Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

imageFollow You Home is only the second book that I have read by Mark Edwards and it’s a sharp reminder that I need to read more of his work. Two backpackers are enjoying their trip around Europe but when they board a night train the events that occur change their lives dramatically. It’s very intense, at times I found it quite scary and not just because of houses in the middle of nowhere! There were so many twists and turns, the pace of this novel is relentless and I really struggled at times to put it down. I have read a few novels where some characters are weaker than others but not this one. All of them are convincing, especially the ‘bad guys’. Released on 30th June, thanks to the publisher and the author for my copy via net galley and Liz for doing her usual.

Captain Hawk

imageI enjoy historical fiction so was looking forward to reading this novel that takes place in Singapore in 1823.
Nathaniel Hawk has reluctantly travelled to Singapore to spend Christmas with his father. He would much rather be in the gambling dens in London rather than in the Singapore heat. He doesn’t share his father’s enthusiasm for life at sea but has no choice when tragedy occurs.
Murder, piracy and romance all feature throughout the novel but for me the romantic aspect didn’t work. I didn’t really care for any of the female characters. However the descriptions of live in Singapore, alongside the main story of live out at sea with the terror facing the ‘ghost ship was very good.
The ending felt a little abrupt but the sequel is due in Nov 2015. With thanks to THE book club on Facebook for the copy received.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

imageIn a Dark, Dark Wood is definitely going to be a strong contender for my favourite book of the year. It wasn’t a book that took me a while to get into, from chapter two I was hooked.
Nora is invited to a school friends hen party, she hasn’t had any contact with the bride to be for ten years. Bewildered at the invitation she reluctantly decides to go with another friend from school. As soon as they arrive at the glass house in the middle of a wood in Northumberland in winter she regrets it.
All of the party, especially the organiser are on edge and struggle to relax. Flo, the organiser is very controlling and gets overly upset if things don’t go exactly to her plan for the weekend. Events do go disastrously wrong and the details are revealed in a series of flashbacks. Parts of the novel are quite scary, I was wary of reading it just before sleep but I needed to know what happened next. I had an idea of who was responsible but did change my mind a few times. I never guessed at the reasons why though.
I thought this novel was very well written and would definitely recommend to readers who love this genre.
Released on the 30th July.

Thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley.

Evil Games by Angela Marsons

imageEvil Games, the second novel in the Kim Stone series doesn’t disappoint. Two different stories feature in this book, both of which are very disturbing. I can say without giving anything away that Alex, the main character in one of the investigations is a nasty piece of work. This is evident from the start of the book and there is nothing good to say about her.
It was good to get to know more about Kim and her team. More of her past was revealed mainly due to Alex’s manipulation but it showed how it has made her such a strong character. One with a caring side as was proven with her new little friend.
I am really looking forward to the next in the series. I hope that I don’t have long to wait.
With thanks to the publisher and the author for the copy via netgalley.

Disclaimer by Renée Knight

imageI was surprised how gripping Disclaimer was. I had seen mixed comments about it so didn’t really know what to expect when I finally got the chance to read it.
I found it to be a novel that I always wanted to read a little bit more of, when each chapter focuses on a different character I always need to know what is coming next.
My feelings towards the characters changed constantly. I did struggle to warm to Catherine for much of the novel but there was a turning point. It was the same with Steven although I did have a little more sympathy for him.
I don’t usually reread books but this is one I could well do in the future. During this last week I attended the author’s book event at my local bookshop. At the start of the talk she read from the opening chapter and knowing how the story progresses the words felt so much more ominous.
I now have a signed copy but I read it initially via netgalley so thanks to the author and the publisher for the opportunity.