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Audio Review: On My Life By Angela Clarke

Blurb: Jenna knows she didn’t do it. But she is running out of time to prove it. A heartbreaking, compulsive thriller with a killer twist. Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it….

Locked up to await trial surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she was accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name

Save her baby

Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

Review: Wow! Where do I begin. Firstly, the amazing reviews and hype for this book are all warranted. I’d like to thank Emma Mitchell via Twitter for making me want to read this. I have been doing exam revision so decided this would be my audible treat and what a treat it was. Jenna’s story has accompanied me on many walks to work and to fitness classes and the odd train journey. I believe this book could be read in a quicker time frame but I’m so glad I got to spend a number of days listening to this.

How I have not read an Angela Clarke novel before now I really don’t know. In looking at her collection I know a few of them have popped up in the past and I had been meaning to read. In now appreciating her fast paced style I’m eager for more. I believe the others are linked and if I’m right Follow Me comes first.

In On My Life there’s a similar setting to that of Darren O’Sullivan’s latest novel in the fact there are Then and Now chapters which show you Jenna now in prison to the life before and the lead up to the injustice that she’s suffered.

From the beginning I liked Jenna she’s a working class girl who has worked hard and fort the odds and managed to luck in by falling in love with the wealthy Robert. When they meet she has no idea who he is or who his parents are but they instantly hit it off, they then end up spending more and more time together as their whirlwind continues. Quite early on we are told how Jenna’s older sister Ness pretty much raised her following their mums addiction to drugs – throughout the novel more becomes apparent about her family back ground this is real and heartbreaking in so many ways. A love shared between siblings and parents can be so precious but life can also be so hard and unpleasant.

Over the years I’ve loved Bad Girls and more recently Wentworth – although back in the day I thought Bad Girls was hardcore TV until the ladies from Wentworth took over talk about graphic. Angela Clarke has delved deep into the prison system and looked at a number of factors where the inmates and the guards are both left in situations they shouldn’t be in. It happens that pregnant women end up inside but how hard that life is, is well explained by Angela.

I reeled for Jenna as from the off I knew she was innocent, no one would leave themselves in that situation if they wasn’t. When she was roomed with Kelly I felt happier for her and their blossoming friendship was heartwarming although I didn’t see the outcome in the way it happened at all. To be honest I had my suspicions along the way to the killer but I wasn’t prepared for either of the twists.

What was really amazing about this story was the strength and determination of Jenna and how she conducted herself. Just showing that all of us have a strength inside of us that with the right trigger we can do anything and everything needed for ourselves and the ones we love.

I can’t say much more than that without spoiling the story and the intrigue, suspense and general fast pace are what make this story. Even the bitches add to the colour and reality of prison life that and the guards who are at times full of themselves.

If you have read any of Angela’s other novels I would love to hear from you. Am I right in thinking Follow Me is first. I was thinking of a girlie or Non Fiction audio this month but I may have to add more Angela Clarke to my day.

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Audio Review: Closer Than You Think By Darren O’Sullivan

Blurb: He’s watching. She’s waiting.

The unmissable new thriller from Darren O’Sullivan, author of Our Little Secret and Close Your Eyes.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

Review: Now I will never tire of telling the story of discovering Darren O’Sullivan I was signed off work at the beginning of a truly awful time with my ankle. I was quite frankly at rock bottom – Our Little Secret was amazing and Close Your Eyes proved he wasn’t a one hit wonder and wow third times definitely a charm.

Although charming wouldn’t be how you would describe the leading man of Closer Than You Think – even though he was charming in some aspects strangely.

Anyway, I decided to listen to this. I read the first two books and then Our Little Secret was made into an audio so I relistened and seeing as Darren was also one of the narrators on this I was intrigued and OMG. If I had had more free time this could have been devoured in a day or so but I’m also glad it was spaced out even though I found myself holding my breath so much throughout. I can definitely see this story as a film or a TV adaptation as an audiobook I’ve held my breath often than not but I would love to see this on the screen.

This story has a female and a male character who both take it in terms to read and tell their tale.

Claire Moore is a frightened woman but who wouldn’t be having escaped a serial killer. I truly loved seeing her change, I don’t want to say too much on that without ruining the plot but her character goes through a whole host of emotions and her stepdad Jeff gives her the boost she needed to look deeper into her core and take charge of her life. Avena Wallace is the voice of Claire and I don’t think I could have picked anyone else to have read her part.

The black out killer read by the awesome Darren O’Sullivan is a complex case and I love how he has shown not only his truly vindictive side but underneath all of that there was once a good boy. His motivations and reasonings for his killings weren’t right but in finding out more about him and his life you can see why. For me there were moments where I sympathised with him like most of us did with Norman Bates in Psycho for me that shows a character well written with substance.

I must admit into the last two hours of listening time I thought I had worked it out but I was also hoping I would be completely wrong. Oh how wrong I was I truly didn’t see it coming but if you haven’t read this yet you won’t be disappointed.

Darren O’Sullivan’s best yet…a rollercoaster ride with many heart in mouth moments although some of the detailing of the kills were a little gruesome. When you think you have it sussed think again he is Closer Than You Think.

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A Spark Of Light – Jodi Picoult event

On 27th June 2018 I didn’t hesitate I booked a ticket to a live podcast with Jodi Picoult in conversation with Emma Gannon. I hadn’t worried too much about whether I would get the day off work but thankfully I did. I haven’t heard of Jodi being in the UK since I had become a fan so I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity and thankfully I didn’t.

In discovering Jodi I have been blown away with Small Great Things and The Storyteller. Most people have watched My Sisters Keeper – which so I was told is totally different to the book and not really one of Jodi’s favourites. It’s one I’ve been meaning to read but cancer related stories are always a proper hard one for me to actually stomach. As I’ve seen the sadness first hand in my own experiences and in my work capacity.

Saturday 27th October I was lucky enough to be in the presence of Jodi. Listening to her speak was so inspiring- I didn’t ask a question but listening to the other participants was awe inspiring especially when Small Great Things was mentioned a lot. This is still one of my favourite and most thought provoking books I have ever read. I listened to that on many walks to and from work and I really did miss this tale. Jodi writes controversial stories so well, in listening to her speak she really does go all out to get each and every side of the story. I loved the question someone asked about how Jodi manages to make you feel empathy even with the bad guys and I totally also felt that with Turk.

A Spark Of Light – in hearing how much Jodi went through in regards to research and that her usually three paged outline was actually forty eight pages long just shows how in depth she went. This novel has been written and it will be read also in reverse I’ve read a little and I’m looking to get to it after finishing this post.

I may have to read this book part physical book and part audible as it’s a gorgeous hardback that I’m not going to want to carry around this could be a first for me.

I told Jodi that listening to her is inspiring although I did get a little tongue tied. I’m so grateful to have attended the event it was everything I could have wanted and more.

They say don’t meet your favourites I totally disagree. Thank you for your time Jodi I look forward to devouring more of your books and hope to chat to you again someday. A Spark Of Light is out now and I know it’s going to be a ground breaking book.

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Audio Review: Make Or Break By Catherine Bennetto

Blurb: Jess, a 29-year-old Londoner with a Kate Beckett fringe and a tendency for dramatics, gets taken on a surprise trip by her long-term boyfriend, Pete, to attend her best friend’s last-minute wedding in South Africa. Jess imagines sun, sand, wine and safaris. And returning to London with an ethically mined diamond on her left hand…

But this holiday isn’t set to be quite the fairy tale Jess has planned… Suddenly she finds her world tilting on its axis, and things are only set to get worse when Jess returns home…

When the truth comes out, will it be… Make or Break?

Review: Firstly, before I say my thoughts on this masterpiece I must say sorry to Catherine for never having written a review for her outstanding debut ‘How Not to Fall in Love, Actually’. It was one of the first audio recommendations that Catriona gave me and I still laugh at the memories of it. I listened on my walk to and from work pottering around and sunning myself. I was lucky enough to meet Catherine at a Simon & Schuster event in the midst of listening to it. I did however speak about it loads and I have recommended it to many friends.

Make or Break– In reading the blurb I knew that I would yet again fall in love with Catherine’s work. I wasn’t sure whether to read or listen once again and I must say I think Catherine’s stories should be listened to. This brings me onto the narrator. Anna Acton does a sterling job and in listening I realised this wasn’t my first audiobook that she’s read. I’m already looking at what else she reads and I have said to Catherine that she’s definitely the way forward for her books.

Jess is such a loveable character I instantly found her hilarious. She’s very family focused which made me smile. As much as I like to do my own thing I love spending time with my crazy family. Jess’s family are out of this world but that’s all I’m saying as I won’t be spoiling any of the finer details as I want you to experience all the OMG moments that I did.

I absolutely loved the description of Cape Town it sounded out of this world. I loved seeing Jess find herself without realising. In her journey I found myself thinking of what I want in my life. From the outset I wasn’t that taken with Pete and I loved how making new friends made Jess realise she was worth so much more.

An outstanding story of love, hope, happiness, secrets, lies and soo much more. Catherine Bennetto has a way with words and I’m a huge fan. I loved all the 90s and theatre references – a book after my own heart. I honestly cannot get enough of her writing…I must admit I will be devouring her next novel the day it’s released no questions asked.

Have you listened to this audiobook? Or is there one I should devour. My next listen will be Wilde Like Me. I’m also loving the West Cork series I will do an update on that later…I’m off to the seaside today for a week of relaxation I hope to get more reading and blogging done.

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Audible Original: West Cork

Good morning, now this wasn’t my original thoughts for a blog post and my other posts will come but I was blown away by the start of this series. Having finished my current book I wanted something light but oh my…

Summary: This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.

Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. Investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde guide listeners through the brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard.

Review: Part one – Blow-ins. I have been an Audible member for just over a year or so now and until now I hadn’t listened to any series based podcasts. There are a number of these that Audible members can listen to for free and for some reason West Cork jumped out at me. So I downloaded and having finished my latest read that will be reviewed shortly I thought let me start something I can dip in and out of or alternatively I can get hooked on these short sharp parts of roughly 30 mins long.

The beginning of part one is so eerie and it really did make me think of those crime dramas you see on the TV. As the story unfolds you learn about Sophie’s death and that the killer was at large. I’ve been to Ireland and to Cork and it’s such a nice and homely place that instantly relaxes you. But then a murder took place and threw the locals out of sync scaring them half to death.

The story is told via people, news reports and two journalists who are trying to find out what happened to Sophie and whether the accused is guilty or whether he’s been wronged by the guards and everyone who believed he could have done it.

It’s a very atmospheric start to this series with talks of myths and legends. A town who have never been able to lay Sophie to rest as it’s never been resolved.

For me there are a number of sketchy questions in Sophie’s movements but I must say I wasn’t sure what to expect by this. I don’t know enough to form any major thoughts on what happened but I’m very much intrigued. I was so intrigued that I have also listened to part two.

Have you listened to any shows like this? If so what and would you request it. Would you like me to continue reviewing this eerie real-life tale?

I would love to hear from you….

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Audio Review: The Break By Marian Keyes

Blurb: Amy’s husband Hugh has run away to ‘find himself’. But will he ever come back?

‘Myself and Hugh . . . We’re taking a break.’

‘A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?’

If only.

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her.

He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet . . .

However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge.

For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman?

Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she . . .

The Break is a story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

Review: Now I’m sure I have read something from Marian Keyes before but this was my first audiobook and what a gorgeous treat. If I’m honest I think I will listen to more of Marian’s collection in future. If you have any suggestions please leave them below?

With 124 chapters it’s a no brainier on audio and I was lucky enough to bag this as an Audible daily deal. I have to mention the narration as I have had some awful audio books due to the narrator but this one was just as perfect as if Marian herself were reading it.

Marian has accompanied me on many walks, baths and whilst I was tidying my room. I feel like I too have been on Amy’s rollercoaster of a ride. Wow! What an amount of emotions she goes through. Throughout you see how strong and in some ways vulnerable she is.

How would you cope if the love of your life tells you he needs time out to find himself? It’s a hard one and it’s a feeling that most of us get in life. But it’s usually long before you’re happily married (or so Amy thought) with children.

Amy instantly worries of what people will think and to start with she’s skirting round the issue and is in denial but I truly loved the transformation in her. Inside each and every woman there is a strong warrior waiting to come out. Amy changes for the better and in her world shattering she discovers who she really is.

I imagine every Irish family to be a bit like Amy’s and I’m a sucker for the Irish so this really was the perfect story for me.

I loved how the story was told by dates and time frames. Most of the story is from Amy but there are some sections of Hugh. At times they both frustrated me but on the whole this was a fantastic read – well listen for me. The Break covers some serious real life topics with Marian’s witty nature added for good measure, meaning it’s more fun than mind-bending.

If you’re looking for an audio book this is definitely the best place to start its laugh out loud funny, it’s a long ole book but it’s truly brilliant.

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Audio Review: Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square By Heidi Swain

Blurb: Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide…a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy buy lovely new neighbour.

Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around.

Review: Right first off I have to mention I first met Heidi Swain last June and I am ashamed to say this is the first of her books that I have devoured. Although I did start Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, and then Christmas came and went so I sadly stopped.

I decided to download the audio version and I got some listening in on publication day. I had truly adored the first few chapters that Heidi had shared on her blog and I loved rehearing that before delving into the heart of the story in the gorgeously sounding Nightingale Square. From the off I warmed to Kate, her husband had betrayed her in the worst possible way but the way she handled changing her life was awe-inspiring.

So the setting sounded beautiful and it makes you long for a close knit community like Nightingale Square. Lisa was a hit for me from the off. First setting eyes on her as a nosey neighbour but there’s so much more to her. I don’t want to say too much as I want anyone who hasn’t inhaled this beauty to find out more about Lisa and her passions in the OMG that’s so beautiful kind of way that I did. I want to say more on this but if I do that will also ruin the surprise. I also have to mention Heather as the three musketeers bond was truly enlightening to see as it blossomed.

The characters all have their quirks just like real life communities and work places and I truly loved the eclectic bunch that Heidi created. I have to mention Mr Luke Lonsdale in his own right. Now I have fell in love with many bookish guys but Luke has that mix of sophistication and just damn right down to earth and I love that.

Like any story there are a number of bumps along the way that will have you reeling for the characters especially that of Kate. I’m glad the heroine I liked from the very starts life changed dramatically for the better. As mentioned earlier I haven’t read Heidi’s other books but I have them and in reading this you also hear about a few of the residents from Wynbridge and I honestly cannot wait to delve into The Cherry Tree Cafe – I know it would be a regular haunt for me.

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square is so much more than a feel good read. It’s inspiring and full of hope and beauty in a world that is often plagued with sadness. If like me you are new to Heidi Swain then fear not this is a beautiful way to start her collection. I promise you will also be excited to read more about the Wynbridge contingent as soon as you turn the final pages of this novel.

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Audio Review: The Breakdown By BA Paris

Blurb: If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

Review: I’m ashamed to say I purchased this ages ago on an audible daily deal and I had been meaning to listen to this for what seems like forever.

My oh my was it worth the wait. I was lucky enough to meet BA Paris recently and in an ideal world I wanted to have read something before I met her but sometimes life really does get in the way, so that didn’t happen. When I started listening to The Breakdown I wasn’t sure how the story would play out, I had certain suspicions but I will say I wasn’t expecting the outcome at all.

If you read my blog regularly I’m not one for spoilers and what I will say is there is so much I could say about this book but if I did that would spoil the plot and the final details. I love how it was there all along but I honestly didn’t see it coming.

The final few chapters were my absolute favourite as Cass worked it out. I was literally on the edge of my seat unable to stop listening to it as the story took over. As each piece came together I not only breathed a sigh of relief but I felt for Cass wholeheartedly. I want to say something but I literally just stopped myself as that too could ruin the outcome of the story for you.

BA Paris weaves a very good story that’s punchy full of description, intrigue with lots of sub-subjects. Taking on grief, mental health, illness, murder and oh so much more. I have her other two books and if they are anything like this I will devour them relatively quickly.

I just wanted to take the time to add an additional note to this post. During June I aim to challenge myself to post every single day. I have noticed when I post more regularly I get more views and interaction and I also want to see what content I can come up with as well as clearing my drafts. I have a habit of starting posts with the best of intentions but life gets in the way.

Do feel free to drop me a line if there is anything that you would specifically like to see.

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Audio Review: The Accident By C L Taylor

Blurb: To the outside world Susan Jackson has it all – a loving family, a successful politician husband and a beautiful home – but when Charlotte, her fifteen year old daughter,  deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma Sue questions whether any of it was real.

Desperate to find out what caused Charlotte’s suicide attempt, she is horrified by an entry in her diary – ‘Keeping this secret is killing me’.  As Sue spins in desperate circles, she risks everything to discover the truth and finds herself immersed in a shady world she didn’t know existed. The deeper she delves the darker the world becomes and the more danger she puts herself in.

Can Sue wake up from the nightmares that haunt her and save her daughter, or will ‘the secret’ destroy them both?

Review: Having devoured The Escape quite quickly via Audible I was eager to listen to something else by Cally Taylor. On my Kindle I have The Treatment and The Missing so it made sense to devour her first novel – which a very good friend loved, I knew I had made the right choice.

From the off I liked Sue but I must say, I have said this to Cally via Twitter the lady reading this novel was extremely posh and bleep bleep bleeping of a monitor and tap tap tapping was extremely off putting at times. Although I carried on as I was intrigued and completely invested in the story. In downloading this I had another friend follow me in reading she managed to pip me to the post though and her thoughts differed to mine slightly.

I am always anxious not to spoil a book in reviewing and there’s certain aspects that I just can’t talk about without spoiling the outcome of this psychological thriller.

The book goes from the 90s to present day explaining segments of Sue Jackson’s life and more importantly her relationship with Steve – and how that changes her and her relationships with some of her closest friends. Then we go to the present day where Sue’s 15-year-old daughter Charlotte had recently stepped in front of a bus and is in a coma.

I really liked how Sue’s life came full circle and choices she made along the way had an impact in later life. I’m not a parent so I can’t begin to understand how Sue was feeling after the initial accident and in visiting Charlotte. What I do know is I too would have done anything to find out exactly what happened if it was any of my friends or loved ones. No matter how mad people thought Sue was becoming she stuck to her instincts in her daughter and her actions leading up to her accident – she became a woman determined to find out the truth of what really happened, and in what had scared Charlotte that much.

I also liked that Cally has explored how many emotions a mother and a family would go through in times of these hardships.

As I stated I’m not spoiling but I must say this thriller really does get under your skin. I have never been in a hideously toxic relationship but I do believe that Cally has written this well. In some ways I get some brashness from my Mum so I wouldn’t stand for that sort of behaviour and I value myself a lot. But it’s easy to get trapped and to listen to the words. As the saying goes if you are told something often enough you start to believe it. So with Sue being called a number of names and described in a certain way she started to believe it was her fault initially.

The later Sue who was a mother and a step mother was much stronger and more assured of herself and I believe her experiences aided that side of her. It’s nice to see a story where a victim becomes stronger and much more confident rather than letting these horrific experiences ruin her life.

I am literally in awe of Cally’s writing – I have The Missing on my Kindle and as I have mentioned on more than one occasion I work for Cancer Research and we actually had a copy of that come in. Yesterday I read the opening of The Missing and I can safely say she has a knack of exciting and intriguing me. I will be devouring that shortly.

I can see why people are disappointed by the ending of The Accident as there are certain unanswered questions but for me those wonders are what make you intrigued by a story after you’ve closed the book.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this psychological thriller and feel free to give me more recommendations. I feel like a woman obsessed right now.

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Audio Review: The Escape By C L Taylor

Blurb: “Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

Review: Firstly, I have been wanting to read a Cally Taylor book in forever ever since my good friend Catriona had read The Accident and she was literally buzzing about it.

I’m ashamed to say I have The Missing and The Treatment on my Kindle TBR pile but I haven’t managed to devour them yet. Even though I was super eager for The Treatment I was gutted that my YALC day didn’t include it.

So listening to The Escape was the first interaction I have had with one of her books. I started listening one Sunday when I was off work tidying my room – I must say I did jump at my own shadow whilst cleaning my mirror in listening to the car exchange at the beginning of this book between Jo, Elise and Paula.

Even though I have had a pounding ear infection I have had one headphone in as I walk to and from work these past few days listening to this bone tingling tale. From the start I really liked Jo her acrophobia and anxiety was apparent from the off but from that nerve wracking scene with Paula in her car I instantly felt like all she ever wanted was the safety of her little girl.

Jo’s sense of fear only escalates when she is arrested for something she knows nothing about and that for me was a turning point in the novel. From then on Jo is fighting to prove that she’s a good mother and that all she wants is the best for her child. When she goes on the run you really get the sense of apprehension and worry. Jo’s focus is not to be separated from Elise.

Most of the novel is set in Bristol but Jo is originally from Ireland so that’s where the latter part of the novel is set. I love that within this thriller there are a number of sub stories that interlink later on. The background to Jo and Mary and what links them is truly heartbreaking. I’m not a mother myself but I have nieces who add to my grey hair so I can appreciate the strains.

What a psychological thriller this is I won’t be spoiling the finer details but I just wasn’t expecting what happened. As the story hit the dramatic climax I was left saying that can’t be how it ends and it wasn’t. The saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer comes to mind. I won’t ruin as for a large part of the novel I didn’t see this coming until the other character voices became darker and for me that was a light bulb moment.

The ending for me was serendipity – all the good characters had their time to shine and I loved how it ended very much how it started although this time the new and every so much stronger Jo was taunting Paula with the spine tingling words she used at the very start. “Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

Now that I have finished this tasty treat I’m eager for more Cally Taylor and I believe the poll on my Twitter said I should listen to The Accident next. I’m super excited for her March release of The Fear although I’m thinking I want to read not listen to that one. I have a blogger event and possibly an assistant managers meeting that day which means train/bus time rather than walking so I’m hoping to get that one started on release day and if it’s anything like this I can’t see it taking too long for me to devour it.

I would love to hear your thoughts on The Escape any of C L Taylor’s back catalogue and any psychological thrillers that you think I may like.