Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Publication Date: 2 July 2015

“One golden family. One fateful summer. Four lives changed forever.

Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one stormy evening in 1968, it does.

The idyllic world of the four Alton children is shattered. Fiercely bonded by the tragic events, they grow up fast. But when a glamorous stranger arrives, these loyalties are tested. Forbidden passions simmer. And another catastrophe looms…

Decades later, Lorna and her fiancé wind their way through the countryside searching for a wedding venue. Lorna is drawn to a beautiful crumbling old house she hazily remembers from her childhood, feels a bond she does not understand. When she finds a disturbing message carved into an old oak tree by one of the Alton children, she begins to realise that Black Rabbit Hall’s secret history is as dark and tangled as its woods, and that, much like her own past, it must be brought into the light.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and share my opinion. It had been sat on my ‘to read’ pile for such a long time and I had always been curious about it so I was glad to finally get round to reading it.

The prologue set the mysterious scene well, already I was imagining all sorts!

Reading from Amber’s point of view and learning about her family and life at Black Rabbit Hall really made me smile – the author created a wonderful atmosphere of happy days-gone-by. That was until things took a dark turn which left me holding my breath, wondering what had actually happened.

The modern-day perspective came from Lorna who was planning her wedding. I got chills when she found herself at Black Rabbit Hall although, at that point, I couldn’t figure out why.

For me, there was an overwhelming feeling of fate weaving its way through the storyline. It kind of felt like everything was happening for a reason, I just couldn’t work out what that reason was until the end.

A thread of romance lifted things and brought about a sense of anticipation which I particularly enjoyed.

The authors descriptions made each scene so easy to visualise. As I progressed through the book I was captivated by all the goings on at the house, both past and present.

This was a mysterious and addictive 5 star read. A puzzle to be pieced together bit by bit.

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The Last Thing I Remember by Deborah Bee

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Publisher: Twenty7

Publication Date: Ebook – 3 March 2016 | Paperback – 28 July 2016

“Sarah is in a coma.

Her memory is gone – she doesn’t know how she got there. And she doesn’t know how she might get out.

But then she discovers that her injury wasn’t an accident. And that the assailant hasn’t been caught.

Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past.

And work out who it is that keeps coming into her room.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank Midas PR for sending me this uncorrected proof to read and share my honest opinion. The blurb really captured my attention and I wanted to know more.

The atmosphere was dark. Sarah’s confusion and frustration enveloped me as I was reading and my curiosity was piqued very quickly.

Straight-talking Kelly was a bit of a mystery to me, I assumed she was an important part of the storyline but, to begin with, I couldn’t quite figure out where or how.

However, as I progressed through the book I found my interest waning. There were times I found myself thinking about another part of the storyline whilst reading a different scene. My favourite perspective was always Sarah’s because her situation was just so fascinating.

For me it didn’t have the most satisfactory of endings either but I guess it did feel fitting for the storyline.

Although it didn’t manage to hold my interest throughout, I know people who would love this raw, dark read. So if thrillers are your thing then I’d definitely say give it a go!

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Deborah Bee studied fashion journalism at Central St Martins. She has worked at various magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Times and the Guardian as a writer, a fashion editor and later an editor. Currently, she is a Creative Director in luxury retail.

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Follow Me by Angela Clarke

Publisher: Avon Books

Publication Date: 3 December 2015

“LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE

The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?

ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM …”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publishers for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I first heard about it on Twitter and was instantly intrigued, I hadn’t read a book from this genre for a while so I thought it would make a refreshing change.

Straight away the drama of the situation reeled me in, I just didn’t want to stop reading. Many questions were raised: Who was the ‘Hashtag Murderer’? Why did he/she choose those particular victims? Who was next on the list? etc. These questions played on my mind even when I wasn’t reading.

I loved the way Freddie found herself embroiled in all the action. She was an impulsive and sometimes selfish character who I couldn’t help but like. Her mixed emotions were palpable as she set about investigating the murders, this made me feel like I was involved too.

The idea of a Twitter murderer made the storyline relatable (and more chilling) for me because I use Twitter every day – it really made me look at it in a different light!

The author successfully created a dark, chaotic atmosphere with her words. The chaos might not appeal to everyone but it certainly worked for me. The only negative in my opinion was that I sometimes found it difficult to work out which perspective I was reading from.

As I neared the end, and the conclusion, my heart was beating so fast. I even had to turn the light on! I was keen to find out who the culprit was and when it was finally revealed I have to admit that I was surprised – I hadn’t seen it coming.

Follow Me was a mysterious and gritty read that swept me along with its edge-of-your-seat action!

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Either Side Of Midnight (The Midnight Saga Book 1) by Tori de Clare

“WHAT IF THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE TURNED INTO YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?

When nineteen-year-old Naomi Stone is snatched from her husband at knifepoint on the night of their wedding and taken to a deserted cemetery, she knows her life is finished. Drugged and disorientated, she loses consciousness as she lies in an open grave with a gun to her head.

But the following day, she mysteriously awakes to find herself unharmed and secured to a bed. She’s in a beautiful bedroom in a secluded cottage in open countryside. Only one person knows she’s there – the man in the balaclava who’s holding her, feeding her, revealing nothing. Naomi senses the unfolding of a plan.

She should be on honeymoon in the Caribbean. Instead, she’s trapped with an emotionless psycho with no hope of escape . . . And his voice is chillingly familiar.

Who is he? What does he want? What’s happened to her husband? Where is she? Will anyone find her before it’s too late?”

MY REVIEW

I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on Jera’s Jamboree. Every now and then I like to read something a little bit different to my usual reads and this was one of those books. The blurb really intrigued me so I was looking forward to the change.

I would just like to say that I’m not sure my review will even do this book justice because I enjoyed it so much! It didn’t take long to get my heart pounding, the mysterious kidnapping raised so many questions that I needed to find the answers to so I couldn’t stop flipping the pages.

There were times whilst reading this book that I felt like a detective trying to solve a crime which made no sense, at least not in the beginning anyway. The clues soon began to piece together so the motive became clear but the person responsible did not – I continuously changed my mind about who the suspect might be.

I liked Naomi and as I learned more about her life before the kidnapping I found that I liked her even more. It was so difficult to read of her fear and confusion about the predicament she was in. The supporting characters were interesting too and provided a good mix of personalities – there were some who I grew to like and others I loved to hate.

Not only did the author give me mystery and great characters, she also gave me complex family relationships which made the storyline even more addictive. The major twist that came along about halfway through completely shocked me, I love it when I don’t see things coming!

Either Side of Midnight played out like a movie in my head and stayed on my mind even when I wasn’t reading – a sign of a great read in my opinion.

This was a suspenseful, unpredictable read that had me on the edge of my seat, book two is definitely going on my wish list!

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Coco’s Secret by Niamh Greene Including Giveaway!

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Published by Penguin Ireland in August 2013.

“Coco Swan has always been embarrassed by her name. 

With a name like Coco, she thinks people expect her to be as exotic and glamorous as the famous designer, not an ordinary-looking small-town antiques dealer who could win an award for living cautiously. 

But when a vintage Chanel handbag turns up in a box of worthless bric-a-brac, Coco’s quiet world is turned upside down. Where did it come from? And is it just coincidence that it’s the same bag Coco’s late mother always wanted for her? 

When Coco discovers a mysterious, decades-old letter hidden in the bag’s lining, she sets off on a quest to piece together the story behind it, stumbling across secrets that span three generations as she goes.

Could the beautiful Chanel bag be about to teach Coco more than she wants to learn? Or will it show her just where her heart can take her if she lets it lead the way?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

It began in Paris 1993 with a tragic event that made me care for Coco straight away, I felt very motherly towards this character who I’d only just met and this is something that doesn’t happen often.  I quickly discovered that Coco’s name wasn’t entirely appropriate for her but I loved the way she handled it – she seemed to be very laid back, making jokes whenever she felt uncomfortable.

The fascinating world of antiques led Coco to a very special vintage Chanel bag which held an intriguing letter – this was a mystery that I couldn’t wait to solve because the whole idea seemed rather magical and romantic to me.  Her journey to find out the history of the bag and letter became an addictive investigation, and not only for Coco! The twists and turns managed to surprise me again and again keeping me hooked on each and every word.

Coco’s Secret contained warm characters and a natural humour that made it a really easy book to read, I can easily say that I enjoyed every part of the storyline.

This was a charming read that completely captured my imagination and left me smiling.

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Niamh Greene lives in the Irish countryside with her husband and two children.  Unlike the lucky heroine of this novel, she has never stumbled upon a vintage Coco Chanel handbag, although she’s not giving up hope yet.

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The Flavours of Love by Dorothy Koomson

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“‘I’m looking for that perfect blend of flavours; the taste that used to be you. If I find it, I know you’ll come back to me.’

It’s been 18 months since my husband was murdered and I’ve decided to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook he started before he died. Everyone thinks I’m coping so well without him – they have no idea what I’ve been hiding or what I do away from prying eyes. But now that my 14-year-old daughter has confessed something so devastating it could destroy our family all over again, and my husband’s killer has started to write to me claiming to be innocent, I know it’s only a matter of time before the truth about me and what I’ve done is revealed to the world.

My name is Saffron Mackleroy and this is my story.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank ED Public Relations for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I’ve enjoyed books by this author in the past and was excited to see where her latest book would take me…

A very intriguing prologue began this story of life, loss and turmoil, I was taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and can easily say that it was my favourite book by this author!

Flashbacks were slowly feeding me information about That Day and those that came before and after, I thoroughly enjoyed putting together all the pieces of the puzzle.  There were references to a secret between Saffron and her daughter Phoebe, I thought I knew what the secret was but when a mysterious letter arrived I began to rethink my theory.  As the letters continued I found myself struggling to understand why Saffron kept it all to herself, this was a side of the story that didn’t make sense to me.

A whodunnit that also involved Phoebe kept me guessing throughout, I loved how the author managed to surprise me as I read through the book.  I was captivated by the way Saffron dealt with everything that was thrown at her, I felt that it was written in a believable manner, in fact the authors writing really jumped out at me because of its honesty.

About halfway through there was another serious issue thrown into the mix, this wasn’t my favourite part of the book but it did give me a better insight into Saffron’s character.  Another character I have to mention is Aunty Betty because she had such a fun, vibrant personality, she brought a touch of humour to an otherwise serious storyline.

This was a gripping mystery with many different factors that kept me entertained throughout!

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The Temporal Stone – Suzy Turner

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“It’s been a couple of months since Emma and Lana entered the Praxos Academy and life has been hectic ever since. What with regular A level classes combined with learning all about the supernatural world, control classes, self defence and fight night, the girls are constantly busy.

But when their world seems to stop right in front of them, they and their fellow Watchers, have a huge mystery to solve. A mystery which will lead them on a long road trip across south west England where they will meet all kinds of strange creatures, some intent on causing harm and others desperate to put a stop to the problem.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I was excited to catch up with Emma and Lana in their new lives as Watchers so I couldn’t wait to get started.

It was action-packed right from the start, an academy trip to Somerset turned supernatural very quickly and I was captivated by the events that followed.  The whole storyline was so imaginative and I really enjoyed picturing everything like a movie in my mind.  Something else that was particularly enjoyable for me were all the familiar places that the characters visited – Salisbury, Winchester and the New Forest to name just a few.

I loved all the supernatural creatures that featured in this book, my favourite was Jimble the pixie troll because he was just so adorable! The author successfully brought the characters to life for me and made me care about what happened to them.  Following them all as they uncovered clues to help solve the mystery was lots of fun and I look forward to the next instalment.

This was another exciting adventure in The Morgan Sisters series.

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