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  1. Kat's Review of Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary (Marnie Rome #5)

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    Sarah Hilary Come and Fid Me Synopsis: On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention.

    DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She's finding it hard to give up her own addiction to a dangerous man: her foster brother, Stephen Keele. She wasn't able to save her parents from Stephen. She lives with that guilt every day.

    As the hunt for Vokey gathers pace, Marnie fears one of the women may have found him - and is about to pay the ultimate price.

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    My Review: Well I am a little bit surprised by how I feel having finished this book. I am a huge Sarah Hilary fan and have loved the previous 4 books, however...yes you guessed it, I wasn't overly keen on this one. Sometimes no matter how much a fan you are, some storylines you just can't get into and this book was one such case.

  2. Kat's Review of The Woman Who Met Her Match by Fiona Gibson

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    Fiona Gibson The Woman Who Met Her Match Synopsis: After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she’s got a good job, wonderful children and she’s happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough.

    That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her – after thirty years.

    But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can’t exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart . . . can she?

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: I pondered over the rating of this book for some time and finally decided that middle of the road was probably the fairest! I have read other Fiona Gibson books and loved them, and this book was certaingly enjoyable...but...it just wasn't THAT memorable. Lorrie takes centre stage and is a mother of 2 whose children are now reasonably grown up. She has her lodger and long term friend Stu living with her, a job that she loves, and although things haven't always been easy it seems things are now 'easier'. I liked the characters and Lorrie is certainly very readable, however the characters and the storyline were just a bit too vanilla for me.

    Lorrie has a request from her first love, who happened to be a French guy named Antoine Rousseau who she met and fell for on an exchange trip in her teens. The story trundled along at a nice pace and it certainly kept me entertained but for some reason it just didn't do any more than that. It was also a little too preditcable which normally wouldn't bother me but with the other niggles I had it just didn't sit right. Overall this was an easy to read book which entertained, but having read and absolutely LOVED books of her susch as Pedigree Mum I couldn't help feel a little bit underwhelmed. 

  3. Kat's Review of Alert by James Patterson (Michael Bennett #8)

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    James Patterson Alert Synopsis: New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks, but the city is about to be shaken in a way it never has before.

    Two devastating catastrophes hit in quick succession, putting everyone on edge. Detective Michael Bennett is given the near impossible task of hunting down the shadowy terror group responsible.

    Then a shocking assassination makes it clear that these inexplicable events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Now Bennett is racing against the clock to save his beloved city – before the most destructive force he has ever faced tears it apart.

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: I really like the Michael Bennett series however sometimes the books can be a little bit hit and miss and sadly in this case for me it was just mediocre. Normally these books pull me in but for some reason this one felt stilted or maybe I just need a rest from reading about terrorism?!? I didn't feel like Bennett really got his usual outing where he uses his brainpower. This seemed more about packing in as much action as is humanly possible.

    We hardly get to see the Bennett clan at all which is another minus for me, although I did like the addition of Martin the kid sitter! I read this and was reasonably engaged but although the storyline ticked along it just felt like it had been churned out to keep people happy. Finished this in record time as I do with most Patterson books but got to the end and just know it's unforgettable which is never a good sign. I will continue to read the next in the series as normally I love them so I guess the odd one or two I'm not overly enthused with isn't so bad.

     

  4. Kat's Review of Ladies Who Launch by Milly Johnson (Short Story)

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    Milly Johnson Ladies Who Launch

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: So the follow up from the Short Story Here Come The Boys is this one and it's a perfect continuation and wrap up of both Angie and Selina's story. Angie and Selina are now firm friends following their years of not speaking after their school days. Their last trip resulted in Seina making the brave decision to leave her husband and it made Angie see what she had waiting for her at home!

    This book seemed a little shorter than the last and I literaly read it in about 10 minutes. I think this would have been better being added on to the last short story. Unfortunately about 40% of this was the short story and the rest is extracts from another MJ book. Couldn't helpp being a little bit dissapointed but am hoping we return with a full length book at some point to see how Angie and Selina are getting on.

  5. Kat's Review of Summer at Seafall Cottage by Lily Graham

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    513FnfRReXL Synopsis: Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 


    In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

    Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

    Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

    Kat’s Rating: 3/5

  6. Kat's Review of You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

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    Giovanna Fletcher Youre The One That I WantSynopsis: Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

    And that's the problem.

    Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

    Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  7. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of After She's Gone by Maggie James

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    Synopsis: Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

    Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

    Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

    Kat's Rating: 3.5/5

    Kat's Review: This story is based around Jessie Golden's family following her murder. Lori Golden her elder sister is the main focus and character throughout this story. It's apparent early on that this family are holding secrets but I found that all you seemed to see were the flaws and because of that I didn't feel too much empathy towards any of them. Although I didn't necessarily warm to the characters the story has all the right ingredients for a thriller of this sort and there are certainly a lot of threads in the early stages. It seems there are a number of potential suspects and nobody appears to escape untouched.

    The book certainly has a decent pace and I found myself caught up in all of it however for me I spotted the culprit early on which maybe disappointed me a little That aside, I was totally absorbed with the story and Maggie James has an easy to read writing style which flows well. Its clear she has the talent needed for this specific genre and I am looking forward to reading her other books. I hope that I connect more with characters in her other books as that made me feel a little disconnected from this current release, however this was still a very enjoyable read.

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  8. Kat's Review of The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

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    Synopsis: When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.

    Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.

    Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay. 

    The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia - has the most to fear?

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: I have been reading Susan Lewis for years and my very first review on Amazon nearly 10 years ago was one of her books. I always enjoy them but every now and then one comes along that I struggle with and sadly this was one of them. In the beginning we see glimpses of Amelia and instantly it becomes apparent she is no ordinary child and if that continues she may well become a very disturbed individual. Jules then becomes the main focus of the story and we see her struggle to come to terms with the news she has just been told. Amelia Quentin will be released from prison following an event that had far reaching consequences for her family.

    As the story continues we see both present and past explored but it was done in an easy to read way. There are many elements to this book that maybe wont sit right with some people (subject matter for a start wont be everybody's cup of tea), however the story flowed well and was easy to get into. However, there were one or two issues within the book I just felt had no added value, as well as the fact that certain elements within the story didn't seem authentic and to be honest this spoiled things a little for me.

    I continued reading and finished the book, and although I enjoyed it there were too many things I didn't like or had niggles with so felt that the fairest rating would be the middle of the road. I certainly hope her next book is just as enthralling as the numerous others of hers I have read.