Review: The Missing Wife – Sheila O’Flanagan

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Title: The Missing Wife
Author: Sheila O’Flanagan
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9781472210753
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Genre: Chick Lit / Romance

Synopsis
Have you ever wanted to disappear?
When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She’s always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen’s past is right behind her…

Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?Read More »

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Review: Dead Woman Walking – Sharon Bolton

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Title: Dead Woman Walking
Author: Sharon Bolton
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 9780552172639
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Genre: Thriller

Synopsis
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, thirteen passengers on a hot-air balloon flight witness a brutal murder. Within the next hour, all but one of them will be dead.

Alone, scared and trusting no-one, she flees for her life, running to the one place she feels safe. But she’s seen the killer’s face, and he’s seen hers – and he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the last witness to his crime . . .

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Review: Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell

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Title: Then She Was Gone
Author: Lisa Jewell
Published: July 2017
ISBN: 9781780896427
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Genre: Mystery

Synopsis
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl.
She had her whole life ahead of her.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.

Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.

Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?Read More »

Review: In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

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Title: In A Dark, Dark Wood
Author: Ruth Ware
Published:  July 2015
ISBN: 9781846558917
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Genre: Mystery

Synopsis
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…
Some things can’t stay secret for ever. 
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Review: Frozen Heat – Richard Castle

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Title: Frozen Heat
Author: Richard Castle
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 9781781166949
Format: Paperback
Pages: 443
Genre: Mystery

Synopsis
NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat gets more mystery than she imagined when she arrives at her latest crime scene. The body of an unidentified woman has been found stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left sitting in a freezer truck. A startling enough death – but an even bigger shock comes when this homicide connects to the unsolved murder of Heat’s own mother. 

Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she also digs into unexplored areas of her mother’s background – areas Nikki has been afraid to confront before, but now must. 

Will Nikki finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for more than ten years? Read More »

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

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Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Published:  July 2016
ISBN: 9781784706111
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
Genre: Mystery

Synopsis
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship.

A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse.

Except things don’t go as planned.

Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

Exhausted and emotional, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a mistake – either that, or she is now trapped on a boat with a murderer… Read More »

Review: Daisy in Chains – Sharon Bolton

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Title: Daisy in Chains
Author: Sharon Bolton
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9780552172486
Format: Paperback
Pages: 457
Genre: Thriller

Synopsis
Famous killers have fan clubs.
Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?
Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .Read More »

Review: Talking As Fast As I Can – Lauren Graham

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Title: Talking As Fast As I Can
Author: Lauren Graham
Published: December 2016
ISBN: 9780349009711
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 209
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Because who wants to Fast Forward anyway? You might miss some of the good parts.

Synopsis
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and–of course–talking as fast as you can.Read More »

Review: The Rendezvous – Sarah Isaias

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Title: The Rendezvous
Author: Sarah Isaias
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 9781532321900
Format: Paperback
Pages: 428
Genre: Political Thriller

Synopsis
Embarking on a dangerous quest for the physical and metaphysical origins of the world’s great religious traditions, this modern love story follows a Muslim poet and a Jewish physician in the global search for a poem they believe to be the key to humanity’s redemption. After traveling the world and facing off against shadowy conspirators and violent extremists, they discover a truth that is powerfully simple yet never more urgent.Read More »

Review: Follow Your Heart – Charlie Worsham

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Title: Follow Your Heart
Author: Charlie Worsham
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 9781940611846
Format: Paperback
Pages: 95
Genre: Biographies and Memoirs

Synopsis
How Three Words Became an Instruction Manual for Life…

As a youngster seeking guidance and perspective, musician Charlie Worsham received three words of advice from the legendary Marty Stuart that changed his life: Follow Your Heart.

This sage philosophy became Worsham’s instruction manual for living. Committed to permanent ink on the inside of his left forearm, he reads it whenever he’s playing guitar—which, as it turns out, is pretty much all the time.

In Follow Your Heart, Worsham shares his unforgettable journey around the world, playing music and living adventures that his 10-year-old Mississippi-kid self would never believe possible. He’s held a koala bear in Australia, played for soldiers in Iraq, and shared arena stages with Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift in between. He’s played crappy bars, national television shows, the Grand Ole Opry, and country music’s Mother Church, the Ryman Auditorium. He’s met heroes who have become friends and collaborators. He’s cursed his luck and shouted hallelujahs. Through it all, Charlie Worsham has followed his heart.

Paying homage to a philosophy kindly shared and the pursuit of a life fully lived, Follow Your Heart is the story of a man with a guitar, a tattoo, and a passion for his journey no matter where it takes him.

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