Archive | May 17, 2018

Five Years from now – Paige Toon.

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Back of the book : 

What happens if you meet the RIGHT person at the WRONG time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

What I think : 

This is Nell and Vian/Van’s story. We see them at five year intervals, starting with when and how they met, when Nell was 5 and then at 10, 15 years etc.

I have always loved Paige’s books, I’ve read them all and look forward in anticipation to her next book. I really do think that this one is her best yet !

Such wonderful characters and wonderful places. Each chapter is Nell’s age instead of numbered chapters, which did cause some confusion to begin with.

This book is like a big warm hug that makes you feel loved and wanted. There are some sad bits too, but in the main it’s a really lovely story. I do usually read a lot of thrillers and crime books so this one was a very welcome relief for me. I really loved it and didn’t want it to end, I actually slowed my reading pace right down towards the end to make it last longer !!

However, it did remind me a bit of ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls in as much as we only see them at set out intervals as we do in ‘One Day’ (‘One Day’ being one certain day, yearly and this book being five yearly)

On a final note, it did make me sit back and think about all my ‘Five years from now …’

I won this book on Twitter in a goody bag from @Thebooksandcity ‘spring blogger meet up’ so I was lucky enough to read it before everyone else.

All I can really say is go out and buy it. you won’t regret it its fab !

It gets a definite 10/10 from me 🙂

5 gold stars

Published on 17/05/18 by Simon and Schuster.

A huge Thankyou to Sara-Jade Virtue at Simon and Schuster ( books and the city) for the chance to win the spring blogger goody bag 🙂

The Brighton Mermaid – Dorothy Koomson.

the brighton mermaid

Back of the book :

Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.

Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.

But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…

What I think : 

Best friends Nell and Jude are passing the beach late one night, 3am to be precise, they’d snuck out to go to someones party. When they find someone laying in the sand at the waters edge. It turns out that the poor woman had been murdered. (The girls were only fourteen at the time, and all Nell can remember thinking at that moment is that she wanted her to be just sleeping and not, you know what … ) The woman was wearing lots of bracelets on one arm and had a tattoo of a mermaid on the other.

The identity of the woman is never found and she ends up being nicknamed ‘The Brighton Mermaid’

A few weeks after the girls find “The Brighton Mermaid’ Jude goes missing. She just disappears into the night, never to be heard from again …

Fast forward twenty five years and there is never a day that goes past that Nell doesn’t wonder what happened to her best friend or how ‘The Brighton Mermaid’ got murdered. She has given up her job so she can dedicate all her time to finding out what happened to the two of them.

Nell’s younger sister Macy has a secret to tell about what she saw on the night that Jude went missing and it’s ruining her whole life … But if she tells what will happen … ?

And just who keeps on texting Nell that ‘He needs to see you’ …. ?

Then bad things start to happen, Nell is convinced that she’s getting closer to finding out what happened ….

This book is split into two timelines, which I did find quite find quite confusing to begin with. 1993 – outlines how the girls found the body and what Macy ( Nell’s sister) saw that night and Now – which tells of the fall out still going on from it now.

This as you would expect, is a expertly written book from Dorothy. She has this brilliant knack of being able to write a story, that from the moment you pick the book up and start reading, it has you involved in the story which makes it quite unputdownable. Lots of secrets and lies coming tumbling out, which keeps you in suspense till the end.

And talking of the end I really couldn’t have guessed it and its brilliant twist ( and believe me I did try !)

I think that this has got to be her best book yet ! I give it a very well-earned 10/10.

5 gold stars

Published by Century Books on 17/05/18.

A big thank you to Netgalley for the digital copy of the book to review.