After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Carr takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels herself slipping into a vortex of fear. Back home, the nightmare continues and she realises that Raquel is stalking her. Her hippie mother and her partner Mark tell her she is imagining it all. All certainties, even about relationships, become fluid and treacherous as her past begins to unravel. If it wasn’t for Rob, her ex-lover who Jolene thinks has his own agenda, she would be left to cope on her own.
How much fear and betrayal can one person take?
This was sent to me in exchange for an honest review
This is very hard to review without giving away to many spoilers.
So basically if you are looking for a psychological thriller which is suspense packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat this is the perfect book for you.
Amanda’s writing style is just immense and she describes each scene with amazing detail and there is a good narrative all the way through the book
So draw your curtains, lock all your doors, trust no one however trustworthy they may seem and enjoy this thriller
4 of 5 stars
When promising young psychiatrist James Richardson is offered the job opportunity of a lifetime by the charismatic Dr. Hugh Maitland, he is thrilled. Setting off to take up his post at Wyldehope Hall in deepest Suffolk, Richardson doesn’t look back. One of his tasks is to manage Maitland’s most controversial project–a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbed patients are kept asleep for months. If this radical and potentially dangerous procedure is successful, it could mean professional glory for both doctors.
As Richardson settles into his new life, he begins to sense something uncanny about the sleeping patients–six women, forsaken by society. Why is Maitland unwilling to discuss their past lives? Why is the trainee nurse so on edge when she spends nights alone with them? And what can it mean when all the sleepers start dreaming at the same time? In this atmospheric reinvention of the ghost story, Richardson finds himself questioning everything he knows about the human mind, as he attempts to uncover the shocking secrets of The Sleep Room
I have been wanting to read this book for long and it has been on my TBR for nearly a year and I can tell you now that I am kicking myself for letting it sit there.
This book right from the outset was compelling, creepy and has you question what is reality and what wasn’t reality it kept you thinking this right the way through to the way last page
I also loved the fact it was set in 1955 and I actually felt that I was taken back in a time machine and was a fly on the wall with Richardson. It also had a lovely little romance which gave the book another edge.
A Quaint psychological thriller perfect for a a dark stormy night.
5 of 5 stars
If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again!
It’s Christmas in a snow-kissed London, and the.PerfectProposal.com have vowed to carry out one hundred proposals in December. No easy task at the best of times – made even more complicated by Harry & Suzie trying to plan their first Christmas and a visit from the dreaded in-laws. But one hundred deliciously Christmassy proposals later they find themselves asking if everything is still perfect in their own relationship….
Welcome back to the divinely warm world of One Hundred Proposals – with a sprinkling of pure, joyful, festive magic.
Have yourself a very merry Christmas indeed with Holly Martin’s Christmas novella.
What a Magical, Romantic and Festive Read .
I LOVED this and was excited to have Suzie and Harry Back and Harry was as Romantic as usual ( and still one of my favorite Book Boyfriends of the year)
Holly is such a good story teller that you find yourself sucked into the story and before you know it the story has finished and you find yourself swiping your kindle at the last page wanting MORE
I loved the blog posts of the other proposals all ever so romantic esp the Harry Potter themed one and I enjoyed meeting Suzie’s Parents
I truly loved this Novella and looking forward for more from Holly Martin.
5 of 5 Stars
Ben Lawrence seems to have it all – the hot job, the flashy car, the luxurious apartment. But one tragic day in his past mars his future.
Since the events of that day he hasn’t truly got close to anyone.
He made a promise that love was the price he would pay for his mistakes.
When Effy Jones – a bright, ambitious charity founder – walks into the PR firm where Ben works, neither realise that their lives are about to be turned upside down.
Paper Swans tells of how love can conquer all, and how when everything is broken one person can help to put the pieces together
I have never read anything by this author before and I am so glad I picked this up. This was a truly amazing book it took me 2 or 3 days to read because of the smaller print in the book which I didn’t mind as it meant that I was part the story for much longer.
I think this has been mentioned in other reviews but I also wanted to mention it because it was a very important part of the book . I really like the fact that some of the story was based around mental health issues and Jessica Thompson writes about it with so much depth and knowledge. It also highlights the fact that none of us are exempt to having to deal with these issues in our our lives or that of friends and even the high flyers can have problems
All the characters were likable and well written and Effy was defiantly a character I could be friends with.
I loved the chapters in Kampala I felt as though I was there and made you understand what life must be like there.
Its very difficult for me to go any further without spoiling this for others
Well written beautiful and heart warming.
5 of 5 stars
They say you know instinctively who to trust.
Alice is normal; she’d never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he’s having an affair. And it must be stopped.
Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he’s found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can’t be trusted – and she needs to make Michael see that too.
They don’t know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya’s a survivor, and she’s determined to find a way out of her miserable world.
Three women, three lives that come crashing together in this dark, lyrical and utterly enthralling story of warped perceptions, female intuition and ‘the other woman
I Received this book through Book Bridgr and Tinder Press for an honest review.
Strange Girls and Ordinary Women tells the stories of three women whose lives end up colliding. Each Chapter switches between the 3 women. I felt personally that this was done quite abruptly for me it just didn’t seem to flow.
Victoria (Vic) I just did not seem to grasp the character and found her very confusing and a bit whiny.
Back over to the positives I really enjoyed the chapters where Alice and Kaya they both seem to have such interesting background stories esp Kaya and the issues she had with her mum. The way these 2 Characters were written was fab and kept me reading this book
This book is defiantly worth picking up and is a very quick sunday afternoon read
3 of 5 stars