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The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton

truth about liesThe Truth About Lies is not your run of the mill psychological thriller.  It is an intriguing read about Jess, who has hyperthymesia – “a condition where people are able to remember an abnormally large number of their life experiences in vivid detail”.

Hanna, Jess’s roommate dies in an apparent suicide after falling from their window.  Shortly afterwards, Jess starts to receive strange notes and believes that someone is following her around.  She begins to question this and also her past.  Can she trust her memories?

This is an enthralling and suspenseful story filled with all sorts of secrets and lies.  Jess is an interesting and singularly unique character, who is tormented by her past.  We only glimpse a little of the trauma she suffered when she was part of the research programme but the effects are clearly visible in her voice and actions.  Jess’s identity is hidden in the beginning so we don’t really know who she is.  Later when Jess meets Dan, a new student, she tries to keep her distance but they become friends and she opens up about her past.

Without giving too much away, this is an enjoyable read filled with mystery and just when you think you know what’s going to happen, there is a twist that keeps you guessing right up to the end.

 

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Beneath a Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft

I enjoyed Beneath a Burning Sky.  This intriguing historical novel takes place in two locations, one being England and the other being Egypt.

burning skyThe main character, Olivia, 22 years old, is coerced into marriage by her grandmother to a cruel and abusive man known as Alistair Sheldon.  She relocates to Egypt with him and is happily reunited with her sister, Clara.  She is treated atrociously by Alistair and inadvertently develops feelings for her husband’s boarder, Captain Edward Bertram, when he befriends her.

Amidst all the tension, Clara is kidnapped when they visit the city.  The reason behind this abduction is unclear and Olivia does her utmost to find her, despite all the obstructions put in her path.

Without spoiling it for you, I can say that this is a thrilling and deeply intriguing story with plenty of action, romance and suspense, predominantly set in Egypt during the 19th century.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Demon Leap (The Specials #1) by Tricia Owens

I really enjoyed this paranormal thriller!  Demon Leap is a uniquely interesting and imaginative story that will have you mesmerized from page 1 right up until the end.  The characters are well written and interesting.

demon leapThe main character is Arrow and she’s driven to expose the government conspiracy of how her parents and thousands of others died in the War.  To do so, Arrow has to align herself with dangerous criminals known as the Specials.  “They are magic misfits and criminals, recruited and blackmailed to fill ordinary positions within the Sinistera Hotel.”

Arrow is a magically highly skilled person with some very important secrets. Her grandmother, one of the warriors that fought against the demons in the War, is now hidden away in a nursing home.  Her mind was broken by government methods to strengthen her magical abilities and Arrow pays for her care and medication, which isn’t cheap.

Arrow is framed for a couple of murders and finds herself in a situation where she has to take a job at ‘The Sinistera Hotel’.  This is a scary place where the majority of the inhabitants are menacing and dangerous criminals. She is given the position of head of security, a job she is not quite sure that she is capable of.  However, The hotel is the only place where she might just have the chance to survive if the residents or the other Specials (people like her) don’t take her out first.

This is an exciting and fast paced story.  Arrow is an engaging and interesting character and I enjoyed her interaction with the other characters in this book.

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I am looking forward to exploring the rest of this series as it has intrigued me. I love the author’s style of writing and I really enjoyed the excitement and intrigue of this story.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in return for an honest review.

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The Silence Between Breaths by Cathy Staincliffe

Book Reviews by DACA LRC Staff Book Club

The Silence Between Breaths Book Review 1

Omg! I don’t know where to start!

This book was brilliant! I read the 1st page when I got the book and couldn’t wait to start it when I got home from work on Monday tea time & had finished it by Tuesday afternoon – I just couldn’t put it down!

I got so into the characters that I was thinking about them all day and wondering how they were doing! It was like a film was being played out in my head the whole time I was reading it. I could feel the pressure in my chest leading up to the bomb going off & I was willing them to get off the train or move away from Saheel. I wept for the characters that died and the ones that didn’t. I had a heavy heart after reading the book and I don’t think it was because of the recent atrocities in Manchester & London. I suspect that it was because the author had created normal, ordinary people that had become ‘real’.  Absolutely fantastic – will be looking to read more of Cath Staincliffe’s books.

Denise

The Silence Between Breaths Book Review 2

This is a well thought out plot with twists and turns throughout.  Staincliffe writes from each passengers’ perspective, which leaves the reader full of suspense and gripped.  A brilliant read and would definitely recommend.

Joanne

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Agent of Enchantment (Dark Fae FBI #1) by C. N. Crawford and Alex Rivers

Thank you to NetGalley, Weapenry Co-Op and the authors for allowing me to read and review this book.  This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

agent of enchantmentI really enjoyed this story as it combines two of my favourite genres – fantasy and thriller.

If you like the popular FBI profiling TV shows, you will enjoy reading Agent of Enchantment.

FBI agent and profiler, Cassandra Liddell is sent on assignment to London to help with an investigation into a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings.

Things, however, aren’t as they seem.  Cassandra starts seeing things that she can’t explain and she becomes aware that something supernatural is involved in these killings but how can she explain this to the local police without coming off as being crazy?

On her first night in London, Cassandra is attacked by two men, who definitely don’t appear to be human and is rescued by a lethally alluring fae.  She cannot decide if he is a main suspect in the murders or if he is trying to help her.  Does he have his own agenda?  What does he want from her?  Cassandra doesn’t know who to trust when the tables are turned and the police start to suspect her of being involved.

In her attempts to clear her name and find the real killer, Cassandra finds out that she isn’t all human.  Her world is turned upside down and she has to fight for her life.

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This is an exciting roller-coaster read that will hook you from the beginning and keep you enthralled until the end.

This fab writing duo of Crawford and Rivers works seamlessly to provide an entertaining and thrilling story. Agent of Enchantment is a great start to the Dark Fae FBI series and I can’t wait to read the next book. I found the characters riveting; the plot was very intriguing and left me wanting to read more. This is definitely a series I will be following as it is full of fresh ideas and interesting characters.

Agent of Enchantment deserves an entertaining