Book Review: Little Nothings by Julie Mayhew

“With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

Set to be released by 12th May, Little Nothings by Julie Mayhew follows Liv who has never been a woman with a lot of female friends. But when she meets fellow new mums Beth and Binnie, she knows she’s finally found her best friends for life. But then Binnie introduces Ange. Rich, beautiful, and capable, somehow, of doing it all, Ange changes the dynamics of their little group, and not for the better.

When Ange suggests a trip to Greece to celebrate their girl gang, Liv knows she has to go, even though her family really can’t afford it. Once on the island, though, Ange makes it clear that Liv will always be second string. As long as Ange is around, there’s no returning to the way things were. But Liv wants her friendships back-and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

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Book Review: The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage

“A family with a secret. A past about to catch up with them.”

Set to be released on 5th May, The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage follows Hanna who has barely spoken to her family since the tragedy that rocked their lives fourteen years ago – a tragedy which they held Hanna responsible. But then she sees her family home listed as the scene of a horrific crime. Number of victims: three. Date of crime: today. Frantic, Hanna tries to contact her family, only to find they have disappeared. To find them, Hanna will have to confront what happened all those years ago. And the person determined to make her pay for it…

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Book Review: The Hiding Place (DI Fleet #2) by Simon Lelic

“Ready or not, here I come. It’s time to play hide and seek again.”

Set to be released on 5th May, The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic follows four friends, one murder, and a game that they can’t escape. Ben is new to Beaconsfield and struggles to settle in. So when three students offer friendship, Ben is willing to do anything they ask to finally fit in. Twenty-two years later, Ben’s body is found. It was just a game of Hide and Seek gone wrong, they said. But who was Ben hiding from?

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BOOK TOUR: The Birdcage by Eve Chase

“Some secrets need to be set free…”

Released on 28th April, The Birdcage by Eve Chase follows half-sisters Lauren, Kat and Flora who share a famous artist father – and a terrible secret. Over the years, they’ve grown into wildly different lives. But an invitation to Rock Point, the Cornish cliff house where they once sat for their father’s most celebrated painting, Girls and Birdcage, reunites them.

Rock Point is a beautiful, windswept place, thick with secrets, electrically charged with the events of the summer – twenty years before – that the family daren’t discuss. And there is someone in the shadows watching their every move. Someone who remembers the girls in the painting – and what they did.

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Book Review: When You Disappeared by John Marrs

“It was better to remain on my island than drown in somebody else’s sea.”

Originally published in 2013, When You Disappeared by John Marrs follows wife and mother Catherine who wakes up alone one morning. She thinks her husband has gone for a run before work, but Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing – except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children. But Simon knows the truth – about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world. But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is. And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

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Audiobook Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.”

Originally published in 2009, The Help by Kathryn Stockett follows three ordinary women in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, who are about to take one extraordinary step. There’s Aibileen, raising her 17th white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

No one would believe these three would become friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth, and together they have an extraordinary story to tell…

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Book Review: Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness

“It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again.”

Originally published in 2010 and the third book in Patrick NessChaos Walking series, Monsters Of Men follows Todd and Viola as a world-ending war surges to life around them. The indigenous Spackle have mobilized to avenge their murdered people, while ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs. As the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption or assume it is lost?

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Book Review: Elektra by Jennifer Saint

“Can’t you see that it just goes on, over and over? The gods demand their justice, but we suffer for it, every time.”

Set to be released on 28th April, Elektra by Jennifer Saint follows the cursed House of Atreus, a bloodline tainted by a generational cycle of violence and vengeance. This is the story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to this curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods: Clytemnestra, the sister of Helen and wife of Agamemnon. Cassandra, Princess of Troy. And Elektra, the youngest daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, who is horrified by the bloodletting of her kin. But can Elektra escape the curse, or is her own destiny also bound by violence?

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Book Review: When She Disappeared by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry

“Someone is determined to bury what happened.”

When She Disappeared by Steph Mullin and Nicole Mabry sees Margo return to her hometown of Lake Moss. She hasn’t been back since her school friend went missing fifteen years ago. But as she returns, the news breaks: Jessie’s body has been found. Digging out her old diary, and steeling herself to face unfriendly ghosts of the past, Margo sets out to help a documentary crew as they investigate the infamous case the police bungled. In a town where everyone knows everyone – but they all have secrets – the killer is certain to be close to home…

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Book Review: The Patient by Jane Shemilt

“She is his doctor. He will be her downfall.”

Set to be released on 28th April, The Patient by Jane Shemilt follows 49-year-old Rachel, a GP, a wife and a mother. When she welcomes Luc, a new patient, into her exam room, the attraction is instant. Having failed a patient with depression and anxiety recently, she gives him the drugs he needs. In doing so, risks everything. And when a secret is exposed, they’re both in the firing line. Not all patients are telling the truth.

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Book Review: The Whisper Man by Alex North

“If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…”

Published in 2019, The Whisper Man by Alex North follows Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake who, still devastated after the loss of Tom’s wife and Jake’s mother, move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start. But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’. Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle into their new home. Except that now another young boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He says he hears a whispering at his window…

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Book Review: It Ends At Midnight by Harriet Tyce

Set to be released on 14th April, It Ends At Midnight by Harriet Tyce starts on New Year’s Eve, when the clock strikes twelve. A lavish party in one of Edinburgh’s best postcodes is sent spiralling into chaos when two guests fall tragically from the roof, impaled on the cast-iron railings below.

For Tess, it was about more than reuniting with long lost friends. Recently diagnosed with an illness that could be terminal, it was her last chance to make things right. Having grown apart from her husband Marcus, she knew this would be the perfect opportunity to renew their vows, surrounded by everyone they love.

Their time is running out. Tess’ closest companion Sylvie knows this better than anyone. She’s trying desperately to offer her friend some closure from the guilt that has plagued them both for decades. But as midnight approaches and the countdown begins, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want a resolution. They want revenge.

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Book Review: Into The Dark by Fiona Cummins

“Make. Them. Stop.”

Set to be released on 14th April, Into The Dark by Fiona Cummins is set one late autumn morning in the beautiful bay of Seawings in Midtown-on-Sea, when Julianne calls on her best friend Piper to discover an eerie scene – the kettle is still warm, the cars are in the garage, but the house is deserted. It looks like the whole Holden family have vanished without a trace. In fifteen-year-old Riva Holden’s bedroom, scrawled across the mirror in blood, are three words: Make Them Stop.

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Book Review: Nobody But Us by Laure Van Rensburg

“HE’S NOT WHO HE SAYS HE IS. BUT THEN AGAIN, NEITHER IS SHE…”

Set to be published on 14th April, Nobody But Us by Laure Van Rensburg follows Steven, a handsome, well-respected and Ellie, a young, wide-eyed student. Together, they are driving south from New York, for their first holiday together: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city. Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights – and the chance to explore one another’s bodies, away from prying eyes. It should be a perfect, romantic trip for two. Except that he’s not who he says he is. But then again, neither is she…

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Book Review: First Born by Will Dean

“THE LAST THING A TWIN EXPECTS IS TO BE ALONE…”

Set to be released on 14th April, First Born by Will Dean follows Molly who lives a quiet, contained life in London. Naturally risk-averse, she gains comfort from security and structure. Her identical twin Katie is her exact opposite: gregarious and spontaneous. They used to be inseparable, until Katie moved to New York a year ago. Molly still speaks to her daily without fail. But when Molly learns that Katie has died suddenly in New York, she is thrown into unfamiliar territory. Katie is part of her DNA. As terrifying as it is, she must go there and find out what happened. As she tracks her twin’s last movements, cracks begin to emerge. Nothing is what it seems. And a web of deceit is closing around her.

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Book Review: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

“First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust … what you have learned is the same heart-wrenching journey of every woman to whom I have sold a poison. And it is, indeed, the same path for me.”

Published in 2021, The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner follows two timelines. The first is set in 1791 at the back of a dark London alley where a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.

In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate – and not everyone will survive.

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Book Review: The Vatican Secret (Joe Mason #1) by David Leadbeater

The first book in the new Joe Mason series, The Vatican Secret by David Leadbeater follows ex-MI5 operative Joe Mason who is thrown into the hunt for the Vatican’s most treasured possession – a book of secrets, passed down from pope to pope – when it’s stolen by an ancient clandestine society. Mason and his rag-tag crew become embroiled in a global chase to find the book before the Vatican’s deepest secret can be revealed…

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Book Review: The Captive by Deborah O’Connor

“Only he can unlock the truth. Only she can set him free.”

Published in 2021, The Captive by Deborah O’Connor is set in a future where prisons no longer exist. Instead, criminals are made to live out their sentence in a room-sized cage – furnished with only a bed, a basin, a table and chair, and a hatch to exchange food – which is situated in their victim’s home. Hannah tries to block her lodger out of her vision, but he’s always there, no matter how hard she tries to block him out. The same thoughts run through her mind every day: What if he speaks to me? What if he hurts me? What if he gets out?

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Book Review: Galatea by Madeline Miller

“He had no chance, really. He was only flesh.”

Published in March 2022, Galatea by Madeline Miller is set in Ancient Greece where a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece – the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen – the gift of life. Now his wife, Galatea is expected to be obedience and humility personified, but it is not long before she learns to use her beauty as a form of manipulation. In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control, she is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost…

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Book Review: The Echo Man by Sam Holland

“The murders have begun… But the killer is just getting started… And he’s going to shock the world…”

Set to be released on 14th April, The Echo Man by Sam Holland sees a string of murders take place across England. Each is different in method, but each is horrifying and brutal. Jess Ambrose is plunged into the investigation when her house is set ablaze. With her husband dead and the police pointing at her, she runs. Her only hope is disgraced detective Nate Griffin, who is convinced Jess is innocent. Soon, Jess and Griffin discover the unthinkable; this murderer is copying the world’s most notorious serial killers. And now, imitation isn’t enough. The killer dubbed The Echo Man is ready to create his own masterpiece, and it will be more terrifying than anything that has come before.

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