With thanks to the publishers for allowing us a copy of Liz Nugent’s Lying In wait in exchange for review – billed by Stylist as ‘For fans of Gone Girl… It twists, it turns, it is a compulsive triumph,’ we couldn’t resist getting lost in the pages of this one!
The book brings us the story of Lydia, accustomed to the good life, she lives in a big house with her loving husband and her son. But there is something missing for Lydia which she wants to make her life complete and unfortunately the need for it leads to murder, a murder that overshadows her son’s life. Lydia is a complex character who it is clear from the outset is able to compartmentalise her feelings and is determined to get her own way whatever the cost. As the plot moves on through the years this plays a big part dominating her son’s life and it’s clear there is somewhat of a sinister side to this mum, whose obsession with her son may be all too much.
On the other side of the tale is a family who are effected by the loss of their daughter and sister, left wondering if she is alive or dead and never giving up hope that she may be found or the killer bought to justice. But ironically the one helping them is the son of the murderers, and as the plot becomes complicated with the feelings Laurence has, this is a story as a reader you know can’t end well.
A truly dark and gripping novel, which will keep you hanging till the very end! Loved it!
Lying In Wait
26th December 2016
LyinginWaittells the story of Lydia Fitzsimons who lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants…
When I saw this book promoted on Netgalley in a swirl of praise I was eager to check out what all the fuss was about.
Annie has a new name and a new home and a big secret. Annie’s mum is a serial killer, caught because Annie herself turned her into the police, now placed with a family while the trial begins she is finding it hard to fit in whilst dealing with the terrible things she’s experienced. Her life is made tougher because the daughter of her carers is a bully who sees her as a new target, as she vents the frustration she feels due to issues at home.
The narrative of this story is absolutely chilling and creeps under your skin – it’s a difficult story to step away from, with very chilling plot lines. You feel sympathy towards Annie as she struggles with being her mother’s daughter, but then at times you’re left wondering whether she is too much of her mother’s daughter.
Without a doubt this book is set to be a hit this year, it’ll leave you with chills
Good Me Bad Me
12th January 2017
'NEW NAME .NEW FAMILY.SHINY.NEW.ME.'Annie's mother is a serial killer.The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.But out of sight is not out of mind.As her mother's trial looms, the secrets of her past won't let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name - Milly.A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.Good me, bad me.She is, after all, her mother's daughter...
We’ve been hearing a lot about this book at Compelling Reads so were very excited when we opened our post to find a beautiful little package of this book accompanied by the letters from missing Bethan.
Bethan went missing nearly 2 decades ago, some thought she’d simply run away from home following an attack on her grandmother, whilst others fear she may have been killed.
In present day student Katie has also gone missing, another presumed teenage runaway & when letters arrive at the desk for the agony aunt colum of Dear Amy, Margot (teacher and agony aunt) is spooked.
Told from the perspective of Katie as she is abducted and alluding to her experiences whilst there and also from Margot’s as she deal with the letters and becomes part of the enquiry into what happened to Bethan all those year ago.
We learn as the story progresses of Margot’s own experiences from a bad childhood, drug addiction and homelessness and struggles with breakdowns. Now she is dealing with a divorce and she’s off her medication but she is sure that their is something in the letters from Bethan and perhaps Bethan may even be someone that she knew in her younger life.
I loved the little insights into how Margot’s experience has shaped her – the glimpses in to her time with the nuns and friendship with Angelique. You can understand that she feels she’s worked hard to be in the teaching position she is now in and doesn’t want her past to be revealed and threaten her way of life. However it is clear that she is still affected by mental health issues.
The story is very cleverly written and has a bit of a twist that you may not see coming! This book certainly had me gripped and I was chilled by the actions of the abuctor. Although he isn’t featured much you get a sense for the psychological damage he caused any surviving victims.
My favourite psychological novel so far this year!
16th June 2016
In her guise as 'Dear Amy', agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters - but never one like this...
I've been kidnapped by a strange man. I don't know where I am.
Please help me, Bethan Avery
This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.
But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.
Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl's life and cost Margot her own...
This book has been shifted around my to read pile for quite a while now, and during a clear out I came across it again and it looked the ideal book to break up a series of romantic novels.
Ben Makepeace is a divorced father of one, struggling to find someone to back his latest scripts. When he gets a call from his agent to arrange a meet with a multi-millionaire interested in his latest project he isn’t expecting to run in to an old school friend.
As a child Ben boarded at a boys school and his parents somehow become guardians to fellow pupil Jacob, Jacob is a strange boy who is manipulative and later found to be stealing from the other boys – hoarding his collection under the floorboards in another part of the school. Having lost contact after school Ben is shocked when millionaire Victor turns out to be none other than Jacob.
Although the back cover suggests this is some kind of psychological suspense stemming from some event at school if I’m honest the book didn’t really live up to the expectations I’d set for it. Most of the book features flash backs to the boys time at school and although there are some indicators that Jacob is a little odd it didn’t really fully explain why he’d be out for revenge in such a big way (and the conclusion with the reason kind of felt as if it had come out of nowhere).
It’s only really the last 100 or so pages when the action really happens and although the plot was interesting and held me to the end, I felt myself rushing through without feeling invested in the characters.
The Long Shadow
27th March 2014
Blood brothers or sworn enemies? You never forget what the fight was about... THE LONG SHADOW is a stunning depiction of resentment and revenge.
Ben Makepeace has barely thought of Jacob since school. What he remembers is a competitive, manipulative boy, impinging on his life.
Now Ben is the wrong side of forty with a young son to support and in need of a backer. A call to meet hedge-fund billionaire Victor Sheldon is promising, but there's a surprise in store - Victor is Jacob, now firmly entrenched in a gilded world of riches and glamour. History can cast a long shadow and while Ben believes his childhood is well over, he soon discovers the roots of the past dig deep.
Saving Sophie is without a doubt a psychological thriller, and one which is not to be missed. The book opens with a short shocking prologue which sets the tone for the rest of the novel and boy does is deliver.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie returns home from a night out, incoherently drunk and escorted by police officers, much to the despair and anger of her parents. We soon learn that one of Sophie’s friends never made it home from the night out and then the body of a young girl is discovered. Whilst Sophie initially remembers nothing, she begins to receive a series of emails which start to trigger more sinister memories of something far more horrific. Someone out there is watching both her and her friends, no-one is willing to talk about that night. Sophie’s mum Karen soon becomes convinced that Sophie and her friends know far more about the young girl than they are admitting and she decides to investigate. But what she discovers horrifies her and makes for some truly compelling reading.
The story is told from the perspectives of Sophie, Karen and DI Lindsay Wade, something which I feel adds real depth to the plot and really enabled me as a reader to get into the minds of the characters and in to the plot. The characters are complex, fascinating and realistic. Each had their purpose and role, their depths and secrets making this a truly compelling page turner and a fantastically clever debut psychological thriller. I was kept on the edge of my seat and desperately turning the page to learn more and discover what exactly did happen that night.
Saving Sophie is a complex, superbly written psychological debut not to be missed, the plot grips from the outset and only grows stronger with its many twists and turns which make this an edge of your seat read, it certainly ends with the mother of all shocks. While a crime thriller with the main theme of the plot the hunt for the killer of the young girl, the underlying themes of family relationships and their secrets makes this an incredible complex and fascinating read.
A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next?
Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her?
When Karen Finch’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state.
Twelve hours later, Sophie’s friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found.
Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack.
As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another – Sophie.
A taut psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go.
With thanks to the author for allowing us a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Billed as a psychological thriller I thought this would be a good book to break up my romantic novels.
The Good Kind of Bad A Clarke leaves her boring finance at the alter and moves across the world where she accepts the marriage proposal of the first guy she meets (in a bar). Becoming Mrs Petrozzi however it not all she hoped, clearly a girl who is used to having money and spending it on designer gear she’s now leaving on the wrong side of the tracks in an apartment with a husband who may or may not have gangster dealings.
Her only friend Nina at work also has gangster issues of her own as her fiancé is a dirty cop, using dirty money to buy her the next must have pair of shoes, or whisk her off on another holiday. It seems Mrs Pertrozzi attracts drama – but soon it’s the wrong kind.
When husband Joe reveals himself as an alcoholic wife beater she flees to the safety of handsome hero cop Evan, but things take a dramatic turn and the two end up with a huge secret to keep. Only some secrets are bound to come up.
This is a book which has lots and lots of twists to the story, it’s mentioned at one point that Mrs Petrozzi has some previous mental health issues so I was expecting the whole story to be in her imagination to be honest, as it did seem a bit too much was thrown into the plot. However it was a good read that kept me awake on my train journey to work!
The Good Kind Of Bad
Secrets don't stay secret for long...
She spent her whole life being the perfect daughter, the perfect girlfriend, and was all ready to become the perfect wife.
But after ditching her fiancé at the altar and escaping to Chicago, she marries smouldering stranger Joe Petrozzi three weeks after meeting him in a bar. At least this time, there’s no chance of cold feet.
Married life starts out great: there’s the new job, a gorgeous, enigmatic husband and money's not an issue.
So what if she’s kept a few secrets from Joe – like where all her money came from. Joe’s been keeping secrets from her, too.
But his might just get her killed.