The Girl Before by J.P Delaney Review.

The Girl Before

Title – The Girl Before

Author – J.P Delaney

Publisher/Published – Quercus / January 2017

Pages – 448

Genre – Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Summary from Goodreads – Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

My Thoughts:

3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars.

I had such a emotional ride whilst reading this. From feeing intrigued and captivated with the story to then being so angry and annoyed at it. I am going to put my initial review that I wrote when I read the book and this best sums up how I felt after I read it and also how I still feel about it.

I don’t know how I feel about this. Don’t get me wrong it’s a captivating story and the twist took me be surprise. Although I got sucked into the story there is just something about it that angered me but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the fact I disliked Edward so much, he annoyed me so much. I liked Emma’s character in the beginning but by the end I despised her. I did however like Jane’s character through out.

 

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall Review

Title – Friend Request

Author – Laura Marshall

Publisher/Published – Sphere / July 2017

Pages – 384

Genre – Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Summary from Goodreads – When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret.

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there’s much she didn’t know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again – until now…

My Thoughts:

5 out of 5 stars

So I want to start this off by saying that the thriller genre wasn’t a genre I would read often but I must say that this showed me how good thrillers can be and has started my love for the genre and I am reading a lot more thrillers than I ever did before.

This was a great read I found it captivating and kept me reading. I quite enjoyed the main character and did find myself on her side even after you find out what she did in the past. There were all sorts of twists and turns in the story and just when I thought I knew what was going on and thought I had got the plot a massive twist happened that left me so shocked. I did not expect the way the book ended and I was genuinely surprised by the ending.

Over all this was a really exciting, thrilling read that made me keep reading and wanting to know what would happen next. I highly recommend that you read this book. It isn’t a particularly long book so it can be read in no time at all.

 

The Body in the Marsh Blog Tour

Hey guys, I have an exciting post for you. I am taking part in a blog tour for the Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth. It starts today and I have a guest post by the author that will be in this post. I must say this book looks amazing and I will definitely be picking it up at some point as I am really loving thrillers at the moment. Anyway on to the post!!

Book Spotlight 

Title: The Body in the Marsh

Author Name: Nick Louth

Previous Books (if applicable): Bite, Heatbreaker, Mirror Mirror

Genre: Crime, Police Procedutal

Release Date: 25th September 2017

Publisher: Canelo

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Book Blurb: When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next. 

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin… 

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

Links to books :

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Author Bio: Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an  investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages. The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017. Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Author Social Media Links: 

Website: http://www.nicklouth.com/

Twitter: @NickLouthAuthor

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Nick.Louth.Books/
Authors Guest Post:

The inspiration for the Body in the Marsh 

The Body in the Marsh is my first crime thriller. Up until now, my fiction has fallen into the genre of action thrillers. Given that there is lots of illegal activity in any kind of thriller, the distinction can in some respects be subtle. But there is one obvious difference, and that is that in almost all cases in a police procedural, the protagonist, our hero or heroine, is going to be either in the police or somewhat connected to the forces of Law and Order, perhaps a private eye, or a forensic scientist. The reader is generally peering over this trusted shoulder as they poke their way through some kind of crime scene. 

You don’t get too many unreliable narrators in this genre. And though there may be bent coppers or untrustworthy individuals operating beneath the cloak of justice, you are almost always in safe hands with the protagonist themself. Their shortcomings will usually be outside the job – and we all know how clichéd some can be: alcoholics, broken marriages, drug abusers, or those who are simply cold hearted. 

However, it is also self-evident that the power of a thriller is fortified by bringing an emotional connection between the protagonist and someone else involved in the plot. Traditionally, the love interest of the detective has been another officer, or sometimes a witness. But when the victim of a murder is someone the detective has been in love with, you get a very different and intense kind of connection, and perhaps a reason why the officer might step a little over the boundary of the line of duty. That’s what it means when they say – This time it’s personal.

Lost Boy by Christina Henry Review

Title : Lost Boy 

Author : Christina Henry 

Publisher/Published : Titan Books / July 2017

Genre : Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Retellings 

Goodreads Summary : 

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.


My thoughts :

5 out of 5 stars.

Christina Henry has become one of my favourite authors. I first read Alice which takes the story of Alice in Wonderland and completely twists and warps it plus makes it dark but it is really done in a compelling way.

Lost boy is Christina Henrys latest book. Lost boy is a retelling of Peter Pan and is the origin story of Captain Hook. 

Christina Henry has a really unique writing style and I adore her ability to take a classic story and add such a twist on it. You are simply compelled to read more. This is exactly what happened with Lost boy, parts were dark and twisted I couldn’t stop reading I simply had to know what happened.

I really disliked Peter, he wasn’t a nice character but he was well written because you feel hatred towards him for what he did through out the story. I’ll not go in to detail because I don’t want to spoil the story.

I enjoyed Jamies character and he was definitely my favourite. As I was reading it was like I felt the emotions he was going through and I had to keep reading to find out what happened to him and the other Lost Boys. There were times however I was like Come on Jamie do something, stand up for yourself !!

The ending left me in shock. I couldn’t believe what had happened and I had to re read it to make sure the events had actually happened.

I want to say that I would reccomend this to older readers because of the violence and other brutal events that happen in the book.

Disclaimer : I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. 


July Wrap Up 2017

Well July’s reading did not go to plan at all. I don’t know if I’m in a slump but I only read 3 books this month. I’m hoping August will be a lot better, plus it’s my Birthday month so Yay! On to the books I read:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 4 Stars. 

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – 5 Stars

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – 5 Stars. (I’ll be doing a full review on this in the next couple of days.)

There you have it my very short wrap up. I really hope next month is better as I’m falling behind on my reading goal. 

How did your reading go for July? 

Frozen Charlotte Review


Title: Frozen Charlotte 

Author: Alex Bell

Publisher/Published: Stripes Publishing / October 2014

Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal.

My Thoughts 

5 out of 5 stars

Wow this book was freaking amazing. I don’t normally read horror as I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary stuff. But I must say I loved every moment of this. It’s was just the right about of freaky, add in the mystery/thriller side and it made for a page turning read. I really enjoyed the plot of the the story and I thought the main characters were well written. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen and when I found out the truth I was gobsmacked. This was such a good read and I can’t recommend it highly enough. This is the type of book you do not want to read in the dark. 

June 2017 wrap up

Hey guys, I’m so behind really should have posted this earlier. Sorry for the absence I haven’t really been reading much and haven’t felt like posting but I think I ready to start posting again!

So June was not a good reading month for me at all. I only read 4 books which isn’t a lot compared to my previous months. However I’m planing on reading more this month and getting a lot more posts up. 

Anyway on to what I read this month:

Crog by Amanda Mitchison – 3 Stars 


As Old as Time by Liz Braswell – 5 stars 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 4 Stars 


The Heavenstone Secrets by V.C Andrews – 3.5 Stars.

So there you have the books I read in June. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts.