The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn

thewoman

Length: 453 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

 

The Review: This is probably the book I’ve heard about the most this year. The author is an industry insider and so everyone seems to want to add their tuppence about whether they adore or hate (hate hate) it. In every book group I’m in there’s threads saying not to bother and others gushing about it. I’m going to go to gushers cavern and rejoice that there is an atmospheric book out there that transported me to another time, and could have belonged to a different era.

So, we have Anna, a great character that leapt off the screen (I know, screen doesn’t have the same ring, does it?) for me. Anna’s issues were brilliantly done, she cannot step outside the safety of her own home, and page after page passed as I thought about how paralysing conditions such as this are. Anna’s escape is in old movies and this is where Mr Finn’s writing truly blew me away, I could see the screen, hear the classy, drama laden voices and they all added to a stunning build up.

People describe this as too much of a slow burner, but I thought it did an excellent job in making you edgy and unnerved, as you wonder what was in store for Anna, and whether you believe her. This build continued to an mesmerizing ending that featured atmospherics that both weather wise and literacy wise blew me away! As an aside I was disappointed with the ending in terms of it’s explanation, the ‘whodunnit’, but most people who loved the book gushed about it so it’s probably just me. Definitely recommended (obviously unless you love everything to happen all guns a blazing!)! Thanks so much to Harpercollins and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

#BlogTour The Story Of Our Lives by Helen Warner

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Story Of Our Lives by Helen Warner

StoryofOurLives_FrontCover.jpg

Length: 400 pages

Please note that the book image leads to a universal buy link for the book

What they say: Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret.

Everyone remembers where they were on 31st August 1997, the day Princess Diana died.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa certainly do -– a beautiful cottage in Southwold, at the start of an annual tradition to have a weekend away together.

Every year since, the four best friends have come back together. But over time the changes in their lives have led them down very different paths. And it’s when those paths collide that the secrets they’ve been keeping come tumbling out.

One Day meets Big Little Lies in this unputdownable read about four friends, one long-buried secret and the histories we all share.

The Review: I saw this on a number of blogs and headed over to Amazon to buy but before I did for some reason I stopped and went into my email. And what was there? An email asking if I’d like to review this very book! Was I happy? Well I actually did some form of a happy dance and said ‘yes please,’ straight away!!

I’ll tell you straight off this is definitely a book that should accompany people as a holiday read this year. As you can see above it follows four women over twenty years. Each chapter starts with the defining event of that year-Princess Di dying, the Twin Towers attack, the London bombings, and each one sent a chill as, yes, I remembered where I was. It also did the job in cementing you into their story, although for the most part I’d have preferred the event to also have been threaded into the story, but that’s just me. To be honest the only issues I really had was that at four hundred pages I found it a little bit long, which sounds pernickity of me, but I think it could have been shortened to make it a bit snappier in places, plus there was some repetition of words that may slightly jar.

The characters, the tensions, the jealousies and envies, as well as the ‘thank God it’s not me’ aspect that always exists between a group of friends, were woven in expertly, and you actually felt like you were there as life moved on and people got married, had children and unearthed secrets. The secrets, the suspense that was building was perfection, and at (many!) points I was actually really nervous as to what was going to happen. This is a light read, and some will find it too light, but for me it was very well done and I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much to the brilliant Isabel at HQ and to Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

 

About the author

Helen Warner Author Photo

Helen Warner is Director of Daytime for ITV where she oversees a wide range of programming from ‘This Morning’ to ‘The Chase’. Previously, she was at Channel 4 where she was responsible for shows including ‘Come Dine With Me’, ‘Coach Trip’ and ‘Deal or No Deal’.

She lives in Essex with her husband and their two children and she writes her books on the train to and from work.

Books on Amazon

Books from website

Twitter

Website

Now, how about you follow the rest of the blog tour?

TheStoryofOurLives_BlogTour

#BlogTour Perfect Match by Zoe May

Today I’m thrilled to be part of The Perfect Match blog tour!

perfectmatchLength: 305 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

The Review: We meet Sophia Jones on a date that isn’t going so well and learn that it’s most definitely not her first. Sophia occupies a world where everyone else seems to be coupled up, or have their life together, as she sees it anyway! She’s living somewhere she’s not sure of and hates her job as a proofreader for papers about UTIs as she writes a novel she’s just not motivated with (we all know that feeling!). I have to admit it took me a while to get into this book, as from the start I was afraid it actually wasn’t my cup of tea at all, there was a moment when I thought it would be cruder than I enjoyed, but then suddenly the (reading) fog cleared and I was most definitely looking forward to seeing what was going to happen!

So Sophia goes online dating with very exact specifications and a very exact match comes up (I loved how other people reacted to how he looked and his reaction back!). What I really loved, though, was seeing Sophia begin to really look around her and figure out what really made her happy. There are some side friends (I hearted both Sandra and Chris ) that I really enjoyed, and a lot of little mysteries and brilliant pacing to keep you reading. I would say as I read I had totally different opinions as to what should happen, or who should end up with who, and I’d love to have heard more about her book, but saying that the kindle percentages rose and rose and I really couldn’t put it down and. This is one of those books that show you how important the full package is, and not just the look of it from the outside.  Thanks so much to Harpercollins for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

 

Match_Blogtour[1]