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
😊

30 Day Challenge- Day 30

Book you couldn’t put down…


Theoretically, there are any number of books this year that I couldn’t put down, but with my top ten books of the year post in the works, I’m not going to list them all until then!
So ONE of the books I couldn’t put down this year, was:
 The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I flew through it because I was dying to know what happened! You can read my review HERE! It was part of Bookouture’s thriller week in October, and it was well worth reading!
Any standout books this year that you couldn’t put down?? 😊

Time To Die by Caroline Mitchell 


Well… Where do I begin?!
Time To Die is my fourth read for Bookouture Thriller Week, which ends today! I’ve already read and loved Caroline’s first DC Jennifer Knight book Don’t Turn Around, my review of which you can read here!



About the book:

Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.

He will reveal your most shameful secrets.

He will predict your death.

He is hiding a secret.

He is hiding a monster.

And all his predictions come true.

Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.


My thoughts:

I loved Don’t Turn Around and I couldn’t see how Caroline could write a better book in the series. How wrong was I!!!! Time To Die is absolutely fantastic. It is full of suspense, mystery and some very chilling scenes.

I’m usually not creeped out when I read books, but to be honest for parts of this book I was glad the light was on and that my husband was next to me! 😂 Towards the end of the book in particular, when I started hearing random noises in our bedroom while I was finishing the book, my heart was pounding. I was genuinely freaked out.

The Raven is one of the eeriest characters I’ve come upon in books for a long time. The prophecies he relays to the intended victims all have roots in their past, and when he tells them their future they are almost incredulous. Much to his annoyance. The chapters in the mind of The Raven are some of the spookiest, most atmospheric pieces of writing I’ve read in a long time. I feel I should add I don’t read horror/suspense books normally so I don’t have a lot to compare it to but I was 100% freaked out by this book.

Caroline has a wonderful way of crafting her books to give the maximum impact when it comes to the final reveals. In my opinion, her twists are some of the best I’ve read in this type of writing genre. I would happily keep reading the DC Knight series for as long as Caroline writes them!

I thoroughly enjoyed Time To Die. I read it at every spare opportunity as I was dying to see what was going to happen to the characters. I admit if I stopped on a chapter in The Ravens voice I was more than a little apprehensive to pick up reading as I was afraid of what he would have to say for himself.

I remember watching Hitchcock’s The Birds when I was small (too small if you ask me!!!) and this book is its bookish equivalent in my opinion. The Birds in the movie are the villains, and I think birds are ominous at the best of times for me, so the Ravens really made me feel uneasy.

I’m really glad I got around to reading Time To Die. It was one book I won’t forget in a hurry, and you can be damn sure I won’t be making eye contact with birds any time soon!!! 😂😂😂

I gave Time To Die a well deserved 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads!

Happy reading! 😊📖

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while so once I heard Bookouture were doing Thriller Week I figured I’d add it to my list! This is the 3rd book I’ve read from the 8 thrillers on their Thriller Week post. 2 days to read the other 5! Eeeeeek! 😂

I need to be realistic and admit I won’t get them all read but it’s still a challenge all the same!

Anywho, off on a tangent as usual! Back to matters at hand… The Girl With No Past…

About the book:

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My thoughts: 

I genuinely don’t know where to begin with this review. I essentially read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down and snatched any opportunity to read when I could!

Leah lives a fairly solitary life, living on her own and holding down a job in a library. Her only solace is found online in chat rooms where nobody knows her or what has happened in her life.

Through the chat room, Leah meets Julian. Meeting him gives Leah hope for a new life. Sufficed to say all does not go according to plan (that is not a spoiler!!!) for her.

This book is thrilling and engrossing beyond words. I was hooked from the first few pages. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading once I started!!!

Kathryn Croft has expertly crafted Leah’s story so that it is full of suspense. I had no idea what Leah’s past actually was! I kept thinking I had it figured out and then something else would be said that would throw me off completely.

Essentially, the past was teenage misadventure gone horrifically wrong. In my opinion, it was completely unforseeable until the very time it was explained. I was totally shocked, but I also felt sorry for Leah at having to bear the brunt of everything.

I wholeheartedly loved this book. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. It was an easy, and well deserved 5 ⭐️ rating on Goodreads from me! I’d highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!!!

Happy reading 😊📖

24 Hours by Claire Seeber


Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of this book.

I’m (trying!!!) to participate in Bookouture Thriller week and 24 Hours is my second read out of the 8 books on the list!


About the book: 

Here today. Dead tomorrow?

My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.

Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.

Before he finds out I’m still alive.

My thoughts:

I’ve literally just finished reading 24 Hours so I needed to write the review ASAP! I’m annoyed it took me three days to read but that’s beside the point!

24 Hours is a fantastic thriller. It’s set in alternating chapters, Then and Now, which really adds to the suspense. Laurie is on the run in the aftermath of the hotel fire. She has her suspicions as to who is at fault. On top of that, her daughter is not where she should be.

I found myself rooting for Laurie. Willing her on, hoping that she would find her daughter. Wishing that her husband/soon to be ex-husband would just go away as he was completely self centred and arrogant in all matters except towards his daughter.

There are some wonderful characters in 24 Hours. Enter Mal, pretty sure it’s short for Malicious (not really, obviously!) and his spurned wife. My god, these two were just mad. Clearly they had their own stuff going on, parallel to Laurie and Sid’s escalating situation!

I don’t want to give anything away in terms of plot. There were so many twists and turns and red herrings that I wasn’t expecting the truth when it came. I was surprised and shocked!!

I gave 24 Hours 4⭐️  on Goodreads!

Happy reading 😊📖