The OMG Test, by Pippa Franks

The fabulous Pippa Franks’ debut novel, “The OMG Test”, is available now at Amazon. It’s a feelgood, heartwarming book, and I absolutely loved it! Blurb: Like Jane Austen’s Emma, Olivia Daly can’t resist the urge to meddle, but her Bridget Jones touch means things usually go awry. Shop manager Olivia’s well-intentioned interfering stems from a fear of change. When friends talk of leaving, she quakes in her stilettos (or sensible work shoes). These shoes must stay a step ahead to prevent this from happening. Commitment is not at the top of Olivia’s ‘To Do List’. However, four friends with learning difficulties, dubbed ‘Olivia’s Misunderstood Gang’ (OMG), think otherwise. They devise a test for potential boyfriend/husband candidates. Olivia approves of the test, with the intention of using it to find ideal – and more importantly, – local matches for best friends Jasmine, Melissa and Sebastian. When enigmatic shop-fitter Connor gate-crashes her life and heart, Olivia conscientiously puts him through The OMG Test, ‘for anyone who may be interested,’ refusing to admit how she feels. As the test progresses, Connor passes each aspect with flying colours.Yet he does appear to be hiding something. But unless it’s a wife and kids, does it warrant a fail? After all, there’s no such thing as the perfect man…even women aren’t perfect all the time… My Review: I was hooked from the very first page: “I’ve never been in love, and never intend to be”, and by the end of the first scene, I was already smiling. “The OMG Test” unfolds flawlessly and it’s clear that the author has a real gift for creating strong...

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, by Joël Dicker (#BookReview)

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, by Joël Dicker is an international, award-winning bestseller and was the European publishing sensation of 2013, when it sold a million copies in France, and knocked Dan Brown’s “Inferno” off the top of Europe’s bestseller lists. It was published in the United States on May 27th 2014, and was one of the biggest original acquisitions in the history of Penguin Books. It has been translated from the original French into 32 languages, and has been called “the cleverest, creepiest book you’ll read this year”–I wholeheartedly agreed with that statement; there were several nights when I had to stop reading because I was wondering what was lurking in the shadows! The book has been compared to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, and the television series “Twin Peaks”. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair kept me guessing right up to the end; anyone could have been the murderer. There are two stories running through the book: first is the murder mystery and second is the friendship between Marcus Goldman and his mentor, Harry Quebert. Harry is accused of murdering 15 year old Nola Kellergan, who has been dead for 33 years. Marcus is determined to clear Harry’s name, but he opens a literal Pandora’s box of secrets where nothing is as it seems. The characters were well drawn, and I particularly liked the friendship between Harry and Marcus. My only quibble is that it was a little too long at 657 pages. However, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained: highly recommended. Book Description: August 30, 1975. The...
Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J.Watson (#BookReview #MovieTrailer)

Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J.Watson (#BookReview #MovieTrailer)

“Before I go to Sleep” is an absolutely outstanding book from start to finish. I couldn’t believe the horrifying twist at the end! Everyone’s worst nightmare come true. Amazing writing and characterisation, with a plot that had a steadily increasing beat towards the terrifying climax. Check out the MSN movie trailer here! Great cast in Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Book Description: Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine’s...

The Accident, by C.L. Taylor (#BookReview)

The Accident, by C. L. Taylor is one of those books that I would NOT recommend reading in the dark, alone., in the middle of the night … I was tucked  up under my duvet, glued to my Kindle at 3.30a.m., and I almost jumped out of my skin at every creak and sound of the night. At one stage, the bathroom window started to bang loudly, and my heart almost exploded! The Accident was a gripping read from start to finish. The author did a superb job of slowly building the tension, and demonstrating the frighteningly insidious hold, which a true psychopath can have over their victim. The story revolves around Charlotte Jackson, who is in a coma as a result of being hit by a bus. At first, it seems like an accident, but nothing about this book is quite what it seems. It was difficult to know who to trust. Was the mother crazy? Was the father a pervert? Was it a genuine accident? However, as the mother unravels, the real truth unravels with her. The mother has dark secrets from her past, which she has struggled for years to leave behind. However, she cannot confront the demons of the past until she faces the horror of the present, and both her past and present collide with horrifying consequences. I haven’t been gripped so much by a book since S.J. Watson’s “Before I go to Sleep” and Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”. The Accident is an absolute must read!   Blurb: A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep … Sue Jackson has...