The Bird Tribunal – Agnes Ravatn ★★★★

Blurb; TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough. Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.

My Review; The Bird Tribunal has won several awards and was even turned into a successful play. Rosie Hedger has translated this story into English for all us lucky readers. 

I picked this book up from my library as it was their book of the month. It didn’t take long to finish as it is only 185 pages long and easy to read, but I did find at the start of the book that this story was very different from what I usually read which had me intrigued. The story is a spooky, haunting, chilling one which focuses on the characters Allis and Sigurd and how their relationship develops. 

I also love the cover of this book! A well written story which I would recommend to you all. I awarded a well deserved four stars. This is a story that will stick in my head for a while… 


Bring Me Back – B.A. Paris ★★★★★

Blurb; A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again. 

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

My Review; Cancel all your plans until you have devoured this, you will not be sleeping tonight. Bring Me Back is one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and has to be one of the best books I have read this year. 

I was hooked from the prologue. Bring Me Back is fast paced, gripping, thrilling and one of those stories you will not want to put down. You will also want to read it in one sitting. This story starts when Layla goes missing but where did she go? The chapters within flick between before and now but are set out clearly so theres no confusion for the reader.

I have read all of B.A.Paris’s books so far and this has to be the best one yet. I was blown away. What an excellent book! Bring Me Back will be released March 2018 and I would highly recommend you all go pre-order it or add it to your lists now as this is going to be a bestseller. A well deserved five stars from me. Keeps you guessing until the end and on the edge of your seat. 


*BLOG TOUR* Follow The Snowflakes – Angelina Kerner ★★★★★

Blurb; At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

My Review; What a perfect little Christmas story. Short, sweet and beautiful. Truely heartwarming. What Christmas is all about. It may only be 89 pages long but this is a brilliant Christmas story you should all settle down with for an hour, you won’t regret it. I adored Cat’s character and little Lawrence bless him alongside his dad Hunter. I loved how fate made everything come together at this beautiful time of year. 

Follow The Snowflakes is written well, easy to read and set out well with diary entries between each chapter which I liked. I have nothing to fault with this story. Cheered me right up, a feel good story perfect for those cold nights which is why I awarded an excellent five stars. I would highly recommend this story to you all. Perfect read for Christmas 2017. Enjoy.