Contact Me...

Monday, 11 February 2019

#IllFindYou @AuthorLizLawler @BonnierZaffre

About I'll Find You 

Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along . . .

When Emily returns to work she discovers a bracelet that she believes belonged to the missing woman. Soon, she becomes convinced that her colleagues at the hospital are hiding a terrible secret.

What if she's wrong? What if her own troubled past has affected her more than she knows?

But what if she's right?

What else could they be capable of?

My review of I'll Find You 

I'll Find You is a psychological thriller that was hard to put down. it's a disturbing and chilling read that packs an emotional punch.

I was drawn to this book by the blurb, that of a young woman, Emily, a nurse, observing what she believes to be a resuscitation in the middle of the night, and who is told the following morning that what she experienced was a nightmare. Did she, or did she not see a young woman being resucusted? Was it simply a nightmare or is something being covered up? If so, what happened to her? This instantly drew me in, both as a former nurse and as a reader of psychological thrillers. I wanted to unearth the truth.

Emily is at the heart of this story. An experienced nurse who is still dealing with the disappearance of her younger stster. She is trying to juggle her working life with her personal demons, and the fact that she needs to find her sister safe and well. The book explores issues around depression, loneliness and the pursuit of life at all costs.

This book works so well as a psychological thriller because of Emily. The unreliable narrator. Is what she is telling us the truth? Is she unhinged? Is she suffering psychological trauma because of what happened to her sister? We never quite know, and it is these doubts that threw me and made me question what was happening and if it was true.

It's a riveting and well written story. It's also obvious that the author has vast medical and nursing knowledge. I enjoyed this aspect of the book very much. The medical terminology, the ward culture and nursing environment.

However, i did have to tell myself that this was fiction, as I knew that several medical practices that happened in the book could not possibly happen in real life. I just went along with the flow and enjoyed the various twists and turns and shocks along the way.

I'll Find You is a captivating psychological thriller that was a joy to read.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

I'll Find You was published by Zaffre on 24 Jan

Monday, 4 February 2019

#IfOnlyICouldTellYou @hannahbeckerman @orionbooks

About If Only I Could Tell You 

Audrey's family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

My review of If Only I Could Tell You 

Oh where on earth do I start with this beautiful story? Sometimes, you just read a book that resonates so deeply within you that you find it difficult to put into words just how special that book is. If Only I Could Tell You is one such book. It's a story about sisters, the bond between mother and daughter and the secrets that a family hides. It's poignant, it's heartfelt and it is utterly beautiful.

We read the views of three female characters. Audrey, the mother, and Lily and Jess, the two estranged sisters. Why do the sisters no longer speak to each other? What happened in their past? What secrets are they all hiding? It is these questions that hooked me in and engaged me throughout the story. But, the more important question, was that of can they ever be reconciled?

This book is beautifully written. It's a story about love, family, secrets and the flaws that we all have. It's a family drama that is told with tenderness and love. I couldn't help but feel empathy for Audrey and what she was going through, in the fact that her two daughters no longer spoke, and her two granddaughters not being able to be friends.

If Only I Could Tell You is an emotional roller coaster of a read that I was reluctant to put down, and I felt so very sad once I had finished reading it, as I was leaving the world of these three engaging, vivacious and brave women who each had their own story to tell. A thoroughly engaging and emotive read. Highly recommended.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

If Only I Could Tell You is published by Orion on 21st Feb .