Blog Tour – The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic

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ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT…

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.

My review 

A story that got to the main focus quite quickly- this made it very easy to get into, it didn’t leave me in suspense initially but then wow I was on tenterhooks from a certain part. If you love stories with drama, suspense and mysteries , this is the book for you !!

I had never heard of Simon Lelic before reading this (hangs head in shame) but can definitely say I will be reading more books by him, he is a very clever writer. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, another mystery cropped up and would leave me biting my nails again. I couldn’t stop reading this. 

As a mother myself, I really felt for Susanna and felt like I was going through the motions with her. I really wanted it all to be a bad dream for her. The character Adam was very mysterious, I really didn’t like him. 

I loved this book and would love to see it as drama on tv. 

Thanks to Hannah Ludbrook from Penguin for sending me this ARC. 

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A Million Love Songs by Carole Matthews

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Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is a serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun. Joe on the other hand is kind and attractive, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, but is it what she needs to be truly happy? It’s about to get emotional in Million Love Songs.

My Review 

Another fabulous book by Carole Matthews ! Perfect for reading anytime, anywhere. This book will leave you feeling content and warm inside – oh and with a book hangover when you have finished it.

I liked how the story was told by Ruby, the main character. Ruby has had her heartbroken and initially seems like she’s happy to stay single but then along comes the lovely, dependable Joe and something awakens in Ruby. I got really excited thinking the story was going to be based around Ruby and Joe but oh no then sleaze-ball Mason gets Ruby’s insides buzzing too ! I really disliked Mason from the off and was definitely cheering for Joe. I saw Mason as Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) in Bridget Jones, especially how he called Ruby by her surname ‘Brown’. This story had a real feeling of Bridget Jones’s Diary. 

I highly recommend this book and hope it’s not the last of Ruby and co. I’d love to read another book featuring these characters and the setting of Milton Keynes. 

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

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Maggie Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked so hard and so long for: her dream job, a fiancé she adores and the promise of a perfect life just around the corner. But on what should have been the happiest day of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a single catastrophic moment.

In hospital Maggie is forced to confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Charlie, wallowing in self-pity while demanding forgiveness. Then there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally there’s Iain, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Iain, who won’t let her give in to her despair, who makes her cry, but also manages to make her laugh . . .

Maggie’s new life is nothing like she expected. But could it be more than she had ever dared hope for?

My review 

***May contain spoilers***

I really enjoyed this book, I felt so emotionally involved in every aspect of the story. This is a story that is easy to get into but hard to put down ! It’s a story of love, tough times and a hidden secret ! 

I really felt for the main character Maggie, her life really was turned upside in an instant, she didn’t even want to get in the plane but she did for Charlie, yet after the plane crash, Charlie turned into a coward and hardly visited Maggie. I felt he owed her so much – at least to be by her side ! I got quite frustrated and annoyed with Charlie. I also could have slapped Maggie’s mum, how she spoke to Maggie in hospital was disgraceful ! The characters Kit and Iain were Maggie’s saviours. They really boosted her moral. I really liked them. Iain I imagined as the dishy Patrick Dempsey. 

This story was so inspirational, it really opened my eyes. I need to start looking for rainbows through storms. We could all take a leaf out of this book. 

Thank you to Ellis Keene at Pan Macmillan for sending me this arc.