A Cotswold Family Life by Clare Mackintosh
Apr12

A Cotswold Family Life by Clare Mackintosh

A few weeks ago, I went to see Clare Mackintosh speak at our local Waterstones. Clare Mackintosh is one of my favourite authors. She wrote the brilliant I Let You Go and the almost as brilliant I See You and Let Me Lie. But she wasn’t talking about her fantastic thrillers at Watersones, she was talking about her new book, A Cotswold Family Life. This is a collection of writing about family life in the Cotswolds (it does exactly...

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Scared to Death by Kate Medina
Apr05

Scared to Death by Kate Medina

This year, I’ve discovered the Dr Jessie Flynn series of psychological thrillers by Kate Medina and I’ve really enjoyed reading them. Scared to Death is the second book in the series. I read the third book in the series, Two Little Girls, first, then recently read the first book – Fire Damage. A fourth book is due out later this year. A baby is abandoned outside a hospital in the middle of the night. DI Bobby...

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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old
Mar29

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old

Late last year I read, The Bright Side, which was the story of Hendrik Groen and his life in an Amsterdam care home. I absolutely loved it. It was such a humorous and uplifting book about friendship. And it turns out it was actually the second book by Hendrik Groen. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is his first story of life in the care home. Set in 2013, there is an entry for pretty much every day of the year. Hendrik is worried...

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell
Mar22

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

I loved Lisa Jewell’s previous two books, Then She Was Gone and I Found You, so when I spotted her latest, Watching You, as I walked through WH Smith the other day, I didn’t think twice about buying it. The book starts with a murder, but we don’t know who is dead. It then skips back in time a couple of months to the time building up to the crime. Joey is 27 and desperately trying to be a grown up. But she’s...

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Fire Damage by Kate Medina
Mar15

Fire Damage by Kate Medina

I absolutely loved Two Little Girls by Kate Medina. What I hadn’t realised when I bought it, was that it was the third part of a series of novels about psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn. I loved it so much that I knew I had to go back and read the first two books in the series. Fire Damage is the first Jessie Flynn book. Jessie is an army psychologist who is working with a very troubled four-year-old boy, the son of a major. To get...

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Two Little Girls by Kate Medina
Mar08

Two Little Girls by Kate Medina

After reading The Power, which was a really heavy book, I knew I needed something light. I needed my happy place – missing children. If you’re not a fan of the psychological thriller, it might seem strange to hear that missing children are my happy place. If you are a fan of the psychological thriller, you will understand me. Books about missing children tend to be real page turners and easy to read. I bought a pile of...

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