Tag Archives: thriller

The Last Thing She Told Me – Linda Green Book Review

11 Feb

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Format – Audiobook

SynopsisEven the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface…

Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.

Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.

But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?

My Thoughts – I downloaded this on audible a little while back as it sounded like a really good thriller! This book is about 4 generations of the same family and how things that happened to one have shaped the lives of the others. It was a really fantastic book with such a good plot that I think I might go back and listen to it all again as know I know what happened I will probably enjoy it even more.

It took me a while to understand the narration in the book but once I had it figured out then I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I have read anything else by the author previously but I’ll definitely be reading more. It was fantastic and really had me hooked!

A great recommended read.

Rating – 4.5/5

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown * Reading Challenge Recap *

30 Jan

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Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide #7/691, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition #7/782.

Series – Robert Langdon

Synopsis – Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.

As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.

Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever…

My Thoughts – Annoyingly I can’t find my original review for this book as I read it about 10 years ago and really enjoyed it. Dan Brown is an author for me that doesn’t really disappoint with his books. I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and it kept me guessing at the time the outcome of the book. I’ve also read Angels and Demons – another review that is missing and The Lost Symbol which is linked above. I do also have Inferno on my TBR along with Digital Fortress which I will get around to reading – the only thing that has stopped me reading this is that they have been packed away in storage and I have no idea where they have gone! I really would recommend this series/author. I’ve watched the films in the series and I have to say that they really don’t compare to the books at all, the books are so much better!

Rating – 5/5

Recommendations – Ultimate Teen Book Guide – Holy Blood, Holy Grail – Michel Baigent, Last Temptation – Nikos Kazantakis, Chasing Vermeer – Blue Balliett.

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – Holy Blood, Holy Grail – Michel Baigent, Last Temptation – Nikos Kazantakis, Fatherland – Robert Harris (Challenge Book)

 

Bring Me Back – B A Paris Book Review

21 Jan

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Format – Audiobook

SynopsisThe Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried….

My Thoughts – I downloaded this as it was the daily deal on Amazon. This book is about Finn, a man who 12 years ago lost his girlfriend in France following an argument. She has never been found – he has moved on with her sister. But things have been coming to light to indicate that Layla, the first girlfriend, is alive.

Never have I been so confused by a book – in a good way. It really messed with my head and I couldn’t work out which way this plot was going to go. I did work out around halfway through what I thought would happen – and it did eventually happen – however I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the different narrations and the going back and forward in the time lines. A very enjoyable listen.

Rating – 4/5

The Secret Child – Kerry Fisher Book Review

11 Jan

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Format – audiobook

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Synopsis – You can run from your past, but it will always catch up with you…

Susie was forced to do something she will always regret. Everything that led to the choice she made had to be buried and forgotten.

Her secret echoes down through the years, tainting everything it touches. Her husband wonders why his wife is so distant. Her daughters can’t understand their changeable mother.

Susie knows her past is pushing her family apart, and the guilt is eating her up, but she can’t escape from the consequences of what she has done. No-one but Susie knows the whole story, and when her daughters discover a piece of the puzzle, she must face the question she has struggled with for most of her life:

Would the truth bring them back together, or break them?

My Thoughts – I downloaded this on audible as I’m really enjoying thrillers and this sort of genre at the minute. This book is about Susie a woman who lives in England and how one event can shape not only her whole life but all those others around her. It was quite a thought-provoking book about how you could be married to someone and not quite know everything about them and the guilt that you could feel from one tiny little secret.

This book was the first that I had read by this author and I really enjoyed it – I’d definitely want to read more.

Rating – 4/5

The Child – Fiona Barton – Book Review

2 Dec

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Format – Audiobook

Synopsis – When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this on audible as it was on a 3 for 2 deal. This book is told from three different perspectives – Kate, a journalist who is trying to uncover a massive story, Emma, a woman who holds a deep secret and Jude, Emma’s mum who also holds secrets of her own.

This was really interesting in the way that the story as told from the three different perspectives and how each character reacted to each of the scenes in the book. I really warmed to Emma – it was a while before we found out what her secret was however i did work it out before I got there in the book.

A very enjoyable listen too as it was narrated by different women it was easy to follow the book and who was talking – it almost flowed like a play. I havent read more books by this author but I definitely will in the future.

Rating – 4/5

Whiskey From Small Glasses -Denzil Meyrick – Book Review

23 Nov

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Format – Audiobook

Synopsis – DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community.

Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book on the 3 for 2 audible offer a few weeks back. thrillers are fast becoming one of my favourite genres of books and I’m very much enjoying listening to crime thrillers.

This book centres on DCI Jim Daley – a Scottish detective that is asked to investigate a gruesome murder in a small rural village. It also tells a lot of his personal life – in the form of his relationship with his wife Liz. I didn’t understand to start with why this was talked about in detail but as the book went on I started to grasp why.

This book was ok – i enjoyed the plot and I did work out who was the murderer fairly early on and there was a good few plot twists too. Overall a good story – I might continue the series in the future if I come across it as its book #1 of 5 in the series.

Rating – 3/5

The Murderers’ Son – Joy Ellis * Book Review *

9 Nov

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Format – audiobook

Series – DI Jackman #1 (although #2 by audible)

Synopsis – Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer.

Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes.

Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder.

But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. He has no memory of the first five years of his life and has a rather unusual obsession with his mother….

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you gripped until the shocking ending.

My Thoughts – I had this book on pre-order as I enjoyed the first book on audible (Their Lost Daughters) so much!

This book is a return to DI Jackman and DS Evans and the Fen murders. As I’m originally from that area it appeals to me a lot as I had a really good idea of the area in which it was set and recognised a lot of places that were discussed. In this book another brutal murder has taken place and they have a confession from a man but no evidence to back up his story.

The plot was really good – full of twists and turns again and although I had managed to work out the plot it really didn’t ruin it for me – it was brilliant! I am really enjoying this authors books. The next one is released on Audible in December and it is already on my wish list. I can’t wait for more – very enjoyable.

Rating – 4/5