Under en söndagsutflykt i Leigh Woods strax utanför Bristol låter Rachel Jenner sin åttaårige son springa i förväg. Ben är utom synhåll bara en kort stund. Sen är han borta och Rachel befinner sig mitt i varje förälders värsta mardröm.
Burnt Paper Sky is a nail-biting thriller that takes up a subject that probably most of us find heartbreakingly awful, the disappearance of a child. Rachael lets her little son Ben run ahead in the forest to the swings, but when she arrives, is he not there. We get follow during the rest of the book the police who are doing everything to find the boy, and how Rachel and her ex-husband are trying to keep the hope alive that Ben is still alive and well. The press and the public, which is first sympathetic turns on Rachel and she must endure the harassment of people who believe that she is behind everything, or thinks she is a bad mother who did not keep track of Ben. Not only that, dark family secrets will be revealed...
The book is fascinating and horrible to read. Missing children is a tough subject, and the more days that go by, the less the chance that the boy is found alive. The book also takes unexpected turns as the plot progresses. The only thing with the book I found a bit annoying was Clemo's therapy sessions that appear in the book where he talks about the investigation (which is then completed) due to that he feels bad and have panic attacks and he has been forced to attend the therapy to be able to continue to work. Other than that, the book was very good!
Thanks to Pocketförlaget for the review copy!
Introducing professional researcher Phineas Fox in the first of a brand-new series of chilling mysteries.
Phineas Fox has mixed feelings when he s asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Hanged for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Volf was a notorious criminal and womaniser, whose glittering talent was undermined by his scandalous private life. However, on uncovering evidence which suggests that Volf could not have been involved in the Tsar s murder, Phin s investigations lead him to the west coast of Ireland and a series of intriguing, interlocking mysteries reaching from 1881 to the present day.
Was Roman Volf executed for something he didn t do? And what is his connection with the reclusive Maxim Volf now living in County Galway? Phin s enquiries will unearth a number of dark secrets which lurk below the surface of the quiet Irish village of Kilcarne."
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
One phone call can change everything...
Six days before Christmas, Stella could never have anticipated the impact on her life when the phone rings in her London office.
The phone call is from a friend of the family informing Stella that her grandmother has been hurt in a fall at her home in the Scottish borders and is in hospital. Torn between her responsibilities at work and the need to be with her grandmother she decides she must return to Scotland immediately.
However, on her return to where she grew up, it becomes apparent that her grandmother’s health is not her only concern. Relationships which have lain dormant for years are re-kindled and fresh opportunities present themselves – if she will only dare to take them...
You know what, I may not be a big reader of romance novels, but I do love a feel-good book (and feel-good movies are the best). This book feels like you should be snowed in somewhere, preferably in the country, with a nice armchair, warm blanket, hot chocolate and a sleeping cat. And, just the book. I did have the blanket and the cat.
Anyway, it's not a thick book, but the book managed to tell is tale during its pages nice and well. Besides the story in the present do we also get flashbacks to when Stella's grandmother was a child, during the war and these flashbacks, are very important for the story and personally I found them to be a good addition. There is a little mystery included in the story, which surprised and delighted me. I do love dual storylines so it was quite nice to discover that. Also, another thing I was worried that there would be a triangle drama, but that part of the story was handled great!
Stella's Christmas Wish is about family and friends. It's a sweet story. I did think that Stella should have told Ross the truth about why she was leaving for London. But, looking back to her childhood is it perhaps not a surprise that she rather kept it to herself.
I enjoyed reading this book and if you are looking for a Christmas story then I recommend this one!
Sharon Guskin har skrivit en fängslande, tankeväckande roman som undersöker det vi ångrar i slutet av våra liv, det vi hoppas på i början och allt däremellan. Den berättar om det starka oupplösliga bandet mellan barn och förälder, mellan mor och son.
Noah vill hem. Förståeligt för en fyraåring. Men som Noahs ensamstående mamma Janie vet, är ingenting med Noah lätt att förstå. Han har mardrömmar, han är livrädd för vatten, han kan saker om dinosaurier som ingen berättat och känner igen filmer han aldrig har sett. Ibland skjuter han bort henne och skriker att han vill till sin riktiga mamma. Det blir värre och värre och ingen verkar kunna hjälpa henne. Till slut vänder hon sig till Jerome Anderson, professor i psykologi som kastat bort en lysande karriär i sitt sökande efter vad som finns bortom det vi kan se. Med Noah tror han att han har hittat det. Men han kämpar mot en begynnande afasi som hotar att radera hans minne.
Tillsammans ger sig Noah, Janie och Jerome ut på en resa som för var och en av dem betyder allt. Det leder dem till en mamma vars son varit försvunnen i åtta år. Svaren de får kanske är svar de inte är redo för. Framförallt kan det betyda att Janie förlorar den hon älskar mest av allt – Noah. Hur långt kan hon gå av kärlek till sitt barn?
Reincarnation or transmigration of the soul as it is also called is an interesting thought that I'm quite captivated by. I knew immediately after reading the description of the book that I just had to read it. How do you handle a child who demands that his real mother must come, a child who knows things that no one has told him. Is he ill, or he has lived a previous life? For Janie, is this a real situation and only when she contacts Jerome Anderson does it seem that she finally will get the answer to what ails Noah. For Jerome, this is his last chance to prove that reincarnation is something that exists. He suffers from aphasia and knows that time is running out for him.
The Forgetting Time is a thought provoking book. I found the story fascinating, especially the idea that life might continue through rebirth. The book also had independent chapters where different cases of reincarnation were brought up. Very interesting reading. Sometimes can interruption like this feel annoying in books, but in this case did I find it enriched the book's story.
The doctors can't find what it's wrong with Noah, then Janie sees a documentary about reincarnation and contacts Jerome who is an expert. and they began to investigate Noah's dreams closer and tries to find the person he was before he was Noah. But, here the story did take a completely different turn than I had expected The only thing that now and then felt a bit felt less interesting to read was Jerome's reflections. Jerome's illness makes him very reflective and he has many thoughts about life, the past, and death, and now and then I found I was quickly skimming through his thoughts in order to get forward in the book.
Despite my now and then problems with Jerome's inner thoughts is this book quite compelling and memorable and I heartily recommend it!
Thanks to Forum bokförlag for the review copy!
Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case—even if that agent is her estranged husband.
Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together—and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before—they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own…
She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?
The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who with librarian spies!
Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently...
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.
Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.
Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.
THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY is a book that I've been curious to read for a while now and I was quite happy when I got the chance to read it. I mean how can you not, if you are a bookworm, find the description of the book tantalizing? A Library that collects fiction from different realities. The book is intriguing right from the start as we get to know Irene who is on a mission to retrieve or rather steal a book. Finding rare books is what Irene and others that work for the Library do, they blend in and steal books and especially rare books that only exist in one reality or differ in another reality.
It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.
Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means… well, business as usual, really.
Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!
The Lost Child of Lychford is the sequel to Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford.
I'm impressed, and I definitely must find myself a copy of Witches of Lychford to read. I found the cover and blurb tempting and, despite having not read Witches of Lychford (how I have missed it is the question) did I find myself quickly engrossed in this book. It's a short story, but it manages to contain a lot of action, humor and some paranormal things like an unhappy little boy apparition. Personally, I just love the love portion part of the story. It gave the story a hilarious aspect.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes the explosive third book in the latest Eve Duncan trilogy.
Iris Johansen's third book in her latest explosive trilogy starring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan takes readers on a high-energy adventure with Eve fighting to overcome the odds. Protecting Cara Delaney from the enemies who want her dead leads Eve to be their target. It will take everything she has to rescue Cara, and doing so will put that which is dearest to her at risk. Night and Day is the pulse-pounding race to a conclusion that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
World War II Paris serves as the backdrop of a story of compassion, betrayal, and forgiveness from the national bestselling author of The Wedding Tree . . .
“I never knew what he saw in you.”
At her retirement home in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, ninety-one-year-old Amelie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected visitor—Kat Morgan, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack.
Kat and Jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American GI’s confession in a Parisian church. . .
Now, Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Finding out how Amelie stole Jack’s heart will—she thinks—finally bring her peace. As Amelie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the courses of our lives. . .for better or for worse.
I had no idea this was part of a series when I started to read this book, but as far as I know is the books not linked to each other than that they take place in the town of Wedding Tree. All I knew was that I wanted to read this book the first time I saw the cover and then read the description of the book. I have a deep love for books with parallel timelines and I found the description of the book fascinating with two women, old now, finally confronting the past...
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Thought I would do a makeover over at my blog and now the sidebar has disappeared. I tried resetting the template. But it's still gone as you can see if you visit It's a Mad Mad World...
Based on a seldom-told true story, this novel is perfect for everyone who is fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes.
April, 1897: A young nanny arrives at Sandringham, ancestral estate of the Duke and Duchess of York. She is excited, exhausted—and about to meet royalty. . . .
So begins the unforgettable story of Charlotte Bill, who would care for a generation of royals as their parents never could. Neither Charlotte—LaLa, as her charges dub her—nor anyone else can predict that eldest sons David and Bertie will each one day be king. LaLa knows only that these children, and the four who swiftly follow, need her steadfast loyalty and unconditional affection.
But the greatest impact on Charlotte’s life is made by a mere bud on the family tree: a misunderstood soul who will one day be known as the Lost Prince. Young Prince John needs all of Lala’s love—the kind of love his parents won’t…or can’t…show him.
From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!
Ett paket med en kvinnas avhuggna ben levereras till Robin Ellacott. Hennes chef, privatdetektiven Cormoran Strike, inser att det finns fyra personer från hans förflutna som kan vara involverade – alla fullt kapabla till obeskrivlig brutalitet.
Cormoran Strike blir alltmer övertygad om att polisen i sin utredning fokuserar på fel person, och tar tillsammans med sin assistent Robin saken i egna händer. Jakten leder dem till de tre andra misstänkta männens mörka och skrämmande världar, men medan alltfler fasansfulla handlingar begås, håller tiden på att rinna ut.
Många såg nog fram emot den nya Harry Potter boken som släpptes i år. Personligen så har jag längtar mer efter att läsa denna bok. Nog för att jag gillar Harry Potter, men jag tycker att Rowling har lyckats gå vidare i livet med att skriva andra typer av böcker. Och då jag är en fan av kriminalromaner så är det kanske inte så överraskande att jag är väldigt nöjd med att hon har valt att skriva böcker om en privatdetektiv.
Tack till Wahlströms och Widstrand förlag för recensionsexemplaret!
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...
A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.
I bet many looked forward to the new Harry Potter book that was released this year. Personally, I craved this book more. Not that I like Harry Potter, but I think that Rowling has managed to move forward in life with writing other types of books. And then I'm a fan of crime novels, so it is perhaps not so surprising that I'm very pleased that she has chosen to write books about a private detective.
Now I have to say that the book is not perfect. I've had some problems with the plot of both books before this, even if the cases in book two and this book are better than the case in the first book. However, this book suffers from the same problems as the previous books. The plot can be a bit tedious. If I did not love the characters as much as I do would the books clearly have been harder to read. But, both Cormoran and Robin are fantastic characters and I'm interested in their personal live and problems so thanks to that can I take that the case seems to take forever sometimes to get anywhere. I like that that the case was personal in this book that the perpetrator was after Cormoran and used the Robin to get to him. Who is after him and why?
The ending is both perfect and extremely frustrating. I can't say anything else that I really want the continuation of the book. Now!
Thanks to Wahlströms och Widstrand förlag for the review copy!
So far is this anthology pretty awsome. I liked Tanya Huff's short story that I immediately after finishing the story ordered the first book in the series. I had planned on taking a nap and continue reading, but my damn phone rang and now I'm tired and wasting time on the computer instead...
Not that I have gone anywhere, but It seems that Booklikes is back in business! So, it seems that I dare to venture back (with my Dean gifs)!
How's it going people?