Four strangers are missing. Left at their last known locations are birthday cards that read …
YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME. DARE TO PLAY?
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.
As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered. Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.
But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?
I was hooked on this book the moment I saw the cover. It’s pretty awesome. It draws you in straight away and you have to know what it is about… then you read the synopsis and really how can that not draw you in even more .. I mean come on .. what an idea.
Granted this copy was an ARC and the author can not be held for this .. but the ebook formatting for this book was a little poor but aside from that fact the book was a very good read. It did start off a little confusing, but that feeling didn’t last long. I absolutely loved that their were two stories running simultaneously.
This book soon became a book you could not put down. It is not your normal kind of missing person case because nobody has been taken against their own will, which is what makes the book so fantastic.
There was a huge emphasis on social media in this book which I love, we are all addicted to social media and many of us can not live a full day without checking up on Facebook or twitter so I do feel this is always an important aspect to have in a book as it makes it more realistic.
If you don’t mind reading a fast paced mystery which has its fair share of slow paced parts. I would definitely recommend this book to you.
As one life ends…. Louise Lovett’s death was a tragedy. But questions still swirl about exactly what happened to Louise that day. Did she fall or was she pushed?
A new life starts… Helen Matthews’ donor heart saves her life. But as her new life beats inside her, Helen feels the pull of its previous owner – despite what everyone is telling her, Helen is certain she has one final message to pass on.
And a dark obsession begins… as the lives of Helen and Louise become ever more entangled, Helen obsession gets increasingly out of control. And the fragile new life she has built begins to fall apart.
Well … what a surprising band enthralling story this was… I didn’t really take to Louise at the beginning of the book, I didn’t really like how she acted and felt .. I guess I just couldn’t connect with her at all ..
Helen however I connected to straight away, she did come across as an older lady to me until she stated her age and then I felt a little silly and embarrassed… kind of like how a shopkeeper may feel when they ask someone for ID that is more than old enough but looks younger.. I loved how connected Helen felt to the owner of her new heart and I loved the sixth sense she had … I do have a little myself but nothing like her.
This book most certainly lives up to its tag and is most certainly a thrilling and mysterious read.
No matter how far you run …. He’s never far behind.
Lisa needs to disappear. And her friends rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town and no one there knows her or her little boy Joe.
But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realises that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.
Why secret has Rowan Isles House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years.
And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her.
The story follows to two girls at two different times in their lives and each part of the story is as gripping as the next..
Lisa is a young mum who has escaped her husband and flee’d to another part of the country with her son to keep away from him ….. or so we are made to believe!
Lisa was a likeable character from the offset. I really felt for her, she had upped and moved her life with her son and one bag to get away from what seemed like an emotionally abusive relationship, from the beginning you could see her son Joe didn’t want to be there with her, he was constantly asking after his dad and for such a young boy was a bit violent with her. This made me feel even more for her, like she wasn’t going through enough.
It wasn’t too long until Lisa found herself a friend in the village, Isobel. They soon became good friends and Joe loved her, more than his mummy… The more stuff they did, the more something seemed a little off with Isobel but I could never quite put my finger on it.
This part of the story became faced paced really quickly when THE BIG TWIST hits, and I was shell shocked, I actually had to take a minute to let that marinate for a second before I could continue reading.
The other part of the story is from years back, and told by the soldier also known as Grace. I felt instantly sorry for her, having no childhood and treated like she is in the army by her dad who she calls Sarge… but this is how it had always been and what she was used to. Until she met Isobel, a girl who wanted to be her friend and she got her into trouble and the punishment the solider received was dire, she was locked in a room for days, tied up.. and she cracked and wanted to be a normal girl and do normal things.
This is where the stories merge together, and ultimately where your mind is kind of blown…. this was an incredibly written novel. I loved how each main character in the story was extremely likeable yet they each had a horrifying secret which in turn kind of made you hate them.
This novel was my second by Nuala Ellwood and was just as incredible as the first. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fast paced mystery with excellent twists thrown in.
It’s London in the mid-noughties before Facebook, IPhones and ubiquitous WiFi. Zara has just moved to London for her first real job and struggles to find her feet in a big city with no instruction manual.
Penelope works night and day in an investment bank with little or no time for love. At twenty-eight she is positively ancient as far as her mother is concerned, and the pressure is on for her to settle down as the big 3-0 is looming.
Charlie spends night and day with his band who are constantly teetering on the verge of greatness.
Richard has relocated to London from his castle in Scotland in search of the one.
… and Alyx is barely in one place long enough to hold down a relationship let alone think about the future one?
I’d like to start this review by saying … I don’t really read a lot of contemporary novels, I’m more of a crime junkie, but I did enjoy this book, it was nice to read something that didn’t involve Facebook and Snapchat and all the other social media that we are today addicted to, because let’s face it… who can even remember the times when we didn’t have it. It’s been such a big part of our lives for so long that I think a lot of people would find it hard to live without it all.
This story follows the lives of multiple young adults, living their life in and around London City .. each of the characters were likeable in their own way but I was more drawn to Zara, the girl from a small town lost in a big city.. she reminded me, of me. It was her thoughts mainly .. such an over thinker and has anxiety about pretty much everything.
The only thing I would honestly change about this book, is the thoughts… the author detailed the thoughts the characters were having which I do think is a great idea, I love to know what the characters are thinking … but I just think that maybe it was a bit too much, in some chapters there were more thoughts than anything else, and I’m not saying it is a bad day thing as others may well have enjoyed that part but for me it was a bit too overwhelming.
When Carys returns to her childhood home, inherited after the death of her father, she is shocked to discover the bones of an infant buried in the paddock. Days later, DI Locke’s team uncover the remains of a missing girl, sparking vivid memories of the day Carys was abducted by the shadow man. While the evidence against her father mounts, Carys recalls more of her past. And each new revelation provides DI Locke with the proof she needs to close the case of several girls disappearances. Sometimes the past refuses to stay buried.
This book was such a great read, the story follows Cary’s and her family in the unfortunate events that occur after her father has passed away and she inherits his farm. Cary’s was never close to her dad, as you learn very early on in the book… and I was intrigued instantly as to why this was, and this plot line keeps you hooked all the way through the book, only giving snippets of what happened in her childhood as to why she was so distant from her father.
Very early on in the book Carys finds bones buried in the farm while she is busy sorting things out ready for the sale, and this turns her world upside down and round in twists when she starts to have memories of her childhood come back and she had no idea if these were real memories or fake ones conjured because she had no recollection of her childhood at all.
With each chapter of the book you learned something new and more disturbing about what really happened when she was younger and it will leave you only wanting to read more. To find how this all comes together and just like Carys to get to the truth of who her father really was.
I was drawn in by Carys and her family straight away, each character seeming very likeable and just like a normal happy family dealing with a bad situation. This was the family Carys had made for herself. The family she was born into however was a very different life for her and both of her parents were the complete opposite. Straight away the impression of Bryn, her father wasn’t a good one, but then again his daughter hated him so he was never off to a good start but it wasn’t long before he really started to creep me out and I had the biggest feeling of why, his daughter hated him so much… and as for her mother, well I never liked her from the offset, she wasn’t a likeable character but she wasn’t a terrible person and well she loved only fools and horses, so she definitely needs a few points in her corner for that one.
Then there was Gwenda, the fathers little helping hand as he got ill, I honestly thought she was a sweet little lady helping out a neighbour but I was so wrong, she was probably the biggest twist in the story for me and it was definitely an OMG moment.. and it was an incredibly written little twist to the plot…. and instantly became my favourite character and my favourite part of the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller with a few twists to keep them on their toes. It was a consistently great read throughout, with a brilliant plot and storyline… and definitely a good few I did not see that coming moments
There is a fine line between innocence and guilt. An even finer line between justice and revenge. Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real-world, let alone the cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyber bullying, she makes it her all – engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.
Petite corporate financer Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm, she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get it’s brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.
Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-ups annual conference after her colleague Emily fails time return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball. As the women’s path intertwined, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them. But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crime.
The story follows Laura on her all round trip of having her company acquisitioned, however there are plenty of fun twist and turns along the way when she and her two new friends would like their worlds set to rights by the people who have wronged them the most.
Laura was by far my favourite character in this book, she was extremely likeable from the offset, she reminded me of myself, introverted, loves her books and will always find time to sneak in a quick read, even in work. I absolutely LOVED the author’s description of Laura and her love for words, with that and the idea of the software built in this book to help detect such things like depression and which employee’s can uplift others or not, well it was just sheer brilliance.
Laura’s best friend, Emily. I instantly felt sorry for her, you could tell she was going through an ordeal and just trying to deal with it in her own way, she was in pain and you felt that pain too whilst reading. You felt the panic Laura was going through when she read the tweet Emily had sent, even though you didn’t know what the panic was about until the end of the chapter. The frustration and anger Laura felt while dealing with police and seeing what the trolls on twitter had written, it’s like I was her, I could feel everything. I have dealt with this first hand with both the police and trolls on social media so I could really connect with the storyline and how it played out, and it was 100% accurate in how the police deal with such crimes, or not as the case actually is.
I was sooooo excited when Laura started to become close to Suki, although my first impression of her was that she was all business, it soon came to light that this was not the case and you saw her softer side and I’m not going to lie I did secretly hope that her and Laura got together, but soon enough Claire came along and so became ‘The Avengers’ at first I didn’t really warm to Claire, there was something about her I just didn’t like, but then as soon as she became on Laura’s side in avenging Emily I did warm up too her.
The story became extremely fast paced very quickly and definitely had ‘ the can’t put down factor ‘ the book was at its peak when each of the three girls found out something horrible about the people they worked with and wanted revenge. The main culprit for me was definitely Justin, Laura’s friend and her co-founder of her business. It was him I wanted justice served to the most. I absolutely loved how the girls worked together to set their worlds to rights, each to serve justice where they found deserved. Claire with Darren, which I didn’t find to be suffice, I was quite disappointed with this one to be honest but it did hit him where it hurt, Suki with Diane and her horrid son Roberts was brilliant. A true woman. I actually shouted ‘ you go girl ‘ and of course Justin’s was just phenomenal, an amazing ending.
This book was fantastic, from beginning to end and I would recommend this read to.. well just about anyone, no matter what genre you love there is something in here for everyone, I can’t express just how great this read actually was. This is definitely my favourite read of 2019 and it really is going to be a hard one to top. Here is the link to the book if you would like to join in on this fun, thrillingly twisty read. http://mybook.to/StayMad
When Micheal Rowland saves his younger brother Joshua from the clutches of his step-father, he runs for his life with his brother in his arms. From his hiding place he see’s the man who has made their lives a misery taken away in the trunk of a strangers car, never to be seen again.
Doctor Dani Novak has been keeping soccer coach Diesel Kennedy at arms length to protect him from her dark secrets, when they are brought together by the two young brothers who desperately need their help, it seems they might finally be able to leave their damaged past behind them.
But as the only witness to the man who kidnapped and murdered his step-father, Michael is in danger. As Diesel and Dani do all that they can to protect him, their own investigation into the murder uncovers a much darker web of secrets than they could of imagined. As more bodies disappear it’s clear this killer wants vengeance. And will wipe out anything that gets in his way.
This is book #5 in the Cincinnati series but can also be read as a stand-alone. Which is how I read it and it was incredibly easy to follow. The story follows two characters Dani and Diesel, who are drawn to each other but Dani has been holding back and pushing Diesel away, but after everything that is about to happen, that is all about to change.
I found Micheal to be extremely likeable from the offset, I really felt for him when I found out he was deaf while trying to get away from his step-dad, and carrying his sedated brother and instantly found myself hooked by the story.
There really was not many characters in the book that I liked aside from Michael, Joshua, Dani and Diesel. These main characters were extremely likeable and can we just take a moment to point out the connection between Dani and Diesel was INTENSE!!!
The other characters in the story were horrible … incredibly written but horrible human beings .. the worst being the kids mum, sure Brewer was despicable but as the kids mother you are supposed to protect your children, not ignore cries for help and believe your brute of a new husband over your children.
This book was jam packed with a huge budding romance and murder galore, soooo if you like tour thrillers but love a good love story this book is definitely for you.