Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter

Pretty GirlsISBN-10 0062430874

ISBN-13 978-0062430878

Author Karin Slaughter

Publisher William Morrow

This is a review based on the audiobook version.

 

From Goodreads

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

What did I think?

As always, Karin Slaughter has written a truly gripping thriller that has your heart racing from the first few pages. ‘Pretty Girls’ is a stand-alone novel that is full of shocking revelations – it reminds me a lot of ‘Dead Secret‘ by Ava McCarthy and I loved that book too!

‘Pretty Girls’ has you fooled for most of the book and the twists & turns constantly keep you on your toes. The best part of it all is that Karin Slaughter makes it feel believable and the way she builds around the characters makes you feel connected to them.

While ‘Pretty Girls’ is a great read, it’s nothing outstanding and that really surprised me as Slaughters work is usually very memorable. It’s 100% worth a read and is a great read but it is slightly disappointing for Karin Slaughters work.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Cold Calling – Haydn Wilks

Cold CallingISBN-10 1520335695

ISBN-13 978-1520335698

Author Haydn Wilks

Publisher Dead Bird Press

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

From Goodreads

You spend your days staring into a computer screen, trying to sell life insurance to young couples with new babies.

You spend your nights staring into a computer screen, extracting filth from and injecting bile into the internet.

You still live with the same dickhead housemate you went to university with.
Your only respite from computer screens are nights spent getting smashed with him at student bars, watching him prance around, trying to pull much younger girls.

Your life sucks and you suck at it.

One drunken night, you try something new.
Something terrible.
But something that brings you new energy, new drive, new desires.

You start eating the young.

What did I think?

When I first started reading Cold Calling I wasn’t sure what to expect but never in my wildest dreams did I expect to read something as dark as this. The beginning of Cold Calling trundles along quite nicely, then all of a sudden the action starts and doesn’t let up.

I felt incredibly uncomfortable at times and it also made me feel sick to my stomach at points too but despite all that Cold Calling possessed the ability to keep me turning the pages. That’s pretty powerful writing from Haydn Wilks. I was most disturbed by the fact that Cold Calling is set not too far away from where I live (with one of the towns he visited being right on my doorstep!) so it all felt a little too close to home.

If you’re after a book that will get your heart racing, your mind boggling and your stomach turning then Cold Calling is something you should be adding to your TBR shelf. If you’re of the feint-hearted then I advise you put this to one side!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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Shadows in the Dark – Frank E. Whelan

Shadows in the DarkISBN-10 0993235840

ISBN-13 978-0993235849

Author Frank E. Whelan

Publisher Perpetual Autumn Publishing

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

From Goodreads

Witch and werewolf were living in harmony and then he went and spoiled it all by hitting something nasty like nosferatu.
Now vampires have the Irish couple in their sights and Ciaran Connolly’s old enemies will have to become his greatest allies if he’s to survive. The night has once again become a scary place; will anyone really win in the battle of the monsters?

The second novel in the thrilling Diary of the Wolf series, where monsters walk the streets of cosmopolitan Dublin City and hunters stalk the hills.

What did I think?

Before you start Shadows in the Dark you need to sit down and get comfortable because you will not be moving for a while! From the moment you read the first sentence you become absorbed in to Ciaran’s world and find it impossible to put down. This is the second book in the Diary of the Wolf series and while I think you would benefit from reading the first book, I don’t think it would take long to catch up with what’s happening.

At no point did the tempo of Shadows in the Dark let up. It’s a whirlwind of a book that doesn’t let your feet touch the ground until you’ve finished. Ciaran’s second instalment covers such a range of emotions and a range of events that never lets your get bored.

It is safe to stay that Whelan’s story writing has improved by leaps and bounds from the first book. You can relate to the characters and that makes you feel more involved in the story. I do think it could’ve been made even better by expanding on some of the more sensitive/emotional moments a bit more, but like I said, leaps and bounds from the first book! It doesn’t quite seem that Ciaran’s story has finished here so I hope that we get to see Whelan’s writing progress further along with Ciaran’s life.

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥

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The Girl With No Name – Diney Costeloe

Girl with No NameISBN-10 1784970077

ISBN-13 978-1784970079

Author Diney Costeloe

Publisher Head of Zeus

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

From Goodreads

Thirteen-year-old Lisa has escaped from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. She arrives in London unable to speak a word of English, her few belongings crammed into a small suitcase. Among them is one precious photograph of the family she has left behind.

Lonely and homesick, Lisa is adopted by a childless couple. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is or where she came from. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children’s home.

With the war raging around her, what will become of Lisa now?

What did I think?

Now, I’ll shamefully admit that The Girl With No Name has been on my TBR shelf since 2016 (disappointing, I know!) and when I was offered the chance to participate in the ‘Married Girls’ blog tour (book #2) I knew I had to dig it out and get it read first! I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read it sooner because it’s a book that kept me entertained throughout!

I can imagine it’s quite challenging to write about a topic as over-written as WW2 but Diney Costeloe has done a fantastic job with The Girl With No Name. You instantly get wrapped up in the lives of Lisa and those around her and you get a feel or what WW2 London was really like. Descriptive writing is such an invaluable skill as it can add so much more depth and detail to a book – Diney Costeloe has this skill and she works it in to The Girl With No Name perfectly.

The characters in The Girl With No Name are relatable and believable. Every character has their own back story so it often feels like you know them personally. It makes it that much more of an enjoyable read! After finishing this, it makes me excited to get stuck in to ‘Married Girls’ because if it’s anything like The Girl With No Name then I know I’m in for a great read!

My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥

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For the Love of Grace – Andy Blackman

For the Love of GraceISBN-10 1911110535

ISBN-13 978-1911110538

Author Andy Blackman

Publisher Clink Street Publishing

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

From Goodreads

Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected.

Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom’s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own.

Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.

What did I think?

For the Clink Street Spring Reading Week I chose to read ‘For the Love of Grace’ as it sounded like my kind of book. From the offset you get drawn in to Tom’s world and you begin to understanding his way of thinking. Tom is a wanted man – that much is blatantly obvious from the start by Andy Blackman has been clever in how much information he gives you upfront about Toms life and the reason for his high profile.

‘For the Love of Grace is a relatively quick read at just over 200 pages long but there is a lot of action and story packed into those pages. I did feel that the writing style felt a little basic and sometimes felt repetitive which let the story down for me.

The ending definitely clawed back a heart though as it dud come as a surprise and a twist I was not expecting. I just wish the writing style was a little more advanced and then maybe ‘For the Love of Grace’ would have a four heart review here instead!

My Rating? ♥♥♥

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