Monday, 18 July 2016

Book Review - Watching Edie by Camilla Way

Watching Edie by Camilla Way




Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.

Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?

Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

I received an advance copy from NETGALLEY in return for an honest review.

There are many psychological thrillers out there at the moment, but in my opinion this one truly stands out in the crowded bookshelves.
It is focused mainly on the characters of Edith - Edie and Heather and is set in the past when both girls are teenagers and in the present day.

Edie appears to be the girl who has it all. She is pretty and popular and befriends Heather, who is quite a loner. Heather comes from a deeply religious family and her Mother chooses what she should wear and where she can go, Edie of course is not the sort of friend that they want for Heather.

Something happens to make Edie pack up and leave their hometown moving to London. Present day and Edie is pregnant, alone and living in a tiny flat. Edie gives birth and finds she cannot cope and that's when Heather appears in her life again after years and years with no contact.
However something is not right. Heather hides Edie's mobile phone and discourages her from making contact with anybody.
What happened all those years before between Heather and Edie?

This book had me gripped from the start and I actually read it in one day. The action keeps you hooked and the plot moves along nicely.

I shall be looking out for more from this author and have already recommended this book to friends who are looking for a great thriller.

Now featured on Library Reads list on Netgalley - recommended by Librarians 

Pre order here out in Hardback on 28th July 2016

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Book Review for The Trouble With Henry and Zoe By Andy Jones

The Trouble With Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones
Book Review

A heart-warming and funny novel about love and the choices we make. How bad choices can lead to good things, and how life is never what you expect it to be. Perfect for fans of One Day and Me Before You, from the author of The Two of Us.

Henry and Zoe have more in common than they realise. For a start, they both have pasts they'd rather leave behind.
After jilting his childhood sweetheart on the eve of their wedding, Henry makes a break for London. He has no friends, no job, no home, no plan.
Zoe has great friends, two jobs, a new house, and a big scary plan. After a traumatic, life-changing event, she plans to leave London and spend a year travelling. Alone.
If Henry and Zoe had met one year ago, things might have worked out differently. But that s not the way life works. They meet seven months after their worlds have been turned upside down. And four months before Zoe is due to climb on a plane...

I have been waiting for another book by Andy Jones to arrive after reading and falling in love with the fantastic The Two Of Us and the lovely Dawn from Books and the City sent me an advance copy.
This certainly didn't disappoint and I absolutely loved it.

What happens when you meet someone at a turning point in your life? Especially if the last thing on your mind is a relationship? This is exactly the position Henry and Zoe find themselves in, the trouble is though they really enjoy each others company.
So what's stopping them? Well Henry has has left his fiancee effectively stranded at the altar and Zoe has just been through a very traumatic and life changing experience.

Andy Jones's writing as in his first novel - especially one scene, which I only have to think about and it has me blubbing - really gets under my skin. He manages to write from both a male and female point of view seamlessly moving between the two as the story goes on.
Zoe's situation in the story is so well written that I could feel her pain, guilt and loneliness so acutely I wanted to give her a hug.
I absolutely loved the scene where Henry returns to his home village and sees his ex fiancee for the first time and I was definitely as surprised as Henry was at what he found!

I recommend this book very highly. Grab a copy and sit in the sun (while we have it).

Out on ebook now and Paperback 28th July - Order here