Everything You Told Me – Lucy Dawson

Everything You Told MeISBN-10 1782396276

ISBN-13 978-1782396277

Author Lucy Dawson

Publisher Corvus

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…

What did I think?

This isn’t the first time that Lucy Dawson has featured on my blog, last year I read and reviewed ‘You Sent Me A Letter‘ and while I thought it was a great read, I did note that I found it a little predictable and so I was intrigued as to what ‘Everything You Told Me’ was going to be like and to see if Dawson has advanced her writing skills.

From the very beginning, ‘Everything You Told Me’ pulls you in and doesn’t show any signs of letting you go. It’s been a while since I’ve been hooked to a book so much that I couldn’t put it down. It has such an eerie feel to it that keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps those pages turning. You’re misled and deceived at various points throughout the story. The twists and the turns never let up and you’re sent on a huge roller-coaster ride until the very last page.

It’s safe to say that Dawson has impressed me with ‘Everything You Told Me’ so much more than she did with ‘You Sent Me A Letter’, I didn’t want the book to end and I was kept on my toes the whole time. Go grab a copy and read it for yourself, you won’t regret it!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥

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Who Are You? – Megan Henley

who-are-youISBN-10 0008144338

ISBN-13 978-0008144333

Author Megan Henley

Publisher Harper Element



From Goodreads

A dramatic and terrifying memoir of a ‘catfish’ scenario – when a woman meets a man online but nothing is what it seems.

25-year-old Megan Henley put her five-year-old daughter to bed one evening and switched on her laptop. A Facebook ‘friend request’ seemed to be genuine. There were a few common friends and very similar interests, so Megan accepted.

With that one simple act, she changed her life forever. In her words: ‘looking back on it, it was as if I had opened my front door to a stranger, as if I had thrown away every precaution I’d ever put in place, as if I had freely given access to my whole world – all because of some naïve belief that it was ‘just’ a friend request on a social media site.’ Megan is tricked into a relationship, paranoia and ultimately betrayal by the man she loved and trusted but nothing is as it seems.

What did I think?

The core of this book was intriguing and the fact that its a true story makes you want to read it even more. Social media is something that has infiltrated all of our lives, some for the better and some for the worse, unfortunately for Megan Henley she didn’t have a great experience. ‘Who Are You?’ highlights the dangers of the internet and how people are able to manipulate to their advantage, something I guess we’re all aware of but also something none of us think we’ll ever fall victim too.

‘Who Are You?’ was a relatively quick read and it didn’t take much concentration to understand what was going on. The story seemed effortless to write and in some parts I do feel like the writing quality dropped in comparison to other parts of the book.

I think ‘Who Are You?’ let me down the most because it just didn’t seem fully believable. Not saying that Megan Henley hasn’t been through this awful ordeal and maybe it’s me wanting to think that people can’t be so cruel but it just seem far-fetched at points and maybe a twist of the truth.

Either way, ‘Who Are You?’ is an eye-opener for anyone who reads it…don’t always trust the person on the other side of the keyboard and don’t set yourself up to become a victim.

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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Giveaway – Disclaimer by Renée Knight

Disclaimer - Renée Knight
Written by Renée Knight
Published by Black Swan

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I was going to be running a giveaway for you to win your own copy of Disclaimer by Renée Knight – mainly because I messed up and accidentally bought two copies! My review went live on the 14th December and if you haven’t read it, it could be worth your time!

The Book

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

The Giveaway

The rules are simple…all you have to do is follow the instructions below. The different sections will get you a different number of entries.

UK ENTRANTS ONLY

Good Luck and if you win it…let me know what you think!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions apply – do not enter if you do not agree with them! If you have any queries relating to these then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Winners will be notified by 11pm on the 12th January 2017 and the prize will be shipped no later than 48 hours after a postal address has been confirmed.

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Girls on Fire – Robin Wasserman

Girls on Fire - Robin Wasserman

ISBN-10 1408707101

ISBN-13 978-1408707104

Author Robin Wasserman

Publisher Little, Brown

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

From Goodreads

Girls on Fire tells the story of Hannah and Lacey and their obsessive teenage female friendship so passionately violent it bloodies the very sunset its protagonists insist on riding into, together, at any cost. Opening with a suicide whose aftermath brings good girl Hannah together with the town’s bad girl, Lacey, the two bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable.

But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it’s a secret that will change everything…

What did I think?

‘Girls on Fire’ is a dark, dark book. When Lacey befriends Hannah ‘Dex’ Dexter she isn’t really too sure what to expect, but what she got could have never been in her ideas of how their friendship would blossom. Following two troubled teenagers who get mixed up in the Satanic cult at the height of the ‘grunge’ era can only mean trouble, but how much trouble did Dex really believe Lacey could bring her?

Wasserman has written a thrilling read that is impossible to put down. This is more than a book about teenage angst, this is a book about unthinkable acts and unthinkable consequences. It shows the darker side of what teenagers are capable of and delves in to the deepest family trauma and the tribulations of a teenager.

Wasserman kept me engrossed with ‘Girls on Fire’ the whole way through and it is quite a unique story, I’ve never read anything remotely similar and for that, I applaud Wasserman. A truly gripping read that has you on the edge of your seat experiencing a wide range of emotions throughout. Truly brilliant!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥

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Goodreads Challenge – 2016

So, my first Goodreads reading challenge was in 2015 and I had a low target of 24 books for the year – I completed that challenge and was determined to set my target higher…so why not double it? Yep, that’s right, my goal this year was 48 books…and I’ve now completed it!

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This is what I read for my challenge in 2016 – click on the title to read my review:

  1. Dead Secret: Ava McCarthy (completed 2nd January)
  2. Lucky Me: Saba Kapur (completed 11th January)
  3. You Have Not A Leg To Stand On: D.D Mayers (completed 14th January)
  4. Finding the Cure: Cassandra Giovanni (completed 16th January)
  5. The Double Axe: Philip Womack (completed 18th January)
  6. Findo’s Mousetrap: Graham Paskett (completed 19th January)
  7. Mending Heartstrings: Aria Glazki (completed 19th January)
  8. Death In Profile: Guy Fraser-Sampson (completed 22nd January)
  9. Love, Me: Lorraine Britt (completed 23rd January)
  10. Angel Falls: Tracey Sinclair (completed 24th January)
  11. A Tale of Hunters: Frank E. Whelan (completed 24th January)
  12. Diary of the Wolf: Frank E. Whelan (completed 30th January)
  13. Little Girl Gone: Alexandra Burt (completed 5th February)
  14. The Insect Farm: Stuart Prebble (completed 7th February)
  15. You Sent Me A Letter: Lucy Dawson (completed 10th February)
  16. Cause She’s A Good Girl: Groovy Lee (completed 13th February)
  17. The Essex Serpent: Sarah Perry (completed 17th February)
  18. Nothing Is Strange: Mike Russell (completed 17th February)
  19. Jihadi A Love Story: Yusuf Toropov (completed 21st February)
  20. Twenty Questions for Gloria: Martyn Bedford (completed 23rd February)
  21. Live and Let Bee: D.S. Nelson (completed 26th February)
  22. Beneath the Surface: Heidi Perks (completed 7th March)
  23. Hold Still: Tim Adler (completed 11th March)
  24. Birthdays for the Dead: Stuart MacBride (completed 22nd March)
  25. Devil’s Bridge: Linda Fairstein (completed 31st March)
  26. Touch and Go: Lisa Gardner (completed 3rd April)
  27. Scarlet Widow: Graham Masterton (completed 6th April)
  28. End As An Assassin: Lex Lander (completed 13th April)
  29. The Theseus Paradox: David Videcette (completed 17th April)
  30. Behind Closed Doors: B.A Paris (completed 19th April)
  31. The Second Love of my Life: Victoria Walters (completed 23rd April)
  32. One by One: Rob Enright (completed 5th May)
  33. This Must be the Place: Maggie O’Farrell (completed 16th May)
  34. Devil’s Demise: Lee Cockburn (completed 22nd May)
  35. The Summer of Broken Stories: James Wilson (completed 25th May)
  36. The Last Fiesta: Andy Rumbold (completed 27th May)
  37. 1066: G.K. Holloway (completed 8th August)
  38. Daddy Dearest: Paul Southern (completed 8th September)
  39. Anything for Him: L.K. Chapman (completed 20th September)
  40. Doorways: Robert Enright (completed 8th October)
  41. Find Her: Lisa Gardner (completed 18th October)
  42. Fallow: Daniel Shand (completed 23rd October)
  43. Her Darkest Nightmare: Brenda Novak (completed 13th November)
  44. Disclaimer: Renée Knight (completed 20th November)
  45. Who Are You?: Megan Henley (completed 21st November)
  46. Environmentally Friendly: Elias Zanbaka (completed 21st November)
  47. Girls on Fire: Robert Wasserman (completed 5th December)
  48. Relativity: Antonia Hayes (completed 12th December)

Overall, it was a brilliant challenge this year. A lot of the books I read received high ratings, not because I only give high ratings (there’s been a couple of low scores this year) but because I’ve been genuinely lucky with regards to the books I have read. Now, on to 2017!

Did you reach your 2016 reading goal? Were any from my list?

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