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Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel

The Life IntendedThe Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one hell of a read. I can't tell you too much, as I want you to experience this roller coaster of emotions yourself. You will laugh, you will cry, you will get frustrated, you will sometimes think, "where is this author going with this" but let me tell you, she does a unique storyline that kept me hooked over the Christmas season.

This is mixed emotions at its highest, at its apex.

When Kate lost her first husband, she never expected to find true love again. The thing is, can you escape from your last love. How do you not take some of it with you into a new relationship? When Kate gets these dreams, premonitions, or whatever you want to call it, she gets to a stage where she is totally mixed up.

At times I thought Kate would just give up on life.

These "dreams" she keeps having, she needs to understand them. Is she reading them right? Is she understanding what she is dreaming? Is it her first husband sending her messages?

Death, love and loss.

All of us have experienced it in one depth or another.

There is no time limit on grief. There is no right way to do it, wrong way to do it, there is no schedule, no book to tell you what you should feel, how you should feel or how you should act.

I have to say that Kristin Harmel is an author I need to seek out more, this book had me entranced throughout. I know a lot of reviewers say "I couldn't put this book down" I read all the cliches too LOL, but I really and truly had to stick with this book. Yep, I had to put it down to go to sleep, but I needed to get back to it with an urge that I haven't had for a few weeks now, where a book stays open in your mind all day eventhough you can't get to it until later!

I must thank Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Net Galley for allowing me to read and leave a review of this book. I truly loved it.

From the author of the international bestseller The Sweetness of Forgetting, named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Marie Clairemagazine, comes a captivating novel about the struggle to overcome the past when our memories refuse to be forgotten.

In this richly told story where Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past?

After her husband's sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she's planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn't she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she's really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband's hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined

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The Widow's Confession by Sophia Tobin

The Widow's ConfessionThe Widow's Confession by Sophia Tobin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


First let me say, its been a while, a very long while since I have read an historical novel. However, the blurb caught my attention and I wanted to read it.

I am glad I selected to read and review this book from Simon and Schuster UK Fiction via Net Galley as I would have missed out on something special.

Its based around the 1800's and a fishing village, but also a place where people come and look out, take a nice deep breath of fresh air and relax.

However, things start to deter people away, because a girls body is discovered on a beach, but this goes on, this won't be the only body discovered over time on the beach. With the body of a young girl being found in the first degree, the doctor tries to cover it up. After all, we don't want people thinking its a dangerous place to come to, do we?
But, when more bodies are discovered of young girls, it takes a more serious turn, it appears that these girls just wander off into the sea and drown themselves? Do they get into some sort of trance?

Suspicion is set upon the visitors, the village people think they are bringing bad luck.

Will the villagers unite to solve the problems?

What was meant to be a nice pleasant group of people taking a trip out to the sea turns into something more sinister.

Its very well written, it appears too that I have missed out on a book before this. I'll need to seek it out, its not vital to this story, but its always nice to read books in order.

Broadstairs, Kent, 1850. Part sea-bathing resort, part fishing village, this is a place where people come to take the air, and where they come to hide…
Delphine and her sister Julia have come to the seaside with a secret, one they have been running from for years. The clean air and quiet outlook of Broadstairs appeal to them and they think this is a place they can hide from the darkness for just a little longer.But this is a town with its own secrets, and a dark past. And when the body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach, a mysterious message scrawled on the sand beneath her, the past returns to haunt the town, and they cannot escape what happened here years before…
A compelling story of secrets, lies and lost innocence…

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In the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon

In the Defendant's ChairIn the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I never give up on a story, I never want to give up on a story, but alas, I had to this time >(

I read the blurb, I am sure I read the blurb, but this wasn't a story that I thought it was going to be. Its got some genetic engineering going on and I just can't get my head around it no matter how hard I try.

If you love stories like this, then this book is for you. I am not saying its a bad story, just I chose to read one not understanding the entire blurb.

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Forced Disappearance by Dana Marton

Forced DisappearanceForced Disappearance by Dana Marton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Miranda starts a new job, looking for people who have vanished, disappeared.
The one person she didn't bank on looking for was Glenn.
The thing is, kidnapped outside the law, means they are impossible to find.

I loved the romance in this book, I also loved the thriller aspect.

I got a bit muddled sometimes, but that might be me trying to read it over Christmas with a lot going on? Or did it jump sometimes?

That said, I really loved the book and although this is the very first book I have read by this author, I would love to read more, she does have a good style of writing. Its fast paced, that's probably why I got confused sometimes as I wanted and should have read this book in one sitting, its hard putting a book like this down for a day or two and then picking it up. I would recommend you sit down and take your time over reading this.

When wealthy American businessman Glenn Danning goes missing in Venezuela, investigator Miranda Soto volunteers to track him down. It's her first assignment for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, but this mission is about more than salvaging the remnants of her shattered military career. Glenn was Miranda's best friend and first lover, and she'll do anything to save him from danger - especially since she just lost everything that mattered to her.

Glenn barely survived being kidnapped and tortured as a suspected spy, but the shock of seeing Miranda again gives him a new lease on life. Their still-simmering attraction grows hotter as the couple races through the treacherous jungle. Determined to reach safe ground, they must stay alive long enough to stop the terrifying enemy who still hunts Glenn. And even if they survive, Miranda's dark past could jeopardize their future together.

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Evil In Disguise by M.A. Comley

Evil In DisguiseEvil In Disguise by M.A. Comley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent read. The subject of the book is not something we want to read about, but, lets face life, its a FACT, it goes on. And I am a great believer in facing reality, if not, how do we get to change things?

When I learnt that this is a read based on a true story, it made it even more real to me. I felt so mad, of course at the husband, but I also had some feelings of madness, frustration and urgency of 'solving' this woman and her children's horrible, terrible life.

I've learnt/read/talked to enough people who have gone through this terrible situation to know that you cannot just "walk away". Here is Jenny, she has nothing. As most of these men do, they take away your independence, your dignity, your belief in yourself. You become reliant upon THEM for everything.
Next time will be better.
Next time it won't hurt so much.
Next time will be the last time.
Next time.........

You may be dead.......

What interested me, was when she did find herself released from her 'life's hell how her grown children were so blind they couldn't see, feel, or judge the atmosphere around their parents when visiting.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, yes, all behind closed doors.

A feeling of NOT WANTING OTHERS TO KNOW. Its all here, all here in this book.

The next thing that was outstanding was how she found herself being used by some other male. OK, in a different scene, a different sense, completely alien from what she had experienced, but in a more subtle unique way. [I am trying to say this without giving the story away!!! It will make sense when you read this book, believe me], this showed me how vulnerable someone can be. How someone can be so taken in by a kind word, a nice thought, and most of all, a feeling that YOU are helping someone else in a situation that is although different, could have the same fatal ending. That really brought something home to me when reading this story.

Luckily for me, I have never experienced this kind of treatment. So I cannot judge anyone, I cannot say what a person should do, how they should do it and why. Or stand on a peddle stool and judge their emotive actions or what appears to be their 'silliness' in not just heading for the hills and running as fast as they can. No one can judge what they have never experienced.

Yes this is a novel, but knowing its based on a true story makes it all the more, all the more special.

I have read a couple of Mel Comley's books before. I need to read all the ones I have, being a book reviewer means I am ploughing through my list.

I "met" Mel online a few years ago now when she was just starting out, it was on a discussion board on Amazon. WOW what a long way she has come from the inexperienced writer to the budding authors she is today. I can certainly see a style developing and a professionalism that is unique among some newer authors.

I am no expert of course, I am just a reader who enjoys reading, and reads a lot. That's all I can base my experience on.

I would urge you to read this, its totally different from her usual books and she's done a fantastic job. In MHO.

I would like to thank Mel Comley for allowing me to read and add a review.

Caught in an abusive marriage, Jenny Slater desperately hopes there is more to life than the lies she tells to hide the bruises. Her three children have no idea their father is a monster, and Jenny struggles with the decision to tell them of her torment, which she can no longer bear alone.

Jenny's pen pal in the States is the only person aware of the truth. 
When Helen pleads with her to visit, Jenny is undecided about leaving England when her family is at odds. However, when a letter from a mysterious source arrives, seeking Jenny's help, she flies to the States. Her attempts to save another trapped soul only entangle her in another manipulative relationship.

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Sweet Damage by Rebecca James

Sweet DamageSweet Damage by Rebecca James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need to give this the full marks that I can because it was not only written well, it had my interest completely throughout the entire book, from page one to the very end.

I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell via Net Galley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this.

We have Tim, he is staying as a guest at his ex girlfriends home, she now has a new boyfriend. As you can imagine, they do not get along. Tim is still in love with his ex, but his ex doesn't want anything other than friendship. He's a bit obsessed by her I thought, looking on her profile on Facebook and hunting through the photo's of her. Sad really.

I found his ex a bit of a bitch, I didn't like her much at all. She really got on my nerves. Tim on the other hand was sweet, bit of a drifter though.

It transpires that he needs to move out of his ex place and find another place to live, alas, he only works in his families restaurant, it seems everyone wants better for him but Tim himself. He loves to go out surfing in between time.

A room comes up in this large, very large house. The only person that lives there is Anna. It turns out not only the house being sinister but Anna herself. She seems to have only two friends.

Tim moves in, things start to happen, and just when I was thinking "I hope this doesn't turn into a horror story or I'll be having nightmares" it didn't, thank God, but what it was gave me chills. It made me think. It certainly had my grey matter churning about what was what.

The last few chapters was when I was meant to be asleep.........I just couldn't do it, I just couldn't lay down, go into the land of oblivion without knowing exactly who Anna was, what the two friends were all about.

There is a weaving twist in this book that I thought was going to be there, but not exactly as to how things happened, so that was a plus for me.

This is the only book I have read by this author, but I see other reviewers talking of another book by her so, I just might get it!

Don't miss out on a fantastic read.

'I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...' 

When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.

A thrilling rollercoaster of a story - read it with the lights on!

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif

Vitamins and DeathVitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book directly from the author Medeia Sharif, the blurb intrigued me. I was eager to get into this book.

I started this last night, early evening, I had to stick with it until the end, so I read this in one sitting. I'm tired today! But I just had to finish it.

Here we have a Mother who is also a teacher. She got involved with a student and was suspended from her job.
Whilst the devastation is on the Mother with her not having work now to earn, and the shame of it all, she really hasn't given much thought to her daughter Deidra Battle. How will this affect her?

Her Mother gets a temp teaching job at another school in another part of town, renting a right dump of a place to live. Her Mom changes her name back to her maiden name hoping that this will protect her. Again, not giving a thought to her daughter who now still is known as Deidra Battle, has to move school and live in fear of her peers, infact, anyone finding out about her Mothers past. And living in a run down flat with water leaks from the ceiling and, well, just a dump really, when she was used to a good lifestyle and home.

Her Father has a new life, new woman, new everything, even a new job, a change of career and doesn't figure in their lives much any more.

Deidra Battle decided to live quietly in school and keep her head down. The less she interacts with her peers the more invisible she would become, right?

The author did a good job of keeping my interest from page one to THE END. I can tell you what! The ending was,........

Nope, I'm not going to tell you, but it does make me wonder if there is going to be a book 2??? author????

I must thank Medeia Sharif for allowing me to read and review this book of hers, she certainly has grabbed my interest.
I hope she keeps me on record to read any further books she writes, this would be awesome.

Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High. 

Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life. 

Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.

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The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Language of HoofbeatsThe Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am happy to be a regular reader and reviewer for Catherine Ryan Hydes books in the UK and the publishers always send me a copy when each book is released. This one was of no exception and I eagerly wanted to get 'stuck in' and read it.

Its never hard with this authors books to jump right into the story. Its like diving into a sea and exploring your surroundings. One by one you start to unfold what is what.

We have a nice little Town, everyone seems to know each other, we have a Sheriff, AND we have Clementine. Clementine is married to her long suffering husband. They had found it difficult in all the years they had been married to conceive a child. Later in life Tina is born. However, Tina didn't have the fullest and satisfying of lives and took her own life. I am mentioning this as there is a horse involved. Her parents had purchased her a horse, thinking that riding and exercise might help, having an interest. Tina looked after that horse very well, it was never once neglected. But since Tina has taken her own life Clementine cannot bear to look after the horse, she wants to, but she cannot. Her husband cleans up, he is the one that does the raking and the feeding.
How can I describe Clementine? Well, if you have ever come across a complainer, a busybody, a nosyparker, someone who is constantly at the window and has opinions about "everything" in life and surrounding them, then you are coming quite close to Clementine and what makes her tick.

Then we have Paula and Jackie who are legally married lesbians who move in across the way from Clementine. They had decided not to have children of their own but to adopt, and adopt not just any child but children who have difficulties emotionally that they feel they can help. Paula is a Vet, so she's taken over a practice there in this little town. There are no problems. Except the lady across the way ....Clementine.
Paula and Jackie have one child that they went onto adopt and two children they are fostering. One of them being a girl named Star. Star figures quite a bit in this storyline. Very negatively at first.

Clementine has a problem with the family, and the children, especially Star. She finds her rude and obnoxious.

We have the Sheriffs involvement with several things that happen, one very serious one.

We also have Clementine becoming quite ill and the 'family across the road' getting involved to look after her and what happens there.

Its a well thought out, developed read that you would expect from this author.


I was intrigued about the title of this book. THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS
OK, I thought, this is about a horse. I'm not really 'into' horses, I love them, just don't know much about them and never gone out of my way to learn.
Was I going to enjoy this book if its about horses?

Well, horses for courses! because, this fabulous author shows human nature in this book. Its not just about a horse, its about humans, its about also how animals can effect us, our emotions and also how they can help in certain situations of our lives. Everyone who has a pet knows the rewards of this!

I thought Clementine was a grumpy old woman who should get a life and get her nose out of others lives.
As it progressed, I did a 100% turn around. How we judge other when they appear grumpy all the time, or they don't have a decent word to say!!! well, its made me think, just what are their circumstances for acting this way, Clementine wasn't liked by any one much at all. Not even her husband. Who walked out.

Can people change no matter how old they are?

I also loved how Catherine Ryan Hyde made the involvement of a lesbian married couple. I am a person who says 'live and let live' and 'people are people no matter how they chose to live' I am very open minded.
I like to call it, Acceptance of Life, black, white, fat, thin, tall or small. We all are the same.
So this was a refreshing change to have a married couple of the same sex, its showing how that family functions.
The children called them P-Mom and J-Mom, I found that rather nice.

I don't want to give anymore away than I already have, but I would like to say, its a great story, its human and humane, it certainly makes you think about certain things.

This author has such an insight to people, to emotions, to feelings and so can influence an readers calmness when reading or excitement, even indifference and then.....understanding.

I would like to emphasis, because I am a regular reader for Catherine Ryan Hyde via her publishers sending me the books, it doesn't mean I HAVE to like them, I am honest, open and direct, but kind.

I really don't have a downside to this book at all, its all good.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family. New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together�far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they�ve made and the scars they carry. Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.

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Delusion by Tracy Skylar Johnson

Delusion (The Narcissism Novels #2)Delusion by Tracy Skylar Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is book 2 in this series and the story goes on. We see the domino effect in a BIG way of how an abusive relationship [whether physical or mental] can lead the 'victim' down paths they do not want to go, into dark corners they do not want to experience.

BUT Isobel is a 'victim' of a Mother with Narcissism and also an ex husband with Narcissism, how is she managing this when her son has been living with his father Matt who also has Narcissism and abusive? Will Dylan her son also turn out with this 'personality' trait?

Isobel has not just one, but two battles on her hands. To get Dylan back and show him how much she loves him and to survive the effects all the 'controlling' Narcissism that has been her life for so long.

We see again how Isobel's Mother Cynthia is making up lies, twisting things to make herself look good and her daughter bad. Its not vindictiveness with Narcissism is a Love and Adoration for oneself.

Dylan is involved in an accident. He almost dies. Meanwhile Cynthia is finding all ways to take Dylan off of Isobel. You see this illness Narcissism at work quite openly when Cynthia wants something, and what Cynthia wants is Dylan. You also see the cunningness of it all, and what stood out for me, Isobel's quietly torn down personality for a while.

Don't forget that Dylan is now fighting against this Narcissism, its not at all easy.

Isobel now has a love interest. I wondered how she would cope, how she would look upon this man, how she would see his love for her. In what way the past relationships and her Mother's obvious Narcissism would have an affect on her future relationship. If it would even get off the ground.
Very well written, very interestingly done.

The ending is suprisingly good, I wondered how the book would conclude as its not an easy ride for Isobel and her son Dylan, the strains its put upon Mother and son's relationship.

I am not saying more than this, and not given too much away than what it in the blurb :-)

I have to say though, when I got this book 2 directly from the author Tracy Skylar Johnson to read and review, I was very eager to start it. So I went happily from book 1 straight into book 2.

Highly recommended, this author was not known to me before I read these books, the story interested me and the blurb and interest certainly lived up to my expectations, more so.

This is an author who I would love to have approach me at any time to ask me to read for them and give my honest opinion as the taste of this gives me an appetite for more.

Thank you Tracy Skylar Johnson.

Who are you? Isobel wonders about the narcissists close to her
And why do you get so much pleasure making me suffer?

Almost crushed by her abusive ex and another narcissistic relationship, Isobel is terrified to find herself falling in love again. How can she trust her romantic choices, even if this one seems perfect? As she carefully delves into relationship, the horrors of the past are waiting to engulf her once more.
Her beloved son, Dylan, has a near fatal accident and Isobel fights parental alienation from his father, while Cynthia, her narcissist mother, invents even more heinous stories to discredit her daughter and steal the Golden Child.
And now Dylan battles his own fallout from narcissistic abuse.
How far will Isobel go to recover her child and will she ever be able to trust to love once more?

DELUSION is Book 2 of The Narcissism Novels, the continuing history of Isobel's journey to understand how living close to narcissists has almost destroyed her life. Her romance continues but can it survive its unethical root and Isobel's fear of failure?
The first book in the series is ILLUSION

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Illusion by Tracy Johnson

Illusion (The Narcissism Novels)Illusion by Tracy Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really interested to read this series from this author. I thank Tracy Johnson for allowing me to read for her and review her series.

I had never heard the work The Narcissism before, so I looked it up before reading it. Its definition is 'having an inflated ego of oneself' A 'self love' whilst putting others down around you. This is infact recognized as a Mental disorder.

Armed with this information I began to read.

I could tell that the author had done a lot of research into this 'illness' but what was interesting was the main character Isobel Hobson in this lovely book was the unknown victim. That is how I saw it.

She came from an over bearing, belittling Mother who although loved her, really did undermine her daughter. This of course lead to Isobel's low self worth [IMHO]
We learn of how she was married to someone with the same traits. He also had an alcohol addiction.

She now has a lovely son named Dylan. Of course Dylan needs contact with her father Matt. And we see all sorts of thing developing within that relationship between Father and son too.

Isobel later meets Saul. We now go to the inners of this relationship. Isobel is an Independent women, earning her own money and taking care of her son. But when she meets Saul, in a short period of time he encourages her to move abroad with him and both her and her son live with him. Although she has a little fleeting moment of doubt she goes.

We now see their relationship growing. We see how Saul is with her.

Isobel's relationship with her son Dylan is very important to her, she doesn't want the same things happening to him and experiences in life that she has.

She she is in therapy with a lovely man who explains a lot of things as she unravels slowly her thoughts, feeling and experiences.

I won't tell more of the story as it would be spoiling it, but let me say, her son is very much involved in this Narcissism web of family life.

This book really got me thinking. I wonder if we all have a little of Narcissism as at some stages in life we all feel self important, but what is acceptable and what boils over the edge onto someone else's lives. Its an interesting thought.

I love to get books that keep me interested. Although its fiction and the topic is REAL its a very compulsive read. I have finished book 2 as well, so I am off to write a review on this :)

You will love this book.

The reason why I have given it a hefty 5 stars is because its a book that makes you think long after you have finished reading it.

My hat goes off to the author for keeping my interest throughout.

Have you ever encountered the seductive genius of the emotional vampire? 
Interior designer, Isobel Hobson, has escaped an alcoholic husband and her narcissist mother has moved in with the sociopath next door. All she and her young son, Dylan, want is a complete happy family. When she meets Saul on a business trip to Manhattan and he convinces her she's found it, she moves her life across the world. But her happiness is brutally shattered and her mind starts to unravel when Saul's character abruptly turns around. She attempts to make their relationship work and secure her future, unaware that others are planning deeper psychological torture that will have life-changing consequences for everyone involved. Isobel's horror has only just begun. 
Illusion is the nightmare tale of love and motherhood - a powerful exploration of the narcissism epidemic in intimate and family relationships set against the turbulent background of terror and viruses of the early 21st Century

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Trick of the Mind by Penny Hancock

A Trick of the MindA Trick of the Mind by Penny Hancock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an absolutely absorbing read! This gripped me, this kept me turning pages, this had me at first chapter.

Here we have Ellie, she has inherited a house on the sea front in Southwold. How excited she is, sad that her auntie has died, but excited to have a new life experience open to her. She has the same talent as her aunt, they both paint. Ellie is a school teacher, but she also would love to take her talent as an artist to another level.

Whilst travelling down a country dark lane on her way to her aunts house for the first time since she had died she thuds into something. Because she has these 'ticks' [like tapping things three times, or twisting around twice, that kind of thing] she is arguing with herself that did she really knock someone over? was it an animal, she should go back? She stops her car but there is no damage. She puts it down to a trick of her mind.

And so this adventure begins. It takes you into places you didn't imagine, it brings out things that you just didn't think about. All I know was, at the end when something was revealed it left me GASPING and saying WHAT IN THE HELL, what a clever author this is!!! I want to read more of this authors books, if they are anything like this one.

I just love, ADORE and need to RAVE about how dam good and clever this story is. I don't know how some of these authors dream these great stories up, but all I have to say is KEEP 'EM COMING.

Getting inside Ellie's mind sometimes took a bit of doing, I was asking myself, would I have done that? Well, we can never judge what we would do in any situation unless we ever find ourselves in it. Then we can judge.


I would like to thank Simon and Schuster UK Fiction for granted me this wonderful thriller via Net Galley

Have you committed a crime ... or are you the victim of one?
Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she's newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. The life she's always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. So excited is she that she barely notices when the car bumps against something on the road.
That evening Ellie hears a news flash on the radio. A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. Then Ellie remembers the thump she heard. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? Unable to hold the doubts at bay, she decides to visit the victim to lay her mind to rest, little knowing that the consequences of this decision will change her life forever.

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