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The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

Release Date-21st September 2017
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

The brilliant new novel from Jenny Blackhurst , the #1 eBook bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU , which Clare Mackintosh called ‘utterly gripping’ and BEFORE I LET YOU IN . If you love Louise Jensen’s THE GIFT or SK Tremayne’s THE ICE TWINS you will love this.

When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.

Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she’s just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie’s foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger…

The Foster ChildThe Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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The Foster Child By Jenny Blackhurst was one hell of a spooky book, having never read anything by this author before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
I really didn’t need to worry from the first page this story captured the reader building the atmosphere gradually and hooking its audience so subtly that before you knew it you were so emotionally invested in what was playing out before our rapt eyes.
So The Foster Child tells the story of Ellie Atkinson a foster child placed in the system after the death of her family in a house fire.
Along comes child psychologist Imogen Reid who upon returning to her childhood town after a big blip in her illustrious career inherits Ellie’s case.
From day one on the job, it’s apparent to Imogen that things in her old town are not right.
Everybody seems afraid of the quiet eerie eleven-year-old and Ellies only supporters are Her fifteen-year-old foster sister Mary and Imogen herself.
So, my god, this was creepy.
I actually found myself questioning everything I thought I believed.
You could feel the mass hysteria building as it was fueled by what people thought was real.
Taking on a life all of its own, like a snowball building its momentum.
Then BAM!!!!
everything came to a head and you were left feeling a trifle dim questioning yourself, did I really think that ?.
You as the reader have been swept along in the mass hysteria along with everyone else in this small community.
I loved this story, the characters were so real and interesting, this could be set in any small town around where I live.
The Foster Child was a fascinating insight into small-town dynamics and also a creepy atmospheric chiller.
Do you know what I liked best, it was how one young girl can start a rumour that actually takes on a life all of its own.
fuelling its own journey along the way.
Or did it!!! that twist at the end Man, didn’t see that coming.
It left us the reader with a whole host of new questions to ask.
So I end this review in a bit of a quandary.
What do I actually take away from this as the truth, I think in this instance only Ellie is aware of the bigger picture she is the puppetmaster of this chilling tale.
That is the only reason I deducted 1/2 a star from this as I was left feeling slightly confused, wondering what to actually believe.
I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a free ARC of The Foster Child this is my own free and honest opinion.

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

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The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

Release Date-14 Nov 2017
Publisher-Harper Impulse
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-364 pages

Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
Come and join me for my fortieth birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises the like of which you canโ€™t imagine.

When Joanneโ€™s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.
One of them is hiding a secret.
And Joanne is planning to reveal itโ€ฆ

A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun โ€“ until no one can hear your cries for help.

Four friends.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?

The Birthday GirlThe Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Now never having read anything of Sue Fortin before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this.
Well, Wow, this certainly didn’t disappoint.
I read this in practically one sitting, it was such addictive reading that I struggled to put “The Birthday Girl” down I was so engrossed.
This story tells the tale of four best friends, Carys, Zoe, Andrea and Joanne, all in or approaching their forties.
All Bogged down with the usual life dramas, petty jealousies and rivalries that usually come with groups of girls of all ages.
So when one of the girls, Joanne to be exact, decides to throw a very different fortieth party.
The other Girls half-heartedly accept her invitation.
Straight from the get-go, I loved how the scene was staged, Johanna lulling her friends into a false sense of security, outwardly not portraying her anger, but showing her game face and going in for the long con.
So there you are, You think you know where This tale is going, who the baddies are, when suddenly and without warning “The birthday girl” changes directions on you leaving you floundering in the wake of the upheaval.
And you’re left there scratching your head in total confusion.
The Birthday girl will seriously confound your expectations and have you questioning everything that happens, nothing will be taken on face value and nobody is above suspicion.
On top of all this, there is also the mysterious voice that seems to hate Carys so much, I was so wrong on all fronts with this when attempting to use my sleuthing skills to unmask, brilliantly done indeed.
So the story that unfolds here drew me in straight from the beginning.
It manages to build layer upon layer until gradually a bigger overall picture is finally revealed.
This was so well done and it actually helped make the Birthday Girl such a page-turner.
this has all the ingredients of a five-star read and it wasn’t until the last chapter that for me this lost some of its star quality.
I just really didn’t like the ending, I’ve never really been into self-sacrificing or cutting off my nose to spite my face and that is what the last chapter to me stank of.
So Sorry to be so cryptic, but needs must as I really don’t want to spoil this experience for others.
So there you have it, in a nutshell, this was such a good solid read, it flowed brilliantly, kept the reader guessing till the final pages and overall just pulled you right in.
So yes I would most certainly recommend this if you like a good psychological thriller, this is hands down, definitely one of the best I have experienced for a while.
So All that’s left is to say thank you to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with an ARC of The Birthday Girl this is my own honest and unbiased opinion.

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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Copycat by Alex Lake

Release Date-September 7th 2017
Publisher- HarperCollins
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle edition-416 pages

The gripping new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of After Anna and Killing Kate.

Imitation is the most terrifying form of flatteryโ€ฆ

Which Sarah Havenant is you?

When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen.

But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house.

And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own

CopycatCopycat by Alex Lake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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OMG!!!! I bloody loved Copycat By Alex Lake. It was one of those books that when you pick it up it’s practically impossible to put back down.
And this is what actually happened to me, I decided to read the first couple chapters at midnight to get a feel for it and Wham!!! that was it, I finished in the early hours of the morning, couldn’t put it down, it was such addictive reading. a real page-turner.
So the story is about Sarah Havenant a doctor married to Ben, British and a lawyer living in Maine with their three adorable children, the picture-perfect life.
So Sarah gets a friend request from a girl she used to go to school with and she asks Sarah which is her real facebook profile.
Transpires there is another Sarah Havenant using pictures of her children, her husband and from her own house seriously weird and scary.
As events escalate it turns out this is only the start as Sarah’s whole world implodes, people around her including her husband start to doubt her sanity.
Sarah and Ben’s marriage buckle’s under the strain and poor Sarah has no idea who to trust and where to turn when even her own husband is doubting her.
So this is the sort of Psychological mindtwist I adore and Copycat kept me guessing throughout.
I had absolutely no idea who was stalking Sarah and only just guessed right before the shocking reveal.
And to say I was gobsmacked is an understatement, what a conclusion.
sorry for the vagueness I’m trying to keep this spoiler-free.
I would definitely recommend this to my fellow psychological thriller lovers, this one is super fast, its excellently written and the story just flows brilliantly, with never a dull minute to be had here.
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an arc of Copycat By Alex Lake, this is my own honest unbiased opinion.

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The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Release Date-July 27th 2017
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-415 pages

Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Aliceโ€™s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact, and most of its rules make sense: Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples–and then one of them breaks the rules. The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life, and The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

The Marriage PactThe Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Now, this was a strange one, interesting but a bit wacky in its concept.
The marriage pact by Michelle Richmond was surprisingly good, The author has found a unique idea and evolved it from there.
With some surprising twists and turns that I didn’t see coming this was a refreshing contribution to the psychological genre and I only had minor issues and niggles that pulled this down slightly for me.
So the marriage Pact involves newlywed’s Jake and Alice who receive an enticing gift from one of Alice’s Clients at the law firm she works at.
“The Pact”
It is designed to keep couples happy and fulfilled in their marriages, the rules seem to make sense and The Pact seems harmless in its intentions.
Initially impressed Alice and Jake start to realise there is more at stake than they realise as their dreams start to evolve into nightmares.
And no one leaves “THE PACT” ever.
So let me break this down for you first three-quarters of The Marriage Pact I loved, the story flowed, it was well written and my only minor criticism would be sometimes Jake could waffle on a tad too much with his inner monologue and I found this a touch irritating and longwinded.
Then came the last quarter, not sure what happened here but I really was not feeling it, the whole visit Orla at her home seemed unnecessary and a bit boring to me.
I would have really preferred another direction to be taken and a bit more of a pro-active stance applied here rather than talking.
Then came the ending, this is where my main issue lies, it was just so anti-climatic and blah and after all Jake’s moralistic stances he just walks away, leaving the corruption behind for someone else to deal with.
I’m not saying he’s wrong to do this, I just find it mildly surprising after listening to Jakes Inner moral compass throughout The Marriage Pact that he just abandons all his principles and jumps ship.
I would also have liked to see inside Alice’s head as well, she was such a diverse character with so much to offer and I felt we didn’t get to know her properly in her entirety.
So this was such a page-turner and even with the issues I’ve described, I have to give this a Four star as It was such compelling reading.
This was such an interestingly unique story that I would definitely recommend Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the Author Michelle Richmond for providing me with an Arc of The Marriage Pact, this is my own honest unbiased opinion.

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Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds

Release Date-July 27th 2017
Genre- Psychological Thriller
Kindle edition-384 pages

Close To Me is a gripping debut psychological drama that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling The Husband’s Secret, Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go, and Linda Green’s While My Eyes Were Closed.

She can’t remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.

When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnesia-she’s lost a whole year of memories. A lot can happen in a year. Was Jo having an affair? Lying to her family? Starting a new life?

She can’t remember what she did-or what happened the night she fell. But she’s beginning to realise she might not be as good a wife and mother as she thought

Close To MeClose To Me by Amanda Reynolds

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Really enjoyed Close To Me by Amanda Reynolds, wasn’t sure what to expect this being a debut author but I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Close To Me tells the story of Jo Harding after she falls down stairs hitting her head and losing her memory of the past year.
On coming home things feel different and disjointed, Jo feels there is an undercurrent of deceit, secrets being kept from her by her husband and children and as she unravels the mysteries of the past year things escalate to a shocking conclusion.
So this was a great psychological read, it kept my interest and pulled me in, the writing was superb, and the storyline very easy to follow.
Close to me is told in two parts, real-time and snippets of the past year, though it has a slow build this is not a bad thing as you get to understand Jo’s life and how she is the person she is.
The characters here felt real and human, some you could sympathise with others not so much.
If I had to pick my least favourite person in this, it would have to be the daughter I found her very self-centred and immature, but she’s a product of her overindulged upbringing.
I myself have grown up children there is no way on this planet I would be paying for their accommodation.
what a right spoilt brat Sash is.

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Close to me delves into the dynamics of family and the resulting aftermath when things ultimately implode.
I did kind of guess where this was going but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment reading this.
Would I recommend this? Hell Yeah!!!
It was an engaging read.
Thank you to NetGalley, publisher and the author for providing me with an arc of Close to me
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Our Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

Release Date-July 28th 2017
Publisher-HQ Digital
Genre-Psychological Thriller 4 users
Kindle Edition-384 pages

A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.
Chris is ready to join his wife. Heโ€™s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadnโ€™t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes heโ€™s just had too much to drink. What she doesnโ€™t expect is to stop a suicide.

As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.

But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buriedโ€ฆ

Our Little SecretOur Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ1/2 Stars
I really wasn’t expecting much when I picked up Our little secret By Darren O’Sullivan, not sure why that was but I got a very pleasant surprise indeed as Our little secret is quite the sparkling gem.
From the moment I started this, I felt such a compulsion to read on, the way its written it gripped me in its Talon’s making me a part of the story from the onset and I was just so motivated to find out the outcome for all involved.
It forged such an emotional connection with me with its flawed but so understandable characters and I found it such addictive reading indeed.
I must admit I did guess quite early on what the twist was but that really didn’t affect my overall enjoyment factor at all.
So Our Little Secret tells the story of the night, Sarah happens across Chris at the train station, setting into motion a chain of events after she unexpectedly saves his life.
In return, Chris himself becomes just as determined to keep Sarah safe from the secrets he holds.
As I said earlier I quickly twigged what was occurring but I still really enjoyed this splendidly told mystery.
So Our little Secret quickly drew me in, the writing was fabulous, it had intrigue and mystery in bundles, was really well thought out with multi dimensional characters, that you believed easily and an overall overcast of doom that really got to you.
So would I recommend this?
Well yeah!! Course I would.
Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan doesn’t overcomplicate things and as a result, it works
It shows the intricacies of human behaviour lying just beneath the surface and the everyday masks we conceal ourselves behind.
It was a fascinating read I really enjoyed.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an arc of Our Little Secret. This is my own unbiased and honest opinion.

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Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Release Date-August 10th 2017
Publisher-Random House UK, Vintage Publishing
Genre- Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-320 pages

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

Here and GoneHere and Gone by Haylen Beck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Oh wow, this was one amazing read and the only reason I have taken half a star away is that I would have preferred a bit more closure in regards to Danny’s story.
I felt so emotionally invested in this poor man’s tragic tale and really wanted some answers for myself as well as for Danny, (a whole lot more than what was provided second hand anyway), it all just felt really abrupt in the way it ended and it felt very unsatisfying and rushed, or maybe that’s just me.
So back to the main event and a story that grabbed you by the throat the instant you open this spellbinding piece of fiction.
So we have Audra Kinney and her two young children Sean and Louise on the road escaping Audra’s wealthy abusive husband Patrick.
Upon being pulled over on a bogus traffic offence, Audra is cuffed and taken to the local backwater police station on trumped-up charges.
The kids are escorted by the deputy too and I quote
“somewhere safe”.
When Audra asks about her kids later, at the station, the answer she receives is
“What Kids?”.
This is where Our story really starts as Audra gets to experience every parent’s worst nightmare.
Two missing children and not a single person who will listen to her because of her past combined with her sheer unbelievable tale.
Audra is banging her head against a brick wall.

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That is until Danny sees her story and recognises similarities to his own.
This was so good and Here And Gone was permanently attached to my hand until the final words were broached.
despite being quite predictable in the direction this was going it really didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment this story brought.
No-one person except maybe the children was completely good or bad, you could find something redeemable in most all of them except perhaps the sheriff, he seemed completely unredeemable with no recoverable qualities at all.
he’s definitely going to hell in a handbasket.

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I think out of the whole book my favourites were Danny and Sean.
Danny, well as I said above needs more closure than what he was awarded in this, maybe even his own book.
Yay I would so be on that,
he was a person who made no apologies for his actions and lived by his own rules, loved the man.
And Sean for an eleven-year-old was quite the fellow, I think shaped by his past he had grown up way faster than his peers.
This made it so much easier for him to step up to the mark in regards to protecting his little sister Louise.
Here and Gone was so rich in diverse interesting characters, each one leaving a big impression on me all in a different kind of way.
So in regards to recommending, this well that’s a big hell yeah from me.
Pick this up, you so won’t regret it this is up there with my favourite reads of this year.
A real heart stopper of a book is Here And Gone.
Thank You to NetGalley, Random House Vintage and Haylen Beck for providing me with an advance reader copy this is my own unbiased honest opinion.

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Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Release Date-July 6th 2017
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-336 pages

Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn’t…

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she’s just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can’t be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn’t the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship…

Don't Close Your EyesDon’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸCaptivating Stars

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So this is the first book I have read by Holly Seddon and what a ride this was.
Thoroughly enjoyed all that is “Don’t close your eyes”
So, in a nutshell, this is the story of twin sisters Robin and Sarah and how events of the past can echo down into the future, poisoning lives and destroying relationships.
When the seeds are planted young it’s easy to see how they can gather momentum, snowballing out of control as time passes.

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Don’t Close your eyes is told in such a way that each chapter gives a sister a voice both in the past and present.
We get to follow along and learn along the way what shapes the girl’s characters and each chapter grabs at you keeping you enthralled, making you want to turn the page for more.

Our Players in this are a diverse bunch, but by reading this we start to comprehend why they behave the way they do, and in some ways even understand, if not condone the choices made
Be prepared to reevaluate what you think you know as things aren’t always what they seem in this family saga.

I’ve been deliberately vague with this review on purpose, it would be so very easy to spoil this for other readers which I so do not want to do, I’ve tried to keep this short and sweet conveying impressions rather than facts.
I will say, Robin and Sarah, as twins may be complete opposites of each other but when the chips are down its family we rely on and turn to, no matter the distance and time transpired it’s our girl’s knee jerk reactions, and this is as it should be.
So this story was a very easy read, it captured me from the start. I found myself reading late into the night desperate to finish and reach its conclusion and when I actually got there, well let’s just say I really didn’t see that coming.

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So if you want a book that is well written and full of family angst and drama, with twists and turns that you didn’t expect then give this a go, it’s a fabulous edition to its genre that I would definitely recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader copy Of Don’t Close Your Eyes.
Also not forgetting the author “Holly Seddon” for sharing such an enthralling piece of fiction it’s greatly appreciated so Thanks to.
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Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Release Date-July 27th 2017
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-384 pages

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret.

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there’s much she didn’t know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again โ€“ until now..

Friend RequestFriend Request by Laura Marshall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Fabulous Stars From Moi

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Friend Request is the first book by Laura Marshall I have read and I would have picked it up sooner if I had realised how much we were going to gel together, So this is a definite thumbs up from moi.
SO Well Well Well,
What an Engrossing read this was.
Such an absolute page turner, as well as the sort of book that makes you think about the bigger picture overall, This society we now live in where we are all connected and live our lives so unthinkingly out there for all and sundry to observe.


All that information on each and every one of us, it’s scary to think what could be done with this and how a faceless somebody behind a computer screen could completely terrorise us anonymously and the absolute irony is that we have exposed OURSELVES.
posting our latest pics for all of BRAGBOOK (as a friend of mine likes to calls it) to admire.
We are all guilty of this including me.
We have in the most case through ourselves or friends, family and acquaintances uploaded all the milestones and important events of our existences for the masses to devour and envy our perfect lives. we can be anyone we want behind a screen.
A perfect mother, wife, daughter or maybe a dead childhood friend!!!
And this is exactly what occurs in Friend Request When Louise Williams receives a request from her dead classmate Maria Weston.
This Book is told in present time and flashbacks and as we read we unravel the coil of secrets that have echoed down through the last twenty-five years still affecting certain individuals existences, even today.
There is also a third narrative interwoven throughout the chapters, a secret one, hinting at the inner workings of someone’s thoughts and feelings, I wasn’t quite sure whos and I found this so very intriguing, constantly trying to guess who this could be.
When it was exposed at the end who this was I was honestly really surprised, Bravo Miss Marshall you had me completely tied in knots.

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So Friend Request is full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, oh so many lies lie between these pages, this was an action packed very easy read.
you so will not be able to stop till you uncover the whole truth.
there was a passage that stood out for me greatly in this.

“One of the school mums is spewing the details of her latest break-up on her page, but she has some of her ex’s mates as Facebook friends and they are weighing in, disputing her version of events, calling her names. I am drawn in, as I used to be years ago when I watched the soaps on TV, but with the added fascination that this is real life or at least something like it. I’m amazed by the extent to which some people live out their lives on here. This woman doesn’t even say hello to me on the rare occasions I see her at the school gate’s, yet I know all the gory intimacies of her love life. “

I myself don’t air my dirty linen, but I know many who do (and I don’t judge) and we are most of us guilty of over exaggerating the perfection of our lives even if just a little.


Friend Request while an engaging piece of fiction is also an insight into how much social media affects our lives, making us examine our own acceptance of it.
Without Social media, the stalking of Louise would not have been possible, she was made accessible and vulnerable by her online presence and on that note, I will leave you.

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The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Release Date-June 13th 2017
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-322 pages


The Marsh King’s Daughter will captivate you from the start and chill you to the bone.

‘I was born two years into my mother’s captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I would have been a lot more understanding of my mother. I wouldn’t have adored my father.’

When the notorious child abductor known as the Marsh King escapes from a maximum security prison, Helena immediately suspects that she and her two young daughters are in danger.

No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena’s past: they don’t know that she was born into captivity, that she had no contact with the outside world before the age of twelve – or that her father raised her to be a killer.

And they don’t know that the Marsh King can survive and hunt in the wilderness better than anyone… except, perhaps his own daughter.

THE MOST THRILLING READ OF THE SUMMER – packed with gripping suspense and powerful storytelling, The Marsh King’s Daughter is a unique one-more-page, read-in-one-sitting thriller that you’ll remember for ever.

The Marsh King's DaughterThe Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arc Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

So Where to start with this review, The Marsh Kings Daughter by Karen Dionne is one of those books where not a lot happens in terms of plotline, this actually doesn’t seem to matter as we spend most of the book looking backwards as this is where the main action lies. This story Immerses you in a past that though horrific, is so deeply ingrained in tradition and culture that it sucks you into the pages fully as we experience through a child’s eyes life on the marsh.
So Basically, Helena is the daughter of the Marsh King Jacob and his abducted bride, who is hardly more than her child herself.
Unaware of her mother’s captivity she is raised on the marsh as her father’s shadow.
eagerly Learning all that he knows.
Despite her father’s sometimes cruel ways Helena adores him.
At the age of twelve upon realising the secret of her birth and her mother’s imprisonment at the hands of her sadistic father and yearning for change Helena manages to escape to civilisation.
But The outside world is a lot different to what she imagined and her grandparents can barely tolerate her presence.
So when she turns eighteen she sets off into the world to forge her own path, cutting herself off from her family and changing her name to escape the notoriety of being the marsh king’s daughter.
This is really where we come in Helena is married with two little girls. The secret of her birth is still hidden, that is until her father escapes from Prison engaging Helena in a deadly game of cat and mouse with her family the prize at stake.
This was such an easy and interesting read, I loved the vivid descriptions and also the ongoing Fairytale of the stories namesake.
The Marsh Kings daughter kept my attention till the end.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free advanced readers copy this is my own personal opinion of the marsh king’s daughter by Karen Dionne.

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