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IN THE NAME OF LOVE PATRICK SMITH

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IN THE NAME OF LOVE PATRICK SMITH

A young woman is brutally murdered on an island near Stockholm.  Suspicion falls first on a family of Iraqi refugees, initially welcomed into the community but gradually feared and shunned. But then, as the victim’s story begins to unfold, suspicion begins inexorably to fall elsewhere. 
Lena Sundman was rude, dysfunctional, and very young. Everything a reserved man like Dan Byrne disliked. Taking refuge on the island after the sudden death of his wife, Dan finds himself strangely drawn to the troubled girl, starting from the moment he reluctantly rescues her in the teeth of a gathering snowstorm. 
This is a taut, elegantly chilling drama.
 
The author Patrick Smith was born in Ireland and has spent most of his life as a translator in Sweden and, having published novels and short stories in Swedish, began his first novel in English at the age of seventy.
Published by head of zeus.
 

 

AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS JULIA PIERPONT

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AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS JULIA PIERPONT

Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain. His wife Deb, a failed dancer,left the profession to have their two children. Deb knows Jack’s weakness his ability to manipulate, his wandering eye. But he chosen to ignore them. Only now she can’t.
 
A cardboard box arrives in the mail containing hundreds of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her eleven-year-old daughter’s
Dear Deborah,
Do you go by Deborah? It sounds so uptight.I bet you hate Debbie. I hate Debbie too.Jack calls you Deb. This is a letter about Jack.
About the author Julia Pierpont she is working on book two. It still plays with time, but in a different way.

 

BLACK CAIRN POINT CLARE McFALL

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BLACK CAIRN POINT CLAIRE McFALL

TWO SURVIVORS, ONE TERRIBLE TRUTH

Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she’s desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge. 
One year later Heather knows that she was very lucky to escape Black Cairn Point but she is still waiting for Dougie to wake from his coma. If he doesn’t, how will she prove her sanity, and her innocence? 
MY REVIEW
I can not believe how good Black Cairn Point is.  Full marks to Claire McFall for playing with a few different  ranges between styles to this creepy story.
 A group of friends all agree to go to Black Cairn Point for a camping holiday. While they are at the camping site they disturb a pagan burial site above the beach. Heather becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit.
Along the way the characters are captured in various different ways. Martin Robertson was the first of the group that just disappeared. Darren Gibson vanished from the cove when he was collecting firewood with Emma.  After Darren’s disappearance Emma Collins had strange behaviour and then later she disappeared. The only two that are left in the group are Dougie and Hannah. Chaos is unleashed as Dougie disappears right in front of Hannah, but she can not save him.
Hannah is taken to Dr Petersen facility by court order where she is locked in an isolated room.  Hannah wants everyone to know that a supernatural creature from hell took all her friends. But Dr Petersen wants to know what really happened. How did everyone disappear? It seemed like her family and Dr Petersen was calling her insane, crazy or a murderer. Then Hannah finds out that Dougie was in a coma in hospital.
The questioned I asked myself is she really insane or a murderer? The story creates a delicious stir. I was eager to find out if everything that happened really did happen or was there really more to Hannah.
Will Dougie be out of his coma before Hannah is due to go to court again for a second trail? And could he save her from being sent to jail.?
A super buy. Black Cairn Point leaves you stunned and addicted with a great mixture of friendship, supernatural combined with a chilling atmospheric thriller.

 

AS BLACK AS EBONY SALLA SIMUKKA

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AS BLACK AS EBONY SALLA SIMUKKA

Lumikki has a new boyfriend – easygoing, gorgeous Sampsa – but she is unfaithful in her dreams, longing for the electrifying touch of her ex, Blaze.

 

Then the threats start arriving, from someone who seems to know Lumikki intimately. Sharing her fears risks deadly consequences; now she is more alone than ever.

 

When Blaze suddenly reappears, Lumikki is torn. She can’t deny the chemistry between them, but can she trust him? To stop the killer, Lumikki must uncover a dark secret that has haunted her family for years.

 

AS BLACK AS EBONY is the final dramatic chapter in the thrilling, contemporary ‘Snow White’ trilogy.

Translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman.

Published by Hot Key

My review

Salla Simukka has wove her magic throughout As Black As Ebony. The story starts with sleet in early December. Lumikki has a new easy-going boyfriend Sampsa with an easy-going family. But Lumikki still dreams about her ex boyfriend Blaze. Some crazy stalker is carrying out some dark work of their own by sending Lumikki cruel notes that are simply signed Your admirer, your Shadow. Could she really have a stalker who is prepared to kill? I love how this story is so simple to follow that has love, chemistry, secrets and a thriller sequence through out.  I highly recommend  As  Black As Ebony  it is destined to be a big sensation with not only for young adults but all readers in general.

 

 

A VERY BIG HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY CLAIRE SANDY

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A Very Big House in the Country Claire Sandy

 One house. Three families. What can possibly go wrong?

‘Holidays are about surviving the gaps between one meal and another.’

 

For one long hot summer in Devon, three families are sharing one very big house in the country. The Herreras: made up of two tired parents, three grumbling children and one promiscuous dog; the Littles: he’s loaded (despite two divorces and five kids), she’s gorgeous, but maybe the equation for a truly happy marriage is a bit more complicated than that; and the Browns, who seem oddly jumpy around people, but especially each other.

By the pool, new friendships blossom; at the aga door, resentments begin to simmer. Secret crushes are formed and secret cigarettes cadged by the teens, as the adults loosen their inhibitions with litres of white wine and start to get perhaps a little too honest …

 

Mother hen to all, Evie Herreras has a life-changing announcement to make, one that could rock the foundations of her family. But will someone else beat her to it?

MY REVIEW

Holidays are all about finding someone to look after cat and the gerbils and the fish. The next step is to pack your suitcase and think nothing else but the fact you are going on holiday to relax and have a good time with all the family. We all rely on the good old satnav for directions. What we do not expect is too get lost at the eleventh hour. I have not read a book that has so much humour packed on every page.  I could just imagine the setting for the Wellcome Manor in Devon with its pool. I loved all the characters with things that went on while they were all on holiday.  But with three families sharing one very big house in the country and wine flowing it does have big complicated matters ahead for some of them.

Published by panmacmillan

 

 

THE SPIDER IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM NIKKI OWEN

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THE SPIDER IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM NIKKI OWEN

A MUST BUY MUST READ

WHAT TO  BELIEVE   
WHO TO BETRAY
WHEN TO RUN.  
Plastic surgeon Dr Maria Martinez has Asperger’s. Convicted of killing a priest, she is alone, in prison and has no memory of the murder. 
DNA evidence places Maria at the scene of the crime, yet she claims she’s innocent. Then she starts to remember…
A strange room. Strange people. Being watched.As Maria gets closer to the truth she is drawn into a web of international intrigue and must fight not only to clear her name but to remain alive.
As addictive as the Bourne novels, with a protagonist as original as The Bridge’s Saga Norén.

MY REVIEW
PART ONE OF THE PROJECT TRILOGY
Plastic surgeon Dr Maria Martinez from Salamanca Spain has Asperger’s. She is convicted of killing a priest  that she no memory of doing. While she is in Goldmouth prison Maria has to go through therapy. One of the most crucial tasks that Kurt tells Dr Maria is that the therapy is supposed to help you understand yourself, to feel better. Kurt wants to find out what Maria really remembers.
What kept me reading was the curiosity of the story did Dr Maria Martinez really kill a the priest Father O’Donnell?  And if she did how and why? While Maria Martinez is in prison she has therapy where she tells Kurt some dangerous secrets. But if Dr Maria Martinez was not telling the truth to Kurt about her family and about Father Reznik a family priest then her problems would seem to be high-class ones.
The big question I asked myself through out this gripping story is who do I really believe?
At times this story was overwhelming with what Maria has gone through in life. There were times I couldn’t help myself feel so sorry for her.
Just as you think you may know how the story may end it becomes more and more twisted. The Spider in the Corner of the Room is a novel that is fresh clever and dark thriller that grips you from page one and doesn’t let go.
This is a must buy must read.

 

OUR HAPPY TIME GONG JI-YOUNG

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OUR HAPPY TIME GONG JI-YOUNG

Already a wildly popular bestseller in South Korea, this gripping and passionate debut novel is a death row love story of crime, punishment, and forgiveness—vividly told by the exquisitely talented Gong Ji-young.  Yu-Jung, beautiful, wealthy, and bright, is lying in her hospital bed, recovering from her third suicide attempt, when she receives a life-changing visit. Her no-nonsense aunt, a nun, appears by her side and suggests Yu-Jung accompany her on a charitable visit to death row. At her lowest ebb, Yu-Jung is resistant. But something compels her to go to the prison. There she meets Yun-Soo, a convicted murderer who will soon be put to death. Though she is repulsed by his crimes, something about the depth of his suffering strikes a chord in her. Shaken by their encounter, she returns to visit him the next week. And the next…  Through their weekly, hour-long meetings, Yu-Jung and Yun-Soo slowly reveal to each other the dark secrets of their pasts and the hidden traumas that have shaped their lives. In doing so they form a deep, unbreakable bond, helping one another overcome their demons. But Yun-Soo’s hands are always in cuffs, the prison officers are always in the background, and they can never lose sight of the fact that their happy time together is tragically brief.
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