Last Seen Alive

Last Seen Alive

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

Synopsis:

The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?

Thoughts:

Beth really enjoyed this book when she read it in August. She told me I had to read it ASAP. I can totally see why she wanted me to read this book as it was such an engaging, gripping read. I could barely put it down! Claire Douglas has a fabulous writing style and I will definitely try to read more from her.

Last Seen Alive tells the story of Libby and Jamie. They haven’t been married long but are having some problems. They need to get away to reconnect with one another. Libby is a teacher and has just experienced something awful at work. She finds a leaflet about a house swap and encourages Jamie to house swap with another couple in Cornwall. She thinks a getaway will help them connect once more and get away from their troubles. Immediately, things start going wrong. Libby doesn’t know if she’s just paranoid or if there’s something more sinister going on.

I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. I didn’t see where it was going and the twist was so incredibly well crafted. I loved how the story was split into parts and when the twist was revealed it was intrigued to read about what had happened in the past that led Libby to where she was. I didn’t see it coming. Claire Douglas has created such a tense atmosphere in this story. I didn’t feel like I fully trusted any character as I was so suspicious of them all.

I highly recommend picking up this book if you’re into thrillers. It’s not one to miss.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A twisty, tense thriller. I loved it!

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This Week In Books #76

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!

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NOW- Emmy & Oliver- Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver

I have heard really great things about this book. I’m totally in the mood for a contemporary read!

THEN- Last Seen Alive- Claire Douglas

Last Seen Alive

I recently finished this book which was highly recommended to me by my sister, Beth. It’s such a great thriller. It kept me guessing!

NEXT- Noggin- John Corey Whaley

Noggin

I’ve heard mixed opinions about this book, but I’m excited to give it a try! 🙂

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or let me know in the comments below. Happy Reading!

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!

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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!

Ten Books From The Thriller Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books from any given genre that we’ve recently added to our TBR list. I was going to go with contemporary, but then I realised it would be a similar list to last weeks! So I’ve decided to go with thrillers. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I do love a good thriller as well.

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Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Another one I’ve been trying to get to for ages, but other books keep getting in the way! I must read it soon…

Gone Without A Trace- Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Another recommendation from my sister! She says this book is great and I trust her judgment!

Her Husband’s Lover- Julia Crouch

Her Husband's Lover

I adore Julia Crouch’s thrillers, so I’m excited about this one! Thanks to Beth (again, my sister!) for the copy!

The Trophy Child- Paula Daly

The Trophy Child

Another writer I adore…

He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said

I have heard SO much about this book. My sister kindly gave me her copy to read, so I’m hoping to get to it soon!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas

The Sisters

I’ve had this book on my radar for a while now. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!

The Good Mother- Amy Bird

The Good Mother

I’m always sold on a book that mentions its a psychological thriller!

The Step Mother- Claire Seeber

The Stepmother

Lots of bloggers that I trust have enjoyed this book! I must read it!

The Sister- Louise Jensen

The Sister

More trusted bloggers have loved this one too!

When She Was Bad- Tammy Cohen

When She Was Bad

Ooooh, the synopsis of this book made me immediately add it to my TBR!

What books have you recently added to your TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing ten books that we have recently added to our TBR. There’s a mix of thrillers, historical fiction and YA in the list below. Some of my favourite genres!

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The Sisters- Claire Douglas

The Sisters

I love a psychological thriller and this one from Claire Douglas looks fantastic. I have seen some mixed reviews about this book, but as always, I’m willing to give it a go!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I read the blurb of this book in a shop a few months back and it’s been on my radar since! 🙂 I now have a copy and can’t wait to read it!

13 Minutes- Sarah Pinsborough

13 Minutes

I love the sound of this book! It’s rated fairly highly on Goodreads too, so I’m intrigued…

I See You- Clare Mackintosh

I See You

Loved Clare’s debut novel, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this one!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I’m excited to read Replica. It sounds really intriguing!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

This cover is beautiful and I’m so curious to read more from Tahereh Mafi- especially middle grade!

The next three books were recommended to me by book bloggers who gave me some WWII historical fiction recommendations:

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) Letters from Skye The Nightingale

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

This just looks like a cute contemporary YA read!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts. Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!