Little Girl Gone by Brett Battles | Editing by Elizabeth | Crime Fiction, Thriller, Noir
As Max approaches his third birthday, and Maggie marks each day on the calendar I found myself nervously biting my nails with anticipation, at what would happen to Max? I enjoyed how the author has integrated numerous POV into the story, for me it made the story feel far more credible.
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I really felt for Maggie and all that she had lost through her abduction, her family, her teenage years, and the everyday things that we often take for granted, eating, drinking, bathing. Seven Days managed to hold my attention throughout, rather like Maggie you feel time is running out for Max, which adds a sense of urgency to the overall read.
If I had one small niggle the conclusion ended a little too neatly for me. I found Seven Days to be an addictive, tense and chilling read, and a worthy addition to any psychological or crime thrillers lovers bookshelf. Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her year-old daughter Tilly a home.
When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.
After the sudden death of her husband , Laura is struggling , overwhelmed by grief , she finds her financial problems growing by the day , with no family to speak of, Laura has nowhere to turn. Then a lifeline is thrown to Laura and her year — old daughter , Tilly. The author explores the psychological of her characters with such conviction ; she breathes life into her characters , making them very credible.
There are chapters narrated by the charismatic Alex, these chapters felt much darker , intense and disquieting. Laura and Tilly are at their most vulnerable , and from the off I got the sense Alex would use this to his advantage. The author drops subtle hints, slowly building on the tension and adding an increasing sense of unease. Just as I thought I had it all worked out, I realised Louise Jensen had misdirected me at every given opportunity, naughty, naughty! But so cleverly done. The Family explores what makes a family, and then turns it on its head, making this book a twisted, and shocking read.
So I decided to set myself a mini challenge and read as many books as I can from my own personal collection between now and the end of December which December? In the summer of , Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict.
Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers.
In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of Cyprus and the events that led up to the invasion. Victoria Hislop blends fact and fiction to create a compelling read, and her descriptions are so vivid it took look little imagination to conjure up images of Famagusta, before the days of cheap package tours, a town which was wealthy, visited by the most affluent, on the flip side it was horrifying to imagine the city devastated by war, a resort left barren.
Although I read The Sunrise in a couple of sitting. Lily has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Alice finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him into her home. I Found You made for a riveting read, full of misdirection, suspense. At first I Found You looked as if it would be a simple and straightforward story.
The characters all spring to life especially Alice, I do find a character far more likeable if they have credible flaws, no ones perfect after all! Alice is adorable, always looking to rescue people, animals and friends, and despite her tops turvy life style she still manages to be the best parent she can.
At one point, I thought I knew where it was all heading, but epic fail! I Found You is my perfect kind of psychological thriller, fast paced, fascinating characters and misdirection at every turn. You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger.
The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. You are now part of The Chain. The chapters are short, and precise adding tension to the overall plot. Personally I think because I made the mistake of reading some of the reviews for The Chain before reading the book so I may have set my expectations too high for this book, which left me more than a little disappointed.
I must admit as a mother I felt for the victims, but not enough to care about the outcome, for me the victims were to quick to pick out a victim, without thinking about the consequences, this made them appear cold hearted and not particularly likeable. Read on for my thoughts. Daniel and Victoria are together. Ruby is in prison, convicted of assault on an abusive partner.enter site
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But when Daniel joins a pen pal program for prisoners, he and Ruby make contact. At first the messages are polite, neutral — but soon they find themselves revealing more and more about themselves. Their deepest fears, their darkest desires. And then, one day, Ruby comes to find Daniel. And now he must decide who to choose — and who to trust. I knew nothing about this book and it made the reading experience far more enjoyable as I had no idea, where the author was leading the story.
Daniels story is narrated through a series of letters which I felt worked really well, it gives an ominous feel to the book, a feeling that grows as Daniel reveals more about his life, we learn about his closest relationships, with his mother, wife Victoria and Ruby a prison pen pal.
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The letters are written to Lucy, who is the mysterious Lucy? This book held so many questions, but thankfully the author slowly and deftly reveals all the answers. When we meet Ruby I found myself constantly questioning her motives wondering just how trustworthy she was, her introduction feels ominous, and gradually builds until I found myself holding my breath in anticipation.
Like many psychological thrillers the story is very much character led, so at times the pace is much slower, not that it matters as the author slowly draws you into a well drawn, captivating read. I loved the fact that every time I thought I knew where the story was heading A. Hatch misled me at every turn. Highly recommended by me of course! Hatch grew up in Thornton-Cleveleys, a small town near Blackpool. After graduating in with a degree in journalism he moved to Taipei, Taiwan where he taught English as a foreign language for two years before moving to Melbourne, Australia.
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Andrew returned to the UK in and now lives in London where he works in political communications. He began writing fiction at university. Alison has it all. But all is never as it seems…. Alison drinks too much. I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. A disturbing story of toxic relationships, manipulation, desire and betrayal, I raced through Blood Orange by debut author Harriet Tyce.
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