Fiona Barton – The Child

The Child

“I’ve been trying to think about what happened. Trying to make sense of it,” she said. “I thought I’d come back to where it began. With the baby…”

Synopsis: As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

Review: I really enjoyed the book, it was fast paced & I was really into the book from the beginning. The book switches between the POVs of Emma, Jude, Kate & Angela (also, towards the end, chapters do have Will’s POV). The book really portrayed the extremes some people can go to for love & the twists had me floored. Imagining Angela going through the trauma & years of agony upon discovering that her baby had gone missing, broke my heart & it terrified me. The way the story unfolded was wow.

“Did you know if you test the mitochondria, our DNA can be matched with our ancestors? Well, through the maternal line to our great-grandmothers. And if you do Y-STR profiling, you can do the male line. All our closest relatives – parents, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, grandparents – will match. They share the same DNA markers.”

*SPOILERS BELOW SPOILERS BELOW SPOILERS BELOW*

The story unfolds to a core surrounding rape with the victim drugged & involving photographic evidence, that’s not an enormous spoiler but it’s part of what happens so thought I would put that out. Also, Will is such a bastard. NOBODY ASKS TO BE RAPED! The amount of times I wanted to kill him:

idk i wasnt counting the meme

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Clare Mackintosh – I Let You Go

I Let You Go“Such a small impact on the world, yet the very centre of my own.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Published On: November 9th 2014
  • Pages: 371

Synopsis: In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . . 

Review: Read on the recommendation of @africaanah! Amazing book, incredibly written. Had me wanting to spend hours reading it but I really wanted to take my time with it. The twists really had me on the edge of my bed. I totally recommend the book to everyone, it’s amazing. The book talks about two important topics: domestic abuse & drunk-driving. The amount of psychological trauma going on in Jennifer’s mind was terrifying for me, had me crying & wanting to kill Ian many many many times. He definitely got what he deserved although I would’ve loved him getting shot in the head but oh well, that’s just me.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Colleen Hoover – Too Late

Too Late“I’ve been your fucking prisoner for the last two years, thinking my brother was about to have to go back to my worthless mother. All because you knew if you didn’t have that to hold over my head, I would have left you.”

Synopsis: Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way. 

Nothing except Carter.


Too Late is no longer available via Wattpad.

Review: The book was so different in terms of its themes as compared to other books that Colleen has written but it was really good but also really dark. It’s main themes were abusive relationships & rape but it also talked a lot about mental illnesses; schizophrenia & Asperger’s syndrome. Talking about these topics was really great because people really need to talk more about mental illnesses & the affects on mental processes of the people. The book had 2 epilogues but it still left me with questions about what happens afterwards: does Asa die? or does he spend life in prison? What happened to Stephen? Did Luke & Sloan get married & have kids?

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

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Ayisha Malik – The Other Half of Happiness

The Other Side of Happiness

“Change isn’t about what you can or can’t do. It’s about mindset.”

Synopsis: Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way . . .

Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.

When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.

A book to make you smile, laugh and cry, this is the story of a mixed-race marriage and a mixed-up family, for anyone who’s ever struggled to balance their pride with their principles, or stuck around to try to mend a broken heart.

Review: The second book left me hanging. I need to know what happens, that ending doesn’t end it for me! This book, just like it’s first part, is funny, relatable & heart-breaking. The book really tries to normalise Muslims which is what Ayisha wanted to achieve. Conall & Sofia got married, HURRAY! but wow, the unfortunate events that followed one after another. The secret that was revealed, shocked me. I appreciate Ayisha for writing this book because minorities need to be normalised. I liked that it acknowledged that marriages aren’t easy at all, there is a lot of communication & compromise that is put into it. I do like the fir

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

 

Ayisha Malik – Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

“There will always be something missing. There’s nothing you can do about loss, except fill the hole as much as you can with memories of the people that have been left behind.” 

Synopsis: ‘Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

Sofia Khan is not Obliged is the hilarious and authentic debut novel by Ayisha Malik.”

Review: I love books that give me some desi references & this book was definitely great, I could relate to it & it had me laughing & saying “ohmygod I KNOW RIGHT”. The book is funny, its cute, its sad & honestly the last half of the book had me switching emotions from laughing & being all “how cute is that” to crying quite a lot. I definitely recommend reading the book. It’s part of a duology & it’s second book is called The Other Half of Happiness.

*SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER*

Imran’s text messages since he told her he would move out became so cringy I was just like um

Collan becoming a Muslim for Sofia was shocking but I knew there was definitely some chemistry between them

The death of her dad made me cry so much, imagining the loss of a parent is terrifying & heartbreaking & oh God, cried a lot during those chapters.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Derrick Potscher – A Dark Game

A Dark Game“You were always with her, your attention was stuck on her all the time. You almost forgot about me, didn’t you? It was like I didn’t even exist. So I had to figure out a way to get your attention back on me.”

* I received this book for free in exchange for an honest book review.*

Synopsis: She’s beautiful.

Tall, blonde and a pair of blue-green eyes that can melt any teenage boy’s heart… but Rick is adamant that his best friend’s girlfriend, Shamara, has a sinister vendetta against him – and the more he tries to prove it the more she evades being caught. Evil smirks, winking maliciously and even licking her lips at him are the least of his worries as Shamara proves to be more of a sociopath than a beauty queen.

Will Rick be able to outwit Shamara and her devilish crusade? Or is it all a series of moves in a deadly, dark game that he has no chance of winning?

Review: First off, I want to start of by saying Thankyou to Derrick for giving me the chance to review this book, your hard work has paid off wonderfully, the book is amazing. 3 words: Shamara is CRAZYYYY. The book is written very well, has short chapters & was very simple to read. The book is written over the course of 3 years with bits of flashbacks to a trip to a “haunted” house. The book had me flipping the pages like a mad woman, I wanted to sleep but I couldn’t until I finished it, hence I was up way past 3 am *LOL*.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎