Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Playdate - Louise Millar

The PlaydateThe Playdate by Louise Millar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent twisty psychological thriller with 3 deeply flawed female lead characters - loved it.

The story focusses on 3 very different female lead characters - all easy to relate to and extremely well constructed yet whom as we get to know them are all in different ways deeply flawed characters.

Callie is bringing up her daughter Rae single handed and is deeply protective of her rather fragile daughter. Both find it hard to make friends and be accepted so Callie has come to rely on the friendship of Suzy her neighbour and fellow mother, American and somewhat slapdash she brings up her 3 boys whilst her husband Jez spends more and more time at the office.

Into the picture comes the rather highly strung Debs and her husband, when they move into the neighbourhood next door to Suzy.

It's inevitable that the 3 womens' paths cross, and as their lives become entwined we are drawn deeper into each of their circumstances and a creeping feeling of unease begins to stir in the readers mind as we wonder who if any of them can be trusted and who has the most to hide.

I loved the way the story begins quite gently and semms like a nicey nicey chick lit/ aga saga then develops into something deep and dark and really rather nasty.

It took me a little while to get into it I really did think at first it wasn't going to be my cup of tea at all, but how wrong I was - and so glad I stuck with it. This is a masterful and convoluted plot handled with ease and superb authorship. If you have similar tastes to me do read this I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Friday, 4 January 2013

Gone Girl - by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a deep, disturbed and twisty plot this thriller has. A Couple of friends recommended this book as I love a psychological chiller and to be honest it took me a while to get into it but once I was there I was hooked.

It is the story of a married couple - Nick and Amy and what a flawed and psychologically damaged pair these 2 are. We begin with Nick narrating and telling us the story of how Amy has gone missing from their home the scene of a violent struggle apparent, and as the story flips back and forth between narrators, looking back in time to when they first met, when the cracks began to appear in their marriage and getting both points of view we begin to mistrust what we are told and wonder who is the least reliable narrator.

Discovering the truth takes us on a journey of shocking discovery, with characters its impossible to like, but often to grudgingly, cringingly admire for their deviousness and blatant immorality.

Despicable traits in almost all the main characters, however, instead of alienating the reader keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through and had me gasping at their audacity at some points.

The end felt a touch rushed but the journey to get there was so exciting I can forgive that, if you like tense thrillers give this a try I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A very Happy New Year to everyone - hope your year is filled with wonderful books and many friends.

A good read at the start of 2013 is on offer to the lucky winner of Searching for Captain Wentworth ...
and the winner is ...
Sam1978
Please contact me with your address Sam so I can post your book off. Lets hope this is the start of many good things this New Year for you.