Saturday, 29 October 2016
Blogiversary Giveaway #14: Your choice from Louise's top 4 this year
As regular followers of Sharon’s blog will know, she has kindly hosted many of my book reviews on her blog which has been a wonderful experience for me where I’ve managed to discover so many amazing books and their authors and also develop a friendship with Sharon which at times has been a life line to me on dark days.
I know social media can be a scary and sometimes threatening place (luckily I have only been witness to this so far) but I am so thankful that discovering Sharon and her blog has meant that there has always been a friendly place on the internet where I can go and surround myself with good thoughts and books so thank you very much Sharon. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet up with Sharon a few times in real life and our friendship is testament to the fact that you don’t have to see someone every day for them to be an important part of your world.
Anyhoo in celebration of five years of the wonderful place that is Sharon’s blog I have rounded up the books this year that I have rated five stars and am offering one person the chance to win one book of their choice from my selections below.
Good luck and has Tess and Claudia would say “Keeeeeeep reading!”
Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson - read Louise's review here
The peace of a close-knit Icelandic community is shattered by the murder of a policeman - shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark Arctic waters closing in, it falls to Ari Thor to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik where someone is being held against their will...
The Museum of You by Carys Bray - read Louise's review here
Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she’s not sure. She’d like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else’s story is difficult. She tries not to skate on the thin ice of his memories.
Darren has done his best. He's studied his daughter like a seismologist on the lookout for waves and surrounded her with everything she might want - everything he can think of, at least - to be happy.
What Clover wants is answers. This summer, she thinks she can find them in the second bedroom, which is full of her mother's belongings. Volume isn't important, what she is looking for is essence; the undiluted bits: a collection of things that will tell the full story of her mother, her father and who she is going to be.
But what you find depends on what you're searching for.
The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucy Lawrie - read Louise's review here
When lonely single mum Janey stumbles into an art workshop, she can't believe her eyes when her left hand mysteriously scribbles a picture of two little girls and a strange message from someone called 'Hattie': Janey's childhood best friend. But they lost touch after Hattie's family suddenly moved away in mysterious circumstances.
Janey's instincts tell her that she must finally find out what happened to Hattie, but life is already complicated enough: she's struggling with motherhood, a custody battle over her toddler son Pip is looming, and she finds herself falling for intense art tutor Steve. And when writing appears on the walls of her flat and Pip starts playing with an invisible friend, Janey fears she's losing her mind. Is it really a good idea to go digging up the past? As dark secrets come to light, she can't be sure what's real any more - or who to trust...
The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech - read Louise's review here
A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself.
On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she's leaving, he doesn't come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she's befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor's foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband's secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.
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