Don’t Stop Me Now Colleen Coleman

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A hilarious feel good read about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, and finding the silver lining in every cloud.

Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.

Not exactly what she was hoping for.

But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?

 

 

There really shouldn’t be any joy in reading about being dumped, having no job etc, but….. Don’t Stop Me Now is a hoot. 

Poppy Bloom’s life is varied to say the least. And what Coleman does is give us as readers an inspiring and enlightening tale. She also ensures that we know that change really is as a rest and that it can work despite the obstacles life puts in our way.

I really wanted her to succeed.

I absolutely adored this book and is one I will re-read, even if it’s just to remind myself that life is good.

A must read.

 

5*/5

 

 

 

 

Tattletale Sarah J Naughton

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One day changes Jody’s life forever.
She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.

One day changes Mags’s life forever.
After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don’t quite seem to fit…

was unsure of where this book was taking me, and so very nearly never finished it.

It starts with a tragic accident, Abe has gone over the bannisters from the 4th floor of where he lives and is now in a coma. Jody, the love of his life is by his bedside and Mags, his estranged sister, has travelled from the USA to deal with something that she has no desire to deal with.

Tatttletale is a very tense read. It has many layers and after the start, which builds up slowly, it manages to grip and is very captivating. I was really amazed at how this book turns into something quite unexpected.

Mags, a lawyer, feels there is something not right with her brothers ‘accident’ and when she receives a note, she delves deeper and finds ..well, I’m not one for spoilers.

Naughtons novel is very cleverly plotted. Although as a reviewer I do feel that I have to issue a warning. This book comes with topics of child sexual abuse and rape which makes uncomfortable reading.

It is one of the saddest novels I have read this year, but the twists are unbelievably sharp.

Read with caution, but it is enjoyable read inasmuch as it can be due to the theme.

5*/5

The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney

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The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

 

 

Everything about this books screams ‘Read me’ 

It is absolutely amazingly plotted and is an magnificent start to a crime series thriller.

It is chillingly atmospheric and Detective Lottie Parker is an issue laden, both smart and tough and is quite honestly is someone many women can and will identify with. With Boyd by her side, and their romantic history, I found this a gripping and tense but brilliant read.

The Missing Ones is a book with a difference, it leads you to decisions and is so well told I honestly questioned every step of Lotties investigation into a couple of brutal but connected murders.

Gibney has written a debut, well deserved, of a book ‘Oscar’, She grabs the reader by the short and curlies and disturbs, twists and darkly enters our minds, making us as uncomfortable and eager for more. You would never believe that this is her first novel and I can’t wait for the next one.

It is one excellent tale, skillful and masterful and is a definite recommended read from me.

 

More, more, more, please Ms Gibney.

5*/5

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances Christie Barlow

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It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

 

This is a beautiful and charming read. 

Evie has the perfect job, in my opinion. working in a library, with her friend Clare, her life is kind of on hold as Evie is fostered and she often wonders about her ‘real mother’.

This is a book that churns your soul. It is heart-breaking one minute and laugh -out-loud the next, Barlow has done a fantastic job at tackling a subject that will resonant with lots of her readers.

Every character is genuinely real and each add something to the mix. I especially loved Irene and felt for her in so many ways, she really is the perfect mother.  But does Evie know this??

There is romance and mystery within the pages and  this really is a gorgeous tale. I honestly have to make a real effort to read this genre, but I was ‘in’ very early on and very much enjoyed it.

Loved it!!

4*/5

Rome Is Where The Heart Is Tilly Tennant

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When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

 

This delightful tale is pure escapism.

Kate, like most women going through divorce, is looking for anything but love, so a week in Rome is on the cards.

Food, Italian men and the beautifully descriptive sights pulled me in and …mamma mia.. I was hooked. I laughed and sighed and was totally envious of Kate…  it has everything for a girl like me even a bit of dressmaking. (those in the know, know my stitchy obsession)

This is the most perfect beach read, which is the worst thing about reading such a book on a cold rainy day. It just makes you yearn for the Summer.

Tilly Tennant is brilliant at writing these kind of reads and I do hope there is a follow-up.

Both entertaining and emotive this recommended read is a keeper for the book shelf.

5*/5

 

 

 

Six Stories Matt Wesolowski

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1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame … As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.

 

Told through a series of podcasts Six Stories looks back over a murder that happened 20 years ago.

Each week, Scott King interviews six prominent figures about what truly happened to fifteen year old Tom Jefferies.

This gripping and slightly intense tale is one of the most unique and original plot driven stories I have ever read. It is fabulously written, and is absolutely ‘unputdownable’. In fact every time I did, which wasn’t often – I read this novel in a record breaking four hours, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up.

Matt Wesoloski has written a gritty and arousing read.. full of mystery and atmospherically eerie.

The unveiling of the secrets, feelings and truths about Tom Jefferies death leads the reader scared and shaking to a brilliant ending.

It is a perfect escape novel.

I have read many brilliant reads from Orenda but Six Stories hits my TOP TWO.

4*/5

The Follower Zoethi Zan

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SHE’D DO ANYTHING FOR HER HUSBAND.

Julie has the perfect life

A kind boyfriend, loving parents and good grades. She has everything ahead of her.

Cora’s life is a nightmare

A psychopath for a husband, a violent father and a terrible secret. There’s no way out.

But one night, their worlds collide

Locked in an isolated house together, they must work out what has happened – and who they can trust to set them free.

 

When Julie is kidnapped and taken to somewhere remote..she meets Cora

But Cora isn’t like Julie.

Zan’s second novel is creepy, intriguing and I really liked it. The characters are well developed and there is an actual story.Unlike many books of this genre I was interested in the lives of the people and the reasons behind Julie’s captivity.

Although quite samey in places The Follower is gripping and rather scary,  Julie’s ordeal is twisted.  Adam was the one who interested me more. An ex-cop, his young sister went missing and in trying to find her, he develops an obsession..a rather unhealthy one.

Although I did enjoy this read,I feel it could have had more of a hold on me. I felt that the tale was up and down, Usually with thrillers I read in a  day but this one I was able to put down, do something else and then go back to it.

Saying that.. it will appeal to thriller fans

3*/5