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#TopFiveThusday with #BookBlogger Lynne at fictionophile @fictionophile

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Lynne to the book review café whose agreed to share her #TopFiveThursday. Lynne blogs over at Fictionophile And her site is a treasure trove for anyone who loves books, not only does she review a wealth of books but she also runs regular book features such as cover love and Wednesday’s Word. If you haven’t checked out Lynne’s blog it’s a must.

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Top 5 books read so far this year: (with links to my reviews)

Persons unknown” by Susie Steiner

Then she was gone” by Lisa Jewell

Beartown” by Fredrik Backman

Possible world” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Dark game” by Rachel Lynch

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Ruth Rendell

Fredrik Backman

Sharon Bolton

Peter May

Rachel Joyce

Top 5 books you want to read before this year is out?

“The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton

“Salt Lane” by William Shaw

“The dry” by Jane Harper

“Us against you” by Fredrik Backman

“Snap” by Belinda Bauer

Top 5 tips I would give to new bloggers?

Write a review policy.  State up front what you will/will not review along with your preferred genres and reading format.

If you over-commit yourself it will seems like ‘work’. Learn to say NO – if you don’t you’ll get overwhelmed.

Support other bloggers, if you do you’ll be rewarded in spades

Always be considerate and fair when posting reviews.  You can let the world know a book is not for you without insulting the author or other reader’s choices.

You don’t HAVE to participate in every ‘tag’ or ‘meme’ that comes along.  It is YOUR blog, so do only the ones that really appeal to you.

Top 5 blogs you follow?   (I found this one really difficult as I follow a lot of wonderful book blogs)

Cleo’s Cleopatra loves books

Juliet’s Bookliterati Book Reviews

Jen’s Jen Med’s book reviews

Jo’s My Chestnut Reading Tree

Emma’s Damppebbles

A little about Lynne

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Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada.  So many wonderful books passed my desk that everyday felt a little bit like Christmas morning.

Since retirement, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, doing word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles.  Our summers are spent at our seaside cottage on the Northumberland Strait of Nova Scotia.  I love to read, and my favorite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for classic literature and literary fiction.

I have been married for over 41 years and I am the proud mother of two adult children.

My thanks to Lynne for taking part in #TopFiveThursday its much appreciated and a HUGE thank you to all the bloggers who have taken part, without them this popular post wouldn’t have got off the ground. If you’ve missed any of the posts they can be found here….. #TopFiveThursday index.

All good things must come to an end and this is my last ever #TopFiveThursday post. I’m hoping to start a new feature early next year if I can come up with something original, (you might have a long wait 😂🙈).

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The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

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Book Description

When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.

But what really happened to Coco?

Over two intense weekends – the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father – the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed…

When I started Darkest Secrets I only intended to read a couple of chapters,BIG mistake! 2 hours later I had to force myself to put it down. From the first page I was intrigued, first an email then witness statements, my curiosity was well and truly piqued. What I found compelling about Darkest Secrets is that the story is told in alternating chapters, during that tragic weekend where Coco disappears and during the funeral weekend of Coco’s father Sean 12 years later, both are built up gradually and skill-fully draw together, until they collide in a sad and shocking conclusion.

I found most of the characters truly unlikeable Sean especially, moving from one marriage to the next, and leaving his children behind without a second thought! There selfish, self absorbed and deceitful, but absolutely fascinating at the same time, as the plot unfolds we learn more about each character, and they become more despicable if that’s possible. Alex Marwood has managed to create multi dimensional characters that are very believable.

As we learn more about the character the plot begins to thicken, The tension mounts and I found myself flying through the pages to find out what really happened. Alex manages to deliver a well plotted story, that will keep the reader guessing until the final pages. I found Darkest secrets a gripping read, it’s dark, it’s intense and compelling, it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. Its one of the best psychological crime novels I’ve read this year and Im convinced Darkest Secrets will hit the top spot on crime shelves all across the country on its release.

It’s a huge big 5 ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ out of 5 from me

Publishers: Sphere 1st January 2015

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WWW Wednesday

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it’s my first ever WWW Wednesday, and I thought it would be a fun post to do every Wednesday.
The WWW Wednesdays meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. https://samannelizabeth.wordpress.com/ and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What I am Currently reading

Darkest secrets by Alex Marwood

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Book description

When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.

But what really happened to Coco?

Over two intense weekends – the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father – the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed…

I only picked this up to read a couple of chapters, but 2 hours later I had to force myself to put it down, Either that or miss my late shift! Which I’m sure wouldn’t have gone down well. It’s compelling, dark and totally addictive. My review for Darkest Secrets will follow shortly

What did you recently finish reading?

Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood

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Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…
DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda’s case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…..

For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood. This is Michaels debut novel it’s a crime thriller with plenty of bite. I sped through this book it was that good! Fantastic characterisation and a well plotted story with plenty of twists and turns. I was really impressed with this debut and I will certainly look forward to his next book. You can see my review here

https://thebookreviewcafe.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/author-interview-for-reasons-unknown-by-michael-wood/

What do you think you’ll read next?

Kitty’s Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow

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Book Description

New home. New life. New beginning. It’s time for Kitty Lewis to start living again . . .

When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it’s time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there’s an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom…

But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, the discovery of a long-hidden diary,at the farm, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty? As Kitty fills in the lost pieces of her family jigsaw and discovers some shocking revelations, will her countryside dream fall to pieces? When it comes to life in the country, nothing is ever quite as it seems …

My last month of reading has mostly consisted of Crime thriller books, and I fancy a different genre this book appeals to me as I have already read some fantastic review on it, and it’s only been on NetGalley a couple of days

If you have any other suggestions or if you’ve read any of the above books, please feel free to leave a comment below