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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Kat's Review of The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Sphere (30 Jun. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 075155071X
ISBN-13: 978-0751550719

Synopsis: My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.

When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.

But what really happened to Coco?

Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed...

Kat's Review: 4/5

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Kat's Review of The Misadventures of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (11 Sept. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910751324
ISBN-13: 978-1910751329

Synopsis: After a year of country living, Rachel Young is finally getting into the swing of things. Her four kids are happy and content at the village school, and she’s managed to navigate the choppy (shark-infested) waters of the playground mafia.

Or… so she thought.

When Penelope Kensington moves herself and her kids into Rachel’s home, after discovering husband Rupert has been having an affair, Rachel knows she must ask them politely to leave. The problem is, Penelope never takes no for an answer.

As Rachel tries to deal with Penelope, she also meets new school mum Mel. Mel is a breath of fresh air but her arrival sends ripples of gossip through the playground. Mel has a few secrets in her closet, and it seems she’s not the only one…

Kat's Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Kat's Review of Kill Me Twice by Anna Smith (Rosie Gilmour Book 7)

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Quercus (25 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784294799
ISBN-13: 978-1784294793

Synopsis: A beautiful model's death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour's darkest case to date.

When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn't jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell - alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that's not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets...

Back in Glasgow, Rosie's research into Bella's life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella's early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she's dead.

As Rosie's drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she's about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment...

Kat's Rating: 5/5
Monday, 22 August 2016

Kat's Review of Strictly My Husband by Tracy Bloom

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 684 KB
Print Length: 370 pages
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: Laura loves it when Tom takes her for a late night tango around the kitchen after their friends have gone home and they’re avoiding the washing up. She can’t dance but who cares when no one is watching?

All that changes when Tom arrives on the doorstep with Carly, a professional dancer, and announces he’s offered her the spare room to rent while she performs in a show that Tom is directing.

An outraged Laura doesn’t feel like dancing with Tom anymore but Carly does. It only takes two to tango, and given Tom’s history who knows where it could end? Will Laura be the one left watching from the sidelines whilst Carly waltzes off with her husband’s heart?

Kat's Rating: 3/5
Saturday, 13 August 2016

Kat's Review of Follow Me by Angela Clarke

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Avon (31 Dec. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0008165432
ISBN-13: 978-0008165437

Synopsis: The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time's running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?

Kat's Rating: 3/5
Friday, 12 August 2016

Kat's Review of A Merry Mistletoe Wedding by Judy Astley

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Black Swan (3 Dec. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784161373
ISBN-13: 978-1784161378

Synopsis: It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Day!

Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss - a simple wedding, with Christmas lights and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated. Trying to manage a long-distance relationship in the build-up to their Christmas wedding is one thing, but as one challenge after another comes their way, the happy couple begin to wonder if they'll ever make it down the aisle .

Kat's Rating: 4/5
Friday, 5 August 2016

Kat's Review of The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant (Honeybourne #1)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1145 KB
Print Length: 281 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178681014X
Publisher: Bookouture (15 Jun. 2016)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles. 

Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention. 

But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan. 

Kat's Rating: 4/5

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