Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Darkest Place

 Darkest Place

Jaye Ford

Reviewed by Helen

Wow this is a physiological thriller that will keep readers turning the pages, twists and turns had me wondering right till the end, the very suspenseful end, I really felt for Carly she has been through so much and then to have this happen it is enough to send anyone around the twist, I do hope you pick this one up it is a great read.

Carly Townsend has spent the last thirteen years thinking about all that has happened to her but now it is time to start fresh a new Carly, move where no one knows her and start over again. She has bought a beautiful apartment in and old renovated warehouse building, started a course at Tafe and is feeling good, that is until three days after moving in she wakes to find a man standing over her bed.

Carly calls the police and after a search they find that there is no way anyone has come in but when it happens a week later and this time he is touching her, when the police arrive and again find nothing after a third time the police tell Carly that she will be charged with mischief if she calls them again. What is happening to her is she going mad after talking to a physiologist he suggests a sleeping disorder and to try sleeping pills.

Carly is making friends with her new neighbours but still she is waking with such terror with a man in her apartment, she has changed the locks put chains on, can it really be a terrible nightmare, Carly decides that she is strong and is going to get to the bottom of this even if it is the last thing she does and with help from her neighbour Nate who she is forming a relationship with she unravels the mystery in a suspense filled story that had me on the edge of my seat and gasping for breath.

This is a fabulous story one that I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a lot of suspense and lots of twists and turns and a fabulous strong heroine, Carly was so good she showed courage beyond courage to do what she did and I really loved Nate as well such a supportive hero.

My thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.

4 stars
Published October 20th 2021 (first published February 1st 2016)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Apples Never Fall

 Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Helen

This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I was really looking forward to it, I thought the story line was a great one a family saga that takes in a family of six who are all very different which is the way it normally is, families have their ups and downs but it seems that the Delaney family had a lot that was one day going to cause a lot of problems, especially when a stranger knocks on the door of retired tennis coaches Stan and Joy.

The Delaney’s have been married nearly fifty years and have retired from running their Tennis School, they are very popular amongst the community people are envious of the love they shared, top notch on a tennis court even at seventy and sixty nine years of age and retirement should be thoroughly enjoyable years but somehow it is not what Joy thought it would be.

There are four Delaney children Amy, Logan, Troy and Brooke all were very good at tennis growing up as you would expect with the parents they had but all have chosen different paths in life and they also have lots of ups and downs but Joy is hopefully going to get grandchildren.

One cool night a strange young woman knocks on their door, it is late and she is injured and Joy and Stan are more than happy to help and soon Savannah has wormed her way into the family, but does she have a secret agenda or is she really as needy as she claims.

All four Delaney children are not at all happy with the Savannah living with their parents even though she is doing a lot for them and their relationship with their parents becomes a little strained and when Joy goes missing, Savannah is gone as well and things are not looking good for Stan, and his kids are divided on their thoughts as to what happened.

This story takes in a lot about families, their different personalities, their happiness and sadness, all the emotions that make a family and the way they all cope together and the pressure to do the best you can in life when the push to do that can come close to child abuse. I sadly found it very slow especially in the beginning of the story, there are so many characters to get to know, but it is also a story that compelled me to keep reading because I needed to know what happened.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review

3 stars
Published September 14th 2021 by Macmillan Australia

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Liar Next Door

 The Liar Next Door

Nicola Marsh

Reviewed by Helen

This book had me thinking, re-thinking and re-thinking again, it is a compelling read that I found hard to put down three woman, neighbours drawn together through lies and secrets that ends in a shocking twist that had me on the edge of my seat, a must read, one to get the mind moving in this domestic thriller suspense.

Frankie Forbes, married to Andre they have one daughter five year old Luna, Frankie is a popular lifestyle vlogger always looks great everything seems to be perfect in their family, or is it? They love living in this close knit community surrounding the garden.

Saylor, married to Lloyd for nine months and five months pregnant with their first child, they have just moved there and seem eager to meet the neighbours and this starts with a gender revel party in the garden, but is all as it seems for this couple?

Celeste newly arrived in the neighbourhood, single mother with a five year old daughter Violette she is very keen to become friends with Frankie and for their daughters to become the best of friends, she seems very helpful and maybe over-friendly are there other motives involved?

These three woman have a lot going on in their lives, minds, are they linked in some sort of way or has fate bought them together? You really need to pick this one up there are so many twists and turns I truly had no idea what was going on but the pull to keep reading and find out was something that was hard to ignore, even when I had to put it down my mind was thinking about Frankie, Saylor and Celeste.

This is a fabulous book that I highly recommend, Nicola Marsh has pulled this story together so well, I loved how everything slowly pulled together bit by bit, lie by lie and the secrets, thank you MS Marsh for another unputdownable read.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy to read.

5 stars
Expected publication: August 23rd 2021 by Bookouture

Friday, June 25, 2021

My Sister's Husband

 My Sister's Husband

Nicola Marsh

Reviewed by Helen

WOW what a story, sisters, secrets, lies and suspense, this one had me turning the pages and even when I had to put it down it wouldn’t go away my thoughts were still with the characters in this story, getting to know Alice, Diana, Brooke and Freya was a compelling journey.

Brooke and Freya have been bought up by their Aunt Alice along with their cousin Lizzie since they were very young since their parents Diana and Cam are killed in a car accident. Alice is always there for them all equally and she shows lots of love, but it has not always easy for Alice she has become a mum to three children under three years old at twenty three but she does the best she can with the secrets she keeps.

In their teenage years tragedy strikes and Brooke leaves their home town determined to never return, she moves a lot but always feels lost somehow, but when she gets an invitation to her sister’s wedding and an email from her cousin to say that her aunt is not well Brooke decides it is time to return. What she returns to will have her thinking hard and doing her best to open up secrets from the past.

This is a page turner, one that was hard to put down, one that I would highly recommend, I don’t want to say too much more just that there are lots of twists and turns in this psychological thriller about families sisters more so, a must read I do enjoy Nicola Marsh’s stories and this one is fabulous I loved it.

5 stars

Published October 27th 2020 by Bookouture

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What I Did For Love by Mickey J Corrigan

Reviewed by Nas Dean

WHAT I DID FOR LOVE by author Mickey J Corrigan is an October 2019 release.

A College lecturer, Catherine falls in love or lust with one of her student but she takes it further. Then she meets his father-who is a rich widower. And she gets engaged then marries him. All the while being in love with the son.

But unknown to her, she is the one being played here. Some con games are going on about which she has no knowledge.

WHAT I DID FOR LOVE is well-written story. It's a suspenseful story with some mystery elements. It's edgy and hot.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Primal Instinct

Primal Instinct

Instinct #1

Janie Crouch

Primal Instinct by Janie Crouch

Reviewed by Helen
This is the first Harlequin Intrigue and the first book by this author that I have read and there will be more, wow what a story I loved it, the tension, the suspense and the spark that is so strong between the very vulnerable heroine Adrienne Jeffries who has a gift that is good and bad for her and the hero FBI agent Conner Perigo who starts of very sceptical when they first meet, loved seeing him change his opinion.

Adrienne has worked for the FBI before as a profiler but ended that job eight years before but now there is a serial killer loose on the streets of San Francisco and the FBI need her help again and when Conner and his partner Seth arrive at her horse farm she is given a proposition that she cannot refuse. But her skills are not working all the time and the reason will push Conner and her together head first into a very loving relationship.

Conner is drawn to Adrienne from their first meeting but it takes a bit to convince him that she will be any help in capturing the serial killer Simon Says and that pull between them grows stronger as he sees from a distant what her skills do to her and the strength she shows, and when the killer goes after Adrienne well Conner’s love comes to the surface in such a beautiful way.

This really is a story not to be missed and I am looking forward to the next book in the series MS Crouch has bought to life a murderer and the strong people that go after him their personalities are caring loving and I felt very close to them all. Thank you MS Crouch for a fabulous story I loved it.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published March 18th 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Havana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Reviewed by Desere

First time read from this author for me, from the plot description it looked to be a promising action adventure set in the Caribbean.  It almost, almost made my top list, but there was some lacking in the actual action, the plot promised.

The read tells of Dirk Pitt , while investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States , Dirk becomes involved in something more dangerous, a post - Castro power struggle for control of Cuba.  Meanwhile his children are on a treasure seeking adventure of their own, they are chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure. Their adventure leads them to Cuba, and squarely in harm's way. Father, son and daughter have faced some desperate adventures before but this time it seems to be dire.

As I said the action was there but did not quite hit the BOOM mark I am use to finding in action adventure , treasure seeking reads. It peek through and before it actually takes full growth it fades out and the next part of the story kind of just drag onward to the next almost action part.

Aside from the lack of action the book is fascinating , it's a good typical plot that certainly is entertaining , I mean it's not everyday you get to read about a missing stone that holds the clue to a treasure unlike ever seen before, oh okay maybe the treasure of King Tut comes close, but this books describes the treasure , or rather the author tries to make it sound far greater than the treasure of King Tut.

And then there is the mystery of the toxic waters, now that little getting all scientific part was fun to read!  I recommend this read for fans looking for some low key action adventure and for those who love to solve a mystery.

4.5 star review

" The Caribbean is meant to be magical , but what really lies beneath it's waters?"

Copy provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for a honest review