#BlogTour! #Review – #PastLife by Dominic Nolan (@NolanDom) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

Another blog tour for you today, this time for ‘Past Life’ by Dominic Nolan. Huge thanks to Headline for the ARC, and thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

Waking up beside the dead girl, she couldn’t remember anything. Who she was. Who had taken her. How to escape.

Detective Abigail Boone has been missing for four days when she is finally found, confused and broken. Suffering retrograde amnesia, she is a stranger to her despairing husband and bewildered son.

Hopelessly lost in her own life, with no leads on her abduction, Boone’s only instinct is to revisit the case she was investigating when she vanished: the baffling disappearance of a young woman, Sarah Still.

Defying her family and the police, Boone obsessively follows a deadly trail to the darkest edges of human cruelty.

But even if she finds Sarah, will Boone ever be the same again?

What does TWG think?

I’m not going to lie – I’m still finding it hard to arrange my thoughts on this one, even though I finished read it yesterday. I don’t mean that in a bad way, so hear me out here.

‘Past Life’ opens the doors to suspense within the first couple of pages when the main character, who we later find out is called Abigail aka ‘Boone’, finds herself in a place she can’t remember going. Oh, and there’s a dead person beside her. I mean, if that wasn’t enough to make you want to carry on reading, I have no idea what is!

Of course the opening chapters pave the way for multiple questions; who is she, why is she there, where is ‘there’, and so forth, but what came after that gritty opening is really what made the cigs in my head turn.

Abigail has re-entered her old life….or so she is told and, to be brutally honest, I can see why she is a bit sceptic about what people are telling her. She remembers nada, including the fact she has a husband and a son, so why should she believe a person who is telling her that this is her life?

I found the first half of the book a little difficult to gauge, bar the opening chapter of course, and I struggled to relate to Boone, probably because she couldn’t let her personality shine as much as other characters as she had no bad idea what her personality was. I’m not saying I didn’t like the first part, I’m just saying that I found it difficult to sink my teeth into.

However, the second half of the book was an absolute blinder! Boone’s feisty nature flew out of her like a rocket, igniting the slow burning embers of the storyline that were waiting in the wings to come alive. And boy did they come alive. My entire thoughts regarding the earlier parts of the book were well and truly forgotten, as I lost myself in the deep quicksand that Boone unknowingly put herself in. She did not give a monkeys because, as far as she was concerned, she had nearly lost her life anyway, so what would be different about trying to find out the truth about her accident, even if it put her in harms way?

I actually cannot believe that ‘Past Life’ is a debut novel because it felt like a novel that had been written by an author with many novels under their belt. The strong, uncertain story telling was incredibly intense, and at times very graphic, yet when all of those little pieces came together it ended up being one hell of a fantastic read.

So yes, I may have had earlier reservations about Dominic Nolan’s novel, but I can safely say that those unsure thoughts went out of the window by the end of the book. I bloody loved the way in which the author made his characters come alive, warts an all.

An intense, thrilling novel which kept me hooked until the very end. Roll on the next book!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (@KelRimmerWrites) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the fantastic, Kelly Rimmer, back to TWG today as I review her new novel, The Things We Cannot Say (published 7th March), as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the review copy. Here is my review:

 2019. Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.

WWII. Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead.

2019. In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

What does TWG think?

Be still my beating heart….

Wow – even though I finished reading ‘The Things We Cannot Say’ a few days ago, a lump still forms in my throat whenever I think about it.

I admitted on social media that I had no idea how I was going to write my review, and I still stand by that (no, not in a bad way. Kelly Rimmer’s latest literary gem has a title which takes the words right out of my mouth; ‘The Things We Cannot Say’. There is so much I want to express about the beauty of the storyline and the characters, but for some reason I am struggling to put those thoughts into coherent sentences. I’m trying my best!

Okay so, this storyline is told from the viewpoint of Alina, a young Polish woman who has seen her fair share of heartbreak and devastation courtesy of the Second World War and the Nazi’s, and Alice, a mum who is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. She just doesn’t know it yet. Both stories are, obviously, incredibly different, yet they are both connected in a way which only makes sense towards the latter half of the book.

Whilst I loved following Alina’s journey and learning more about the devastating effects the war had on Poland in 1942, the reality of the situation absolutely broke my heart. Kelly Rimmer described scenes which no-one should ever have to endure, many of which left me crying my eyes out due to the unfairness of it all. Innocent people. Lives lost. Separated from loved ones. And for what? A power trip? A moment of insanity for the Nazi’s?

The chapters which involved Alina’s journey were hard hitting, emotional, and devastating, yet they were combined beautifully due to the way the author believed in her characters and their love for each other. I genuinely think if Alina didn’t have the love of Tomasz, her life would have had a very different outcome.

Now, where Alice is concerned in the chapters containing ‘the present’, her relationship with her son, Eddie, once again brought tears to my eyes as he seemed like such a lovely little boy who just deserved to be understood. His relationship with Alice’s ‘babcia’ made my heart melt and once again showed the power of love in a different form.

I’m trying my best not to give anything away here, and it’s very hard!!

I adored ‘The Things We Cannot Say’ and the way that the entire storyline showcased the deep routed beauty of love, life and loss. Kelly Rimmer, once again has outdone herself in creating a story which was both beautifully written, and beautifully thought out. The strength of the characters journeys was so powerful, it made the entire storyline have such a wonderful, highly charged vibe to it.

This beautiful, beautiful book blew me away, broke my heart and then pieced it back together again. Babcia showed me that scars are an individual persons battle marks and that they’re something to be proud of. Hell, if Babcia was mine, I would be proud of her as well. Easily my top read of 2019 so far.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #AsSickAsOurSecrets by A.B.Whelan (@AuthorABWhelan) @AnneCater

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Fourth blog tour of the day, and second one for RandomThingsTours, is my review of A.B.Whelan’s ‘As Sick As Our Secrets’. Many thanks once again to Anne for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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What would you do if you found out your husband was a serial killer?

Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.

But not all is as it appears…

Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband’s study, she realizes that she’s not the only one.

As her picture perfect world starts to fall apart around her, Olivia wonders just how deep the secrets run as she finds herself immersed in the investigation of a young missing girl.

Some coincidences are just too hard to ignore, but how far is she willing to go to discover the truth?

What does TWG think?

Oh bloomin’ eck – I cannot fault this book for its intensity, suspense, and mind-blowing level of grit, but sheeeeeesh it really is like the title suggests; sick!! Of course I don’t mean that rudely, I mean that in the ‘sick and twisted’ sense, because it really is!!

‘As Sick As Our Secrets’ isn’t the type of thriller which describes the characters actions and leaves a little bit of mystery for the readers to decipher in their own mind. Instead it’s the type of thriller which describes actions in such intense and chilling detail, explaining the twisted event in such a manner which creates a picture in the reader’s mind which includes feelings of nausea and thoughts such as; ‘WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?’. To be brutally honest, my mind couldn’t decipher the storyline any other way than what the author wrote! Again, no, I’m not saying that as though it’s a bad thing, it was just difficult for me to digest at times because I couldn’t get over just how ‘what the f…..’ the characters in this book could be.

A.B.Whelan is a very clever and dynamic author who certainly knows how to grab her readers by their anatomy! Even if I wanted to put this book down, I don’t think I would have been able to, purely down to my level of intrigue. This book may be very twisted and a bit nauseating, but it works in a way I never, ever imagined myself saying.

A magnetic, stomach churning, twisted read which took over my mind, body and soul. I was certainly put under A.B.Whelan’s spell…will you be?

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#BlogTour! #Review – Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose (@KarenRoseBooks) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

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Halfway now! Third blog tour of the day is for ‘Say You’re Sorry’ by Karen Rose. Many thanks, as always, to RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has tried hard to put his past behind him. He escaped the violence of his cult upbringing when he was just thirteen, and since then routine and discipline have been his way of making sense of the world. But when a petite blonde woman crashes into his life, he begins to realize that a little bit of chaos might not be so bad.

Daisy Dawson has had more than her fair share of pain too – but she’s done being a victim. Daisy’s determined to explore every new experience she can – including getting to know the dark and serious FBI investigator she meets when she fights off a masked attacker one night.

It soon becomes clear that Daisy’s attack was just the beginning. Now the bloodied bodies of young women are showing up all over California, and, as Gideon tries to find the killer, it’s clear that Daisy is in more danger than they ever realised…

What does TWG think?

Not only is ‘Say You’re Sorry’ a brand new series, it is the very first book written by Karen Rose that I have ever read. Not bad for one book!

Oh I was hooked straight away!! Gideon didn’t strike me as your ‘typical’ agent and I felt that that added to his charm and likability factor a lot more. Don’t get me wrong, his character seemed to be a tough nut to crack at times, but again that added another dimension to the novel which gripped me even more. Why wasn’t he so forthcoming? What was he trying to ‘run’ from?

There is a lot more to this storyline that meets the eye, a lot of which takes a while to become clear to the readers. I loved the intense level of suspense and the feeling of not knowing was around the corner. I felt that the characters were brilliantly crafted and absolutely perfect for the overall vibe of the book as their uncertainty allowed goosebumps to fill my body.

I am being intentionally vague with my review as ‘Say You’re Sorry’ is a very complex and interlinked storyline, so I don’t want to give anything away to jeopardise anyone else’s opinions of the book.

What I will say, however, is that I am shocked at myself for not picking up a Karen Rose novel until now, and I am very looking forward to delving further into this new series.

A complex, crafty, and highly suspenseful novel – a fantastic start to a new series!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – East of England by Eamonn Griffin (@eamonngriffin) @Unbound_Digital @AnneCater

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Fourth blog tour post of the day is my review of ‘East of England’ by Eamonn Griffin. Many thanks (for the third time today) to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or just get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else. But it’s not as simple as that. 

There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half of what’s profitable and two-thirds of what’s crooked between the Wolds and the coast. Who could have got to Matlock as easy as you like in prison, but who haven’t touched him. Not yet.

Like Matlock found out in prison, there’s no getting away from yourself. So what’s the point in not facing up to other people?

It’s time to go home…

What does TWG think?

‘East of England’ is the type of book which is brilliant at making readers react both positively and negatively to the characters. I have no idea why, when people say that they dislike a main character, it puts them off a book. Heck, I adore disliking characters because sometimes you don’t want to sit there and like a man who you wouldn’t want to come across down a dark alley! Yes, I guess I’m talking about Dan Matlock, the hard-nosed, tough character who likes to get his own way….and not nicely.

The grit in this book is insatiable! Eamonn Griffin has created a character which most readers will end up loving to hate, but secretly loving. A bit like marmite. The violence is dark yet thrilling at the same time, and the level of suspense is through the roof.

Even though I was left with a few unanswered questions, in the grand scheme of things it didn’t bother me too much because I was so caught up in the twisted plot which Eamonn Griffin crafted excellently.

I will admit that certain events made me wince at times, but I thought the brutality of the characters actions worked well with the overall darkness of the novel.

All in all, an impressive, rollercoaster ride of a read which left me breathless. Highly recommend.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheBelleHotel by Craig Melvin (@ccmelvin) @unbounders @AnneCater

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Third blog tour of the day is for ‘The Belle Hotel’ by Craig Melvin. Many thanks (once again) to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Unbounders for the review copy. Here is my review:

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13 October 2008. Welcome to the worst day of Chef Charlie Sheridan’s life, the day he’s about to lose his two great loves: his childhood sweetheart, Lulu, and the legendary Brighton hotel his grandfather, Franco Sheridan, opened in 1973.

This is the story of the Belle Hotel, one that spans the course of four decades – from the training of a young chef in the 1970s and 80s, through the hedonistic 90s, up to the credit crunch of the noughties – and leads us right back to Charlie’s present-day suffering.

In this bittersweet and salty tale, our two Michelin star-crossed lovers navigate their seaside hangout for actors, artists and rock stars; the lure of the great restaurants of London; and the devastating effects of three generations of family secrets.

What does TWG think?

‘The Belle Hotel’….what a BRILLIANT name for a hotel! I guess I would say that seeing as my daughter’s nickname is indeed, Belle, but still!

This book is one unique story, one which I suggest you read after stuffing your face otherwise you would end up with a stomach making some rather unsavoury noises. If you haven’t guessed already, ‘The Belle Hotel’ is a story which contains a lot of food (and a lot of swearing). Think early Gordon Ramsay….although his name does crop up once or twice throughout the book though, as do many other chefs!

Charlie Sheridan has stuffed up big time. The hotel which had been in his family for many years, was about to be sold from under his very feet. How did it get to that stage? Well, seeing as the storyline delves into the past of the hotel and how it became what it was, the author gives us readers front row seats to Charlie’s demise…or close demise that is.

‘The Belle Hotel’ may contain a lot of recipes, but it also contains a lot of heartbreak over the years for all members of Charlie’s family. Don’t get me wrong, some of those family members bring on a few troubles themselves, but overall a lot of ‘The Belle Hotel’s past makes for quite a tough to swallow read.

I actually really enjoyed the uniqueness of the storyline! I ended up switching from laughing out loud to frowning, in a matter of minutes, more than once. I felt the emotion through the authors words, and I also felt his knowledge of food filter through the entire book. Let’s just say that good ol’ beans on toast doesn’t make the menu!

‘The Belle Hotel’ is a poignant novel which takes readers on a journey through heartbreak, humour, and multiple hangovers. I enjoyed delving into the past of the hotel, and I enjoyed watching Charlie’s journey from little boy to chef.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #Home by Amanda Berriman (@MandyBerriman) @PenguinRHUK @AnneCater

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It’s a very busy day here at TWG, and I am delighted to be kicking the day off with my review of ‘Home’ by Amanda Berriman. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Penguin Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Jesika is four and a half.

She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window.

And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.

She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

What does TWG think?

Does anyone know if double-sided tape will fix a broken heart? Asking for a friend….

Actually no, I’m not asking for a friend. I’m asking for myself because I still have absolutely no idea how to piece my heart back together after reading ‘Home’. Now I’m not too sure whether my heart broke because the narrative was the voice of a four-year old girl, Jesika, or whether it was because the theme of the book is one that hit home (pardon the pun) rather drastically. Maybe it’s both, I really have no idea. I just know that my heart shattered…

As I’ve just said, ‘Home’ is told by four-year old girl, Jesika. Yep, that’s right – the entire story is written from a four year olds perspective, including the language that a young girl like Jesika may use. Little Jesika doesn’t understand why a man is shouting at her mummy, or why her little brother and mummy are constantly coughing and crying. She also doesn’t understand why the floor is wet in their bedroom or why the big box in the kitchen stops working and makes the house cold.

Whilst Jesika’s situation is heartbreaking in itself and her innocence to the entire situation is enough to make the strongest person melt into a puddle, the storyline became even more heartbreaking as it progressed. I don’t want to give too much away, but a new girl has appeared at Jesika’s playgroup, little Paige, and, whilst Jesika wants to try to take her under her wing as much as a four-year can, there is a lot more to Paige that meets the eye. Way, way more.

I said at the start of this review that the theme of ‘Home’ hit home drastically, and I still stand by that fact because, if you have already read this book, you will understand what I’m about to say and the meaning behind it. However, if you haven’t yet read this book, I urge you to stock up on tissues and all will become clear once you digest the words for yourself…..

I was Paige.

No, I don’t mean that I am actually Paige in this book, I mean that at one point in my life, I was ‘a Paige’. I had endured a situation very similar to hers and I just wanted to reach into the book and protect her from it. But I couldn’t and, as weird as this sounds, I actually felt as though I was letting her down because I couldn’t protect her. Daft eh?

Many readers will be able to relate to ‘Home’ on various different levels. In an ideal world, nobody would be able to relate to the situations covered in the book, but the big wide world isn’t perfect. What I loved most about this book was the way in which Amanda Berriman captured my heart from the very beginning by telling her story via Jesika. I have never read a book which was told from a person as young as Jesika before and I thought it was such a clever way of bringing the heartbreak home. I mean, people need to sit up and take notice of children, don’t they?

I thought the themes were written realistically yet sensitively, keeping the impact of the devastating circumstances as real as possible as though the events were actually unfolding before your eyes. It was hard to read, but then storylines like this shouldn’t be easy to read, should they?

Amanda Berriman is a phenomenal, phenomenal storyteller who has created a suspenseful, heartbreaking novel in the most beautiful way possible. It was flawless and highly emotional, and probably one of the most outstanding books I think I have ever read.

I’m not ashamed to admit that my eyes leaked a bit at the end of the book, nor am I ashamed to admit that my body was exhausted from the emotional rollercoaster I had just read. But, hand on heart, I think that everyone needs to be put under Jesika’s spell as she tells the story of her life in the way that she sees it – innocently.

A stunning portrayal of heartbreak, innocence, and the power of friendship – ‘Home’ is the book of all books to make you feel like you truly are, at home.

Buy now!

#Review – #GallowsTreeLane by Kate London (@kate_katelondon) @CorvusBooks @AnneCater

Seeing as I screwed up my blog tour dates, I am delighted to post my review of ‘Gallowstree Lane’ on my blog tour. Apologies to the author, Corvus Books and RandomThingsTours for my genuine error.

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t. The final words of teenager Spencer Cardoso as he bleeds out on a London street, his life cut short in a single moment of rage.

 

When a teenage boy steps out of the shadows of GallowstreeLane and asks a passer-by for help, it’s already too late. His life is bleeding out on the London street. 

The murder threatens to derail Operation Perseus, a cover police investigation into the Eardsley Bluds, an organised criminal network. Detective Kieran Shaw can’t and won’t allow that to happen. But fifteen-year-old Ryan has other ideas. He’s witnessed the death of his best friend, and now he wants someone to pay…

As loyalties collide, a chain of events is triggered that threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane. 

 

What does TWG think?

I have been wanting to read a Kate London novel for AGES! ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is the third book in series, so do bear that in mind before you read it as, in my opinion, it would be beneficial to read the previous two books first. I didn’t and I found that I missed out on information regarding the characters, which would have come in useful had I already known it. That said, others may find it perfectly fine to read without the background information of previous books.

‘Gallowstree Lane’ is very ‘in’ with the times so to speak. The main theme of the book is gangs and crime on the London scene. It’s one thing reading about stabbings and such in the media, but it’s another thing being in amongst the criminal activity yourself, even on a fictional basis. Kate London clearly has experience in that environment as her descriptions were too intricately written for someone not in the know! I loved the intense storyline and in depth detail where the crimes were concerned – even if it was quite unsettling at times!!

I wouldn’t say that ‘Gallowstree Lane’ is speedy read, because it isn’t. It’s one of those reads which has the storyline stewing for a little while, sparks as the story progressed, and then explodes when you are least expecting it.

Overall I was rather impressed by Kate London’s engaging and addictive writing style, and I look forward to re-reading this book once I have read the previous books in the series.

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#Blogtour! #Review – The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper (@toodletinkbaby) @AnneCater @tesshenderson1 @EburyPublishing

Finally! It’s my turn on the blog tour for Roxie Cooper and her phenomenal new book, ‘The Day We Met’. Many thanks to Tess Henderson for the ARC, and thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story

What does TWG think?

Stop everything, unplug the phones, grab all of the tissues from your local supermarket, and get ready to go on the journey of a lifetime. Hell, I don’t even know how much you can prepare yourself for this book because I thought I was mentally prepared, but I was far from it.

Steph and Jamie meet each other by chance, and end up with a connection even BT would be proud of. So what is the problem? Well, the two characters may have found themselves getting on very well with each other, and they may understand each other on all sorts of levels, but the thing is – there can’t be no ‘thing’ between them as one is married and one is engaged.

Steph thought she had everything. She thought she was with a man who understood her little quirks, accepted her flaws, and loved her for who she was. And Jamie, he really had really found the love of his life. The yin to his yang. Hence why he married her, so why was he willing to risk everything for a stranger?

Without divulging too much, ‘The Day We Met’ is a very unique, yet very realistic portrayal of romance and the ups and downs of relationships. Roxie Cooper has created characters which are flawed, and have deep routed issues. She has also created characters who are sure of themselves and have their own five year plan, planned to perfection. The beauty of the contrasting characters in this book is that they work so well together and make the storyline come alive absolutely brilliantly.

Now, I was lucky enough to read this book last year and I am not ashamed to admit that I ugly cried to the point my body felt as though it had run out of water. I’m not even being dramatic as I instagrammed the fetching picture!

As the storyline progresses, the author drops hints about what lay ahead. If you’re anything like me, you would ignore those hints and pretend that the author has no idea what she is talking about. Yes, I refused to accept the possibility of an event. And yes, it did come back to bite me on the booty but only because I had fallen head over heels in love with both of the main characters and their journeys. I wanted them to celebrate, to be happy in each of their newfound situations, but life isn’t like that, is it?

I was utterly devastated by the turn of events later on in the story, but I couldn’t help but but be mesmerised by the beauty of how everything came together.

Yes, ‘One Day We Met’ is extremely emotional, but it is, beyond belief, the most beautifully written, heart wrenching, touching, and poignant novel I have ever read.

Roxie Cooper has written a movie worthy, highly enchanting, wonderfully crafted novel which has taken my heart hostage forever. Such a phenomenal, phenomenal read – I loved it!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Inborn by Thomas Enger (@EngerThomas) @AnneCater @OrendaBooks

I need to start this post today with an apology as I had managed to put my tour stop on the wrong day in my diary, meaning that I was meant to have posted yesterday. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the patience with my error.

I am excited to be reviewing ‘Inborn’ by Thomas Enger today – huge thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

What turns a boy into a killer?

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.  As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has a relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?

It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

What does TWG think?

OMG this book was addictive!!!!! If you exclude the times where I had to put the book down to feed the mini human and pets (how rude!), I can safely say that I devoured ‘Inborn’ in a matter of hours. Such a clever, clever novel which highlights the fact that nothing is ever as it seems.

The prologue to ‘Inborn’ was absolutely cracking and set the wheels in most for the rest of the book. Who was the person there? Why were they there? Who else was in the vicinity at the same time? Something bad had happened, but the reasoning as to why was nowhere to be seen. Well, not for a while anyway.

‘Inborn’ is a strong case of mistaken identity in the sense that even individual characters were left questioning themselves, even though they knew the truth. But did they really? The fact that I was left questioning every little detail in the book was strong proof that Thomas Enger is incredible at keeping his readers on their toes. I could not believe just how complex each scenario in the storyline was written, whilst also being woven into various other situations seamlessly and flawlessly.

‘Inborn’ kept me face muscles working until the very last page as my expressions switched between shocked, uncertainty and disbelief, time and time again – I couldn’t believe what my eyes were digesting and, to be brutally honest, I still can’t!

As I said at the start of the review, I thought this book was so very clever and I loved every single minute of it. From psychologically damaging relationships to uncertain answers, and from complex thoughts to twisted judgements, ‘Inborn’ is one of the most psychologically twisted books I have read so far this year.

Utterly, utterly brilliant – I urge you all to grab yourselves a copy to be put under Thomas Enger’s spell. Looooooved it!!

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