Synopsis: One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home…
Two years later, Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …
Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that still keeps her awake at night…
Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …
Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken?
Synopsis: Mimi isn't looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie - although she can't help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal's in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life.
When they meet again four years later, it's still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi's busy fixing other people's relationships.
It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them?
Kat's Rating: 5/5
Kat's Review: I have been reading Jill Mansell for many years and am rarely dissapointed, this latest book being no exception. Mimi is the star of the show and in the opening few chapters her home situation changes drastically. She promptly leaves London and makes her way to Goosebrook in the Cotswolds where her Dad Lives. With no clue what path her life will take she almost seems to be starting afresh. She ends up moving in with her Dad and his partner Marcus. Mimi is instantly likeable as is her Dad and Marcus. Goosebrook is described perfectly by Jill Mansell and it seemed like a beautiful and very friendly village to live in.
What surprised me was that the timeline in this book is not what you expect and threw me as it's done over a number of years which means it doesn't have the 'traditional' feel of a timeline from this sort of genre (if that makes sense). No rushing involved and all the characters evolve over time. Mimi soon makes friends in the village and the host of characters that appear are varied and I loved absolutely all of them. Cal is a neighbour who is married with a daughter Cora, then there is Paddy, Lois and Felix and Felix mother Henrietta! The list goes on and before long I was invested with all the characters in the village.
We see Mimi's life evolve and progress over the years and various friendships and relationships emerge. One of my favourite characters from the book was a character named CJ and I though this element of the story was absolutely brilliant. I found myself surprised at a book that was written with it's usual skill and depth but that felt so original and fresh. I can genuinely say I think this is one of the best books that Jill Mansell has written in a long time (and to be fair most of her books are 5 star anyway) but this had a really unique feel to it. I absolutely loved this and would highly recommend it
When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?
When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?
Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?
Kat's Rating: 4/5
Kat's Review: I have read a lot of books that involve characters receiving places through inheritance but I admit it's the first time I have read of a character inheriting a pier. Violet makes the decision to move to Swallow Beach living at a place called The Lido. When she arrives she feels an instant connection with her Grandmother who lived there and before she knows it she feels like she belongs. However, nothing runs that smoothly and almost as soon as she arrives she runs into some characters determined to stop her doing anything with the currently unused Victorian Pier.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters at Swallow Beach. There is the elderly gentleman Barty who lives downstairs from her, as well as the rather attractive Calvin Dearheart who it turns out is her direct neighbour living across the hall from her. Of course sparks fly between herself and Cal and she finds herself wondering if she is making the right decisions with her life. I loved the fact there was almost a second thread running through this story with Vi reading her Grandmother's diary. It was a tale of her uncovering the secrets that were once part of Swallow Beach.
I absolutely love Kat French and her style of writing. She always creates stories that you become invested in as she seems to pour so much love into her characters. Once the pier became a real life work space, the characters that worked there all had their own personalities that all blended to form part of a fantastic story and I could almost imagine myself sitting on one of those benches on the pier.I thoroughly loved this book, but for some reason I couldn't help but feel the ending was a little too rushed for my liking. It would have been nice to see a bit of a stretch with how it played out but that's just a minor niggle. I will as always look forward to her next release.
Synopsis: Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.
When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?
As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident.
Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.
With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?
Kat's Rating: 5/5
Kat's Review: I actually feel sad that I don't get the time to read as often as I once did, especially when you read a book as good as this one. I ready this straight off the back of book 8 and am so pleased I did so I am not up to date with all the Kim Stone books. After what happened in book 8, I wondered how this book would fare and if we would see any additional characters. Sure enough with the loss of Dawson still fresh in everybody's mind, Penn arrives as the new boy. Bryant, Kim and Stacey all have their own way of dealing with the loss of a close friend but this book feels like it strips back all the characters to their bare bones and I absolutely LOVED that.
The case they are working on is the murder of Gordon Cordell who coincidently appeared in the last book. It feels like Marsons is wrapping up the last book and getting all the characters ready for the next new chapter. If I am being totally honest I enjoyed the storyline surrounding the murders but the character stories were just so much more appealing in this latest installment. I also loved the second thread running through which is that of a missing teenager and Stacey decides to pursue this in addition to the current case.
This latest book is pure magic and is probably one of my favourites that Angie has produced. I think after the last book I wondered where she would take the story and characters but she has raised the bar once again for herself (not sure she can reach any higher) with a tense and utterly compelling read. I cannot WAIT for the next book and think the team has a real fresh start ready for the next case now. An absolute corker of a book and an amazing series, one which I would highly recommend!
Synopsis: When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.
As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.
With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable - whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.
Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.
Synopsis: Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but... ‘should she be scared?’
The Dead Won't Sleep (2011) Rosie Gilmour #1 To Tell The Truth (2012)Rosie Gilmour #2 Screams in The Dark (2013) Rosie Gilmour #3 Betrayed (2014) Rosie Gilmour #4 A Cold Killing (2015)Rosie Gilmour #5 Rough Cut (2016) Rosie Gilmour #6 Kill Me Twice (2016) Rosie Gilmour #7 Death Trap (2017) Rosie Gilmour #8 The Hit (2017)Rosie Gilmour #9 Blood Feud (2018) Kerry Casey #1 Fight Back (Due Feb 2019) Kerry Casey #2
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