Linnet Ridgeway was an extremely wealthy young woman who had everything she had ever wanted; everything everyone else would have liked – but she didn’Linnet Ridgeway was an extremely wealthy young woman who had everything she had ever wanted; everything everyone else would have liked – but she didn’t have love. So when she married Simon, who had been engaged to one of Linnet’s closest friends, there was a good deal of animosity. While on their honeymoon, they were on the S.S. Karnak, slowly cruising up the Nile River; stopping to view the pyramids and other exotic tourist destinations. They were accompanied by a varied group of people and among them was one M. Hercule Poirot, himself on vacation…
Of course, when Colonel Race (an old friend of Poirot’s) showed up, also a passenger on the S.S. Karnak, certain events began to follow. The beautiful Linnet was dead; Poirot and Colonel Race had investigations to conduct. And conduct them they did. But what more would happen? It certainly didn’t seem to be the luxurious cruise each of the passengers thought they were getting when they embarked…
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie is another brilliant mystery by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed this one – Poirot is my favourite sleuth, he’s always so much fun! He dangles so many threads in front of the reader; offers many red herrings. Then he ties all those threads in a neat little bow – the clever little detective has struck again! Highly recommended. ...more
When Elena Jameson was granted the opportunity to foster six year old Tyson, she was thrilled. Her recent divorce had left her fragile – caring for thWhen Elena Jameson was granted the opportunity to foster six year old Tyson, she was thrilled. Her recent divorce had left her fragile – caring for this little boy would be therapy for them both. Learning that the name Tyson made the boy shudder with apprehension, Elena started calling him Daniel – his second name – which suited them both. Daniel had lost his mother to death and his father was a cruel, vindictive and abusive man, currently locked away. Elena chose not to think about the future and what would happen when he was released…
Living a quiet and secluded life in the small bay not far from Melbourne in Victoria, just Daniel, Rafi (their little dog) and Elena, she knew this was the life she wanted. Daniel was a different child, and Elena loved him in the devoted manner of any mother anywhere. Daniel was doing well at school – they explored the beautiful surrounding bush in their leisure time; and soccer brought Daniel joy. But with a terrifying suddenness, everything changed. Violence erupted around Elena and Daniel – the danger was crippling. What would Elena do? She knew she needed to do everything in her power to keep her son safe; but what…?
The Bay of Shadows is the debut novel by Aussie author Samantha Wood and in my opinion it’s exceptional! A gripping and intense plot with a fast pace and riveting emotions – The Bay of Shadows has everything I love in a psychological thriller (even a touch of the Dreamtime). I have no hesitation in recommending this novel highly, and will be eagerly watching for this author’s next book :) I also love the cover!
With thanks to the author for my digital copy to read and review. ...more
When Eve and Brady lost the person they loved the most they were shattered. Their grief manifested itself in different ways, with them both altern4.5★s
When Eve and Brady lost the person they loved the most they were shattered. Their grief manifested itself in different ways, with them both alternating between extreme guilt and violent anger. No one knew what to say – Eve’s school friends drove her nuts while Brady found himself accosted by well-meaning single women (and sometimes not single) with offers to “help”. Maddy was their life, and her suicide was such a shock – their refrain of “why” and “was it my fault” was ongoing.
While Maddy watched from above, she spent her time observing her seventeen year old daughter’s struggles; her husband’s anger and knowing she had to help. Her constant knowledge of their thoughts, and her ability to influence and support with virtual hugs gave both Eve and Brady a measure of peace. And Maddy was determined to find a special person to replace herself in their lives. When Eve’s tutor over the summer was a lovely woman named Rory, who’d also had grief in her life, Maddy was sure Rory was the one.
But the question of “why” remained in their hearts and on their lips. Would they ever discover the reason why Maddy had needed to leave them? Would Eve and Brady find the peace they craved?
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi is this author’s debut novel, and what a brilliant piece of work it is! Heartbreaking and traumatic, yet uplifting and filled with hope, I Liked My Life is beautifully written – I especially liked (view spoiler)[how slowly, gradually, things improved between Eve and Brady. From not talking to each other for days on end; her father turning his back and walking from the room when words were too hard – to being able to discuss things in a way they never had. (hide spoiler)] My thanks to Goodreads friend Christine for her recommendation of this book; one which I too highly recommend.
With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. ...more