Sunday, 11 August 2019

The Perfect Wife * JP Delaney

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. 

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative start-ups. 

He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife.

If you loved your wife, you'd do anything to bring her back...wouldn't you? 

When Abbie awakes in hospital, she has no memory of how she got there. In fact, it isn't even a hospital at all, it's her husbands company, Scott Robotics - and she's plugged in. 

Soon her beloved husband announces that she's actually a robotic version of her old self. Downloaded memories, charging systems and silicone skin. 

But something isn't right. Scott says that her old self, the real Abbie, went missing five years ago. But why, all those years ago would she leave her only son Danny all by himself? And why won't your family have anything to do with Scott or yourself? 

As she tries to piece together the missing memories, the disappearance of the real Abbie and the trail of secrets and lies that she left in her wake. Her only questions are...

What happened to the real Abbie Cullen-Scott? Why did she go missing? And if she didn't...what is your husband hiding from you? 

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney, is the third psychological thriller that has come from this stunning author. I was lucky enough to request the book and was so pleased to find out that they had let me have the ARC for an honest review, so thank you to NetGally and Quercus.

What a page tuner! I literally couldn't stop reading it, straight from the start the book grips you with its creepy and eerie writing. The characters in the book were likeable, I mostly liked Abbie and her young son Danny. 

The book focuses around AI-Abbie and her current state in life and how she got there, as the story unfolds its clear how mess-up Scott is. Put it this way, if you love futuristic things, technology or even the TV programme Westworld, then you'll love this read. 

In places, the book does get slightly confusing with flitting from the past and present, whilst being narrated by a few characters and there being two main people of the same name. The ending took me a little while to get my head around it, but once I That's all I can say.  And I did enjoy it more than its predecessor 'Believe Me'

The book is out now, and if you're in need of a new twisty read with a great plot line, then I suggest you give this one a try. I'm looking forward to more of Delaney's books and can't wait to see what's on offer next! 

I will be giving this book a 9 out of 10

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Meet me at Beachcomber Bay * Jill Mansell

Love is in the air in St Carys, but you'd never know it - the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets...

The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.

For the first time in Ronan's life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.

Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.

The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed...

What if you'd just met the love of your life, on a plane, covered in red wine? 

Or just met your one true love, after a mistaken one night stand? 

And what if, your partner, your wonderful gorgeous partner, just doesn't do it for you? 

Welcome to St Cary's, where love is in the air and no one has a clue on how to catch it.  

Clemency finds the love of her life, but when it turns out her sister is involved, things soon start to become more confusing than what its actually worth.  

Ronan on the other hand, made a drunken mistake with Kate nine months ago and he just change shake away his true feelings for her. Even though he's in a loving relationship with his best friend, Clemency. 

And when Belle finally lands the man of her dreams, she can't shake the feeling that someones after him. Better yet, even Belle doesn't know if she truly loves him, she can't make her mind up if someone else tickles her fancy. 

As the residents of the little village go through the ups and downs of their lives, one thing is for certain...There's love in the air at Beachcomber Bay. 

Meet me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell, is her 28th novel I mean, can we get a round of applause for the lady? I always look forward to Jill's books, to me, thats when I know its Summer. When the sun in shining, its warm and a new Jill Mansell book has been cracked open. That is what Summer looks like. 

It has been a while since I last read a book by Mrs. Mansell, my last was 'Head Over Heels' read last year and I feel like with this past book and this current one, I'm finally getting out of my Jilll Mansell slump and the love is coming back full force, straight in my face.  

The characters, the setting and all the little stories rolled into one is just perfect. Every character is written wonderfully and all their little stories pair perfectly with the rest of them. There we're things that I wasn't expecting and it made a nice pleasant surprise. 

I think a lot of people where thinking that it was solely going to be about Clemency and I'm kind of happy it wasn't as I loved Ronan's character so much and I'm happy we got to hear more about his story. 

I will be giving this book 9 out of 10

Montauk * Nicola Harrison

Montauk, Long Island, 1938. 

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. 

Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 

Beatrice has everything life has to offer. The wonderful house, expensive clothes, fancy dining and the perfect husband. So when she goes holidaying to Montauk with Harry, there's only one more thing she needs to complete the happy ending.  

As the months pass by, so do the cocktails in the sun, gossip amongst holiday makers and plans for the less fortunate, summer guests.  

But Beatrice longs for the simple things in life, she wants to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet and for Harry to notice her at least once whilst they're away on their romantic getaway, rather than the other women who are staying within the hotel. 

She decides to take action, being bold and daring in activities she would have never considered before, rather than be 'seen and not heard'. She misses her simple life back home before her marriage, before Harry's riches. 

So when Beatrice steps up to the village lighthouse, could home be closer than she thought? Or is it something deeper that's bound to break? 

Montauk is the debut novel by author Nicola Harrison, a huge thanks to NetGally for letting me review this book. You all know how much I love my era books set between the 1920's - 1950's and when I saw this book I could not pass up the chance to be able to read it. 

I'll be honest, at first I was a bit skeptical with the first few chapters, but once it started to pick up I couldn't put it down! Beatrice's character grew on me and towards the end of the book I had so much respect and love for her. She is such a strong woman, my heart broke for her so much. 

There are so many surprises throughout the book which makes it such a gripping read. The story itself is beautifully written, the characters are charming and elegant. The whole book oozes glamour and scandal which makes it even more special. 

Harrison certainly knows how to write and I can't wait to hear of other books in the works by this sensational author. it is easily one of the best books that I have read this year so far. If you're looking for something new or if you're into your era reads, then look no further than Montauk. 

I will be giving this book 10 out of 10

Out now in all stores

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Believe Me * J.P. Delaney

Claire Wright likes to play other people. 

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of a divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands. 

When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. 

Is Patrick Folger really a killer...Or is he the only decent husband she's ever met? And is their more to this set-up than she's being told?

And that's when Claire realises she's playing the deadliest game of her life...

Claire just wants to act, though when she moves to New York, the undercover work for a divorce firm, it's the closest she can get to a paid acting gig and her dreams don't work out exactly the way she planned.  

She certainly didn't think she would fall for Patrick Folger; tall, handsome, charismatic and a murder suspect. Though no one can see him for who he truly is, Claire knows him better than she knows herself.

As Claire falls deeper into a darkened romance and the life she craves so badly, she starts to question has she really has got what it takes or is it all in her head? But when the worlds your stage, there's always an exit and entrance, Claire just needs to choose which one to take, before its too late and the final curtain falls. 

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney, is the second novel under the pseudonym. You all know how much I loved 'The Girl Before' last year and I seriously couldn't wait to get my hands on his next novel. So much so, that I couldn't wait a year for it to come out in paperback so I bought it in hardback.

However, it's quite different to his previous novel. There was still his signature style of writing (which I love), and the creepiness in the book is outstanding. I also must mention, that I loved the way it was written, a lot of people have said that they didn't like it but you just need to read between the lines I think. It's written like a script, hence it being based around one of the main characters, Claire, who we see trying to gain a career in acting.

The way Delaney has captured obsession and passion is perfect, it shows how very fine the line is between the two and I loved it. As I mentioned, the book is different to the one before, its quirky, though it does take a while to understand and get into it I think. Then like a train has just ran into you, the entire story picks up pace and just snowballs and snowballs until you're left shocked. As always, I had no idea about the ending and it was a complete shock!

An enjoyable, creepy read that is a must have for any Thriller enthusiast.

I will be giving this book 8 out of 10

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

A Court of Thorns and Roses * Sarah J. Maas

Feyre is a huntress. 

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature come at a high price...

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captors body bares the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her even closer. 

Feyra has just one goal on her stay alive. But when a hunt to survive goes drastically wrong, she has to make a decision.

Be killed, as well as her family. Or go and live the treacherous fae over the wall. 

As Fayre tries to adapt to new life, she can't help but think that there is more than meets the eye with the High Lords, Tamlin and Lucien of the Spring court. 

As something grows between them all, something far worse is coming. Something, someone, more powerful than any of them can face...except one. 

Given a series of challenges, Feyre must determine her life, her strength and most of all, her love, for the good of the Prythian land and her home. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, is the first within the 'Court of Thorns and Roses' series and I absolutely loved it

Now, I'll be honest. At first I really didn't understand what the hype was about this series and trod carefully when I went into the book, but let me tell you something. I did not think I would love it as much as I did. 

It's jam packed with drama, suspense, romance, hatred - it's got everything a YA novel needs and so much more. The characters, the world building, everything about it is just wonderful. Even though it nearly gave me a cardiac arrest towards the end with everything that was happening, it was fast paced and really thought out. 

If you need a new series to read this year, then by all means pick this one up and give it a go, you will not be disappointed. 

I actually read this as part of a buddy read with the lovely Jess from Make Me Shakespeare and over the past few months I have gained a wonderful new friend, she's the most loveliest girl on the planet! 

I will be giving this book 10 out of 10

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Circe * Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. 

Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Circe isn't like all the other gods. She has never known what kindness is and has certainly never endured it from her family. What she does know is that she is different to the rest, she just needs to find her power. 

Through the years she comes to know of love, but knows more about death as everything she touches comes to an end. During a bitter feud, Circe tries her powers and succeeds, though not long after she is cast into exile by her own father. Helios, god of the sun and sky. 

Circe meets many along the way, through heartbreak and loneliness, though none compare to Odysseus. He's different from the rest, he understands her and her  magical ways, but not without a price. 

History is about to change, for better or for worse, who knows? But Circe and her powers are far more advanced then they thought, if only they showed her respect - for forces are about to come down on the gods and the land of Aiaia that only she can solve. 

Circe is Madeline Millers second novel, its the first book that I have ever read by the author and I seriously can't wait to read more by her. If you know me, you will know that my love for Greek Mythology is endless, I love everything about it and find it extremely fascinating. 

This book was nothing short of Mythology, the way that she has portrayed the goddess Circe is magnificent, I hadn't heard much of her character before but I feel that she is such an important one. The feelings that Miller gives you throughout the story is a mixed bag, I feel there was a lot of sadness for her character as no matter what she did it was never good enough for anyone, I felt very sorry for her but at the same time, she always stood her ground and was a very strong willed woman.

The book is like a breath of fresh air into the world of Mythology, and I feel that I have learnt quite a bit; its true, its rich and deep in mythology. The language and story telling used is wonderful, and its such a powerful, fascinating read. If you read anything this year, please make sure this one is added to your list.

I will be giving this book 10 out of 10