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Bite by Nick Louth
Billing your novel as “the most gripping thriller you’ll ever read” is making some statement and I really wanted to dislike this book and think it was a load of crap but I’ve actually quite enjoyed it. Is it amazing writing and going to win awards? No. Is it a good piece of entertainment that you lose yourself in for a few hours…yes! Reminds me of the movie Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman.
Tomorrow should be the greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones’s life. In just 24 hours this brilliant young scientist will present her secret work to a conference in Amsterdam – research that promises to revolutionise the battle against a deadly tropical disease. Millions of lives could be saved; a Nobel Prize beckons.
Arriving to watch her are sceptics and rivals, admirers and enemies. Erica’s own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver, her American new love to whom she will dedicate her achievement.
Tomorrow never comes.
Erica vanishes during the night. Max, desperate, terrified, sets out to find her, descending into an underworld full of malice and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds in the heart of the woman he loves.
I recently finished
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
Yep, it’ a good story particularly the last quarter but I had a real problem with the characters. I just didn’t like them and felt no empathy towards them. I didn’t like Ed or Francesca from the start and constantly changed my mind about Lily and Carla. Interesting plot, but I just didn’t really care.
It’s the perfect love story.
Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.
But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…
The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.
‘Till death us do part…’
I also read
When He Fell by Kate Hewitt
I didn’t really love either of the main women characters but overall the book has an interesting theme which is simply told but you may need to have tissues handy by the end 😦
Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.
As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.
And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.
What’s up next?
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
One of my Netgalley picks which is published this week I was looking for something a bit lighter than murder and kidnap….but something tells me this may pull on the heart strings somewhat.
A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one.
Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not.
As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.
Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home.
Have you read any of this week’s choices?
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