The Catch by T.M. Logan @TMLoganAuthor

NOW A MAJOR TV DRAMA on Channel 5, starring Jason Watkins, Aneurin Barnard, Poppy Gilbert and Cathy Belton.

She says he’s perfect. I know he’s lying . . .

He caught me watching, and our eyes met. That was when it hit me.
There was something not quite right about my daughter’s new boyfriend . . .

The doting father

Ed finally meets his daughter’s boyfriend for the first time. Smart, successful and handsome, Ryan appears to be a real catch. Then Abbie announces their plan to get married.

The perfect fiancé

There’s just one problem. Ed thinks Ryan is lying to them.

Who would you believe?

All of Ed’s instincts tell him his daughter is in terrible danger – but no-one else can see it. With the wedding date approaching fast, Ed sets out to uncover Ryan’s secrets, before it’s too late . . .

The Catch

by T.M. Logan 

My review

Wow! I finished The Catch this morning and oh my goodness…. Just wow!

I bumped this book to the top of my list (before watching the TV series based on it) and I have loved it!

I’m sure all dads are wary of their daughter’s boyfriends, however old those daughters are, especially when they decide to marry someone they haven’t known for long. I could fully understand Ed’s paternal protectiveness, and I felt his frustration when his wife and daughter thought he was being unreasonable because he wasn’t instantly over the moon about the wedding. I could also understand Abbie though, who obviously thinks Ryan is perfect and feels like her dad is trying to ruin things for her and Claire who thinks her husband is overreacting and should just be happy for his only daughter. All perfectly normal, reasonable feelings.

Ryan seems too good to be true, but there are good men out there, so why not hold on to one when the chance arises. Life is short. You can’t blame Abbie for falling for him. He really does seem like the perfect catch.

For Ed though there is something off about this man and he genuinely fears for Abbie’s safety. I was inclined to believe him whilst also hoping he was completely wrong. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen.

This book kept me glued to my kindle late into the night and I had to finish it this morning before I could do anything else. I could not believe what I was reading. It made my blood run cold and my heart was thumping towards the end. Brilliant writing!

An easy five stars for me.

Looking forward to watching the TV series now to see how it compares.

If you haven’t read it yet….

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#FlashbackFriday February 2023

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature!

For those who are not familiar, on the first Friday of each month I like to have a look back at the books I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

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Here are my reviews from February 2022 + a link to previous FBFs….

Have you read any of the above?

Burnt Norton by Caroline Sandon @CMontagueAuthor

1731: When his youngest son is killed in a tragic accident, Sir William Keyt, master of Norton House, buries himself in his fortune. He builds a second vast mansion on his grounds, squandering money he does not have on luxury his family does not want.

Keyt has long been blind to the desires of others. His eldest son has fallen in love with their young maidservant, Molly Johnson, a ray of light in a household dimmed by tragedy. Keyt wants Molly for himself and, driven mad with lust and jealousy, he will do anything to have her…

Burnt Norton

by Caroline Sandon

My review

Burnt Norton was not on any of my reading lists. Caroline Sandon/Montague was not an author I was aware of previously, unfortunately. The hardcover copy I borrowed belongs to the cottage we are currently staying in, in Aston Sub-edge (Gloucestershire). It was recommended to me by the owner of the cottage and given that it is set right here I was too intrigued not to give it a go.

I’m so glad I did as it is a gem of a read!

The book is based on the true story of the Keyt (pronounced Kite) family who lived at the house from the early 1700s. I love reading about how people lived during these times. Especially well-off people! Despite the obvious societal differences between then and now, a lot was very much the same. Families still faced tragedies and grief. People still fell in love, or lust, with those they shouldn’t. Secrets were kept. Husbands were unfaithful and often got away with awful crimes just because of who they were. Sons and daughters weren’t always able to marry who they loved due to the lady/man not being of acceptable standing within society. People made decisions through jealousy and selfishness, sometimes with devastating consequences, mental illness was often unrecognised and untreated…. Families could be just as complicated then as now. The Keyt family are a perfect example. I found them utterly fascinating!

I love the fact that the author now lives at the house herself. What a beautiful place to reside. Surrounded by so much history. It must be amazing!

This story is so full of emotion. Love, lust, loss, greed, jealousy, acceptance, and hope.

My heart broke for Molly. She was my favourite character, I think. I can’t even begin to imagine how she coped with all she went through.

I really liked Elizabeth too.

Such a beautifully written story. One which I think will stay with me for a long time to come.

I very much recommend.

Buy your copy here….

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The Wallace House of Pain: A Novelette by S.M. Stevens @SMStevens17

Activist Xander Wallace and his straitlaced father do not have an easy relationship. Jim’s views on race, immigration, gender, sexuality and even Millennials alienate his son no matter how hard Xander tries to find common ground. Toss in Jim’s second marriage ten months after Xander’s mother died and it’s a volatile cocktail. How, against this backdrop, will Xander ever dare to bare his soul and reveal his greatest secret?

The Wallace House of Pain: A Novelette

by S.M. Stevens

my review

The Wallace House of Pain tells Xander’s story. Xander is dealing with the loss of his mother and craving the love and acceptance of his father who re-married within a year and never mentions the wife he lost.

This novelette is set over several evenings where Xander takes a different friend to his father’s for dinner. His step-mum always playing the dutiful wife, and always seemingly interested in getting to know her guests. Xander is trying to connect with his father though. A father who isn’t overly accepting of those who aren’t his kind of ‘normal’.

My heart went out to Xander. He feels like he’s been unable to grieve properly for his mother and he is convinced his father won’t accept him for who he really is. Something we all know many, many young people go through every day. As a parent of two adult children, who I love unconditionally, I think it’s desperately sad that so many others deal with trying to live a lie for fear of being made to feel they’re somehow less worthy of love and acceptance.

This book sends out a powerful message to all.

I think many will be comforted by it and I’m sure many will learn from it.

**Many thanks to S.M. Stevens for my review copy**

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Hingston’s Box by Decima Blake @decimablake #BookReview

Since investigating the disappearance of fifteen-year-old twin boys, Hingston – a young, talented Detective Sergeant, has been tormented by night terrors. On waking, he remembers a vast, golden meadow that glows with warmth and carries the sound of rapid footfalls and trouser legs pushing through grasses. A curly haired boy runs tirelessly through the meadow. The promise of adventure is lost when the sickening ache of death seeps into Hingston’s bones. Feeling suffocated and tortured, melodic chimes calm him and his panic subsides.Signed off and leaving the office, a key inexplicably falls from Hingston’s investigation file. Intrigued, he takes it with him, escaping London for Dartmouth where his investigative race begins. Stalked by a challenging elderly woman and hindered by his boss, his determination to solve the case draws him into the supernatural world that connects a murderous past to the present.

Hingston’s Box

by Decima Blake 

My review

I’d like to start with an apology to the author for taking so long to read and review Hingston’s Box. I was gifted a paperback copy a LONG time ago and cannot believe it’s taken me until now to read it. I am so sorry, but better late than never as they say. I always get there eventually!

Anyway, what an unusual and fascinating take on a murder mystery. I have thoroughly enjoyed joining DS Hingston on his mission to solve the case of missing local teenagers. Despite being signed off work with stress induced night terrors he can’t shake the feeling that there is more to this case than meets the eye. Finding himself in the possession of a random solitary key, which inexplicably falls from his files as he leaves the office, he escapes to Dartmouth in search of rest. However, he can’t rest as he realises there are too many similarities between this case and one from many years ago. People from the past are determined to send him messages to help guide him to the truth.

Hingston is an instantly likeable character. I enjoyed spending time with him. I could feel his frustration with his superiors as they try to hinder his progress, although I could understand they are only trying to look after his wellbeing.

I love a good mystery and this one is made even more interesting by the intriguing supernatural aspect. I loved it and very much recommend!

I have purchased the kindle edition of ‘Smoke and Mispers’ and very much look forward to catching up with Hingston again, sometime soon.

**Many thanks to Decima Blake for my review copy of Hingston’s Box**

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Being you: Poems of positivity by Daniel Thompson @AuthorDThompson (Author) Julia Murray (Illustrator)

Powerful poems for positive thinking!

This collection of 50 poems will inspire confidence and courage, help children to overcome worries and spread kindness.

Beautifully illustrated, it is filled with poems for children to read alone or enjoy with the whole family.

With themes of friendship, self-belief, embracing change and celebrating people’s differences, it’s the perfect gift book for children to treasure.

From poet, Daniel Thompson, author of Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers.

Being you: Poems of positivity

by Daniel Thompson (Author) 

Julia Murray (Illustrator)

My review

Being You is the most beautifully inspiring, beautifully illustrated, collection of poems for children.

This is the perfect book for reading aloud to your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Confident readers will also enjoy reading it to themselves. It’s the perfect collection for them to lose themselves in or to dip in and out of whenever they need a little comfort and reassurance.

Each poem offers young people the best advice for a happy, healthy relationship with themselves and the world they’re growing up in. In fact, there are lessons throughout this book for us all, no matter how old we are.

Positive thoughts for a positive life.

I read the kindle edition of this book, which was lovely, but I recommend you purchase the hardcover edition if you can as I imagine it must be stunning and the best way to fully appreciate the illustrations as well as the words.

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC via NetGalley**

Pre-order now – OUT 2nd March 2023 – https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Being-you-positivity-Daniel-Thompson/dp/0008581339/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=being+you+daniel+thompson&qid=1674480992&sprefix=being+you+dani%2Caps%2C403&sr=8-1

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A Womb With A View by Mark Tilbury @Tilbury_Author #BookReview #PublicationDay

Happy Publication Day, Mark Tilbury!

Private investigator, Bob Blundell, is asked to undertake a seemingly routine surveillance operation at Featherstone Manor. Claudia Pennington believes her husband, Eugene, is having an affair, and she wants Bob to catch him in the act while she’s away in Africa.

But Eugene is not the only one up to no good. With his psychopathic nephew, Reuben, running amok in his own warped fantasy world, Chef’s heavily pregnant wife, Wassana, displaying episodes of feral behaviour and the baby appearing to talk inside her womb, and Eugene’s sister, Nancy, resentful of her brother because he inherited the manor, Bob finds much more than infidelity lying behind the drab stone walls of Featherstone Manor.

A Womb with a View is a chaotic, comic tale, underpinned by revenge, greed, and betrayal.

A Womb With A View 

by Mark Tilbury 

My review

A Womb With A View is a bit different to Mark Tilbury’s other books in that it is a little less dark. It is equally gripping though and written to the standard expected from Mark Tilbury. He knows how to write characters you will quickly become invested in. The stories they must tell always keep me turning the pages. This book was no exception.

A Womb With A View begins with Lady of the Manor, Claudia, contacting PI Bob Blundell in the hope of hiring him to find proof of her husband’s infidelity. He isn’t keen but can’t afford to turn down the income, so he agrees, with his wife, that it’s worth a look.

Nothing could prepare him for what he will encounter.

This book is full of the most fascinating characters.

I liked Bob immediately. His wife, not so much, but she does seem to have a lot on her plate with her mother. I can’t say I blamed Bob for thinking this job might give him a bit of respite if nothing else.

Claudia and her husband, Eugene, seem to live very separate lives. She is determined to catch him in the act and take him to the cleaners.

Eugene came across as quite pathetic and needy to me. Seemingly happy to blame his behaviour on his wife rather than man up and be honest.

Whilst Bobs sets about finding the evidence his client needs, Reuben, Eugene’s nephew, makes his job as difficult as possible. He’s a strange child. Not one you would easily take to, I don’t think. Not surprising though when you get to know his mother a bit more. She’s a nasty piece of work.

Talk about a dysfunctional family!

There is so much going on in this story and at times it’s a bit bonkers, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Greed, drama, deceit….. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out. I never would have guessed in a million years! Just brilliant!

I love how it has Mark Tilbruy’s trademark hint of the supernatural too. I highly recommend!

**Many thanks to Mark Tilbury for my ARC**

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Author Bio: 

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised. 

He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark’s writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books. He’s published 12 books to date, and his 13th, A Womb With A View, will be published 19th Jan 2023 

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.

Her Mother’s Lies by Lisa Timoney @LTimoneyWrites #BookReview

You can run from a lie, but you can’t hide from the truth…

Bonnie has been running from her tragic past for far too long. Now, years after the events that changed her life for ever, the time has come to face it. Her search for answers takes her to the idyllic town of Hamblin, where she is determined to start over.

Alice’s perfect life is slipping through her fingers. Drowning in debt, she struggles on, working long days alongside her daughter Laura, ever more desperate to hold on to what little remains.

Laura had her future as an artist snatched from her when she had to return home to care for her sickly father. Whilst she tries hard to be content with her life, each day her resentment grows.

When their worlds collide, Laura and Bonnie form an instant bond. But as they grow closer, Alice begins to grow suspicious of Bonnie’s intentions. Why is she so interested in Alice’s daughter? And what devastating truth is she hiding?

Her Mother’s Lies

by Lisa Timoney 

My review

Her Mother’s Lies is a captivating read. One I enjoyed immensely.

I liked Laura immediately. Her mother, Alice, took slightly longer to grow on me. I could understand her as a mother struggling with her only daughter growing up and becoming independent though, and as the worried wife of a husband with serious health problems. She does have a lot to deal with. I could understand Laura becoming slightly exasperated with her too.

Bonnie intrigued me as soon as I met her.

I loved the friendship she quickly developed with Laura. I don’t think age has anything to do with who you can be friends with, so I did wonder why Alice was so bothered about them clicking. They do have a lot in common after all. She came across as a jealous mother which, again, I could understand to a certain degree. She wanted Laura to want to spend more time with her instead. Laura is in her twenties though, so I think it’s quite natural for her not to want to spend all her spare time with her mother. Especially as they already live and work together.

When I realised the direction this story was taking I became even more invested in these characters.

This story is so light-hearted at times but heart-wrenching at others. It’s so full of raw emotion, but also fun. It made me smile a lot and laugh out loud at times. It also made me cry. It’s so beautifully written. I very much recommend to all.

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC via NetGalley**

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#FlashbackFriday January 2023

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature!

On the first Friday of each month I like to look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog in 2015.

Please do join in if you have the time. I’d love to see your posts 🙂

Here are my reviews from January 2022 + a link to previous January FBFs….

(If you’d like to read the reviews just click on the book covers)

Happy reading in 2023!

One Good Lie by Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor #BookReview

Even the littlest lies can have the biggest consequences…

On the night of her mother’s wake, only one thing brings Ruby comfort; the knowledge that her mother’s killer is safely behind bars. But guilt is eating away at fragile younger sister Sophie, who brought their mother’s killer into their lives.

This is why Ruby is glad that Sophie is with her supportive boyfriend Ewan, despite Ruby’s doubts about him. He’s been Sophie’s rock, not only taking care of her, but her little kids, too. So what if he doesn’t like talking about his past?

But when news of another woman’s murder spreads through their town like wildfire, Ruby is shocked to find herself with reason to suspect Ewan of the crime. And with one good lie driving a wedge between the sisters, it’s hard for Ruby to get Sophie to see what she sees. Ewan is keeping dangerous secrets. But he’s not the only person close to home who has something shocking to hide…

A gripping and unputdownable thriller that will keep you reading into the early hours of the morning.

One Good Lie

by Jane Isaac

My review

One Good Lie is a brilliant psychological thriller. It’s quite a chilling read. One which made me wonder about everyone at one point or another.

The story centres around sisters, Ruby and Sophie, whose mother has recently been murdered. Sophie is a more fragile character and Ruby worries about her but takes comfort in the support she receives from her boyfriend, Ewan. He’s a comforting presence and is good with Sophie’s small children too.

However, on the night of their mother’s wake another woman is found murdered. It’s difficult to shake the feeling that the two murders may well be connected. Their mother’s murderer is behind bars though so none of it makes any sense.

I found myself becoming very suspicious of Ewan, especially when he begins to try to drive a wedge between the sisters. I found Sophie’s willingness to believe Ewan over her sister quite believable and my heart went out to Ruby. These situations can be so frustrating for those on the outside and this certainly added more tension to the story.

I also found myself becoming suspicious of certain other characters, but I don’t really know why. Just an underlying feeling I had as the story progressed. I couldn’t wait to find out how it was all going to pan out. I could never have imagined the turn the story was going to take!!

Brilliant!

I highly recommend!

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