One split second can destroy your life forever
Single mother Jen Cornish is just trying to hold things together for the sake of her seven-year-old son Charlie. Until the day when she does an impulsive good deed to help a neighbour, setting off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control…
When she is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, Jen quickly starts to wonder if someone is playing a cruel game with her - or is she losing her mind?
Desperate to clear her name with the police, she must first untangle a chilling web of lies. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.
They’re watching her child as well.
Wow, wow, Wowzers. What a book. What a great read that was.
Firstly i'm going to start with asking the author, what the hell he thinks he's doing to me?
In See how they run he had me paranoid about taking in any parcels for neighbours. In this book i'm convinced that I should not do any good turns and shouldn't attempt to return anything I find to its owner.
This was certainly a fasten your seatbelt kind of ride, I got so engrossed in this story I had to read on because I NEEDED to know who was doing what. more to the point I needed to know why they were doing it. This was very cleverly woven, the story come together brilliantly. An addictive read.
Jen Cornish is a single mother to her seven-year-old son Charlie.
On her way to work one morning she notices a man has dropped something, being the good samaritan she is Jen tries to get the item returned to the rightful owner. Doing so sets off a terrifying chain of events that quickly spirals out of control… and this is where the book becomes addictive. Jen finds herself in a whole heap of trouble, can she get out it, and can she prove she was just trying to help someone. Jen needs to start learning who can and who can't be trusted.
A brilliant nail biting read.
Tunes on a Penny Whistle
This account is based on my memories of rural life during the First World War and its aftermath. Though it is set in a Derbyshire village, it is of more than local significance. The picture portrayed could be equally true of a village in the Welsh valleys, or in the small spinning or weaving communities of Yorkshire or Lancashire.
Here one would find parishes that were not full of pastoral scenes based on farming, under the patronage of the landowner in the big house. They were outposts of industry, engaged in occupations usually centred on towns. The social structure was different, but they were close-knit communities, sharing the problems and pleasures of their age.
Working people then had few of the rights we have taken for granted today. There was no protection against bad employers, no unemployment pay or sick pay, no right to free medical care or secondary education, a limited electoral franchise and a tiny old-age pension at the age of seventy.
This sounds grim, but it was not a generation of miserable people. There was courage and resourcefulness, and often a great capacity for fun and simple pleasures. Self-help and mutual support was the order of the day and everyone worked together to alleviate hardship through such organisations as Friendly Societies, mechanics institutes, burial societies and nursing associations. The practical benefits of these organisations were usually combined with social pleasures. Then, of course, there were the churches and chapels and sports and pastimes. Perhaps in most communities there were characters like my father, always ready to take the lead and inspire others to greater effort.
I write this partly in tribute to this remarkable man who was always in the forefront of any activity. He worked long hours in a shoe factory, but lived life to the full, finding equal satisfaction in cycling round the surrounding villages collecting news items for the local press, conducting choirs, public speaking, taking parties of children for picnics, or playing his organ or penny whistle.
This extract from the Introduction sets the scene for the book. Doris was born in 1908 and grew up through the First World War and the 1920’s in considerable hardship. Tunes on a Penny Whistle paints a shocking picture of rural life in that period, describing in detail the appalling working conditions in the shoe factories, and the continual challenge to make ends meet. It also describes how the community met those challenges, and the leadership role that her father, Harry Dawson, played in many areas – the fight for union recognition, mutual self-help societies, the Liberal Party, chapel, social, sporting and musical activities.
Tunes on a Penny Whistle: A Derbyshire Childhood
The early 1900s were a period of great hardship for many working-class families, particularly in rural areas. However, they were also times of pride and self-sufficiency, with fun and laughter derived from simple pleasures as well as mutual support and courage when poverty could have become unbearable.
This book is a personal history of a childhood in the village of Eyam – known as the Plague Village – in the Peak District of Derbyshire. Doris recalls how her mother confronted tough living conditions without labour-saving devices and often with little or no money.
She remembers, too, her father, who fought for the right for union representation, worked for self-help groups, and organised political meetings and village entertainments. He was a talented self-taught musician, producing a wide range of music on his Canadian organ and penny whistle. His fighting spirit made him a remarkable and influential character within the village community.
Both humorous and shocking, this description of domestic and community life at the beginning of the twentieth century is illustrated with many contemporary photographs, documents, and line drawings by George Coates, the author’s husband. Purchase from
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Tuppenny Rice and Treacle: Cottage Housekeeping 1900-1920
Feeding a family on a limited budget is always a challenge. Yet even with a budget as low as ten shillings (50p) a week in the early part of the twentieth century, it is remarkable how interesting and varied the menu could be.
This delightful book draws on recipes compiled by Doris’s mother in Derbyshire and mother-in-law in Cumberland, and contains detailed records of weekly expenditure.
It includes numerous recipes for nutritious and filling meals for working men and growing families, taking full advantage of what was available - hearty meat dishes, with lots of root vegetables, puddings and dumplings to fill them out, cakes and buns, sweets and jams, and beverages to go with them (some highly alcoholic!). The recipes work just as well now as then.
It is also full of household and cleaning hints and products, illustrating immense pride in the home, as well as medicines, lotions and potions that would ‘kill or cure’. Purchase from
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About the authors:
Born in Eyam in the Peak District of Derbyshire, Doris E. Coates achieved a successful and varied career as a teacher in both Derbyshire and later in Norfolk. Along with her husband George, she was an active member of her community promoting local
groups, enjoyed singing in the local choir and, after retirement, turned her talents to writing. Her son, Richard Coates, now based in Bath enjoyed a happy childhood and grew up appreciating the importance of a strong education. After gaining a scholarship at Oxford University he went on to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Later as a management consultant he worked for international companies including Audi, British Airways and Mars in both the UK and oversees and continues to sit on the board of Davos Consultancy. Now retired, and in memory of his mother, Richard has decided to republish her books with fascinating new additions after researching further into his family history.
Description‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’
Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.
As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.
Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?
Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?
An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.
This one is certainly an interesting yet different read. A few times I couldn't decide how I felt about this book.
I was enjoying it, but it felt like something was missing, like the story just plodded along, yet it had drawn me in and I knew I had to keep reading to see how the book turned out. Pretty good as it happens. After a bit of a slow start it begins to get interesting and you find yourself second guessing what is about to happen.
Teacher Claire Penny develops a soft spot for troubled child, Lorna Bell. Little does she know that this child is going to change her life.
The child asks Claire for help, Claire seems to go above her teacher roll to help this child.
The story seems to unfold little by little, and at times seems a little creepy.
It really does drag you in and it's worth giving it a read.
Debut Bestseller and Costa First Novel Book Award winner 2017
The Sunday Times bestseller
Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon
‘Funny, touching and unpredictable’ Jojo MoyesEleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
‘Heartwrenching and wonderful’ Nina Stibbe
‘Deft, compassionate and moving’ Paula McLain
‘I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!’ Joanna Cannon
I had read quite a few reviews on this book, and felt I was missing out on something. I had to read it. Book's we know are like marmite, certain ones you love or hate. Well I didn't love this book, but I certainly didn't hate it.
I had read how totally uplifting, profound and beautifully written this book was and I couldn't wait to start it.
If I'm honest I didn't feel any of that while reading it. I can see it is written well, but I didn't feel anything really towards the main Character Eleanor.
I felt I just kind of went along with the story, thinking the book would at some stage grab me, unfortunately it didn't. i'm not sure what I feel now to be honest, this is a tough one to write about. Maybe i'm just hard faced b*/-h with no emotions lol. Just not really my cup o t'
i'm by no means slating this book and I hope it doesn't come across like that, this book just wasn't for me.
A gripping thriller that will shock you to the core.
Controlled all her life by her religious mother, fifteen-year-old Kelly Raven commits the ultimate sin.
She soon discovers that running away to the cold, frightening streets of London is less harsh than her previous life.
A drug dealer, two fraudsters, and a prostitute are her new family now and she becomes the woman she was destined to be.
Little does she know that Eddie Raven is coming for her, but she is no sweet four-year-old child and he is certainly no doting father.
The Raven's blood may run through her veins, but in her case, blood is not thicker than water.
I have to start firstly saying that this book deserves so much more than the 5 stars given. It's easy to say this is one of the best books in this genre that I have read in a long time. This books has so much going on, yet seems so easy to follow. Gripping and unputdownable, don't do it any justice as all.
Wow, wow and wow again. I'm actually speechless, I don't know how I will find the words to do it the justice it so deserves.
Super huge thanks to @BookaddictShaun for letting me know I needed to read this one. As usual he was right.
So the story, well where do you start. There is so much packed into this book that I could easily waffle on about it forever. However I'm aware I can't be spoiling for others that may have not read the book yet so, what I will say is, Kelly Raven born into a very mixed up family. Brought up by her controlling mother after her criminal father is sent to prison for 12 years. For reasons I won't go into, Kelly at the age of 15 does a runner to London. This is where she meets a guy and ends up living with him and his family.
Only these are not your average family, this family is made up of a drug dealer, a Prostitute and two fraudsters. ok it's 2018 maybe this is your average family. Kelly soon has to learn to grow up.
Kelly also has criminal father who is trying to find her, little does she know that her life is about to change in so many ways.
Kelly is one of the best characters created in a book in a long time, she's one of those characters you follow on a journey and many times I ended up talking to the pages, OMG! NO! WHAT!
She's just a brilliant character, Vulnerable, shy, caring yet Ruthless, confident and hardfaced all at the blink of an eye. To those who hold her close she's an angel, to those who wish her harm, well then trust me, she's no angel.
This book once it's grabbed you will not let you go, trust me.
I started it at the wrong time of year for me, Christmas. Having not much time to read with a busy household over the festive period, I was actually glad it was all over and I could settle down and get back to it.
The settings of The Matter of the Crown
By Linda Ferreri
I chose the locations for The Matter of the Crown in two ways. First, the Crown itself has had heavy involvement with New York City where I first saw it. Second, I love and live part time in Macerata Province of Le Marche, Italy. So half of the story takes place here, where I am typing in the presence of my muse.
In New York City, the lights on the broad avenues and the side streets really do twinkle, like the lights of Paris. The Crown itself sparkles as it is, among many other things, the world’s largest collection of emeralds. Now and likely forever, it is encased at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City because The Met acquired the Crown just a couple of years ago. But the auction houses are luminous and the Crown has seen its time there, too. It is a work deliberately made of the most precious of metals, gold.
Le Marche, however, is quite a different story, isn’t it? Everything that symbolizes the beauties of the earth is here. It is the antithesis of urban sophistication.
Loreto near the Adriatic Sea is a hugely important place in the veneration of the Virgin Mary who is central to the story. Le Marche is, according to some, the most beautiful part of Italy. It certainly has all that Italy offers nestled right here in this one region: the blue sea, the dramatic mountains, and the rolling green hills covered with olives and vines between.
Le Marche’s hills are dotted by small medieval towns, one of which I named Castello Piceno in the novel. In the narrow streets of these picturesque towns many secrets are buried. Lives continue here, too. More stories unfold. It is a luscious but somewhat mysterious place. Unlike the grand palazzi of Rome, Venice and Florence that travelers know so well, these small buildings angle this way and that without telling who hid under the arches and behind the thick crenellated walls during the worst siege of the area in this era or that.
New York City and the Crown of the Andes are dazzlers, the very apex of urban sophistication in contrast to the very essence of bucolic splendor in Le Marche. The Crown of the Andes itself transcends many landscapes, cultures and centuries, the mortal and the immortal. In real life, the Crown of the Andes has had astounding adventures in magnificent places. This story deserves no less.
The Matter of the Crown
The Crown of the Andes, one of the world's most precious and beautiful sacred objects, has been stolen right off the stage at Satterling's Auction House in New York City. Five pounds of magnificent baroque gold that ransomed the Inca Ruler Atahaulpa, and hundreds of perfect Colombian emeralds, all gone without a trace! Will this legendary treasure be destroyed for its gold and emeralds? One woman is dead and another one in hot pursuit. Purchase from
About Linda Ferreri
Linda Ferreri is a well-known art lawyer and author. Her books include novels about the Crown of the Anes, a novella entitled The King of UNINI, and whimsical hand-illustrated iBooks. She is known, also, for her drawings. She divides her time between Italy and the United States, and lectures widely around the world about art and history. Her next novel is in progress.
Dark House: Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series Book 1 By Helen Phifer @helenphifer1 @bookouture #Review #DarkHouse
A shadowy figure in the dark was dragging something heavy behind them. Lizzy pulled the covers over her head, then realised what was being dragged...
For years, the Moore Asylum housed the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But now, a man is found murdered in the derelict building, strapped to a steel trolley, launching a heart-racing investigation for Detective Lucy Harwin.
Lucy quickly discovers the victim was once a Moore Asylum doctor, and when a woman also linked to the home is killed on her doorstep, Lucy knows she must dig into its history. What dark secrets lie within the asylum’s walls – what was the scandal leading to its closure thirty years ago?
With her own demons to fight, Lucy starts to uncover the heartbreaking tale of the Moore Asylum children, and begins to wonder: who will be the next victim?
A gripping serial killer thriller that will chill readers of MJ Arlidge, Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott to the bone.
Previously published as The Lost Children
This is the first book i've read by Helen Phifer. The Dark House was previously The Lost Children, I think both names are perfect for the story. Dark House is book 1 of the Detective Lucy Harwin series.
I received an ARC of book 2 but before I started it, I purchased book 1 so that I could read the books in order. (i'm odd like that)
This was a real interesting read and in parts brutally gruesome, it was also very difficult to put down.
The Moore Asylum was closed down back in the 1970's. It seems now some of the secrets that were kept behind the doors of Ward 13 at the asylum are about to be revealed.
The old asylum has been empty for many years, and has now gone up for sale. When the estate agent goes to show a potential buyer around they make a pretty grim discovery.
It's Detective Lucy Harwins first day back at work after an absence. Thrown right back into the thick of things. Lucy wouldn't have it any other way.
With a body found it's right back to business for Lucy.
Lucy and partener Mattie have their work cut out investigating this one.
This is a great start to a series, this book has been put together brilliantly. It's a story you want and need to keep reading right up to the very end.
I really liked the main characters Lucy and Mattie and getting to them has been great. I like the banter between them both. I can see this being a really sought after series of books. Now for me it's book 2, at least I don't have to wait to read it. It's sat on my kindle waiting for me.
Sometimes crime does pay, but at what price?
Some people are made for a life of crime
Dragged up on a council estate, Jason Rampling was determined to change his lot. Jason’s a chancer, shameless with his good looks and his gift for earning a few quid. Life is easy when the money rolls in.
Some people are ruined by it
Melissa thought she’d struck gold marrying Jason. Being on his arm meant she was finally a someone. But there’s no glamour in waiting for your husband to come home, or waiting for a knock on the door. Melissa made her bed the day she made her vows – will she lie in it without a fight?
Some would kill for it
After a stretch inside Jason wants to pull off just one last job, the biggest of all, it could solve all of their problems. But this is a game that could cost them everything . . .
My excitement when I received an ARC of this book was way off the scale. I have been a KC fan forever and a day. I was so excited to get stuck in and see what KC had to offer us this time.
Having followed the Butlers over the last few years, I have to say I was a little worried I would miss them when I started this book. It has to be difficult for an author to move away from a series of books that have been written so perfectly, and put them to bed and move on.
I knew we wouldn't be having the Butlers, I knew I loved KC's writing so I was happy to embrace a whole new world. I really couldn't wait to read this book, yet I had told myself I was going to take it slowly and enjoy it. Yeah, right, like that's going to happen. It's quite clear that KC has put her all into this book, and for me personally it's paid off for her. I'm eager to see what others think of the move.
We all make wrong choices in life, some make them more than others.
In this book we are introduced to Jason Rampling. Jason a bit of a ducker and diver, meets Melissa while she is out shopping with her bestie Tracey.
Melissa and Jason seem to hit it off, much to Traceys annoyance as she only took Melissa along to keep her company so she could flirt with Jason.
They soon become an item, both having children of their own from previous partners, this could be a ready made, happy ever after family. (well it could if someone else had written the book).
No No that's not what we want, We need ups, downs, crime, cheating, killing, thieving, lies and deceit. Well we certainly get all that and more.
Jason who lives on the Mardyke estate with his mother, daughter, sister and two brothers. He wants off the estate and a better life for him and his daughter Shay.
This book is Jason going on that very journey and doing exactly what is needed to achieve this. Starting off buying and selling he soon turns to a bigger Life of Crime.
I loved most of the characters in the book and the way the story took them all on a journey of life. There are certainly a few cranks in here to, one of them being Jason's mother. I'm not sure mother is the correct term for her as it seems Jason and his siblings have been dragged up rather than brought up. This is one of the many reasons Jason wants out. Does he see marriage to Mel as his way out, his meal ticket to take on the world?
Mel loves the idea of marrying Jason, a good looking chancer on her arm, worried her friendship with her bestie Tracie will suffer, but best friends can over come anything, Can't they!
A Brilliant read, although at the beginning I felt it seemed a little slower that what we are used to from KC, it's more because we are being introduced slowly to the characters, the book soon ramps up and with a super OMG ending, I have to say I really didn't see that coming.
I'm looking forward to reading more in the future from KC and have just bought again some of her older books, to have another read of. KC is certainly the Queen of this genre.
This book gets the well deserved 5 stars from me for keeping me entertained.
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Eye for an Eye: A DI Jessica Daniel Novel 12 by Kerry Wilkinson @kerrywk #JessicaDaniel #EyeForAnEye
In bestselling crime author Kerry Wilkinson's Eye for an Eye, DI Jessica Daniel is tasked with multiple investigations while facing demons from her past.
Seventeen years ago, Damian Walker abducted five women because the voices in his head told him to. Now he has been declared sane and is about to be released back onto Manchester’s streets with a new identity.
But within hours, there is another attack similar to his previous ones. Walker has proof it’s not him – but is he reliable, and, if so, who is trying to frame him?
DI Jessica Daniel and her chief are given a parallel task to the main investigation: Keep an eye on Walker – but that’s not all Jessica has to do.
Rock star Blaine Banner is playing a series of homecoming gigs but is convinced someone’s trying to kill him, while a bride-to-be is picketing the police station, demanding someone finds her missing fiancé.
All the while, faces from Jessica’s past are watching and waiting. Someone wants a word . . .
I love the Jessica Daniel series, I have followed this series right from book 1, and each new book is eagerly awaited.
I still can't believe we are at book 12. Kerry Wilkinson certainly has a knack to story telling.
Jessica is still getting involved in everything that is thrown her way, she is a brilliant and believable character. I also enjoy the banter as well as the serious side of her and her work colleagues. Jessica is work, work, work because it's the only thing that keeps her active, keeps her mind from wandering to where she doesn't want it wandering. Things are going on is Jessica's private life and the only way she can deal with them, is by not thinking of them and she pushes everything to the back of her mind, she gets stuck into work to avoid having to face the reality of what is happening.
Rock star Blaine Banner is playing in town, but he's convinced someone is out to kill him. He seam's to think Jessica is his personal officer investigating for him. Although he's a huge mega star Jessica just doesn't see the interest others see, and I really liked the way Jessica was around him. Is someone trying to kill him or is his drug and drink fuelled lifestyle just playing tricks on his mind.
Along side this Damian Walker a convicted murderer is released with a new identity that he doesn't want. Jessica is tasked to Keep an eye on him. However not long after his release another murder is committed, similar to the murders he was convicted of. Has he murdered again, because he seems to have some sort of proof that it wasn't him. Could this be wrong, or has a sick killer been released onto the streets of Manchester.
I really can't wait for more from this series. Another exceptional story, a read to get your teeth into. Wilkinson has a great knack for telling a great story and he's certainly done that here. If you like a great series then this one is well worth reading, and it's worth reading the books in order. I'm not saying you have to, but for a series its always worth starting at book 1.
The Lost Child: A gripping detective thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 3)
They placed me in here and threw away the key. I look down at the gown they’ve put on me. I want my own clothes. I don’t know how long I’ve been here.
An elderly woman is found murdered in her own home, and Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd are called in to investigate. When they discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family…
Two days later as a nearby house is set on fire and with the body count rising, Lottie and her team begin to unpick a web of secrets and lies, as the murders seem to link back to a case investigated by Lottie’s father before he took his own life.
With little knowledge of what really happened to her father, Lottie knows this is a case that could give her some answers. But how much does she want to know?
The killer has already made his next move. Can Lottie face her own demons and uncover the truth before another life is taken?
The Lost Child is a thrilling page-turner from the bestselling author of The Missing Ones and The Stolen Girls that will have you guessing right to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni.
The Lost Child is book 3 in the Lottie Parker series. A series well worth reading. And as I always say the series is better when read in order, but that again is just my opinion.
It's not so long ago I read the first book by this very talented story teller, and here I am reading book 3. It's safe to say, each book get's better and better, as we learn more about the characters it really helps build up the stories.
I'm loving the character of Lottie Parker. This is one of those stories though that it could be so easy to say to much about the story. I'm worried of giving to much away so will just keep it brief.
When Tessa Ball is found murdered, its down to Detective Lottie Parker and her partner Detective Boyd to investigate. They soon discover that the victim’s daughter is missing as well, they start to fear for the safety of the whole family.
The investigation takes them on huge journey, and it turns up a lot more along the way.
Lottie certainly puts in the work, a mother and a Detective this is one busy woman. How she copes is not ideal and Lottie really does have some serious issues, this I find makes her a much more realistic character.
We also learn a lot more in this book about Lotties mother and father, and the back history of what has happened is thrilling.
This is another great read, and I really do feel that this series of books will become huge, the more we get to know the characters, the more interesting the books seem to be.
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