#AtoZChallenge2019 #Audiobooks ‘B’ is for Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @Audible #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m thrilled to continue my AtoZ Blogging challenge with another of my favourite contemporary suspense writers, Shalini Boland author of six psychological thrillers.

Shalini Boland

I’ve read The Secret Mother and The Silent Sister on my kindle, but today I’m going to tell you about the two audiobooks I’ve listened to recently, The Child Next Door and The Girl From The Sea.

The Girl From The Sea: A gripping psychological thriller with a heart-pounding twist by [Boland, Shalini]

Mia is found on the beach, disoriented and not knowing who she is or why she’s there. She’s finally discharged from hospital and allowed to go home when her boyfriend recognises her.

But, who is Mia? She doesn’t even recognise her reflection in the mirror. Although there are some disjointed flashbacks, her memory doesn’t improve until the last few chapters, so throughout most of the novel, Mia is forced to gradually decipher her life with the help of her boyfriend, friends and family, but can she trust them? Why are they lying to her?

The novel is narrated in the first person by Mia. The audio version is brilliant, because as most of the novel is written in the present tense, it is like watching a suspense film. All the events are vividly portrayed, making it a thrilling read, with plenty of twists and turns, right to the last page.

The Child Next Door: An unputdownable psychological thriller with a brilliant twist by [Boland, Shalini]

The Child Next Door is gripping from the first line to the final chapter. It’s fast-paced and very well written domestic thriller about a group of neighbours with plenty of secrets.

Kristie is a teacher who is on maternity leave and is overly worried about her infant’s safety after hearing a strange voice on her baby monitor who wants to ‘take the child and go.’

The novel is narrated in the present tense in the first person from Kristie’s point of view. The events happen over a short period of time, so once more the suspenseful narration leads to an intense listening experience.

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Especially for lovers of fast paced, psychological thrillers set in the UK.

Shalini Boland’s Audible Author Page

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I’ll be reviewing an audiobook a day throughout April, so come back tomorrow!

Would you like to read about the other authors and audiobooks I’ve posted about during the challenge, which started on 1st April? Here they are!

Find out more about this blogging challenge here!

 

#TuesdayBookBlog ‘The Girl from the Sea’ by @ShaliniBoland  #Amreading #Amreviewing #thriller

Today I’m posting my 5-Star review of The Girl from the Sea, by Shalini Boland, a suspenseful and gripping, psychological thriller.

 

The Girl from the Sea is a gripping, psychological thriller, which has the reader guessing how the tale will end until the very last line.

Mia is found on the beach, disoriented and not knowing who she is or why she’s on the beach. It’s classified as an accident by the police.  She’s finally dismissed from hospital and allowed to go home when her boyfriend recognises her.

But, who is Mia? She doesn’t even recognise her reflection in the mirror. Although there are some disjointed flashbacks, her memory doesn’t improve until the last few chapters, so for most of the novel, Mia is forced to gradually decipher her life with the help of her boyfriend, Jack, from the rowing club she belonged to, neighbours, and her mother and half sister.

Mia soon realises that everyone is lying to her, or using her, for different reasons. And as she tries to piece her life back together, another woman’s body is found, this time in the river, and the police start to link both events. As a result, the action escalates and Mia realises that she’s in danger. 

The novel is narrated in the first person, by Mia. I listened to the audio version on audible, and as most of it is written in the present tense, it was like watching a film, because all the actions were vividly portrayed. This gave immediacy and urgency to the narration. The first part is slower than the second part, but the pace is quite steady.

Even after the events are explained and Mia’s memory returns, there are stills twists, the last one is quite shocking. Although the end is distressing, and there are plenty of unlikeable characters, and one quite evil person, it was an enjoyable read.

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Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers and dark adventures (in between doing the school run and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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I look forward to reading her new novel, coming 27th April 2017: The Millionaire’s Wife – another compelling psychological thriller.

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