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Hide and Seek – Amy Bird

Psychological Thriller 4*'s
Psychological Thriller
4*’s

Initially published as a three part story comprising of a one week wait between publications I have been lucky enough to read the complete book courtesy of the publishers Carina although I can certainly see the merits of choosing this particular book for episodic telling.

Ellie and Will are married and expecting their first child when we are first introduced. It soon becomes obvious that Ellie, whose parents were killed in a car crash, has some issues with Will’s mother Gillian, who to be honest does seem a tad overprotective considering the man is thirty-four. Ellie finds a secret which she believes will shatter Will’s perception of his mother. I disliked Ellie as a character enormously, she is self-centred and manipulative and being fairly dismissive of other people’s intelligence, fails to disguise her manipulation terribly well.

Will appears to be a fairly affable character, caught up in his work as a medical scientist whose specialist subject is blood clots on the brain. He enjoys visiting his parents and is dipping his toe into the water with DIY in aid of his soon to be born son and heir.

Ellie and Will jointly narrate most of the chapters with the story moving at a fairly brisk pace as soon as the initial secret is unearthed the story takes a fairly uncompromising turn towards the darkness along with all of the character’s psyches. I did like the fast moving plot and although on reflection there was a certain amount of suspension of belief required at the time I went along with the storyline anxious to know whether the outcome would be as suspected. All I will say is there were enough twists to keep me entertained until the end. The ending is one that will make you wonder what the future will hold.

The author has managed to produce a book that shows how subtle changes in outlook can alter the way a character behaves in an authentic way, this is helped by the underlying musical theme which is mirrored by the storytelling with crescendos building right up to the grand finale. This is a psychological thriller with a domestic setting which lives up to the thrilling aspect of the genre and also manages to have an original feel helped by keeping the plot tight with every piece of information the reader is given being relevant to this tragic tale.

I’d like to thank Carina for allowing me to read this book in return for my honest review and I will certainly be looking out for this author in the future.

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WWW Wednesday (October 1)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading, and thoroughly absorbed by A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore, a dual time-line novel

A Week in Paris

Blurb

The streets of Paris hide a dark past…
September, 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire on the banks of the Seine to pursue her dream of becoming a concert pianist. But then war breaks out and the city of light falls into shadow.
Nearly twenty-five years later, Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, visits Paris on tour with her orchestra. She barely knows the city, so why does it feel so familiar? Soon touches of memory become something stronger, and she realises her connection with these streets runs deeper than she ever expected.
As Fay traces the past, with only an address in an old rucksack to help her, she discovers dark secrets hidden years ago, secrets that cause her to question who she is and where she belongs…
A compelling story of war, secrets, family and enduring love. Amazon

Revealing a totally different set of secrets was my recent read, This Little Piggy by Bea Davenport. This crime novel from written from the point of view of a local journalist during the miner’s strike in 1984.
Click on the book cover to read my review

This Little Piggy

Next I am going to read Hide and Seek by Amy Bird which has been published in three parts, the first being free on kindle.

Hide and Seek

Blurb

Nobody’s life is ever perfect. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But the life which Will and Ellie Spears have built together is as perfect as it’s possible to be.
Until one day something is let slip. A discovery is made. And all of a sudden Ellie and Will’s life falls down, as acceptance gives way to an obsessive search for answers. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But sometimes the truth is much more dangerous. NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Please share in the comments below.

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Friday Finds (September 26)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS

Despite life being extremely hectic over the last couple of weeks I have still managed to acquire a few more good looking reads!

From NetGalley I have a copy of Hide and Seek by Amy Bird

Hide and Seek

Blurb

Nobody’s life is ever perfect. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But the life which Will and Ellie Spears have built together is as perfect as it’s possible to be.
Until one day something is let slip. A discovery is made. And all of a sudden Ellie and Will’s life falls down, as acceptance gives way to an obsessive search for answers. Families tell lies. People keep secrets. But sometimes the truth is much more dangerous. NetGalley

I was kindly given a copy of Murder She Floats by Stephen Kaminski after I read and reviewed Don’t Cry Over Killed Milk by the same author.

Murder She Floats

Blurb

A suicide note found in a locked room. A shard of glass buried in a scoop of whipped potatoes. A pickle jar filled with poisonous spiders. Precious jewels yanked off of a woman’s neck but left at her feet. It’s just a week in the life of Damon Lassard when he boards The Vitamin of the Seas with his charismatic mother for a ‘relaxing’ Caribbean cruise.
After Damon’s acerbic dining companion is found floating alongside the ship and local police rule the death a suicide, the loveable amateur sleuth is left to find the killer himself. He encounters seductive sirens, cunning con artists, and fascinating family members en route to solving not only the murder but a handful of clever capers as well. Goodreads

and I also successfully begged for a copy of Good Girls Don’t Die by Isabelle Grey after enjoying both the author’s previous books Out of Sight and The Bad Mother.
Good Girls Don't Die

Blurb

You’d know if someone close to you was capable of lethal violence, right?
Dead wrong.
Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex.
One female student is missing, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news.
Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?
With another victim, and under siege by the media, the murder enquiry hits a dead end. The review team brought in to shake things up is headed by Grace’s old DCI. Who is going to listen to her now. Goodreads

Finally after reading several good reviews of the Amy Lane Mysteries I bagged myself a bargain kindle copy of the first in the series, Binary Witness by Rosie Claverton

Binary Witness
Blurb

Police detectives rely on Amy Lane to track the digital debris of their most elusive criminals—when she’s not in the throes of a panic attack. After two students disappear in Cardiff, Amy uncovers photographic evidence that they’ve been murdered. From the safety of her computer, she looks through the city’s digital eyes to trace the steps of a killer.
Amy’s investigation requires footwork, however, and the agoraphobic genius can’t hack it alone. She turns to her newly-hired cleaner, ex-con Jason Carr. Jason is fascinated by both Amy and the work, and can’t refuse even when she sends him into situations that risk returning him to prison.
The killer strikes again and again, and Amy and Jason are the only investigators closing in on him. But Amy’s psyche is cracking under the strain, and Jason’s past is catching up with him. To stop the next murder, they must hold their unconventional partnership together at any cost. Amazon

What have you found to read this week?