Other People's Secrets by Louise Candlish

OTHER PEOPLE’S SECRETS by LOUISE CANDLISH.  A gripping tale of grief, love and family secrets set in the beautiful surroundings around Lake Orta in Italy. I found the story quite slow, yet engrossing and intriguing.

 

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Blurb:

Everybody wants the truth . . . until they find it

Ginny and Adam Trustlove arrive on holiday in Italy torn apart by personal tragedy. Two weeks in a boathouse on the edge of peaceful Lake Orta is exactly what they need to restore their faith in life - and each other.

 

Twenty-four hours later, the silence is broken. The Sale family have arrived at the main villa: wealthy, high-flying Marty, his beautiful wife Bea, and their privileged, confident offspring. It doesn't take long for Ginny and Adam to be drawn in, especially when the teenage Pippi introduces a new friend into the circle. For there is something about Zach that has everyone instantly beguiled, something that loosens old secrets - and creates shocking new ones. And, yet, not one of them suspects that his arrival in their lives might be anything other than accidental.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

Funny and charming. The perfect feel-good romantic novel to read on the beach.

 

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Blurb:

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

 

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren't affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there's a free honeymoon up for grabs and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

 

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn't mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

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Book review: Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych

Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych.

 

This is a very timely thriller about the dark side of social media. I thoroughly enjoyed the gritty and twisty plot!

 

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Blurb:

Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself?

Have you ever lied about who you are to get more likes?

Have you ever followed someone online who you think is perfect?

Meet Holly.

Social media sensation. The face of clean eating.

Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her.

But when Holly is attacked by a man she's only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. He seemed to know her - but she doesn't know him.

What if Holly isn't who she seems to be? What if Holly's living a lie?

YOU THINK YOU KNOW HER . . .

 

 

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Book review: Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

Book review: Cuckoo by Sophie Draper.

 

I do love a dark story about an old spooky house and ancient family secrets coming to light. The ’Cuckoo’ has an extra layer of haunting fairy tales woven into the narrative, which I thought was genius and added to the creepiness. A great read with an unpredictable ending.

 

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Blurb: 

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

 

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

 

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Book review: Our House by Louise Candlish

Book review: OUR HOUSE by LOUISE CANDLISH

I read this book in one weekend, just couldn’t put it down. Brilliant characters and plot and the ending took my breath away. I couldn’t start another book for a few days after reading 'Our House' as I needed some time to process the story.

 

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Blurb:

On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue. 

Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And you didn’t sell it.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.

When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.

Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house? 

TILL DEATH US DO PART.

 

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