Gone Without A Trace

Gone Without a Trace

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

No one ever disappears completely…

You leave for work one morning.

Another day in your normal life.

Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.
His belongings have disappeared.
He hasn’t been at work for weeks.
It’s as if he never existed.

But that’s not possible, is it?

And there is worse still to come.

Because just as you are searching for him
someone is also watching you.

Thoughts:

I remember Beth being really gripped by this book when she visited a few months back. She immediately told me that I needed to read it. So being the good bookworm sister that I am ( 😉 ) I bumped it up my to be read list. It didn’t take me long to devour at all.

Gone Without A Trace centres around Hannah. We first meet Hannah when she is on her way back from a successful business trip. Hannah is extremely happy because she thinks she’s going to be promoted very soon. As she arrives home, her life is turned upside down. Her long-term boyfriend Matt has moved everything of his out of the house. His number is no longer in her phone, photos have gone and emails have been removed. There is no trace of Matt around the house. Hannah is confused as everything seemed okay in their relationship. Hannah is determined to find Matt… Then text messages start coming in and strange things happen in her house. We’re left wondering whether Hannah is losing her mind or whether something darker is going on.

I was immediately gripped by this story. I wasn’t sure whether to trust Hannah at first. She’s not the most likeable character. Her behaviour becomes obsessive and she begins to suffer in her every day life which becomes very frustrating for the reader. There were points where I wanted her to pull herself together and there were moments that I felt sorry for her. A lot of the relationships in Hannah’s life were difficult. I was particularly intrigued by her love-hate relationship with her friend Katie. It came across as very toxic.

The story seems to plod along at the start with Hannah attempting to find Matt. It really started to pick up pace when the strange things started happening. There is a bit of a twist which I wasn’t expecting! I loved that I didn’t expect it. I know it has divided some readers, but I thought it was an interesting take on the story. I don’t want to spoil it for any readers, so I’ll stop talking about it now!

Overall, I thought this was a really interesting, well paced read. It’s not flawless, but it’s enjoyable and an incredibly easy to read book.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A decent psychological thriller. Worth picking up!

My Mr B’s Reading Subscription 2016-2017

Last year for my birthday, my sister and my mum bought me a reading subscription for Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. This is a wonderful shop in Bath, which we’ve visited twice for a reading spa. Read about our experiences HERE and HERE.

Bath mr bs emporium of reading delights rainy day 97 large

Photo courtesy of http://www.coolplaces.co.uk

A reading subscription involves receiving 11 books hand-picked for you by a member of the bookselling team. After I received my little card informing me of my reading subscription I emailed Mr B’s and answered many questions about my bookish tastes and some random questions to go with it (to get to know me better!) I was able to name my sister as someone who would know if I had a book. She knows my reading tastes well! They emailed her every month to discuss books and quite often many emails would fly between them. Such dedication to finding the perfect book! Mr B’s do offer a 3, 6 or 11 month subscription (11 months due to a month off for Christmas!)

Each month, I received a beautifully wrapped book and bookmark for me to review the book and send back to Mr B’s.

Photo from Mr B’s website

I have attached my reviews to the books I’ve read from my reading year. 2 are to be reviewed and 2 need to be read. I shall edit the reviews in as and when I read/review them. For books not reviewed yet, I have added a Goodreads link to the book. 

Book 1- Early One Morning– Virginia Baily

Book 2- Infinite Sky– C. J Flood

Book 3- Disclaimer– Renee Knight

Book 4- Uprooted– Naomi Novik

Book 5- The One In A Million Boy– Monica Wood

Book 6- The Sudden Appearance of Hope– Claire North TO BE REVIEWED

Book 7- The Girl In The Red Coat– Kate Hamer TO BE REVIEWED

Book 8- Waking In Time- Angie Stanton

Book 9- Spontaneous– Aaron Starmer

Book 10- The Miracle Life Of Edgar Mint– Brady Udall  TO BE READ

Book 11- Fly On The Wall– E.Lockhart TO BE READ

I was a bit rubbish at sending the bookmarks back with my reviews, but I really did appreciate their pick books for me. I wouldn’t have picked some of them for myself but I ended up really enjoying them!

A big thank you to Beth and my mum for getting me this gift and for Mr B’s Emporium for selecting such a wonderful variety of books for me!

For more information, please check out their reading gifts on their website. It really is a perfect gift for a book lover!

Stacking The Shelves #173

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

The Hours Before Dawn

I was pretty much sold when this book was billed as the original psychological thriller. God knows I love a psychological thriller.

Luckiest Girl Alive

I have heard great things about this book from many bloggers and bookish friends. I hope to get to it sometime soon!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I have had this book on my wishlist for the longest time. I hope I haven’t hyped it up too much!

13 Minutes

Ooh another one that’s been on my radar for a while. Intrigued by this one!

Gift:

Letters from the Lighthouse

I’m a huge Emma Carroll fan. I have been meaning to read this book for a while now but have been so busy with work! I’m glad I have a copy to get to ASAP!

Borrowed:

Last Seen Alive

Beth was reading this during our bookish holiday last week. She immediately passed it to me, when she finished saying that I had to read it soon!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

Fairy Tale Friday- The Child In The Grave

Well, here’s another sad one from Hans Christian Andersen! The Child In The Grave centres around a grieving mother, who has lost her four year old son. Understandably, the mother was consumed by her grief. She couldn’t accept that her child was dead. On the day of the funeral, the mother was desperate to see her child. Her husband said it would be hard as they had already nailed down the coffin.

Days after the funeral passed with the mother visiting her child’s grave. The mother is visited by Death who offers her the opportunity to see her child. She’d need courage to go with him though. The mother hears her son’s voice. He talked of how beautiful the world was for him. The mother saw nothing but darkness. Her son reminds her of what she has left behind- a husband and two sisters, He explains that he is happy where he is and that the bells of Heaven were ringing for him. As the child vanishes, the mother finds herself lying on her child’s grave.

The mother returns home, feeling blessed by God and reassured by the happiness of her son.

Next Fairy Tale- The Shirt-Collar

Indigo Donut

Indigo Donut

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Orangeboy

Synopsis:

A story of longing, belonging and trust. Two very different young people discover who loves them, and who they can love back.

Bailey is 17, mixed race, lives with his mum and dad in Hackney and spends all his time playing guitar or tending to his luscious ginger afro. Indigo is 17 and new to London, having grown up in the care system after being found by her mum’s dead body as a toddler. All Indigo wants is to know who she really is. When Bailey and Indigo meet at sixth form, sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make.

A story about falling in love and everyone’s need to belong.

Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Patrice Lawrence’s debut novel Orangeboy, so when I had the opportunity to read Indigo Donut I jumped at the chance. I also bought myself a copy, because I knew it was going to be an amazing read. It really was! I think Patrice Lawrence has just become one of my auto-buy authors. Her writing is exceptional. Indigo Donut is everything I look for in a story. Gripping, many layers, complex and most importantly for me, it has great heart.

Indigo Donut is about a girl named Indigo who is in foster care. She is fed up of everyone thinking they know everything about her, due to being in the press after being found by her mum’s dead body when she was a toddler. It was said that Indigo’s father killed the mother. Her father was imprisoned. Some of the girls at Indigo’s new school pick up on Indigo’s background and use it to torment her. (These girls actually enraged me whilst I was reading!) But then Bailey’s story line began to pick up! ❤ Bailey is known for his ginger Afro and his ‘cool’ dad who happens to be a social worker. Bailey can’t put up with the bullying and sticks up for Indigo. From that day on, Indigo and Bailey grow closer. Indigo’s early life is a mystery and Bailey is intrigued, especially after a run in with a homeless man that seems to be stalking them…

I thought Indigo Donut was an absolutely stunning piece of fiction. It really explored family and identity. I grew to love both Indigo and Bailey throughout and loved following their stories and their relationship. I adored Indigo’s foster mother. Patrice Lawrence really has a way of making you fall for her characters and root for them.

Patrice Lawrence’s writing is simply beautiful. There was a wonderful analogy about a donut.

‘She was like one of those donuts from the cheap shelves in supermarkets. Everything seemed all right until you bit into the middle and there was just nothing.’  – Indigo Donut

This quotation really spoke to me and completely sums up why I enjoy Patrice Lawrence’s writing. I could absolutely imagine how Indigo felt about herself.

‘Though when she was with Bailey last night, it was like there’d be something else inside her, something sweet and good. Not filling the space all the way up, but enough. You think there’s nothing there and then the first splodge of jam hits your tongue. You just want to smile.’- Indigo Donut

❤ I just adore Patrice’s writing. In just a few sentences, she totally captured Indigo’s feelings and my heart. I can’t help but rave about this book. It totally exceeded my expectations. More please!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

‘Donut’ miss this book!

This Week In Books #73

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Gone Without a Trace Charlotte Says (Red Eye) The Disappearing Girl

NOW- Gone Without A TraceMary Torjussen– I’m about 50 pages into this book which came highly recommended by my blogging sister, Beth. I’m intrigued, very intrigued so far!

THENCharlotte SaysAlex Bell– Ooh. This was good! I am not a fan of creepy books, but this one was fabulous. I couldn’t help but like it!

NEXTThe Disappearing GirlHeather Topham Wood– I have had this book on my kindle forever, so I’ve decided it’s high time that I got around to it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a post that you do, or tell me in the comments! Happy reading!

Lola Offline

Lola Offline

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hatchette Books

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Love And Other Man-Made Disasters

Synopsis:

Delilah Hoover has gone dark.

She’s left school, changed her name and moved to Paris. It’s not what she planned but there’s no other choice, because she did something bad. Something nobody will forget. It made her trend on Twitter, and it’s the first thing that comes up when you google her.

Paris is a new start, with new friends – like socially inept geek Ben, keyboard warrior Vee, and the impossibly perfect Tariq, but could the City of Lights offer more? Awkward dates, accidental afternoon drunkness and a perfect kiss; Delilah’s life as a normal teenager is seemingly back on track, or is it?

Sometimes learning to be happy with yourself is the hardest lesson of all.

Thoughts:

Sometimes I love to read books that I know won’t take me long and they’ll be enjoyable. I thought this would be the case with Lola Offline and it really was. Lola Offline was a quick and easy to read book which will be perfect for fans of teenage fiction, especially those into social media.

It centres around Delilah. Delilah makes a stupid mistake online (like so many of her age and beyond!) she jokes about something and it is taken seriously. Delilah is labelled a racist and shunned by her peers. Delilah decides that she wants to start afresh somewhere. She moves to Paris. A fresh start. Delilah now goes by the name of Lola, leaving her past behind so that her new friends can’t google her and find out about her past that shames her. Lola meets some new friends and falls in love with Paris. However, Lola’s life isn’t back on track as it doesn’t take long for the truth to come out. Lola’s new peers react in different ways. Lola (Delilah) really has to learn about herself and how she can be move on from her past and be genuinely happy once more.

I thought this was a decent read which highlighted the issues around social media. It’s not just social media, sometimes words can be completely taken out of context even when they’re vocalised.I think this is such an important read for the modern day teenager who can quite often spend a lot of their time on social media. It’s about the perils of social media and how one comment can go viral easily and affect your life.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

It’s a story about how words can hurt more than just yourself.