Tiny, white, blossom,
Proud proof of budding bounty,
Epur si muove.
Tiny, white, blossom,
Proud proof of budding bounty,
Epur si muove.
When a man is found on a Norfolk beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr Nobody – everyone wants answers.
Who is this man? And what happened to him?
Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same small town in Norfolk 14 years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.
But now something – or someone – is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes.
Has she walked into danger?
I listened to, read, loved and reviewed Ms Steadman’s first novel, Something in the Water last year, so I was thrilled to be able to listen to and read her second novel, Mr. Nobody.
I’d describe Mr Nobody as a chilling psychological and medical thriller. It’s brilliant, enigmatic, disturbing, and a compelling read. It’s wonderfully written and well plotted, readers will never guess which way the plot will turn, and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns. The whole novel works up to a heart stopping climax which is definitely not for faint hearted or sentimental readers.
I recommend the audiobook version, read by the author, a real treat!
I really can’t say any more than the blurb or there will be spoilers. Especially for lovers of unsettling and disquieting novels of psychological suspense.
A Second in Time
They say life changes
Gradually, but it’s a lie.
It happens at once.
In just a second in time
Everything shifts forever.
Staring at sunset
Watching bright, tangerine sky
Waiting for moonlight
While wanning sun slides away
Slipping into brand new day.
Today, after a few heart-pounding thrillers, I’m reviewing a sweet and steamy, second chance romance, Love Her or Lose Her, by Tessa Bailey.
From the Blurb
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Love her or Lose Her is a sweet and steamy, second chance romance by Tessa Bailey.
It’s easy to fall in love with your High School sweetheart, marry and expect a happy ever after, but what happens when real life takes over dating and having fun? Can couples stay in love after marriage? What’s the secret to staying in love after years of marriage?
There is plenty of food for thought in this apparently light romance. Why do couples fall out of love? Why do some pull through, while others split up? It’s a complex question, and although this novel isn’t a deep, psychological or sociological analysis of love and marriage, it did make me wonder about why love doesn’t always last and how to decide if it was a mistake or whether it’s worth making the effort to pull through the rough patch.
Rosie and Dominic are a young married couple who has fallen out of love. Tessa thinks her high school sweetheart and husband doesn’t love her any more and she leaves him. There is no cheating and no third parties involved. They’re both unhappy because over the years they’ve given up their cherished hopes and dreams and they’re not communicating their feelings or needs.
Some of the best moments of the novel are the sessions with their unique and insightful marriage guidance councillor. It made me think I know a few couples who would benefit from his therapies! And it made me realise how vital it is for a couple to communicate their feelings and if they can’t, how important it is to get professional help, before deciding to break up.
A sweet, second chance romance. A nicely written and plotted romance with angst, humor and lots of food for thought.
Especially for readers who are in a very romantic, feel good mood!
Last year I read and reviewed The Taking of Annie Thorne, an engaging and bloodcurdling thriller. by C. J. Tudor. I was really looking forward to her most recent thriller, The Other People, published last month, and I was not disappointed. So, today I’d like to tell you about her newest chilling and suspenseful mystery, not for the faint hearted!
From the Blurb
Driving home one night, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.
He never sees her again.
Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.
Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . .
The Other People is a brilliantly executed and chilling thriller by C. J. Tudor.
Gabe’s wife and his daughter, Izzy, were murdered and buried, but he is convinced his daughter is alive, because he believes he saw her in someone’s car on the motorway, after she had supposedly been murdered. Nobody believes him, especially not the police or his wife’s parents, who are convinced he has lost his mind, but has he?
Gabe spends the following three years travelling up and down the motorway, looking for the car and Izzy.
The first half of the novel is slower, as all the players, who seem unrelated, are introduced. At first, I was wondering where the story was going, but it soon picks up, as Gabe discovers the lies and complex web he’s entangled in. Almost all the characters are hiding secrets and telling lies, and others are downright evil, but Gabe’s shocking past is the central piece of the puzzle.
The second half is fast paced and suspenseful and well worth the slow start, as everything starts to fall into place, but beware, there are more sinister characters and surprising events ahead. When I thought I knew where the story was going, there was another unexpected twist.
Especially for anyone who enjoys reading suspenseful thrillers with some chilling events and disquieting characters, and plenty of unnerving twists and turns.
I listened to the audiobook on Audible. Richard Armitage’s reading is brilliant, as always.
The Bell Tower
A leaf falls, tree weeps,
Separation’s a small death,
Tears tumble from sky,
You ask for whom the bell tolls,
I reply, it tolls for us.
Or not, depending on my mood
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