We’re absoutely thrilled to be part of the Blog Tour for Strangers, C L Taylor’s latest gripping novel. As those of you familar with Compelling Reads will know we’re huge fans and get immensely excited when we know a new book is coming. It’s always a huge privlege to be able to get an early glimpse in exchange for review.
Once again C L Taylor has penned a wonderful thriller that has the reader locked in from page 1. Strangers is told from the point of view of three narrators – my favourite Ursula, thrown out of her friends place for stealing she’s described as giant of a woman who is clearly dealing with her own issues from her past while she encounters more issues through her work as delivery driver and her stealing habit. We also meet Alice the manager of a fashion store, who seems unlucky in love (the one Ursula likes to steal from) & Gareth the centre security guard who lives at home with his mum.
It’s not clear how at first these 3 people are connected, they could easily be 3 seperate stories. We soon learn a connection through the shopping centre, but as the story progresses their stories are cleverly interlinked and other characters are woven in. Until their stories collide in an epic way.
Each narrator captures your attention in different ways, drawing you into their lives and work, when their stories collide they do so perfectly. A tense, gripping drama with plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning.
You aren’t short of suspense in the book, with each narrator dealing with their own personal issues there are plenty of potential suspects (& indeed even potential crimes, until the conclusion of the story is reached)
A wonderfully written thriller as always – I think this is my favourite C L Taylor novel to date. She never fails to deliver!
C L Taylor
2 April 2020
Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.
None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.
Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.
The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.
This book unexpectedly arrived in my post and from reading the description I was intrigued, immediately adding this to the top of my reading pile.
In a future world of driverless cars a set of seemingly normal passengers set off on their normal journeys, but what then takes places is a page turner of a story as their cars are highjacked and their faces are projected everywhere. I was gripped from the very first page of this book, it’s one of those futuristic stories that is entirely plausible and that means it makes you think
And this book really makes you think – from the start where we meet Libby as she takes her place in the jury investigating an accident involving driverless cars, deciding if the car or the person was at fault, to the stories of the highjacked passengers that we learn as the book progress – what way would you decide?
I’ve not read any of John Marrs novels before, but this book really makes me want to check out more
I really don’t want to spoil this book, so I can’t give away too much of the plot but this was truly a page turner and I was thrilled to see it’s soon to be made into a Netflix series – I am certain it will translate from page to screen in a big way!
This book unexpectedly arrived in my post and from reading the description I
was intrigued, immediately adding this to the top of my reading pile.
In a future world of driverless
cars a set of seemingly normal passengers set off on their normal journeys, but
what then takes places is a page turner of a story as their cars are highjacked
and their faces are projected everywhere. I was gripped from the very first
page of this book, it’s one of those futuristic stories that is entirely plausible
and that means it makes you think
And this book really makes you think – from the start where we meet Libby as
she takes her place in the jury investigating an accident involving driverless
cars, deciding if the car or the person was at fault, to the stories of the
highjacked passengers that we learn as the book progress – what way would you
I’ve not read any of John Marrs novels before, but this book really makes me
want to check out more
I really don’t want to spoil this book, so I can’t give away too much of the
plot but this was truly a page turner and I was thrilled to see it’s soon to be
made into a Netflix series – I am certain it will translate from page to screen
in a big way!
1 April 2019
When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.
The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife - and parents of two - who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?
Having read “Behind her Eyes” previously I was looking forward to another installment of Sarah Pinborough’s work and dived right in to “Cross Her Heart”
Lisa is a single mother who keeps herself to herself, she has 1 good friend through work and is overly protective of her teenage daughter Ava. Ava, like all teenagers I’m sure, has her own secrets – she’s been talking to a guy online. However she isn’t the only one with a secret as the biggest secret is the one Lisa has been keeping for a very long time, and one which is about to be uncovered.
Once again Pinborough has crafted a brilliant psychological story, you’re pulled into Lisa’s world and as her secret unravels find yourself racing through to uncover more and just as the book’s tag line says “you won’t see it coming”
Stick with this one and you’re in for a treat!
Cross Her Heart
21 February 2019
Lisa tells lies.
Most of them are small white lies intended to make the life of her daughter, Ava, easier.
But her biggest lie of all about to be exposed.
Because Lisa is lying to everyone.
Lisa isn’t who she says she is.
Lisa isn’t even called Lisa at all.
Her real name is Charlotte Nevill and as a child she was convicted of the brutal murder of her half-brother, Daniel.
Someone out there knows the truth. They’re determined to make Lisa pay. And they won’t stop until everything she loves is destroyed.
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 . . .