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What is it about?
Famous killers have fan clubs.
Hamish Wolfe is no different.
Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young
women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He's handsome, charismatic
and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he's innocent, and that he's
the man of their dreams.
Who would join such a club?
Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive
and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only
takes on cases that she can win.
Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he
wants her to change his fate. She thinks she's immune to the charms of a man
like this. But maybe not this time . . .
What did I think of it?
Ooh ooh ooh what a fantastic book
this is! I cannot rave highly enough about it. The plot is superb and something
that always intrigued me. What would possess anyone to befriend and write to a
prisoner – particularly one that has committed serious crimes like Hamish in
this book who is a convicted serial killer?
The thing is that Hamish maintains
his innocence and asks ex-lawyer and crime writer Maggie Rose to take on his
case. At first she has no interest as she doesn’t believe he could possibly be
innocent, but when the detective responsible for his conviction appears and
urges Maggie Rose not to get involved it has the opposite effect, and she
begins to speak with Hamish. It’s not long before Hamish is getting into her
head. But what else is happening that un-nerves Maggie making her wonder about
Hamish’s guilt, and also fearful for her safety.
With twists and turns, the plot is
dark and uncertain which left me on the edge of my seat. Even better, we don’t just
hear the authors narrative, we also see letters and reports from different
bodies and authorities which make it at times feel a bit more like a
non-fiction book about a serial killer.
I loved this book and have been
telling readers who like thrillers to get this on their to read list. I want to
tell you so much more but am fearful of giving something away that might ruin
it for future readers.
This is the first book I have read
by Sharon Bolton but it certainly won’t be my last. I have heard great things
about her Lacey Flint series and after lapping this book up they have been
downloaded on to my Kindle and close to the top of my list of books to get
I don’t feel like I am really doing
this book justice in this review because to do so would reveal bits of the plot
and risk spoiling what is a fascinating and edge of your seat thriller. But
trust me when I say, you need to read this book. It is fast paced, entrancing
and dark, with twists and scenes that will make you wonder just what is going
on and who you can trust.
Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that
being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of
sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world.
Some people might look at Alice and think she has
everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is
complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants
to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing.
Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But
when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it’s time to stop listening to
everyone else and only follow their hearts.
Let me just come out and say it. A Song for
Tomorrow is the most beautiful, moving, inspirational book I have ever read. Its
story will stay with me for life, and will inspire me every single day. If I
had a book hall of fame this would be top of the pile. Potentially the best
book I have ever read! How on earth am I ever going to be able to explain what
this book means to me?
The book is based on a true story. Alice Martineau
was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life limiting and debilitating disease. But
Alice refuses to be defined as someone with a serious illness. Alice has
dreams, ambitions and determination. Alice wants to be treated like anyone
else, and not to be pitied or be thought of as brave (even though you can’t
help but marvel at her bravery). She is a daughter, sister, and staunch friend
but as we meet her she has two other ambitions, to love and be loved, and most
of all – to be a singer. Everyone has told her it will
never happen, that someone with CF could never manage it. But no way is Alice
going to be deterred by their words.
And so we meet Alice, and come to know her and
love her. Alice has had some bad eggs, but it’s
not long before we see her fall in love with Tom. Within the pages of the book unfurl
a true love story that is the depth of love and devotion we all dream of. Tom
has battled his demons in the past and has ambitions of his own, but he is the
most marvelous of men. The only thing is –
will this be too much to handle and is he strong enough to ride the storms?
We also follow Alice as she battles against the
odds to prove everyone wrong and become the singer she so desperately wants to
be. But oh my gosh, whilst reading this book I have never ever wanted anyone to
achieve their dream. Alice has an extraordinary battle on her hands. I kind of
knew a little bit about Cystic Fibrosis, but soon realized my knowledge barely
scratched the surface. The battle Alice fought on a daily basis is awe
inspiring. But never once did she look for sympathy, or waver in her belief and
determination. In fact not only does she strive for her dreams, but she never
stops being the most loving a caring person, who looks out for others, and has
It would be wrong not to also mention the
supporting cast of her parents, brother, boyfriend, friends, medical staff and
those in the music industry. They are also strong, supportive and showed the strength
of unconditional love.
I could rave on about this book forever, but at
the same time I am fearful of saying too much and spoiling what is more than a
book to me…it was a gift. A very precious gift that I felt
deserved respect and so rather than devouring books as I usually do, this took
a while to get through.
As a fan of Alice Peterson I was expecting to
enjoy the book, and knew from the blurb and her other work that it was likely
to pull at my heart strings, and be an emotional and moving read. But I wasn’t
expecting to be as affected and as inspired as I was. This book touched my
heart and soul, and is better than any self help book out there. It is a book
that demonstrates love and how to overcome adversity.
I know that Alice’s
story will stay with me for life. She has already inspired me and made me
determined that I am not going to be defined by my illness. Since starting the
book there have been times when things have felt overwhelming, but thinking of
Alice has stopped me in my path and given me the strength of mind to start over
and go for it. Infact thanks to her I am now on the treadmill every day and I play
her album to lift me and push me onwards.
Can I also recommend her music. As I was reading
the book I became inquisitive about how she sounded, and I wanted to know if the
battle was worth it I guess. So I downloaded her album Daydreams. Please do
give it a listen. She is so so talented. I loved her voice, and the lyrics are
beautiful. You can see a trailer for the book and hear a clip of her here
Thank you Alice Peterson for bringing Alice
Martineau into my life and telling her story. She is a true inspiration who has
evoked determination, strength and the gratitude for those in my life.
You love your family. They make you
feel safe. You trust them.
But should you…?
When fifteen-year-old Billy
Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames
herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family
that doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets
from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for
information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.
Claire is sure of two things – that
Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his
A mother's instinct is never wrong.
Or is it?
Sometimes those closest to us are
the ones with the most to hide…
So what did I think?
whilst I fangirl over C.L. Taylor. I love her work!! I have read all 3
psychological thrillers that she has published, and I have not been
disappointed in any of them. In fact, my only criticism of her work is how
tired I am when reading her books as I can’t put them down and sleep!
creepy cover that hinted before I opened the first page that I was in for
another roller coaster dark and gritty plot which was exactly what this turned
out to be. As usual with the authors work things are not straight forward and
as you read you wonder what parts to believe and what to question. Like many
books in this genre the story revolves around a child that is missing. In fact,
they have been missing for six months as we meet the family and it is certainly
every parent’s worst nightmare. So it no surprise that the family are feeling scared,
devastated, guilty and dumbfounded. But like lots of families, all is not what
it seems on the surface, and there are questions to be asked.
the Mum and main character in this book. Much of what we see is from her
perspective. However, what can we believe and who is she really? Suffering from
blackouts and memory lapses there are situations that just seem odd and make no
sense to her or others around her. Is she insane or ill?
The story is
also interspersed with text messages between two people, but we don’t know
their true identity as they use alias names. How much of a bearing do these
messages have and who are behind them?
I know this
book has had a mixed reception, but to me it was a tense page turner that kept
me engrossed from start to finish. As with the authors other work, this plot
has twists as well as casting doubt on many of the characters. What happened?
Who was involved? Where is it all leading? I love books that are not always
what they seem, and I enjoy the challenge of trying to suss everything out, so
this was right up my street.
definitely recommend this fast moving, engrossing tense thriller and am looking
forward to reading The Escape when it is released later this week.