Book Review: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House - Sarah Pinborough

After loving Behind Her Eyes by Pinborough, I jumped at the chance to read another of her novels – a massive thank you to Zuky @ BookBum for lending me her copy of this one.

Book Description:

This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel.

Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium. Continue reading “Book Review: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough”

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Book Review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Aaron Falk #2)

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The natural order of things: read and love The Dry, then go on to read and love Force of Nature.

Book Description:

FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew. Continue reading “Book Review: Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Aaron Falk #2)”

Book Review: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell

Earlier this year, I read and absolutely loved I Found You by Lisa Jewell so I was so excited to be given the opportunity to read her latest novel – Then She Was Gone.

Book Description:

A MISSING GIRL

A BURIED SECRET

THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie?

Where did she go?

Who still has secrets to hide? Continue reading “Book Review: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell”

#24in48 Readathon Wrap Up

24in48

If you read my last post (or caught my posts on social media), you’ll know I took part in the 24in48 readathon this weekend. So, how did I do?

I read for: 24 hours 4mins

I did it! I’m so happy, I feel like this is a real achievement – is it acceptable to mention this when applying for jobs!?! It was so worth only sleeping for 4 hours each night! I finished 4 books, one more than I thought I would – there’s nothing like a readathon to stop me procrastinating. There was a slight change to my TBR, these are the four books I finished: Continue reading “#24in48 Readathon Wrap Up”

Mini Review x 2: The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh // The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe

I’m back at it again with the mini reviews. This time for a book I’ve seen receiving rave reviews – The Serial Killer’s Daughter – and a book I couldn’t pass up when I visited the library – The Silence Between Breaths. Let’s see how I got on with both books…

The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh

The Serial Killer's Daughter - Lesley Welsh

Book Description:

Charmer, liar, father… Killer.

Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don.

Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move? Continue reading “Mini Review x 2: The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh // The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe”