REVIEW: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs.jpgTitle: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Pages: 384
Published by: Cornerstone
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go?

Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets.

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REVIEW: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

After the End.jpgTitle: After the End by Clare Mackintosh
Pages: 384
Published by: Sphere
Publication date: 25th June 2019
Genre: Contemporary
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.

As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

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REVIEW: Dark Ink by Gary Kemble (Harry Hendrick #2)

Dark InkTitle: Dark Ink by Gary Kemble
Pages: 320
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Investigating sordid political corruption, journalist Harry Hendrick grows uneasy when he hears rumours of a chilling figure behind it. Mistress Hel plies her dark arts from a luxurious suburban lair, motivated be a desire for revenge from a past marred by terrible wrongs.

Harry hears of demonic visions, of people under a supernatural thrall, and is slowly drawn into her web. Inside are diabolical ceremonies and visions that threaten both his sanity and his life; something black and infernal reaching out into the world…

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ARC REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove

Christmas Demon.jpgTitle: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove 
Pages: 384
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 22nd  October 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe – eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty – is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card…

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something – or someone – is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.

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REVIEW: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

KeyTitle: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Pages: 352
Published by: Harvill Secker
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

What is really haunting Rowan? 

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

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ARC REVIEW: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

RicochetTitle: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
Pages: 328
Published by: Flux
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. What’s wrong with her DNA? And what does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them?

What Tati discovers is more than she could have ever imagined possible. Parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

With knowledge of their existence a deadly threat in every universe, the only chance all four have to survive is to work together to take down the scientist responsible: their father.

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ARC REVIEW: Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu

NightwalkerTitle: Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
Pages: 208
Published by: DC Ink
Publication date: 1st October 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

A ruthless new gang of criminals known only as Nightwalkers is terrorizing Gotham, and the city’s elite are being taken out one by one. On the way home from his 18th birthday party, newly minted billionaire Bruce Wayne makes an impulsive choice that puts him in their crosshairs and lands him in Arkham Asylym, the once-infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer…and Bruce’s only hope. Madeline is the mystery Bruce must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

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