend this book for the autism representation alone.

After The End by Clare MacKintosh. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

I am a huge fan of Clare MacIntosh. I think that I have read all of her books that she has written so far. This book is different as in it is a departure from her normal genre of psychological thrillers.

This book is about a married couple who have a nearly 3 year old boy Dylan who is on life support. The first half of the book focuses on Max & Pip, their experiences in the hospital and them having to make the decision whether or not to support the doctors conclusion about switching off Dylan’s life support. The decision ultimately goes into the hands of a judge to make the decision.

The second half splits into two which I thought was a great idea. We get to see what happens if the judge makes the decision that Dylan should stay on the life support and what happens if the judge allows him to die. I really enjoyed this book but just felt there was something missing and the ending really came out of the blue. It took me so much by surprise that I had to reread it a couple of times.

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is a story of Jess who is a reporter for a local newspaper. She is sent to report on Heather, a woman who has shot two seemingly innocent people and then turned the gun on herself. herself. Heather has survived and is now in a coma. It turns out that the woman who shot the two people is the former best friend of Jessica and her boss wants an exclusive. Jess and Heather lost touch 20 years ago when the Heather’s sister Flora went missing. There are several different storylines running through this book. We go from past to present to find out what really happened.

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed the character of Jess and I also had great empathy for the character of Margot who is the Mother of Heather. There are lots of twists and turns in this story and I didn’t guess some of the twists. At 420 pages long it is a longish book but I was never once bored reading it. It is a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it.

Looker by Laura Sims. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

I would definitely agree with other reviewers that this book has been marketed wrong. This is the story of a lady who is obsessed with a famous actress who lives near her. It shows her slowly descending into madness losing all sense of reality. There is no mystery here and it also isn’t a thriller. I am glad that I had read a few reviews and knew this going into it. I found this read fascinating and couldn’t read this book quick enough wondering what she was going to do next. I was hoping for a stronger ending but I would still highly recommend this book.

Hyperbole and a half by Allie Brosh. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression I decided to give this a go. It was very easy to read and has cute illustrations. There was a few times I found myself nodding along and understanding her thought process but some of what was said I really couldn’t relate to. It just goes to show that everyone’s experience of mental health problems are different. I found it quite amusing in parts but not laugh out loud funny. I found her stories about her dogs cute at first but soon got bored with them.

The Last Of The Magpies by Mark Edwards. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

I read The Magpies a few years ago and loved it. Mark Edwards is now my go to author. I read whatever he brings out when it is released…..or so I thought. I realised my mistake after I had started this book. I forgot that I had not read the second novella in this series. Saying that I found it very easy to pick up the thread of what had happened in the previous novella. I really enjoyed the story and thought that it was the right decision to have this as a novella rather than a full novel. I was a little disappointed with the ending as I had thought he had made a brave decision with the ending and then at the last minute it changed. As always I will be buying whichever novel comes out next.