I have recently read these two books back to back. Book 1, The House on Cold Hill and Book 2, The Secret of Cold Hill.
While I have to say they are no where near as gripping as Peter James Roy Grace series they were not unlikeable. I found I could put the book down and wasn't desperate to pick it up. I'm not sure if reading the books back to back spoilt my experiences as I found the books very samey. With maybe different characters. One almost felt like a duplicate of the other within different timelines.
One thing I will say, while reading these I leaned on my phone at the side of me and freaked out when Siri started talking to me, so the book certainly had the creepy effect it gives out, on me.
There are parts that are creepy, parts that you think you know just what is going to happen but then some good shifts that make you think all over again.
Over all I enjoyed both books, but wouldn't be in a rush to read any more in this series if there was ever to be any.
If you like a spooky read then now would be a good time to read them, around Halloween would really add to the atmosphere of these books and I feel book 2 has been released in perfect time for the cold, dark nights we are about to face.
Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?
Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.
As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.
An interesting read, a good read but not as thrilling as I thought it was going to be. I liked the concept of the story, and it was easy enough to follow.
I hate how everywhere you look nowadays with books, you always get the 'if you likes xyz, then you'll love this.
Personally I'd say this is nothing like I've read before. It really was very different, a pretty unique story and one that is quite thought provoking at times.
It's easy to get lost in the book, and with each chapter being told from a different pov, Jane or Emma then they are quite short chapters, which makes it easy to sit and think just one more chapter, before you know it you have read a whole chunk of the book.
I believe this to be JP Delaney's debut novel, which for a first novel I think it's very clever. I have then next book by this author to read and I'm looking forward to seeing what we are given this time.
I think this author is certainly going to be one to watch out for.
I can't go into the story line here, as it's one of those books that the slightest hint might give away way to much. The book description itself gives enough of an idea of what it's about. An interesting read, and should you be going away this would be an easy book to pick up and put down while lounging somewhere nice in the sun
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
I have to admit, I have had this book on my TBR forever. I have finally gotten around to reading it. I was expecting so much more after all the hype that surrounded this book when it was first published. I think it was all the hype that put me off reading it, now it's calmed down I was more eager to start it.
Rachel to me is a Marmite character, you'll either love her or hate her. I have to say she got on my nerves more than once.
The story was an interesting one, it was interesting and creepy. Following the story of 3 different characters. It's one of those books you need to sit and read, rather than keep putting down and picking up.
It didn't woo me, but at the same time I wasn't disappointed with it.
Seven-year-old Hanna has never spoken a word.
She is a sweet but silent angel in the eyes of her adoring father, but with Mummy, things are different. Suzette loves her daughter but difficulties with babysitters and teachers over the years have put a strain on their relationship and her sanity.
Then Hanna speaks for the first time, to Suzette alone, and what she says is chilling.
Suzette wants to write it off as a scary joke, but she’s becoming increasingly frightened by Hanna's little games. Could she be in danger from her own child? And when it's her word against her daughter's, can she make her husband believe her?
Bad Apple is a blazing debut novel about a perfect-looking family – where sweetness can be deceptive.
Fans of BEHIND HER EYES, DAUGHTER or GOOD ME, BAD ME will love this page-turning story of dark domestic suspense.
"Unnerving and unputdownable, BABY TEETH will get under your skin and keep you trapped in its chilling grip until the shocking conclusion." New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline
"Gone Girl meets The Omen… a twisty delicious read" Entertainment Weekly
I liked the sound of this book when I read the blurb. It sounded like something i'd enjoy. Something a little different.
Seven-year-old Hanna has never spoken a word. How would you manage or cope if your child didn't speak. You'd want to know why for a start, you'd want to do all you could to help.
It was an interesting story line, and to start off with this book had me hooked. However the story seemed to drop off around half way through.
The book is thought provoking, and does have you thinking how you would cope, how would you manage in this situation.
I continued through the book and I did enjoy it as an easy read, I just wasn't super gripped like I expected to be. As much as I felt for Hanna, there was times when I could have quite happily throttled her. There was times that I just felt she was being a little bit of a brat.
Different and not a bad read, just not as gripping as I was hoping.
It’s the early hours of the morning and Rose Denton wakes up behind the steering wheel of her car. She’s off the road, through a hedge and in a field.
There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.
Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts.
The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.
What happened last night? And, perhaps more importantly, does she really want to know the answer?
A totally addictive psychological thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.
I can't believe how quick these books seem to be coming out. I love, love love Kerry Wilkinsons books. The way you are drawn in, and captivated the whole way through the story. Kerry has a fantastic Knack of making you want to read and read and read before you know it your at the end of another book.
This one is another good read. Another one that within hours of downloading it, i'd started to read it. Another book that I didn't even bother reading what it was about, it's by an author I trust to write something i'll enjoy.
This time around the writing felt a little different somehow, I felt it took a little while to get going, and although it interested me, I wasn't gripped as I usually am. It had me wondering all the way through what had actually happened at the beginning and why.
Rose Denton seems to have had a car accident, when she comes to, she's in a field, behind the wheel of her car. There is blood on the windscreen but it's not hers. There are no dead animals around, no people, so what the hell has happened.
Rose doesn't tell anyone about the accident, and can't figure out what has happened.
She also can't figure out why mysterious, odd things keep happening to her.
The only way to find out exactly what was going on was to keep reading. It was an interesting read, with a decent storyline. I really didn't see what was coming towards the end. It ended with a good twist.
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.
Connie Burns knew one thing for sure: she never wanted kids. After 15 years of marriage, though, lots of things have changed. Her best friend moved out of state, remarried and is having a new baby. Connie is also dealing with the realities of life with lupus. All the changes make her rethink having a baby, but her husband and her doctor are against it. Both encourage her to test the waters by being a foster parent first to see how it goes, since stress is the worst thing for her lupus. Not only is Connie a typical "type A" personality, but she has a high-powered career, a bedroom-sized closet full of shoes, a penchant for perfection and a compact sports car. Though she's not exactly primed for motherhood, she agrees they should foster to boost her chances at motherhood.
When four-year-old Desi is placed with them Connie's life turns upside down and her heart is quickly lost. But parenting isn't for sissies and this little girl comes with more baggage than most: Desi's mother is in hospice dying of cancer. Not only does Connie face traumas like hosting a birthday party for a 5-year-old, she also has to learn on the fly how to help Desi deal with a new school, a new family and the devastating death of her mother. As they take Baby Steps toward building a life together, Connie has to learn that life is messy, shoes aren't mission critical, and an imperfect life can be full of perfectly wonderful surprises.
I enjoyed this read it felt a little different for me. Connie Burns never wanted children. Married forever, she suddenly wants a child. Her husband is not so keen, they've always agreed no children. More so since Connie was diagnosed with Lupus.
When 4 year old Desi comes into Connies life, her life is upturned and changed beyond recognition. Connie has a lot to learn. While parts of the book are fun some parts are heart breaking. A great mix her for his book.
We certainly go on a journey here through this book.
The book did see to progress quickly, but it was easy to just go along with it.
The info and descriptions regarding the Lupus were interesting and done very well.
The risks around pregnancy at 39 and having Lupus were done very well. Although none of it was what Connie wanted to hear.
Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room....
Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It's clear early on in this book that secrets are being kept, What those secrets are, are not going to jump out at you right away. To know what secrets are being kept you have to read on, and then read on some more, and a little more and before you know it you are almost at the end.
It was quite an interesting story, It didn't grab and make me love it, it was just happy I plodded along with it. An easy read, although I have to say, quite a few times it got a little repetitive.
I believe this is a debut novel, so we should hopefully see this authors talent come out more in the next books. I will certainly read them. I have two more books on my TBR pile by Ruth Ware so I'm about to see what she has to offer.
I've given this a3.5 star.
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.
Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.
And now the police are watching them...
This is the first book I have read by this author. I really liked the sound of it, and was quite pleased when I was approved on Netgalley to read to it. So thank you to the publishers for that.
Syd and Jack have been trying to buy a house in London, and they finally seem to have found what may just be their forever home. They couldn’t believe they got it after the amount of interest there seemed to be at the open day.
But here they are finally on their moving in day. The house needs so much work doing it, and also the last owners belongings need getting rid of, but that can be done over time, they are just eager to get in there.
It doesn’t seem long before mysterious things begin to happen. Jack is hearing noised in the middle of the night, is there something going on, or is it just a case of learning then noises of a new home?
Then a body is found in an alley way behind their home, it turns out to be someone they know. We soon start to see a strain on Jack and syd and is their relationship going to suffer with things that are out of their control.
This is one of those stories, that I feel if I say to much about it, it would give to much away so I’m going to stop mentioning what was going on, and say what I though about the book.
For me it was a good and enjoyable read for the most part. I don’t know what it was but I just felt like something was missing. As I said I don’t know what. Maybe it was the way the story was told from different points of view. I’m really not sure. It was a decent read, but it didn’t have me gasping and wanting more at any stage. I have seen some great reviews for this book, and I think many will like it, as I said I did enjoy the story but it didn’t grip me. So for me it’s a 3.5*
London 1988: PC Mike Pannett, fresh out of training school, had suspected life in the Metropolitan Police was going to be a bit different from rural North Yorkshire, but the 23-year-old had no idea by just how much. Sent south of the river to Battersea, then top of London’s crime league tables, Mike was thrown straight into the deep end – during his first drugs raid he ended up staring down the wrong end of a double-barrelled shotgun.
Mike’s arrival in London coincided with the explosion in crack cocaine use. In the early 1990s, Yardies – criminal gangs from Jamaica and the USA - flooded into the capital, starting in Battersea, where they brought all manner of guns with them, along with a live-fast die-young attitude. Rivals were ruthlessly eliminated and whole neighbourhoods fell under the control of drug gangs. Mike and his police colleagues fought back with extraordinary valour and inventiveness and with the support of the local community they started to turn the tide – but then came the unthinkable crime: the murder in 1993 of PC Patrick Dunne, one of Mike’s colleagues, by Gary Nelson, aka ‘Tyson’, a criminal the national press described as ‘the most dangerous man ever to walk to the streets of Britain.’ Mike was drawn into the long and exceptionally dangerous hunt for Nelson that would go on to cost the life of another police officer.
Crime Squad takes readers on an unforgettable ride as Mike, an innocent lad from the Yorkshire Dales, learns to grow up fast and stay alive on the mean streets of London.
A portion of the proceeds from every book sold will go to Care of Police Survivors (COPS), a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty. ukcops.org
A fascinating insight into policing of London in the 80's, how things seemed so different then.
It's one of those books, you can't say to much about what it is about for spoiling it for others, but the look back over policing in a very different time was interesting.
This is not a fictional story, but does read like one in parts. This is about a police life through some of the tough policing times of the 80s.
This is interesting, when you want something a little different to read.
It's also an easy read, and didn't take to long to read, being just short of 300 pages.
It seems these authors have written quite a number of books between the, and looking into them, I'd say they are probably some books there I will read at a later date.
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