Book Review: Deep Water by Emma Bamford

“This summer, prepare to visit paradise…”

Set to be released on 7th July, Deep Water by Emma Bamford follows newly-wed couple Jake and Virginie who leave behind their busy lives in London behind and buy a yacht, looking to travel and explore. During their time in Malaysia, they hear of an isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with an alternative community of sailors, living a back-to-basic lifestyle. But is life there as idyllic as it seems? Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare.

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Book Review: The Beresford by Will Carver

“Everything stays the same for the tenants of The Beresford, a grand old apartment building just outside the city, until the doorbell rings…”

Published in 2021, The Beresford by Will Carver takes place in a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford. And at The Beresford, there’s a routine. For Mrs May, every day is the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building.

Abe also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. In exactly sixty seconds, Blair will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers. And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door.

Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

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Book Review: Perfect Prey (D.I. Callanach #2) by Helen Fields

“There will be blood…”

The second book in the D.I. Callanach series by Helen Fields, Perfect Prey sees DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach take on a new case after a charity worker is sliced across the stomach in the midst of a rock festival. But in a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf. Luc and Ava have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim. It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim. And the more innocent, the better.

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Book Review: Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

“DON’T TRUST ANYONE
DON’T TRUST YOUR MEMORIES
DON’T TRUST THIS STORY…”

Published in 2021, Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone follows twin sisters Cat and El. When El disappears, Cat is sure that her sister isn’t dead. She would have felt it. She would have known. To find her sister, Cat must return to their dark, crumbling childhood home and confront the horrors that wait there. Because it’s all coming back to Cat now: all the things she has buried, all the secrets she’s been running from. The closer Cat comes to the truth, the closer to danger she is. Some things are better left in the past.

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Book Review: Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

“The island of Parris: paradise or poison?”

Set to be published on 28th June, Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow follows Luca who lives in Parris, the beautiful island plagued by the unsolved deaths of young women – most significantly, Luca’s best friend. All Luca wants is to heal from the traumatic loss and leave her feelings of guilt and helplessness behind. Then Luca comes home to find the police at her house. Her sister, Whitney, is dead. Will Luca’s search finally reveal the truth about her sister’s murder? And will she unravel and escape the clutches of the curse and survive Parris?

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Book Review: The Guilty Couple by C.L. Taylor

“He framed her. Now she’ll destroy him.”

Set to be published on 23rd June, The Guilty Couple by C.L. Taylor follows Olivia Sutherland who, five years ago, was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder her husband. Now she’s finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her teenage daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her. Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life…

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Book Review: The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley

“KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE.
WHATEVER THE COST…”

Set to be released on 23rd June, The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley follows Jamie and Victoria who are expecting their first baby. With a few weeks to go, they head off for a final weekend break in a remote part of the North Pennines. The small and peaceful guesthouse is the ideal location to unwind together before becoming parents. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Barry and Fiona, the older couple who run the guesthouse. They cook them dinner and show them to their room before retreating to bed themselves. The next morning, Jamie and Victoria wake to find the house deserted. Barry and Fiona are nowhere to be seen. All the doors are locked. Both their mobile phones and car keys have disappeared. Even though it’s a few weeks early, Victoria knows the contractions are starting. The baby is coming, and there’s no way out.

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Book Review: Don’t Tell (Chicago #1) by Karen Rose

“They tried to escape him, but he wouldn’t let them.”

The first book in Karen Rose‘s Chicago series, Don’t Tell follows Mary Grace Winters who knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive husband was to stage their deaths. Now, all that remains of her former life is at the bottom of a lake. As Caroline Stewart, Mary Grace has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. Slowly she has learned to believe that her new life, and new identity, is here to stay. Then her husband uncovers her hidden trail. Step by step, he’s closing in on her. Now Caroline must decide whether to flee again or whether the time has come to stay and fight…

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Book Review: Taken by Lisa Stone

“Have you seen Leila?”

Published in 2020, Taken by Lisa Stone follows mother of eight-year-old Leila, Kelsey, who is an a alcoholic, a drug addict, and a prostitute. Leila has seen and heard things that no child should ever have to. And when she goes missing, her mother is too high to even realise that she’s not home. Leila often stays out after dark to avoid going home, but what Leila didn’t know was that someone had been watching her. When she disappears without a trace, the police start a nationwide search, but it’s as if Leila has vanished into thin air. Who kidnapped her? What do they want? Will she return home safely or is she lost forever?

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Book Review: A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A luxury superyacht. And a killer picking you off, one by one…”

Set to be published on 23rd June, A Stranger On Board by Cameron Ward follows ex-marine Sarah French who joins a luxury superyacht as on-board security, in hopes of getting her life – and career – back on track. Surrounded by crystal waters, it seems like the perfect place to start over. As they head into open water, though, tensions between the crew quickly build. And when someone goes missing, Sarah has a terrifying realisation. One of them is a killer. All of them are suspects. To protect the other passengers, Sarah needs to uncover the killer’s identity and return the boat safely to shore. But there’s a storm on the horizon – and not all of them will make it out alive…

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Book Review: Girl, Forgotten (Andrea Oliver #2) by Karin Slaughter

“A girl with a secret… An unsolved murder…
One final chance to uncover a killer…”

Set to be released on 23rd June and the second book in Karin Slaughter‘s Andrea Oliver series, Girl, Forgotten sees Andrea Oliver, now a US Marshal, arrive in Longbill Beach to investigate a cold case with links to her own past. Forty years ago, Emily Vaughn was killed on her prom night, but her murder remains a mystery. Her friends closed ranks, her wealthy family retreated inwards, and the small town moved on. But all that’s about to change. The killer is still out there, and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too.

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Book Review: Layla by Colleen Hoover

“Falling in love with her was weightless, like air was breezing through my bones. Falling out of love is fucking heavy, like my lungs are carved from iron.”

Published in 2020, Layla by Colleen Hoover follows couple Layla and Leeds who take a spontaneous trip to the B&B where they first met after Layla is released from hospital after being involved in an unexpected attack. Leeds is convinced it will reignite their spark. But once they arrive, Layla’s behaviour takes a bizarre turn.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow, another guest of the B&B. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

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Book Review: The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager

“Be careful what you watch for…”

Set to be published on 7th July, The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager follows Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, who has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family’s lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake.

One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other, the sooner it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom’s marriage isn’t as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn’t realize is that there’s more to the story than meets the eye, and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.

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Book Review: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

“Daisy Darker’s family were as dark as dark can be, when one of them died all of them lied and pretended not to see…”

Set to be published on 18th August, Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney follows its titular character, Daisy Darker, who arrives at her grandmother’s house for her 80th birthday. It’s Halloween, and Seaglass – the crumbling Cornish house perched upon its own tiny private island – is at one with the granite rocks it sits on. The Darker family haven’t all been in the same place for over a decade, and when the tide comes in they’ll be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours. When the tide goes back out, nothing will ever be the same again, because one of them is a killer.

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Book Review: No Place To Run by Mark Edwards

“Will he ever find her?”

Set to be released on 21st June, No Place To Run by Mark Edwards follows Aidan who, after years of false leads and dead ends, has almost given up hope of finding his fifteen-year-old sister, who vanished into thin air on a trip to Seattle two years ago. But then a woman sees a girl running for her life across a forest clearing in Northern California. She is convinced the girl is the missing Scarlett. But could it really be her?

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Book Review: The Bay by Allie Reynolds

“There’s a darkness inside all of us and The Bay has a way of bringing it out. Everyone here has their secrets but we don’t go looking for them. Because sometimes it’s better not to know.”

Set to be published on 23rd June, The Bay by Allie Reynolds sees Kenna arrive in Sydney to surprise her best friend. But Mikki and her fiance Jack are about to head away on a trip, so Kenna finds herself tagging along for the ride.

Sorrow Bay is beautiful, wild and dangerous. A remote surfing spot with waves to die for, cut off from the rest of the world. Here Kenna meets a mysterious group of people who will do anything to keep their paradise a secret. Sky, Ryan, Clemente and Victor have come to disappear from life. But what did they leave behind? And why does everyone seem to be hiding something? Only one thing is becoming rapidly clear about The Bay: nobody ever leaves.

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Book Review: Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach #1) by Helen Fields

“It was the human condition: the need to know the worst, the destructive desire to see how it feels when you hit rock bottom.”

The first book in the D.I. Callanach series by Helen Fields, Perfect Remains sees Detective Inspector Luc Callanach’s first day at his new job, eager to prove himself to his new team, when he’s dropped right into the deep end with a missing person’s case. Elaine has been missing for weeks, but when her teeth and a fragment of her clothing are found next to the remains of an unidentifiable charred body in the Highland mountains, her case is soon escalated to a murder investigation.

But in the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness, and it’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep. Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes. The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

“We think we know where we’re aiming, and perhaps we do – but morning comes, and a change in the light, and we find out we should’ve been trying in a different direction after all.”

Published in 2016, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is set at the end of the 19th century and inspired by a true myth. Moving between Essex and London, Cora Seaborne’s spirited search for the Essex Serpent encourages all around her to test their allegiance to faith or reason in an age of rapid scientific advancement. At the same time, the novel explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the allegiances that we have to one another. The depth of feeling that the inhabitants of Aldwinter share are matched by their city counterparts as they strive to find the courage to express and understand their deepest desires, and strongest fears.

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Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

“It’s what you do when you’ve experienced the worst of the worst. You seek out people like you… people worse off than you… and you use them to make yourself feel better about the terrible things that have happened to you.”

Published in 2018, Verity by Colleen Hoover follows struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh who’s on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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