Having read all of Clare’s previous novels I’m always excited when she releases a new one. This book is however something a bit different to her normal thrillers.
Max & Pip are a strong, happy couple with a beautiful little boy, but then their son Dylan gets sick and they are faced with the hardest decision any parent has to make.
But they don’t agree on the decision….
The ensuing story covers 2 possible outcomes that happen “after the end”. It doesn’t hold back from showing the pain, heartbreak & struggles that each character encounters as they question whether they’ve made the right decision.
This is probably the one book that will stay with me for a long time, it’s poignant and heartbreaking and a true credit to Clare.
After the End
25 June 2019
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.
Seriously the people at Penguin must be researching my favourite things, I
was so excited when an advanced copy of The Girl at the Window landed through
my letterbox. Yorkshire, Emily Bronte, Rowan Coleman… literally jumping for
joy in my hallway.
My absolute all-time favourite book is Wuthering Heights and I’m so glad
that Rowan Coleman picked Emily Bronte to centre this story around. Ponden Hall
is a real home in Yorkshire, in the centre of the Bronte world. In this book
it’s the setting for a wonderful story that’s as atmospheric as a true Bronte
Trudy has moved back to Ponden her family home with her son after her
beloved husband goes missing in a plane crash. She is returning after a long
time away and finds the home in desperate need of love and care. She left not
on the best terms with her mother and being back also gives them a chance to
reconnect and for her mother to start a relationship with her grandson.
Ponden calls to it’s true owners and on her return some very spooky things
begin to happen which led Trudy on a journey to uncover the history of some of
Ponden’s previous occupants as well as it’s connection to Emily Bronte herself.
It’s very clear through the novel that Rowan herself is a huge Bronte fan
and clearly has a connection with Yorkshire. Her descriptions of the Moors
truly bring to life on the page and I found myself longing to be back there
I haven’t visited Ponden myself before, but through the book I felt as much
a connection to the house as its residents and if I get the chance to go back
to Yorkshire I will make sure I pay a visit!
Fans of the Bronte’s may be wary in reading this book but let me reassure
you it’s a beautifully written story that pays them the respect they deserve. I
loved it and it’s definitely one of my favourite books this year! It’s so
lovely to share my love of the Bronte’s with someone!
I was lucky to be given an advanced proof of this book by the publishers, having not heard anything about the book before picking it up I was instantly in the middle of a gripping narrative.
Everyone knows Cornelia Blackwood but there is something about her that people turn away from, and through the course of the book we slowly begin to uncover her story. A loving wife who tragically loses her husband but then finds he wasn’t where he should’ve been and through investigation she discovers a shocking secret, a secret somewhat poignant when you learn the truth about Cornelia.
It’s difficult to say much about the story without giving away major spoilers so I won’t say more about the plot, but you can’t help but be captured by the beautiful story telling that the author weaves around Cornelia in this book, you feel for her. The book deals with a difficult subject matter, but it’s not shied away from in anyway and you’ll be left with a lasting impression after reading this book!
The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood
Susan Elliot Wright
Simon & Schuster UK
19 February 2019
What has happened to Cornelia Blackwood?
She has a loving marriage.
But she has no friends.
Everyone knows her name.
But no one will speak it.
Cornelia Blackwood is about to do something very wrong, for reasons she believes to be right.
I’ve read many of Jodi Picoult’s previous books so am always eager to get my hands on a new release, and thanks to the publishers for allowing me an advanced review copy of this latest release.
Picoult is never one to shy away from emotive issues and this book is no exception, a shooter has taken hostages in an abortion centre and the police negotiators sister is an injured victim, his daughter a hostage caught up in the ongoing situation. But the book is about more then this situation it’s a revealing look at a series of characters and their connection to the abortion centre, both those in favour and those against the practice, as well as those who are there for very different reasons.
The book is very balanced and doesn’t sway to an opinion on either side of the abortion argument. There are parts of the story where you can’t help but be moved, and there was one particular part where a description left me very unnerved. You’ll find yourself drawn to each characters story and reason for being in the centre on the fateful day and left wondering how the situation will pan out, who will make it out?
There’s also a brilliant twist near the end which I would have liked to have seen more on (but perhaps it’s one for another novel).
Picoult really is a magical weaver of beautiful thought provoking stories!
A Spark of Light
Hodder & Stoughton
30 October 2018
The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice.
Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder.
Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage.
Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, A Spark of Light unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people - the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment - to this point.
And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.
With huge thanks to the publishers for allowing me an advanced Netgalley copy of this book prior to publication, having read the description of this new book by Helen Callaghan I was eager to get my hands on it ASAP and bump it to the top of my reading pile!
Sophia knows her parents, at least she thought she did but when she returns home to find the unthinkable has happened, her mum dead and her dead now in a critical condition she can’t believe how this could have happened. Her perceptions are challenged even more when she learns her mum was writing her book and the discovery of her hidden notebooks reveals to Sophia a whole hidden life her mum had before she was born, and the truth of that life could be dangerous to Sophia.
A bewitching novel about control and revelation – Sophia is a strong central character around which events unfold. In contrast her mother’s voice revealed through her notebooks is someone who seems to have been easily led and controlled, there are however parallels with Sophia’s own current situation at work, so the novel does show how control can take different routes. I found this to be a very powerful story with many twists and turns in its delivery, thought-provoking with a tight grip! Get this on your reading list now!
Everything is Lies
20 September 2018
What if your parents had been lying to you since the day you were born?
Sophia's parents lived quiet, ordinary lives. At least she thought so, until she came home to discover her mother hanged, and her father in a pool of blood.
Sophia is certain her mother didn't try to kill her father - but clearing her name will draw Sophia deep into a past she never imagined.
A past that hides a dark and twisted secret . . .
Because if everything you've been told is lies, then how dangerous is the truth?
If you’re looking for that perfect summer holiday getaway read I can highly recommend Rebecca Freeborn’s Hot Pursuit.
A book spanning different countries, a race against time to crack the truth of a missing (presumed dead) Indy band member, a heart broken girl and her former one night stand photographer working together on her first case as a journalist – what could possibly go wrong?
Sarah Burrowes is a kick ass chick who comes across as a determined, fearless woman who isn’t afraid of working to get what she wants. She want take rubbish from her womanising photographer, and gives as good as she gets from those trying to stop her from getting to the truth of her case. She is the perfect lead female character for this story and you’ll love her from the first page to the last.
The story is fast paced with many twists and turns right until the end – but Sarah is always at the very heart of the novel and we are reminded throughout of her vulnerability as well with the involvement of her now ex-boyfriend James.
The banter between Sarah and her photographer Nick is funny and also a wonderful look at the dynamic the 2 of them have – I couldn’t wait to see what would happen there.
Honestly grab this book now for your holiday bag, you won’t be disappointed.
28 March 2018
A missing rockstar, a suspected murderer on the run, and a chase through some of the world’s most romantic destinations
Sarah Burrowes is left with a shattered heart and a huge mortgage after the love of her life abruptly runs out on her.
An aspiring journalist, Sarah spends her days slaving away at a gossip magazine—far from her dream job.
Heartbroken and fed up, Sarah decides to take her career by the reins and lands herself the assignment of a lifetime in Europe. But there’s a catch—her boss pairs her with gorgeous but egocentric photographer, Nick, who just happens to be her ex’s best friend.
But when Sarah’s assignment takes a darker turn, she discovers there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is she ready to risk everything to get the scoop?