Before I Let You In – Jenny Blackhurst

Before I Let You InISBN-10 1472235274

ISBN-13 978-1472235275

Author Jenny Blackhurst

Publisher Headline

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

From Goodreads

Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.

And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .

What did I think?

Wow, what have I just read?! Before I Let You In was devoured in one day, I literally could not put it down. I needed to know all about Karen and Jessica and the funniest part of me saying that is I didn’t realise until I’d put the book down how invested in their story I really was!

I annoyingly thought I’d guessed the story from about 50 pages in and was slightly disappointed at that moment in time as I was expecting great things, but little did I know that Before I Let You In was deceiving me and I was led down a road I never expected.

Jenny Blackhurst has a such a great writing skill, Before I Let You In manipulates you to a place you feel comfortable and keeps a slow and steady pace throughout, you’re sat there comfortably thinking “Yeah, I know where this goes, I’ve figured it out already” and then bam! You’re left with egg on your face because I can guarantee you’ve been wrong the whole way through.

A fantastic read and potentially one of my favourite reads so far – it will take a great deal more to beat this to my favourite read of 2017! I have How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst on my TBR shelf – that will most definitely be getting bumped to the top!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥

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The Mercury Travel Club – Helen Bridgett

Mercury Travel ClubISBN-10 1910453285

ISBN-13 978-1910453285

Author Helen Bridgett

Publisher Red Door Publishing

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

From Goodreads

‘Hi, I’m Angela. My husband ran off with the caterer we hired for our daughter’s graduation party – pleased to meet you.’

Meet Angie Shepherd who, after 24 years and 11 months of marriage, finds herself divorced and driven by friends and family to move on. From hangover to makeover, Angie steps firmly away from the sensible knitwear, and launches into every adventure on offer – from baking classes and book groups, to speed dating, and even ‘The Granny-Okes’, a 1980s tribute act and YouTube sensation.

But Angie needs more than a bar of galaxy and a night in with Murder She Wrote… what she dreams of is entrepreneurial success. Channelling her inner Richard Branson, the light bulb moment happens: it’s time to take the plunge and invest her divorce settlement into The Mercury Travel Club, an exciting new business venture. But as the Travel Club gets going, things never go according to plan, and in this digital age a little chaos brings the fame she’s been looking for.

Set in present-day Manchester, this classic mid-life journey features the 1980s soundtrack from Angie’s youth, and sees her travel the world whilst coping with life after the Ex. Angie’s journey is the catalyst her friends need to examine their own lives; as they start to find their true callings, will Angie find hers?

What did I think?

The Mercury Travel Club is such a heart-warming and joyful read it’s a book that’s going to appeal to such a wide range of people and is sure to get all the readers laughing along. I think with divorce being so high in this day and age, a lot of people will be able to relate to the trials and tribulations that Angela faces.

Reading The Mercury Travel Club makes you want to better yourself and do the things in your life that you’ve been putting off – start a bucket list and start ticking them off! Angela has such a brilliant outlook on life as the story progresses and that builds motivation within the reader.

When I finished this book and put it down, I was content. It’s a satisfying read that makes you believe that anything is possible if you want it bad enough and while you can feel like the worst thing in the world has happened to you it shows that you shouldn’t give up and you should keep persevering to get to where you want to be.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Broken – Karin Slaughter

BrokenISBN-10 0385341970

ISBN-13 978-0385341974

Author Karin Slaughter

Publisher Delacorte Press

 

 

From Goodreads

When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner’s death. He doesn’t understand why Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him. He doesn’t understand her role in the death of Grant County’s popular police chief. He doesn’t understand why that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, needs him now more than ever to help her crack this case.


While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force, putting pressure on Adams just when she’s already about to crack. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand Linton’s passionate distrust of Adams, the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, and the complexities of this insular town, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets–and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

What did I think?

Did I know that Broken was the 4th book in a series? No, and to be honest it shocked me when I found out that it was because it really didn’t seem like there was much history in the characters – that either makes it a questionable series or a good author, in Karin Slaughters case it is more than likely the latter!

Broken was a story that kept going and kept giving. Not one point did I guess the way that it was going to end and while it was a bit of a shock ending, it was also slightly disappointing because I feel the specific character could have had a bit more a story built – the only reason this isn’t 4 hearts to be honest!

I did feel like Broken kept on giving with very minimal effort, it was an easy-going story with just the right amount of build-up. The excitement built at the right moments and Slaughter’s experience with keeping you wanting to read on and not letting up definitely shows! It definitely makes me want to read the three books in the Will Trent series prior to this one – when my TBR shelf shrinks enough, I will do that!

It’s worth mentioning that I listened to ‘Broken’ as opposed to reading it as it was an audio-book sat in my Audible library! Although I’m sure it’ll make no difference to most whether I read or listened – the story remains the same after all! I’ve read some of Karin Slaughters work before, probably around 10 years ago now and I loved her work then. I’m not sure why I never got round to reading more of her work until now, but either way, I’m a fan of her writing and will definitely be buying other books written by her!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Stronger Than Skin – Stephen May

Stronger Than SkinISBN-10 1910985406

ISBN-13 978-1910985403

Author Stephen May

Publisher Sandstone Press

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

From Goodreads

Mark Chadwick is cycling home from work, eager to get back to his pregnant wife Katy and two children, when he sees the police calling at his house. He knows exactly why they are there and he knows that the world he has carefully constructed over twenty deliberately uneventful years is about to fall apart. He could lose everything.
A story of a toxic love gone wrong, with a setting that moves easily between present day London and 1990s Cambridge, Stronger Than Skin is compulsively readable, combining a gripping narrative with a keen eye for the absurdities of the way we live now.

What did I think?

Stronger Than Skin was intriguing from the offset, Mark is on the run from the police and you have absolutely no idea why and you have no idea for about 80% of the book – amazing how a book that revolves around the Mark man-hunt doesn’t give anything away but somehow manages to keep you turning the pages and reading on.

Stephen May writes about the characters of Stronger Than Skin throughout various stages of their life, it helps you form a connection with the characters as you feel you’ve grown with them. This evokes strong emotions within the reader and makes the shocking parts of the story more hard-hitting. You really get a sense of the love and pain within Marks life and it this kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know more.

I loved the way Stronger Than Skin ended, it took me by surprise and without giving away too much it’s not something you see in every book – in fact it’s rarer than I would like. I wish I could say more but if I did I would be taking the excitement of the book away from you – it’s unpredictable to say the least, the whole book is!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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S5 Uncovered – James Durose-Rayner

S5 UncoveredISBN-10 1910782564

ISBN 13 978-1910782569

Author James Durose-Rayner

Publisher Clink Street Publishing

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

From Goodreads

Based around a series of true events. The BBC’s current affairs programme ‘Panorama’ undertook a sixty minute documentary / expose surrounding an elite government task force that went undercover in Sheffield over a period of twelve months. Their remit was to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to fill up the police federations coffers using illegally gained intelligence, on one hand overlooking – and in some cases encouraging – major criminal activity such as murder, kidnap and torture; whilst on the other, surreptitiously acquiring pre-bargained guilty pleas from defendants then reneging on deals, which culminated in some of the heaviest sentences ever handed out in the UK.

But the programme was never aired.

What did I think?

If you want a book that gets you excited from the very first chapter then I would suggest you pick up a copy of S5 Uncovered. I wasn’t expecting S5 Uncovered to build so much excitement within me from the first few pages but it did, it got me hooked and made me want to settle down for a good read.

Now, I know I said that the book got me excited from the beginning but unfortunately the momentum dropped off pretty quickly. At a hefty 908 (!) pages, S5 Uncovered isn’t a read that can be read in a couple of days and I personally think that due to it being such a mammoth read it lost a lot of the excitement building. I found S5 Uncovered to be slightly ‘busy’ and sometimes it did feel a little bit messy. There are a lot of characters in the book and they’re not really that distinguishable from one another all the time – this made for difficult reading as you’re trying to remember what their story is and how they fit in.

The thing that kept me reading despite the struggles I faced was the fact that this is based on a true story. The possibility that this is a situation currently happening in somewhere so close to home kept me wanting to read on – the situations and scenarios did seem quite far-fetched at times which took the ‘reality’ element away from it a bit, but that being said it may well be happening and it could be something we’re all oblivious to!

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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