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Book Review: A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase.

Book Review: A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase.

‘A Stranger’s House is Clare Chase’s second novel. I was very happy when I heard that it had been published, as I really loved her first one. Therefore setting the scale of my hopes for her second! Clare’s first book ‘So You Think You Know Me’ was brilliant. You can read my review of it HERE!

But now for my thoughts on her latest release…..I loved it. 

 

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Description:

What if you were powerless to protect the person you cared about most?

When Ruby finds out that her partner has done the unforgivable, she has no option but to move out of their home. With nowhere else to go, a job house-sitting in Cambridge seems like the perfect solution.

But it’s soon clear the absent owner hurts everyone he gets close to, and Ruby’s faced with the fallout. As violent repercussions unfold, her instinct is to investigate: it’s a matter of self-preservation. And besides, she’s curious…

But Ruby’s new boss, Nate Bastable, has his eye on her and seems determined to put a stop to her sleuthing. Is he simply worried for the welfare of a member of staff, or is there something altogether more complicated – and potentially dangerous – at play?

Publisher: Choc Lit (12 Feb. 2016)

 

My Thoughts:

The lead character in this book is Ruby, after splitting with her partner finds herself in a difficult situation with nowhere to go. She takes on a job as a house sitter. I have often thought a house sitter would be a great job – paid for living and keeping an eye on a house that you don’t have to pay any bills for, and usually really nice houses! After reading this book, I am a bit more sceptical! This house led to a lot of stressful encounters for Ruby. Great idea for a crime mystery though! 

This book leads us through Ruby and Nate’s point of view. Ruby is a great character, the Author has put enough detail and thought into Ruby that I could understand her thoughts and movements. Ruby is a writer and her investigations about her books show through in her interest into the mysteries she encounters in A Stranger’s House. She is brave yet emotional. If she weren’t emotional after all she had been through, the character wouldn’t have worked I think.  

Nate is a great character too, I didn’t understand him as easily as I did Ruby. I think the Author did this on purpose so that we are left guessing throughout the story. A side line character is Ruby’s friend Steph. I wasn’t as keen on her. I don’t think she was there for Ruby as much as she should have been. But as a side line character maybe we were only supposed to see glimpses of her?

I like that this story was based in Cambridge, you can tell the the Author is writing where she knows very well. I haven’t ever been to Cambridge, but I would re read this book if I were to visit. Although I enjoy crime books set in America, I always find the British based ones that tiny bit more relate-able.

There were twists and turns of suspense throughout this novel. It is a page turner to make me suspect everyone. But I didn’t guess until the last few chapters, just before Nate and Ruby. However, I had the insight of hearing the surrounding story which Nate and Ruby did not, despite Ruby’s investigating. As I think back over the book there are clue’s throughout, which made the ‘light bulb’s’ go on in my head as I considered them.

The Author’s imagination to create full rounded characters and great plot lines is what will keep me reading Clare Chase’s books even without knowing the synopsis. The expectations are set high for your third book Clare! Keep writing please!

 

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Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: ‘You Think You Know Me’ by Clare Chase.

Book Review: ‘You Think You Know Me’ by Clare Chase.

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Description

Sometimes its not easy to tell the good guys from the bad….

Freelance journalist, Anna Morris, is struggling to make a name for herself, so she’s delighted to attend a launch event for a hip, young artist at her friend Seb’s gallery.

But an exclusive interview isn’t all Anna comes away with. After an encounter with the enigmatic Darrick Farron, she is flung into the shady underground of the art scene – a world of underhand dealings, missing paintings and mysterious deaths …

Seb is intent on convincing Anna that Darrick is up to no good but, try as she might, she can’t seem to keep away from him. And as she becomes further embroiled, Anna begins to wonder – can Seb’s behaviour be explained away as the well-intentioned concern of an old friend, or does he have something to hide?

My Thoughts:

First off, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I read the synopsis and thought it sounded good, but actually the description doesn’t do it enough justice. This book is filled with mystery and intrigue right from the beginning, all the way through to the end.

It begins with Anna attending an art gallery launch belonging to an old university friend. Anna had lost contact with Seb, but their relationship soon gets back on track. At this same event, Anna meets a stranger who we learn is called Darrick. Anna can’t stop thinking about him, despite many people warning her off him.

We know there is a bad guy somewhere within this story, but we don’t know who it is or what exactly they have done or are still going to do…..

Anna has to think who she should trust! The storyline made me wonder what I would do!! Would I follow my heart and my lust and keep seeing the new man? Or would I trust the opinions of an old friend, who I haven’t seen for years, but when we were friends, we were good friends. The title is a great title for this book, its very appropriate.

“You Think You Know Me”…….. do you really???? Its so good.

Throughout the book, I suspected everybody. I even suspected Sally and Alicia at points!! They are Anna’s housemates. Sally loves to talk and share with Anna, and Alicia is Anna’s cousin. She is rather bossy and likes to think she is keeping Anna on the right tracks and giving her all the advice that she thinks Anna should be taking!

Anna is a great lead character. She is a free lance journalist, and has a journalistic mind wanting to explore the information that she sees as possible evidence. She wants to find out the truth before making any decisions. Despite everybody telling her what she should be doing or what she should be thinking, she wants to find out for herself.

The author keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat right til the last chapter. The end of this book is fantastic, I loved the ending and when I got close, I couldn’t put it down.

I love this author after reading this one book, and hope there is lots more coming from Clare Chase’s imagination.

You can buy this book on Amazon now.

Publisher: Choc Lit, December 2014.

If you have read or intend to read this book, I would love to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Cora’s Christmas Kiss, Alison May.

Book Review: Cora’s Christmas Kiss, Alison May.

CoraThank you to publishers Choc Lit for sending me this copy. I was very happy to read it and give my honest review.

Description:

Can you expect a perfect Christmas after the year from hell?

Cora and Liam have both experienced horrible years that have led them to the same unlikely place – spending December working in a Grotto at Golding’s department store.

Under the cover of a Father Christmas fat suit and an extremely unflattering reindeer costume, they find comfort in sharing their tales of woe during their bleak staffroom lunch breaks.

But is their new found friendship just for Christmas? Or have they created something deeper, something that could carry them through to a hopeful new year?

My Thoughts:

This is a great festive read, I really really enjoyed it. It was so romantic, almost fairy tale like. But it wasn’t soppy romantic, the story was a page turner, I wanted to read and read this until I finished it and found out about the two main characters.

The two characters Cora and Liam don’t tell each other their real names, they take turns to tell each other their stories from the past year. The description says ‘tales of woe’, but it isn’t depressing, I kept rooting for the two characters, keen to see how each of their years end up.

Although the ending is predictable by the title, exactly where each characters stories go is not predictable, in fact far from it. I was taken by surprise at the turn in events of Cora and Liam’s past year! It was exciting and Christmassy.

My favourite festive read!!!! I loved it and will definitely be reading more of Alison May.

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Books

 

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