My Week in Books #5 (Month #1)

Saturday, 31 January 2015 0 comments
I have had a very good month reading wise and have managed to post 25 reviews in January with 14 currently scheduled for February. My aim going into 2015 was to have either a review or guest post every weekday and to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

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Review: Hangman by Stephan Talty

Friday, 30 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Hangman
Author: Stephan Talty
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 4th December 2014
Pages: 384
Source: bookbridgr
ISBN: 9781472200204
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
EVERYONE FEARS HANGMAN...

When serial killer Marcus Flynn last haunted North Buffalo's streets, horror rippled in his wake. Though imprisoned, his legacy - and the mysterious fate of his last victim - lives on.

Now the monster who condemned innocents to death has escaped and is poised to strike again. In a city gripped by fear, homicide cop Absalom Kearney is the only one who can stop Hangman's second reign of terror.

Abbie must lead the desperate manhunt to track a relentless predator because with each passing hour the deaths are mounting up and Hangman's noose is getting tighter...

Review: Cherish by Tracey Garvis Graves

Thursday, 29 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Cherish (Covet, #1.5)
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Publication Date: 17th October 2014
Pages: 140
ISBN: 9781500739904
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
When Daniel Rush wakes up in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, the last person he expects to see at his bedside is his ex-wife Jessica. Their marriage disintegrated after the death of their infant son Gabriel, and Daniel gave Jessie what he thought she wanted: the freedom to start over with someone else. But Daniel never updated his emergency contact information, and Jessie is the one who receives the call with the devastating news.

Daniel was Jessie’s one true love. Together since college, Jessie had dreams of raising a family with Daniel, and growing old together. When Gabriel died, Jessie buried those dreams with her beloved son and shut everyone out, including Daniel.

Daniel faces months of grueling rehabilitation and he’s going to need some help. Jessie is the last person anyone expects to volunteer, but this is her one chance to make amends, giving her and Daniel a shot at getting things right this time.

The road to recovery will be long and arduous. But with Jessie leading the way, Daniel just might be able to get his old life back.

Daniel knows how to covet. But can Jessie help him remember how to cherish?

Review: The Forgotten Holocaust by Scott Mariani

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 0 comments
Title: The Forgotten Holocaust (Ben Hope, #10)
Author: Scott Mariani
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 29th January 2015
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780007486175
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
When ex-SAS soldier Ben Hope returned to Ireland to forget his troubles, he should have known that trouble would not be far behind.

The brutal murder of a young woman plunges Ben into a deadly intrigue and a breathless chase across the globe, with only a handful of clues to go on.

His quest leads him to Oklahoma, USA, where a shocking historical secret, buried for a hundred and fifty years, is about to explode. The killers will do anything to hide the truth, but now they're going to pay ...

Review: The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 1 comments
Title: The Ice Twins
Author: S.K. Tremayne
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 29th January 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity – that she, in fact, is Lydia – their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past – what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died? 

Guest Post: The Inspiration Behind The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Monday, 26 January 2015 0 comments
Everyone tells her she's a survivor. No-one knows she's dead inside.

She's dead but she's the only one who knows what really happened;

What your friends have said.

What the police missed.

Who attacked you.

So if you want the truth who else are you going to turn to?





My Week in Books #4

Saturday, 24 January 2015 0 comments
Goodreads Target/Read This Week



Book of the Week: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan

Review: Taboo by Casey Hill

Friday, 23 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Taboo (Reilly Steel, #1)
Author: Casey Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 7th July 2011
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781849833721
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3/5
Purchase: Amazon
Forensic investigator Riley Steel, Quantico-trained and California-born and bred, imagined Dublin to be a far cry from bustling San Francisco, a sleepy backwater where she can lay past ghosts to rest and start anew.

She's arrived in Ireland to drag the Garda forensics team into the 21st-century plus keep tabs on her Irish-born father who's increasingly seeking solace in the bottle after a past tragedy involving Riley's younger sister, Jess.

But a brutal serial killer soon puts paid to that. A young man and woman are found dead in a hotel room, the gunshot wounds on their naked bodies suggesting a suicide pact. But as Riley and the team dig deeper, and more bodies are discovered, they soon realise that a twisted murderer is at work, one who seeks to upset society's norms in the most sickening way imaginable…

Review: Private Vegas by James Patterson

Thursday, 22 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Private Vegas
Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Century
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Showgirls. Millionaires. Murder.

Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him.

But Private doesn’t rest, and nor do its clients: not the LAPD who need Private’s help catching two scumbags with diplomatic immunity, and not the client who has just confessed to murdering his wife.

Add to that Jack’s best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off…

Review: Collusion by Stuart Neville

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 0 comments
Title: The Twelve (Jack Lennon, #2)
Author: Stuart Neville
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 18th August 2011 (Paperback)
Source: Purchased
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780099535355
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
GERRY FEGAN:
the former hit man is hiding out in New York, having cut all ties wiht his old life. But he made a fatal mistake: he spared the life of Bull O'Kane, a ruthless gang leader who will stop at nothing to get his revenge.

THE TRAVELLER:
a merciless assassin who kills without pity or remorse, The Traveller is hired by O'Kane. His instructions are to find - and terminate - Fegan, and O'Kane knows the perfect bait to lure Fegan back to Belfast.

JACK LENNON:
his family have disowned him and his colleagues don't trust him. But when he discovers that his ex-partner and young daughter are helpless pawns caught up in O'Kane's thirst for vengeance, Lennon must enter into a desperate alliance if he is to save them both.

Review: The Toy Taker by Luke Delaney

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 0 comments
Title: The Toy Taker (Sean Corrigan, #3)
Author: Luke Delaney
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 13th February 2014
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780007486120
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Your child has been taken…

Snatched in the dead of night from the safety of the family home. There’s no sign of forced entry, no one heard or saw a thing.

DI Sean Corrigan investigates.

He needs to find four-year-old George Bridgeman before abduction becomes murder. But his ability to see into dark minds, to think like those he hunts, has deserted him – just when he needs it most.

Another child vanishes.

What kind of monster is Corrigan hunting? And will he work it out in time to save the children?

Review: The Twelve by Stuart Neville

Monday, 19 January 2015 2 comments
Title: The Twelve (Jack Lennon, #1)
Author: Stuart Neville
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 24th June 2010 (Paperback)
Source: Purchased
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780099535348
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
The Twelve is a magnificent debut thriller. One of the best first novels in years.

Sooner or later, everybody pays - and the dead will set the price...

Gerry Fegan, a former paramilitary contract killer, is haunted by the ghosts of the 12 people he has slaughtered. Every night he drowns their screams in drink, on the point of losing his mind. Then one of the ghosts offers Fegan a solution: kill those who engineered their deaths.

From the greedy politicians to the corrupt security forces, the street thugs to the complacent bystanders who let it happen, all must pay the price. But when Fegan's vendetta threatens to derail Northern Ireland's peace process and destabilise its fledgling government, old comrades and enemies alike want him gone. The secrets of a dirty war should stay buried: even if its ghosts do not. 

Review: The Missing by Chris Mooney

Title: The Missing
Author: Chris Mooney
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 3rd May 2007
Source: Purchased
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780241957417
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
The woman missing for five years.

The Crime Scene Investigator who finds her.

And the serial killer who wants them both dead ...

When Boston CSI Darby McCormick finds a raving and emaciated woman hiding at the scene of a violent kidnap, she runs a DNA search to identify the Jane Doe. The result confirms she was abducted five years earlier and has somehow managed to escape from the dungeon in which she's been caged.

With a teenage couple also missing and Jane Doe seriously ill, the clock is ticking for Darby as she hunts for the dungeon before anyone else disappears or dies. And when the FBI takes over the investigation, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer has been on the prowl for decades - and is poised to strike again at any moment. A killer with links to horrors that Darby has desperately tried to bury in her past ...

Bleach House Library's #IrishFictionFortnight (My TBR & Giveaway!)

Sunday, 18 January 2015 1 comments
Back in March 2014 I compiled a list of crime authors I wanted to read as I was planning a trip to Belfast (which sadly still hasn't happened) and I've only read a couple of the books I had on my list. Margaret from Bleach House Library is currently running an #IrishFictionFortnight over on Twitter which sounds to me like the perfect time for me to get some of those books read.

Also, I have a giveaway of Sinéad Crowley's Can Anybody Help Me? as I recently received a copy from Quercus but I reviewed it back in May and which Margaret has very kindly let me use the hashtag to promote. If you would like to win this book, see this Tweet!

My Week in Books #3

Saturday, 17 January 2015 2 comments
Welcome to my third Week in Books! The weeks seem to already be flying by, but I'm not complaining as I am getting lots of reading done! As always I'll be sharing what I've reviewed, upcoming reviews, books bought/borrowed and sharing links to a few of the blogs I have enjoyed reading this week.

Review: The Windmill Girls by Kay Brellend

Friday, 16 January 2015 0 comments

Title: The Windmill Girls
Author: Kay Brellend
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Pages: 388
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
The Windmill Theatre is proud of its boast that the theatre is 'never closed' despite London being brought to its knees by the Blitz. For Dawn Nightingale, her job as a dancer provides a good living, though she draws the line at parading across the stage as one of the infamous 'tasteful' nudes.

Dawn also finds it hard not to get caught up in the petty rivalries of her fellow employees: Rosie, headstrong and naive, and Marlene, whose saucy behaviour is sure to land her in trouble. Then there's Gertie and Olive, the backroom girls who are constantly at each other's throats.

But when Dawn witnesses a crime, she realises that there are worse things than being caught in an air raid. For the women of the Windmill Theatre and the men that they cannot escape, the pull of London's dark underbelly is never far away...

Review: Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock by Jim Quillen

Thursday, 15 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock
Author: Jim Quillen
Publisher: Century
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
It was 1942, and twenty-two-year-old Jim Quillen was on the run from San Quentin prison, where he'd been serving eighteen months for armed robbery. He thought he'd made a lucky escape - until he was caught and sentenced to forty-five years in the federal prison system, including ten years at the infamous Alcatraz.

Inside Alcatraz tells the story of the brutality and extreme regimentation that were a part of the daily life for the inmates of the island prison. They nicknamed it 'Hellcatraz', and Jim was about to find out why. He lived though it all, from solitary confinement and cramped, lonely cells to meeting Bob 'the Birdman' Stroud, and surviving the forty-six-hour bloody riot known as the Battle of Alcatraz.

In this moving memoir, Jim reflects on the ten hard years he spent on the island. He tells us of the hardships he suffered and the friendships he made on his long journey from desperation to redemption. 

Review: You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 0 comments
Title: You're the One That I Want
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 22nd May 2014
Source: Purchased
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781405909976
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Maddy, Ben and Robert have been inseparable since they met in the school playground. They've stuck together through thick and thin, feeling safe in the knowledge that they have each other.

So when Ben falls hopelessly in love with Maddy, he decides to keep it quiet for the sake of their friendship. Until Robert swoops in and kisses Maddy - irrevocably fracturing things between the three of them, as a kiss turns to love.

But when Robert and Maddy's love turns sour, can Ben continue to say nothing? And can Maddy choose between her two best friends?

Review: Now That I've Found You by Ciara Geraghty

Title: Now That I've Found You
Author: Ciara Geraghty
Publisher: Hodder
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Pages: 432
Source: bookbridgr Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Everyone deserves to find that one person who's meant for them, don't they? Honest and wise, poignant and warm, this is completely absorbing storytelling for fans of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

Vinnie is an ordinary man. Ellen is an ordinary woman.

Ellen is unable to move on after a terrible accident that left her mentally and physically scarred.

Taxi driver Vinnie is struggling to cope with bringing up two children on his own.

Everyone deserves to find that one person who's meant for them, don't they?

Fall in love with the story of Vinnie and Ellen. Because ordinary lives can be extraordinary.

Guest Post: The Inspiration Behind 'Gone' by Rebecca Muddiman

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 0 comments
Emma Thorley is gone...but not forgotten. GONE is a twisty story of murder, guilt and unintended consequences from an exciting new crime novelist.

250,000 people go missing in the UK every year.

91% of those reported to police are found within 48 hours.

99% of cases are solved within a year.

And 1% stay gone.

Troubled teenager Emma Thorley vanished without a trace eleven years ago.

But now a body has been found...

As news of the discovery travels, the past comes back to haunt all those involved, from the police to Emma's friends and enemies.

Because some secrets cannot be buried for ever... and some dangers never go away.

Review: Gone by Rebecca Muddiman

Title: Gone
Author: Rebecca Muddiman
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Pages: 368
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Emma Thorley is gone...but not forgotten. GONE is a twisty story of murder, guilt and unintended consequences from an exciting new crime novelist.

250,000 people go missing in the UK every year.

91% of those reported to police are found within 48 hours.

99% of cases are solved within a year.

And 1% stay gone.

Troubled teenager Emma Thorley vanished without a trace eleven years ago.

But now a body has been found...

As news of the discovery travels, the past comes back to haunt all those involved, from the police to Emma's friends and enemies.

Because some secrets cannot be buried for ever... and some dangers never go away.

Review: The Final Minute by Simon Kernick

Monday, 12 January 2015 0 comments
Title: The Final Minute
Author: Simon Kernick
Publisher: Century
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Featuring Simon Kernick's maverick detective, TINA BOYD, this is the gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and Stay Alive.

‘It’s night, and I’m in a strange house.

The lights are on, and and I’m standing outside a half-open door.

Feeling a terrible sense of forboding, I walk slowly inside.

And then I see her.

A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed.

She’s dead. There’s blood everywhere.

And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me …’

A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares.

When the past comes calling in the most terrifying way imaginable, Matt Barron is forced to turn to the one person who can help, Ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd.

Soon they are both on the run...

My Week In Books #2

Saturday, 10 January 2015 0 comments
Welcome to my second Week in Books! Had a very good week books wise with lots of reviews posted, lots of books read, lots received and I've read some fantastic reviews this week some of which I will be sharing at the end of this post.

Review: Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Friday, 9 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Little Beach Street Bakery
Author: Jenny Colgan
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 13th March 2014
Pages: 464
Source: Purchased (Kindle)
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop.

And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it.

Sometimes, bread really is life . . . And Polly is about to reclaim hers.

Review: Taunting the Dead by Mel Sherratt

Title: Taunting the Dead
Author: Mel Sherratt
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: 3rd December 2013
Pages: 385
Source: Received from author
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder has her head bashed in within earshot of her family and friends, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home.

Soon the lies, backtracking, and secrets multiply as each of the suspects tries to cover up their actions on that fateful night. Before long, Allie homes in on Steph’s ambitious and powerful husband, Terry. Convinced he’s hiding something, she interviews him again and again—only to find that she is falling, despite herself, for his smooth charms.

As the trail grows hotter, along with Allie’s feelings, the web of deceit pulls tighter and more bodies begin to pile up. Allie must race against time to uncover the shocking truth before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Review: The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

Thursday, 8 January 2015 0 comments
Title: The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
Author: Anna McPartlin
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Pages: 448
Source: NetGalley Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Here is a truth that can’t be escaped: for Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes, life is coming to an end . . .

Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it.

She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye.

But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.

Here is a truth that won’t be forgotten: this is a story about laughing through life’s surprises and finding the joy in every moment.

Review: Border Angels by Anthony J. Quinn

Wednesday, 7 January 2015 1 comments
Title: Border Angels
Author: Anthony J. Quinn
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 7th January 2015
Pages: 240
Source: Unsolicited Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
A charred corpse and a set of footprints in the snow lead Celcius Daly into the twilight world of people trafficking.

Inspector Celcius Daly is hunting for a missing woman, Lena Novak, who mysteriously disappeared one winter's night along the Irish border, leaving in her wake the corpses of two men.

Daly finds himself hooked together with a prostitute and a hit man in a life-or-death chase. His investigation leads them deep into border country, a wild terrain of disappearing lanes and blown-up bridges, abandoned ghost-estates and thick forests - the ultimate refuge for anyone who does not want to be found.

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Tuesday, 6 January 2015 1 comments
Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 15th January 2015
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
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…

Guest Review: Angel of Death by Ben Cheetham

Monday, 5 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Angel of Death
Author: Ben Cheetham
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 8th May 2014
Pages: 352
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Would you break the law to see justice done? A former prostitute turns to murder in order to take revenge on the men who abused her.

Sheffield: a bankrupt businessman has murdered his family. It seems like an open-and-shut case: a desperate man resorting to desperate measures.

Middlesbrough: a woman named Angel is heading south. She is a woman alone. A prostitute. Now a murderer. And she has only one thing on her mind: revenge.

Two crimes, a hundred miles apart, but a terrible secret connects them. And although the courts may not agree, DI Jim Monahan has all the proof he needs to bring down justice on a group of particularly vicious criminals...

Review: Tell No Tales by Eva Dolan

Title: Tell No Tales
Author: Eva Dolan
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Publication Date: 8th January 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
In the second book from a rising star of crime fiction, Detectives Zigic and Ferreira must investigate a hit-and-run that leaves two migrant workers dead and a series of horrific killings, seemingly with a Neo-Nazi motivation, captured on CCTV.

The car that ploughs into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of death and destruction behind it.

DS Ferreira and DI Zigic are called in from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit to handle the hit-and-run, but with another major case on their hands, one with disturbing Neo-Nazi overtones, they are relieved when there seems to be an obvious suspect. But the case isn't that simple and with tensions erupting in the town leading to more violence, the media are soon hounding them for answers.

Ferreira believes that local politician Richard Shotton, head of a recently established right-wing party, must be involved somehow. Journalists have been quick to acclaim Shotton, with his Brazilian wife and RAF career, as a serious contender for a major political career, despite his extremist views, but is his party a cover for something far more dangerous?

My Week In Books #1

Saturday, 3 January 2015 3 comments
It's hard to believe it's 2015 already, and that I've been blogging for almost 10 months! That time has flown, but in that time I have read so many amazing books and 'met' some fantastic people online, both bloggers and authors. My Week In Books will be a recap of reviews posted on the blog, books I've read, books I've received, upcoming reviews etc and at the end of each post I will list reviews from other blogs that I've enjoyed reading this week (and any other bits and pieces I might feel like adding!).


Review: The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Friday, 2 January 2015 0 comments
Title: The Life I Left Behind
Author: Colette McBeth
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Pages: 384
Source: bookbridgr Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
Everyone tells her she's a survivor. No-one knows she's dead inside.

She's dead but she's the only one who knows what really happened;

What your friends have said.

What the police missed.

Who attacked you.

So if you want the truth who else are you going to turn to?

Review: Afraid by Mandasue Heller

Thursday, 1 January 2015 0 comments
Title: Afraid
Author: Mandasue Heller
Publisher: Hodder
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Pages: 352
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Mandasue Heller's thrilling novel is set on the gritty streets of Manchester.

When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins.

She doesn't know if her father is alive or dead; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay . . .

Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother...

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