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
27 December 2018
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?
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
7 February 2019
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.
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 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.
24 January 2019
‘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 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!
C L Taylor
4 April 2019
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.
We were thrilled to be able to take part in the blog tour for Dear Lily by Drew Davies and I was not disappointed with this book.
Dear Lily is the story of Joy who has taken a leap way out of her comfort zone to start a new life in Denmark working for her company. It’s very clear from the start of the book that this is something very unexpected for Joy and we are taken along with her anxieties as she pours them out on the page.
Joy it seems is an ironic name for the main character who seems to be very anxious and introvert – being in a new country however and having to start a whole new life on her own does however draw her out. When you start the book it’s hard to see where the book is headed, it’s clear that the character has some issues – she often mentions her face time therapist for example.
The narrative of the story is via a series of letters from Joy to her sister Lily and this works so well, allowing Joy to pour out her deepest thoughts and feelings as she settles in and begins to even enjoy her new life. We also get glimpses of her past as she recalls moments between sisters and we learn a lot about Lily and their family.
We never get the meet Lily herself, but she is as much a character as Joy herself thanks to the wonderful way Drew Davies constructs the story. You can’t help but feel connected to the characters, there are indeed moments of Joy and also sadness. Books written as letters can be tricky to get right, but I think Drew Davies has truly nailed it. A beautiful story about building on a fresh start.
A true Joy to read.
17 May 2019
It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very slightly) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance.
On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it finally hit me, after everything that happened…
I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Remember that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Remember the broom choreography?)
I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve always been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to.
Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You always told me I was just getting by, not actually living, so I’m finally doing it. Wish me luck, little sister.