A Perfect Marriage Alison Booth

Sally Lachlan has a secret

A chance meeting with the charismatic geneticist, Anthony Blake, reawakens her desire for love. But as Sally finally lets down her guard, daughter Charlie begins to ask questions about her father and what really happened all those years ago.

Both the past and the future are places Sally prefers not to think about, but if she wants to find happiness, she will first have to come to terms with her previous marriage. Only then will she be able to be honest with Charlie and herself.

when is it time to let go of the past?


I absolutely love reading books about a fictional marriage.  A Perfect Marriage is about domestic violence. It is excellently well written with so many characters I really cared about. Sally is being constantly hit by her husband Jeff. She finally had enough, she packs her things and her daughters clothes and leaves him. Not only is Jeff hitting Sally he is having an affair with Sally’s friend, Zoe. Jeff continues to be violent towards Zoe. Sally keeps all the details of her husband’s violent behaviour away from her daughter Charlie. It’s not until the death of her father that Charlie questions why her mother why did she kept secrets away from her. I recommend reading A Perfect Marriage with so many nicely played out scenes that I’m not willing to share as I don’t want to spoil it for any other reader.






Our House Louise Candlish

Home. Family. Marriage. Everything Has Its Price.

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.


Louise Candlish is one of my favourite authors. Our House is totally one clever story. I loved every page. This is most certainly a novel I’m going to remember for a long time. Fi Lawson and her husband Bram have owned their own house for years. They have no intention of selling it. My heart was pounding through this event when Fi finds strangers moving into their house. Of course she needs to urgently speak to her husband but very conveniently he has disappeared.  Bram and Fi are still legally married just separated. There are quite a few secrets that Bram has kept from his wife Fi. He has committed a crime and it seems no matter how much he tries to behave himself Bram just digs a bigger hole for himself.  Fi finds herself in rather an odd situation being quite gullible. I highly recommend reading Our House with its very twisty scenes and shocking ending.



Too Close To Breathe Olivia Kiernan


Polished. Professional. Perfect. Dead. Respected scientist Dr Eleanor Costello is found hanging in her immaculate home: the scene the very picture of a suicide. There’s is no note. And her husband is missing.


Detective Frankie Sheehan is recovering from a violent knife attack and dealing with the first awakenings of post-traumatic stress disorder when she’s called back to summer. DCS Frankie Sheehan is handed the case, and almost immediately spots foul play. Sheehan, a trained profiler, is seeking a murderer with a talent for death.

Eleanor  Costello’s death looks like suicide but soon the perfect pieces of Eleanor’s life begin to fracture, sending Sheehan and her team into complex murder investigation for Dublin’s deadliest killer. The case deepens as do the body count and Frankie is forced to confront her own demons as the lines between victim and killer become increasingly blurred.


Four murders. Each may have a connection. Eleanor Costello is called Dr Costello at the university college Dublin. When Eleanor is found hanging from her bedroom ceiling at first it was classed as a suicide. Amy Keegan who was having an affair with Eleanor’s husband is had also been found dead. Two more people are found dead, but I’m not saying who. The question is why have four people all connected to each other been found dead?  Olivia Kiernan nicely has planned a page turning murderer with an excellent twist that I didn’t see coming. I can’t highly recommend enough Too Close To Breathe. I’m fascinated with reading the first novel by a new author. I enjoy it even more when a new author uploads what writing course they did and how they planned their novel. I like discovering how authors write, do they plan it in a note book or straight to computer. Olivia’s website Oliviakiernan.com  is fantastic in explaining on her blog page everything that she went through when writing Too Close To Breathe.




Ghost Helen Grant Blog Tour

Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think.

Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between – everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted.

One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly alone.

Then Tom McAllister arrives – good-looking and fascinating, but dangerous. What he has to tell her could tear her whole world apart.

As Tom and Augusta become ever closer, they must face the question: is love enough to overcome the ghosts of the past?

In the end, Langlands House and its inhabitants hold more secrets than they did in the beginning…

About Helen

Helen Grant writes thrillers with a Gothic flavour and ghost stories. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won an ALA Alex Award in the US. Her other books include the exciting Forbidden Spaces trilogy.

Helen’s latest novel Ghost (Fledgling Press 2018) is set in Perthshire, where she has lived since 2011. When she is not writing, Helen loves to research the lost country houses of Scotland and to visit the sites where possible. Her experiences of exploring these fascinating places inspired her to write Ghost.


Quite a chilling novel. I would go far as to say that it could be classed as a thriller. I certainly didn’t see the chilling ending coming. Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think. It’s the ghost of a girl who died there during the War, that’s what they say. The house Augusta McAndrew lived in with her grandmother is in the middle of a private estate and surrounded by forest. Occasionally people come to look for the ghost. Sometimes people may see her at one of the windows. I recommend Ghost as the story took me by surprise, it wasn’t the kind of story I thought it would be. I love reading these kinds of books where I think the novel is going to be exactly how I have it in my head and then it turns out a totally different and then story blows me away.

Her Cold Eyes Tony Black Blog Tour

She’s missing, and her mother knows who to blame. But nobody’s listening.

Who the case falls to DCI Bob Valentine he has no choice but to listen. Troubled by visions of a young girl’s desperate anguish and her mother’s heartbreak, Valentine soon finds himself immersed in the most harrowing investigation of his police career.

Uncovering a ring of ritualistic abuse that leads to the highest echelons of a degraded any Satanic society,  Valentine wonders how the could contain such evils.

And then the bodies start to mount.  And the demon’s defender appear. Can the detective fight on so many fronts? Can he even hope to find the missing, never mind the guilty?


This novel was totally Unputdownable. I loved every minute of Her Cold Eyes. The police procedure was absolutely fantastic. I related to all the police, in the story specially DCI Bob Valentine. A fifteen year old school girl Abbie McGarvie goes missing. Her mother had said that her kids were under ritual abuse, but nobody believed her accusations. Abbie is found dead from a road traffic accident. She had been found naked apart from a pair of tennis shoes on.  A lot happens in this novel but I don’t want to disclose any more details as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read this page turner. Tony black is the author of fifteen novels. This is my first book by Tony Black and I’m now waiting for his next book out to review. If you are going to buy one thriller, make it Her Cold Eyes.


Deception abounds in Julie Newman’s breath-taking new novel. Widow Helen is desperate for a perfect family life, and will do everything she can to get what she wants. A veteran of the Afghanistan conflict Martin is adrift and seemingly without hope – can he ever win back his estranged family? Pregnant teenager Charley is striking out on her own to create a new life for her unborn child, but her mother Lizzie has other ideas. When three seemingly disparate lives connect, the past and the present collide to reveal secrets, lies and how far people are willing to go to hide the truth. Following the gripping and controversial Beware the Cuckoo, Julie Newman’s thrilling new novel lifts the lid on the dark past that haunts a seemingly happy household.

My Favourite Novel

The cover of The Kindness Of Strangers is one of my favourite. I haven’t ever seen such beautiful pages on a reading page. On every one of the pages are the same design of the girl on the front cover. The secret that I found out while reading the paperback The Kindness of strangers is too much of a big secret that it would spoil the fun for you, so I’m not going to spoil the story and tell you.  Family secrets and a dark past seem to haunt a family. Lies deceit and dark secrets are all hidden away in this well written story. I was shocked when I found out the big secret and although I have finished reading this book, I still can’t shake off the big secret. Oh any there’s more this is a woman’s fiction thriller.

Beware of the Cuckoo by Julie Newman reached the number 1 in woman’s fiction kindle chart. I read Beware of the Cuckoo in paperback.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter Cherry Radford Blog Tour

After the break-up of her marriage, Imogen escapes to her aunt’s converted lighthouse on Beachy Head. Writing for an online magazine but hoping to start a novel, she wants to be alone … until she finds an entrancing flamenco CD in her borrowed car and contacts the artist via Twitter. It turns out that actor-musician Santiago needs help with English, and is soon calling her profesora. Through her window, the other lighthouse winks at her across the sea. The one where her father was a keeper, until he mysteriously drowned there in 1982. Her aunt is sending extracts from his diary, and Imogen is intrigued to learn that, like her and Santi, her father had a penfriend. Meanwhile, despite their differences – Imogen is surrounded by emotional and geographical barriers, Santi surrounded by family and land-locked Madrid – their friendship develops. So, she reads, did her father’s; but shocking revelations cause Imogen to question whether she ever really knew him. Two stories of communication: the hilarious mistakes, the painful misunderstandings, and the miracle – or tragedy – of finding someone out there with whom you have an unforeseen, irresistible connection.

My favourite novel

This is beautiful cover with the sea and cliffs and the red lighthouse. I’m fascinated by lighthouses, I have always wanted to go in a lighthouse. As I love lighthouses I thought it would be fun to introduce some facts about them. There are actually 92 lighthouses located in the UK and 13700 lighthouses in the world at least. In The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter a lighthouse is mentioned at Beachy Head and there really is a lighthouse at Beachy Head that became operational in October 1902. For reason one I enjoyed reading this book is because of the lighthouse, then I particularly like the fact that Imogen wants to write a novel, but wasn’t coming up with any ideas. Then I absolutely loved how part of the story was set in Spain in Madrid, where I happen to visit quite a lot as I totally love Madrid . With my frequent visits to Madrid I wish so much that I had my own flat with a balcony to it. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is a beautiful story by author Cherry Radford.