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This Week In Books (November 18)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

At the moment I am reading Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, a book that has been on my TBR for far too long. It is in fact over a year since I read Fiction Fan’s review of this book!

Nora Webster

Blurb

It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them.
Colm Tóibín’s Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Webster is a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience. NetGalley

I have recently finished the very enjoyable The Killing of Polly Carter by Robert Thorogood.

The Killing of Polly Carter

You can read the synopsis and an excerpt of this one in yesterday’s post

Next up I’m catching up on the Nicci French days of the week series with Friday On My Mind

Friday on my Mind

Blurb

When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein.
But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.
Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it’s too late either for her or for those she loves. NetGalley

What are you reading this week? Do share!

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read, Five Star Reads

Thursday’s Child – Nicci French

Psychological Thriller 5*s
Psychological Thriller
5*s

This fourth instalment of the series that features Frieda Klein a psychotherapist who has been integral in helping the police in the previous episodes. This book is different with the crime link being introduced by an old classmate of Frieda’s when Maddie asks her to meet with her anorexic daughter, Becky. What Becky tells Frieda in her consulting rooms has the therapist confronting her own past to help those in the present.

I am a big fan of books that successfully link past actions to the present day and the Nicci French duo execute this storyline with aplomb. Frieda returns to the place where she grew up, visits her mother who she hasn’t spoken to for many years and revisits a wrong inflicted upon her when she was a mere schoolgirl. A crime that her mother didn’t believe and in an exact parallel once Becky is persuaded to disclose the truth to her mother, she isn’t believed either.

The authors also paint a picture of small town life perfectly with many of Frieda’s classmates still living in Braxton, the very town she disappeared from keeping no links with anyone, the trouble is with Frieda’s high profile in helping the police, they know far more about how the intervening years have treated her, than she does them. I loved the way old teenage friendships awkwardly jarred with the present twenty-three years on. The old allegiances still in place in some ways but for others time had broken the bonds as those teenage dreams had foundered in the harsh reality of life. When Frieda turns up interrogating them on where they were on the night when she was sixteen, and her house was broken into, she receives mixed reactions, after all they were all at the biggest event to hit Braxton, the band Thursday’s Children held a concert. But Frieda didn’t go, having rowed with her boyfriend she was the only teenager alone that night, or was she?

One of the reasons I love these books so much is the sheer variety of secondary characters and all the old favourites appear in this book too; Josef the builder with the kindest heart on the planet, Chloe Frieda’s niece who is edging slowly towards adulthood although still incredibly reliant on her aunt, Sasha a former patient, DCI Karlsson who has requested her help so often in the past and Reuben her mentor. Although these old favourites feature, their own stories complement rather than take over the main plot so that the reader can focus on the important elements to the story without becoming too distracted.

Due to the exploration of her own past, out of all the books in this series, this one comes closest to explaining why Frieda has such a spiky character, always keen to do the right thing, she has clearly buried a lot of pain from a young age but courageously battled on to help others. In main, apart from the crime this is due to her far more hateful mother, a woman who was a doctor but is now an embittered dying woman. Juliet Klein uttered words that had the power to chill me, her views outrageous, but sadly not as uncommon as we would like to believe although perhaps the world isn’t peopled by quite so many delinquent mothers as are scattered throughout this book!

I think this may be my favourite of the books in this series so far, it isn’t fast paced and full of action but a more thoughtful, and I would say truthful look at this particular crime, but not one I would recommend without reading the other’s first. Although the story itself would stand alone and it can’t be faulted on the number of suspects for this reader to wrongly convict, the way the secondary characters are linked to Frieda, particularly the most shadowy one of all, are threaded throughout the series a lot of the background needed to understand them would be lost.

Previous Books by Nicci French featuring Frieda Klein

Blue Monday
Tuesday’s Gone
Waiting For Wednesday

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This Week In Books (October 7)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

This week I am currently reading The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

The Girl With No Past

Please see yesterday’s post for the synopsis and a taster from this book which is due to be published on 15 October 2015.

I have recently finished reading Nowhere Child by Rachel Abbott, the sequel to Stranger Child giving loyal readers an explanation of what happened to Tasha after the end of the book.

Nowhere Child

Blurb

Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her. Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts. Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first?

Next I am planning to read Thursday’s Child by Nicci French, the fourth in this duo’s wonderful series featuring clinical psychotherapist Frieda Klein.

Thursday's Child

Blurb

Two crimes, generations apart . . .
Twenty years ago teenager Frieda Klein was brutally attacked in her own home. No one believed her – not the police, not her mother, not her friends. She left town, trained as a psychologist and never went back.
Now an old classmate has shown up. She wants help with her daughter, who claims to have been attacked at home. An attack eerily similar to the one on Frieda. No one else believes the girl’s story.
Now – with a school reunion in the offing – Frieda returns to the darkness she fled. To the small town which refused to help her and which hides a terrible secret. Because someone at the reunion knows what happened.And they’ll stop at nothing to prevent Frieda discovering the truth . . .Amazon

What are you reading this week? Please share!

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here

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Stacking the Shelves (September 12)

Stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

This week I have a few additions to the good old TBR starting with What Remains by Tim Weaver – I really enjoyed both Vanished and Fall From Grace from this series featuring David Raker, but as so often happens haven’t read any of the other’s so I was delighted to be approved to read a copy of this, his latest, via NetGalley

What Remains

Blurb

Colm Healy used to be one of the Met’s best police officers. Until, haunted by the murder of a mother and her two twin daughters Healy’s life unravels.
Years later, the only person who understands Healy is private investigator David Raker. But as they begin to delve into the case, Healy disappears.
Raker understands the missing and the lost, but he knows that to find Healy he must solve the case that broke him.
His search will lead him down a trail of darkness, tragedy and broken trust which will take him to his limit. NetGalley

What Remains was published by Penguin UK on 16 July 2015

I was also approved to read the latest of the Nicci French; Friday On My Mind, part of this brilliant duo’s series featuring the days of the week – this series I am reading in order and Thursday’s Child is sitting patiently on my bookshelf. Friday On My Mind was published on 2 July 2015.

Friday on my Mind

Blurb

When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein.
But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.
Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it’s too late either for her or for those she loves. NetGalley

Lastly I have a copy of What Lies in the Dark by CM Thompson which was published by Hookline books back in February of this year.

What Lies in the Dark

Blurb

One murder can make a town nervous. Two brings fear.
Add, three, four and even more, and watch neighbour turn on suspicious neighbour.
Victoria Bullrush – or Bullface, as she is called by fellow police officers – is a stickler for rules. As she tries to maintain a faultless investigation, she can’t ignore the public’s growing anger. NetGalley

So there are my finds – What have you found to read this week?

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Five of the Best (June 2011 to 2015)

5 Star Reads

As I have now been reviewing for over five years I thought I’d highlight my favourite book for each month from 2011 until 2015 to remind myself of the good ones. When we are talking five years ago, they must be good if I still remember them!

2011

My favourite read in June 2011 was a find courtesy of Amazon Vine; The Ghost of Lily Painter by Caitlin Davies which tells the story of Annie Sweet who on moving to a new home feels compelled to delve into the house’s past… what she finds is the story of two baby farmer’s who when entrusted with babies that their mother’s were unable to keep with them, killed them. Well-told and backed up by solid research this book left a lasting impression on me.

The Ghost of Lily Painter

Click on the book cover to read my review

Blurb

The first time Annie Sweet sees 43 Stanley Road, the house is so perfect she almost feels as though it has chosen her. She longs to move in, but with her husband seeming more distant, and her daughter wrapped up in her friends and new school, Annie is left alone to mull over the past.
Soon she becomes consumed by the house and everyone who has lived there before her, especially a young chorus girl called Lily Painter, a rising star of the music hall whose sparkling performances were the talk of the town.
As Annie delves further into Lily’s past she begins to unravel a dark episode from Edwardian London, that of two notorious baby farmers, who lured young unmarried mothers with the promise of a better life for their babies. Until Annie solves the mystery at the heart of the scandal, the ghost of Lily Painter will never be able to rest.
Based on a real period from London’s rich history, Caitlin Davies skilfully blends fact and fiction to bring to life part of our sinister past. Spanning an entire century, from the journals of an Edwardian police inspector to a doomed wartime love affair, The Ghost of Lily Painter is an engrossing and poignant novel from a hugely talented writer. Goodreads

2012 yr

My choice for June 2012 is the second from a series that I have continued to enjoy. Written by the writing duo Nicci French. Tuesday’s Gone features the Psychotherapist Freida Klein who is drawn into another collaboration with the police
Tuesday's Gone

Blurb

In Tuesday’s Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man’s identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can’t shake the feeling that the past isn’t done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?
A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday’s Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times. Goodreads

2013yr

My June 2013 I read The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell, a writer who has moved from the chick-lit arena to one that deals with serious issues without losing the ability to draw her reader into the scenario posed, in this case sperm donors.

The Making of Us

Click on the book cover to read my review

Blurb

Lydia, Robyn and Dean don’t know each other – yet.
They live very different lives but each of them, independently, has always felt that something is missing.
What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down.
It is a letter containing a secret – one that will bind them together, and show them what love and familyand friendship really mean… Amazon

2014yr

Last year I was on holiday during June so I have a large selection to choose from, but in the end, the choice was easy Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly is a terrific example of domestic noir. When one mother forgets to notify another that her daughter won’t be able to stay over and then she goes missing, you can imagine who the finger is pointed at.

What Kind of Mother Are You

Click on the book cover to read my review

Blurb

Your friend’s child is missing. It’s your fault.
No family is perfect.
A husband, three children and a full-time job, so many plates to keep spinning.
No wonder you forgot you were supposed to be looking after your friend’s daughter.
But no one has seen her since yesterday.
And she’s not the first to go missing from your small town.
So who’s hiding something? Amazon

2015yr

Once again picking my favourite book over the last month is proving difficult but I do have to pick between two excellent but very different reads and have gone for A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah which is due to be published in August. Never before have I got quite so far through a book where I’m enormously enjoying what I’m reading but have no clue what actually is going on… the oddest experience but I’m relieved to say all did become clear in the end.
A Game for all the Family

Click on the book cover to read my review

Blurb

After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon.
But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody’s been expelled – there is, and was, no George.
Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big and one small, to fit a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety.
If the police can’t help, she’ll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be… Amazon

I hope you have enjoyed my trip through my June reads, if you missed the previous months you can find them here:

January Five of the Best
February Five of the Best
March Five of the Best
April Five of the Best
May Five of the Best

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Stacking the Shelves (June 6)

Stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Well after a week’s break to share my 20 Books of Summer 2015! challenge post I seem to have acquired a few more books!

First up from NetGalley I am thrilled and delighted to have a copy of After The Fire by Jane Casey featuring the brilliant Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent, this book is due to be published on 18 June 2015.

After The Fire

Blurb

Arson, accident or murder?
After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in their 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?
As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide… NetGalley

and I’m equally as thrilled and delighted to have received a copy of First One Missing by Tammy Cohen which is due to be published on 2 July 2015.

First One Missing

Blurb

There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:
– You are haunted by her memory day and night
– Even close friends can’t understand what you are going through.
– Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.
But as the bereaved parents gather to offer support in the wake of another killing, a crack appears in the group that threatens to rock their lives all over again.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join. NetGalley

Now comes the naming and shaming for all of you bloggers who have made me stray…. First up is The Book Trail who are constantly tempting me with their original reviews complete with maps. They had a competition to win a copy of The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas and I was lucky enough to win!

The Illusionists

Blurb

London, 1885
As a turbulent and change-filled century draws to a close, there has never been a better time to alter your fortune. But for a beautiful young woman of limited means, Eliza’s choices appear to lie between the stifling domesticity of marriage or a downwards spiral to the streets – no matter how determined she is to forge her own path.
One night at a run-down theatre, she meets the charismatic Devil Wix – showman, master of illusion, fickle friend. Drawn into his circle, Eliza becomes the catalyst of change for his colleagues – a dwarf, an eccentric engineer, and an artist – as well as Devil himself. And as Eliza embarks on a dangerous adventure, she must decide which path to choose, and how far she should go when she holds all their lives in her hands. Goodreads

or click on the link to read The Book Trail review

And then there is Sonya at A Lover of Books who also has a wonderful selection of books on her blog. She had a competition to win a copy of Set Me Free by Daniela Sacerdoti and I won that too.

Set Me Free

Blurb

In London, Margherita’s marriage has slowly been falling apart since her little Lewis’ birth, a surprise baby much wanted by her but not by her husband. To add to her problems, her adopted daughter, Lara, is going through a rough patch and all of a sudden she’s gone from quiet and introverted to constantly angry, burdened by the unhappy memories of her early childhood. Then Margherita’s husband, Ashley, suddenly announces he needs a break from the marriage and from family life. He couldn’t have chosen a worse time, just when Lara needs him most.
As Margherita struggles to come to terms with what’s happening to her, she decides that maybe this is the chance for Laura to spend some time away from London, and for her mother and daughter to reconnect. So, together with three-year-old Lewis, they decide to spend the summer in Glen Avich, where Margherita’s mum and stepfather have opened a coffee shop, La Piazza. To keep herself busy, Margherita agrees to help Torcuil Ramsay get his crumbling estate in order, with Lara’s help. And as her plan begins to work, Lara increasingly finds peace in the beautiful house and its huge library, and in a new friendship with a mysterious local boy, Mal.
And as Margherita discovers, Glen Avich can have a strange effect on people and soon her heart is reawakened by shy, awkward Torcuil in a way she’d never thought possible again. But Mal is hiding a secret, and the summer won’t last forever . . .
Spellbinding and emotional, Set Me Free is a beautifully written story of a family in crisis and a secret that will change their lives forever. Goodreads

And then I’m blaming Fiction Fan for the next book which I purchased on her recommendation following my review of The Magnificent Spilsbury and the case of the Brides in the Bath by Jane Robins, so I have a copy of The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams by the same author.

The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams

Blurb

‘Was rich Mrs Gertrude Hullett murdered at her luxurious 15-room home on Beachy Head? Detectives are tonight trying to establish the cause of the 50-year-old widow’s sudden death…’ Daily Mail, 1957
In July 1957, the press descended in droves on the south-coast town of Eastbourne. An inquest had just been opened into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Mrs Bobbie Hullett. She died after months of apparent barbiturate abuse – the drugs prescribed to calm her nerves by her close friend and doctor, Dr John Bodkin Adams.
The inquest brought to the surface years of whispered suspicion that had swept through the tea rooms, shops and nursing homes of the town. The doctor’s alarming influence over the lives, deaths and finances of wealthy widows had not gone unnoticed – it was rumoured that the family doctor had been on a killing spree that spanned decades and involved 300 suspicious cases. Superintendent Hannam of Scotland Yard was called in to investigate.
The Curious Habits of Dr Adams brilliantly brings to life the atmosphere of post-war England, and uses a wealth of new documents to follow the twists and turns of an extraordinary Scotland Yard murder enquiry. As expertly crafted as the best period detective novel, this book casts an entertainingly chilling light on a man reputed to be one of England’s most prolific serial killers. Amazon

When Kay from Kay’s Reading Life started reviewing the Days of the Week series by Nicci French she reminded me that I still hadn’t read Thursday’s Child, you can read her review here

Thursday's Child

Blurb

Two crimes, generations apart . . .
Twenty years ago teenager Frieda Klein was brutally attacked in her own home. No one believed her – not the police, not her mother, not her friends. She left town, trained as a psychologist and never went back.
Now an old classmate has shown up. She wants help with her daughter, who claims to have been attacked at home. An attack eerily similar to the one on Frieda. No one else believes the girl’s story.
Now – with a school reunion in the offing – Frieda returns to the darkness she fled. To the small town which refused to help her and which hides a terrible secret. Because someone at the reunion knows what happened.
And they’ll stop at nothing to prevent Frieda discovering the truth . . . Amazon

Search as I might I can’t find a culprit for my purchase of You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz but I’m sure one of you are guilty.

You Should Have Known

Blurb

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of You Should Have Known, a book in which she castigates women for not valuing their intuition and calls upon them to examine their first impressions of men for signs of serious trouble later on. But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. Goodreads

Lastly I was delighted that Lovereading saw fit to provide me with a copy of A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah which will be published on 13 August 2015.

A Game for all the Family

Blurb

Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better…
After fleeing London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine Merrison plans to spend her days doing as little as possible. But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to seem strangely withdrawn. Checking Ellen’s homework one day, Justine finds herself reading a chillingly articulate story about a series of sinister murders committed at the family’s new house. Can Ellen really have made all this up, as she claims? Why would she invent something so grotesque, set it in her own home and name one of the characters after herself? When Justine discovers that Ellen has probably also invented her best friend at school, who appears not to be known to any of the teachers, Justine’s alarm turns to panic.
Then the anonymous phone calls start: a stranger, making accusations and threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big ones and a smaller one for a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety. If the police can’t help, she’ll have to confront the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be… Goodreads

Any of these take your fancy or perhaps you’ve already read them?
What have you found to read this week? Please do share in the comments below

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Friday Finds (January 17)

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!
From NetGalley I have a copy of Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unravelling Oliver
Blurb

‘I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her.’Liz Nugent’s gripping novel of psychological suspense, Unravelling Oliver, is a complex and elegant study of the making of a sociopath in the tradition of Barbara Vine and Patricia Highsmith.Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the leafy suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children’s books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease – enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and puts her into a coma.In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story. So do those whose paths he has crossed over five decades. What unfolds is a story of shame, envy, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.Only Oliver knows the lengths to which he has had to go to get the life to which he felt entitled. But even he is in for a shock when the past catches up with him. NetGalley

Due to be published by Penguin Books (UK) on 6 March 2014

Following a visit to Book Lover’s Attic the author John Terracuso kindly offered me a copy of his book A Fool Among Fools

A Fool Among Fools
Synopsis

It’s 1986 and Michael Gregoretti is a struggling copywriter at a big New York ad agency, trapped on accounts no one else will touch.Toss in one insane boss, a sweet and sassy gal pal, a dreamboat boyfriend with cold feet, a wisecracking roommate and what might be the worst TV commercials ever made, and you’ve got a witty, wonderful story that will keep you laughing until the very last page.

I was also gifted a copy of Tea Cups and Tiger Claws by Timothy Patrick
Tea Cups and Tiger Claws

Blurb

When identical triplets are born in 1916, newspapers from across the country cover the story, and the babies become little celebrities. Unfortunately, this small portion of fame, combined with a much larger portion of parental greed, leads to some sleazy bargaining, and the triplets are split up parceled out to the highest bidders. Good fortune shines on two of the baby girls and they go together to live in a hilltop mansion. The third baby isn’t so lucky. She ends up with a shady family, in an abandoned work camp, in the same small town as her sisters.
The two girls on the hill grow up to become renowned beauties presiding over a world of glamour and privilege. The other girl, the leftover one, grows up in shabbiness, under the cloud of her sisters’ magnificence. But this girl has something her sisters will never have: ambition. Her name is Dorthea Railer, and she dreams about eliminating her sisters and taking their place in society. Amazon

I have also found out about two books that have gone on my must reads

Thursday’s Children by Nicci French, a continuation of the days of the week series which I have on good authority will consist of eight books! No blurb yet but this is due to be published by Penguin on 10 April 2014

Thursday's Children

Another continuation of a series. number eight of the Patrik Hedstrom series completes my finds for this week:

Buried Angels by Camilla Läckberg

Buried Angels
Blurb

Easter, 1974. A family vanishes without a trace from the island of Valö outside of Fjällbacka. The dinner table has been exquisitely set, but everyone except the one year-old daughter Ebba is gone. Are they victims of a crime or have they voluntarily disappeared?
Years later Ebba returns to the island and the old summer camp where her father ruled a boarding school with an iron hand. She and her husband Tobias have recently lost their three year-old son, and in an attempt to overcome their grief they have decided to renovate the house and open a B&B.
Erica Falck’s interest is piqued – she has researched the tragic and mysterious history of the family, and looks forward to meeting Ebba.
But the couple have barely settled in before they are subjected to an attempt of arson. And when they begin to remove the floor boards in the dining room, they find dried blood underneath… Goodreads

Also due to be published on 10 April 2014 by HarperCollins; not the best planning because I can’t read both these much wanted books on the same day!

Posted in Book Review, Books I have read, Five Star Reads

Waiting for Wednesday: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 3) – Nicci French

Phsychological Thriller 5*'s
Phsychological Thriller
5*’s
There is something very satisfying about settling down to read a book by Nikki French, the husband and wife, who write this series featuring Freida Klein. I really enjoyed Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Novel (Frieda Klein 1) and Tuesday’s Gone (Frieda Klein 2) although like many other fans I began reading with the earlier books starting with the Memory Game written by this talented partnership of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French

Frieda Klein is a psychoanalyst who was employed to assist the police working closely with DCI Karlsson but her impulsive nature meant that she was dismissed in the second episode Tuesday’s Gone and is now recovering from a horrific attack both physically and mentally.

In Waiting for Wednesday there are a number of stories to keep the reader entertained; who murdered a lovely mother Ruth Lennox, journalist Jim Fearby who provided enough evidence to a man encarcerated in prison to have him released and Frieda following her instincts to find a missing girl and if this wasn’t enough there is evidence that the serial killer Dean Reeve is still stalking Frieda. Individually these are great plots well written and not too much suspension of belief required by the reader.

This series has a complex and dysfunctional range of characters to entertain and keep this reader interested. To get the most out of this book I would suggest reading the series in order. Now all I have to do is wait another year with anticipation for Thursday’s story.

Books by Nicci French

• Waiting for Wednesday (2013
• Tuesday’s Gone (2013)
• Blue Monday (2011)
• Complicit (2009), published in the United States as The Other Side of the Door (2010)
• What To Do When Someone Dies (2008)
• Speaking Ill of the Dead (2008), a short story
• Until It’s Over (2007)
• Losing You (2006)
• Catch Me When I Fall (2005)
• Secret Smile (2003)
• Land of the Living (2003)
• The People Who Went Away (2001), a short story
• The Red Room (2001)
• Beneath the Skin (2000)
• Killing Me Softly (1999)
• The Safe House (1998)
• The Memory Game (1997)