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Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall.

Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall.

I received my copy of Three Little Lies from a book loving friend that I often swap books with. She loved it so I was hoping I would too. Also as I saw it was the same author that wrote Friend Request, I was expecting it to be good…….and it was…….very good.


Description

Someone told a lie.
Someone knows the truth.

Someone is watching you.

*****

When Sasha North comes into Ellen’s life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family, she doesn’t see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever.

Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, still bound together by that night. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. The police won’t take her seriously, but the events of the past give Ellen good reason to be frightened.

What really happened that night? Who is telling the whole truth? These are the questions Ellen must confront when searching for her friend. But someone knows Ellen is looking. And they don’t want the answers coming out . . .





My Thoughts:

Three Little Lies was a brilliant page turner of a read. A mix of friendship, lies and wondering if you really know someone as well as you think you do. We all have secrets, maybe we all tell the odd white lie. But what if those lies have life long consequences?

The book alternates between characters view points. But we mostly hear from Ellen who is best friends with Sasha who has disappeared.  Ellen is extremely concerned about Sasha and takes on the responsibility to try to find her. As Ellen’s hunt continues, she finds out that maybe she didn’t know her best friend as well as she thought she did.

The characters bring about a range of feelings for the reader. Some characters I didn’t like, some I felt sorry for. For an Author to invoke feelings about characters, I know that she has written them well.

The plot took me on a hunt for a girl, her secrets and her lies. What I found shall remain unsaid ( by me). Read Three Little Lies and let Laura Marshall tell you. You won’t regret it



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Posted by on March 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Kick #Anxiety to the curb! Book Review: Anxiety Girl by Lacey London.

Kick #Anxiety to the curb! Book Review: Anxiety Girl by Lacey London.

Many of us experience anxiety in our lives, some to a lesser extent and some people suffer from it in a life altering way. I have seen often on Twitter that the Author of this book has offered it free to download, as she wanted to share her experiences to help others.

I downloaded this book when it was available free for kindle download about Christmas time I think. I have seen it talked about a lot on Twitter so thought I would give it a read. If you look on Amazon, there may be other times where it is available free.

 

Description

From the best-selling author Lacey London.

When a seemingly perfect life takes a dangerous turn, nothing is certain… 

Loving life in the glitzy village of Alderley Edge, Sadie Valentine thought she had it all.

With her best friend, Aldo, for company, Sadie spends her time sipping bubbles amongst the glitterati in her many local bars and restaurants. However, unbeknown to the outside world, a series of unfortunate events cause her to fall into a lonely hole. 

Keeping her mask in place on a daily basis proves harder than Sadie anticipates, and when she is dealt yet more blows, her positivity starts to crumble. 

Despite her efforts to battle her demons, Sadie soon realises that sometimes, it’s not quite as simple as picking yourself up and carrying on.

With Aldo by her side, can Sadie crawl out of the impossibly dark hole and take back control of her life? 

Join Sadie Valentine as she discovers who she really is, and learns the true meaning of friendship…

 

Published March 21st 2017 by Independently published

My Thoughts:

The book starts off with main character Sadie explaining to us a bit about her life, how it started off seemingly all rosy and nice. Until a few things happened and caused her to be gripped by feelings that she hadn’t felt before and found difficult to explain and understand at the time. These feelings as we know from the title of the book were anxiety.I was looking for a book that was mildly entertaining, easy to read and perhaps one that would give tips to help with anxiety. I would say this ticked the box for all of those quotas. It was mildly entertaining, certainly easy to read. It gave a few tips on how to help with anxiety, but I also thought that if you severe anxiety then you may feel that this book makes it sound a bit too easy to overcome. ( just my opinion though).There were a few tips that I already knew about and perhaps are well known for sufferers? breathe, talk about it, counselling. But there were also tips that I hadn’t heard of before. For example, Sadie gave her anxiety a name – and this way she could talk to it and feel more in control, which may be helpful for some. I think anyone suffering would appreciate and try any tips they are able to, so any reasonable and thoughtful suggestion is a positive. Whether or not it works for you is a different matter, but as with all things, life is about trying to make things the best you can.“This too shall pass”, is a quote that Sadie found from a friend and found useful when she was finding herself having a difficult time.To be honest I found the first quarter of the book difficult reading as we hear all about Sadie’ s problems and although it was necessary to understand her story, it wasn’t enjoyable reading. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be?The friendship between Sadie and her best friend Aldo was amazing. Again this was great for Sadie. But many sufferers will not be in such a lucky position to have such a supportive friend.There are a few follow on books to this series and although I imagine they will be ok, I doubt that I will be reading them.Anxiety Girl was worth a read but if you are looking for how to help your severe anxiety, I would look elsewhere. 
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I was looking for a book that was mildly entertaining, easy to read and perhaps one that would give tips to help with anxiety. I would say this ticked the box for all of those quotas. It was mildly entertaining, certainly easy to read. It gave a few tips on how to help with anxiety, but I also thought that if you severe anxiety then you may feel that this book makes it sound a bit too easy to overcome. ( just my opinion though).There were a few tips that I already knew about and perhaps are well known for sufferers? breathe, talk about it, counselling. But there were also tips that I hadn’t heard of before. For example, Sadie gave her anxiety a name – and this way she could talk to it and feel more in control, which may be helpful for some. I think anyone suffering would appreciate and try any tips they are able to, so any reasonable and thoughtful suggestion is a positive. Whether or not it works for you is a different matter, but as with all things, life is about trying to make things the best you can.“This too shall pass”, is a quote that Sadie found from a friend and found useful when she was finding herself having a difficult time.To be honest I found the first quarter of the book difficult reading as we hear all about Sadie’ s problems and although it was necessary to understand her story, it wasn’t enjoyable reading. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be?The friendship between Sadie and her best friend Aldo was amazing. Again this was great for Sadie. But many sufferers will not be in such a lucky position to have such a supportive friend.There are a few follow on books to this series and although I imagine they will be ok, I doubt that I will be reading them.Anxiety Girl was worth a read but if you are looking for how to help your severe anxiety, I would look elsewhere. 
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Posted by on February 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke.

Book Review: Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke.

Thank you very much to Author Amanda Brooke and Publishers Harper Collins for my copy of Don’t Turn Around.

Description:

She died.
You’re next.
Now he’s coming for you
Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…
As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

Published by Harper Collins January 2019.

Potential Trigger Warnings:

Contains details of suicide, death of a child and grief.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Author Amanda Brooke. I was intrigued by both the cover and the description.

The story is told from.the perspective of Ruth ( Meg’s Mum) and Jen ( Meg’s cousin and best friend).

Meg committed suicide ten years ago. Since then understandably the family have not gotten over her death and the way it happened. They believe that she was abused by her boyfriend Lewis but with no proof, nothing could be done.

In attempt to help others and themselves Ruth and Jen set up a helpline to try to help other people who feel they may be in vulnerable relationships.

The book is a domestic thriller, which kept me intrigued and attached the whole way through. The Author did a great job of describing how I imagine the grief would feel like for Meg’s family. Everyone deals with grief differently and this was shown by the people who knew Meg.

I read the second half of the book a lot faster than the first half as I had more inklings of what may happen as the pages turned at this point.

Don’t Turn Around is very well written. In the acknowledgements at the back the author thanks Alder Grief Centre for their help and support, which sounds like an amazing and such a supportive group of people. There should be many more of these types of helplines.

Although the plotlines and trigger warnings imply this is a difficult book to read, it is a suspense thriller which got me gripped and rooting for Jen and Ruth to find a life that they could be content with. Whether or not this happens you will need to read to find out. But things are not as they first seem. And that is what makes a good thriller and a good author for me.

Highly recommended book. And as I now know there are many more books written by Amanda Brooke.

If you have read this or any other book by Amanda Brooke, feel free to recommend your favourites.


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Twitter/@AmandaBrookeAB

www.amanda-brooke.com

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Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Books

 

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Bring positivity to 2020 with : You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha. Book Review:

Bring positivity to 2020 with : You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha. Book Review:

Thank you to publishers Gallery Books and Netgalley for my copy of You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha. I had a lovely email asking me if I wanted to read and review this book. The lady had looked at my blog and actually compared this book to a book that I had already read and reviewed. Option B, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Therefore thinking that I might like this one too. This is the kind of requests I like. Thank you Kalee.

Description:

From Neil Pasricha—New York Times, million-copy bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series and The Happiness Equation, thought leader for the next generation, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world—comes a revelatory and inspiring book that will change the way we view failure and help us build resilience.

We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!
But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure…or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.
We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.
A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?
All rising!
What do we desperately need to learn?
RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast.
Read You Are Awesome to learn:
• The single word that keeps your options open after failure
• What every commencement speech gets wrong
• 3 ways to dramatically accelerate your ability to learn and adapt
• The 2-minute morning practice that helps eliminate worry
• Why you need an Untouchable Day (and how to get one)
• and much, much more…
Because the truth is, you really are awesome.


My Thoughts:

I read this book in parts. For me it was the kind of book that I didn’t want to read all in one go. I wanted to absorb each chapter as I read it and take in the advice and positivity.

The book starts with the authors experiences and why he felt recognising our awesome-ness is important. He gives examples of how his life went “wrong”, and explains in steps how we can accept and overcome the trials and pain that life throws all of our ways. The book is realistic and not in any way patronizing ( which some self help books may be). The Author acknowledges that it is not an easy thing to do to accept things that have gone wrong or that you can’t change. But he shows us ways to realise the potential that we have, the things that we do have rather than what we don’t.

The Author didn’t live an easy life and decide to preach to us. He had testing times and shares his experiences both good and bad with us.

I found this book helpful, positive and a book that I will keep to dip in and out of as I feel the need to. I particularly like the idea of ‘Untouchable days’

One of the nice ideas I read about in You Are Awesome is that the Author started a blog where he wrote one good thing in every day. Similar to the Positivity Waves we read about on Twitter and wordpress started by the incredibly awesome Meggy It’s a way to look for the little things that make you smile and happy. These all count and by acknowledging them, we can see things more clearly.

A good self help book that I definitely recommend to help you realise that You Are Awesome. 😊


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

https://www.neil.blog

Twitter/@neilpasricha

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2020 in Books

 

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Mini Review, Short Story by Susan Willis: The Author is Missing. Is His Story Happening For Real?

Mini Review, Short Story by Susan Willis: The Author is Missing. Is His Story Happening For Real?

I have read lots of short stories the past year. This last one by Author Susan Willis was the one to finish off my Goodreads yearly challenge. I set my Goodreads Challenge at 30 books to read for 2019, and this was number 30. Yes, Short stories do count!

Description:

Rupert Robbins had instant success last year with his first crime novel. It was a best seller. His husband, Ian, is supportive and encourages him every step of the way. Rupert can write anywhere, but his favourite place for inspiration is in the park. It is while he is there one day that Rupert helps an older lady who stumbles with her shopping bag and twists her ankle. Will Rupert wish he’d looked the other way and not been the good Samaritan?

My Thoughts:

This is another quick coffee break read by the wonderful Author Susan Willis. In my opinion, this is her best short story so far.

It was based on an Author, a reader and a cosy criminal act.

The characters were portrayed well enough to give good pictures of them in my imagination. There were only two main characters so the short story had enough substance to fill these personalities. Both were very different.

I didn’t know where the end would lead. When I got to the end, I was satisfied that I had read a mystery book with good character definition, great descriptive detail and included a beginning, middle and end.

I look forward to more short stories by Susan Willis in 2020. 🤞


*I just found out that Susan Willis is having her first ever blog tour for her new full sized novel beginning February 1st 2020, hosted by the awesome Rachel’s Random Resources. Keep an eye out for that.  See the book HERE! 


 Links:

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Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter?@susanwillis69

www.susanwillis.co.uk

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2020 in Books

 

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Social media’s positives and negatives! Book Review: Megan’s Mistake by Susan Willis. #ShortStory

Social media’s positives and negatives! Book Review: Megan’s Mistake by Susan Willis. #ShortStory

I have read a good few short stories by Author Susan Willis. So when a new one came out, I was quick to download it.

Short stories make good coffee break reads and I like to have a few on my kindle for when I want a quick but full story.

Description:

With a group of friends Megan is heading off to Glastonbury. She has a ticket to see Kylie and is beside herself with excitement. Her friends are all commenting online, and she posts a photograph of her ticket. To her cost, Megan faces the perils of social media and realises the big mistake she’s made.
Can her friends rally around to help?

My Thoughts:

This was a nice quick read that I enjoyed while waiting for my dinner to cook.

Although described as a cosy crime read, it also had a very modern fiction feel. The dangers of social media were very obvious much to Megan’s dismay.

I liked the completely modern and relatable feel to this short story. Despite it being short, I got a good feel for Megan’s character and her relationship with her sister.

The crime part of the plot was good as we heard from the criminals point of view too.

I really enjoyed this short read as I have with all the other short stories I have read from.author Susan Willis. So much so, I have just downloaded another of her books.

This short story and 10 Short Reads is available to download from Amazon HERE!

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Amazon.co.uk

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Twitter/@SusanWillis69

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2019 in Books

 

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Guilty or Not Guilty, that is the problem….Book Review: No Further Questions, by Gillian McAllister.

Guilty or Not Guilty, that is the problem….Book Review: No Further Questions, by Gillian McAllister.

No Further Questions is the first book I have read by Gillian McAllister. I bought the book from a charity book fair. Don’t you just love getting amazing books from book fairs. I spent a lot of time and bought a lot of books from that fair. Today, I will tell you my thoughts on No Further Questions.

Trigger warning: story includes much talk of the death of a baby.

Description:

The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.

She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.
Who do you believe?
Original, devilishly clever and impossible to forget, this is a thriller with a difference. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the trial that will determine both sisters’ fates.

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Published October 4th 2018 by Penguin

My Thoughts:

This is a story of two sisters, best friends, always there for the other, always supporting, having fun and take aways…… until something terrible happens.

Becky and Martha have always been so close so it seemed only natural that Becky would look after Martha’s daughter while Martha was at work. It helped them both out….. until the night Layla died.

The plot revolves around the court case of the death of baby Layla. The chapters alternate between Martha and Becky’s points of view. I think this was a clever way to write the book as you feel for both sisters. If it was only written from one sisters side, the reader would surely side with that sister. The sisters are opposites in their personalities but as a reader the tragedy fell to both sisters in my opinion. And this is a tragic story with no winners, only great characterisation and clever writing skill.

I really liked Becky’s relationship with her ex Husband. We learn more about this as the book goes on and towards the end I really got a feeling of how their relationship worked.

The end of the book was not what I was expecting. It is a storyline that I have thought about again and again since finishing the book.

Although this is not the usual kind of book that I would go for, I enjoyed the writing and plot skill. The characters were fully developed and I got a deep sense of Martha and Becky, but also of their other halves.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy legal dramas.


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Posted by on November 30, 2019 in Books

 

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Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery (Whipped and Sipped Mysteries Book 1) by G. P. Gottlieb

Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery (Whipped and Sipped Mysteries Book 1) by G. P. Gottlieb

Thank you to Author G.P. Gottlieb for my copy of Battered , A Whipped and Sipped mystery. I was happy to read and review this book after the Author contacted me with a recipe for chocolate sauce! Tempt me with chocolate and I will agree to many things 😉

Description:

Alene Baron is the proud owner of Whipped and Sipped, a café that offers healthful, delectable food and drinks. Her life consists of dreaming up new recipes, raising her three children, and arguing with her ex-husband–until her neighbor and close friend is murdered. She imagines nearly everyone she knows as a possible suspect. After a second attack, Alene is determined to find the true killer … before she, or her family, become targets.

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Published August 6th 2019 by D. X. Varos, Ltd

My Thoughts:

I was attracted to this book because it seemed like a cosy mystery filled with foodie talk. I was right in that it is a cosy mystery and the food chat is deliciously tantalizing

Alene runs the Whipped and Sipped cafe. She has a lot of friends, family and colleagues. When one of her friends is murdered, she is shocked and wants to find out who the killer is. Then when someone else is hurt, Alene gets worried. Who is this dangerous person around her friends, family and much loved cafe.

Along the chapters, we read about lots of comforting foods that Alene makes. Her recipes sound so delicious and most of them are healthy too. These kind of tasty morsels make me enjoy books even more so.

I did find that there were a bit too many characters to keep track of at first. There is a list of all the characters and who they are at the beginning of the book. While this would be very helpful in a paperback, it wasn’t much use in my ebook.

Alene is a great character and she is described so well and fully the the reader gets a real sense of who she is as a mother, friend, employer and person.

Despite being an easy reading cosy mystery, I didn’t guess who the murderer was . There were a lot of red herrings to keep us guessing and keep the plot alive.

“Battered ” is a cosy mystery that made me hungry and led me to really visualize the Whipped and Sipped cafe. I enjoyed the foodie chat within the cafe and Alene’s home actually more so than the mystery.

I would recommend Battered to readers who enjoy cosy mysteries and good foodie books. There is also a list of recipes included at the back of the book which Alene has made within the story. I particularly enjoyed the spiced nuts.

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Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

www.gpgottlieb.com


About the author:
Already known for her imaginative baking and fabulous dinners, G.P. Gottlieb began writing throughout her varied career. After recovering from breast cancer, she turned to writing in earnest, melding her two loves, nourishment for mind and body in recipe-laced murder mysteries. She is also the host of New Books in Literature, a podcast of the New Books Network.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2019 in Books

 

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#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

#Papercraft using recycled packaging. #snailmail #happymail

Making things from paper can be fun easy and you end up with a lovely final product from what started out as lots of bits.

Today I will show you how I made a happymail parcel for a friend using an old phone charger box!

I kept this box for a little while knowing I would be able to make something useful and pretty with it. I decided to turn it into a happymail parcel to send a few coffee samples to a friend.

This is what it started out looking like! Boring plain packaging.

To start off, I got pretty papers, scissors and glue. Simply choose some nice paper and glue it around the main body of the box.

A pretty easy start right! It stays just this easy too.

Next, I chose some washi tape to stick around the edges and a bit on the front to give some extra hold and design. As a crafter I have a box of washi tape and plenty to choose from.

You can find washi tape at most stationary shops and at most bargain/ pound / dollar shops.

I wanted to send some coffee samples. So I added the samples into the box to make it a bit more sturdy.

You can see the coffee coloured washi I chose and also the coffee inside the box. However there is a marking on the box telling us about the charger! Now I obviously didn’t want that to be on show. So I chose some embellishments and stickers to cover the markings and make the box look attractive and not at all like a charger box.

 

 

As I was enclosing caramelized honey coffee samples, I chose a coffee cup design and a bee to match the inside and outside of the gift.

I wanted to add a little tag to say who it is for and from. This is easily tied at the top of the box where there was already a hole.

You could then leave the box as it is with the coffee samples showing through the box. Or as I did, enclose a letter written on nice paper then fold the paper so the pretty side shows out through the clear part of the box.

And that’s it finished. A quick, easy and cheap way to make a lovely box to put a gift in.

Have you made crafty uses out of any recycled goods?

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2019 in crafts and paperlove, Uncategorized

 

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To live or to Die…. Book Review: The Doctor by Lisa Stone.

To live or to Die…. Book Review: The Doctor by Lisa Stone.

I had seen this book talked about on Twitter pre release. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy via Avon publishers, so thank you very much. After the reading the blurb at the back, I was hopeful this would be an addictive thriller, and I was right. The Doctor is a fantastic read!

Description:

How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

My Thoughts:

The Doctor had me gripped from the first chapter. We meet anaesthetist Dr Burman and his wife Alisha. Immediately I got the sense that something wasn’t right with this couple. We also meet their neighbours Emily and Ben, happily married with a young son. As the story goes forward we get more of a sense of the characters and their relationships. Emily and Ben, seemingly a happy “normal” couple. And Dr Burman- a bit strange and very studious about learning what he considers to be his trade and how he can become a “credit to medical science”!! 🤤. Then Alisha Burman who is ill and doesn’t leave the house. Does her husband love and protect her so much that he does everything for her…… or not????

As each chapter got ingested into my bookish brain, I became more and more anxious for the females in this plot. Dr Burman may be considered a Dr Death or Dr Life…… depending on whose point of view you see it from.

This is the first book I have read by this Author, Lisa Stone. For a first book, it has made me want to read many more of her words of thrilling fiction.

I read this book fast and later at night than I should of. It was most definitely a case of ‘ just one more chapter’.

It was fantastic to read a thriller with a unique plot which totally had me engrossed from the first to the last page. I don’t know how true the medical facts are in the book, but for me involving cryonics in the plot was something different, exciting and thrilling.

As five star read for me and I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy a thriller with a difference.

 

Links:

www.lisastonebooks.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2019 in Books

 

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