Saturday, 28 November 2020

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair - Joel Dicker

 


Description

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.

Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protégé - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'.

But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.



Review


I'm not sure how I missed reading this book when it came out. I may still not have read it until I saw a really strong recommendation. This is a very long book at 600+ pages so it was a commitment to read it, but I am so glad I did.


I've seen some reviews that don't rate this book at all, and to begin with I was unsure where 600+ pages was going to take me. I'm so, so glad that I stuck with this book as it was unlike anything I have ever read before. The nearest thing I can equate it to is the TV series How To Get Away with Murder as it has a similar way of twisting what you thought you knew and going back and forth over the events of 1975.


I've also read that some people think it's repetitive, that didn't bother me. One thing this does ensure is that you become fully immersed in this book - I can't stop thinking about it now. It's also translated from French and at no point did I ever even think of that - the translation is just superb. 


To me the plot was just genius, something I never expected from the description of the book. There is no way to say much more, as to do so would give something away. If you enjoy Agatha Christie I would say that this is a book you would enjoy also. A little bit like the Mousetrap - a secret you just have to know about to appreciate it and I am so glad someone let me know it was a book I needed to read.


Unusually for me I bought this book as a paperback instead of on kindle. I think it added to the experience and helped me to better see my progress through the pages.



I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel @HALeuschel @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours



I'm so pleased to be on the Book Tour today.

Description

An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood

Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, whose own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationship with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.


Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?


In The Memories We Bury the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.


Review

This book on the surface appears to be a tale of complete domesticity. A young married couple with no close support and a neighbour who longs to be able to be helpful, especially when a baby arrives. For a while I felt nothing untoward was going to happen, and the book was really more about the relationships past and present of the the two women; but then the drama unfolded.

Lizzie has her baby and some things start to appear strange to her, she harks back to her own childhood a lot and her beloved Grandad. As a reader I began to wonder if it wasn't just fatigue from the birth and coping with a baby virtually on her own. Her husband Markus quickly becomes quite frankly a waste of space and no support with the baby. What was he up to when he wasn't around?

I realise looking back that there was a huge clue dropped in by the author early on, I remember reading it twice and thinking it strange, but couldn't understand how it fitted in. To say anymore would ruin the book for you. So I will just say that the tale of domesticity that began the book becomes a phycological minefield and the tension just grew and grew. I think the fact that it was such an ordinary scene of everyday life made it all the more frightening and worrying. 

The writing is so very clever. Towards the end of the book, just when I had begun to decide on my own truth of what had happened, a seed of doubt was sown again. Then the very last line of the book - well - it was just genius, maybe a little dark humour? That last line keeps coming back to me time and time again.

I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Love Books Tours for the ARC to review. 



Author Bio

Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind.


Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists.


She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal. Please find out more about Helene at heleneleuschel.com or on Facebook and Twitter.


http://www.heleneleuschel.com

https://twitter.com/HALeuschel

https://www.facebook.com/HALeuschel

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15337013.H_A_Leuschel



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Friday, 13 November 2020

Be Careful What You Wish For - Vivien Brown

 


Description

Review

This book had two distinct threads to it. One was a seemingly cosy feel plot of two strangers who swop residences with one another. The Londoner goes to the countryside and into a village where she feels out of place. In return the country girl goes to London and experiences a big city for the first time. 

Then begins a rather creepy dialogue interspersed within these two tales. It's of someone who is entering the London property and seems to have a vendetta against the original occupant. 

To me this switching between the two genres felt a little like Jekyll and Hyde, you never knew which one you would end up with when you re-joined the book. Lulled along with the cosy life swop suddenly you would be faced with the ramblings of someone - you know not who - and their obvious dislike of the London actress. It then turned into a bit of a whoisit as you tried to second guess who this intruder is.

A clever twist to the end of the book and the "whoisit" kept me reading until the end. But I was never quite comfortable with the cosy comfort book meets Psycho!

I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. My thanks to netgalley for the ARC to review.

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Forgive Me - Susan Lewis






Description

I can’t forgive myself. Not after what I did.  Could you?

 
This is Claudia Winters’s last chance for a fresh start. Changing her name and leaving her old life behind, she has fled to the small town of Kesterly with her mother and daughter. Here, she hopes they can be safe for the first time in years.

But the past can’t stay hidden forever. And even as Claudia makes new friends and builds a new life, she can’t help feeling it’s all about to catch up with her… Until one disastrous night changes everything forever.

Tense, emotional and gripping, Susan Lewis’s latest novel is a spellbinding story of love, family, and the price of forgiveness.

Review

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book but it certainly wasn't the very emotional story that unfolded before me.  I think the book has a unique storyline that gives food for thought. This is the third Susan Lewis book I have read and her plots are far from formulaic. 

On her second marriage Claudia thought her new husband was a caring man and a step father for her daughter, unfortunately instead it turned out to be a living nightmare. She has a chance for escape and takes it, changing her name and taking both her daughter and her Mother with her to begin a new life.

I really enjoyed reading about Claudia and her new life, but I was on a bit of a knife edge the whole time, expecting her past to catch up with her. I became suspicious of every new person she met and feared she was walking into a trap.

Letters began to be interspersed into the chapters from an unknown author and to an unknown person. It was intriguing - how do they fit into the story? Meanwhile Claudia and her Mother attract new romantic partners - but are they ready to trust anyone again?

Once the author of the letters and the recipient became clear I couldn't put the book down. The letters had a unique voice and felt different to the other voices in the book. How was this all going to end, and what would I do in this situation? As I finished the book the subject stayed with me and the questions I asked myself are still hanging there...

I'm giving this book five out of five stars. My thanks to Random Things Tours, netgalley and HarperCollins publishers for the ARC to review. 

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G:\Publicity\Author Video & Photos\Author photos\Lewis, Susan\USE THESE\TWM_SusanLewis_090818_0011 - FAV FOR BOOK JACKET.JPGSusan Lewis is the internationally bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime, including One Minute Later and Home Truths and My Lies, Your Lies. Susan’s novels have sold nearly three million copies in the UK alone. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s.  


Susan has previously worked as a secretary in news and current affairs before training as a production assistant working on light entertainment and drama. She’s lived in Hollywood and the South of France, but now resides in Gloucestershire with husband James, two stepsons and dogs.