An incredible read.
The story is devastating and some descriptions are not for the faint-hearted.
I felt very invested in all of the characters and the multiple versions of the stories intertwined beautifully. When the final chapter ended I was genuinely bereft.
I’m glad to see that this book may be the first in a Good Daughter series, and if so, I can't wait for the next instalment from Karin Slaughter.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of The Good Daughter in exchange for my honest review.
1) Stop what you are doing.
2) Book a weekend away in a remote cottage with a comfortable armchair.
3) Read this book.
An absolutely brilliant book.
From the moment Sarah and Eddie met I was vying for them to end up together, but every twist and turn assured me it was impossible. I read the last quarter of the book in one sitting on a long bus journey and I have to admit that I started to sob a few chapters from the end. At least the other passengers were polite enough to ignore my tears.
It was the literary equivalent of spending the evening wrapped in a duvet, with a tub of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, and binge-watching a favourite box set.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of The Man Who Didn't Call in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed S.D. Monaghan's debut novel The Accident and looked forward to reading The Family at No. 13.
I read the book whilst travelling from Africa to the UK, through two airports, and on two respective planes. It kept me sane during a particularly long delay at Entebbe Airport waiting for a Turkish Airlines flight. It took me a couple of chapters to get into the story from the two standpoints of Connor and Mary. But by chapter three I was in for the long haul.
You never know what goes on behind closed doors...
I love the nosy curtain-twitching of neighbourhood thrillers - as the old adage goes you never know what goes on behind closed doors. The first chapter opens with a dead body and it would be easy to assume it would be an average whodunnit, but how wrong I was. The rich story was so all-consuming that I almost forgot about the crescendo I was hurtling towards chapter by chapter, until the final twist!
The story is about families.
The story is about relationships and marriages.
The story is about neighbours.
The story is about difficult teenagers.
The story is about ambition.
Above all, the story is about the complexity of people living in close proximity to others.
I lost count of the clever, subtle twists. It was a joy to spend time with the multi-faceted residents of St Catherine's Hill.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of The Family at Number 13 in exchange for my honest review.
I am a sucker for plots just like Bonfire: Girl escapes town, does well for herself, and has to return.
BONFIRE delivered and it was full of twists and turns. Who to believe? Who to trust? Who to champion - the former prom king or the ne'er do well bloke who runs the local off license? I read this book in a couple of days and I went to bed an hour early to get in extra reading time.I found myself surprised at the story, I thought it was going to be an environmental legal thriller in the vein of Erin Brockovich but it was so much more. The unreliable heroine embroiled me fully with her woes, worries, and school memories.
A great debut novel.
WOAH! So this is an incredible read BUT it won't be for everyone. The story of Cat's life is raw, it is unabashedly honest to the point of uncomfortable at times, but it is an insight to the life and survival of a some-what functioning addict. It by no means proposes excuses for abusing drugs and the almost unapologetic tone could come across as patronising, yet I can't remember any book I have read that offers such an honest and transparent recollection of addiction.
I would also recommend to those who have a loved one who struggles with drug use/abuse.
What a ride.