I Looked Away

I Looked Away

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swears it’s over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.

Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. What happens next will change her life forever.

Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.

And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder…

Thoughts:

As you can see, I’ve read a few of Jane Corry’s books. I always enjoy reading her books. They always grip me and keep me wanting more and this book was no exception. It was so easy to get stuck into. It’s one of those books that you don’t want to say too much about before people read it otherwise it will ruin the surprise of the story.

I Looked Away follows Ellie from being a young girl until she’s a grandmother. It bounces about in time and whilst this can sometimes confuse me, Jane Corry tackled it with ease. As a reader, I felt very sorry for Ellie. She goes through so much throughout her life. She’s definitely not has the best of luck. After some events in her life, her grandson Josh is her sole focus. However, when Ellie looks away one afternoon, things spiral out of control and bring events from the past right back to the present day.

Jane Corry takes the reader on such a journey. It really is an emotional read that keeps you turning the pages. Jane Corry covers many issues within the story and does it so well without you feeling like she’s trying to push everything into the plot. The characters are fantastically developed and easy to invest in. The dual timeline is fascinating and I love how it weaves together.

If you like a thriller with some twists and turns along the way, then this book is for you!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Loved getting stuck into this gripping story!

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The Dead Ex

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How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Penguin Books!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

‘I wish he’d just DIE.’ 

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance? 
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

Thoughts:

I have enjoyed books by Jane Corry before, so I was happy to check out her latest release The Dead Ex. The synopsis immediately grabbed me and I was expecting a fabulous thriller. This book was addictive and easy to read, but I don’t think it’s one of Jane’s best. I was a little confused by this story but it certainly clicked after a while, so it’s worth sticking with.

Vicki had epilepsy after being attacked at her work. Rather than supporting his wife, Daniel, Vicki’s husband leaves her for his mistress. One day, the police visit Vicki explaining to her that her ex husband is missing and could be dead. What Vicky doesn’t realise is that she’s prime suspect! Vicki is determined to prove her innocence, but it’s tricky when the drugs prescribed for her epilepsy cause frequent memory loss. Alongside this story line we also are introduced to Scarlet and Helen. We also hear from Scarlett’s mum Zelda. There are many characters and it’s hard to try and work out who is who.

I found the multi point of view hard to understand at the start of the story. I was struggling to figure out the connection between the characters, which may frustrate other readers. I felt quite confused throughout and just wanted some clarity, perhaps sooner than it actually arrived. I was fine with it when it became clear about the connection. It certainly had enough of an action packed plot for me to continue reading! Some of the things are a little far fetched though.

I wouldn’t say this is an amazing thriller, but it is readable with an awful male character that you’ll love to hate.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Confusing, but worth plodding on with if you’re a fan of the author!

This Week In Books #117

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Almost Love

I usually really lap up Louise O’Neill’s books. They push the boundaries and intrigue me. I’m enjoying this book, but it’s not the 5 star that I thought it might be.

THEN

The Killing Type: A short story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

I read this short story before I started Almost Love. I enjoyed it and wished it was longer! My review is up already as it was an ARC from May. Oops. See my review HERE.

NEXT

The Last Piece of My Heart

After reading two heavy going books, I’m in need of some light fiction!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

The Killing Type

The Killing Type: A short story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

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

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Susie and her sister have never been close. These days they barely speak. So when Danielle messages her out of the blue and begs to meet, Susie knows something must be wrong.

But what Danielle tells her seems crazy. Her husband, Simon, may be a bully, but surely he wouldn’t hurt her?

Then the accident happens. And Susie is forced to rethink everything.

Who is lying?
Who is telling the truth?
And who, really, is the killing type?

Thoughts:

I’m not usually into short stories. I don’t think I’ve read many thrillers that were short stories, so I was intrigued to read The Killing Type. I have enjoyed Jane Corry’s books in the past, so I thought I’d give this story a go. I’m glad I did, because I found it entertaining and easy to whip through. The perfect novella to read in-between stories.

The Killing Type centres around Susie and Danielle. We get the impression that they’re not very close with one another. However, they’re still sisters. There’s some massive drama surrounding Simon, the husband… Then six months down the line, Simon is dead. Who killed him? Did he really try to hurt the sisters? It’s all a bit confusing.

In true Jane Corry style, she whips through the story with twists and turns along the way. It may not be as well developed as you may like, but you can’t really expect that in a short story. It certainly entertained me and that was its intention!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I’m not usually a fan of short stories but I enjoyed this one from Jane Corry!

This Week In Books #114

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOWHere We Are NowJasmine Warga

Here We Are Now

I’m about a third of the way through this book. It’s okay, but it’s not blowing me away yet.

THEN The Dead ExJane Corry

This book took me a while to get into, but I did end up enjoying it! My review will be up in a few week’s time!

NEXTHush Little Baby- Joanna Barnard 

Hush Little Baby

I’m looking forward to this book. I love a thriller!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (June)

I mainly had hits in the month of May with only one book not read from my TBR list. June is a busy month at my work, so I’m not expecting too much from my June reading. Of course, there are some of my usual reads for the regular feature that I do and some June ARCs that I will have out as well.

Here’s my tentative TBR list for June! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting!

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Days Of Wonder- Keith Stuart

Days of Wonder

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

Hannah’s heart is literally broken – and she can’t bear the idea of her dad’s breaking too. So she resolves to find a partner for Tom, someone else to love, to fill the space beside him.

While all the time Tom plans a final day of magic that might just save them both.

I am really looking forward to reading this book after thoroughly enjoying Keith Stuart’s debut.

The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers- Brian Conaghan

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Goodreads Synopsis:

`Child experts will tell you that I’m way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?’ Who is Bobby Seed? He’s just your average sixteen-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby Seed who’s a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different …

I am so intrigued by this book. I have read another by Brian Conaghan and was impressed!

The Dead Ex- Jane Corry

Goodreads Synopsis:

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance? 
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

I enjoy Jane Corry’s writing. I am eagerly anticipating this one!

The Face On The Milk Carton- Caroline B. Cooney

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis:

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don’t make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn’t have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

I have had this book on my radar for some years now, but I never got around to it. Hence it being on this month’s Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge. 

Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Goodreads Synopsis:

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? I’m looking forward to it as part of the Banned Books feature that I do with Beth every last Monday of the month.

Have you read any of these books? What did you make of them? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #185

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:

Far from the Tree

I enjoy Robin Benway’s writing and I’ve heard good things about this book!

NetGalley:

Super excited about this book! It sounds fabulous.

I love a thriller… as you can see. I’m intrigued by this one. I requested it on its description of disturbing…what does that say about me?

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post!