The Missing by C.L. Taylor

The Missing

Thanks to Avon Books, Netgalley and C.L. Taylor for my copy of the missing. I was lucky enough to be approved on Netgalley and had a copy sent to me as well for which I’m very grateful.

About the book (via Goodreads): 

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.

A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it?

 

My thoughts:

The Missing is one of those books that you know, especially as a parent, will discuss one of your worst nightmares. Fear of losing your child, in any way shape or form.

When Billy Wilkinson disappears in the middle of the night, his mother Claire and the rest of the family each blame themselves. Six months later and following a disastrous appeal, the family essentially begins to fall apart.

What follows is the harrowing account of Claire’s decent into psychological turmoil as she begins to experience fugue states. This makes for surreal reading, because it can actually happen and it’s frightening. The author has done a great job of staying true to Claire’s traumatic experiences, and they add a huge amount of tension to the story as you are in the dark as much as Claire is as regards what happens when she is in a fugue state.

Along with Claire, the rest of the family are all having difficulty with Billy’s disappearance still unsolved. C.L. Taylor deals brilliantly with each character and their reactions. The family all have secrets, and The Missing is a book that shows you just how much damage harbouring these secrets can do whether you realise it or not.

The Missing is interspersed with Whatsapp messages between chapters. These messages essentially throw the reader as you know someone is doing something they shouldn’t be, with someone they shouldn’t. The senders are only revealed towards the end of the book and I, for one, didn’t expect it. I like the way social media is portrayed in the book as it has such a massive bearing on the lives of young people today and just how dangerous it can be when it’s used unwisely.

I loved this book and hated it at the same time. As a mother my heart breaks for people who have had to endure the trauma of a missing child, in real life or in fiction. I cannot imagine what people go through, but books like this make me hug my kids a little tighter and longer when they go to bed. That is a testament to the author’s understanding of the sensitivity of subjects like this.

Astoundingly written, The Missing pulls you in from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the final full stop. Heartbreaking, maddening, devastating and frightening in equal measure, The Missing will keep you awake for hours as you try and find out why Billy disappeared in the middle of the night and leave you in shock as to just how easy it is to misjudge the people you know.

I gave The Missing an easy 5 stars on Goodreads. It’s released on April 7th and you can pre-order your copy by clicking on the link below.

The Missing: The gripping psychological thriller that’s got everyone talking…

Happy reading! 🙂

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up March 20th 2016

I’m going to have to be more organised with my weekly wrap up posts! It’s later and later I’m writing them lately!!! 🙂

Anyway, I finished 4 books this week so I’m now up to 52 books read so far this year. Which is good going considering I have nearly 100 books on my urgent TBR, and maybe 15-20 of those fall into the read these ones ASAP as they are for various requests, and of course some Netgalley ones have snuck in there too!

The books I finished this week are as follows:

  • In The Shadows by Tara Lyons

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I snuck Tara’s book into last weeks wrap-up too as I was less than 20% until the end when I was typing the post up! 😉 This time however, I have no review as I’m on the blog tour for this book next week so make sure to check back in for my review!

  • The Boat House by Mark Sennen

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I read the first three of Mark Sennen’s DI Charlotte Savage books way back before I started my blog, and he has a new book, Two Evils out soon so I needed a refresher and this was a perfect short story.

  • Demon Dentist by David Walliams

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Myself and my son had been reading this at night for a couple of weeks and we finished it this week. I hadn’t read any of David Walliams’ kids books, so this was an unusual departure for me. However, this book was the only book I read during my reading slump so I have to thank my son Thomas for that! 🙂

  • Death In Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

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I finished Death In Profile earlier today, and you can catch my review for it by clicking the link —> Death In Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson.

 

So, there you have it. Not a huge amount read but I’m still reading so that’s a good thing! 🙂

What have you been reading?

February Book Haul

This month has been a slow reading month for me! I managed to only read 12 books, which is still a lot, but in comparison to January’s 31 books, it’s much less. I also haven’t read a book in 8 days, and I addressed the possible reason for that in my I Hit The Wall post last night, which you can read HERE.

However, just because I haven’t been reading much, it hasn’t stopped me from buying LOADS OF BOOKS along with some Netgalley approvals, author review requests, proofs and pre-orders.

Today is February 29th, and in those 29 days, I’ve manage to amass a grand total of FIFTY EIGHT BOOKS!!!! 😱📚😱📚😱📚😱📚 

(I had planned on putting thumbnail pics of all the books, but I’d be here all day! 😂)

So, without further ado, here are all the lovely books that I have given a home to this past month 😊❤️

  1. In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings
  2. The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner
  3. The Interview by Damian Bruce
  4. Games People Play by Owen Mullen
  5. A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson
  6. False Prophet by Richard Davis
  7. Loose Cannon by Jack Steele
  8. Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  9. Frozen Out by Quentin Bates
  10. The Invisible Man From Salem by Christoffer Carlsson
  11. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  12. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  13. The Child by Sebastian Fitzek
  14. Play Dead by Richard Montanari
  15. A Simple Act of Violence by RJ Ellory
  16. The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson
  17. The Suspect by Michael Robotham
  18. The 50/50 Killer by Steve Mosby
  19. The Skin Gods by Richard Montanari
  20. The Killing Room by Richard Montanari
  21. Broken Angels by Richard Montanari
  22. The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood
  23. The Echo Man by Richard Montanari
  24. February by Kerry Wilkinson
  25. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Official Script by JK Rowling
  26. The Needle House by Robin Roughley
  27. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  28. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  29. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
  30. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
  31. Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
  32. The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
  33. Keeping The Dead by Tess Gerritsen
  34. The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen
  35. The Last Refuge by Martin Roy Hill
  36. Frozen Past by Richard C Hale
  37. The Back Road by Rachel Abbott
  38. The Mozart Conspiracy by Scott Mariani
  39. The Doomsday Prophecy by Scott Mariani
  40. The Heretic’s Treasure by Scott Mariani
  41. No Coming Back by Keith Houghton
  42. Punishment by Anne Holt
  43. Medusa by Torkil Damhaug
  44. Two Evils by Mark Sennen
  45. The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell
  46. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  47. The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
  48. Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
  49. The Teacher by Katerina Diamond
  50. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  51. Without Trace by Simon Booker
  52. The Game by Tom Wood
  53. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
  54. The Chosen One by Sam Bourne
  55. The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
  56. Heartbreaker by Tania Carver
  57. The Quality Of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
  58. Snake Ropes by Jess Richards

 

My name is Kate and I have a book-buying problem… ❤️📖

So, have any of you read any of these books? Any worth bumping up the TBR?

Have you bought any books this month?! 😊

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
😊

Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell


So I had this on my kindle for a while before I got to it. It was actually when the second Jennifer Knight book Time To Die went up on Netgalley that I thought to myself, ‘right, it’s definitely about time to read book one!”, especially after being approved to read TTD! 🙂

I went into this not knowing what it was about, I had read the briefest of descriptions, and to be honest, I must have missed paranormal anywhere in it, because when things started happening in Don’t Turn Around, I was caught completely unawares.

Goodreads description:

“You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …
With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.”

I really liked Jennifer as a character, she is very well drawn and it’s easy to empathise with her at times. The story flowed very easily, and Caroline has a lovely way of writing. I found the book very easy to read, albeit I’ve been fighting a cold, and have a baby who has decided naps are for wimps, so my reading time has been severely curtailed. However, no matter when I left down the book, I was easily able to pick up where I left off as it’s just so easy to follow.

The book switches between present day, and to events in the past relating to both Jennifer and the murderer. Some of these chapters are genuinely creepy, the details and the atmosphere really amp up the tension. I mainly read Don’t Turn Around in bed at night, needless to say any noises I heard made my heartbeat quicken. While finishing the book today, (just at the height of everything going on in the book!!!)  with my baby asleep upstairs, I heard a noise like something fell or was dropped,(it wasn’t the baby before you ask!) pretty sure I jumped in my seat! Nothing like a bit of drama to creep you out during a paranormal crime thriller! It was a shoe falling off a shelf btw! #easilyscared

Anywho, it’s safe to say I really enjoyed this book! It’s not a genre I usually read, but I am looking forward to Time To Die now! I gave Don’t Turn Around 4 ⭐️ on Goodreads!

Happy reading 😊📖