Idle Hands by Cassandra Windwalker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of Perdie. She is the mother of three children and wife of Matt, college professor and wife beater. She has stayed with Matt for the sake of her children but although he treats his girls like little princesses he has started being aggressive to their son. In that moment she chooses to leave and start again far away. Tragedy strikes and Perdie wonders if the decision to leave led to this moment. Ella who is the devil, narrates some of Perdie’s story, offers Perdie a deal, is she tempted?

The book starts with the narrative from Ella who prefers to be called that rather than the devil. I really hated this at the start, it wasn’t drawing me in and I was honestly wondering if the book carried on in the same vein whether or not I would even be able to finish it. The book then swaps from Ella’s point of view to Perdie’s and I started to really get into the story. The main bulk of the book is from Perdie’s point of view with Ella interjecting every so often. I thought this was going to be a book about a battered wife leaving her husband and the husband hunting her down. It wasn’t this at all it was about the choices we make and how it affects others and soul things have been better if we had chosen a different path?

My true rating would be 4.5 stars. I could not give it 5 because of the bad start.

Just Like The Other Girls by Claire Douglas. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Una. She has recently lost her mum and split up with her boyfriend and is fed up of her bosses at the care home she works in. She answers a job advertisement for a companion/carer for Elspeth. Elspeth lives in a large house and has staff. Una is very surprised when she is later offered the job. Kathryn, Elspeth’s daughter is very cold towards her. Then Una discovers that Elspeth’s 3 previous companions have either died or gone missing. Una decides to do some investigating.

I am a huge fan of this authors work and have rated all of her previous books the same as this one. I will say though that this is my least favourite out of everything I have read. This book is not as fast paced as her other books but I still think that it is a great story and would highly recommend it.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This book is about Saffyre, she is a 17 year old girl living with her Uncle. She is trying to recover from a childhood trauma she was released from therapy before she could reveal to her therapist what the trauma was. Cate is married to Roan a child psychologist and they have two teenage children. Cate is not exactly happy in her marriage but she chooses to bury her head rather than confront what is actually going on. They are living in temporary accommodation whilst work is being carried out on their house, Owen is a 33 year old unmarried college tutor who lives in one room in his aunts house. He lives opposite Cate. Cate and her family think that there is something quite strange about him. All these characters have secrets. When Saffyre goes missing on Valentine’s night there are a few suspects.

This is a story that is told from several viewpoints, Saffyre, Cate & Owen’s. I think that this is described as a domestic thriller but to me it mainly read like a contemporary with a mystery thrown in. There were a few creepy bits to this story which I really loved. The opening scene in the book really drew me in.This is not fast paced at all but it really did keep me trying to guess and turning those pages,

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Jane who comes back to Minneapolis to take revenge on a man who she feels is responsible for her best friend’s death. She takes on a new identity and takes on a job that is below her.

I am finding it hard to express just why I loved this book so much. really loved Jane’s character. Although she was a self confessed psychopath I was on her side all the way through. I felt the same rage and wanted her to get revenge on this man. There are a lot of sex scenes in this book and it is something I don’t normally like in a thriller but in this case it was there to move the plot forward and not used as a filler.

One White Lie by Leah Cohen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Lucy who escapes an abusive relationship. She turns up to a new area with just her dog and some basic possessions. She is soon befriended by her closest neighbours Vera and her husband John. It isn’t long before a dead body turns up and there are a fair few suspects.

I enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and was full of twists and turns. I did feel this book was a bit too long. There was a point where it really should have ended but the author decided we needed more details. Having read a lot of books in this genre I didn’t think that it brought anything new or exciting but I would be happy though to read more from this author.

The Burning Girls by C.J.Tudor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of Jack single parent of teenage daughter Flo. Jack left the last parish under a cloud after an exorcism went wrong. She moves to Chapel Cross which is a small village with a tight knit community and strange traditions. They have a history of the Sussex martyrs who were burnt at the stake. The villagers make twig dolls to commemorate them. Two girls went missing 30 years ago. The village is filled with secrets and lies and the appearance of the occasional ghost.Jack also has a secret past that there is no getting away from.

I am a big fan of C.J.Tudor but I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as her other books which is why I have given it 3.5 stars. I would give trigger warnings for bullying and abuse. There are times that I felt really uncomfortable reading this book and I think that this shows how talented a writer the author is to make me feel this way. I loved that there was ghosts and supernatural elements in this book and I felt that the readers are left to make their own mind up. Some of the storyline, aside from the ghost/supernatural elements felt very over the top to me. I am really not sure about one of the side stories, in all honesty I didn’t quite understand where it went.

Overall I enjoyed this book and feel it is a real pity it is not released in time for Halloween. (less)

The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Joanne, she Gave up her career to take care of children Evie and Stelli so Leo could concentrate on his. Leo decides to take a meditation class on Joanne’s suggestion to help him with his depression. There he meets Piper. Piper is new to the area wanting to make a new start after her husband and step daughter were killed in a boating accident. Leo is smitten and decides to take steps to get Joanne out of his and his children’s lives and move Piper in. Joanne, understandably upset does some digging into Piper’s past and believes that Leo and the children are in danger.

This was a fantastic fast paced thriller with a really good twist. It first appears that this is just a book about horrible people doing horrible things to each other but there is so much more to it than that. I am not one that ever rereads books but I immediately want to reread this now I know the ending.

The Catch by T.M.Logan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This is the story of Ed. He and his wife Claire are shocked when their daughter Abbie brings home the boyfriend she has been dating for 7 months for the first time. Not only is it revealed that they are planning to move in together but also they plan to marry in a few weeks time. Ed immediately feels that something isn’t right about her daughter’s fiancé. On the outside he seems to be perfect but Ed can see a darkness to him. No matter how gently he tries he cannot persuade his daughter to postpone the wedding so they can get to know him better. This story is a race against time to find evidence against his future son in law to stop his daughter making the biggest mistake of her life. But maybe this could all be in Ed’s mind.

As always with this author this was a fast paced thriller which is easy to read. I managed to finish this in just one sitting. I wasn’t the greatest fan of the plot. I thought that Ed took some stupid risks and did very stupid things in order to try and get some evidence against his future son in law. The ending was actually the exact opposite of what I was expecting.

How To Save A Life by S.D.Robinson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Luke who owns and single handedly runs a barbershop. Luke is a very pessimistic person. We find out later on why this is. One day Luke is walking home from work when there is a bad storm. He takes shelter under some scaffolding where a woman is also sheltering. The scaffolding is not secure and the woman pushes Luke out of the way. In doing so she saves his life. This sparks a change in Luke and he decides to change his life for the better. 

I did enjoy this book overall but I felt that Luke was portrayed as a much older man than he was supposed to be.. I thought that incorporating Luke’s dreams into the story was really clever. I had a lot of sympathy for Luke. The ending was too predictable for my liking.

The House Guest by Mark Edwards. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This story is about Adam and Ruth. Ruth is an actress whose career is just about to take off and Adam is a struggling writer. They are staying in New York house sitting for a couple they met on a cruise. One day there is a knock at the door and they find a young woman called Eden who has arrived to surprise the house owners. It is obvious that Eden has nowhere else to go. With the owners unreachable Adam and Ruth decide to let Eden stay but in doing so they make a huge mistake.

I am a huge fan of this author and will read everything he brings out without needing to know much about the synopsis. As always this book was fast paced and a fast read and enjoyable overall. The problem I had with this book was the overall theme which I cannot reveal with our spoiling the book. It is a theme I hate and try to avoid in all books as I just don’t find it interesting. I am now going to have to sit and wait patiently for his next book.