Book Review: The Magpies by Mark Edwards

The Magpies by Mark Edwards

This month Criminally Good Book Club voted to read The Magpies by Mark Edwards, a psychological thriller about neigbours from hell! If you read along with us this month or have read this book previously we’ll be discussing this book on 2nd July over on Instagram.

From the back cover:

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .

The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone. Continue reading “Book Review: The Magpies by Mark Edwards”

Book Review: Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes - Holly Seddon

I had it on good authority that Holly Seddon’s debut novel, Try Not To Breathe, was fantastic so I was excited when I was given the opportunity to read Don’t Close Your Eyes. If you’re a fan of books featuring twins, this is another one to add to your reading list.

Book Description:

Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn’t…

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she’s just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can’t be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn’t the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship… Continue reading “Book Review: Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon”

Book Review: Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre

Three Days and a Life - Pierre Lemaitre

Blood Wedding was the first book I read by Lemaitre and I absolutely loved it – I gave it all the stars on Goodreads! So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw he was releasing a new book. Three Days and a Life publishes in hardback on 13th July.

Book Description:

Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone’s business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour’s six year old son are bound forever.

In the years following Rémi’s disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again? Continue reading “Book Review: Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre”

Book Review: My Sister by Michelle Adams

My Sister by Michelle Adams

This is another example of FOMO being a good thing – initially, I overlooked My Sister because I wasn’t a huge fan of the cover but once the reviews started emerging, I HAD to read it…

Book Description:

My name is Irini. I was given away.

My name is Elle. I was kept.

All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn’t want her. What if the truth is something worse?

Two sisters. Two separate lives.

One family bound by a harrowing secret. Continue reading “Book Review: My Sister by Michelle Adams”

Blog Tour | Book Review: That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh

That One May Smile - Valerie Keogh

Happy Monday bookworms! I’m delighted to be kicking of the blog tour for That One May Smile, the first book in the Garda West Crime series.

Book Description:

When Kelly Johnson’s husband disappears, her perfect world in the Foxrock suburb of Dublin falls apart. Then she stumbles on a dead body in the graveyard behind her house.
A coincidence? Garda Sergeant Mike West thinks so until he finds a link between the dead body and Kelly’s missing husband.
And then to add to the problem, Kelly disappears.
The investigation takes West first to Cornwall and then to Cork, on the trail of a tangled case involving identity theft, blackmail and illegal drugs. And as if the complications of the case weren’t enough there is the constant, irritating – and definitely unsuitable – attraction, to the beautiful Kelly, who will keep disappearing! Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh”