ARC REVIEW: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

Title: The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell
Published by: Century
Publication date: 21st July 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

LONDON. Early morning, June 2019: on the foreshore of the river Thames, a bag of bones is discovered. Human bones.

DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene and quickly sends the bag for forensic examination. The bones are those of a young woman, killed by a blow to the head many years ago.

Also inside the bag is a trail of clues, in particular the seeds of a rare tree which lead DCI Owusu back to a mansion in Chelsea where, nearly thirty years previously, three people lay dead in a kitchen, and a baby waited upstairs for someone to pick her up.

The clues point forward too to a brother and sister in Chicago searching for the only person who can make sense of their pasts.

Four deaths. An unsolved mystery. A family whose secrets can’t stay buried for ever …

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BLOG TOUR: We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry

Title: We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry
Published by: 
Penguin
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Two women are staying in Willowmead House.

One of them is running.
One of them is hiding.
Both of them are lying.

Emily made one bad decision, and now her career could be over. Her family home on the Cornish coast is the only place where she feels safe. But when she arrives, there’s a stranger living with her father. Emily doesn’t trust the beautiful young woman, convinced that she’s telling one lie after another. Soon, Emily becomes obsessed with finding out the truth…

But should some secrets stay buried forever?

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May 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you a very late May wrap-up. I read ten books and the majority of them were review copies so I was trying to focus on getting the reviews published. Here’s what I read:

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister: First up was this very interesting crime thriller mixed with time travel. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the time travel would be a bit confusing but it’s actually brilliant and the timeline is easy to follow.

His Other Woman by Sarah Edghill: Next up I read this domestic thriller. I did enjoy the suspense and the toxic relationships between certain characters but the main character was quite irritating in the way she behaved and acted. I don’t want to spoil the plot but I thought she was responsible for a lot of what went wrong. Also, I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending and thought it was abrupt. I would have preferred a different ending.

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ARC REVIEW: Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza

Title: Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza
Published by: 
Raven Street Publishing
Publication date: 
7th July 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

How do you find a killer who has destroyed all the evidence?

Detective Erika Foster is on a late-night walk near her new house in Blackheath when she stumbles upon the brutal murder of Vicky Clarke, a true-crime podcaster.

Erika is assigned to the case and discovers that Vicky had been working on a new podcast episode about a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night. When Erika discovers that Vicky’s notes and sound recordings were stolen from her flat at the time of her murder, it leads her to believe that Vicky was close to unmasking the attacker, and she was killed to guarantee her silence.

The case takes on a disturbing twist when the body of a young Bulgarian student doctor is discovered in the same building, and this makes Erika question everything she thought she knew about Vicky. With very little evidence, the clock is ticking to find the killer before he strikes again.

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ARC REVIEW: The Island by Adrian McKinty

Title: The Island by Adrian McKinty
Pages: 
384
Published by: 
Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: 
26th May 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE A FAMILY VACATION.

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY COME FOR YOUR FAMILY.

After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom.

When they discover a remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram.

But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into an absolute nightmare. 

When Heather and the kids are separated from Tom, they are forced to escape alone, seconds ahead of their pursuers.

Now it’s up to Heather to save herself and the kids, even though they don’t trust her, the harsh bushland is filled with danger, and the locals want her dead.

Heather has been underestimated her entire life, but she knows that only she can bring her family home again and become the mother the children desperately need, even if it means doing the unthinkable to keep them all alive.

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Book series I’m giving up on

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing with you some book series that I have decided not to finish. I recently went through my shelves and I noticed quite a lot of series that I don’t want to continue with mainly because I’ve lost interest in them or I just didn’t enjoy the first book. So let’s get into it!

Ninth House (Alex Stern) by Leigh Bardugo: I originally said that I was going to continue with this series; however, I’ve completely lost interest in it now. I read it in 2020 and the second book isn’t out until 2023. I can’t remember what happened so I’d have to read the first book again and I honestly don’t want to. I didn’t particularly enjoy it as all the worldbuilding was crammed into the first half of the story, which made it really boring and difficult to get through. I didn’t like Alex either and I’m just not interested in reading more about her.

Roar by Cora Carmack: I read this in 2018 and I really enjoyed it and wanted to continue with this series. However, there’s been no information about the third book or when it will be published and it’s another one that I’ve unfortunately lost interest in now. With so many series being published each year, I’m not going to wait three or four years for one to be finished. I’d rather just give up on it and move on to something else. It’s a shame because I did really enjoy this one but since I don’t know if or when the third book will be published, it’s time to move on.

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ARC REVIEW: It Ends At Midnight by Harriet Tyce

Title: It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce
Pages: 336
Published by: Wildfire
Publication date: 14 April 2022
Genre: Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

It’s New Year’s Eve and the stage is set for a lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes. It’s a moment for old friends to set the past to rights – and move on. 

The night sky is alive with fireworks and the champagne is flowing. But the celebration fails to materialise.

Because someone at this party is going to die tonight.

Midnight approaches and the countdown begins – but it seems one of the guests doesn’t want a resolution.

They want revenge.

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January 2022 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be talking about the books I read in January and I actually had a great start to the year. I read seven books and three of them were Illumicrate books I’ve received in my monthly subscription. One of my reading goals this year is to read all of my Illumicrate books from 2021 so I’m happy that I was able to read three of them in January. Here are all the books I read:

Every Line of You by Naomi Gibson: This was the first book I read and I loved it. It’s a YA sci-fi thriller and the start is a bit slow, but it ramps up in the second half and I ended up racing through it. It gets a lot darker than I was expecting and has some brilliant twists that I didn’t see coming. It follows Lydia who creates an AI called Henry as a way to cope with the trauma she’s been through, but Henry soon becomes more powerful than Lydia predicted and he will do anything to protect her – including hurting and killing people. Lydia is definitely a morally grey character and I genuinely found myself torn between wanting her and Henry to succeed and wanting them to be stopped. I’m not sure if this is a standalone or not but I wouldn’t mind reading a sequel! I’d love to see what happens next with Lydia and Henry because that ending definitely left me wanting more.

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ARC REVIEW: A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle

Title: A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle
Pages: 464
Published by: Century
Publication date: 20th January 2022
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail to New York with 2,000 passengers – and a killer – on board . . .

When an elderly gentleman is found dead at the foot of a staircase, ship’s officer Timothy Birch is ready to declare it a tragic accident. But James Temple, a strong-minded Scotland Yard inspector, is certain there is more to this misfortune than meets the eye.

Birch agrees to investigate, and the trail quickly leads to the theft of a priceless painting. Its very existence is known only to its owner . . . and the dead man.

With just days remaining until they reach New York, and even Temple’s purpose on board the Endeavour proving increasingly suspicious, Birch’s search for the culprit is fraught with danger.

And all the while, the passengers continue to roam the ship with a killer in their midst . . . 

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