Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris


Wow! Just wow! Every so often a book comes along that people rave about, and Behind Closed Doors is one of those books! I had seen an early buzz about it so I hopped on Netgalley, and thankfully I was approved!


About the book:

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.


My thoughts: 
How do I even begin?! This book. THIS BOOK!!!!!!! 

B. A. Paris has written a spectacular book. Behind Closed Doors is a lesson in domestic noir/thrillers.

Going between the present and the past with Grace Angel, Paris paints two very different pictures with chilling repercussions.

I had a feeling when I started reading that I wouldn’t want to stop, and I was right. I flew through this book, reading at every available moment!

I don’t want to spoil any of the plot, so as per usual, I won’t go into details! Sufficed to say, this book rattled me in so many ways. I felt pity, sadness, anger and so many other emotions during the course of this book.

I loved the way Paris created her characters. Initially, you are almost envious of Jack and Grace. Their lives seem perfect. Beautiful house, he’s a handsome, successful alpha male, affluent lifestyle and so on. However, when the veil of domestic bliss is pulled back, the envy turns to disgust.

Behind Closed Doors grabs you by the hands and throws you on an emotional roller coaster. So full of twists and turns that you can just about hold on, and just when you think it’s all over you’re propelled forward to a compelling conclusion.

I gave Behind Closed Doors 5⭐️ on Goodreads.

Amazing. Just effortlessly brilliant. 😊📖
****Update****

Since reading and posting my early thoughts, so many people have also read this book or pre-ordered it and I’m delighted it’s getting such a great reception as its thoroughly deserved!!

Behind Closed Doors is released today and you can purchase a copy HERE

Hello February…

Hi everyone,

Here we all are in February already! It doesn’t feel that long ago since i was writing my New Year post! 😱

Anyway, I’m still trying to plan my monthly reads in advance (my TBR shelves are still packed with over 400 books!!!) , but with so many great books popping up it makes it difficult to stick with it!

After having a stellar reading month in January, 31 books in 31 days, I’d like to try and take it a small bit easier this month.

This month I’ve chosen 13 physical books I WANT TO READ (13 is my favourite number! 😊) along with 13 various ARC’s and books on my Kindle.
Lessening my total by 5 sounds like very little though, and I may be hard pushed to get all the books read, but I’m damn well going to try! 😝

 

Physical books to be read:
 

The Silkworm by Robery Galbraith

I’ve been dying to read this and have it since it was released, I’m not waiting any more! 😂

The Missing by Chris Mooney

Having read a short story by him this week, I’m bumping up this one! 

In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

On my TBR for a few weeks, on my wish list since release! 

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

I’ve been trying to get to this for ages too!

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble

To be read and reviewed thanks to the publisher!

I’ll Be Watching You by Beverly Barton

On my list since release too! 

Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan

Can’t wait to read this one!!! 

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve heard great things about this book so bumping it up! 

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

A firm favourite for me, and I read Blood On Snow last year! 

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Mixed reviews but I’m looking forward to it! 

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Another one I’m looking forward to reading!

Bone by Bony by Sanjida Kay

Thanks to Corvus for this ARC

Victim Without a Face by Stefan Anhem

Proof copy that I won and I’m dying to read it!

 

Kindle books to be read:

  

The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

Netgalley TBR 

Secrets of the Last Nazi by Iain King

Bookouture and Netgalley TBR 

The Turning Tide by Brooke Magnanti

Netgalley TBR 

Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Netgalley and Urbane Publications TBR 

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

Netgalley TBR 

Beneath The Surface by Heidi Perks

Author request ARC 

Last Prophecy of Rome by Iain King

Bookouture and Netgalley TBR 

Hold Still by Tim Adler

Author request ARC

The Devil’s Wire by Deborah Rogers

Author request 

Jihadi: A Love Story by Yusuf Toropov

I’m on the blog tour this month for Jihadi and I can’t wait to read it! 

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

Netgalley TBR 

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

Netgalley TBR 

Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott

Reading in prep for author post on the blog


So, there you have it! My books that I want to read this month! And it being a leap year, I have an extra day! 😉

What are you reading this month? 😊📖

The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

What’s that I hear you say? I’ve reviewed this before? Yes I have, but I’ve only gone and lost or written over the review so it’s now lost in the wilderness of WordPress! I am so cross!!! 😡 the irony of THE POST I LOST isn’t lost on me though 😂

Anyway, the book was that good, I don’t mind re-reviewing!

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About the book: 


Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?


My thoughts:


I looooooooooove this book!!!! This book just hooks you in! From the very first page, I knew I was going to be reading The Girl You Lost at every possible spare moment! It’s that good!

As a parent, it’s never easy reading books about controversial subjects like child abduction. It makes you almost apprehensive to read as it’s an uncomfortable thought and every parents worst nightmare!

Croft has done a spectacular job in dealing with how Simone and Matt coped in the aftermath of their daughter Helena’s abduction. How they managed to keep functioning is anyone’s guess.

The arrival of Grace, who says she has information regarding Helena, throws the cat amongst the pigeons for Simone and Matt. Who is Grace? And what does she want?

As usual, no in depth plot discussion here for me. Croft’s writing is spectacular, as it is a tightly woven book, with an astonishing twist that you just won’t see coming! The Girl You Lost is a lesson in psychological thrillers. I thought her previous novel, The Girl With No Past (read my review HERE) was great, and then this one came along and blew it out of the water!!!

I gave The Girl You Lost an easy 5⭐️ rating on Goodreads and I cannot recommend it highly enough!

The Girl You Lost is out on February 5th and you can preorder your copy HERE

Happy reading 😊📖

No Longer Safe by A.J. Waines

 

 

Many thanks to Alison Waines for my copy of No Longer Safe in exchange for an honest review!


About the book:


She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run…

When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’t the warm-hearted soulmate Alice remembers. Barely is the reunion underway before someone is dead and the fragile gathering is pushed to breaking point.

As the snow cuts them off from civilisation and accusations fly, Alice finds herself a pawn, sinking deeper into a deadly game she can’t escape.

NO LONGER SAFE is a chilling Psychological Thriller that delivers a delicious sting in the tail.

 

 

About the author:

 

AJ Waines has sold over 100,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Penguin Random House) and USA (audiobooks).

In 2015, she was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked in the Top 20 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

My thoughts:


I have just finished reading No Longer Safe and it’s safe to say I’m completely lost!! In a good way though! I literally have no idea what happened at the end of the book 🙈

I haven’t read any of Alison’s other books, but it’s safe to say I will be adding them to my TBR pile in the future.

Waines has a great writing style, very detailed but at the same time it’s easy to follow. I had no clue what to expect when I started reading No Longer Safe, but I really enjoyed the book.

No Longer Safe is a novel about rekindled friendship, betrayal and so much more. The book starts of slow, with Waines revealing fragments of the characters lives as we meet them. Alice and Karen are the two main characters, and both women evoked different reactions in me the further into the book I got. I went from sympathy to anger on more than one occasion during the course of the story.

As usual, no big plot details and definitely no spoilers. The synopsis perfectly sums up the book!

I really enjoyed reading No Longer Safe! It was cleverly plotted, and it flowed easily. The characters are well drawn, and the twist, well twist is an understatement!

I gave No Longer Safe 4⭐️ over on Goodreads! I would highly recommend this psychological thriller. It is still messing with my mind!

No Longer Safe is available on February 4th and You can preorder your copy here:
No Longer Safe
Happy reading 😊📖

After You Die by Eva Dolan 

 

Huge thanks to Eva Dolan and Harvill Secker for my ARC of After You Die. I’ve has this on my TBR for a good few weeks now, I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. I’m so cross at myself for leaving it so long as this book was just brilliant!!!


About the book:


Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit.

The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death?
Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?

My thoughts: 


Having never read any of Eva Dolan’s previous books, I didn’t know what to expect when I started After You Die. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be hooked immediately and not wanting to leave the book down to sleep, but with 2 kids, I need sleep 😂

Happily, when I picked it back up, I was just as engrossed. I started the book on Tuesday night and had it finished last night. It was utterly addictive reading!
While the themes in the book are tough subject matter, they were handled skilfully, both by the author and the characters she has created. Zigic and Ferreira are one of the best, and most cohesive pairs of detectives I’ve read in a while. I often find that one or the other gets more time, or demands more attention, but both were equally present throughout the narrative.

The plot in After You Die was very tight. Every story was perfectly constructed, and together they intermingled brilliantly. You felt something for almost every character, whether it be sympathy, sadness, happiness or anger, and that is something I look for in the books I read. If I can’t connect, I find it harder to concentrate on the story. No fear of that here!!!

I’m not going go into details of the plot, the synopsis above should be enough to whet your appetite. I, for one, am glad I went in without reading more that the synopsis as it was such a layered book that I wasn’t expecting half of what happened! Also, as usual lately, I guessed the perpetrator and was wrong, again! 😂

Dolan has a fabulous writing style, descriptive yet easy to follow, which I loved. After You Die just flowed off the pages, a compelling and pacy read that just reels you in and doesn’t let you go until you turn the last page.
I gave After You Die an easy 5⭐️ on Goodreads and I’d highly recommend it! I’m off to buy the first two books in the Zigic and Ferreira series! 😉

You can get your copy of After You Die HERE

Happy reading 😊📖

Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon

My thanks to Corvus and Holly Seddon for my ARC of Try Not To Breathe. I’d seen this book and lots of reviews popping up on my Twitter feed so I was thrilled to get a review copy. I tried not to read the reviews so that I didn’t know much of the plot, as it makes it easier for me to make up my mind about the book.

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

 

Amy Stevenson was the biggest news story of 1995. Only fifteen years old, Amy disappeared walking home from school one day and was found in a coma three days later. Her attacker was never identified and her angelic face was plastered across every paper and nightly news segment.

 

Fifteen years later, Amy lies in the hospital, surrounded by 90’s Britpop posters, forgotten by the world until reporter Alex Dale stumbles across her while researching a routine story on vegetative patients.
Remembering Amy’s story like it was yesterday, she feels compelled to solve the long-cold case.
The only problem is, Alex is just as lost as Amy—her alcoholism has cost her everything including her marriage and her professional reputation.
In the hopes that finding Amy’s attacker will be her own salvation as well, Alex embarks on a dangerous investigation, suspecting someone close to Amy.
Told in the present by an increasingly fragile Alex and in dream-like flashbacks by Amy as she floats in a fog of memories, dreams, and music from 1995, Try Not to Breathe unfolds layer by layer to a breathtaking conclusion.

 

My thoughts:

 

Lack of organisation on my part meant I started Try Not To Breathe within two days of publication, I hadn’t checked my book diary so I read another book that’s not out until next week first! #bookwormproblems 😄

 

Try Not To Breathe, for me, started slowly. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m used to books opening with gruesome murders or crimes. The change of pace was welcome though. It pulls you in and makes you wonder how Amy ended up where she did, and what happened to Alex to make her the way she is.

 

Lately, it seems like all the books I’m reading involve children in horrendous situations, death, abuse, kidnapping and so on.

 

However, books like Try Not To Breathe take you on a journey. They make you feel for the characters, and their circumstances. It is effortlessly written, blending Amy’s past,with Alex’s present and weaves the perfect take around the true events of Amy’s attack and subsequent hospitalisation.

 

I really enjoyed (never sounds right to say that about books with such awful subject matter!) Try Not To Breathe. I flew through most of it yesterday and last night as I wanted to be able to post my review for publication day today! Myself and Celeste over on Celeste Loves Books were saying we’d have to speed read to get it read on time! 😂

 

I gave Try Not To Breathe 4 ⭐️ on Goodreads. The only reason I dropped a star was that I figured out early on who had put Amy in the hospital. It was still a great book regardless of knowing early!

 

You can buy your copy here:
Try Not to Breathe

 

Happy Reading 😊📖

That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

My thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and the lovely Marcie Steele for my copy of her new book.

For any of you that don’t know, Marcie Steele is the alter ego of superb crime thriller author, Mel Sherratt.


(I have serious hair envy Mel 😉)

Anyway, I digress, as usual!!!

That’s What Friends Are For is the second Marcie Steele book I’ve read. The first, Stirred With Love, was brilliant. Such a step away from my usual crime reads, and really well written (I gave it 5⭐️ and read it in a day!!!).

About the book (via Goodreads): 

Best friends tell each other everything… right?
Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated…

On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.
Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love – but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.
When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

My thoughts:

Anyone that knows me, and reads my blog, knows that I pretty much only read crime/thrillers/police procedurals et al so this isn’t my usual fare. However, the moment I heard the new Marcie Steele was on Netgalley, I instantly downloaded and began reading it. After loving her previous book, I knew I was in for a treat with That’s What Friends Are For.

Marcie/Mel has a lovely writing style in these books. It hooks you immediately, and you feel as if you’re reading about your friends. It’s almost comforting because picking up one of these kinds of books makes you feel right at home within the pages.

Sam and Louise could easily be you and your best friend, they are that relatable. I loved them both equally as characters as they are very down to earth and likeable.

Both have their own issues (haven’t we all?! 😂) but their friendship seems to be very strong. Alas, the girls run into problems in their respective lives and it leads to trouble brewing between them.

Family and relationships are the main themes in That’s What Friends Are For, and they are addressed beautifully by Marcie Steele. I loved all the intermingling stories between the supporting characters on the book. Whether they work together, are related, or even a minor character, they are all written so well that you can imagine them in your head.

Due to the nature of the majority of books I read, it’s not often (thankfully!!!) that I can put myself in a characters position, but with Louise and Sam and their respective families it was easy to draw comparisons as it’s just so real.

As an avid crime reader, I can happily say that I would easily continue reading Marcie Steele’s books as long as she continues writing them. These books are the perfect antidote to the depraved psychopathy in the books I usually read! 😉

I would absolutely recommend That’s What Friends Are For, especially if you enjoy well written, character rich, heartwarming books. An easy 5⭐️’s from me on Goodreads.

That’s What Friends Are For is out on December 11th. You can pre-order it HERE
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