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Her Perfect Family by Teresa Driscoll

My latest read was Her Perfect Family by Teresa Driscoll. I listened on Audible from my Amazon Kindle Unlimited Account. This works like a library for kindle books and audio books where you can borrow unlimited books each month for a fee of £7.99 every three months. They also do free trials if you are interested.

Her Perfect Family

Her Perfect Family book cover, face of a woman with pink stripes painted across the upper part of her face.
  • SIN ‏ : ‎ B08N5YFL78
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (1 Nov. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4275 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 330 pages

The Blurb

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You. The perfect family? Or the perfect lie?

It’s their daughter’s graduation and Rachel and Ed Hartley are expecting it to be one of their family’s happiest days. But when she stumbles and falls on stage during the ceremony, a beautiful moment turns to chaos: Gemma has been shot, and just like that, she’s fighting for her life.

PI Matthew Hill is one of the first on the scene. A cryptic message Gemma received earlier in the day suggests someone close to her was about to be exposed. But who? As Matthew starts to investigate, he finds more and more layers obscuring the truth. He even begins to suspect the Hartleys are hiding something big—from him and from each other.

While Gemma lies in hospital in a coma, her would-be killer is still out there. Can Matthew unravel the family’s secrets before the attacker strikes again?

My Review of Her Perfect Family

This story had me gripped from the beginning. It’s full of intrigue and twisting storylines. It’s fast paced with something always going on but you still get to know the characters bit by bit and the things that they are hiding.

Starting with an attempted murder a private investigator, Matthew Hill, is on the scene straight away. Then the daughter’s family spend most of their time by their daughter’s bedside while Matthew does the digging to find out who shot their girl Gemma and if the other students are in danger or not.

It turns out that they all have secrets to hide, not the least finding out that Gemma is pregnant. She also has a clingy boyfriend who wouldn’t accept the end of their relationship and a lover who is the father of her baby. The secrets are unravelled by Gemma’s diary which she kept hidden within her degree studies and the digging by Mathew.

It’s definitely a book to read without gaps because there is so much going on. The tangles all work their way out in the end but it’s definitely a roller coaster of a story.

Looking at the poor reviews on this book most of the complaints are about the actions of the police in the situation and the flipping back and forth between timelines. Personally, I didn’t mind either of these. I don’t look for reality when reading fiction so how many police that are sent to a crime scene doesn’t really bother me. I’m also okay with changing timelines and different points of view, I think it adds more depth to a story.

I’d definitely read more from Teresa Driscoll.

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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell, book review

I love it when I find a book I can really digest and enjoy from beginning to end, and The Night She Disappeared is one of those books.

This post will contain affiliate links so if you click through and purchase I may earn a little money at no extra cost to you. Here is a link to my bookshop.

Product Details

  • Price£14.99£13.94
  • PublisherCornerstone
  • Publish Date22 July 2021
  • Language English
  • Type Hardback
  • EAN/UPC9781529125771

The Night She Disappeared

2017: 19-year-old Tallulah is going out on a date, leaving her baby with her mother, Kim.

Kim watches her daughter leave, and, as late evening turns into night, which turns into early morning, she waits for her return. And waits.

The next morning, Kim phones Tallulah’s friends, who tell her that Tallulah was last seen heading to a party at a house in the nearby woods called Dark Place. 

She never returns.

2019: Sophie is walking in the woods near the boarding school where her boyfriend has just started work as a head teacher when she sees a note fixed to a tree. 

‘DIG HERE’ 

A cold case, an abandoned mansion, family trauma and dark secrets lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s remarkable new novel.

The Night She Disappeared on Audible

I listened to the book on Audible and I thought the narrator, Joanne Froggatt, did an amazing job. She captured all the characters really well, from the posh teens to the regular families.

My Review

I like a good thriller from a good writer and despite their being mixed results on the reviews I’ve read, I think it was a satisfying read. I was captivated from the beginning and never lost interest.

The difficult part was keeping track of the dates as the story bounces around a bit. Each chapter you are given a date and after a while, when you get to know the character’s better, you can work out where, in time, you are.

The young couple go missing and it’s really not like the young Mother Tallulah so her Mum, Kim is really worried, and left holding the baby.

A year later and a new habitant at a cottage, near where the teens went missing, finds a clue to what may have happened to them. It’s just a small clue, but it leads to bigger things.

Parts of the story were a little far fetched, but it didn’t really matter, it’s fiction after all!

I think I might just delve into a little more of Lisa Jewell’s novels.

the night she disappeared book cover
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Waiting To Begin, Amanda Prowse book review

I have Kindle Unlimited which means I can borrow kindle books all the time and also choose from a smaller selection of audio books. The last one I chose was Waiting to Begin by Amanda Prowse.

Waiting To Begin

waiting to begin book cover

The Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?

1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame—and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.

2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss—the hope, the trust, the joy—Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.

Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?

My Review

I was drawn to this book because the main character is almost the same age as me. The book switches between 1984, the year that Bess left school and 2021 where Bess is fifty three and her children have grown and she’s wondering what life is all about.

It’s sad that Bess had to go through so much as a teen and how it has affected the rest of her life. She feels unfulfilled and torn apart by keeping her secrets for so long. Just as she is about to come clean her life begins to fall apart. Is it too late to be honest and make it all good again?

I did enjoy the story although it wasn’t anything special. There were lots of things that annoyed me about the book. There was not enough research into a life of a teenager in the 80s. The clothing was not quite right and neither was the type of language. Plus, I don’t think I have ever remembered having exam results posted on a board and the children subjected to being put in numerical order from best to worst. I think this is an American thing? I received a private envelope with my results as have all my children.

I loved Bess’s parents, they were truly down to earth. Maybe a little too ‘common’ for a working class family, but they did make me laugh. It did make me wonder why Bess found it so hard to tell them her secret, I’m pretty sure they’d have been okay with it, as indeed they were when she finally told them.

Bess’s relationship with her husband Mario was a little weird too. I can’t believe that they had been together so long but she had been unable to tell him her secret. He seemed like a nice enough man, I just don’t get why she couldn’t trust him. Maybe telling him a good few years earlier would have made the outcome a little easier?

So, I started this book thinking I’d enjoy it because I’d be able to relate to the character, where in fact I could not relate to her at all. I guess we are all individuals.

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Book Worms Monthly November, Darker Nights are Here

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly November. October seems to have flown by and now we are down to shorter days and so much less daylight. Less desire to go out, and more time for reading under a blanket!

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly. What books will you snuggle up with this month?

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly November


Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your BookWorms Monthly November book posts below.

Here is a badge to share, just use the code below if you want to put it on your blog. Or you can just link back to www.athomealot.com thanks.

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Each month I will read through the linked up posts and add to my TBR list here:

The Night She Disappeared – Lisa Jewell (reading right now)

One Family Christmas – Bella Osborne

The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Lewis