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I looked Away _ Jane Corry – Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her grandson Josh. She loves him more than anyone else in the world. The only thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swears it’s over now, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.

Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And just for a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. What happens next will change her life forever.

Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.

And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder…

What I think :

Ellie is in prison. we don’t know why. She is married to Roger, who isn’t very nice to Ellie. He’s been having an affair, he’s had many affairs actually. He has only stayed with her because Ellie self-harms. He has promised Ellie and their marriage therapist that he is no longer seeing his other woman.

One day however, whilst she is looking after her four-year-old Grandson Josh, she overhears Roger talking to the woman he promised her he was no longer seeing. It turns out he lied, he is still seeing her. They end up having a huge row. Ellie only took her eyes off Josh for five minutes, but in that time something happens that will change their lives forever …

Jo is a older homeless person, who sold ‘The big issue’ on the streets to get some cash, but she had to move on suddenly so she can’t do that anymore. She’s begging to get by. Both Ellie and Jo have had really hard times and have a connection …

When I first started this novel I wasn’t quite sure about it as it covers plenty of serious subjects, such as homelessness, mental health and child abuse. However, after starting to read I realized that it wasn’t how I expected at all.

The story is told from Ellie and Jo’s perspectives, and tells of Ellie’s awful childhood after her mum dies and her dad gets a new wife. This book is quite difficult to read in places, but that said I couldn’t put it down. I especially wanted to find out what Ellie and Jo’s connection was. I wasn’t disappointed.

I have really enjoyed some of Jane’s other books, such as ‘My Husbands wife’and also ‘The Dead Ex’ and this book is up there with them. I wouldn’t have called it a thriller though, I would probably say if anyone asked me what genre his book was that it was about ‘real life’.

Another brilliant book from Jane Corry.

8/10 (five stars)

5 gold stars

Published on 27/06/19 by Penguin Random House.

A big thank you to Ellie Hudson at Penguin for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Come Back For Me – Heidi Perks – Blog Tour.

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Back of the book :

A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS.

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.

For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.

One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.

What I think :

Stella used to live on the beautiful, but isolated island of Evergreen. She loved everything about the island, but her sister Bonnie didn’t. They were only a children when her and her family left one stormy night. They were never told by their parents why they had to leave so quickly. But a while later the girls teenage brother Danny left home, never to return. Stella and Bonnie’s parents split up too.

Now twenty five years later, a body has been found close the garden of their old house. Stella is left with questions that she needs answering :

W¹ho is has been murdered and buried there ?

Was the body there when they lived in the house ?

Stella knows she needs to go back to Evergreen, but Bonnie warns her not to go back, she worried for Stella. But she goes anyway.

However when Stella gets to the island things don’t seem right, nothing is the same.

Stella has always wondered why her best friend Jill never wrote back to the many letters that Stella sent to her after she left. People don’t seem to want to welcome her. Nobody seems pleased to see her, even the locals that lived there when she was little.

Then Stella finds out the identity of the murdered girl, and she knows that she must leave the island …

Is stella safe … ?

Will she ever find out the secrets of evergreen … ?

This is the first of this authors books that I’ve read and I thought it was quite brilliant. I always think that a book with a map at the front has got to be good ! The story is told and the present (now) and the past (The summer of 1993 – the summer before Stella left the island) Starting off slowly, building up the suspense slowly, telling the islands hidden secrets. There are plenty of really well-formed characters that you can relate to.

It takes you on a bit of a ride with plenty of twists and turns and one hell of a brilliant ending.

I really liked this twisty thriller and give it 9/10 (5 Stars)

5 gold stars

Published on 11/07/19 in hardback by Century (Penguin Random House)

A huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy at Century for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review 🙂

You can buy the book here : amazon.co.uk/…898851/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0

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