Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ Arc Book Review / No Tomorrow / Carian Cole /

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🐞ARC BOOK REVIEW🐞

Release Date-18th September 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition

 

** I suggest reading blind if you want all the feels! **

The people we love are thieves.
They steal our hearts. They steal our breath.
They steal our sanity.
And we let them.
Over and over and over again.

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They say you never forget your first time. 
Mine was with a homeless musician who effed my brains out under a bridge. 

He was my first love. And fourteen years later, I still can’t get him out of my head. 

He broke all my rules.
He also broke my heart.

I watched him climb to stardom, cheering him on from afar.
But I was never a fan; just a girl in love.

Like a tornado, he spiralled, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.

But love conquers all, right? It has to. Because here I stand, ravaged and ruined, needing it to be true. 

You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart. 

I thought I knew everything about him.
But I could not have been more wrong.

He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting. 
And hoping. 
Again.

 

No Tomorrow

No Tomorrow by Carian Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I don’t even know where to start with this review; my heads in a complete spin analyzing and thinking on the events that have transpired so vividly before my very eyes but one thing I do no from the bottom of my very soul that this for me was probably, in my opinion, the most real and raw story that Carian Cole has ever narrated.
I have read a lot from this author and every book I have ever opened of hers has touched me in some way, shape or form “No Tomorrow” was for me the pinnacle of all these other reads and though I usually stay the hell away from anything to angsty I am so glad I took a chance on this as I felt that melancholy enchantment so starkly experiencing it down to the depths of my very soul.
I honestly think this is one journey that just needs to be experienced in all its messy unapologetic glory.
Going in blind here is probably the best thing you can do.
Just living this pilgrimage of discovery right alongside Blue and Piper, feeling the intensity of sentiment and pure instinct as everything is amplified in this personal expedition of self-worth.
So, This is not a traditional love story it is anything but, what we have here is a stark portrayal of obsession and need.
Messy and sometimes selfish the road to happiness here is paved with heartache and tears.
There no goodies and baddies in this it just is what it is.
A bleak blunt spiral into absolute despair aided along in its ever-forward momentum by a lifelong battle with addiction and mental illness.
I smiled and cried and also felt the depths of despondency right alongside Blue and piper
I was in awe of pipers ability and capacity for caring and forgiveness she was such a strong warrior with the strength and resilience of a woman just in love with her man.
I have to say through my own personal experience with mental illness and addiction that this author was so spot on in her portrayal of the downward spiral and also the mindset of someone dealing with such day to day demons.
Demons that not only affect the individual but also the whole unit of friends and family especially a romantic partner.
That’s what I liked about this the most, there was no unrealistic love cures all this was a process that never goes away but can with time, attention and care be lived with and managed.
It was such a raw honest narrative that I truly appreciated.
And though I felt my heart in my mouth throughout I was also glued to every poignant magical word expressed here so powerfully.
Such an arresting expressive dialogue with a wonderful multi-faceted cast.
And I absolutely adored that epilogue; If I could give this more stars than five I so would, this is a story that’s going to live within my heart for a very long time to come indeed.
Please do yourself a favour and read.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “No Tomorrow” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC-Book Review / A Mother’s Sacrifice / Gemma Metcalfe /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-9th March 2018
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-300 Pages
Publisher-HQ Digital

 

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen.

 

 

A Mother’s SacrificeA Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-9/3/18

A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe was such a great read that I enjoyed so much and once I started I couldn’t put it down.
This is psychological mind games at there best and I was glued till the bitter finale.
So when Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital events start to occur that start Louisa’s psyche unravelling in a dramatic fashion.
But with her previous history of neurosis and paranoia, she finds no one will listen and lack of believers all around.
And as events escalate further Louisa has no idea who she can turn to or either trust.
Even her own husband James doubts her very sanity and her grasp of what’s real and what’s not.
So there was an awful lot going on here and I really don’t want to say too much as Have no desire to let the cat out of the bag and spoil this for others.
So I will try to keep this as vagueish as I can so I don’t give anything away.
So. As the reader here, we are let into the truth straight from the start as Louisa’s POV is intercepted with whoever means her and her family harm.
This is seriously creepy stuff as there is no identity attached to this menacing threat so along with poor Louisa we are left scratching our heads in confusion.
There are a lot of red herrings thrown in here so you do actually feel like you are going round in circles losing your sanity along the way.
we also get a small insight into what has made Louisa the way she is as we get to delve into the past with plenty of shocking revelations to come from that front.
“A Mother’s Sacrifice” also came equipped with a host of diverse interesting secondary players.
Who were each a suspect all in themselves the long-suffering husband James, her friends, Annette and Magda.
I suspected each and every one of them along with poor Louisa.
And when the end game finally revealed itself here, I was still shocked and also suitably awed at this intricately woven tale and how it was all crafted together.
So the only reason for me not giving this the full five stars was that I wasn’t a mega fan of the ending, In my opinion, it sucked big time.
In fact, I think Its safe to say I was a bit pissed at the time.


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That’s why I took away half a star.
But don’t let that put you off that’s just me spitting my dummy out.
This is still a fantastic psychological thriller, I have to say it’s one of the best I’ve read in a while.
Its also set just down the road from me in Chester just loved that this was set in my neck of the woods.
So I was provided with an ARC of “A Mother’s Sacrifice” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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/ ARC-Book Review / Thief (Boston Underworld #5) / A. Zavarelli /

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🦋ARC-BOOK REVIEW🦋

Release Date-23rd February 2018
Genre-Mafia Romance
Kindle Edition

Tanaka

I’m a good girl. 

I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned. 

But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words. 

You belong to me now. 

He’s Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought. 

And what he wanted was me. 

He thinks he controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls you have to watch out for. 

Nikolai

I’m a dangerous man. 

I live by a code. The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her. 

She’s a dancer. A beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favourite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral. 

It’s a shame to destroy precious things.

But this is what bad men do

Thief (Boston Underworld, #5)Thief by A. Zavarelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS
So I have never read anything by this author before, but I will definitely be adding her books to my enormous TBR pile for future reads.
I loved “Thief” so much it dealt with some major issues between its pages that I wasn’t really expecting and I was glued, unable to put it down.
So “Thief” is basically Nikolai Kozlov (Russian mafiya, member of the Vory) and Tanaka (she’s not Russian) story.
In fact, Tanaka is collateral for her father’s debt, a guest in Nikolai’s home until such time as he pays up or she pays with her life.
So Tanaka lives for her ballet she knows she will have to eventually give it up when she marries, an arranged marriage and until that day she is protected by walls and locks and guards a prisoner at the will of her father.
To the outside world a pampered princess.
But appearances can lie and there’s a whole lot more going on here than what can be seen with this criminal princess.
On the night Niko calls in his debt Tanaka’s world implodes as shes dealt a harsh blow, an injury she will struggle to overcome.
Taken with the permission of her father Tanaka finds herself a guest of Niko’s.
Niko of the tattoos and fuck you attitude.
A world totally foreign to what Tanika is used to in her usual small controlled environment.
Shes like a lost soul, really out of her comfort zone and depth here.
There’s also a lot else going on with Tanika that is explored in “Thief” and these things ultimately have left there mark on her.
Niko has no idea why he wants to help but he does.
Going out of his way to try and assist Tanaka.
There’s also a deeper agenda going on here on Nikos part.
And that’s partially why he wants Tanaka so much as everything is connected.
“Thief” is ultimately a dark romance that deals with plenty of uncomfortable situations and themes.
There’s plenty of action in typical mafiya style and also an extreme sense of family, a dysfunctional one maybe but still at heart a family.
I was rooting every step of the way for Tanaka and Niko, even when the deck seemed to be stacked against them I was praying for a happier outcome for the both of them.
The world Thief is set in is so believable I could almost feel the bonding and the blood and violence that ultimately connects this dysfunctional brotherhood.
I’m so looking forward to my next book by this author as this was such an engrossing read, It is one of those stories that digs deep and sticks.
Bravo to the author for such an engaging piece of fiction.`
I received an ARC of “Thief” (Boston Underworld, #5) from the Author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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🦋ARC-Book Review🦋 Promise Me🦋 by Kelly Walker🦋

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🦋ARC-BOOK REVIEW🦋

Release Date-January 23rd 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-560 Pages

Self-professed Harry Potter addict and math genius River Jacobsen can count on one hand the people who matter in her life. Really, it’s just Dean, the boy who loves her despite her odd habit of counting everything around her when she needs to quiet her mind. When Dean promises her forever she never imagines it will be a lie.

After Marine hacker Ian Maclean is mistakenly declared dead by the US government, he’s happy to correct them the moment he escapes captivity. He wants nothing more than to get home to the wife he left behind. Discovering she’s been cheating on him since the moment he deployed wasn’t in the plan. Devastated, he walks away from everything, even his name.

With the futures they were counting on destroyed, Ian and River find themselves starting over. Ian reminds River of things she’d much rather forget, but pushing him away is harder than she expected. Ian wants a second chance at happily ever after, but the more he gets to know River, the more he worries she isn’t trying to figure out how to live again, she’s figuring out how to die.

Promise MePromise Me by Kelly Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS.
So I didn’t realise “Promise Me” by Kelly Walker was from an ongoing series and I think if I had read the others in this series then I would have liked this a lot more.
Saying that in my opinion this can be read as a stand-alone, I just think overall you would be more invested if you had some insight into the world this is actually set in.
For me, I struggled with the first 4o% of this, which I found extremely slow after this mark things did pick up and I raced through the rest.
I Ummed and awwed between a three and four rating, but eventually went with the four as this is so well written and it explored the mental health aspect of things so sensitively and I feel my disconnect came from not being invested in this series because of lack of previous exposure.
“Promise me” basically tells the tale of two emotionally damaged individuals.
River Jacobsen who is hiding and existing after losing the husband she adored and Marine hacker Ian Maclean, who is starting over after being captured and mistakenly declared dead by the government and then returning home to find a cheating spouse.
While just trying to survive life a friendship and later tentative feelings first with Ian and then later with River develop between the two.
But with Rivers emotional issues especially, and Ian knowing she needs real help, well let’s just say it’s not the greatest start to a fledgeling new relationship.
So both River and Ian were extremely likeable characters and as I said previously this is well written and the story flowed well.
“Promise me” also tackled some very big issues that it managed to excel in.
It was refreshing to see the topic of mental illness portrayed and explored so well fictionally.
So, in conclusion, this for me was a good read that I found did have a slow start, but it managed to pick itself up along the way.
So yeh give it a go.
NetGalley provided me with an ARC of Promise Me by Kelly Walker of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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🌻Review Of Villains & Vodka (TOP SHELF #2) By Alta Hensley🌻

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Release Date-5th Dec 2017
Genre-Dark Erotic Romance
Kindle Edition-344 Pages

My life is one long fevered dream, balancing between being killed or killing.
The name Harley Crow is one to be feared.
I am an assassin.
A killer.
The villain.

I own it. I choose this life. Hell, I crave it. I hunger for it. The smell of fear makes me hard and is the very reason the blood runs through my veins.
Until I meet her…

Marlowe Masters.
Her darkness matches my own.
In my twisted world of dancing along the jagged edge of the blade…
She changes everything.
No weapon can protect me from the kind of death she will ultimately deliver.

*Villains & Vodka is a dark billionaire romance. If you don’t like a splash of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a sip of this TOP SHELF cocktail.

Villains & Vodka (TOP SHELF #2)Villains & Vodka by Alta Hensley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟STARS
Villians & Vodka (TOP SHELF #2) By Alta Hensley was the first thing I have read by this author and It was an instant hit for me.
So I am going to start this review by saying I am loving this whole top shelf vibe, very catchy indeed. This series does have some fabulous titles and also what terrific covers are involved, Totally fangirling here.
So villains & Vodka what did I think?
Well, I went in with my expectations so-so and got a pleasant surprise. This was a very entertaining read that explored aspects of the forbidden and Taboos in a very satisfying way.
In this case, That Taboo was Fear Itself.
This story tells the tale of Harley Crow and Marlowe Masters.
(Gotta say totally adoring these names there so swoon-worthy.)
Harley is an Assasin, a hired killer that’s a little Jaded with the job at hand.
Marlowe Is a waitress at spiked Roses (a club Harley is part owner of).
Marlowe watches Harley from afar, totally giving off the stalker-vibe and finally gets her chance to pounce on the latest clubs tasting night.
These evening’s all have a theme and as I said earlier the taste of this theme is Fear.
After signing a contract for the weekend they both retire to Harley’s amazing home on the bayou for fun and games or in Marlowe’s case fun and Fear.
So without giving too much away the weekend is all about Harley getting Marlowe to feel that fear.
It’s something he really gets off on, that scared terrified look.
I must admit I did kind of guess where this was going and I was proved right.
But, that really didn’t spoil this for me and I still found this a good solid fun experience.
This was a rather quick read, everything happening over a weekend and it was also quite insta-love another pet peeve of mine.
But I did find myself mainly overlooking these facts due to the uniqueness of this tale.
this was also quite low angst and there was no OM/OW involved either.
These two do have great chemistry and even though there is only the one heavy session it is very apparent that these two do just get each other.
But for myself, I really would have liked to have seen some more interaction between the pair as I felt I didn’t quite get a full sense of them both. The above are my main reasons for removing a star.
This just needed that extra oomph behind it to push it up a star and it didn’t quite achieve the full house from me.
On last observation from me, I really would have liked Marlowe to leave Harley to stew in his juices a tad longer, what he did was unforgivable and I do feel he got off a bit lightly, just my opinion, but I wish she’d made him squirm more.
Villians & Vodka By Alta Hensley gets a big thumbs up and despite being a relatively quick read it packed a big punch.
I must say I am looking forward to the next instalment I’m quite intrigued with Victor and his doll’s the mind does boggle.
thank you to the author for providing an ARC.
This is my own free and honest opinion.
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Contemporary, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense

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. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’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 buried…

Our Little SecretOur Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟1/2 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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The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

Release Date-July 11th 2017
Publisher-Scribner
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-352 pages

In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

With its brilliant rendering of a shocking kidnapping plot and the secrets some women hold close, Expecting delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.

The Secrets She KeepsThe Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thrilling Stars

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Why have I never read anything by this author before?
I will certainly be checking out Michael Robotham’s back catalogue of fiction in the future, I enjoyed this bucket loads.
This is so how you make a page turning Psychological thriller, it hooked from the start, drawing me in and I was so engrossed in this I finished it in a few hours.
It’s one of those easy reads where you lose track of time, so wrapped up in the story you get.
So The secrets she Keeps is one of those novels that the least you know the better it is so I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible.
The story revolves around two expectant mothers Agatha and Meghan.
These two females are like chalk and cheese, the only thing they have in common are their babies, Agatha watching Meghan from afar living her perfect life with her gorgeous husband and children can’t help both admiring but also envying Meghan’s Picture Postcard lifestyle.
Agatha herself is stacking shelves at an upmarket supermarket while waiting for her baby to arrive.
She then goes home to her little one bedroomed flat where she patiently waits for her absent ex to return her calls.
So As you can see the lifestyles of these two ladies are polar opposites.
When their lives intertwine the fallout is epic with twists and turns that knocked my socks off.
The secrets she keeps has so many layers to it and as this story was slowly revealed to me in stages I loved discovering each and every one of those levels.
It was full of diverse well thought out individuals and we are reminded throughout that what is often portrayed to the outside is only a glamour or mask we use to hide our true selves.
That even the most self-assured person is human under the facade they present and that the grass isn’t always greener.


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We also get to dip our toes into the mires of mental illness and maybe at the same time gain an insight and understanding into what motivates and drives us to behave in a certain fashion.
The characters in this, through flawed with some undesirable traits were also very surprisingly likeable in their humanity.
It’s so much easier to identify with imperfect people.
So that’s it I’m going to leave this here and urge you to take a chance on this excellent thriller, that has action and angst in spades so if you like your fiction gritty with human character’s I am sure you will enjoy The secrets she keeps as much as I did.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an advanced reader copy of the secrets she keeps. This is my own unbiased honest opinion.

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Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Release Date-July 6th 2017
Publisher-Corvus
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

🌟🌟🌟🌟Captivating 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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Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense

Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson

Release date-June 23rd 2017
Publisher-Bookouture
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle edition-350 pages

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

Two SistersTwo Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two Sisters By Kerry Wilkinson is well worth a read.
I would describe this as a psychological mystery but with the added bonus of it dipping its toe into the waters of mental illness and addiction to.
To summarise we have two sisters Megan and Chloe who after the death of their parents in a road accident, journey back to their parents holiday cottage in Whitecliff to stay, supposedly to sort out their affairs and get the cottage in order.
But for Megan, there are different reasons for her return she has received a postcard with the letter Z spelt on it.
years ago the girls older brother Zak went missing at Whitecliff his body never found, Megan the oldest sister is determined to figure out the truth of what has happened to her brother and she will bulldoze down whoever gets in her way.
Now the sisters are an interesting pair, having spent their time at different boarding schools growing up, these two are like chalk and cheese.
We have Chloe the younger of the two nearly seventeen a bit shy, but friendly and open, Chloe doesn’t like to rock the waters and I get the impression she’s a bit of a people pleaser. She’s also a fabulous artist, A vegan and looks like her mother.
Now Megan, by contrast, is the exact polar opposite of her younger sister, she’s prickly, bad tempered, goes out of her way to cause strife and shock in people.
there’s a lot of deep-seated issues that are girl needs to get a handle on she is addicted to prescription drugs which she acquires through dubious means and as if that’s not enough she is also suffering from an eating disorder, which her sister pretends to turn a blind eye too.
So as you can see there is an awful lot going on here.
As the story progresses truths that people want buried come to light, Megan puts herself and sister in extreme danger and some people are so not what they seem in Whitecliff.
Two sisters was definitely a page turner with a flowing easy storyline that sucked you in from the start. I especially appreciated Megan’s issues, this added a whole extra layer to the storyline enriching it greatly. Eating disorders are a subject close to my heart, so it was fascinating to kind of get into the mindset of an individual suffering from this type of mental illness. The addiction storyline was also an extremely fascinating issue, we often see drug taking in novels but prescription drug addiction, even know so prevalent, is not explored so frequently in fiction.
But I have to say my favourite aspect of Two Sisters was seeing the two girls connect together after being virtual strangers growing up, now that was really charming indeed.
So, in conclusion, I found this a Fabulous book and I would definitely recommend this to other readers.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free advance reader copy of Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson. This is my own unbiased opinion of this novel.
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