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Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak ★★★★★

Blurb; The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

My Review; I had to read this one as his previous book (The Book Thief) is my all time favourite book… Ever. Now… Bridge of Clay is very different to The Book Thief but I enjoyed it and loved it just as much nevertheless.

Bridge of Clay is beautifully written. At 600 pages it is a hand killer to hold and that is the only downside to this book (I promise). All the characters within this story are very lovable and unique in their own way. Especially the dunbar boys. Clay has to be my favourite (obviously).

This is a beautiful story and though they don’t show it much the five brothers love each other really in their own unique ways and stick together as a family through the bad and good times. A story about forgiveness, love and loss. A story that will stick in your heart after you’ve long finished it.

A well deserved five stars, highly recommend! Bridge of Clay will also be going into my top 20 of 2018! Brilliant. I love Markus’s writing style and stories, big fan.

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*BLOG TOUR* Love You Gone – Rona Halsall ★★★★★

Blurb; ‘Hello? Police? My husband and our children… they’re gone.’

When Mel arrives at the holiday cottage in the Lake District, she expects to find the heating on and her husband Luke and the two children waiting for her. Maybe a bottle of wine open…

Instead, there is just a note on the side, saying they’ve gone out for a walk.

But they aren’t back several hours later, and Mel knows something is wrong. Really wrong. When a search doesn’t find them, she has to confess to the police that her marriage isn’t all that it seems.

Even if that risks her own secrets being revealed…

My Review; Oh. My. Goodness. This book blew me away! It’s bloody brilliant. Pulls the reader straight in then you’re trapped until the end (not a bad thing really). This book just had surprise after surprise add in the shocker here and there. You’re left thinking how many more secrets and lies are being hidden?

Love You Gone is one of those stories you want to devour in one sitting. It is gripping, thrilling, fast paced and well written. A must read! Brilliant. Sticks with you!

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. This book is also going to be in my top twenty of 2018. I absolutely loved it.

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*BLOG TOUR* Someone Like Me – M.R. Carey ★★★★

Blurb; SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE.

Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in the right way, no matter how hard times get.

But there’s another side to Liz—one which is dark and malicious. A version of her who will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme or violent.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

The only way Liz can save herself and her family is if she can find out where this new alter-ego has come from, and how she can stop it.

My Review; Don’t let the size of this book put you off, it may be 500 pages but it is a bloody brilliant story. Well worth the read!

Someone Like Me is well written and a story that will hold your attention from the first page to the last page. A big part of this story is mental health, which personally we need to highlight more especially as there has been a rise in the mental health sector in current times.

It is gripping, thrilling, fast paced, tense and dark (in parts). I found that Liz was a strong character and determined not to give up for her children. A real page turner. A story you can’t really describe… Except I loved it. It’s a story that the reader has to personally read to understand. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend!

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