10 Books of Summer: I See You by Clare MacIntosh

The twisty, gripping number one bestseller from Richard and Judy Book Club winner Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go.

 

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Winner of the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club 2017

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

Review

A good follow up to I Let You Go, which I thought was excellent, I See You is the second book from Clare MacIntosh. This is an interesting story of a woman, Zoe Walker, who sees her photo in the ads of a newspaper but she had not placed it there. She then sees other photos that link up with women who have crimes committed against them. She contacts the police and gets the BTP Officer who investigated one of the crimes. Agreeing that there is a link the Officer pushes the DI investigating a murder to see this. Getting onto the MIT investigation the officer works hard to help solve the mystery which has led to crimes from pickpockets to rapists and murders. As the police get closer to the answer, so Zoe continues to look into the situation and puts herself, and her daughter, into harms way. Will the offender/s be found before it’s too late?

This is a little complex and a bit creepy. You do have to accept certain suppositions, which may or may not be easy for you, and the final twist in the book makes it creepier and is perhaps appalling, even shocking.

A good book, well written and worth a read.

Rating: 4*

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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sphere (20 April 2017)  https://www.littlebrown.co.uk

Language: English
ISBN-10: 0751554146
ISBN-13: 978-0751554144

Author: https://claremackintosh.com

10 Books of Summer 2017: The Breakdown by B A Paris

 

 

 

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THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Review

Cass feels unsafe after realising that she had passed the murdered persons car, had seen but not recognised the driver, could have made more of an effort to help but had not. She feels guilty, she feels like she is being watched, she feels like she is getting ill just like her mother had.

This starts out well building some tension, you begin to feel for Cass who who seems to be not just loosing her memory and more but is worried that she is never going to get better only worse. However, the book looses it’s way and I almost stopped reading but I carried on. I’m glad I did as it does pick itself up and gives a good ending.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Publishers:

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (9 Feb. 2017)   https://www.harpercollins.co.uk
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848454996
ISBN-13: 978-1848454996

St Martins Press https://us.macmillan.com/smp

Author:

https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-117329/b-a-paris

https://us.macmillan.com/author/baparis

https://www.amazon.co.uk/B-A-Paris/e/B0162W9E2O/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

10 Books of Summer 2017 – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium #1) by Stieg Larsson

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Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Review

This is the first of the Millenium Series from Steig Larsson. It has well drawn characters, a good plot and keeps a reasonable pace.  I like both the main characters Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander even though one or two actions are rather extreme, if deserved, and Looks to be part of the ongoing series story. When first published this book was surrounded by quite a lot of hype, I think it was deserved.  I look forward to reading the two other books in the series.

Rating: 4*

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Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 561 pages
Publisher: MacLehose Press (1 Jan. 2010)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stieg_Larsson

The Childfinder by Rene Denfeld

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A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.

“Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or–is it possible–you are still alive?”

 

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Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own harrowing experience that allows her to succeed when others have failed.

Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they’d gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure.

But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. Can she find the child – and also find out why this particular case is stirring the shadows of her own memories? Could her future be bound to this girl in a way she doesn’t understand?

Review

This is a gripping story of The Childfinder, Naomi, who is searching for an eight year old child, Maddison, missing for three years. The story is told by two voices – Noami and the Snow Girl. Not a style that I always enjoy but in no way did it detract from my enjoyment of this book. It is set in the brutal, yet beautiful landscape of Oregon a place that would be impossible for a five year old girl, not dressed for the weather, to survive. In her search Noami recalls her past – as much as she can – and it is one that has made her uniquely capable to perform this special role and motivates her to search, to believe she can give parents back their children – alive or dead.

There is another storyline of a missing baby which interweaves the main story which I felt enhanced the book as it further showed how Naomi dealt with people and situations.

The characters in the book are very well drawn. Naomi is a wonderful character. The voice of the Snow Child is stunning and told with great understanding and knowledge. There is great empathy in the writing of this book both story and characters.

There is heartache and joy in this story which is well told, well written and well worth reading.

Highly recommended.

Rating:  5*
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With thanks to HarperCollins for an uncorrected manuscript proof e-book provided via NetGalley, also thanks, for an unbiased review.

Paperback:  ISBN-10: 0062692690
Hardback:  ISBN-13: 978-006269269
Publisher: Harper; International ed. edition

Published: 5 Sept. 2017
Language: English

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Rene Denfeld is an author, journalist, and death penalty investigator. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the author of four nonfiction books. The Enchanted received the Prix du Premier Roman Étranger in France

http://renedenfeld.com/author/biography/

He Said/She said by Erin Kelly

‘A breathless psychological thriller from the crime author on everyone’s lips, HE SAID/SHE SAID is *the* suspense novel of 2017’

 

 

Laura and Kit are in Cornwall it’s 1999, they are there for the eclipse. On the way back to their tent after the event Laura finds a purse, follows a trail of coins and stumbles upon a man and woman – Jamie and Beth. Laura realises all is not right. Kit catches up just as Jamie walks away so Laura sends him off to follow. Laura rings the police.
Thus begins a series of events which have Laura and Kit changing their names, moving home and living in fear for the next seventeen years.

Thoughts
The story is told by Kit and Laura in alternate chapters jumping back and forth over the years, overarching sections are linked to phases of the eclipse. I found this style of writing detracted from the fluid reading of the book although I understood why it was used – partly for the shock value, partly to build tension, partly to make the book stand out – it irked. You may not be bothered by this and so the book should be even better for you.

There are so many of these psychological thrillers available to read, I have read some, with He Said/She Said Erin Kelly writes well and provides an interesting and unique tale.

Review
This is a good book telling a story of consequences when we lie, of guilt and of actions we take because of the lies and guilt and those consequences. It’s worth a read.

Rating  3*

Information

Format: Kindle Edition
Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 April 2017)

https://www.hodder.co.uk/Authors/Erin+Kelly.page

 

The Mother by Yvvette Edwards

 

 

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Out in Paperback, 9 February 2017

“A provoctive and timely novel about an emotionally desolated mother’s struggle to understand her teenage son’s death and her search for meaning and hope in the wake of incomprehensible loss.”

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Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She’s going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: attend the trial of the boy accused of her son’s murder.

She’s not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn’t that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that Marcia’s greatest hope for closure lies with Manley’s girlfriend, Sweetie. But can Sweetie be trusted?

 

Review

I was given this book for my birthday and wasn’t sure it was my kind of story, even though I am a fan of crime fiction. This book isn’t quite that genre. It is about a mother, Marcie, who is attending the trial of  17 year old Tyson accused of murdering her son Ryan, 16 years old. So not about finding the murderer rather will he be found guilty? Indeed, more than that it is about the aftermath of a murder. The consequences of actions that result in a violent death of a teenage boy. The guilt, not of those responsible for the killing, but of those not responsible who feel they are. The coping, or not coping, when someone you loved has been taken from you. Violently, suddenly and for what reason…… Why? That’s what Marcie wants to know. Will there be a resolution, will it be the one Marcie hopes for?

This book in it’s quiet telling of this harrowing story is very much worth reading. I am glad I added it to my 10 books of Summer reading list, I am glad I took the time to read it, I hope you do to.

Rating:  4.5* Highly recommended

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Yvvette Edwards lives in London. The Mother is her second novel. Her first novel, A Cupboard Full of Coats, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize.

ISBN 978 1 4472 9454 2

Publisher: http://www.panmacmillan.com

 

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

“When Nina’s husband dies, she looses everything. Torn between the past and the future, she must learn what it means to stand on her own.”

 

 

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Nina’s husband, Finn, dies in a car crash. Nina is devastated at this sudden loss but thinks that having to tell Connor and Declan, their two sons, that their father is dead will be the hardest thing she will ever have to do….

And then Nina’s world really comes crashing down around her. Finn has gone but his business was bankrupt, he had mortgaged their home and stopped paying the school fees. There was £8 million of debt and Nine hadn’t a clue.

Finn had always dealt with their finances, had encouraged her to give up on having a career, discouraged her from getting too close to others because, after all, they were enough for each other – their happy, idyllic family. now it had allcome tumbling down and the one person she needed was dead and, perhaps, even the cause of all this pain.

Review

Nina finds herself without a home, no money, no job, no skills she is in mourning and  floundering. She and the boys are grieving, in shock, devastated, confused, angry and still clinging on to Finn as they knew him, or thought they did. Tiggy, her sister, reaches out. Tiggy is a terrific character in the book. With her support Nina starts to sort her and the boys lives out. There is quite a bit of guilt from Nina and frankly a lot of readers will agree – she had lived in a cocooned world of luxury giving little heed to the realities of life. Perhaps the angst is a bit overdone at times. Nevertheless, Nina needs to pull herself together and build a new life for her, Connor and Declan. Indeed had she really had a happy life with Finn, was it as perfect as she had thought?

This is a well written story of loss, what really matters in life and rebuilding lives from heartbreak and devastation. I would certainly recommend this book.

Rating:  4*

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I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for a pre-approved copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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http://www.amandaprowse.org

Published by: Lake Union Publishing

Published in Paperback: 22 August 2017

ISBN: 9781611099553