Book Review: Who Took Eden Mulligan? by Sharon Dempsey

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Who Took Eden Mulligan?

Rating: ⭐⭐


Synopsis: 

‘They’re dead. They’re all dead. It’s my fault. I killed them.’
Those are the words of Iona Gardener, who stands bloodied and staring as she confesses to the murder of four people in a run-down cottage outside of Belfast.

Outside the cottage, five old dolls are hanging from a tree. Inside the cottage, the words “WHO TOOK EDEN MULLIGAN?” are graffitied on the wall, connecting the murder scene with the famous cold case of Eden Mulligan, a mother-of-five who went missing during The Troubles.

But this case is different. Right from the start.

Because no one in the community is willing to tell the truth, and the only thing DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey can be certain of is that Iona Gardener’s confession is false….


Review:   

  1. Good premise but…

Unfortunately, this book did not manage to live up to its intriguing premise. And boy, I really tried to get into it but in vain, perhaps it was just a tad too slow for my liking.

  1. The Setting

The setting of this story was way more interesting than the story itself, I’d go so far as to say that it was the highlight of this book.

  1. The Good and the Bad

The writing was good but repeating certain details, multiple times, was not needed and made my reading experience a little less enjoyable.

  1. The End

I had so much hope for the finale, I even thought that if it was good, it would redeem the whole book and make it worth a read. Unfortunately, the ending was a bit of a let-down as it was both, rushed and unconvincing.

5. The Final Verdict

This book was not my cup of tea but it might be your cup of coffee, who knows? Might be worth a read to find out.

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Book Review: The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James

Review of The Secret of Cold Hill

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James is the spine-chilling follow-up to The House on Cold Hill. Now a smash-hit stage play.

Cold Hill House has been demolished to make way for a new housing estate. Luxury-living at its best with high specification gadgets all thrown in – part-exchange available for the right buyers.

The first two families move in, and as soon as they do, the unearthly residents of Cold Hill begin to make themselves known.

Nobody who moves into Cold Hill reaches their fortieth birthday, and the old couple that have just arrived . . . let’s just say their days are numbered.


Review:   

This was quite an entertaining read, perfect for the Halloween season!

If I had to describe this book in few words, it would be: Fun, addictive, ghostly, and humorous. I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate plot along with the strong characters.

It’s worth mentioning that this is the second book in the series. However, it can certainly be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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Book Review: The Other Wife by Claire McGowan

Review of The Other Wife

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.


Review:   

Unputdownable, addictive, and fast-paced Psychological Suspense!

This is a well-written plot, starring twisted and unlikable characters, all driven by different motives; greed, lies, deceit, jealousy, and all arrays of destructive emotions.

Secret upon secrets and twists upon twists, some easier to unmask than others. Moreover, there were many implausible occurrences in this story and the ending was no different but still managed to have a satisfying edge to it.

All is all, this is an enthralling read and I will definitely recommend it!

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Book Review: I Dare You by Sam Carrington

Review of I Dare You

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

AN INNOCENT GAME. A SHOCKING CRIME. A COMMUNITY FULL OF SECRETS.

Mapledon, 1989
Two little girls were out playing a game of dares. Only one returned home.
The ten-year-old told police what she saw: village loner Bill ‘Creepy’ Cawley dragged her friend into his truck and disappeared.
No body was found, but her testimony sent Cawley to prison for murder. An open and shut case, the right man behind bars.
The village could sleep safe once again.

Now…
Anna thought she had left Mapledon and her nightmares behind but a distraught phone call brings her back to face her past.
30 years ago, someone lied. 30 years ago, the man convicted wasn’t the only guilty party.
Now he’s out of prison and looking for revenge. The question is, who will he start with?


Review:   

Who’s the killer? What’s their motive? And what everybody’s hiding and why?

So many questions and the answers turned out to be far more intriguing than I anticipated!

The story is told from various perspectives and as it alternates between timelines, we get to uncover the many facets of the well-developed characters.

Moreover, in the middle, I felt the plot did drag on a little and most of the twists were  somewhat predictable but still thought-provoking.  

Infused with twists, turns, and a lot of secrets, this gripping mystery is definitely worth a read!

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Book Review: The Power of Comparison by Robert Prior

Review of The Power of Comparison 

Rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Synopsis:

We’re all products of our comparisons. What we think of ourselves, the way we feel and how we behave are affected by the comparisons we make. The comparison-generating properties of social media mean this is more relevant than ever before. Our comparisons also influence the everyday decisions we reach, often to our disadvantage. From eating to investing, driving to buying and working to dating, we can use them far better than we do. In “The Power of Comparison” you’ll learn how to tackle the mental health problems comparisons can cause as well as ways to turn them to your psychological, physical and financial advantage. It’s a manual for better living in this exciting, yet challenging, new era.


Review:   

This book was quite informative!

“Where there’s social interaction there will be comparisons and where there are comparisons there will be effects on our psychological well-being.”

From how social media accentuates the comparison syndrome to the art of constructive thinking and self worth, this book delves into our current reality, shedding light on a number of relevant topics.

I would definitely recommend it!

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Book Review: Broken Flowers by Kate McQuaile


Review of Broken Flowers 

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  

Synopsis: 

Your mother. The one person you trust. What if you’re wrong?

Widowed Nan is on her way to her beloved son’s wedding. She should be excited, but she is dreading her return to Paradise Place – a small area of Notting Hill that she hasn’t dared set foot on for decades. Nan had arrived there as a young girl in the late seventies, desperate for freedom and a career as an artist. But, drawn into a dark obsession that spun out of control, Nan was forced to flee.

And while the only thing seemingly connecting her son’s wedding and her old secret life is Paradise Place, Nan quickly gets the impression that someone is watching her every move . . . someone she thought was dead.


Review:   

Don’t they say revenge is a dish best served cold?

If you’re a fan of slow-burning thrillers where tension meets suspense in a whirlwind of lies, secrets, and bloody cold revenge? Then this book might be for you!

For me, this was a slow-burner that didn’t pick up speed till about the last quarter of the book and when it did, the twists were either predictable or far-fetched. I did, However, enjoy the writing and the premise of the book and would still recommend it.

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Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Review of What Lies Between Us 

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 

Synopsis: 

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.


Review:   

A disturbing tale of love and hate and everything in between!

A mother and daughter, two utterly dysfunctional characters, trapped in a twisted game of life and death. Who’s done who wrong? And who’s to blame?

I did manage to figure out all the major twists and yet, the impeccable writing kept me turning the pages, begging for more.

I would definitely recommend.

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Book Review: Strangers by C.L. Taylor

Review of Strangers

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  


Synopsis: 

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.


Review:   

1. Unputdownable!

Three main very-well-developed characters come together in an action-packed suspense that left me wondering, where the hell is this going?

2. Treacherous waters

From the very first chapter, this book managed to pull me straight into its treacherous waters and even though I tried to take a break in between and have a KitKat, it simply refused to let me go till the very last chapter.

3. Denouement

Although I quite enjoyed the ride, somehow the denouement did not live up to my expectations but I believe that’s what happens when you read too many Psychological Thrillers.

4. Those twists and turns

Even though I was not the biggest fan of how everything came together at the end, I still enjoyed the wild ride with its highs and lows, twists and turns.

5. The Final Verdict

I would definitely recommend this book and will also be on the lookout for this author’s future work!

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