Last year I read the scariest book I have ever encountered: Behind Closed Doors by B.A.Paris. This was some feat as I've been reading the psychological thriller and horror genres for over 25 years and honestly believed I was immune! No wonder it has sold over 1million copies in 37 countries around the world. I couldn't wait to meet the author of my nightmares at the book signing of B.A. Paris' latest thriller Bring Me Back at Waterstones in Farnham last week and I'm intrigued to find out if it packs the same fearsome punch as Behind Closed Doors.
When Cora finds out her famous husband is cheating on her and his mistress is pregnant with his child she leaves and moves upstate in an attempt to put the experience behind her and build her life again.
Two years later Cora's new world is rocked when her Ex, his new wife and child move to her town, disrupting her new routines and resurfacing all the old feelings she thought she had put behind her. But when they are found dead in their bed and Cora has no alibi for her whereabouts she becomes prime suspect for their murders. And the evidence all points to a jealous revenge killing which makes even Cora start to suspect herself.
Daniel Gluck is 101 in a state of extended sleep and not sure if he is dead or young again. Elizabeth Demand is 32, single, looking to the future in a country divided by a historic vote. This story is set in a post Brexit Summer filled with hope and hopelessness in equal measure.
Firstly do not confuse this book with the bestseller The Girl on the Train. It is definitely not that book. They were first published the same month so looks like the similarities it is just conincidental but I’m sure the confusion has boosted sales!
So what goes on in this book - let’s find out...
Karen loves her job as a psychiatrist and she's good at it. She is a fixer and prides herself on being in control, of her own lives and her best friends Bea and Eleanor.
But when she takes on a new patient, Jessica Hamilton, her world is flipped on it's head. Jessica is aggressive and cagey and knows things about her personal life and her friends which she should not know. Who is she?
As cracks begin to show in Karen's professional and personal life she begins to wish she'd never taken on this new patient. Or does she?
A mother's love.
A daughter's search for truth.
A mystery that will not rest…
Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared after a tragic accident. Jenna searches for her mother regularly online, refusing to believe she was abandoned as a young child. She is obsessed with Alice’s old journals about her life working with elephants hoping she will find a clue which will lead her to her mother. Jenna seeks out two allies to help her. The first is Serenity Jones (who we met in the short story Where There's Smoke - read my review here) and the second is Virgil Stanhope who was originally investigating the disappearance of her mother but who is now a washed up private detective. As the trio gets closer to the truth they realise sometimes on the journey you find out more about yourself that the person you are looking for.
Serenity Jones has always known she can reach the other side. Even as a child her incredible psychic ability set her apart from the everyone else. And it has served her well. Now as a famous medium with her own TV talk show (think Oprah but with messages from dead loved ones) she has the world at her feet. But her quest for fame and fortune is at the expense of her psychic instincts and after a reading goes wrong she tries to recover her reputation but when this backfires her world quickly unravels on live TV.
When Selena Cole vanishes, apparently abandoning her children in the park, the police and her family fear for her safety. But when Selena appears 20hours later safe but with no memory of what happened during those lost hours suspicions being to stir. And the discovery of a dead body nearby raises even more questions. Is Selina's amnesia genuine or a clever deception?
Regular readers of my blog will know I am a big Emma Kavanagh fan. I first reviewed her debut novel Falling back in 2014 and Emma has also writtenguest posts for my blog as part of her book launch tours. So this book had big shoes to fill...
Previously published as Burnt Paper Sky, this debut novel tells the story of a Mother's desperate search for her lost son.
After allowing her 8yr old son, Ben, to run on ahead during their walk, Rachel Jenner looses her son in the woods. A frantic search ensues but all the Police can find are Ben's discarded clothes and trainers. After a press conference goes wrong, Rachel finds herself at the centre of a media frenzy painting her as a 'Bad Mother' and suggesting her involvement in Ben's disappearance is deeper than she claims. Even the Police begin to doubt her story. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust Rachel begins to unravel as she realises the greatest threat may not be from strangers but the people she loves the most.
When Amy's daughter, Lily, spots an old mirror in a local antiques shop she immediately falls in love with it. Seeing her daughter so infatuated Amy can't resist buying it for her, esspecially as it is such a bargain price for a beautiful antique.
But once they get the home Amy starts to feel uneasy about the mirror. She can't quite put her finger on it but something is off. Lily clearly loves it so she pushes the thoughts aside. But as Lily's behaviour starts to dramatically change and tension in their once happy home rises, Amy wonders if it is just coincidence, or if the mirror really was such a good deal after all.
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