Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.
As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…
Twelve years later Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.
And atone for the part she played in it.
~I recieved a copy via netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What an interesting, intriguing story! I really enjoyed this book and just couldn't put it down.
I really like how we got to see through Robyns eyes as a child in 1976 and what was going on all around her and then years later when she is older and after everything has happened. It was interesting to read each chapter from Robyn as a child and when she is older. The difference in how she has changed and reading about the things she notices around her and what could possibly be going on. It flips through between the years in each chapter and I really like how the writer did this.
Robyn, as a child, likes to spend days by the pool. She has a lovable older brother, a mother who is a bit unconventional and has a best friend called Debbie. They think things are changing as her mother gets a new partner but, there is someone who follows her mother who, also seems to invite weeping women into the house. Who is the man with the cowboy hat? And, why does her mother invite these women in?
Then we jump to 1988. Robyn and her brother come back to the house that has been empty for a few years. People are angered that they are back, something happened all those years ago and the book switches between 1976 and 1988. They are searching for something or anyone and they will do what they can to find it.
There is violence, fear and it is also wonderful reading about simpler times of just wanting to have fun as a child and you will also feel like you are with Robyn as she discovers things that have happened and it is just really gripping. As a child she was more carefree, confused and when she is older you see the switch in her as she is well more aware of everything.
A wonderful, gripping story I cant recommend enough!
Marianne Holmes was born in Cyprus to RAF parents and bounced between the UK, Germany, Kuwait and Belgium until firmly basing herself in London – well, apart from those years in the Peak District. A love of language led to degrees in Classics and Linguistics from the University of London but her desire to pay the mortgage steered her to a career in Marketing. After distracting herself in all sorts of ways over the years – sailing, flying, volunteering and running away to India – she is now definitely, absolutely concentrating on her writing. Well, that and making sure her children get fed, clothed and entertained. Obviously. A Little Bird Told Me is Marianne’s first novel.
No matter where you hide…
Kaitlyn Best is stuck in a rut. So when she discovers she's pregnant after a one-night-stand with Alex, her school crush, she throws caution to the wind and accepts his offer to make a new life together in the depths of the Lake District, far from her home… and her demons.
He will find you.
But Alex is not what he seems. And when Kaitlyn's world begins to crumble before her eyes, she realises she barely knows the man she has agreed to spend the rest of her life with.
Since Alex won't tell her his secrets, Kaitlyn vows to find them out for herself. But when she uncovers the truth, she realises she has made a terrible mistake…
~I received a copy via netgalley - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - WHAT A BOOK.
This is a great physocological thriller and I was instantly gripped from the beginning. It has such a nice pace that everything just unravels and you will just be captivated by this story.
Our main character is Kaitlyn. She is bored and decides to look up an old crush, Alex. They get to chatting, messaging each other, face timing each other and decide to meet up. Kaitlyn has always thought Alex was lovely. But, after a one night stand her life is about to change forever. She finds out she's pregnant and Alex suggest she starts a life with him in the Lake District. Far from her home and some things she is trying to get away from.
Alex seemed like the perfect guy on the outside but, he's not really who he pretends to be. Kaitlyn starts to realise that things aren't what they seem. She has agreed to live her life with this man who she thought she knew but, things are about to change. Her life is crumbling around her and before she knows it she is living her worst nightmare. What she thought would have been a great new life is instantly turning into hell.
I really love the way this story is told. Kaitlyn is a very likeable character. She is honest, lovely and kind. She just wants the best life for her and her unborn child. A 'happily ever after'. Even after her friends have concerns about this whole situation, after awhile Kaitlyn can't ignore those feelings of something isn't right. The guy she thought she knew, the guy she thought she would have a wonderful future with is changing right in front of her eyes and she starts to think she didn't know him as well as she thought she did.
Diane sets a really great pace for the book and you start to feel the same unsettling feeling Kaitlyn does as the story goes deeper and she starts to feel she isn't so in control anymore. As things start to get darker, more intense and danger is looming.
This is a fantastic thriller that will keep you gripped from the beginning. It is full of suspense, tension and it will take a dark turn towards the end that will keep you captivated until you've finished it. Full of shock, twists and a bunch of characters who really pull this story together!
One of the best thrillers I've read this year.
The world is different now.
There are no rules, no governments, and no guarantees that you'll be saved.
Rival factions have taken over, fighting each other for survival with no loyalty to anyone but their own. At 21, Hayden has taken over Blackwing and is one of the youngest leaders in the area. In protecting his camp from starvation, raids from other factions and the threat of being kidnapped, he has enough to worry about before he finds Grace.
The daughter of the head of the rival camp Greystone, she is slow to trust anyone, much less the leader of those she has been trained to kill.
This is danger. This is chaos. This is anarchy.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed every moment of it and I was instantly gripped from the beginning.
This is a book about survival. About being the best you can in a world that is falling apart. There is two rival factions, Greystone and Blackwing. Hayden and Grace are the head of these factions and are fighting each other for survival.
One of my favourite things about this book was the descriptive writing. It really brought this whole world together. The pacing was great, the story-line was captivating and the characters where all so different and interesting in their own way. I really enjoyed where this story went and I cannot wait to read the next one.
This book is a fantastic dystopian novel. It is interesting and the plot will keep you engrossed till the very end and even then you will need the next book. I really enjoyed the characters and again, the details in this book was so wonderful. It made picturing this dystopian world a lot easier. DeVos is a fantastic author. Her writing is wonderful and she really knows how to tell a story and keep the reader wanting more. I am excited to read more in this series and from her. This book is perfect for dystopians fans who need their fix of a world of people doing what they can to survive and will do whatever it takes...but, you never know who may take your interest and may sway you...
An amazing, gripping book that I cannot recommend enough!!
As far as the world’s concerned, she’s already dead
Jessie Sloane is getting her life back on track after caring for her sick mother. But she’s stopped short when she discovers, that according to official records, ‘Jessie Sloane’ died seventeen years ago.
So why does she still feel in danger?
Thrown into turmoil and questioning everything she’s ever known, Jessie’s confusion is exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep. Stuck in a waking nightmare and convinced she’s in danger, she can no longer tell what’s real and what she’s imagined.
The truth lies in the past…
Twenty years ago, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret history. Has her whole life been a lie? The truth will shock her to the core…if she lives long enough to discover it.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - I am a huge fan of Mary. I adore all of her books and I was really excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for her new book, When The Lights Go Out. This book did not disappoint. This has to be one of my favourites from her and that is saying something as I adore all of her books. This book is filled with suspense, it is gripping and you won't be able to put it down.
This book instantly had me gripped. What would you do if you found your social security information actually belonged to a girl who died 17 years ago? That is what our main character Jessie is dealing with. Her mother has recently just died and this is the first time she has ever been on her own after spending her years taking care of her mother and now, she has to find herself but, there may be danger lurking around the corner.
Also with Jessie's story we are give the story of Eden from 20 years ago. A story of a woman whose dream life is far from perfect and you will start to read the connections between these two women. With each bit of new information there is more twists thrown in. It will keep you guessing until the end, the mystery surrounding Jessie is captivating and will just want to carry on reading to find out what the truth is the connection between these two women.
I love the way Mary writes. The characters are filled with so much depth, the plot is filled with suspense, twists and instantly hooks you in.
Another brilliant story by Mary that has to be one of my favourite thrillers of this year. I can't talk about the plot too much as I think you need to just jump into this book and find out the truth for yourself!
I cannot wait to see what Mary writes next.
Nova is 32 years old and she is about to see the world for the very first time.
Jillian Safinova, Nova to her friends, can do many things. She can speak five languages. She can always find a silver lining. And she can even tell when someone is lying just from the sound of their voice.
But there’s one thing Nova can’t do. She can’t see.
When her brother convinces her to have an operation that will restore her sight, Nova wakes up to a world she no longer understands. Until she meets Kate.
As Kate comes into focus, her past threatens to throw them into a different kind of darkness. Can they each learn to see the world in a different … and open their eyes to the lives they could have been living all along?