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Finding Claire by Pamela Humphrey

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends this thrilling, spellbinding novel.                      

I loved this book. I knew I would as soon as I read the synopsis.  I have a big to-be-read stack and this book didn’t sit well at the bottom so jumped to the top very quickly – even more so as the publication date was fast approaching.

I found it to be a gripping tale that had me repeatedly saying “one more chapter” and ended with another day of no housework and little sleep!

The author has given us two powerful lead characters and I felt a bond with both.  I found myself rooting for them to find their way to happiness.  It is a love story with a suspenseful mystery throughout.

Thank you to the author, Pamela Humphrey, for contacting me through my blog page and for providing me with a copy of this book prior to its publication date.

Synopsis

A woman wakes up in the back of a cargo van, is driven to a house in the middle of nowhere, and is forced into a closet. After more than a day, she manages to escape. 

Injured and afraid—with no recollection of who she is—she stumbles through the Texas Hill Country with a photo labeled Claire. Seeking safety, she knocks at Alex Ramirez’s cabin door. He protects her, even though she stirs up memories that haunt him. 

She wants her life back. He wants to ease his guilt and will protect her even if it means risking his own life. Together they search, hoping questions will be answered by Finding Claire.

AUTHOR Pamela Humphrey
BOOK TITLE Finding Claire
SERIES Hill Country Secrets #1
PUBLISHER Phrey Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION 05/12/2016 (UK)
PRINT LENGTH 280 pages
ISBN 9780996877053
OBTAINED: Author contact via momobookdiary.com

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Pamela Humphrey was inspired to write after researching her genealogy. Intending to create a booklet for her mom and immediate family, she set about gathering stories and pictures of the Ramirez family. She ended up writing her first book, Researching Ramirez: On the Trail of the Jesus Ramirez Family, a family history of her great great grandfather’s family. During that research, she found a christening record that ignited her imagination. Using the documentation she’d found as a backbone for the story, she imagined what life was like for her ancestors and wrote The Blue Rebozo, a fictional account of her great grand aunt’s life.

On a road trip, when driving through the Texas Hill Country, the landscape sparked the idea for her latest book. Weaving mystery, genealogy, and romance, she wrote Finding Claire. She is currently writing the next book in the Hill Country Secrets series.

She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom who enjoys many creative outlets: sewing, paper-crafting, jewelry-making, practicing her bass guitar, reading, and conversing with imaginary characters (writing). She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, sons, black cats, and leopard gecko.

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The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends this as one of the best crime thriller books I have read this year!               

Mel Sherratt’s crime thriller “The Girls Next Door” is a thrilling mystery full of suspense which I was lucky enough to read in one day (as a back-seat passenger on a six-hour journey).

I had not read any of this author’s books previously and found myself captivated by her style of writing. The characters, mostly part of the story from the beginning, are introduced lots of names and relationships to get to grips with but the author leads you through perfectly.

I especially loved feisty Detective Eden Berrisford and look forward to more of her story in future books.

Sincere thanks to author, Mel Sherratt, and publisher, Bookouture, for opportunity to read this fantastic book via Netgalley prior to its release date. I am already recommending it to everyone!

Synopsis

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

AUTHOR Mel Sherratt
BOOK TITLE The Girls Next Door
SERIES Detective Eden Berrisford #1
PUBLISHER Bookouture
DATE OF PUBLICATION 27 October 2016
PRINT LENGTH 296 pages
ISBN 9781786810915
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Girl Number One by Jane Holland

MoMo’s Book Diary was excited to read this book after reading the description. It is a good mystery which had me hooked from the start.

Unfortunately, the author tends to get caught up in detail sometimes which makes it quite slow moving but the wonderfully atmospheric descriptions of the Cornish landscape kept me hooked.

A gripping and satisfying read. I will read this author again.

Synopsis

There’s a body in the woods. At least, there was. Eleanor Blackwood saw it on her morning run: a young woman, strangled to death.

But the police can find nothing—no body, no sign of a crime—and even Ellie has to wonder if it was a trick of her mind, a gruesome vision conjured up by grief. It’s eighteen years to the day since she witnessed her own mother’s murder on the same woodland spot. But what if she really did see what she thinks she saw? What if the body was left there for Ellie alone to find?

 And there’s one detail Ellie can’t shake: a deliberate number three on the dead woman’s forehead. When she discovers a second body, this one bearing the number two, Ellie is convinced they are not messages but threats. The killer is on a countdown: but who is girl number one?

 

AUTHOR Jane Holland
BOOK TITLE Girl Number One
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PUBLISHER Thomas & Mercer
DATE OF PUBLICATION 27/09/2016
PRINT LENGTH 358 pages
ISBN 9781503938212
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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Missing, Presumed and recommends this gripping read.

Missing, Presumed is one of the most absorbing novels I have read this year. It’s authenticity is gripping from the first page. The author gives an excellent description of the issues facing the police force in todays world and manages to bring each and every character to life. The detail of the police investigation into the disappearance of Edith Hind one cold December day in Cambridge is spot on.  Edith Hind has gone missing leaving her coat, phone and keys at home. The front door is open and there is blood on the kitchen floor. What happened to Edith? What secrets are being kept?

There are twists and some intriguing lines of investigation but I failed to guess the ending before I got there.  I highly recommend this novel and look forward to reading more from Susie Steiner.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Synopsis

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.

Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?

AUTHOR Susie Steiner
BOOK TITLE Missing, Presumed
PUBLISHER The Borough Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION 01/09/2016
PRINT LENGTH 417 pages
ISBN 9780008123321
OBTAINED: 17/09/16 NetGalley.com – read now

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