Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

I was lucky enough to be one of the few chosen to read a sampler of this novel in November 2016. I rated the sample as 5/5 and I am very pleased to say now that I have read the full novel I would again recommend this as a fascinating 5 star read.

My review of the sampler can be viewed here: Sampler Review

The book is cleverly told from two different people, at two different times….but their stories are linked in such a way that you just have to keep reading to find out what comes next!

I found myself dreaming of living in One Folgate Street, where one rule is that nothing is lying around – everything is tidy. Well my house isn’t like that but I would love for it to be… but then I enjoy my things around me and I am sure I would find it much more difficult that Emma or Jane did.

Thanks to JP Delaney, Quercus Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read the sampler and the full novel.  Highly recommended reading!!

Synopsis

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? 

For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense to the next level

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.

AUTHOR JP Delaney
BOOK TITLE The Girl Before
PUBLISHER Quercus Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION 26 January 2017
PRINT LENGTH 448 Pages
ASIN B01C652QGC
OBTAINED: NetGalley

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JP Delaney is the pseudonym of an author who has previously written award-winning fiction under other names.

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Posted in ** rating 2/5

The Heart Tastes Bitter by Víctor del Árbol

A well crafted psychological thriller, set in Madrid, which took a few pages to get into but once I was hooked I didn’t want to put it down.  The many with twists, where strangers lives cross, keep you guessing.

Frustrating, yet compelling, mystery which includes connections just a bit too far to be believed and coincidences which are well designed to keep you guessing. Probably too many layers to make it an enjoyable read – took too much thought to work out the relationships between characters.

Talented Spanish author, Víctor del Árbol was a new name to me and I was intrigued by the synopsis and reviews.  I was very excited to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. and couldn’t wait to get started on it as soon as it arrived.  I wouldn’t have picked this up in a store but I was glad to have won a copy!

Synopsis

A remarkable psychological thriller by award-winning author Víctor del Árbol.

Eduardo Quintana is a broken man. The tragedy that cost him the lives of his family is a wound he daily tears open afresh. The once renowned painter wallows in grief, subsisting on alcohol and drugs, eking out a living with whatever painting commissions he can get.

But when he is approached by a mysterious woman who wants him to paint a portrait of the man who killed her son, he soon becomes entangled in a web of deceit in which no one, and nothing, is as they seem. With each brushstroke, Eduardo opens doors that were meant to have stayed shut — doors that, once opened, can never be closed.

Set against the haunted and unsettling backdrop of a Madrid plagued by unrest and economic upheaval, The Heart Tastes Bitter is a dark and compelling story of the search for redemption, revenge, and love — and the cruel power of fate.

AUTHOR Víctor del Árbol
BOOK TITLE The Heart Tastes Bitter
PUBLISHER Scribe Publiacations
DATE OF PUBLICATION 28 March 2016
PRINT LENGTH 432 pages
ISBN 9781925321159
OBTAINED: GoodReads (giveaway win)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Víctor del Árbol was born in Barcelona in 1968 and was an officer of the Catalan police force from 1992 to 2012. In 2006, he won the Tiflos Best Novel Award for his book, The Weight of the Dead, and his next novel, The Sadness of the Samurai, was awarded the 2011 Best European Crime Fiction Prize. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages, and in 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Nadal literature award.

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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Games People Play by Owen Mullen

I enjoyed Games People Play and give it a thrilling 5 star recommendation.

Owen Mullen’s novel “Games People Play” is brilliant.

The book is mainly set in Glasgow and I loved the way the author used the language, and could even hear the rough glaswegian accents coming through.

This well written story had me hooked from the introduction and on tender-hooks through to the nail-biting conclusion.

Private Investigator, Charlie Cameron is a complex character which the author demonstrates though the telling of his back story and look forward to reading more of his investigations.

Thank you Owen Mullen for the opportunity to read and review this breath-taking novel.

Synopsis

On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.

The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.

AUTHOR Owen Mullen
BOOK TITLE Games People Play
SERIES PI Charlie Cameron
PUBLISHER Bloodhound Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION 16 January 2017
PRINT LENGTH 305 pges
ASIN B01MS8FQDC
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When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, andhad a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.