Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Book review: Give Me The Child - Mel McGrath

An unexpected visitor.

Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child, despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate.

A devastating secret.

But as the events behind Ruby’s arrival emerge – her mother’s death, her connection to Cat – Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk.

Do we get the children we deserve?

Cat’s research tells her there’s no such thing as evil. Her history tells her she’s paranoid. But her instincts tell her different. And as the police fight to control a sudden spate of riots raging across the capital, Cat faces a race against time of her own…

My opinion.
Give Me The Child is an incredibly gripping read which will haunt you and won't let you rest before you've finished reading it. 
I just couldn't put this down. It's incredibly intense and at times so very frustrating, but every time I thought I might take a break from this story, I ended up reading another 10 chapters. 
The element of personality disorders, psychoses and mental manipulation make this book gripping and terrifying at the same time. When one of the characters gets pushed into a corner, unable to intervene, discredited and shut out, the book gets frustrating. But all the same, unputdownable. You just have to get to the end to be able to sleep. 
Give Me The Child kept surprising me and got me hooked until the very last page. I most definitely lost sleep over this one.

Give Me The Child is out 27 July.
Pre-order now!


Thank you to @HQStories for this ARC.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Book Blitz: Summer at Buttercup Beach - Holly Martin (Hope Island #2)


Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air… 

For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now… 

Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love. 

Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance? 

My opinion.
Holly, Holly, Holly. You have yet to write a book I don't absolutely love from the moment I start reading it. After reading the first installment in the Hope Island series (Spring At Blueberry Bay) I knew Rome and Freya's story would be just as perfect. And I was right.
Eventhough you had a pretty good idea of how their story would end, as with every Holly Martin book you're never quite sure about the journey that's going to get them there. Surprising twists, unexpected bumps in the road,... Always interesting and never predictable.
Holly's characters always feel real and honest, their passion and love tangible and their conversations genuine and believable.
Love can be the most amazing thing, and yet slowly destroy you. Both Freya and Rome know this, each from their own terrible experiences in the past. They both struggle with their feelings for each other and it's knowing how much they've been hurt before - and thanks to Holly Martin's fabulous writing - actually almost feeling their hurt, that makes Rome and Freya's love story even more intense and romantic. 
I could not put this book down. I cried, laughed and swooned. Absolutely and completely in love with Rome... and Hope Island. I already marked my calendar for the next release.


the gorgeously romantic first installment in the Hope Island series