The Reunion by Samantha Hayes


What they say:

They were all there the day your sister went missing… Who is lying? Who is next?

THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

If you love Sue Fortin, Gillian Flynn and The Girl on the Train, this psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.

The Review: I had heard so much about this book and so was absolutely thrilled when I was approved. This is the story of Claire, who has decided to help her dad, who is struggling, by having a  reunion of her friends and family. I loved the coming together of everyone and the everyday, which was as readable as the suspense. There are many voices in the book, one in particular, which, even now, I found to be eloquently and stand outishly done, with an innocence and fragility that was mind blowing.

As you are meeting everyone you have in the back of your mind that someone possibly had something to do with the disappearance of Eleanor, and the author most definitely lays a number of foundations so that you’re patting yourself on figure out what happened to poor Lenny, before you’re sent off in another direction. Actually I feel I have to add at this stage that I think some of the traps laid were never explained, that or I missed them, but I was gripped enough by the book that I don’t think I missed anything. There were a lot of characters, although for the most part you had them clearly enough drawn in your mind that that didn’t matter.

A lot of reviews have said they worked out what happened early on and I have to say fair you-know-whats to them, because I most definitely didn’t! I read this over two nights and was absolutely loathe to put it down. Thanks so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5



In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes



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What they say:  Your husband goes out to buy a newspaper. He never comes back. 

Months later, an unexpected phone call puts you and your daughter in unimaginable danger. 

Even if he were still alive, your husband can’t save you now. 

 He told you way too many lies for that.

The Review: Firstly can I just say how much I love blurbs such as this that give you nothing and allow you to delve into the story yourself? It makes the most lovely change from trying to avoid hints and bits of information that somebody put in to try to throw you off track! Anyway, enough of that! So, In Too Deep opens with the narrator being followed by a person who is upset and looking for answers. Said narrator’s voice grabs you, there’s darkness there, although you get the impression whatever they did they are sorry for it.

We then move to a different narrator (you all know how much I love multiple narratives and this book definitely ticked the box for me!), Gina, whose husband, Rick has been missing for four months and who is hoping that every phone call, every knock at the door is him. She feels like she’s driving everyone crazy, constantly harassing the police (as you would) and unable to think about anything else. She is constantly analysing everything that happened on the Saturday morning he went out and never returned:

‘Did the front door bang a little harder than usual when he left, meaning he slammed it, indicating he was unhappy, that he had planned on leaving? Or perhaps it was just the wind-a downdraught down the hall. But that would only happen if I had the kitchen window open a crack, perhaps if I’d burned the toast. Did I even burn the toast that day?’

And then to add to the intrigue – ‘That Saturday was the second-worst day of my life.’

We also meet Hannah, her daughter, who is grappling not only with her dad’s disappearance and her mum’s struggle to cope, but also with a secret she can’t share with anyone.

The backstory that was missing stayed in my mind as I tried to piece together the mysteries that were thrown up as I read. Would you believe I read this while in hospital through drooped eyelids and yet could not put it down. It wasn’t one of those headachy type thrillers but you did feel slightly edgy as you moved along with the characters, trying to figure out what Rick had been doing, where he disappeared to, and the link of another family to theirs, all while looking between the past and present. A change in location in the story was great, with beautiful descriptions of dark residences that added to the intrigue. There’s a lot of who can you trust, and who’s telling lies and I loved that about it. While I couldn’t stop reading, the story was a little dragged out in places but in general I really really enjoyed, especially the ending which was very well done in terms of tying everything up.

Basically I will most definitely be looking out Samantha Hayes’ books again and very much recommend In Too Deep. Thanks to Netgalley for the copy of this ebook in return for an honest review.

Note: Just to let you know the link only seems to lead to a paperback as opposed to ebook and paperback.

Rating: 4.5/5