Book Review: Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry


Oh. My. God! What a darkly twisted yet hauntingly brilliant book! Thank you so much to Amy @ Novel Gossip for the recommendation and assisting me in getting a copy of this book.

Book Description:

Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.

But there’s some horrors love can’t erase…

Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily’s body in their bathroom. Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she’s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.

As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily’s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she’s worked so hard to forget—the beatings, the blood, the special friends. Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it’s too late.

Phantom Limb is a character-driven mystery that begs to be read in a single setting. The shocking and shattering conclusion will make you go back and read it again. Continue reading “Book Review: Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry”


Blog Tour: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in my first non-fiction blog tour; I’m sure you’ve seen the buzz surrounding this memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, if not, don’t worry I’ve got a jam packed blog tour stop with all the need to know information. Not only am I sharing my review with you all today, I’ve got links to the evidence pack which contains disturbing video footage, pictures from the author’s archives [when researching the book], a link to the prologue and Pan Macmillan kindly sent me two copies of this book, one for me and one to giveaway!

The Fact of a Body - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Book Description:

In 2003, while studying at Harvard Law School, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich takes a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana working on the retrial of Ricky Langley – a death-row convicted murderer and child molester. The daughter of two lawyers, Alexandria is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment Ricky’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old interviews tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances something in his story is unsettlingly. Uncannily familiar.

Crime – even the darkest and most unspeakable acts – can happen to any one of us and as Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder she uncovers the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. By examining minute details of the case she is forced to face her own story of long-buried family secrets, to reconcile how her own past colours her view of this crime. Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich”

Book Review: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

The Girl Who Was Taken - Charlie Donlea

After seeing glowing reviews for this book everywhere I turned, I immediately moved it to the top of my reading list, and if I do say so myself, it was one of the smartest decision I’ve made all week!

Book Description:

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.

A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue—that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for. Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea”

Urbane Unboxed: Box 3 – April Showers

It’s time to unwrap another monthly offering from Urbane Publications, it’s April’s box aka APRIL SHOWERS – IT’S RAINING BOOKS! I’m a very happy bookworm after unwrapping these books so no more chit chat, let’s get right to it… (see if you can spot the one book I likely won’t read)

The Scarlet Coven by David Stuart Davies

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Book Review: Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac

Beneath the Ashes - Jane Isaac

Beneath The Ashes is book two in the DI Will Jackman series. A charred body found in a barn and a girlfriend with no memory of what happened that night – Jackman is on the case.

From the back cover:

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim? Continue reading “Book Review: Beneath The Ashes by Jane Isaac”