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DON’T STAND SO CLOSE LUANA LEWIS

9780593072301DON’T STAND SO CLOSE BY LUANA LEWIS

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LET IN…

Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.

But the night Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her.

What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for help?

If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone?

What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave?

What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?

MY REVIEW

I was drawn to this novel Don’t Stand So Close by this creepy looking girl with big blue eyes on the front cover and the creepy outline of this story.

Stella lets the girl into her home. The girl tells Stella some terrible lies and keeps changing her story of lies. Now Stella is unsure what to believe from this girl.
The scene of events that take place in Stella and her husband’s house are beginning to turn very ugly, with this girl who is still in their house.
Readers will not be able to close this novel until the truth has been discovered as to why this girl with the frightened big blue eyes has appeared at Stella’s and her husband front door.
A thrilling tense, unsettling novel . One creepy novel not to be missed.

WHO ARE YOU? ELIZABETH FORBES

9781908122735WHO ARE YOU? BY ELIZABETH FORBES

Alex, a career office in an elite regiment, returns from Afghanistan a changed man. He has left the Army behind and is attempting to forge civilian career as a security advisor. His wife, Juliet, is delighted. She, Alex and their son, Ben, now live in a well-appointed house in a leafy London suburb.

But all is not well. Juliet’s research on the internet suggests that Alex  is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] but pride means that he will not seek  professional help.

Finding solace in web forums, Juliet is offered the use of a cottage and is urged to remove Ben to a place of safety. After a lot of secretive planning Juliet and Ben escape the tyranny of their home with the hope of starting afresh.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE STORY

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU ALEX?
Juliet knows that Alex had suffered physical abuse at school and inflicting harm in Afghanistan which has led him to developing PTSD.
After Alex has returned home a changed a man.
 Juliet begins to fear for her life as Alex has tried to strangle her in their bed during the night.
Alex becomes Increasingly unsettled putting Juliet through the most horrifying ordeal, one that makes Juliet determined to leave Alex.
Twisted Alex does not see that he has done anything wrong all he sees is that Juliet is a useless woman and infuriating. 
Elizabeth Forbes knows how to write novels after novels that make your stomach jump. I have read and reviewed Nearest Thing To crazy wrote by Elizabeth Forbes, which was absolutely spectacular frightening and that book led me to wanting to read more by Elizabeth Forbes, so I decided to read Who Are You. I just can not wait for Elizabeth Forbes to publish her next novel. 

THE ROSIE EFFECT GRAEME SIMSION

manual_9780718179472THE ROSIE EFFECT BY GRAEME SIMSION

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it’s not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it’s time to embark on a new project.

As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him in trouble. To make matters worse, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly the best model for martial happiness. As Don’s life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable, he needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as practical expertise.

There were five principal reasons why my relationship with Rosie encountered difficulties after our marriage and relocation from Australia to New York. In ascending order of importance they were…

1. The dislocation for non-native of the USA, there is frequent opportunity for confusion, social errors and arrest by the police. In addition to my existing heightened risk of all these.

2. The consequences of residing in an appartement used by a rock star to refrigerate his beer.

3. The presence of my best friend Gene, who, after being rejected by his wife due to serial infidelity, had moved into our appartement at my invitation. Rosie has numerous objections to Gene.

4.The need to convince Lydia the social worker who had been appointed to evaluate me after a misunderstanding with the police that I was suitable for continued residence in the US and for the duties required by (5) ( below )

5. Rosie’s hormonally induced irrational behaviour and my own meltdown due to an unplanned pregnancy. 

MY REVIEW

Unfortunately  I never read the Rosie Project, however I did not realize that there was going to be a second book released as The Rosie Effect.

I was surprised that I found The Rosie Effect very easy to read and to follow with being quite quirky.

Don and Rosie had a wedding ceremony in a church in Australia, with Rosie wearing an extraordinary white wedding dress and veil.
It appears that Don and Rosie encountered difficulties after their marriage and relocation from Australia to New York.
Just after ten days of marriage Don was still adapting to him and his wife now being a couple.
As Rosie cheerfully announces a big surprise for her husband that she is pregnant,unfortunately that is mega unexpected news for Don to digest and struggles to process Rosie’s statement.
What made me laugh in The Rosie Effect was the way in which Don makes a mental list of the problems that accumulated for one reason or another.
What made me laugh even more was that Don even took a day of work to concentrate on making a list for the Baby Project.

EENY MEENY M. J. ARLIDGE

9781405914871EENY MEENY BY M. J. ARLIDGE

At first, nobody believed her.

The girl emerged from the woods. traumatized and emaciated, close to death, but alive. Her story seemed too terrible to be true. But it was. Every dreadful word of it.

For DI Helen Grace there is now an unseen killer to be haunted down.  And it may be the survivors living calling card who hold the key to the case.

Haunted by the past, Grace has found unconventional ways to face down her own demons in her rise to the top.  Now though, there’s a new monster to confront. And unless she succeeds, more innocent will die.

MY REVIEW

EENY MEENY is very fasted pasted, laden with a very tense atmosphere. EENY MEEN is a heart pulsing cracking crime thriller. All readers that like reading crime thrillers will love EENY MEENY.

It is horrific that Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then forced to make a terrible choice.

 DI Helen Grace will not stop at any thing she wants the killer to haunted down.

Sam and Amy hitch a lift back home from a gig in London. They thought their luck was in as a van pulled over. But drastically it appears the next thing Amy knew her head was pounding hard and all she could see was that she was in a cold dark space.

She could work out that she was in a disused derelict diving pool. Amy’s phone began to bleep as she connected to the call she begs for mercy, but if Amy wants freedom she is told find the gun on the floor with one bullet in. If you want freedom you must kill Sam or herself. For Amy and Sam it seems escape is not an option.

I hope that many readers will enjoy EENY MEENY as much as I have.

 

FRIENDSHIP EMILY GOULD

9780349004396FRIENDSHIP BY EMILY GOULD

Bev Tunney and Amy Schein are best friends, but now, at thirty, they have reached a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would barely have passed muster in her mid-twenties tempting, living in a shared house, drowning in debt.  Amy is a fiercely charismatic Brooklyn media darling still riding the tailwinds of early success, but reality is catching up with her – her job, her lease and her relationship are on the brink of collapse. And now Bev is unexpectedly pregnant.

As Amy and Bev are dragged into genuine adulthood, they are forced to contemplate the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart. They want to help each other, but can’t help themselves, want to make good decisions, but full prey to their worst impulses.  An encounter with an accomplished older woman, Sally, throws their problems into sharp relief.

Emily Gould recreates with wit and insight the New York I know a place full of fame and money that’s not yours, where friends become family, and life’s big questions stay unanswered for a long time. Emily Gould’s dazzling novel traces the evolution of a friendship with wry sympathy, refreshing honesty and humour.

 A little about the story

Bev and Amy are best friends.
Bev Tunney has broken up with her boyfriend and now has moved back to New York and to make matters worse for Bev she has had too many jobs.Bev sets of for an interview for a new job telling her life story to the iterviewer.
Bev did have a good job working in a publishing house, but left to move to Madison to be with her boyfriend as he was going to law school. While Bev was living in Madison she took a job in a wine bar. When she moved back to New York she took a job at a literary agency. Then she quit working at the literary agency to graduate school. Then decided that the graduate school was not for her then left that and now seeking work. Phew!
Amy Schein initally had a job at Yidster just for three months, but three years on she didn’t no longer see her job as temporary.


HAVING IT ALL MAEVE HARAN

9781447260943HAVING IT ALL BY MAEVE HARAN

Liz Ward has always believed you can have it all career, marriage, children. So when she’s offered one of the biggest jobs in television, she jumps at it. But she hasn’t counted on the boss from hell, a rival who gleefully points out the baby sick on Liz’s sharp suit, or a best friend who turns out to be a snake in the grass where Liz’s handsome husband is concerned.

And when her son starts washing his hands ten times a day at nursery school, Liz starts to wonder. Should it be her rather than the nanny sitting on the rug in the garden with the children? So Liz decides she will have it all on her own terms. But Liz’s decision has a far greater impact on family and friends than she expects, shattering the myth they all live by.

You work and miss your children. You stay at home and wonder if you’re missing out.

Having It All by Maeve Haran is my favourite book by her filled with boardroom tension. It will make you laugh and touches a sensitive chord.

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES MAEVE HARAN

9781447253891THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES BY MAEVE HARAN

Each month best friends Claudia, Sal, Ella and Laura meet for drinks, celebrating over forty years of friendship. They know each other inside out. Their ambitions, careers, husbands lovers, children, hopes, fears, the path taken and not taken.

Sal had spent a lifetime building a career as a magazine editor but she hadn’t banked on a nasty surprise from the one area of her life over which she had no control.

Claudia loved her urban existence the thought of the country sent shivers down her spine. But, as many women will know, other people’s needs always seem to come first.

Ella  is ready to try something different. But she hadn’t bargained on quite such radical change.

Laura succumbed to the oldest cliché in the book. But it didn’t  make it any easier to accept.

Outside of the supportive world of their friendships, they find their lives are far from what they expected the generation that wanted to change the world didn’t bargain on getting old.

My review

I think that women of an older generation may like reading this book better than a very young 20 something. Although these woman seem like very young  women and not at the age of 60.

A little about the story

Haven’t you heard? Sixty is the new forty.
Claudia, Sal, Ella and Laura are all now sixty. The four had been friends since their first day at university and now get together each month for drinks to celebrate 45-years of friendship.Claudia had dedicated her profession to teaching french practically since they left university.
Claudia now gets the feeling that she don’t want to work forever as she now feels that she is out of tune with the technology, now a younger teacher gets her favourite year group to learn slang on you tube.
Sal gives every appearance of being the career woman working as a magazine editor with freebies to exotic spas and the London fashion week.
Ella loved both of her daughters and her grandchildren, she liked to give them money. She even gave them a sum of money to help them buy their own home.
Laura was filling in her diary when she remembered their anniversary was fast approaching.It is not about counting the years that matters, it is what you do with them that counts.





 

 

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