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Remember Me by @Lyndarenham

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Length: 292 pages

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What they say: A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but is it you she wants? You begin to wonder if she wants your husband, or even your child. But then you realise, she wants your life.

When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare’s two-year-old, Ben. But Clare can’t shake off the feelings of anxiety that assail her whenever Sharni is near. Is Clare just being overprotective, or are her feelings justified? As Sharni‘s influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.

The Review: First off, I must direct you to my past experiences with Lynda Renham books (hint, I enjoyed them all!). You will note that these are all of the romantic comedy variety so I was surprised, and excited of course, to see this jump into my inbox one day. 

Little Perran Book  2, A Village Romance here  and Book 3 A Summer Romance here

Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog review here

Rory’s Proposal review here

Perfect Weddings review here

Oh and there was an author interview too … (here!)

I must say I really enjoyed this book. As you can see it’s the story of Clare, a lady who with her husband Chris, and beautiful son Ben. When Sharni and Tom move in next door they quickly become friends although rather quickly it’s apparent that Sharni perhaps looks up to Clare too much, beginning to seemingly copy her appearance and interior design. It was nicely done that we had in Clare a character who was so nervous and on edge, and this, coupled with her being on prescription medication meant that we weren’t sure if what was real and what was paranoia. Add to this that you’re also getting Sharni’s point of view and it made for a real page turner!

The friendship of the two women, and the trust that was built up was great, with Clare’s questioning and self doubt very believable and I liked that anything time-line wise that people may have questioned was quickly put to bed. I also like how you questioned everything, in particular the husband’s part in the story. My only issue was that the ending seemed rather abrupt, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I think this is another one for people who don’t read thrillers a lot and want to slip into the genre without having to read anything too tough. All in all I’m beginning to be a big fan of the big switch from rom com to psychological thriller with such a well done ‘debut’ and I look forward to more of same from Ms. Renham.

Thanks to the author and Raucous Publishing for the book in return for an honest review

Rating: 4.5/5

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The Sister by Louise Jensen

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Length:336 pages

What they Say:”I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?

The Review: I had heard of this a lot in blogging circles and everyone was gushing so much I had to read it. Little did I know this was going to be one of my favourite thrillers of the year.

The story is told in first person from the point of view of Grace, who is mourning the death of her best friend Charlie. When I say best friends, it is actually more like they’re sisters, they know everything about each other and spend all their time together, however, as you’ll see in the blurb, it turns out that Grace doesn’t actually know everything about Charlie, and is constantly trying to piece together fragments of memories so that she can decipher what Charlie’s last words meant. The story moves between ‘then’ and ‘now’ and I loved that the settings moved from being dark to light, with exceptional descriptions that really put you there and it is dotted with brief flashes of humour that I really appreciated. There are many mysteries to wonder about, and many characters to suspect when things start to go wrong. The only issue I had was something in Grace’s past, which was very much built up and then turned out to be a disappointment, but aside from that I couldn’t fault this book.  A book that very much had you wondering what was going to happen next and who you could trust, I really have to say I loved this and have already bought The Gift by Louise Jensen and can’t wait to read. This book was both a pleasure and a thrill. Highly recommended. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Bookouture for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

 

 

 

The Girl You lost by Kathryn Croft

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What they say: Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

The review: First off thanks so much to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review. You’ll remember I shouted Kathryn Croft’s praises from the rooftop when I reviewed ‘The Girl With No Past.‘ I really really enjoyed her latest book ‘The Girl you Lost,’ though it was tougher going. It began with every parent’s worst nightmare, the snatching of a baby from a park. This is followed closely by the meeting of Helena/ Grace and I was HOOKED. The book flew by, the percentages on my Kindle increasing swiftly, and my wish to find out what would happen, whether Grace really was Helena and who had taken her, was more of a craving. There were numerous cases that arrived on Simone’s doorstep as she started to look into her new-found ‘daughter’ and I loved that her occupation, a reporter, lent itself to her ability to investigate and wondered which were linked and which weren’t.
I really liked Simone, and another character who I was glad was a ‘goodie(!)’ that I can’t name or it will have to go on the ‘spoiler’ side of things. There were actually a lot of characters, at times slightly difficult to keep up with, but that was, I suppose the nature of the book. I trusted no-one, sure that there was a hand being kept close to someone’s chest. My lack of trust paid off at times and my judgement failed elsewhere, as I zipped through. The length on Amazon said 318 pages, and it is some testament to this book if it truly is that length, because it felt shorter (not short, mind, just shorter!)
Now, the downsides. If you remember correctly there was a moment in The Girl With No Past that I found slightly memorable solely because it was tough going. There are more moments such as that in this book, in fact I winced at one point. There’s sexual attacks in the story that I found to be quite graphic, more by what is insinuated than what is ‘shown,’ and the book is narrated, not only through Simone’s voice, but also that of a predator which at times I found a bit harsh, or maybe grating, I can’t really tell which. While the book took me along with it, there were some scenes teetering on the ‘that’s a bit too much of a coincidence”s side, including the ending, which I’m afraid I guessed, just a little bit before, though I didn’t know it was possible.
So there you go. Enjoyed it even though it messed with my head, and I definitely recommend for those of you who don’t mind the violence I described above. In summation, I will continue to follow Kathryn Croft’s books to see where she goes next.
Rating: 4/5