Thin Air by Michelle Paver: A book review

Thin Air by Michelle Paver: A book review

I have never read a ghost story before, and must admit have never really wanted to… But I picked up my copy of Thin Air a couple of weeks ago in Waterstones when I was (yet again) not supposed to be buying any more books for myself. As I was walking around Waterstones I was trying to pick out some books that weren’t too much of a long read and I would be able to carry around with me and pick up when I was on a break at work. I picked up Thin Air purely because of the cover, it stood out immediately from the other books it was surrounded by on the counter, a dark blue background with blurred, metallic looking font “The higher you go the darker it gets… Thin Air… A Ghost Story”

As I held it and thought to myself “Ghost Story?” I wondered if it was worth my time, I’ve never been a huge fan of ghost stories, not because of the fear factor but because I find ghost/horror stories all become very predictable, but with Halloween fast approaching I thought it’d be something to fit the occasion and purchased it regardless, the Observer describes it as “A heart-freezing masterpiece” And Paver’s previous work had already been praised a fair amount so that was another reason as to why I decided to give it a go.

 

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The story is set in the 1930’s and Dr Stephen Pearce, his brother (Kits) and three other men from England are set to climb the third largest mountain in the world, formally known as Kangchenjunga. The story begins where Stephen is visiting a gentleman named Charles Tennant before starting the climb, he wants to ask him some questions and soon discovers Tennant is uncomfortable talking about what happened when he attempted to climb the mountain himself many years before. Pearce is left feeling taken back by the actions of Tennant but carries on with the climb regardless… He knows Charles Tennant had a traumatic experience when he climbed which resulted in him losing many of his fellow friends and the local people who accompanied them, but he carried on… little did he know what had really happened up there in the mountain, a tail of lies and men who covered the truth to gain heroism instead which he would discover only when it was too late.

This could be a spoiler for you… Stephen finds out that there are two different stories about Tennant’s climb one was wrote by Lyell after their climb (one of Tennant’s friends, basically the leader of their group at the time) his story explained that one of their fellow mountaineers had fallen after trying to retrieve his backpack he had dropped, as he was doing so he fell and broke his neck… Lyell sent himself down to check on him and declared him dead to the others with him. Later on in the story as Stephen is climbing higher and higher up the mountain he finds a letter from Tennant who explains a completely different story, he tells the story that their friend did indeed fall, but only broke his leg by doing so, he was also checked on by Lyell who decided to leave him down there knowing he could have helped him, and only confessed this when they had made their way back down the mountain… their friend was left up the mountain, alone, fighting for his life… knowing his friend left him to die just for the sake of attempting to go on to climb the mountain without the inconvenience of an injured man. End of spoiler. 

The storyline is brilliant, with a ghost story I believe there is a fine line between being genuinely unsettling and over dramatic but this was honestly really well written, the moments that unsettled me came out of nowhere. There are points where the setting and description of what Dr Pearce experiences makes you feel claustrophobic (this may be a spoiler) for example, one night Stephen wakes up from a dream in his tent when the group were at one of the camps they had set up, he begins to hear something outside of his tent that approaches him as he has his back turned to the wall of the tent, he can sense it moving and suddenly it stops, just outside of his tent… he forces himself to look out of the tents window at the entrance and sees something stood directly outside of the tent. I’m in no way doing that part of the story any justice by explaining it how I just have but it honestly is really creepy. Maybe it’s because of the fact that he was alone in his tent, up a mountain in complete and utter darkness… it’s just the thought of seeing a silhouette outside of your tent when you know there’s no one else around.

There are many more moments like that one that make you feel Stephens vulnerability.  The only way I could describe how it made me feel is having that feeling when you turn the lights off in a room, and darkness consumes every inch, and as you reach out your arms to feel your way to where you need to go you have that thought… that only lasts a second because you shift it out of your mind as quick as it entered – “What if there was something behind me?” As the story goes on and Stephen discovers more and more truth about the past his guard becomes more heightened, he feels as though he’s being watched, to begin with only when he was alone but then the feeling doesn’t shift even when he’s with his other companions.

This book really does consume you in the same way as I described above, and I really wish it was longer! Considering it was only a book I picked up for a quick read. Towards the end I felt as if I could have read more moments where Stephen was being ‘haunted’ the parts where he was seemed to move on a little too quick, I would have liked for Paver to go into a little more depth and really make my skin crawl, she has a really good way creating a really unsettling scene where you can imagine a person fearing for the worst.

The ending is one of the best endings I think I have read for a while, there is a love-hate relationship between Stephen and his brother that they have had going on for the majority of their lives and it makes you appreciate the family you have. Maybe not because one day they could become haunted but just because we spent so much time getting jealous at one another or hang on to arguments we have had in the past we forget that anything could happen and it could reshape our whole lives completely, sometimes for the worst!

 

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Overall I am really glad I picked this up, it’s been a pleasure to read and I will be ordering some of Paver’s previous stuff. I’m not sure if it’s persuaded me to venture into the ghost story genre a lot but only time will tell, I will include a link below if you would like to get your own copy! Thank you for reading my review of this book, and I welcome any constructive comments as I am always wanting to find room to improve my blogging skills!

Thin Air by Michelle Paver – Amazon Link.

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Feel the fear… and do it anyway!

Feel the fear… and do it anyway!

You’re attention might have been caught by the headline of this blog, much like mine was when I came across the book of the same name in Waterstones a few weeks ago.

“Feel the fear… and do it anyway” is a self-help book written by Susan Jeffers, from what I understand the book has been revised and updated so must have been around for some time now. It’s a short but insightful book which when read properly with the correct mind-set can actually help you think in a straight forward way and make you think “I’ve got this” If you’ve got a stigma about self-help books, just hold on a little longer and read why I think it’s a big deal…

 

So, when you first start reading you’re basically told point-blank to feel the fear… and do it anyway! (Which I know sounds rich, I had the same feeling). Fear stops a lot of us from doing what we want and cripples us mentally, Jeffers’ style of self-help differs from a lot of other books I have sat down with which at times become too over whelming and almost demanding, Jeffers offers logical and simple explanations to why we feel certain ways and even better… logical ways you can try at your own pace to stop yourself from feeling them.

“Five Truths About Fear

The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.

The only way to feel better about myself is to go out… and do it.

Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory… but so is everyone else.

Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness”.

It’s the simple advise that works for me, sometimes we get ourselves so worked up about things and lose track of our goals because we listen too much to what others say to us and this book helps bring you back down from that place of fear and irritation and helps you deal with it all in ways that stop you from bringing toxicity into your relationships with people just because of how you are feeling when you’re fearing the worst in a situation. Another thing I really liked whilst reading through this book is the fact that you are reassured if you’ve made a mistake or slipped up somewhere, because after all we are only human and we have bad days where we just can’t function properly and Jeffers realises this and lets you know that it’s OK and you can keep going back and forth with the exercises in the book at your own pace. After all, there is no rush and each person works differently!

 

Another section of the book I really enjoyed is the chapter that helps you step out of your comfort zone (ideal for me, because this is personally one of my main struggles in life) at one point one of the exercises is to picture the risk you are going to take just before you’re about to go to sleep at night, and imagine yourself carrying out that risk and also picturing every outcome possible (so the good and bad outcomes, whatever your worrying could go wrong) and then imagining how good you will feel after you’ve done it. The first “risk” you can take is up to you, it can be something small. Mine was simply saying hello to a stranger and asking them how they were – and after you’ve done that you gradually choose bigger and bigger risks and eventually you start stepping further and further out of your comfort zone! It’s all very simple but for someone like me who struggles with people in general I began to start to feel more proud of myself, and started to realise I was fearing the worst… when really I shouldn’t be because I’m more than capable.

As we get further into the book we start to learn about letting go of people who are holding you back or the ones who “don’t want you to progress” which may be because they’re jealous or because they’re stuck in fear and are too scared to find a way out of that situation. It is okay to leave other people behind that are stopping you from being who you want to be, and this book has taught me that. Sometimes it’s hard because we think once we’ve got a certain group of friends (or sometimes even family) we’ve got to deal with them for the rest of lives – but there are people out there that you can meet and will uplift you and tell you that you’re worth it and help you achieve great things! It’s up to you to face to fear, do it anyway and find a better path for yourself to walk along.

A couple of days ago I rang up an organisation to join regular group sessions with other people who feel the same that I do, these sessions are called “Think Good, Feel Good” and they’re made to (obviously, the name says it all) feel better by thinking in a better way. I only managed to do this because as the book explains, you are capable of meeting other people and sharing your ideas. Once you meet people who want to uplift you and want the best for you, you will begin to feel self-worth and supported, it’s all about picking up the phone and slowly finding the confidence to reach out to support groups, family or old friends. It’s hard to do, but once the ball is rolling there’s no stopping you!

It’s an ideal book that you can read over and over again whenever you begin to feel as if you’re kind of losing your way in a situation, and I’ve really enjoyed reading it,  I’m not saying its made me completely fearless but it’s helped me realise when I’m being unfair with myself and how to keep myself on the rails. I really would urge anyone who is going through anything similar; a new job, relationships with people, driving, making decisions… to pick it up and read it at your own pace. Things take time so don’t expect for things to work straight away, but go into it with an open mind and a willingness to learn more about yourself and how to deal with lifes ups and downs.

Overall, this is a helpful little book to carry around with you, to open up when you’ve got 15 minutes spare in the day, and to take it at your own speed – it offers helpful advise and separates itself from other self-help books by being honest with you, and doesn’t confuse you with all these kinds of different solutions and overwhelming tasks! Maybe that is just my opinion, but when you’re already stressed you don’t want to pick up a self-help book that feels more like work, I actually found this enjoyable and discovered that I am capable of doing things, I just needed a reminder!

And on that note, if anyone suffers with anxiety or depression or even just wants a person to speak to whenever they’re feeling overwhelmed then I am always available to speak to, I might not be able to offer the solution to the problem but I don’t mind trying to help in any way I can. I know how it feels to be riddled by your own mind!

 

Thank you for reading my review about this book, if you would to buy a copy for yourself I’ve left a link below!

 

Feel the fear… and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers.

 

Ryan-Lee!

 

 

The Dispatcher

The Dispatcher

Book: The Dispatcher

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Author: Ryan David Jahn

Key notes: Suspense, “Cat and Mouse chase” feel, Excellent character choices.

 

This has honestly been one of my favourite books I have read this year – I can’t believe it has taken me so long to discover Ryan David Jahn.

Overall I’ve given The Dispatcher 4 out of 5 stars, the only reason why I haven’t given it 5 is because I feel the ending lacked suspense, it kind of felt a little rushed, but I’ll go on to explain what I liked and disliked about the whole thing now…

So I sit down to read as soon as the book drops through the post and turn to the first chapter and read this: “Ian Hunt is less than an hour from the end of his shift when he gets the call from his dead daughter” – I’m sold. Basically Ian’s daughter went missing when she was seven years old, and although Ian searched for her and had no luck for many years he unwillingly declares her to be dead – seven years on he receives a phone call from her, she’s at a pay phone and she’s hysterical telling her father that a man is coming back after her to take her back, Ian tries to get as much information out of her but before he can he hears the phone clang against the metal of the phone box and the distant screaming of her being taken back away in a vehicle.

 

(There are some spoilers coming up)

 

Without giving too much away the people that have Maggie (Ian’s daughter) are a couple named Henry and Beatrice Dean – Beatrice is a deluded woman who has many mental health problems since accidentally drowning her first child in the bath, ever since it happened she became so depressed she could no longer function normally – to see her like this killed her husband and he one day had an idea that he thought would help his wife gain back her life… this idea was to kidnap a child and give it a new identity and call it their own, he tried this many times with different children, some ending horrifically. Until he came across Maggie who he kept locked away in their cellar.

I cannot describe to you how much I hated Henry Dean, he was an angry character, and if he didn’t get his own way would completely lose the plot and 99% of the time would take it out on Maggie (To Henry and “Bee” she is known as Sarah)

Beatrice is just kind of going along with whatever her husband is telling her to do, she’s been broken down so much I don’t really think she knows what she is doing a lot of time which makes it easier for Henry to manipulate her.

Ian Hunt is one of my favourite characters I’ve had in a while, even when he’s been injured badly and keeps losing conciseness he fights on to find his daughter, which really shows what a parent will do to be with their child, and this really shows in Maggie too, you can tell straight away that she is Ian’s daughter. She keeps faith no matter how tough it gets for her, no matter how much she is punished by Henry and even after seeing her own father get injured (when he was so close to saving her) she still convinces herself she will be saved and she will be reunited with her father.

What I really liked is the way Jahn swaps from each character so you could see the same part of the story through their version of events – one minute you know Henry is looking through the scope of his rifle ready to fire, the next you’re reading about Ian driving straight into his fire range with no idea Henry is looking through his scope prepping himself to kill him – I loved this, it kept the story interesting instead of reading the story through just one character for the majority of the book you had the chance to learn how each character felt and why they’re doing what they were doing.

The suspense all the way through is consisted, it’s a cat and mouse chance when Ian learns that Henry has taken his daughter 1,500 miles away to try and find cover and stay incognito for a while until everything is forgotten about – Ian closes in on Henry little by little, and it really is little by little because Ian finds himself literately drowning in his own blood due to his injury that he made worse due to refusing to go to hospital to get himself checked over. His sight was set on saving his daughter and there was no stopping the man.

I did like the build-up to the end of the book, but when the end did come I felt a little disappointed… In my mind I had imagined there was going to be a “battle” if you like between Ian and Henry and I imagined Ian would be so angry he would capture Henry and do what he did to his daughter, but maybe I’ve just watched too many movies! What happened at the end was pretty good, and I was satisfied that Henry could no longer harm anyone, but I would have loved a little bit more of suspense! And that is purely the only reason why I dropped one star from my rating.

Other than that, if you’re wanting to read a book that dives straight into the suspense from the first page and keeps the chase going from start to end… pick this one up! The characters are all pretty believable and although the story line is pretty similar to other abduction stories in the past the constant swapping between characters keeps you interested and keeps you turning those pages wondering what’s going to happen next.

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The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

 

Overall rating: 3/5

 

This is Lapena’s debut novel, and overall I was really pleased to have read it, I’ve given it 3 out of 5 stars and I’ll explain why I decided to drop 2 stars now…

 

When I began to read this novel I sat down and read four chapters the first night I had it, deciding that this was going to be the kind of book that I love – due to the drama, and the panic the main character feels (Anne Conti) when her baby daughter goes missing from her home whilst herself and her husband are next door at a dinner party with their neighbours.

 

Anne Conti met her husband Marco Conti when she was young, although her parents resented him she continued to one day leave her family home with him and start a life with him, eventually they became married and gave birth to their baby daughter Cora Conti.

 

(By the way I will include some spoiler’s in this review)

 

The beginning of this book gets off to a good start – Anne and Marco are invited around for dinner at their neighbour’s home, Anne has been drinking and so has Marco. Cynthia, their neighbour requested that the dinner party was a ‘adults only’ evening and due to their baby sitter cancelling last minute Anne and Marco decided to leave their child at home where they would check up on her every half an hour, taking it in turns.

 

Anne has been suffering from postpartum depression since having her baby, and during the evening Cynthia becomes extremely flirtatious towards Marco, and Anne becomes upset as she no longer feels attractive and appealing to her husband – she compares herself to Cynthia who is visually stunning to all that lay their eyes on her.

 

At about 1:00am, after Anne has sat down and thought to herself about leaving their child alone at home she becomes to feel guilty and begins to try and get her husband to leave with her so they can go home to their daughter – after some persuasion Marco decides its time that did leave, its then that the story really kicks into action…

Once they arrive at their front door Anne discovers it to be open a few inches, her first instinct is to run upstairs to the baby’s crib, only to find that her daughter is no longer in it – this is where I really got into the book because the mothers reaction felt so real, and upsetting I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it must feel like to know someone has been into your house and taken your baby (or have they?)

 

“Anne feels her scream inside her own head and reverberating off the walls – her scream is everywhere”

 

‘Call the police’ Anne whispers, then throws up, the vomit cascading over her fingers and onto the hardwood floor as she bends over. The baby’s room, painted a soft butter yellow with stencils of baby lambs frolicking on the walls, immediately fills with the smell of bile and panic”

 

After the police have been called we meet Detective Rasbach –  I really didn’t like this character, I feel as though he could have been different in some way – he just sounded and felt so monotone all the way through the story since we meet him right to the very end of the story and every time he came up in the story I found myself getting so bored of what he had to say, it eventually made it hard to want to read the book if it wasn’t for the unexpected twist and turns the story took that shook me back into reading it.

 

Once questioned by the police Anne obviously feels absolutely distraught – a drunken couple decided to leave their child at home so they could go to their neighbour’s dinner party she knows exactly what it must look like to the press. She knows people from her friendship group will see her as reckless and stupid. She feels awful. Its then that the police find a course of medication in her bathroom for her depression and it’s then she knows what people must assume – she convinces herself people think SHE killed her baby.

 

As the reader I became to feel so sorry for Anne, because behind her back something unbelievable was going on, something she could have NEVER of imagined… And without giving too much away all I can say is, her baby was kidnapped, her baby was alive, but the person who had taken Cora from her was much closer to her than you might think.

 

The one thing that I did find quite interesting though is the trouble the detective has to go through, he wants to believe that Anne and Marco are innocent, he really does but because he’s dealt with so many cases before where parents will lie to get themselves into the clear he can’t help but wonder if either of them has something to do with the disappearance of their own child.

 

The one thing about this novel I found is that from the start I was hooked, after the kidnapping had happened, after finding out Anne suffered with depression & blackouts where she can’t remember certain things when she’s stressed lead me to believe that maybe she did harm her child… but half way through the book I seemed to get a little bored? As if the build-up to find out when things were going to come through to the clear went on for a little longer than it should have done, if that makes sense? Eventually things did start to pick up… Things about Marco, and what he had done and planned which was actually quite shocking – and even more so when I found out that Anne’s (step)father was actually working against them all – but I won’t go into that too much, you’ll have to find that out for yourselves. Because of all this I was expecting a bigger ending than what I got, don’t get me wrong the ending was good but even I thought to myself… Anne, come on, wake up! It was only the last two pages, and I mean literally the last two pages of the book that made the ending so good, I was genuinely so shocked, after everything Anne had been through too!! But because that’s for me the best bit of the book I’ll again have to let you read it for yourself.

 

So, all in all the novel is a decent one considering it’s the authors first – the start begins strong, hooks you in through sudden drama and the panic both parents feel… but then the story starts to feel a little tedious and repetitive as you get further in until you get to the last bit of the book where some surprising turns and twists evolve, and as I said it’s the last two pages of the book that really got me, I actually felt sorry for Anne and Marco after everything they had to go through.

 

Thanks for reading my review, again this one was only done quickly and I haven’t had much time to do a lot of reviewing recently – you can follow me on Insta for more of them if you’d like – ryanleereads.

 

Thank you!

Moving

Moving

When I first got this book and was a couple of chapters into it I left a post on my Instagram saying that I was finding it hard to get into the story line, the beginning of this book is so dull and somewhat boring, it begins with an aged woman named Edwina Spinner deciding to sell her home, a home that has a huge past to it, one that she can’t bare to be around anymore, so each chapter is based upon a different part of the house that explains the memory associated to each room… Jenny Eclair (I thought) couldn’t have made a character sound more boring and uninteresting if she’d tried, but after just finishing off the book I don’t blame Edwina for sounding so fed up and done with life.

After Edwina had finished showing a real estate agent around the house, and giving the reader a history of the house we have found out all about Edwinas history, her ex husband Ollie, her second husband Dickie, stepson Lucas and her two twins Rowena and Charlie.
I don’t really want to give too much away but Edwina was faced with many problems, her stepson hated her he was a jealous, hateful person who indulged in food to make himself feel better, her daughter was annorexic and her son (from what I gathered) suffered from ADHD. When Edwina goes up into the attic she comes across her sons old suitcase and finds a picture of a red-headed girl called “Fern”.

This is when the story gets interesting as the book splits itself up telling the stories of three characters, Fern, Lucas and Edwina, this I really loved because the story’s all linked into one another, people lied, everything unfolds and you understand why Edwina is selling the house, I was left pretty shocked towards the end of the book which in the end made me actually enjoy this read. I really enjoyed going from one character to another. 

I really liked Fern, she is a shy girl studying performing arts at a univeristy in Manchester, this is where she meets Charlie – her love interest (which all goes from right to wrong but you’ll have to read it to find out why!) Fern is your typical girl who has lived with mum and dad since forever and has never experience the outside world, for example she tries out to be a model for a life drawing session which goes horribly wrong for her, but it’s just her whole attitude that really draws you in to like her because she’s so innocent and clumsy. She’s so new to the way people outside big, expensive neighbourhoods live.

‘Looks a bit constipated’, comments the tutor as she passes by one of the front row easels. The entire class hoots and Fern feels herself blush. She is an extraordinary blusher: as soon as she feels it creeping around her hairline she tries her utmost to stop it from spreading, but to no avail – she is as powerless as a chameleon sitting on a cersie-coloured cushion. The dreaded pink stain travels down her face, across her chest and further still, until she feels the very tips of her toes flush Crimson.

Lucas, when he is in his younger days I hated, I couldn’t stand reading about him because his whole attitude and arrogance honestly made me feel like skipping any chapter he was in, but then this made me realise this is why I began to like this book, when an author makes me genuinely hate a character I know it’s due to some good writing – it’s only when you get towards the end of the book you find out why Lucas did what he did to Charlie, and a softer side comes out of him and in the end I couldn’t help but find myself pitying him. 

Like I said, at the end of the book you can see why the story began so slow and depressing, but I still think there could of been a way Jenny Eclair could of gripped me into it more straight away, other than that I really loved the places she used, I loved the character Jill and the two lesbians Fern shared her student flat with, they we lovely characters that added a sense of humour to the book to even it out at times.  

All in all, don’t be put off by the slow beginning of this book! The story does take some pretty sharp turns and did leave me quite shocked at the end of it, this is my first book I’ve read by Eclair but I have heard good reviews of her other stuff so I think I will be checking them out. 

Out of 5 stars, I’m giving this book a 3. Only due to the really slow start where I at one point was going to put the book down and stop reading it all together. (I’m glad I didn’t though obviously) 

Thank you for reading my blog, this entry might be a bit patchy as I’ve tried to do it as quickly as possible and it’s 2am. 

I’ve added a link below if you’d like to buy this book and add it to your collection!

Jenny Eclair: Moving 

The Missing

The Missing

So I’ve made it clear that I loved Taylor’s last two books “The Accident” and “The Lie” both amazing books with story lines that keep you holding your breath whilst turning each page…

And that’s exactly what’s happened with this book, if Taylor was reading this I’d like to tell her I’ve never read a book and thought “oh, sh**” so many times before! Reason being the story in this book has so many unexpected turns its crazy! But that’s what made me love it so much. 

Basically without giving too much away Claire Wilkinson, a mother of two boys and her husband Mark are distraught when their youngest son goes missing, it sheds a massive amount of light on the thoughts and effect a situation like this has on a mother because these things do happen in the real world and this is what draws you into the story so much. I was sat reading it and was at so many points sure I knew who it was that could have known why Billy (the son) had gone missing, but then there would be a development and I would be wrong and I just could. not. stop. reading!

There are times I really do feel for Claire, what happened to her has ripped her apart and she begins to lose control of herself, and subconsciously starts breaking down inside, there’s a part in the book at the beginning of a chapter that makes me feel awful, I can feel her struggle to want to have normality again but she can’t possibly. She just wants to rewind everything to happier times.  

We’d sit on the sofa, Mark and I book-marked on the ends with the kids squashed between us in the middle. We’d order pizza, drink thick, sticky Coke and pass comments on the acts or the celebrities. Mark and I would exchange looks at some of Ant and Dec’s more risqué jokes and then burst out laughing, prompting confused stares from the kids and a chorus of, ‘What? Whats so funny?’ I’d give anything to turn back time and do that again. Anything at all.

Taylor has a way with writing that can make you despise a character so much or feel so sympathetic towards them, its just a way of writing I’m so glad she possesses because it’s developed some brilliant books, this one included definitely. 

When I say the story has many turns I really do mean it, Jake the eldest son is a victim of one of these plot twists, again without giving too much away, there’s a chapter in the book that whilst reading I  literally said to myself “What more could possibly go wrong for this poor woman?!”

There’s a point within the story where I thought Claire may have caved and made a wrong decision (I won’t say if she made one or not) again, there was a few lines that Taylor wrote that made me sympathise so much with Claire (referring back to Taylor’s incredibly good writing for this) it just made me like her as a character even more, just to read that no matter what was happening, at the end of the day she just wanted her family that remained to be happy. 

Whatever happens to me they will be fine. Mark and Jake will pull together and look after each other. What’s left of my family will remain intact.

It’s just something as short as that made me realise, she begins to not care what happens to her, she’s (possibly) lost one child. She just wants to make sure her husband and eldest son are fine. 

Before the ending of the story there’s a few paragraphs I really loved, not only because it was relevant to this story, but because it’s something everyone should always remember. 

Happiness doesn’t always lie in the future and in any success you hope might come your way. It’s in the here and now. It’s in your children throwing their arms around your neck and pressing wet lips to your cheek. It’s in the laughter of friends. In a walk or run or just breathing in and out. It’s in surprises, in day-to-day comforts, in a voice on the telephone, the warmth of an embrace, the soft gaze of someone who loves you. You never know how much you have, you never know how much you’ve got to be grateful for, until it’s snatched away from you. Cherish every moment. Cherish your life and all its ups and downs. We’re only here for a short time, so much shorter than you might think.

So, to round it all off – This book is full of suspense, it’s unpredictable and I really was shocked when the truth began to unfold. Out of 5 stars I would without a doubt give it a 5. Refreshing to read a thriller with a story line such as this one. 

If you want to buy this book then I’ve added a link below. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I’m still new to doing it so any feedback (not too harsh!!) is welcome. 

Author: C.L. Taylor. 

Amazon Link: The Missing

Time And Time Again…

Time And Time Again…

As described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘A cracking thriller’ I can 100% agree with them. 

Time and Time Again is a book that from the beginning starts slow, but intrigues none the less. Hugh Stanton is the type of character you don’t think you’re going to like until things unfold a little further into the story. A man who once thought he had everything in his life in perfect balance is shattered by an event that leaves him lonely and bitter… Until he is contacted to embark on a mission that would change his (and everyone else’s) life’s… Or will it? Obviously judging by the title of the book you can guess this story is about time travel. Granted these kinds of story lines aren’t my favourite I was hooked once the story got flowing properly. Particularly because of Ben Eltons use of gripping story writing, with each turn of a page the unexpected would happen which kept myself wondering how Hugh would escape death or who he would encounter next. 

It’s one of those books where you can really let your imagination bring it to life, the places that Hugh travels and the people he meets are described so perfectly you almost feel as though you’re not reading a book you’re imagining a motion picture within your own mind with no effort, and this is why I came to love this book so much. 

I must admit this book is one of the first I’ve read from Elton, so I can’t compare it to anything he’s wrote before… But I can say if you’re looking for a story that involves tension, dramatic twists and turns with a hint of romance added, pick up this book! 

Thanks for reading my first review. I’ve kept it short just to see how I get on firstly but I am planning on reviewing many more. I’ve added a link below that will take you to a page where you can purchase this book:

Author: Ben Elton

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