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If I Never Met You / Mhairi McFarlene

Good Reads Blurb:

If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment—and jealousy—of their friends and colleagues. But there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend…

Review: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Not only was the audible narration brilliant but this is such an enjoyable read. Mhairi has an amazing sense of humour and the book is full of laugh out loud dry sarcasm which is so up my street. What I loved most was that it wasn’t a stereotypical chick-lit by any means. Office romance books always seem to have the same formula and this book breaks that. The characters are late 30’s and lawyers, and don’t start the book as deadly enemies with a fine line between love and hate. There’s a mutual respect there all along and it’s so nice to read them slowly falling in love and to see Laurie finding herself again. A real feel-good book that is realistic and gives you all the fuzzy feelings! A perfect british rom-com.

I am Watching You / Teresa Driscoll

Good Reads Blurb:

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

Review: 4/5.

I could not put this book down from the second that I listened to its Audible sample. The story is told from multiple points of view which I really like when it comes to thrillers as I like the multiple perspectives. All the characters were very believable and interesting, and you can really put yourselves in their position. All of the characters had secrets that they were hiding which kept you guessing, the only issue I had with it was the ending, as it was completely unguessable – however, I guess that’s a trait of a good author. An addictive thriller!

In The Dark / Cara Hunter

Good Reads Blurb:

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive.

No one knows who they are — the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before.

The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible.

And that no one is as innocent as they seem …

Review: 5/5.

WOW. I read the first book in the series ‘Close To Home’ last month which I reviewed here and I completely fell in love with everything – the writing, the characters, the narration. I had to read this one. When reading the blurb I wasn’t sure I’d love it as much as the first, after all if the woman and child found in the basement are alive and can just tell their story, surely it’s an open and shut case? I was wrong. This book was amazing. The best so far that I’ve listened to on Audible and I’ll be continuing with the series definitely. Her writing and characters are so rich and interesting, reading her books genuinely feels like being stuck in the case yourself. Every time that I thought I had the answer, there was another shocking twist and the ending was unbelievable. Cara Hunter is clearly a hugely intelligent writer and I’m obsessed with her! The ending made my jaw drop. The best UK thrillers around!

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  1. May 31, 2020 / 10:51 am

    These books sound really good! R x

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