Tag Archive | Harper Collins

The Judas Tree by Amanda Jennings

Lasting A Lifetime

The Judas Tree by Amanda Jennings is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that seeps into your very core.

It is tragic. It is heartbreaking. It is a powerful tale showing the affects of a traumatic childhood on adulthood. An event, so awful, it never leaves you. The timescale of a life is split into ‘before’ and ‘now’. There will never be an ‘after’.

A chance meeting as adults opens up terrible wounds as two characters find themselves returning to the scenes from childhood, in their heads. Others who were there have moved on.

We witness a marriage trying to recover from a miscarriage. The cracks in the relationship go far deeper.

A young man, mixed up as a child by a distant father and a boys boarding school, still believes the lies he was told that he is no good and not worthy of any good things in life. The voices from his childhood, echo in his mind, tormenting the adult he became.

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One Last Secret by Adele Parkes

Coming 8th December 2022

One Last Secret by Adele Parks is due out 8th December. Please see the trailer here


Pre-order your copy today. It’s a great read.

#OneLastSecret by @adeleparks is publishing in paperback with @HQStories on 8th December. Would you kill to keep it? Pre-order now: https://amzn.to/3GpePI8

Never Forget You by Fiona Lucas

A Beautiful Love

Never Forget You by Fiona Lucas is a powerful contemporary novel about love. It is a love that just sinks into your heart and soul. It is also about grief and finding yourself.

There is a great love that is selfless and just keeps on giving. Sometimes you meet a person and you just know that they are your soulmate.

With grief comes guilt. There is a guilt about things left undone. This guilts blindfolds a soul to all the good they have done.

We see characters who have unique gifts that need nurturing and not squashing. We see that these gifts can make a soul feel really alive.

Family is important. Family loves us and sometimes knows us better than we know ourselves.

There are the difficult themes of gaslighting and love bombing. The reader recognizes these from the outset, and our heart breaks for a character. We are crying out for an already fragile soul as the person becomes even more lost.

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The Winter Garden by Nicola Cornick

True Treasure

The Winter Garden by Nicola Cornick is a marvellous dual timeline novel that had me enthralled from the start.

The book is set in present day and 1598 in the lead up to the Gunpowder Plot. Chapters alternate, as do the voices, with the action being seen through the eyes of the leading ladies – in the third person in present day and in the first person in 1598.

Living in a barn called Gunpowder Barn in the grounds of the old Catesby cottage provides a link to the past. It is all very atmospheric as there seems to be a thin veil between the two time periods.

We witness that sadness in the present attracts sadness in the past. A love will not rest until the past has surrendered its secrets.

A mother’s love is strong. We witness several instances. Life in the sixteenth century was precarious, not all children born, survived. A veil of grief is palpable.

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