Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Don't You Cry - Mary Kubica



Description
In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.
Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 year old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger's spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.

Review

When I finished this book my first thought was - "WOW" the author has some mind to be able to produce a work like this. I haven't read any of Mary Kubica's previous works but I think I need to.

Taking a step back to when I began the book, I was unsure for quite a while what was going on. There are two stories narrated by Quinn and Alex. Unfortunately for some time I thought Alex was a girl - until a "he" reference crept in. These two stories are seemingly unconnected, so that as I flipped between them desperately looking for a link I didn't find one. 

Quinn begins to uncover facts about her disappeared room mate that paint a picture of someone she didn't know - think Single White Female. However the story Alex narrates is about him being attracted to a girl in a cafe where he works, how does this tie in?

I read on hoping it would all play out in the end. Then I got a clue! I thought I know where this is going at last - except I didn't - I really didn't and that is why I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars, I would give more if I could. As they say - I never saw it coming........

My thanks to Netgalley for a free copy of this book to review.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder - Rachel McMillan



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Friday, 13 May 2016

Black-Eyed Susans - Julie Heaberlin




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Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Chic Boutique on Baker Street - Rachel Dove



Description
Winner of the Prima Flirty Fiction Competition
The perfect escape to the country…
Recently single and tired of the London rat race Amanda is determined to make her dreams of setting up an idyllic countryside boutique come true, and the picturesque village of West¬field is the perfect place to
make a fresh start.
Local vet Ben is the golden boy of West¬field, especially to resident gossip Agatha Mayweather, who is determined to help Ben get his life back together after his wife left.
When a chance encounter outside the ‘chic boutique’ sets sparks flying between Amanda and Ben, Agatha is itching to set them up. But are Amanda and Ben really ready for romance?
Review
The author of this book won the Prima Flirty Fiction Competition and I can see why. This is such a fun and light-hearted book with a lovely cosy feeling to it.
Rachel has certainly woven a good yarn (no pun intended!) with this story of a once city high flyer setting up a handmade arts boutique. There are many ups and downs and if I had one slight criticism it would be about the misunderstandings throughout the book - they just made me impatient - however I can see that in the end they did add to the story line.
The ladies of the village who initially seem wary of Rachel rally round her to the last and form a formidable ally for her. I could identify with many of them and Rachel's descriptions of them really brought them to life for me.
My favourite part of the book was when Amanda realised who was on her side and who wasn't and the spectacular showdown which ensued.
Overall this is a good chill out read, not taxing, just go with the flow.
I'm giving this book four out of five stars. My thanks go to Netgalley and HarperCollins for an advance copy of this book to review.