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The book review café Book Of The month **February 2019**

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Whohoo It’s the 1st March, hopefully spring is just around the corner, I’m really not a winter person, bring on the lighter nights and lots of sunny days 😎.  Now we’ve got the weather out the way it’s time to choose my book of the month for February 2019, my god this was a hard one I could have chosen at least FOUR books this month but then I remembered the promise  I made last month on my blog, see below ⬇️

As only one who follows my blog will know I’m rubbish at narrowing it down to one book and more often than not I’ve chosen two or in some months three! I have had a srtrict word with myself, and this year I’m going to try and keep to just the one book of the month as the title suggests, let’s see how that goes 😂

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So after a couple of sleepless nights, and much toing and froing I came to my final decision, are you ready? I read some fabulous books in Febuary, but there is one book that really stood out. It’s a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a read, an original  plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reach the very last page. It’s also one that rekindled my 🖤 Of horror. So without further ado here is my ONE book of the month…….

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Turn The Other Way by Stuart James

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I read so many books that promise that “big twist” and I’m sorry to say but many of them fail to deliver, but not Stuart James, there’s twist upon twist, each one darker and more twisted than the last. It takes a lot to shock or surprise me but OMFG Turn The Other Way surpassed anything I was expecting. You know the saying “revenge is sweet”? This book is more a case of “revenge is dark, disturbing, and extremely painful”. Would I recommend this book? “It’s a hell yes” especially to those who love a horror thriller. See my full review here……..Turn The Other Way by Stuart James @StuartJames73 #MustReads #Horror #Thriller #Crime #MustRead

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After more thought and deliberation there was no way I could much choose one book

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So here is my joint winner for the book of the month

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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The author sure knows how to weave a tangled web, and then keep the reader in his clutches with a well- plotted story. It’s one that pulls you in from the shocking opening chapter and keeps you captivated all the way to it’s explosive conclusion. I literally read this book in a day, the tension mounted as each chapter ended making this an impossible book to put down. Mark my words this book is going to be a HUGE hit.

You can read my full review here…….

#TheSilentPatient by Alex Michaelides (@AlexMichaelides @OrionBooks) #2019MustReads @BenWillisUK #BookHangoverAward

Highly recommended

Full reviews can be found in the links below……..

Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #MustReads

The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan @Phoebe_A_Morgan @HQstories #MustReads

#DeadMemories by Angela Marsons #MustReads @WriteAngie @Bookouture #BookHangoverAward

You Belong To Me by Mark Tilbury **BlogBlitz** #BookReview @#MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

The Nowhere Child by Christian White #BookReview @CWhiteAuthor @MinotaurBooks

Books I’m hoping to read in March

 

 

 

The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan @Phoebe_A_Morgan @HQstories #MustReads

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan. A must read for those who love a psychological thriller. Before I share my review here’s the book description……..

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Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

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Ever since I read Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel The Doll House (which I really enjoyed)I’ve been eagerly awaiting her second novel The Girl Next Door, and my god it was definitely worth the wait. If anything, I enjoyed this devilishly twisted psychological thriller more; I enjoy a book where the author misdirects the reader at every given opportunity and the author certainly managed to do just that! If I had to choose just one thing I loved about this book, it would have to be the amount of surprises that were hidden within its pages, I’m trying to keep away from the “T” word (Twist in case you were wondering) as it seems to be the “buzz” word for all psychological thrillers, but hell yes it’s definitely got those “twists” all psychological thriller readers love. 

Perfect wife, perfect mother, Jane Goodwin, is married to the local GP, living the dream in an affluent street with their three children. When the girl next door sixteen-year-old Clare, is found dead in a field nearby, Jane’s first thought is to protect her family from the gossip and scaremongering that follows. Jane was a difficult character to like, but also fascinating, she’s one of those people whose “all about the appearance”, quick to judge those less fortunate than herself. Jane is a woman who prefers to bury her head in the sand than deal with real-life issues, her mindset is one where if you don’t talk about it, it isn’t happening, but appearances can be deceptive, as the author scratches the surface you come to the realise that behind the cool exterior is a very troubled woman.  Numerous characters come under suspicion In The Girl Next Door,  some rouse more suspicion than others and although I worked out the killer about halfway through, it did not distract from my enjoyment of this book as I couldn’t fathom out their motive, which made the read all the more riveting. 

Phoebe Morgans location is perfectly depicted, a small town where unsolicited rumours, pointing fingers, and mistrust building amongst the local community all add an unbearable sense of tension to the read. The Girl Next Door is narrated from three characters POV, DI Madeline Shaw, who leads the investigation into Clare’s  murder, Jane the perfect mother, and Clare herself. The chapters told from Clare’s POV give an insight into the secretive teenager’s life, her dreams, her fears all add a dimension to her character that I wasn’t expecting. DI Madeline Shaw doesn’t take centre stage which I found made a refreshing change, there are so many thrillers that feature troubled detectives it can sometimes get a little weary. For me the second half of this book is the part I enjoyed the most, darker in tone, there were chapters I found genuinely chilling. The Girl Next Door is a fascinating read that delves into toxic relationships, the secrets, the lies but it also explores the lengths a mother will go to, to protect her family. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a dark psychological thriller. 

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (21 Feb. 2019)

Buying  link:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧

The author also wrote a guest post for the A day With Author……. feature that I ran back in 218, here’s  the link if you’re  interested…….

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/11/16/a-day-with-author-phoebe-morgan-phoebe_a_morgan/

 

A day with author Phoebe Morgan @Phoebe_A_Morgan

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Phoebe Morgan to the book review café to share her day in the life of a author post. Phoebe Morgan is the author of The Doll House, it’s a gripping debut psychological thriller and one of my top reads of 2017, you can read my review here The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan #BookReview @phoebe_A_Morgan @HQDigital #2017MustReads.

I’m glad to see I’m not the only nosy person I have been amazed at the response to this feature , and I’m so pleased you seem to be enjoying them so much, and there are lots more to come. So anyway I’m sure your all eager to see what a day in the life of author Phoebe Morgan looks like, so here you go.

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A day in the life of author Phoebe Morgan

I work full time as a commissioning editor at HarperCollins, so most of my writing is either done in the evenings or at weekends. I always wish I could be the kind of person who springs out of bed at 5am and dashes off 2000 words before going to work, but sadly I’m not a morning person! I prefer to write when I get home, cosied up with my laptop either in my flat or in a café somewhere.

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When I was writing my first book, The Doll House, I used to go to either Pret (the wifi there is so bad that it couldn’t distract me!) or to my favourite café in Islington which sold cheap coffee and crepes. If I’m really needing to get some serious work done, I have to put my phone in another room so that I can’t play with it – I’m awful for procrastinating and getting distracted! I like to write at a table or sometimes (shamefully) in bed; luckily, my laptop is nice and small so I can pretty much take it anywhere. Depending on how I’m feeling I’ll either have tea, coffee or a glass of red wine by my side when I’m writing, and if I’m at home I’ll usually light a candle too as I find them quite calming.

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When I’m writing a first draft, I try really hard to be strict with myself and write 1000 words a day – no matter how terrible they are. For me, I need to just get that initial draft onto the page, and then I can get to work on the edits, which is much more enjoyable because you already have 80,000 words or so to play with. The blank page can be quite daunting, but once the body of the work is written, things get a bit easier. I’ll usually write the 1000 words in one go, or try to get most of it down and then finish it off later on if needs be – as long as I’ve written it by the time I go to sleep, then it’s okay. I find it’s also good to finish writing in the middle of a scene or at the beginning of a new scene, so that when I come back to it the day after I know at least how I want the next few lines to go and am not met with instant panic at the thought of sitting down to write!

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I’ve found connecting with other writers incredibly useful – it’s good to get encouragement and motivation from other people who are trying to meet their word counts too. Once I’ve finished writing for the day, I might message them to see how they are getting on, then make myself get up and do something else – being hunched over a computer is not good for your back or your eyes! I live right next to an overground station so I like going outside to the little balcony and getting some fresh air as the trains go by, listening to their rhythm and mulling over my characters and where I want my plot to go next.

Some days as a writer are good – the words come easily and you might get the spark and excitement of a new idea – but some are bad, when you can’t think what to write next and feel as though what you’ve done so far is rubbish. I think the key is to push through the bad days and persevere – your next idea might be just around the corner!

About Phoebe Morgan

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Phoebe Morgan is an author and commissioning editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, or find her blog about publishing and writing at https://phoebemorganauthor.com/  The Doll House is her debut novel.

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Buying links: Amazon UK 🇬🇧

My thanks to Phoebe Morgan for taking time out of her busy schedule to write a post for the book review café.

**The book review café book of the month** August 2017

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OMG it’s September, can you believe it’s only three months to Christmas?  Where has the year gone? I use to laugh when my grandparents use to say this, I never understood what they meant, but I guess it’s a thing people say as they get older me included 😂😂

So it’s time to choose my Book of the month for August 2017. The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but I loved them both so much it was hard to choose between them, so without further ado here they are………

Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman

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This has to be one of the best crime series I’ve read this year, I loved the Mechanic series so much Those That Remain and In Your Name were my books of the month for July. If you missed my reviews you can read them here…  Those That Remain    In Your Name

Now back to Pay The Penance……..

This is one serial killer I can’t get enough of, and once again author Rob Ashman’s imagination runs riot, making the third book in the Mechanic series a heart thumping read. I’ve been eagerly waiting for Pay The Penance the last book in the Mechanic series to be published, I was so desperate to read this book I got up extra early to download it, and then made the fatal mistake of reading the opening chapter, and I was well and truly hooked, if work hadn’t got in the way I would have read it in one sitting and that’s a fact!

you can read my full review here….Pay The Penance

My second book of the month is…..

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

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What a fantastic read The Doll House turned out to be, I loved every page of this dark and intense psychological thriller. Steeped in malice with a constant nagging sense of unease I literally couldn’t put this book down, and read it in just under twenty four hours. I must mention this is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel, which I was really surprised at, I’m convinced The Doll House will be a book everyone will be talking about, and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this very talented author. The Doll House is a story of family secrets, lies and revenge, which makes this book deliciously twisted and very creepy.

You can read my full review here…….The Doll House

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Hide And Seek by Richard Parker

you can read my review here….Hide And Seek by Richard Parker #BookReview @Bookwalter @Bookouture 

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

you can read my review here……The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow #Review & Q & A @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse

The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

you can read my review here……The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse #Bookreview @MrsAmandaProwse

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan #BookReview @phoebe_A_Morgan @HQDigital #2017MustReads

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Book description

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

IMG_2357Oh my, Oh my, what a fantastic read The Doll House turned out to be, I loved every page of this dark and intense psychological thriller. Steeped in malice with a constant nagging sense of unease I literally couldn’t put this book down, and read it in just under twenty four hours. I must mention this is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel, which I was really surprised at, I’m convinced The Doll House will be a book everyone will be talking about, and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this very talented author. The Doll House is a story of family secrets, lies and revenge, which makes this book deliciously twisted and very creepy.

Corinne and Ashley are two sisters, grieving the death of their beloved father, but they are also battling problems in their home life’s. Ashley is a mother of three children and fraught with worry that her increasingly distant husband James is having an affair. Corinne is in a long term relationship with Dominic and desperate to start a family by undergoing another round of IVF. Strange things keep happening to the two sisters,  anonymous phone calls, objects left in their homes from the dolls house built for them by their father. Someone is watching the sisters the whys? and who’s ? are expertly revealed layer by layer.

There is so much I could say about this book, but it’s definitely one the “less you know about it the better”. Phoebe Morgan has created some fabulous characters, each one well is well depicted and I found myself sympathetic to Corrine and Ashley plight. From the start The Doll House you get a sense of foreboding which grows as the story progresses. Told from the sisters view POV you sense their fear, the author manages to alternate between chapters seamlessly which is always a plus. There are also chapters from an unknown person and it was these chapters that sent shivers down my spine, and made this book all the more compelling.

The Doll House is definitely going on my top reads of 2017 it’s dark, atmospheric and made for a gripping read. I think what I liked about this book so much was the author’s ability to keep the reader guessing right up until the end, at one point I applauded myself as I thought I had worked it all out, but I was so Wrong I’m pleased to say, as for the ending sheer brilliance! Would I recommend this book? It’s a HUGE “Yes” I can’t recommend this book highly enough, Phoebe Morgan is an exciting and powerful new voice in crime/psychological fiction and I’m already excited for her next book.

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear I’m giving The Doll House the very prestigious Gold Star Award Rating. It’s given to a book I feel is particularly outstanding, a book that covers every aspect of what I look for in a fabulous read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that draws me in from the first page and keeps me in its grips until I reach the very last page.

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Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 355 pages

Publisher: HQ Digital (14 Sept. 2017)

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