Archive | January 11, 2016

My Top Ten Books of 2015.


Hello lovely book people …

I know its a bit late, but here’s my top ten books of 2015.

Its not in any particular order, its just the ten books that have stood out for me in 2015 🙂


10. The book of the lost and found – Lucy Foley.

Published by Harper Collins on 15/01/2015.

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9. Disclaimer – Renee Knight.

Published by Doubleday (Transworld) on 09/04/15.

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8. The Lie – C.L Taylor.

Published on 23/04/15 by Avon Books.

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7. The Day We Disappeared – Lucy Robinson

Published by Penguin on 09/04/15.

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6. Letters to The Lost – Iona Grey

Published by Simon and Schuster on 23/04/ (14)


5. We are All Made of Stars -Rowan Coleman

Published by Ebury Publishing on 21/05/15.

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4. The Sun In Her Eyes – Paige Toon. Published by Simon and Schuster on 25/05/15.

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3. The Tea Planter Wife – Dinah Jefferies.

Published by Penguin books on 03/09/15.

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2. Out of the darkness – Kay Hogan.

Published by Illumine on 06/07/15.



1. Sophie Kinsella – Shopaholic to the rescue.

Published by Bantham Press 0n 22/10/15.


Thats my Top Ten of books for last year, However there is one last book that I feel deserves a special mention and that is ….

The Years of Loving You – Ella Harper.

Published by Avon Books on 19/11/15.


I really loved this book, it really stuck with me for quite a while after reading it. Warning : Tissues at the ready !!

Thats all Folks …

Happy Reading 🙂



Try Not to Breathe – Holly Seddon.



Back of the book : 

Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love – drink. Until she’s forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy.

Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park. her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She’s as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.

Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma.


What I think : 

Amy is just 15 when, on the night of 18th July 1995, she is taken and brutally attacked. Two days later she is found in the park, she has been left for dead. She is in a deep coma. No-body was ever caught for the awful crime.

15 years later, Alex, a functioning alcoholic, is writing a story about coma patients and if they understand more than people think, when she stumbles upon Amy in the same ward as she is writing about. Its when she is interviewing a Dr Peter Haynes, that she remembers Amy from when she was growing up, they were at the same school together.

Alex becomes really intrigued with Amy’s case and decides to delve more closely into what happened in more detail, hoping to get justice at long last for Amy.

In opening old wounds, has Alex put herself in danger ….?

The story is told from different points of view, the main characters being, Alex, Jacob – Amy’s old boyfriend  and of course Amy. There are also some minor characters too like Matt, Alex’s ex husband and Jacobs mum sue.

I do feel really sorry for Alex because if I’m honest, she seems totally at a loss as to what to do. She has a big problem with drink and she only seems to be able to function properly in the mornings because after 12 midday she can’t seem to do anything. Her drink cravings seem to get the better of her. She is quite a weak character as she does give into her booze cravings a lot . However I do think underneath it all she does seem to want to change. In the main all the other characters are pretty well written too.

There are many up’s and downs in the book and a few red herrings too as to who actually attacked poor Amy. I did guess early on as to who actually did it, but I think its because thrillers are my most favourite genre and I’m always on the look out for clues !!

This book really kept me gripped and couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed it and will certainly be looking out for her next one with great anticipation.

I give this gripping thriller a excellent 9/10.

Published by Corvus books on 07/01/16

A very big Thank you to Corvus Book for sending me the review copy.

I’m Back !!!


I’m Back !

Hello lovely book people, welcome back to my blog.

I hope you all had a very lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year, mine was busy to say the least ! What with one thing and another, Boxing day brought a last minute 4 hour road trip to take one of my offspring back to his army barracks, not something that I was planning !! However that is a whole other story !!!

Anyway, I’m back and ready to go 🙂

To kick us off gently here are a few dates to whet your appetite  🙂

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Thats it for now folks 🙂

Happy Reading