To Tell You The Truth by Gilly Macmillan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Before I start I would like to say that my true rating for this book would be between 4.5 to 4.75 stars. I couldn’t quite give it a 5 because I thought the ending could have been better.

The story is about best selling author Lucy Harper who has a crime series featuring DS Eliza Grey. She is married to Dan an aspiring author who tries to act supportive but is obviously jealous of her success. Lucy is still traumatised by her brother Teddy going missing when she was 9 and he was 3. One night after a neighbourhood party Dan vanishes. Lucy thinks that he is punishing her like he has done before, With people now digging into her past the mysteries from both her past and present start to merge together.

I really enjoyed this book. It was really fast paced and definitely a page turner. It is full of twists and turns and nearly every character is a suspect including Lucy herself. The characters were well written. I have never hated a fictional character quite as much as I hated Lucy’s husband Dan. He was awful and I kept shouting at Lucy (in my mind obviously) to stand up to him and not let him get away with the way he was treating her. The only character I liked was Lucy herself and I feel that I should point out that she is an unreliable narrator as I know that some people aren’t keen on that.

For me, the ending let this book down a little bit. I didn’t like how one of the mysteries was wrapped up. I don’t want to say anymore as I may spoil something. I would definitely highly recommend this bOk. This is my first book by this author and I am now going to be reading everything she writes.

The Curator by C.W.Craven ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Curator (Washington Poe, #3)The Curator by M.W. Craven
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

True Rating 3.5 stars.

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

This is the third book in the Washington Poe series. I am kicking myself for not realising before I read this as I haven’t read the second book.

Three pairs if fingers have been found on three consecutive days around Christmastime. Washington Poe & Tilly Bradshaw from the National Crime Agency are called in to help investigate.

This is part police procedure and part thriller. It is fast paced with all sorts of twists and turns along the way. I did not enjoy this quite as much as The Puppet Show. I personally felt this book was a little darker which I didn’t enjoy as much. I will be reading Black Summer which I missed soon and look forward to the rest of the series.

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

True Rating 3.75 stars

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

This is the story of a woman who is married to a man who has two other wives who are referred to by days id the week. I feel that the protagonists name was a spoiler but I just reread the synopsis and realised it is in there. Our protagonist hasn’t met the other wives and has acceoted the arrangement until she slowly realises that she is not happy about seeing her husband one day a week. She slowly becomes obsessed with his other wives and very jealous. One day she finds a piece of paper with o name of one of his other wives and decides to go and find her and this is were things start to unravel.

This is the first Tarryn Fisher book that I have read. It is really fast paced and I really couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I really loved the main character. Up until a point I was really rooting for her. There is a twist halfway through which I didn’t like very much. The story then changes. The story then really picks back up and I kept hoping that the story was not going in the direction that I thought it was going in but unfortunately it did. I also didn’t like how it ended. Despite my criticisms I still really enjoyed this book. The pacing and the writing were great. I really look forward to reading more from this new to me author.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I feel I need to downgrade my rating to 3.75 as petty as that might seem because although I really enjoyed this book I didn’t like it as much as the others by these authors.

This follows a woman called Vanessa who is recently divorced from her husband Richard. We know Richard has an affair and eventually left Vanessa for the other woman. I will leave the synopsis there as it would be very easy to spoil this book. Please read reviews with caution as I have read a review which gives away a massive spoiler.

This book is full of twists and turns and I was so annoyed with myself that I didn’t see the first big twist coming. I thought that the book was really cleverly written full of twists and turns. I initially thought that I was going to be a bit disappointed at the ending but there was one final twist which I felt saved the ending,

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

After her father dies, Maggie Holt inherits the house that has cast a shadow over her life. Maggie lived in the house as a child that was supposedly haunted and her father wrote a book about the hauntings that occurred and eventually forced the family to leave the house behind. Her father fabricated the hauntings to sell the book. Maggie intends to prepare the house for sale and move on. Then strange things start happening and Maggie decides to find out what exactly is going on.

There are elements of a haunted house story but I would really class this as more of a thriller. The story is told from Maggie’s point of view and her cynicism of what actually happened in the house when she was a child. She is dealing with grief and leftover anger at her father for writing the book and not being able to get to the truth. We also get to read some of the book that her dad wrote. The book within a book is something that I always enjoy and this was no exception. The story had me hooked in from the start. After reading all of Riley Sager’s other books I find that he has a formula that he sticks to so although I didn’t guess the ending I knew where this book was heading.

Safe by S.K.Barnett. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

This book is about Jenny who was kidnapped as a six year old. 12 years later she escapes and goes back home. Jenny thinks that she is safe now but is she?

This was a really fast thriller full of secrets and lies. I managed to read most of it in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. At times I did get confused as there was a lot of names to remember and the story goes backwards and forwards. I will definitely be looking out for more by this author.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Jules who is down on her luck. She lost her job and found that her boyfriend was cheating on her on the same day. She ended up sleeping on her friends couch. She finds a job as an apartment sitter in The Bartholomew. The job is too good to be true, £1,000 per week in cash. The rules are no visitors and you must sleep in the apartment every night. The Bartholomew is mysterious and has a dark past with suicides and death and houses the rich and famous. Very soon after arriving Jules starts hearing strange noises in her apartment and then a fellow apartment sitter goes missing.

I really thought that this book was going to be a five star read for me. It is fast paced and a little bit creepy but not as creepy as I was expecting. I could not wait to get back to this book the minute I was away from it, that was until the reveal. As soon as I realised what was actually going on in the apartments I totally lost interest. I have only read The Final Girls by this author and much prefer this one. To wrap up I would say this is a solid 4 star read but I just wish it had a different ending.

The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am a huge fan of Ruth Ware. As far as I can make out I have read every book she has written except for The Lying Game, this is definitely my favourite.

The story is about Rowan who gets a job in a big house in Scotland as a Nanny. The house is full of technology doors can only be opened via an app and there are cameras everywhere. The story is told through letters to a solicitor as Rosanna is awaiting trial for the murder of one of the children she was looking after. She is trying to persuade him to represent her and is telling him everything that happened leading up to the child’s death.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved the way it was formatted. It really did have a spooky feel to it and I understood how Rowan must have been feeling. The ending for me was totally unexpected and I am really surprised that I didn’t figure it out earlier.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the story of Dannie a Manhattan lawyer who is living with her boyfriend David. On the night of their engagement they have more Champagne than they can handle and Dannie falls asleep. When she wakes up she is in a totally different apartment with a different engagement ring on her finger and is with a totally different man. The year is 2025 five years later than when she went to sleep. Dannie falls asleep again and wakes up back in her apartment with David.

This book was really not what I expected it to be. Before I went into this book I thought that I already had the whole storyline worked out in my mind. This book went in a totally different direction than what I thought it would. This made the book much more enjoyable than I thought.

Come Again by Robert Webb. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the story of Kate who is widowed quite suddenly She is depressed and feels that there is no point to her life anymore. One night she falls asleep and wakes up as her 18 year old self with the chance to change fate.

For me this book was straight down the middle. There were parts that I loved such as Kate’s strong personality especially with regards to her work. I really wish that the whole of this book was based around her work. I also loved the references when she was talking about our present time. On the other hand there were parts particularly in the first half of the book that I found boring. Time travel is one of my favourite tropes in a book but there are so many more books that do it better.