Saturday, 8 August 2020

The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes - Review

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The One That Got Away by Egan Hughes - 5/5 ★★★★★

Blurb: Mia thinks she has escaped her controlling ex-husband Rob. She's found herself a new home, a new boyfriend and a new life.

But when the police arrive to tell her that Rob has been found dead on his boat, things quickly fall apart. Mia is terrified she'll be suspected, however the police are keeping all options open. They know Mia had reason to hate her ex-husband, but she's not the only one. Plenty of people wanted Rob Creavy dead, not least his new wife Rachel.

What they don't know is Mia has a secret, one shes desperate to protect.

But someone else knows. Someone with very dark secrets of their own...

Review: I could not put this book down!

We are drawn in right from the beginning with an intro from the point of view of a woman who has been gaslighted by her partner.

The story is split into Part One and Part Two. Part One switches between the narratives of Mia, ex-wife of Rob Creavy and Jess, a lady who married Rob in 2015.

Mia is visited by the police and learns that Rob has been shot dead on his boat. He had threatened to kill her so she took an injunction out against him and hadn't seen him in two years. He has since gotten married to a woman named Rachel.

Rob was a keen sailor and the story that is told from Jess's point of view is heartbreaking to read. He is a piece of work and you just hate him from the start. He uses coercive control and she gives up everything for him, making her sell her house, taking her money and making her give up her friendships.

There is a massive revelation at the end of Part One that genuinely made me gasp. I didn't suspect it at all so I was eager to read on.

In Part Two, we have the same narratives but an anonymous third too. We learn that not only did Rob control his wives, but he conned a lot of people out of money too so realistically, anyone could want him dead. 

It is a fantastic whodunnit and I think I suspected everyone at one point or another. It is so well written and the epilogue was just perfect.

A massive thank you to Compulsive Readers for organising this blog tour and sending me a copy to review. Don't forget to check out the blog posts of other bloggers on the tour.

The One That Got Away is available to buy now from Amazon and Waterstones.

Friday, 7 August 2020

My Friends And Me by Stephanie Stansbie and Katy Halford | Children's Book Review

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It's so important to teach your children about the world at a young age. From different religions, different cultures to race and types of families.

My Friends And Me by Stephanie Stansbie and Katy Halford is a wonderful tool to introduce different types of families to young readers 

Jamie has lots of friends - lots of friends with different kinds of families. Kate's got two dads. Olivia's got two mums. And Jade's got her own butler!

But no matter who they are or where they live, there's one thing that all the grown ups have in common...

This warm and funny book celebrates the very special bonds in very special families.

This book is packed with beautiful images of lots of different families. There's Kate who has two dads, Olivia who has two mums that are in an interracial relationship and Lily who is very lucky because she has two of everything. Obviously because her mother and father have split up and live separately, so she splits her time between the two houses but it's spun in a positive way.

We even have a single mum and children who live in different types of homes like caravans and boats. 

My favourite part of the book has to be the pages about Ned's mum. "People used to think Ned's mum was a man. But it turns out she's a woman." The wording of that is really important. It isn't that she "used to be a man", she has always been a woman. It honestly made me happy to read.

It is such a positive and upbeat book with beautiful illustrations. C and E especially liked the annotated drawings and had me read every single one out! I would definitely recommend that everyone gets a copy for their child's bookshelf. 

Thank you Little Tiger for our review copy.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

2020 Reading Challenge | Innocent by Erin Kinsley

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Innocent by Erin Kinsley - 3/5 ★★★
Blurb: The pretty market town of Sterndale is a close-knit community where everyone thinks they know everyone else. But at a lavish summer wedding a local celebrity is discovered slumped in the gardens, the victim of a violent assault that leads to a murder investigation.

As the police search for answers, suspicion and paranoia build - and the lives of the locals are turned upside down. Secrets that lurk beneath the pristine fa├žade of Sterndale come to light as detectives close in on the truth...

Review: Popular TV presenter Tristan Savage, or Tristan Hart as per his stage name, is attending a wedding at a hotel with his beautiful wife Izzy and their three year old daughter Flora. During the celebrations, he is discovered unresponsive next to the pool after being hit over the head. He remains in a coma with the police trying to find out who would do such a thing and why.

Being in the public eye, everyone has their suspicions about what has happened and there are a lot of whispers around the town. Tristan has been married before and after digging into his past, the police have a few leads. At the same time though, his current wife Izzy and ex-police officer friend Aidan are both keeping a couple different secrets from the investigation.

Although there are a lot of red herrings and lots of possible suspects, I had guessed pretty early on who the attacker was but obviously wanted to read on to find out why. The story has a lot of depth and characters are well developed but it just missed the mark for me. 

Friday, 31 July 2020

2020 Reading Challenge | The Storm by Amanda Jennings

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The Storm by Amanda Jennings - 5/5 ★★★★★

Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told.

But the past is about to catch up with them.


Hannah is married to highly-esteemed lawyer Nathan Cardew and they have a teenage son called Alex. They live in a beautiful house in Cornwall that once belonged to Nathan's parents. Their marriage is far from perfect though. Nathan is controlling, makes Hannah show him receipts for everything she buys and she doesn't even have her own bank account or passport. But the full story runs much deeper.

The chapters alternate between the points of view of Hannah, Nathan and Hannah's old boyfriend, fisherman Cam Stewart, back in 1998. It is very obvious to us that Hannah loved Cam but something tragic happened which led to Hannah choosing Nathan and settling down with him, never to see Cam again...until Alex goes missing and brings Cam back into her life.

I absolutely loved this book. Nathan is a character that you just hate from the start and you feel very sorry for Hannah having to live the way she does. We are fed information about what happened and why she does put up with it in dribs and drabs which just pushes you to want to read more to find out the full story.

The Cornish setting is beautifully described, Jennings really sets the scene and the whole book just played like a movie in my head whilst reading. I know absolutely nothing about fishing but I feel like the scenes with Cam on his boat back in 1998 really taught me something!

I honestly didn't suspect what had happened at all and the ending - that last sentence - made me want to scream!