Posted in **** rating 4/5

House. Tree. Person. by Catriona McPherson

I eagerly recommend Catriona McPherson’s “House. Tree. Person.” as an intriguing 4 star read.

I really do enjoy reading Catriona McPherson’s books based in the Dumfries and Galloway region and enjoy following the characters journey’s between the towns that my family spoke of during my childhood.

This book is a good paced thriller filled with so much suspense you just don’t know what the twist is until the very end (or at least I didn’t).

This book was an easy, yet engrossing, read and had me hooked early on. The author tells the backstory at the perfect pace to ensure the reader turns page after page.

Thanks to Catriona McPherson, Midnight Ink and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this engrossing suspense novel.

Synopsis

The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern’s life apart seam by seam.

She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage son, is keeping secrets. She fears he’s in danger, too. But her new job at the psychiatric hospital, the job her husband pushed her into, is using up everything she’s got every day. She can try to ignore the sounds that surely can’t really be there. And she can try to trust the doctors, who can’t be as dark as they seem.

But can Ali hold herself, her life, and her family together without getting blood on her hands?

AUTHOR Catriona McPherson
BOOK TITLE House. Tree. Person.
PUBLISHER Midnight Ink
DATE OF PUBLICATION 8 September 2017
OBTAINED: NetGalley

REVIEW PUBLISHED:

NetGalley

GoodReads

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Catriona McPherson’s website and can be found on Twitter

 

Posted in Uncategorized

The Affair by Sheryl Browne

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends “The Affair” as a (better than) 5 star suspense novel.

Followers of my book blog (momobookdiary) will be aware of how highly I rate the author Sheryl Browne. Whilst I have enjoyed her romance / chicklit novels, I must admit I really do prefer her gripping psychological thrillers.  I love the way that Sheryl’s mind works – so much suspense and you just never know what twist is coming next.

This book fantastically hooked me from the start and I had goosebumps return again and again throughout.  The characters immediately come to life and I was left thinking about those who remain long after I finished the book. There are twists and surprises throughout the book which keep you guessing until the final twist.

Thank you to Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to publication.  As soon as I received the approval email from NetGalley and Bookouture I got myself settled and started to read. It took me less than 6 hours to read cover to cover.  I simply can’t “do” life when I have a Sheryl Browne book on my kindle to read!

Synopsis

Is he lying? Or is she?

Alicia’s been telling lies. And now they’ve come back to haunt her.

When an old colleague turns up at a party, Alicia comes face to face with the man who has the potential to ruin her perfect family life. He wouldn’t, would he?

In order to keep her secrets, Alicia has to tell yet more lies and when a devastating car accident makes the situation even more dangerous, it’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart. Can secrets really stay hidden forever?

AUTHOR Sheryl Browne
BOOK TITLE The Affair
PUBLISHER Bookouture
DATE OF PUBLICATION 10 August 2018
OBTAINED: NetGalley

REVIEW PUBLISHED:

NetGalley

GoodReads

Amazon.co.uk (live after book released on 10th August 2018)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sheryl Browne website on Twitter , Facebook GoodReads and Amazon

 

Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Come and Walk With Me Through my Breast Cancer Experience by Fiona Williams

I would recommend this book. I feel it is a good and honest look at one woman’s journey through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Every woman’s journey is different. Every woman faces her own journey not knowing what is around the corner but this book tells the tale of a straight forward journey – no big dramas, no scary stories – just honest notes on how it was!

The author writes quickly, and with caution but remains upbeat and positive – which I believe is very important when facing any illness.

Highly recommend this for anyone touched by breast cancer – or any illness – stay strong!

Thank you to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to publication.
Fiona Williams can be found on Goodreads and this book is available for kindle from Amazon
Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Brain Tumours: Living low grade by Gideon Burrows

I found this book very interesting and extremely helpful following my brain tumour diagnosis and have recommended this to many people already.

Gideon Burrows has written this from his own experience and gathered quotes and stories from all walks of life. I found I could relate to so much of it.

Reading his and others comments through the book made me feel less alone with my thoughts.  It has a mass of information and links to take your research further. I firstly had purchased the kindle version but after many many highlighted sections decided I also needed a paperback copy and now have both which I pick up regularly.

Living with a low grade tumour has so many what ifs, life is now living in limbo but it does help to know others have been where I am and more will follow….

Thank you to Gideon Burrows for this book which I highly recommend to anyone unfortunate enough to need to learn more about brain tumours and the many many questions and uncertainties that follow diagnosis.

Synopsis

Slow growing brain tumours change lives forever.

This readable and moving non-technical guide is about living with a low grade tumour, a diagnosis given to thousands of people every year.

Featuring dozens of personal testimonies from those dealing daily with the impact of their tumours, this book offers information, support and reassurance for those with a low grade brain tumour, their family and friends.

Father of two Gideon Burrows was told he had an incurable and inoperable low grade glioma brain tumour aged just 35. He discovered information was scarce for those with slow growing brain tumours and about the particular challenges patients like him face.

In this book, he shares his own experiences and those of many others as they came to understand their diagnosis and learned how to live low grade.

 

Posted in Uncategorized

A Recipe for Disaster by Belinda Missen

I loved this sweet light-hearted romance. Perfect summer holiday read!

The story is a simple tale of two people, perfect for each other, torn apart by life circumstances.

It is a perfect read on the beach, or travelling or even just sitting in the garden! Easy to pick up and read a few pages and then go off and do whatever needs doing, to return later and pick up where you left off. The story is fun and easy going and has you thinking “will they, won’t they” all the way through….

I have a sweet tooth and reading all about Lucy’s cakes (and icing) was not good for my diet – but ohhh I do love a sweet romance!

I have not read Belinda Missen previously but I do like her style and will have her on my reading list going forward. This is Belinda Missen’s first book (of a six book deal) with HQDigital UK (HarperCollins) and I am eagerly awaiting the next release!

Synopsis

Life’s not always a piece of cake…

Meet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…

 Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small country town, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.

 But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.

 Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?

AUTHOR Belinda Missen
BOOK TITLE A Recipe for Disaster
PUBLISHER HQ Digital UK (HarperCollins)
DATE OF PUBLICATION 7th August 2018
OBTAINED: NetGalley and HQ Digital

 

REVIEW PUBLISHED:

NetGalley

GoodReads

Amazon.co.uk *following release on 7th August*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Belinda Missen website

Twitter

Facebook

GoodReads

Amazon

Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Date by Louise Jensen

MOMOBOOKDIARY highly recommends this gripping new release from the awesome Louise Jensen.

I loved this exciting five star read. Louise Jensen always writes with such passion you can tell that the subject has been fully researched to ensure the story is told perfectly and accurately.

I had not heard of the condition that this book focuses on – prosopagnosia – which is commonly known as Face Blindness. The lead character is unable to recognise anyone after a bump on the head. I couldn’t begin to imagine how frightening it would be to not recognise anyone around me – or even myself.  It was certainly a very intriguing story.

The story is told from two perspectives, between the lead character and someone who wishes her harm.  It is a very tense read which keeps you guessing until the end.

The Date is a heart pumping read! I loved it have been recommending it to all my friends!

My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to official release date.