Uncovering The Truth
Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey is a nail biting thriller that had me hooked from the start. It is the seventh book in the Maeve Kerrigan series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Written from the point of view of Maeve Kerrigan, the reader easily engages with the open and honest style from the start. The reader views all the action and evidence as Maeve ‘sees’ it. I tried to guess the outcome but failed miserably.
The book was full of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. The storyline was fabulous and it would make a wonderful movie.
Love, Laughter And Family
The Kicking The Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins is an amusing contemporary read about love, family and relationships. It is also a study of grief. “Grief is like standing on the edge of the ocean. Some days… it’s manageable. Other days… it blasts like a tsunami.” Grief can be all consuming as one adjusts to a new ‘normal.’
The novel follows three sisters over a year. Each one is unique. The relationship has been fractured. Can they rebuild as they unite in grief?
There are many themes and as well as studying grief, the novel is a study of life. “Life isn’t made up of what is thrown at you, it’s about how you react to it.”. The novel is a study of hope. A study of the past, present and future. It will make you smile. It definitely made me laugh out loud. And it will make you cry.
A Fun Read
Rosie’s Little Cafe On The Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet is a delightful light hearted and fun contemporary read. Set on the Riviera in the summer, there is a wonderful blend of sea, sun, sand and romance and I loved it.
There are the themes of roots and belonging. Sometimes the past is a scary place to visit but it needs to be laid to rest in order to pursue the rest of one’s life.
Families are made up of all sorts of different members. Sometimes they fall out but ultimately blood ties bind.
There is the topic of grief. Losses are uniquely felt but the empty space at the table always equals pain in one’s heart.
Secrets And Selfless Love
Pulling Home by Mary Campisi is a contemporary romance which will have the reader immersed from the start. It is a tale of selfless love. A love that makes sacrifices to protect those around. A love that spans the years. A love that never dies.
The novel has its secrets. Secrets that slowly unravel for both the characters and the reader. “Sooner or later the truth comes out.” The secrets were meant to protect. The truth may hurt but it needs to come out.
There is the topic of gossip within the story. “Dirt sells, whether it is true or not.” Gossip is wrong. Gossip has the power to destroy lives. “Idle chit chat ruins lives.” Mary Campisi shows how gossip needs to be stopped in its tracks.