Wednesday, 20 March 2019

What She Saw - Wendy Clarke Review

She lied to her daughter to saver her family. 
Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, worked hard to build a successful business to support them and found them the perfect little cottage to call home. Leona and Beth hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears with one another. People say they're more like best friends than mother and daughter. 
It's the relationship every mother dreams of. 
But their closeness means that Beth struggles to make friends. Her mother has kept her sheltered from the world. She's more reliant on her mother's love. More vulnerable. 
When Beth finds an envelope hidden under the floorboards of their home, the contents make her heart stop. Everything she thought she knew about her mother is a lie. And she realises there is no one she can turn to for help. 

What if you've been protected from strangers your whole life, but the one person you can't trust is the person closest to home?

**This is a Netgalley book and my opinions are my own**

When I saw this book up for request on Netgalley I knew it would be one I'd enjoy. Thrillers are my all time favourites and this book had me flying through the pages to find out what happens in the end. 
I cannot praise this book enough! I finished it in a matter of days. It had the most brilliant story line and my heart was racing as I was reading. It kept hitting me with twist after twist, and even when I thought I'd figured everything out the story would turn unexpectedly and make me second guess myself. 
The story is set in the Lake District and with the authors beautiful description I felt as though I was really there with the characters. 
I loved the characters in this book, the story is seen from both Beth and Leona's point of view and it was interesting to see how Beth reacted to her mother's secrets and to see how Leona was trying to protect her daughter. All characters in the book had such strong emotions that Clarke was able to really make me feel for them. 

This book hooked me so much that I didn't want it to end. There's nothing bad I can say about it.
With a beautiful setting, real characters and a storyline you will never see coming I have to say it's the best thriller I've read this year.  

I will definitely keep on the look out for more of Wendy Clarke's books. I'd recommend What She Saw to anyone who loves a good page-turner. I'm also going to recommend it to friends and family too.
 Trust me, you won't be able to put this book down. 

I would award this fantastic book 5 out of 5 stars!

Friday, 15 March 2019

Tell No One - Barbara Taylor Sissel Review

Their desperate secret. Her desperate search. A shattering truth exposed. 
Caroline Corbett wants nothing to do with her father, Hoff, a man who abandoned her as a young girl and then vanished from her life almost thirty years ago. But when her beloved aunt expresses a dying wish to see him once more, Caroline, despite her failing marriage and other personal troubles, drops everything to look for him. 

Harris Fenton found the father figure he'd dreamed of when he turned eight and his mother married Hoff - but his disappearance four years later left Harris with scars he carries even now that he is a father himself. While he has a beautiful family and a great job, he's hiding a shameful secret and nightmare from his childhood. 

Caroline's search for Hoff soon uncovers a host of disturbing clues and draws a threat of violence. Her mind churns with memories of her troubled history, while Harris is losing the battle against his own demons. But for both of them dredging up the past will be dangerous, and confronting the truth could prove life shattering. 

~This was a Netgalley book and my opinions are my own~

This book was absolutely bursting at the seams with secrets. I was intrigued from just reading the description but I really wasn't expecting the story line to go as deep as it did. It seemed like every character was either hiding something or was linked to another characters story. 

The book jumps between the two main characters Caroline and Harris. I don't mind books being layed out like this but when it's not clear and it confuses me it's a real pet hate of mine. However Sissel kept the layout clear and easy to follow in the book by stating at the start of each chapter who's point of view this chapter is from. 

This book started off great, the mystery of what had happened to Caroline's dad and perhaps why he didn't want to be found at all had me hooked from the get go. The further I got into this book the more I realised that there was a lifetime of secrets lying under the surface of all the main characters lives. 
The end of the book hit me with an enormous plot twist that I honestly didn't see coming at all. With mystery/thriller books I always end up guessing what's going to happen, but with Tell No One I was guessing until the very end. This proves that the plot line was well thought out and I loved the way all the secrets ended up entwining together. 

There was unfortunately a large chunk in the middle of this book that seemed to have alot of description and backstory information that didn't need to be there. I found myself reading parts of the book and feeling like I didn't really need to know anything I'd just read. The book also focused a lot around sports which personally doesn't interest me so I found these parts a bit lengthy. 

Overall a good book full of twists and turns that just goes to show how far people will go to keep their secrets buried. 

I would award this book 3 out of 5 stars!