Book review: The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Format: Paperback, ARC
Blurb: There’s trouble in paradise…

For as long as she can remember, Jemma has been planning the perfect honeymoon. A fortnight’s retreat to a five-star resort in the Maldives, complete with luxury villas, personal butlers and absolute privacy. It should be paradise, but it’s turned into a nightmare.

Because the man Jemma married a week ago has just disappeared from the island without a trace. And now her perfect new life is vanishing just as quickly before her eyes. After everything they’ve been through together, how can this be happening? Is there anyone on the island who Jemma can trust? And above all – where has her husband gone?

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Book Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Format: Paperback, ARC
Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads
Blurb: In her guise as ‘Dear Amy’, agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters – but never one like this…

Dear Amy,
I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man.
I don’t know where I am.
Please help me,
Bethan Avery

This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.

But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.

Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl’s life and cost Margot her own…

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Book Review: Rattle by Fiona Cummins

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Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.

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Book Review: The Sisters by Claire Douglas

25041402Format: Paperback, bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: One lied. One died.

When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive. Haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets twins Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.

When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs. As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?

When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

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Guest Post: What If…? By Jackie Kabler

Today I’m brining you another fabulous guest post in celebration of the weekend blitz blog tour for Jackie Kabler’s brand new, “The Deadline”, which is already looking to be an absolute cracker of a novel! Jackie is talking all about her, ‘What if’s?’ in todays post and I hope this will make you think about yours, too! Don’t forget to scroll right to the end to grab all the important information about the book!

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Book Review: Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst (Blog Tour!)

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Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.

And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in…

BEFORE I LET YOU IN is the brand new novel from Jenny Blackhurst, the #1 Kindle bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU, which Clare Mackintosh called ‘utterly gripping’. If you don’t know who is walking through the door, how do you know if you should let them in? Continue reading

Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

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Author: Maggie Mitchell
Format: Paperback, ARC – in exchange for an honest review
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Blurb: Everyone thought we were dead. What else could they think?

One summer, nearly twenty years ago, two twelve year olds were abducted and kept captive in the forest.

There they formed a bond that could never be broken.

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Book Review: Disclaimer by Renée Knight

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Author: Renée Knight
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads

Blurb: Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her. Continue reading

Movie Review: Now You See Me

MV5BMTY0NDY3MDMxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTM5NzMzOQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_What it’s about: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Genre: Crime, Mystery

Rating: 12A

Director: Louis Leterrier

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Cane


Review: Without a shadow of a doubt, the best film to have been released last year. I know the reviews for Now You See Me have probably been done and dusted by now but I just watched it for the second time and it’s still as exciting, mind-boggling and shocking as the first time around so I wanted to write this review for those of you who haven’t yet seen it. Now You See Me is about a group of magicians called the Four Horsemen who pull of the biggest trick known to the world of magic live on stage: they rob a bank. Two agents get put on the case to try and solve how they did it but this proves difficult even with the insights of a professional illusion exposer. It turns into a bizarre investigation with shocking twists, amazing illusions and a great truth that is above all, the most important part of the puzzle: The closer you look, the less you see.

This film is so clever and I take my metaphorical hat off to the guy who came up with this story. I’m a huge magic fan anyway so this film is right up my street (when I say magic I mean Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine not Harry Potter! Although I am a fan of him too). The thing that I believe made this film work so well is the phenomenal cast. With a whole band of well-known actors, attractive faces and charismatic personalities including those of Morgan Freeman, Michael Cane, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg, what is there not to love? The main characters in the film, the Four Horsemen, consist of 4 magicians who specialise in different aspects of magic. Daniel Atlas (played by Jesse Eisenberg) – the slight of hand showman, Merritt McKinney (played by Woody Harrelson) – the mentalist, Henley Reeves (played by Isla fisher) – the escape artist and Jack Wilder (played by Dave Franco) – the street magician. They all have their place and there isn’t one unnecessary character throughout the whole film. The characters that stood out for me however were Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and Dylan Rhodes (played by Mark Ruffalo). Jesse Eisenberg plays an arrogant prick better than anyone else in Hollywood and it worked 100% for this character because although he’s arrogant and infuriating, he’s also extremely clever and sneaky and the whole façade is extremely charming (from a girl’s POV may I add!). Mark Ruffalo plays Dylan Rhodes, the FBI agent who gets assigned to the case and his character is constantly getting led down wrong turns and dead-ends throughout the whole film and as amusing as it is, Ruffalo is fantastic at portraying the frustrated agent who wants nothing more than to bring these guys down. Isla Fisher plays Henley Reeves, escape artist and one of the Four Horsemen and although her role isn’t particularly huge, I think having a woman in with the mix brings a nice, and somewhat glamorous touch to the film.

Every once in a while a film will come along that will leave you completely speechless at the end and this was that film for me. Although most of the tricks they perform in the film aren’t actually do-able, they are based on concepts actual magicians would use today. Now You See Me’s magic consultant, David Kwong states in an article that, ‘They’re portrayed as the magicians of tomorrow’ and if that’s the case, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the world of magic. I could watch this film 10 times over and still be amazed and surprised and if you’re even a slight devotee of magic, then you’re in for a really fun ride. It’s fun, gasp-worthy and even somewhat humorous from beginning to end and with an outstanding cast and a jaw-dropping twist this is definitely one to watch.