The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
The Good Samaritan 
by

John Marrs (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by

30817744


EXCERPT: I listened with blissful satisfaction right until her final breath. That’s the one sound that matters to me above all others. . . that one precious moment when someone breathes their last, then slips away. People in pain, like Chantelle, place themselves in my hands because I understand them better than anyone else in the world. I know more about what they need than their brothers, sisters, parents, spouses, best friends or children. I understand them because I know what’s best for them. If they place their trust in me, I’ll reward them by going to the ends of the earth to help them. I’ll alleviate their suffering. I’ll bring all that is bad in their lives to an end. I will save them from themselves. That is what I am: a saviour of lost souls.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

MY THOUGHTS: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs should have been a chilling read, sinister, but it was all a bit flat. The premise oozes potential, the plot is brilliant, something that hasn’t been done before, but it just never quite all came together for me. I never became invested in the characters. It took me until I was halfway through the book before I had an OMG! moment and my interest sparked. But it was fleeting.

I have been trying to determine just why this book was almost a failure for me. I had gotten to the point where I was skimming and starting to wonder if I might abandon this read when I got to that first OMG! moment. Then there were a few of these moments in quick succession. Yes! I thought. It’s a slow burner that has finally taken off. I was excited. Briefly. By the time I was 70% through, my spark was extinguished.

As I said, the premise oozes potential and the plot is great. It was the execution that lacked that ‘certain something’ for me. It’s not a bad book. It’s okay. But nothing more. Which is a pity.

Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Good Samaritan by John Marrs for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2390542826

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
The Perfect Mother 
by

Aimee Molloy (Goodreads Author)
Reviewed by
30817744


EXCERPT: Why? Why did she do that? Hadn’t she learned her lesson? One impulsive decision can destroy an entire life. If anyone should know that, it’s her.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

MY THOUGHTS: First time motherhood is one of, if not the most, difficult jobs in the world. Where is the training? Expectations are so high. The reality is harsh. New mums tend to band together in mutual support, and why not? They can relate to one another’s experiences, give advice, provide a shoulder to lean on, cry on, or someone to laugh with, all in the quest to be the perfect mother. But what happens when one of those mums is not who she seems, has an agenda of her own, when one of these mothers lies, betrays the others to fulfill her own needs?

This is a compelling read that kept me turning the pages. Told from multiple points of view, which sometimes got a bit messy as it was not always immediately obvious whose point of view it was, the author explores the dynamics of a group of women and one ‘token’ man, most of whom are concealing a secret of some sort, who inadvertently become involved in the abduction of a baby.

There are a lot of current issues used to great effect in The Perfect Mother. Firstly the Internet, a wonderful research tool that can easily put information into the wrong hands. Then there is the issue of media sensationalism and manipulation. It is not always about the truth, but often what is going to attract the most viewers or readers that prevails. Molloy cleverly uses these modern phenomenon to enhance the tension in her plot.

Although a previously published author, this is Molloy’s first novel. I can’t wait for her second.

Thank you to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2349835150

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Mums out there.

It’s time to catch up with what I am currently reading, what I am planning on reading in the coming week, and what ARCS I have been approved for this week.

Currently I am reading

The Perfect Mother

and listening to

I Found You

This week I am planning on reading

The Good Samaritan

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

Cassandra's Secret: Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back...

Secrets can’t stay buried forever… 

1960s England

Cassandra Fitzpatrick’s family isn’t quite like everybody else’s: her house is always full to bursting with the various misfits her mother houses as lodgers.

The creative and chaotic household is all she has ever known and loved, until something awful happens that changes everything.

Cass loves her mother deeply, but, as she gets older, she becomes more and more aware of her flaws.

Will Cass have to distance herself from her family to find happiness? Or is she destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps? 

As Cass reflects on her memories, she must lay the ghosts of the past to rest and make peace with the secrets that have haunted her adult life

CASSANDRA’S SECRET is both a coming-of-age story and poignant return to the past, an intricate family drama of the close bond between mother and daughter, and the strength of love needed to overcome abuse and grief.

The Retreat

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

And I made up for my 0 arcs last week by being approved for 5 new reads this week. . .

The Memory Box

Dead Bad

The Date

Leave No Trace

The Little Shop of Found Things

So excited by my haul this week! Plus I received a signed copy of

The Key to Death's Door

from author Mark Tilbury. I just loved this book and am very grateful to Mark for his kindness. I reviewed The Key to Death’s Door a few weeks ago. If you haven’t read this yet, I urge you to check out my review and pick up a copy.

Well ,that’s my lot for the week. I hope you have an awesome reading week lined up. Let me know what you are reading, what you enjoyed, and what you didn’t like.

Cheers

Sandy

 

The Family at Number Thirteen by S. D. Monaghan

The Family at Number 13 by S.D. Monaghan
The Family at Number 13 
by

S.D. Monaghan (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by

30817744


EXCERPT: I just love these family get-togethers. So much shared history. So many happy memories. You’re all such open books. No resentments. No secrets. All light and day. I love you both. I love being here. I can’t for the life of me think why Mum hates you, Aunty Mary. And it seems Brona does too. Silly Brona – doesn’t she know how to play this game?

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

MY THOUGHTS: After reading something like this, I thank God I never had sisters. S. D. Monaghan has captured the bitchy rivalry, the love hate relationship between these three sisters with an amazing accuracy. I recall seeing exactly these same dynamics, these same psychological games being played out between friends and their sisters and indeed they continue with them still, albeit on a more subtle level. But while these three may profess to hate one another, an emotion covered by the thin veneer of civility, there is still that belief, that hope, that deep down they still love one another and have one another’s backs.

The fact that there are three sisters adds a whole nother dimension to the dynamics. For these three can never form an equilateral triangle, although each of them feels hard done by, resentful and/ or envious of the others and, at some point, left out. And each of them harbors a secret. Is it the same secret? Or is one secret somewhat deadlier than the others? A secret that just may drive one of them to the edge of insanity.

Add into this mix a supporting cast of less than reliable men with their own set of problems, including a highly intelligent but equally unstable teenager, and you have all the ingredients for a compelling page turner.

I liked this clever psychological-thriller. None of the characters are particularly likeable, captivating but definitely not likeable. Monaghan keeps the unpredictable plot moving along at a mostly good pace and throws in a few curve balls for good measure. I was never quite sure where this book was heading and there was enough mystery and suspense to keep me turning the pages late into the night.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Family at Number Thirteen by S. D. Monaghan for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2338668511

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

The weather is a mixed bag here today. We have had heavy rain, but now the sun is attempting to break through. I hope it succeeds .

So, here we are, Sunday again, and MAY!!!! I have had a quiet week reading-wise. I spent 4 days reading the first 37% of The Neighbor by Joseph Souza before finally abandoning it. In that time I would normally devour two books, so that put me somewhat behind schedule and I haven’t managed to catch up.

Currently I am reading

Cross Your Heart (Detective Jess Bishop, #2)

which I am loving, and should finish this afternoon. And listening to

A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)

Which I still think is one of the best of the series.

This week I am planning on reading

The Family at Number 13

Which I never quite got to this week.

The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

Theo

There are two sides to every love story…

Anna Cole grew up in care, and wants to start a family of her own. Theo Montgomery had a loveless childhood, and wants to find his soulmate.

Then, one day, Theo meets Anna, and Anna meets Theo.

Each shows the other how to love. And each shows
the other what heartbreak feels like…

This is Theo’s story.

You may remember that I read Anna a few weeks back.

The Dead House

This best-selling debut by an award-winning writer is both an eerie contemporary ghost story and a dread-inducing psychological thriller. Maggie is a successful young artist who has had bad luck with men. Her last put her in the hospital and, after she’s healed physically, left her needing to get out of London to heal mentally and find a place of quiet that will restore her creative spirit. On the rugged west coast of Ireland, perched on a wild cliff side, she spies the shell of a cottage that dates back to Great Famine and decides to buy it. When work on the house is done, she invites her dealer to come for the weekend to celebrate along with a couple of women friends, one of whom will become his wife. On the boozy last night, the other friend pulls out an Ouija board. What sinister thing they summon, once invited, will never go.

Ireland is a country haunted by its past. In Billy O’Callaghan’s hands, its terrible beauty becomes a force of inescapable horror that reaches far back in time, before the Famine, before Christianity, to a pagan place where nature and superstition are bound in an endless knot.

Even if I manage to read all three this week, I will still be a week behind in my reading schedule. 😕 Still, I will catch up at some point.

I have had no ARCs approved this week, and only requested one book yesterday.

Whatever the weather where you are, have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.😎

I, Witness by Niki Mackay

I, Witness by Niki Mackay
I, Witness (Madison Attallee, #1) 
by

Niki Mackay (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by

30817744


EXCERPT: There was a girl in the middle of the floor. She was the one bleeding. But that day she managed not to be the main event. Not for me anyway. Kate Reynolds was the star. Half smiling at me as I walked in, her hands gripped into the other girl’s dead flesh, the knife grazing her bare knee as she rocked back and forth. She was gibbering. Whispering.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: They say I’m a murderer.

Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend; covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her.

I plead guilty.

Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released.

But the truth is, I didn’t do it.

There’s only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attalee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago.

But there’s someone out there who doesn’t want Kate digging up the past. Someone who is willing to keep the truth buried at any cost.

MY THOUGHTS: I am so pleased that this is the first book of a new series. Madison Attalee is one interesting character! And this appears to be author Niki Mackay’s debut book! Definitely an author to follow if I, Witness is any indication.

‘The whispers of the past have a habit of steering through the generations no matter how much we try and bury them.’ This is a quote from I, Witness and the basis of the book. Niki Mackay has created a family of mostly mentally unstable characters and woven a compelling story of secrets, lies, deceit, manipulation and violence around them and inserts a P.I. with her own demons to try and unravel the events leading up to Kate’s arrest for the murder of her best friend.

The writing flows seamlessly and the story is told from multiple points of view, something that doesn’t always work for me but, in this case, is brilliantly executed. The dialogue is natural and flowing, the twists and turns unexpected but viable.

There’s hardly a topic that Mackay doesn’t touch on in this gripping page turner – mental illness, domestic violence, alcoholism, adultery to name a few – but she does it with great finesse and works it all neatly into a twisty tale of jaw-dropping revelations that leaves me wanting more.

4.5 shooting stars for a book I read in less than 24 hours.

Thank you to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of I, Witness by Niki Mackay for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2283382253

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Is it my imagination or, as the year progresses, do Sundays come around faster and faster? Or is it just a side effect of aging?

Anyway, it is time to take a look at what I’m currently reading, what I am planning on reading in the coming week, and what ARCS I have received from NetGalley this week.

Currently I am reading

Those Other Women

which I was very excited to be approved for, having been declined for her previous release The Fifth Letter. Just over 10% in and wondering where this is going. Somewhere wonderful no doubt!

And I am listening to

Meet Mr. Mulliner

I loved Wodehouse’s Jeeves series but had never heard of the Mulliner series until a fellow Wodehouse enthusiast on Goodreads suggested I try it. Can’t now remember who it was, but thank you. I love the absolute ‘Englishness’ while at the same time  ‘taking the Mickey’ out of the English class system that existed at that time.

This week I am planning on reading

The Neighbor

In a taut psychological thriller filled with breathtaking twists, Joseph Souza explores the tangle of betrayal and deception between two neighboring couples, and asks how well we can really know others–or ourselves.

It all seems so promising at the start . . .

When Leah and her husband, Clay, move from Seattle to Maine, she envisions a vibrant new neighborhood packed with families–playmates for her twins, new friends she can confide in and bond with. But while Clay works long hours to establish his brewery, Leah is left alone each day in a nearly deserted housing development where the only other occupants are aloof and standoffish.

Bored and adrift, Leah finds herself watching Clarissa and Russell Gaines next door, envying their stylishly decorated home and their university careers. But Leah’s obsession with the intriguing, elegant Clarissa grows until she’s not just spying from afar but sneaking into their house, taking small objects . . . reading Clarissa’s diary. It contains clues to a hidden turmoil Leah never guessed at–and a connection to a local college girl who’s disappeared.

The more Leah learns about Clarissa, the more questions emerge. Because behind every neighbor’s door there are secrets that could shatter lives forever .

Cross Your Heart (Detective Jess Bishop, #2)

Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases.

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

The Family at Number 13

The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

And as far as new ARCs from NetGalley this week, 3! So I have been a little more restrained, but my goal is 2 per week, which would ease the pressure and allow me to catch up on my rather alarming pile of back titles. . .

The Fifth To Die (4MK Thriller, #2)

Dying Truth (D.I. Kim Stone, #8)

The Killing Habit: A Tom Thorne Novel

As you can see, I scored the latest books in two series I have followed from their outset. So stoked!

And, in case you missed yesterday’s post, my posting may well be a little erratic again this week due to pressure of work. So I apologize in advance 😳

Please don’t be shy about letting me know what you like and don’t like. I love getting your feedback. And I love hearing about what you are reading, or if you have read something that is on my list, what you thought of it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, have a lovely week and  happy reading.😎

White Lies by Lucy Dawson

Firstly, let me apologise for my lack of reviews over the past few days. Things have been crazy busy at work and, with two staff down, I have been doing their jobs as well as my own. Things might be a bit erratic over the coming week as well as I struggle to catch up, presuming we are back to full strength next week. Anyway on to the book . . .

White Lies by Lucy Dawson
White Lies 
by

Lucy Dawson (Goodreads Author)
Reviewed by
30817744


EXCERPT: I glanced at the crumpled, empty bed and shuddered at what I’d done there with him in the night – things that I let happen. That I made happen. I put my hands up to my thudding head, threaded my fingers into my hair and closed my eyes.

Things that I now will never be able to undo.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: When you have everything, you have everything to lose…

Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur… well, she’s only human.

But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family too.

Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life, as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control…

MY THOUGHTS: What a wild ride! Who to believe? Who is the liar? Alex? Jonathan? Or are they both lying? What is it they say? There’s his story, there’s her story, and then there’s the truth…

White Lies is told from multiple points of view, mainly from Alex and Jonathan’s perspective, but we also hear from Alex’s husband, her boss, Jonathan’s girlfriend, his parents. . . and that would be the reason I deducted 1/2 star from this otherwise brilliant read, there were just too many points of view. Not all of them contributed anything to the story.

I just didn’t want to put this down. I didn’t want to go to work. I just wanted to be left in peace to read this brilliantly addictive book. I loved Dawson’s The Daughter, and White Lies is every bit as good. I had knots in my stomach and a stranglehold on my Kindle as I read. Dawson knows just how to hook a reader and wind him in. 4.5 very bright stars.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of White Lies for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2364646525

The Fear by C. L. Taylor

The Fear by C.L. Taylor
The Fear 
by

C.L. Taylor (Goodreads Author)
Reviewed by
30817744


EXCERPT: ‘Please,please don’t do this. Mike, please, if you loved me you wouldn’t do this. Please, Mike.’

‘I’m doing it because I love you,’ he says as he shoves a sock into my mouth, presses the tape over the top and ties my wrists to the bedposts. ‘Sometimes I think I love you too much.’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

MY THOUGHTS: That ending! I am sitting here, eyes gleaming, shaking my head in amazement! Didn’t see that coming. Thought this was a good solid 4-star read right up to the end. But that ending deserves an extra half star on its own.

I have read two of Taylor’s previous books, The Lie and The Treatment, both good solid four star reads, but with The Fear, the ending makes it stand out from the others. Yes, I keep going on about the ending, but it was jaw-dropping!

Okay, okay, enough about the ending. Let’s get into the meat of the book.

There have been a lot of books written about older men preying on young girls, insecure girls, lonely girls. But what about afterwards? What happens to these girls? What effect does that experience have on their lives? And the other people in his life, his wife, how does she cope? These are the questions that Taylor has used as the basis for The Fear. She takes these people, angry, damaged, vengeful, fearful, and places them in an explosive situation. At one point I didn’t know who was sane, or if any of them were. I rooted first for one, and then another.

4.5 stars for an emotionally exhausting but supremely satisfying read.

Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers, Avon Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Fear by C. L. Taylor for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2361555482

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Here we are at Sunday and it’s time, once again, to take a look at what I’m currently reading, what I am planning on reading in the coming week, and what ARCS I have been approved for from NetGalley this week.

It’s been a busy week, non-reading wise. I started my new job which I am enjoying more than I expected. But I am having to develop a new routine. . . so at the moment I am all over the place, and will be until I settle into my job properly and get some regular hours organised. Because it is a seven day business, and I am trying to learn about everyone’s functions and place in the organisation, I seem to be at work at some very odd times. Another couple of weeks should see me settled in.

But onto what you really want to know about  –  books! Currently I am reading, well I haven’t actually started this yet, but will be later today-

The Key to Death's Door

and I am going to start listening to

Lessons in Love

This week I intend to read

The Fear

‘Grabs you by the metaphorical throat right from the start and doesn’t let up until the end.’ Heat

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.

The Last Thing I Saw

The perfect family. A moment that will change everything.

Emma thought she had the perfect life: a beautiful home, a loving husband and a gorgeous son.

She was wrong.

She wakes up in hospital, with no idea how she got there or why her husband and son won’t come to see her. What happened to Emma’s family?

As Emma tries to piece her memories back together, she remembers that her husband was hiding something from her, and that someone was watching their house.

She remembers that she was afraid.

Emma is desperate to find out what happened – and that her loved ones are safe – but remembering the truth could be the most dangerous thing of all…

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will having you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn, #2)

Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way?

And five  (yes! 5!) approvals this week. I think I was feeling a little apprehensive about the new job, so I indulged in my version of a shopping spree for stress relief!

Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries

11 Missed Calls

One Little Lie

Theo

The Fear

Realistically, I don’t know how much reading time I will get this week, so I may be a little overexpectant about what I can actually achieve. But hey, aim high! I can always lower my sights.

Please don’t be shy about letting me know what you like and don’t like. I love getting your feedback. And I love hearing about what you are reading, or if you have read something that is on my list, what you thought of it.

Have a lovely week and  happy reading.