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Wicked River by Jenny Milchmann

 

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I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The book grips from the start. Right from the firs few pages reader gets an ominous feeling which the author has skillfully created. A newly wed couple out in the wilderness on their own. A bride doubting and suspicious of her husband. You can feel the thick air, you are certain that something is about to happen and that it won’t be anything to look forward to. It is like when a scary movie gets too intense, so you cover your eyes but at the same time cannot stop peaking through your fingers. The events unfold pretty quickly, which keeps you turning pages. There were no unnecessary delays or digressions.

Natalie was right about Dough. He has been keeping something from her and because of that they are lost in the woods without supplies or a map to guide them back home. But if that wasn’t enough… They find an old tray that they hope would guide them home but instead they walk in circles and finally realise that somebody has purposefully painted the fake trail to guide them where he wanted them to be. Exhausted, hungry and dehydrated they find themselves in Kurt’s place. Kurt has been leaving in the wilderness for quite some time. He seems to be surviving on what he forages or hunts. He claims he wants for nothing but there is something he in fact craves – human company. The couple quickly realises that Kurt will not let them go. And if the vast woods themselves weren’t enough to keep them in place, he has installed multiple and deadly traps all around the camp to prevent them from escaping.

Will they find the courage to leave and if so will they manage to avoid the traps?

Overall a well paced and thrilling read. 3 cybergedeon-jug-300px cybergedeon-jug-300px cybergedeon-jug-300pxwater jugs, wild berries or trees.

Water jugs, wild berries or trees rating.

– one of the best books I read

– charmed

– good read

– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

– don’t waste your time

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Memories

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I bought The Visitor by K.L. Slater on sale for barely 1 euro as an ebook and I finished it quickly. The story plot was interesting and suspenseful, unraveling gradually. The protagonist is a young woman Holly, who clearly went through some difficult times in her life. With empty pockets and bunch of unpaid bills, she finds a shelter at Cora’s house. Cora is an elderly lady whom she has met by chance, or so it seemed at the time. She has offered her help and all she wanted in exchange was company, someone to talk to.

Thanks to the older woman’s generosity, Holy is able to make a fresh start in life; she quickly finds a job. As much as she tries to stop her memories of the past however, they keep invading her consciousness and leaving her restless. She also knows she has to find Edward, a person who is very dear to her and whom she is desperate to find.

She discovers that Cora is hiding something, something that could help Holy in her search. There are more secrets emerging, as Holy befriends one of the neighbours, David. He is a forty year old man, still living with his mother and terrified of leaving the house, unless it is a scheduled journey to and from his work. It turns out that he is a parking assistant at the place where she now works. She suspects that something has happened in the past that involved David. Nobody is willing to share it with her but she is told by Cora’s gardener to keep an eye on David.

Holy feels watched. She is wondering if it is in fact David, or her new nemesis from work Emily, a top sales assistant, who is now out of work and holding a grudge against Holly. Perhaps a dept collector has found her new address.. Could it be one of the dark characters from her past, or is she getting paranoid while nobody is watching her?

Overall a good page turner. 3 1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300pxpink roses, glass vases or letters.

Pink roses, glass vases or letters rating

1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300px– one of the best books I read

1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300px– charmed

1494772190-300px1494772190-300px1494772190-300px– good read

1494772190-300px1494772190-300px– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

1494772190-300px– don’t waste your time

Hush, hush

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The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher is one of those books that follow the protagonist through their almost entire life. We met Susie when she is young and newly married and we stay with her till her old years, at which stage the book finishes but her life continues.

Her husband is a sailor and leaves her for long stretches of time. Susie misses him and feels lonely just in the company of their firstborn daughter Louise who is only a toddler at the time. She finds herself a hobby. She starts singing in a show band that performs at weekend dances in the town. She is so good that she quickly becomes the lead singer. The band members have high hopes for their future career as a record deal might be on offer. Susie feels trapped, she wants it as much as the other artists, but as a young mother and a wife in the ’60, she simply cannot see how she could possibly do both. She recons that it is best to nip the idea in the bud. However the guy who has discovered her talent is older then her and very persuasive. He crosses the line that leaves Susie pregnant, terrified and full of regrets.

Desperate and alone, she turns to her mother for help. Afraid of loosing her husband and daughter, unable to support themselves in the even that he was to leave them, she agrees to give the baby for adoption. She travels to stay with the nuns in one of the Mother and Baby Homes, she pretends she is an unmarried girl in trouble. The thought of leaving her baby boy terrifies her, buts she cannot think of any other option, so when the day arrives, she gives up her newborn baby, which leaves her brokenhearted.

The family life she was so desperate to save, is forever transformed by the decision she has made. The secret she carries is a burden to her that affects her deeply and thus impacts on every one around her, though they are kept in the dark as to why she often acts strange. It is only when she is old and very sick and fears that she may not survive, that she asks to be reunited with Edward. What would her grown up daughters Louise and Grace think of that? Will her husband be able to forgive her? Will they help her find Edward, and if so, would he even agree to see her?

Over all 3 BcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.png soothers, apple pies or microphones.

Soothers, apple pies or microphones rating:

BcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.png – one of the best books I read

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BcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.pngBcgEg7j7i.png – good read

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Forgivness

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The story Two Fridays in April by R. Meaney is shown from different people’s perspective, an exercise I usually enjoy in books very much, but in this case it was a bit repetitive and didn’t enrich the plot or the characters that much.

Daphne who is in her thirties is widowed by her husband who was in his fifties, after being married to him only for a few years. She is left in charge of his adolescent stepdaughter Una. The seventeen year old finds the situation difficult, she feels like there is nobody left in the word to love her anymore. The two women tolerated and even liked each other while Finn was alive, but now their relationship needs to be completely redefined, as the link that had connected them is gone.

The strongest part of the book is when author shows how a road accident that resulted in Finn’s death, not only left his family devastated, but also has shattered the life of the man who was driving the bin lorry that had hit Finn. Una is asked for forgiveness and realises that the decision she has to make will have a huge impact on the lives of the driver and his family.

The subject of forgiveness seems to be playing an important role in the book. Would Daphne be able to forgive her mother Isobel for abandoning her when she was a child? Una has also lost her mother, but not because she chose to leave, she has died when she was a little girl. Una’s maternal grandparents are practically strangers to her, they never came to terms that their daughter got pregnant young.

Also grieving for Finn is his mother Mo, whom Daphne finds distant and cold. She tries to convince her daughter in law to reopen her son’s shop but Daphne isn’t sure she is up to it. She wonders if she should do it for Una, who likes the idea very much. Daphne realises how much she actually cares for the girl when she goes missing. Will she find her safe and sound? Overall a good read, 3 Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px bicycles, car keys or light bulbs.

Bicycles, car keys or light bulbs rating

Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px – one of the best books I read

Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px – charmed

Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px – good read

Blue-Bicycle-300px Blue-Bicycle-300px  disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

Blue-Bicycle-300px – don’t waste your time

I have known you my whole life

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Liane Moriarty knows how to build suspense. Truly, madly, guilty opens with all the main characters traumatised by an even about which the readers don’t get to know much until about half way through the text. It keeps you glued to the book. As we turn the pages, another of the authors talents transpires, the way she sketches the characters. Each one with their own personal baggage, connected to one another by certain life events. The paths we take in our live and the people we meet, clearly influence who we are as individuals.

Clementine, a musician, a cellist to be precise, have been friends with Erica since their childhood. Although the friendship has been somehow forced upon her by her mother. Pat pitied the little girl Erica, whose mother was a hoarder and couldn’t provide her with the level of care she needed. Clementine’s resentfulness towards the forced friendship stayed within her throughout the years. Erica wasn’t completely blind to it, but the desperation for a slice of a normal life, caused her to cherish this friendship that has been offered to her, and so the girls grew up together and stayed close as adults.

When Erica learns that she cannot get pregnant despite the numerous IVF attempts, and is told by the doctor that she needs an egg donor, she can only think of one person whom she could possibly ask to donate the egg. Clementine thinks the idea is ‘repulsive’. But something has happened at the neighborhood barbecue that has left Clementine feeling forever grateful and in debt to Erica. Erica overhears Clementine’s comment and is deeply hurt. Knowing her husband’s strong desire to be a father she is reluctant to share it with her him as it would destroy his dreams.

The book shows how the decisions in our lives are rarely simple and drawn in black and white. How perhaps discussing things openly is the best policy. That keeping our thought and feelings buried deep within us doesn’t do us any good. And that once we are honest, especially with ourselves, then the right answers will come.

Good writing overall 4 quarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxcarrots, musical notes or pencils.

Carrots, musical notes or pencils rating.

quarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300px– one of the best books I read

quarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300px– charmed

quarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300px– good read

quarter-note-300pxquarter-note-300px– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

quarter-note-300px– don’t waste your time

The search

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Words like powerful and intense came to my mind while I was reading the thriller Mother by S.E. Lynes and thinking of ways to review it later, I knew then that I came across a good one. The ebook surprisingly costed only 1 euro. I found the plot original and well executed.

The change in the law in UK in the late ’70’s allowed for biological mothers and their children, who were given for adoption to reach out to one another and possibly reunite, provided both parties were willing. And so that’s what the protagonist, Christopher, having found out that he has been adopted, decides to do. He packs his suitcase and leaves his family home to study and also to secretly look look for his mother.

As many in his age, he tries to define himself, seeks a place in the word that he can call his own. He feeds off the idea of his mother that he has created in his head so much so, that he completely writes off his family. When he finally gets in touch with his biological mother and discovers that she is more than happy to make him a part of her life, he just stops caring for the family he has known his whole life, he finds them incompatible with him; the mother who raised him is understandable hurt.

The story is happening in England, at the same time when Jack the Reaper wreaks havoc and causes panic in the area. Young women are afraid to leave their houses after dark, people are suspicious towards others, not knowing who the monster is.

The narrator remains anonymous throughout the book, right to the very end when she finally reveals her identity. The secret adds to the suspense. It is a book that will keep you turning the pages. Definitely 3 antiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300px envelopes, pens or scissors from me.

Envelopes, pens or scissors rating

antiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300px – one of the best books I read

antiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300px – charmed

antiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300px – good read

antiFlash-icons-env-300pxantiFlash-icons-env-300px – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

antiFlash-icons-env-300px – don’t waste your time

Countdown

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When you are counting the days till the holiday, a Christmas theme book can put you in the mood. One with a catchy title Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannighan for 3 euro from a bookshop became my this year’s Christmas read.

The story was centered around a big country house situated somewhere in the County Wicklow, which the owner Holly, has been feverishly decorating for the upcoming holiday; and as a reader you say, yes, that is what I was expecting, that will bring on the cosy feeling that’s reserved for the season. Furthermore the title of each of the chapters brings a little more of the Christmas cheer, as they all sound very familiar starting with the It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, through The Fairytale of New York, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!, right to the last chapter We Wish you a Merry Christmas – and you cannot help yourself but play the songs in your head, maybe even sing along out loud.

There is a group of main characters, each very different with their own quarks. A bit of a drama unfolds as you turn the pages. Lighthearted and overspending Pippa is struggling financially. Her mother Holly, though much more responsible, fears that due to the recession, they may loose their big house. Her son Joe is unhappy in his relationship with Sophia though hasn’t quite realised it himself yet. His older sister Lainey grieves after her broken relationship and focuses perhaps a little too much on her work life, until she meets a new work colleague who shows her how to enjoy herself in her free time.

All three children are anxiously awaited by Paddy and Holly for the Christmas break. Will they all show up? The house welcomes the crowd as they all start arriving bringing their guests in tow. Moreover an unexpected guest shows up right on the Christmas Eve and surprises them all. Rightfully so, the family’s bigger and smaller problems get sorted before the end of the book, to boost the cheery mood.

Overall a good Christmas read 3 1449543056-300px 1449543056-300px 1449543056-300px Christmas trees, reindeers or baubles.

Enjoy the festive season!

Christmas trees, reindeers or baubles rating

1449543056-300px1449543056-300px1449543056-300px1449543056-300px1449543056-300px – one of the best books I read

1449543056-300px1449543056-300px1449543056-300px1449543056-300px – charmed

1449543056-300px1449543056-300px1449543056-300px – good read

1449543056-300px1449543056-300px – disappointed, I thought it was going to be better

1449543056-300px – don’t waste your time