Friday, 23 December 2016

Book Review - The Lie by C.L.Taylor

The LieThe Lie by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I launched into this book with gusty and it certainly grips from the start. It has all the hallmarks of a good page-turner: a clear plot, conflict in almost every scene, two distinct timelines that are engaging and every chapter ending in a mini cliff-hanger.

There are two stories running alongside each other (present v past), which works well. In the present 'Jane' (aka Emma) is knocked sideways when she's contacted anonymously by someone from her disturbed past that she's tried desperately to leave behind. In the past (five years earlier), the narrative gradually reveals the ways in which a retreat in Nepal she went on with three friends turned into a holiday from hell. Before long we see why Emma was so keen to move on from those events, where all her friendships appeared to collapse and she faced jeopardy at every turn. It's a book about trust, spiteful jealousies and secrets - an easy read - I had flu and whipped through it.

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   Inside the Whispers is the latest Psychological Thriller from AJ Waines 
(and FIRST in the new Dr Samantha Willerby Series)

(The first four novels can be read in any order)

  •  Over a Quarter of a Million books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia 
  • The Evil Beneath Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' (UK Kindle charts)
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK (2016)
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

My Top 3 books of 2016

It's time to share my Top Three best reads of 2016!

Firstly, I need to say - with regret and shame - that I don't read enough books...

There, I've said it.

I WANT to read more; I adore reading and there is so much to learn from good writing, but I tend to get on a roll with my own writing - and reading feels like a 'luxury.'

I really want to do something about this in 2017. I have so many novels that look enticing on my 'wish list' and I'm working on changing my mind set so that I regard reading as a non-negotiable and absolutely necessary aspect of my development. And before you shout 'Tut-Tut' at me, I KNOW this already, of course. I just don't follow through - because I have new story ideas to dream up, editing, proofreading, formatting, book launches, publicity and well...my own books to write...


Even Tigsey has time to read...

So 2017 is going to be the 'Year of Honing my Craft' and a big part of this is going to more analysis of aspirational writing and a wider scope in my reading. Apart from anything, reading more will get me away from the PC screen (good for my eyes and my back). Besides, I've always loved learning and my goal right from my first attempts at writing fiction eight years ago has been to 'be the best writer I can be' - so that's going to be my big focus. What I mustn't do, however, is get so comfy in my armchair by the fire that I drop off... Oh, yes - I'm afraid that's happened rather more times than I wish to admit (another reason why I tend to stay at my desk and keep writing!)



Anyway, back to my selections and apologies that my top three books come from quite a small pool of choices...

In no particular order, my TOP THREE novels of 2016 are (drum-roll...):

Ruth Ware - The Woman in Cabin 10
 You can read my review HERE
Fiona Neill - The Good Girl
  Review HERE
Belinda Bauer - The Facts of Life and Death
 Review HERE


  
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   Inside the Whispers is the latest Psychological Thriller from AJ Waines 
(and FIRST in the new Dr Samantha Willerby Series)

(The first four novels can be read in any order)

  •  Over a Quarter of a Million books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia 
  • The Evil Beneath Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' (UK Kindle charts)
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK (2016)
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book – very clever plot, well executed and the detailed descriptions of the voyage at sea made me seriously seasick!

The story is written as a ‘closed circle mystery’ a la Agatha Christie, where the reader knows that one of the people on board has been killed and one of them must be the killer. But not all is as it seems and there’s a great twist about half-way through, which was the point at which I was truly gripped. The last third of the book is excellent - frantic, twisty and never on solid ground. The narrative from the lead character, Lo, is supported by news insertions and emails which throw what we think we know into disarray. Very well done.

The story involves Lo, recently traumatised by a break-in at home, who has been sent by the magazine she works for to cover a celebrity maiden voyage of a small luxury liner. She turns up distracted, shaken, taking anti-depressants and rather too keen to have a drink. Rather like Christie’s novel, ‘4.50 from Paddington’, Lo thinks she witnesses a murder, but no one appears to be missing and no one believes her.

The story is driven by Lo’s refusal to be seen as ditzy and unreliable and her refusal to relive the role of the victim. She feels compelled to find the truth and through a combination of hidden doors and passageways on the small vessel and various passengers with something to hide, the mystery unfolds.

The voice of the Lo is similar to those in another Ruth Ware book I enjoyed, In a Dark, Dark Wood, so if you liked that you’ll love this one.


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   Inside the Whispers is the latest Psychological Thriller from AJ Waines 
(and FIRST in the new Dr Samantha Willerby Series)

(The first four novels can be read in any order)

  •  Over a Quarter of a Million books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia 
  • The Evil Beneath Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' (UK Kindle charts)
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK (2016)
Find AJ Waines at: 
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