Book Review: The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington @sam_carrington1 @HarperCollinsCa @HarperCollins @AvonBooksUK #themissingwife #themissingwifebook #bookreviewer #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Avon

PUBLICATION DATE: June 27th, 2019

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Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Imagine turning up to your own party, and recognising no one. Your best friend has just created your worst nightmare.

Louisa is an exhausted, sleep-deprived new mother and, approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing she wants to do is celebrate.
But when her best friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Lou’s Facebook friends, she’s faced with a new source of anxiety altogether: a room full of old college classmates who she hasn’t spoken to in twenty years. And one person in particular she never expected to see again is there – her ex-boyfriend from college, the handsome and charismatic Oliver Dunmore.
When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers what happened that night differently. It could be the alcohol, but it seems more than one person has something to hide.
Louisa is determined to find the truth about what happened to Melissa. But just how far does she need to look…?

One simple Facebook invitation unfolds into something both tragic and monstrous; a story of obsessive love, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation. 

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MY REVIEW:

Wow what a book! If you haven’t had your eyes set on this book be sure to go add it to your TBR list RIGHT NOW! This was the first book I have read by this author and I am thrilled to learn she has another novel coming out later this year! I cannot wait to get my hands on that book!

You will seriously love this book. Full of deception, lies, betrayal, secrets, and a party that leaves so many questions that no one can finds answers to, this book will have you guessing and second-guessing at every turn as secrets are revealed, more questions arise, and not everyone is who they appear. There are many people with something to lose, something to hide, and who can you trust if you aren’t sure who is on your side?

I enjoyed the fast pace of this book and it left me wanting to know more, so of course I had to keep reading and couldn’t put this book down. With an unreliable main character this is a recipe for a great book. Who knows what happened that night, and where Melissa disappeared, as most everyone at the party was drinking so their memories are foggy at best.

This book will have you guessing right to the shocking twisted end, and you’ll love the entire ride!

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MY REVIEW: 4/5 stars

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: August 6th, 2019

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.

In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.

Then Deirdre disappears.

And when something awful comes scratching at Skye’s window in the middle of the night, claiming she’s the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

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MY REVIEW:

16 year old Skye is looking after her younger sister Deirdre, 13 years old, one evening while their parents are gone out. Skye ends up falling asleep and their mom comes home asking Skye where Deirdre is. They look for her but she is nowhere to be found – she is missing!

Why is Deirdre so fascinated with the swampy woods behind their house? What was there that she found so interesting? A great horror of a book and fans of YA will love this novel. It isn’t too scary, and the cover is totally creepy and I LOVE it! How come no one can seem to find Deirdre? They have seemed to looked everywhere to no avail – Deirdre seems to have simply vanished.

Will they be able to find Deirdre, or is she gone for good?

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MY RATING: 3/5 stars

 

Book Review: That Night by Cyn Balog @SourcebooksFire @cynbalog #getbooklit #firereads #thatnight #thatnightbook #booksonthebookshelf #bookreview #bookreviewrr #bookblog #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: June 4th, 2019

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Hailey wants to know the truth, but there are some secrets that are best left buried…

Hailey is determined to find out all she can about her boyfriend’s suicide. She knows Declan wouldn’t kill himself, even if she can’t remember a lot of what lead up to that fateful night.

Kane, Declan’s stepbrother and Hailey’s best friend, wants to move past what happened—not dig up bad memories. But the more Hailey searches for information, the more she remembers.

As the truth begins to unravel, Hailey finds herself unveiling secrets she never could have imagined—secrets that have the possibility of ruining everything…

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MY REVIEW:

This book was such a gripping read. I loved how the story unfolded bit by bit, and left you wanting to know more about what truly happened. Did Declan kill himself? Was Declan murdered? Is something darker and more sinister at play? I was flipping through the pages wanting to know more, and was unable to put this book down.

This book is full of secrets, lies, deception, love and friendship. The story is told from alternating timelines, both then and now. I enjoyed how the timelines jumped back and forth and I enjoyed reading about the then moments and finding out what happened. What you learn will shock you, and I for one was not expecting what was revealed. Great book and I look forward to reading more by this author.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Lost by Natasha Preston @AuthorNPreston @SourcebooksFire #getbooklit #firereads #thelost #thelostbook #booksonthebookshelf #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: March 26th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher Sourcebooks Fire for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of this thrilling novel to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the small town of Aurora, teens go missing all the time. But when one of Piper and Hazel’s classmates disappears, they become determined to find out the truth of what happened to her.

While investigating, they meet three handsome and rich grad students…who kidnap them. The girls are taken to a building in the middle of a privately-owned forest. The building isn’t just designed to keep them locked away—every room is a test in survival. And Piper and Hazel won’t give up without a fight.

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MY REVIEW:

Can we take a moment to just appreciate the beauty that is the cover of this novel? I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book!

Ok, so the synopsis of this book had me absolutely hooked and I knew I MUST READ this thrilling novel. SO I was thrilled to have received a copy from the publisher – and I was NOT disappointed! This novel will have you flipping through the pages as you read more and more, wanting to know what was going to happen next. I was absolutely hooked on this book, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen to all the teens involved. Why were they disappearing, where were they? And who, if anyone, could be responsible?

When I found out the answer to those questions, I was shocked. I was not at all expecting that!! Three rich and handsome grad students, who kidnap the girls? and the house of horrors that awaits them all. Wow so much thriller and suspense, I loved it! Each room in the house of horrors has a different test that you must endure before they let you back out again and join the others kidnapped and you can re-join them in the common area where they are all held. One by one they are called to a room, and they must go or suffer consequences. As they return from the rooms they are called into, they return disheartened, broken, and hopeless. Why would their kidnappers be doing such a thing to them? How will they ever get over the daily torment, and who knows for how long!

This book was simply amazing, addictive, and a thrill for days. Be sure to read your copy now!

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MY REVIEW: 5/5 stars

 

Book Review: I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson @SourcebooksFire @pennyjoelson #IHaveNoSecrets #IHaveNoSecretsBooks #getbooklit #firereads #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: September 3rd, 2019

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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for gifting me a beautiful paperback ARC of this book to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Jemma knows who the murderer is. She knows because he told her.

He thought his secret was safe because Jemma can’t speak or move.

But Jemma observes all kinds of things about everyone around her. His secret is just one of them.

And when a new technology means she may be able to communicate and reveal all she knows, Jemma no longer feels powerless in the face of this deadly secret. It’s a race against time before the killer acts again…or tries to stop her.

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MY REVIEW:

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved Jemma’s character. She was brave, strong-willed, cared immensely for others, and was a lovable character in the novel. She was interesting and fun to read about, and had a great personality.

Jemma is a 16 year old girl with cerebral palsy, is in a wheelchair, and she cannot walk or talk. She and her siblings were adopted by their parents. Jemma has an aide who takes care of her in the home daily named Sarah, and Jemma is really close to her. Sarah thinks the world of Jemma, and Jemma feels the same about her. Often people say or do things around Jemma, taking advantage of the fact that she cannot speak, so they rely on the fact that Jemma cannot tell on them or speak of things she has witnessed or heard.

One day Sarah’s boyfriend Dan comes by the house to pick Sarah up for a date. He appears nice and sweet to everyone else, but Jemma knows the truth. She knows because one day he whispers in her ear unspeakable things, dark things – he whispers something bad that he did, knowing his secret is safe… or is it?

I loved this novel right through to the exciting end. Be sure to check this one out, I am sure you will love it as much as I did!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour: The Grace Year by @Kim_Liggett @RaincoastBooks @WednesdayBooks #TheGraceYear #TheGraceYearbook #TheGraceYearBlogTour #blogtour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books

PUBLICATION DATE: October 8th, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on this exciting blog tour for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Thank you to Raincoast Books for inviting me to be a part of this tour and for sending me a beautiful paperback copy of this book to read for the tour. Can we take a moment or two to admire this stunning cover…. Wow I am loving it!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.

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MY REVIEW:

Wow! This book was simply amazing! An addictive, edge of your seat, nail-biting, page-turning novel that will leave you wanting more. I was so deeply immersed in this storyline that I found it very difficult to put this book down as I had to know what was going to happen next.

Imagine being 16 years old and knowing your grace year is upon you, and you will have to leave your family and friends for the next year, not knowing if you will make it out alive and return to your home in a year… How would you feel? Would you be able to handle it? Knowing that not everyone that leaves Garner County makes it out of the grace year alive. What happens during the grace year? No one is permitted to talk about it, so how can you prepare for the unknown? How can you ensure you are not only safe from the poachers in the woods who are determined to capture you, but also from one another; the very girls you are banished with. Who can you trust?

I loved the plot in this novel, and the character development. I really loved reading about Tierney’s character. It was enjoyable to read about her growth she made in the novel, and I enjoyed her personality. She was witty, friendly, determined to fight for what she believed in, and she was as tough as they come. She was a bad ass lead character that I loved reading about. She knew what she wanted, and stayed firm to her values and beliefs.

Reading about what actually happens during the grace year was shocking, entertaining, disturbing, dark and twisty. In short – I loved it!! It made for sure a great addictive read and by the end of the book I was wanting more. You will be left thinking about this book long after you’ve finished reading it.

I loved how it gave me vibes of part Hunger Games, part Lord of the Flies, both stories which I absolutely loved!

All the stars for this book! I loved it! If you haven’t had your eyes set on this book be sure to keep an eye out for when it releases on it’s publication date – available October 8th, 2019!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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PUBLISHER: Thomas & Mercer

October 1st, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The voice in her head says he’s guilty. She knows he’s innocent.

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend’s murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn’t buy it—and despite her difficult recovery, she decides to investigate.

Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head, Devon is barely getting by. Yet her instincts are still sharp, and she’s bent on proving her friend’s innocence.

But as Devon digs into the evidence, the voice in her head grows more insistent, the danger more intense. Each layer is darker, more disturbing, and she’s not sure she—or her baby—can survive what lies at the truth.

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MY REVIEW:

Devon is a new mom going through post-partum depression, that is causing her to hear voices in her head. Voices that tell her she is a bad mom. Despite the voices in her head she is determined to believe she is a good mom, all while helping uncover a murder mystery and prove her friend’s innocence. The police think her friend is guilty, but Devon doesn’t believe it.

I loved Devon’s character development in this novel. She was a likable character, and I felt so bad for her and all the negative voices in her head that she had to endure and battle. Imagine loving your young infant, and having voices tell you that you don’t. Despite this, she is a bad-ass lead character in this novel, and she is determined to find out the truth. Despite the fact that the main character was unreliable, her character was witty, charming, intelligent, and determined.

A great novel that was a joy to read. Make sure to check it out!

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MY REVIEW: 4/5 stars

Book Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale @kerrylonsdale @AmazonPub #LastSummer #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: July 9th, 2019

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of this book to read and share my review with others.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snow-capped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.

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MY REVIEW:

Imagine waking up in the hospital having no idea what happened to bring you there in the first place. Your husband is there and you ask what is going on, and see that he is shocked that you cannot remember what happened. Well this is the situation that Ella finds herself in. She cannot remember the car accident, losing her baby, even the fact that she was pregnant. The last thing she does remember is preparing supper for herself and her husband Damien… which happens to be the night of the accident.

Suddenly, Ella finds her husband is acting strange around her – he appears distant, distracted, and is very vague with giving her any information. Ella cannot understand why he is acting like this and she needs answers, answers that will fill in the many gaps in her memory. Ella is asked to interview a man named Nathan Donovan, whom she previously interviewed about a year ago but has no memory of even meeting him.

This novel was gripping, edgy, twisty, and entertaining the whole way through. I enjoyed reading about Ella’s journey to regaining her memory and piecing all the puzzle pieces back together again for the full picture. The journey was happy and sad, exciting and frightening. A must read that you will love, to the shocking end!

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MY REVIEW: 5/5 stars

Blog Tour: I Wanted You to Know by Laura Pearson @AgoraBooksLDN @LauraPAuthor #IWantedYouToKnow #IWantedYouToKnowBlogTour #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #blogtour #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Agora Books

PUBLICATION DATE: October 3rd, 2019

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the exciting Blog Tour for Laura Pearson’s newest novel I Wanted You to Know! Thank you Agora Books for inviting me to be a part of this exciting tour and for gifting me a beautiful paperback copy of this book for me to read.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.

Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

From best-selling author Laura Pearson comes her most devastating book yet. Honest, heart-wrenching, and emotionally raw, I Wanted You To Know is a love letter to life: to all its heartache and beauty, to the people we have and lose, to the memories and moments that define us.

I Wanted You To Know is Laura Pearson’s third novel.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She spent a decade living in London and working as a copywriter and editor for QVC, Expedia, Net a Porter, EE, and The Ministry of Justice. Now, she lives in Leicestershire, where she writes novels, blogs about her experience of breast cancer (www.breastcancerandbaby.com), runs The Motherload Book Club, and tries to work out how to raise her two children.

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MY REVIEW:

If you haven’t read a book by Laura Pearson you are seriously missing out… seriously! You need to go read one of her novels, and be sure to grab this one, like right now!

I have loved Laura’s other novels and this book was no exception! The raw emotions in this novel that will take you on a heart-warming and heart-wrenching roller coaster of a ride right straight through to the very end! You’ll be flipping through the pages, reading chapter after chapter, completely hooked and immersed in the novel. Be sure to grab a box of tissues, or two! You will surely need them as you read this novel about a mother’s journey through her struggle with breast cancer, and having to raise her daughter on her own without knowing how much time she actually has left in the world to be a mom to her daughter.

You will love this story as you read the letters Jess writes to her young daughter, telling her everything she wants her daughter to know. You will feel many emotions, and this novel will have you feeling all the feels as you read along. A beautiful story, that will have you thinking of the novel long after you’ve finished reading. Well done Laura. I am looking forward to your next novel and cannot wait to read it!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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Book Review: In a Cottage in a Wood by Cass Green @HarperCollinsCa @HarperCollins @carolinesgreen #InACottageInAWood #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #partner #booksonthebookshelf

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PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an ARC of this book to read and share my review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Her dream home will become her worst nightmare…

A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…

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MY REVIEW:

This was a gripping novel that was hard to put down. Each chapter I read, left me wanting to read more and more to see what would happen next. Full of shocking twists and turns, and moments that will make you gasp, you will love reading this book! Neve was a likable character. Down on her luck, and living with her sister where she seems to have worn out her welcome, she is confused but thrilled to learn she has been given the gift of her very own house by a stranger.

Imagine moving into your dream home, and then weird, creepy things begin to happen. Not only are their bars on all the windows, but things get misplaced in and out of her home (which she doesn’t recall moving) and she finds things in her home (like a dead bird with it’s head cut off). Would you freak out? I know I certainly would! Not knowing what is going on, and living in literally the middle of nowhere with no vehicle to drive around, Neve has to reply on her neighbours when she needs something. Strange things keep happening that Neve cannot explain, and Neve wonders if she is going crazy.

Shocking revelations and truths that she didn’t even imagine come to light, that will rock your world! I didn’t see them coming, that’s for sure! A great ending that you leave you thinking of the book long after you’ve finished, I recommend this book to lovers of thrillers.

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MY RATING: 4/5 stars