BREAKDOWN JONATHAN KELLERMAN
Dr. Alex Delaware first meets beautiful and emotionally fragile actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son. Years later, Alex is unexpectedly reunited with Zelda when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. But tragedy strikes and shortly after her release, Zelda is discovered dead in the grounds of a palatial L.A. estate. Having experienced more than enough of the city’s dark side to recognise the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend, LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, for help in finding the perpetrator.
Meanwhile, Alex is caught up in another quest: the search for Zelda’s missing son. And when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighborhood, worry turns to terror.
As Alex struggles to piece together the brief rise and steep fall of a gorgeous, talented actress, he and Milo unveil shattered dreams, the corruption of a family, and a grotesque betrayal of innocence. With each devastating revelation and damming clue, Alex’s brilliant mind is challenged as never before and his determination grows to see a killer caged and the truth set free.
Alex Delaware is a criminal psychologist. Alex works with the police to help solve the most complex of crimes in Los Angeles, city of illusions, glamour and infamy. Psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware has experienced more than enough of L.A..’s dark side to recognise the scent of evil.
OUR SONG DANI ATKINS
He’s the love of her life.
He’s your husband.
One fateful night to decide
their past, present and future.
David has lived life to the full. He fell in love with Ally at university.
Ally walked away from David at the Snowflake Ball nine years ago and tried to forget. She is now married to Joe.
Charlotte fell in love with David at first sight. She has never forgotten Ally and suspects David feels the same.
Joe fixed Ally’s broken heart and built a family for her.
Four lives, interwoven in many more ways than they know.
Over the course of one night, everything will change.
Our song is a moving story.
THE GIRL WHO CAME BACK SUSAN LEWIS
When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years. Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.
Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay.
The question is, what will Jules do, and which of them she or Amelia has the most to fear?
Can you ever escape your past? Nine year old Amelia very sadly had no sense of humour. She didn’t speak much either at least not to her mother. Amelia was a dreadful child. Young Daisy lived at the Mermaid pub that her parents had bought. Strange things start to happen in the Mermaid Inn, there is the ghost of Ruby a little girl who lost her life in a fire in the Mermaid public house. Jules found the news in the late-nineteenth-century edition of the Kesterly Chronicle. Daisy knows how rude Amelia can be as she had been in the Mermaid to play with Daisy. But Daisy gets to hear from her friends, the most horrible stories about what kind of things Amelia Quentin got up to at one of the schools Amelia had been excluded from. Things take a drastic turn as Amelia Quentin is to be charged with murder. But who did she murder and why?
What I like about Susan Lewis is that she brings something different to every book that she writes. Her novels are always full of research. The topics are full of everyday family life, and that Susan never seems to be afraid to tackle issues such as cyberbullying, child abuse, dementia or murder.
BLUE DANIELLE STEEL
A MUST BUY, MUST READ
Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life – until her whole world dissolved on a free way in a single instant. In the aftermath, she somehow pieces her life back together, but struggles to truly find meaning in her existence.
Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident, she meets a boy who will cause her life to change forever yet again. Thirteen-year-old Blue Williams has been living on the streets, rarely attending school, and utterly alone. Ginny reaches out to him, and slowly, their friendship grows. The two form an unusual bond and become the family they each lost.
But just as he is truly beginning to trust her, she learns he has been hiding a shocking secret. Ginny wonders if she can help Blue to feel whole again, and at the same time heal herself.
He had the bluest eyes she’d ever seen, in a sweet, still childish face that gazed at her full of innocence. It felt as though their paths had been meant to cross that night.
Blue is an emotionally gripping story of dark secrets revealed, second chances, and the power of love and courage to overcome life’s greatest challenges.
A must buy, must read. Danielle Steel is one my top favourite writers. I guarantee that this story will touch your heart and keeping you turning the pages. I just loved this story about a homeless boy. Ginny Carter and her husband Mark had a marriage and life that were the envy of their friends and to all that had known them. They had a gorgeous home in Beverly Hills. But very sadly her husband and her son died in a car crash. Ginny has a heart of gold bless her she decided to work for a human rights organization going to places like Africa and Afghanistan, helping women and children that need food, water, medicine or shelter. Becky who is Ginny’s older sister and what I thought was rather sweet is the fact that the two sisters respected and loved each other. Becky and her husband live in Pasadena with their three children and seem to lead an orderly life. Ginny can’t go inside her Beverly Hills house any more and sets up a home in New York. While Ginny is out walking she finds a young boy sleeping rough in a freezing cold shed. Even though Ginny doesn’t know any thing about this young boy she is so kind-hearted that Ginny holds her hand out and lets thirteen-year-old Blue Williams come to sleep at her place in the nice and warm. Happiness can be found in the most unexpected places.
LESSER EVILS JOE FLANAGAN
Published 17th March 2016 Europa Editions
The desk sergeant looked down at the police blotter, a sinister little narrative of a brief span of time in a small seacoast community. The hidden life, the appetites and delusions that seem more tragic because of the postcard setting. He ran his fingers over the previous night’s entries a violent husband on Willow Street, an elderly woman struck by a car on Route 149, a six-year-old boy gone missing in Truro.
The two men rode in a cab of a backhoe, navigating the bottom of a long mesa of compacted trash at the town dump. From among the cardboard and paper and cans and broken glass of the dump, a whitish object was visible, unmistakably a hand. They got down and stepped over the garbage for a better look.
Oh my God
Forces you to put your life on hold until you reach the last page.
Recommend this stylish novel to anyone weary of the same old stuff, specifically to those who love a display of language used at optimum power.
Cape Cod, 1957. When the body of a child is found floating in the reeds, the backwater town of Hyannis reveals itself to be anything but sleepy. Lieutenant Bill Warren has to wade into a world murder and intrigue where nothing is as it seems and it’s hard to know who you can trust.
Highly recommended by fellow crime authors Gene Kerrigan and Stav Sherez, Joe Flanagan’s deftly plotted, complex noir feels nothing like a debut novel.
BLACK WIDOW CHRIS BROOKMYRE
Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing.
Then she meets Peter. He’s kind, generous, and knows nothing about her past: the second chance she’s been waiting for.Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance.
But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairy-tales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow.
Black Widow deals with contemporary gender issues such as sexism on forums, public shaming, revenge porn and trolling. Diana Jager is a successful skilled surgeon. She had kept her own identity a secret doing a Sexism in Surgery blog that was about Sexism in hospitals generally. Diana ended up marrying Peter a shy IT Tech. But the marriage was not the fairytale that everyone seemed to think. There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Six months later after Diana and her husband were married Peter was dead. Peter’s car was found submerged in the river, but divers hadn’t been able to find Peter. Dr Diana Jager was a woman who it was unwise never to turn your back on her. And if you ever did, you should worry. Did Peter her husband have any secrets himself? And if so what would Diana be capable of doing about it? Jack Parlabane a freelance journalist looks into things a bit more closer to see if everything about this tragedy of Peter’s death is quite what it appears to be on the surface.
This was my first book that I have read by Chris Brookmyre, and enjoyed it tremendously.