If You Could Go Anywhere – Paige Toon

If You Could Go Anywhere – Paige Toon

Those of you who have been viewing our page for some time, will know that we’re huge fans of Paige Toon here at Compelling Reads. So nabbing an advanced copy of If You Could Go Anywhere from the Simon & Schuster Spring blogger event naturally left us ecstatic! This time Paige introduces us to Angie a girl that dreams of travelling. She asks everyone she meets where they could go if they ‘could go anywhere’ and many of those have sent the postcodes she keeps in her room. Sadly Angie’s own circumstances meant that she hasn’t travelled but when these circumstances change and some surprising information about her father are revealed she finds herself finally on her way. The novel is set mainly in Rome as Angie meets her father and those he is close to including Alessandro. Paige does an amazing job in her descriptions of the places Angie visits, so much so that I really felt as if I were there alongside her, seeing the sights & tasting the gelato of Rome for myself. The growing friendship between Angie and Alessandro unfolds perfectly and you’ll find yourself drawn to him as much as Angie is. This book is the perfect summer read whether you find yourself travelling or just dreaming of that place you’d go, if you could go anywhere
If You Could Go Anywhere Book Cover If You Could Go Anywhere
Paige Toon
Simon & Schuster
16 May 2019
Paperback
432

HOW DO YOU FIND WHERE YOU'RE GOING, IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE FROM . . .

Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she'll see it all for herself.

When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy.

As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?

Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

I’ve read all of Clare Mackintosh’s novels now and eagerly anticipate every new release. Her plots are always full of twists and turns and the unexpected and Let Me Lie doesn’t disappoint on that front

Anna is a new mother who is dealing with the trauma of having lost both her parents within quick succession to suicide. Although Anna now has her own life having fallen by her therapist in the wake of the tragedy and quickly becoming pregnant being a mother also makes her feel the loss of her own.

However Anna isn’t convinced her parent’s deaths were suicide and a letter received on the first anniversary of her Mother’s death seems to add fuel to this feeling. But her closest friends and loved ones aren’t keen to follow her way of thought.

The novel worked really well pulling through the theme of mental health and grief from the beginning to the end and provides a gripping read that I didn’t want to put down. I look forward to the next story!

Let Me Lie Book Cover Let Me Lie
Clare Mackintosh
Sphere
27 December 2018
Paperback
416

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
Who do you believe?

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to ask questions about her parents' deaths. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger?

Sometimes it's safer to let things lie . . .

The Silent Patient –  	 Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient is a gripping psycological thriller. At it’s heart is Theo Faber, obsessed with the crime of a young artist Alicia Berenson who is imprisoned in a secure psychiatric ward after being convicted of murdering her husbans. Alicia has not spoken in the six years since the murder and has never revealed what happened.

When Theo has the opportinity to join the unit as a psychiatrist he believes this is his chance to do what no-one else has managed and get Alicia to talk and reveal the story behind her crime.

This was a very interesting plot and very cleverly played out, hooking the reader in from the start. Theo himself is very mysterious and you become invested in finding out his story and whether he can crack this case.

The ending does not disappointment, and there some moments where you find yourself gasping in surprise. I can’t wait to see what will come next from this author!

The Silent Patient Book Cover The Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides
Orion
7 February 2019
Kindle
352

ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

The Suspect – Fiona Barton

The Suspect – Fiona Barton

The Suspect is the third novel in the Kate Walters Series, having previously read The Widow I was eager to see what Baron had come up with next and this proved to live up to the previous book.

In the Suspect Two English girls have gone missing while travelling in Thailand on their gap year, and Kate is eager to cover the story as her own son is also travelling – it’s clear that there isn’t much contact between the rogue son and his family and as the book unfolds Kate’s personal connection takes centre stage

The narrative comes from three points of view ‘The Reporter” “The Mother” & “The Detective” and each is beautifully bought to life. There are many twists and turns as the plot develops and each leaves you gripped, desperate to find out the truth of what happened to the girls.

I loved the paradox of Kate being both mother and reporter and how her role changes througout the story.

Barton is definately becoming a master of her genre.

The Suspect Book Cover The Suspect
Kate Walters
Fiona Barton
Transworld Digital
24 January 2019
Kindle
381

‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

Sleep – C L Taylor

Sleep – C L Taylor

Sleep is the story of Anna who following a fatal accident she was involved in has decided for a clean break away from everything and everything on a remote Scottish Island working in a hotel. What a perfect setting for this story, atmospheric, remote and creepy.

The guests all seem to have secrets, but it seems one is hiding more than the others. Anna struggling with sleep since the accident seems to be the target for someone who wants her to sleep forever.

Cally Taylor is a true master of suspense and this book doesn’t disappointment. Once again I was drawn in from the very first page and captivated by the twists and turns – you’ll lose sleep racing to the end of this gripping who done it!

Sleep Book Cover Sleep
C L Taylor
Avon
4 April 2019
Kindle
368

All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they're on the island. There's a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they've set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

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