WWW Wednesday (September 19th )

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• What are you currently reading?
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• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

I’m reading Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo

Fascinating read set in one of the most bleakest settings in the country!

The blurb

On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve only had one thing to sustain them – a snatched whisper overheard along the way. 

The war is over.

Joe Hill thought he’d left the war outside these walls but it’s quickly clear that there’s a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. 

Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn’t be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving.

Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.

 


I recently finished Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Honest to God this has to be the worst ending to a book! Billed as “the most shocking ending you’ll read all year” – it was certainly the most ridiculous ending to a book I’ve read…ever!

The blurb

Don’t Trust This Book

Don’t Trust These People

Don’t Trust Yourself

And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…

Louise

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David

Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele

Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?


What’s up next? Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

Here’s another outstanding ARC that’s been left far too long.  I enjoyed Tom Bale’s See How They Run so am expecting to like this too!

The blurb

One split second decision and you could lose your child forever…

When single mother Jen Cornish sees her neighbour’s keys on the footpath outside her home, she has no idea the simple good deed of returning them will end in her fighting for her life – and that of her son, Charlie.

Soon, Jen is arrested for a crime committed in her neighbour’s house, and the police have damning evidence. Jen wonders, is she losing her mind, or is she being framed? 

Desperate to clear her name, Jen must untangle a chilling web of lies, and there’s only one suspect on her list: her ex, Charlie’s father. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

They’re watching her child too.

Can Jen uncover the dark truth before it’s too late?


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…

Book Review: See How They Run by Tom Bale

See How They RunWhat’s it about?

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.

My thoughts

This review will be short, but only because I bloody loved it and there’s only so many ways to say I loved it, go read it!

From the opening chapter Tom Bale takes no prisoners in grabbing hold of the reader’s attention and then doesn’t let go until the very last page.

From the very beginning I got swept along in the thrill of the chase.  Page-turner is such a cliché way of describing a book but this is exactly what this is!  I love it when regular ordinary people get caught up in bad things and you just wonder, what the hell would I do??

I immediately bonded with Alice and Harry and was sympathetic to their extraordinary and horrifying situation.  Of course there’s this sense of implausibility but if there wasn’t, then there wouldn’t be a book!

I’m not gonna lie there are some grisly scenes but no worse than what you’d probably see in an episode of CSI but they made me wince all the same and only added to the gravity of the situation.

This book very much reminded me of the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State which is a movie I love too.  Both fast paced, gritty and with characters you care about from the outset that get swept along in illegal activities to try and guarantee their survival.

Loved everything about this book and will definitely read more from Tom Bale.

Many thanks to Bookouture for the ARC of this book.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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