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Outside by Ragnar Jónasson @ragnarjo @MichaelJBooks #Outside #NetGalley #NewRelease

Outside by [Ragnar Jónasson]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Four friends. One night. Not everyone will come out alive . . .

Pre-order the gripping new stand-alone mystery from ‘world-class crime writer’ Ragnar Jónasson

When a deadly snowstorm strikes the Icelandic highlands, four friends seek shelter in a small, abandoned hunting lodge.

It is in the middle of nowhere and there’s no way of communicating with the outside world.

They are isolated, but they are not alone . . .

As the night darkens, and fears intensify, an old tragedy gradually surfaces – one that forever changed the course of their friendship.

Those dark memories could hold the key to the mystery the friends now find themselves in.

And whether they will survive until morning . . .

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Outside 

MY THOUGHTS

There are only five characters in the story, but they fill every page with tension and the unexpected. The story opens in the middle. Then drops back to how they are all together in a storm, at the doorway of a safe shelter. It is one of those stories that would make it feel minus fifty, even in a hot climate.

What a strange group of people! They didn’t seem to fit together. They were rather like jigsaw pieces which, had been forced into the finished picture. It drops back to how they all met and when. Their backstories make for unusual reading that made me wonder why they had turned up in the first place.

I liked the descriptions of the area and how quickly it changed. Mild then unpredictable, deadly and unforgiving. It complimented the story to perfection. But I was so uneasy reading the story. I had butterflies constantly waiting to see who was going to give first because someone was.

It didn’t feel like a very long book, but I flew through the 352 pages quickly. A stunning book from this master of suspense in the most mesmerising place.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ragnar Jónasson is an international number one bestselling author who has sold over two million books in thirty-two countries worldwide. He was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he also works as an investment banker and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University.

He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie’s novels. He is currently writing a novel with the Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. His critically acclaimed international bestseller The Darkness is soon to be a major TV series.

Twitter @ragnarjo

Outside by [Ragnar Jónasson]

The Patient by Jane Shemilt @Janeshemilt @HarperCollinsUK #NetGalley #ThePatient #NewRelease #BookReview

The Patient: the gripping new suspense thriller novel from the Sunday Times bestselling global phenomenon - Jane Shemilt is BACK! by [Jane Shemilt]

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Rachel meets Luc, the attraction is instant.
But she is a doctor, and he is her patient.
She gives him the drugs he needs – but in doing so, risks everything.
And when a secret is exposed, they’re both in the firing line.
Not all patients are telling the truth.

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The Patient

MY THOUGHTS

What an unusual story this turned out to be, in a positive way. Rachel is a doctor that made a fatal error once and determined that such a mistake will never happen again. So when Luc walks in off the street saying that he needs meds, she prescribes him what he wants. There is an instant attraction between them, but she knows she will never see him again. Rachel’s marriage is rocky, and because of decisions she has made before to further her career, her daughter is not close to her.

When Rachel and her husband are invited to a party by the people next door, she discovers that her new neighbour is her mysterious patient with a stunning young wife. I felt that this story was going to be predictable, but I was enjoying it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was no way I could have guessed the path it would take.

There is no hint in the blurb at the events that follow in the book. It is dark and sinister, gripping and addictive. I had read late into the night, and there was no way I was putting this book down. Every page brought uneasiness. What a story this was turning out to be. It seemed like I was looking at every character from a different angle now, and no one was as I thought they were. Fabulous read!

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which, I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. Her first novel, Daughter, was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 2014. Since then Jane has published three more bestselling thrillers: Little Friends, The Drowning Lesson, and How Far We Fall. The Patient is her first novel with HarperCollins, and will be out in April 2022.

She and her husband, a professor of neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.

Twitter: @Janeshemilt

The Patient: the gripping new suspense thriller novel from the Sunday Times bestselling global phenomenon - Jane Shemilt is BACK! by [Jane Shemilt]

The Confessions of Jonathan Flite (The Jonathan Flite Series Book 1) by Matthew J Beier @NetGalley #BookReview

The Confessions of Jonathan Flite (The Jonathan Flite Series Book 1) by [Matthew J. Beier]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jonathan Flite claims to have memories he can’t explain. Seven layers of them, to be exact, all belonging to a group of teenagers who disappeared from a place called Idle County in 2010—ten years before his birth. Seventeen years of anxiety, violent outbursts, and refusal to admit he is lying have landed him at Crescent Rehabilitation Center, a seaside juvenile center for rich kids, and nobody has ever dared to believe his memories might be real.

Until now. On a blustery November day just three months after a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, ex-CIA psychiatrist Thomas Lumen arrives at Crescent to interview Jonathan for a book about Idle County. Fueled by his personal connection to the disappearances three decades earlier, he asks Jonathan to share what he knows—anything and everything.

By reigniting this thirty-year-old mystery, however, Jonathan inadvertently becomes a target of the very same religious terrorists who attacked Geneva, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the secrets of Idle County under wraps. Jonathan must then make a choice: to continue telling his story, or risk the safety of everyone he loves

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The Confessions of Jonathan Flite

MY THOUGHTS

I had not realised that this was book one of a series when I began reading it. It is somewhat complex and travels between 2010 and 2034. At age seventeen, Jonathan Flite is sent to a facility for troubled wealthy children. His mother has had enough of his violent outbursts and what she sees as his continual lies. Jonathan swears that he has memories of seven children who went missing ten years before he was born.

His mother researches his stories and finds that they link to a cold case in Idle back in 2010. When Jonathan kills a nurse at the facility, he is transferred to a rehab centre where he will serve a life sentence.

Thomas Lumen enters the story and shows an interest in what Jonathan has to say about the missing children. But he isn’t the only one that wants to know just how much Jonathan knows. A group of terrorists are drawn into the mix, and things become very deadly for anyone close to Jonathan.

It is a strange and fascinating story aimed at a teenage audience, but I was hooked. I liked how the characters developed through the story. The core of them is still recognisable but changed with the years too. Not everything was as first thought, and I had an uneasy feeling about how things were developing. It will be fascinating to see where this is going in the coming series. It is an excellent introduction.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew J. Beier

Matthew J. Beier is a novelist, screenwriter, photographer, and graphic designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first novel, The Breeders, was published in 2012. He attended film school at Chapman University in 2003, where studied screenwriting, film production, and English before spending a final semester abroad at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. When Matthew isn’t working, he enjoys tea, exercise, watching films, and spending time with his friends and family. He is currently working on Book 2 in the Jonathan Flite series, “The Release of Jonathan Flite

Twitter: @MatthewBeier

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The Confessions of Jonathan Flite (The Jonathan Flite Series Book 1) by [Matthew J. Beier]

The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown @bethunderdown @PenguinUKBooks #TheKeyInTheLock #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview

The Key In The Lock: An atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Once Upon a River and The Foundling by [Beth Underdown]

ABOUT THE BOOK

I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire. Smoke unravelling from an upper window, and the terrace bathed in a hectic orange light . . . Now I see that the decision I made at Polneath was the only decision of my life. Everything marred in that one dark minute.

By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy – one whose death decades ago haunts her still.

For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free.

But once you open a door to the past, can you ever truly close it again?

From the award-winning author of The Witchfinder’s Sister comes a captivating story of burning secrets and buried shame, and of the loyalty and love that rises from the ashes.

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The Key In The Lock

MY THOUGHTS

This story takes place on two-time lines, 1888 and 1918. Ivy Boscawen’s only son died in the Great War, but she needs to know how and why. Her husband is a sickly man, unable to seek the truth himself, but nothing will stop Ivy. She had experienced tragedy before, with the death of a child in a fire. The truth had not come out then either, and it had always haunted her. She felt like she was been punished for not doing more than she had for the little boy.


It is quite a deep and dark read. It is intense yet a slow burn at the same time. The story is set not that long ago when women had few rights at work and at home. They were expected to do anything without questioning it or objecting because they could be easily replaced. But, at the same time, women were thought of as fragile and unable to cope with life’s tragedies. Ivy was determined to seek the truth out in the past and present, but could she bear the truth?


The story captures both periods perfectly. Although the outcome of both stories is heartbreaking. You know who dies but will people from the past and present be strong enough for the truth? This is the author’s second novel, and it will rip you open. What a talent this lady is. Highly recommended.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.

The Witchfinder’s Sister is her debut novel, and is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins.

She first came across him while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do.

Twitter: @bethunderdown

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The Key In The Lock: An atmospheric historical mystery perfect for fans of Once Upon a River and The Foundling by [Beth Underdown]

Fatal Hate by Brian Price @HobeckBooks #FatalHate #NewRelease #BookReview #BlogTour

ABOUT THE BOOK

DC Mel Cotton is back with a brand new case, the murder of Duncan Bennett. But who would want an unassuming warehouse worker dead?

The case soon becomes far more complex and dangerous, with terrorists, a paedophile network and a hitman in town. And against a background of rising hatred and violence, one woman pursues her deadly revenge.

Mel and her colleagues face their greatest challenge yet. Mel’s own courage will be tested to the limits. No-one is safe.

Fatal Hate is the thrilling sequel to the much-acclaimed Fatal Trade by the brilliant Brian Price

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Fatal Hate

MY THOUGHTS

This is the second book in the DC Mel Cotton series, and I felt that it had a lot to live up to after loving Fatal Trade so much. Well, the author Brian Price did himself proud with this one.


When Duncan Bennett is found dead, not far from where he worked, no one knows why anyone would want him dead. Duncan had portrayed himself as a boring no-body, but there was far more to him than anyone released.

When DC Mel Cotton and the team began to dig deeper into Duncan’s life, they soon found themselves in a dangerous place. There is so much going on in this story, and the bad guys always seem like they are one step ahead. Just writing about this story makes my back shiver and the back of my neck tingle.

I took to a new character in this story, a hacker who was willing to go further than anyone would ask him to go. But would it be a step too far? There are people in high positions that could have him silenced. I just hoped that he made it through.

Mel has some hard decisions to make. Firstly she doesn’t know who she can trust and who will believe what she suspects. Oh wow! In some books, you want to feel the rush again. That punch the air moment. The same feeling I got with this. I love this series. This book gives me a tense and believable story, with characters that at times have to go it alone.

When I came to the end of this story, I knew it would not be easy to fill the hole it left. Roll on number three. I am waiting already!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Price is a chemist and biologist who retired from the Environment Agency in 2016. He is the author of Crime Writing: How to write the science and runs a website offering tips on science for crime writers (www.crimewriterscience.co.uk). He is an avid reader of crime fiction and has also written a number of short stories, one of which was a runner up in the Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival 2019 and another was short listed in the Chorley Writers Circle competition in 2018. He taught science and technology courses for the Open University for 26 years. Previous books include P for Pollution and C for Chemicals (with Mike Birkin).

I wish to thank Rebecca of Hobeck Books for inviting me on the blog tour for Fatal Hate.

Dry Heat by Len Joy @len_joy @FSBAssociates @bqbpublishing #DryHeat #NetGalley #BookReview

ABOUT THE BOOK

The day All-American Joey Blade turns 18, he learns his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, is betrayed by his new girlfriend, and is arrested for the attempted murder of two police officers. Then things get bad. The high school bonfire is supposed to be the kickoff to a great night: Joey has just won a football scholarship and he’s hoping for a sex breakthrough with his new girlfriend. Then his true love–but ex-girlfriend–Mallory tells his she’s pregnant. He’s reeling from that news when the bonfire explodes. Joey, his new girlfriend and her drug dealer friend TJ, flee in her truck. When the police pursue, TJ shoots at the cop’s car. It crashes and in the ensuing chaos TJ slips away undetected. Joey, the only adult in the truck, is hauled off to jail. Joey is charged with attempted murder and released on bail. TJ is nowhere to be found. When Joey discovers that Mallory’s father is pressuring her to terminate the pregnancy, Joey has to remain free to prevent that from happening. In desperation, he reaches out to notorious gang leader, Chico Torres, whom he met in jail, for help locating TJ. When Joey is offered a deal–his freedom in exchange for his cooperation in nailing Chico–he faces a decision that will change the course of his life and Mallory’s.

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Dry Heat

MY THOUGHTS

Oh boy, how quickly someone’s life can crumble. Everything had been falling into place for eighteen-year-old Joey Blade. He had been offered a football college scholarship, and he had a new girlfriend and hoped to get lucky with her later. That evening at the High School bonfire, he learns that his ex-girlfriend Mallory is pregnant. Then an explosion sends everyone running.

Joey jumps in the driving seat of his girlfriend’s truck, along with her and her drug-dealing friend TJ. The police are soon in pursuit when TJ pulls a gun and fires at the police. When Joey pulls up, his two companions run off, leaving him to take the blame for the shooting. Things quickly worsen when secondary charges are brought against him for underage sex with Mallory.

Whoa, this is all action, and the story has just begun. Joey is a fabulous character with whom I connected from the start. How different his life could have been by just a couple of alternate choices. It seemed that Joey’s life had been taken out of his hands, but there was one person that could make a difference for him.

As no one will believe what he says, Joey takes the only path left for him, but his life will get even more complicated and deadly. It is a gripping read from the start because just being innocent isn’t enough. It is a spiral that intensifies in every chapter and becomes a darker and a heart-pounding page-turner.

What a brilliant second novel from Len Joy. Highly recommended.

I wish to thank Net Galley, the publisher and Anna Sacca for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Len Joy is the author of four books that have have received shining reviews and several awards. Everyone Dies Famous, published in 2020 won 1st Prize in the 2020 Top Shelf Book Awards and was described by Kirkus as . . .a striking depiction of small-town America at the dawn of the 21st century. NY Times bestselling author Kevin Wilson described it as A clear-eyed examination of how we live in an uncertain world. . . .In clear prose, Joy does real work here. I’m grateful for it. His first novel, American Past Time, published in 2014 took 1st Prize in the Top Shelf Book Awards in 2019 for Fiction and was described by Kirkus as . . .expertly written and well-crafted. His second novel, Better Days was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards in 2019 and described by Foreword Reviews as A bighearted, wry, and tender novel that focuses on love and loyalty.

Len is a nationally ranked triathlete and competed internationally representing the United States as part of TEAM USA. He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Suzanne.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus @BonnieGarmus @TransworldBooks #LessonsInChemistry #NetGalley #NewRelease

Lessons in Chemistry: THE Debut of 2022 by [Bonnie Garmus]

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here’ ELIZABETH ZOTT

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.

But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with – of all things – her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later, Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (‘combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride’) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.

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Lessons in Chemistry: THE Debut of 2022

MY THOUGHTS

Encore, Encore, I need more of this. It is an incredible story. If you like different, this is for you. If you like excellent writing, this is for you. I want everyone to read this. The opening chapter is bizarre in the most hypnotic way. By the time I had read the first six sentences, I was mesmerised by every word that followed. Of course, my brain was still trying to keep up with the uniqueness of the dialogue. This wasn’t how people I knew got up. My stomach did a little flip. I already knew that this would become one of my all-time favourite books, that I will read, time and time again. I wasn’t wrong.

Set in the 1950s and 1960s, Elizabeth Zott had an incredible scientific mind, but it wasn’t welcomed. She scared male scientists because women were only capable of, running a home and having children. Because obviously, women brains were not like a mans. But they wanted her ideas, theories and explanations. If it came down to it, no one would believe that the ideas were hers.

I chuckled when she met the love of her life. What an amazing couple they were. They were the perfect match and quite before their time. Elizebeth could achieve incredible things so long as she could break them down scientifically. 6.30 is an incredible character, and yes, that is his name. Elizebeth and Calvin, her partner, shared their tragic life stories. And it makes you love them both, but there was worst to come. Much, much, worse.

This is an epic journey, a beautifully written story that made me laugh, feel frustrated, angry, cry and punch the air. I need more, but I know there won’t be any. It is unique. It is Elizebeth Zott.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doubleday triumphs in 16-publisher auction for Garmus' 'life-affirming' début

BONNIE GARMUS is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.
–This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Twitter: @BonnieGarmus

Lessons in Chemistry: THE Debut of 2022 by [Bonnie Garmus]

The Interview by Gill Perdue @PenguinUKBooks #NewRelease #BookReview #NetGalley

The Interview by [Gill Perdue]

ABOUT THE BOOK

A girl covered in blood. A missing man. A coded fairy tale.

Detective Laura Shaw seems to have it all: a supportive husband, a happy two-year-old and a great career. She is her team’s top victim interviewer, a genius at getting vulnerable people to open up.

That’s until she meets Jenny – a 14-year-old assault victim who talks only in fairy tales. Jenny’s stepfather is missing and the blood on her clothes isn’t her own, so Laura’s colleagues need answers fast.

But Laura’s strange behaviour makes the girl shut down even more, leaving her bewildered partner, Niamh, desperately trying to rescue the situation.

It seems that this case has triggered something deep within Laura, and Jenny is not the only one with secrets. As the clock ticks down, Laura teeters on the brink of disaster, grappling with the biggest question of all:

Is every life worth saving?

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The Interview

MY THOUGHTS

Most of the story centres around Jenny a fourteen-year-old girl, who was found wandering the streets covered in blood. Tests revealed that the blood wasn’t hers, but she had been sexually assaulted and traumatised. Now Detective Laura Shaw, a victim interviewer, with her partner Niamh, have to find out what exactly has happened.

When her mother and brother are found unconscious and badly injured in a crashed car, the hunt for her missing step-father is stepped-up. If all the blood from Jenny’s clothes is from him, the chances are that he is dead or dying. But Jenny will only tell her side of what has happened through several fairy tales that are difficult to decipher. There is so much more to this story than you first think.

It is not an easy read as it walks you through the lives of Jenny, her mum, brother and step-father. The way that Jenny copes with it all to re-tell her life is remarkable, clever and distracting. The author has her characters perfected. Jenny, Laura and Niamh, all have voices in this story, with some shocking revelations about their pasts and how circumstances affect their current mental state.

It is a great read, tense with an urgency that could mean life and death for someone.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gill Perdue is a writer and dancing teacher. She worked as a primary school teacher for 15 years and has published four books for children. The Interview is her first crime novel. She lives in Dublin with her husband.

The Interview by [Gill Perdue]

Impossible by Sarah Lotz @HarperCollinsUK #ImpossibleUs #NetGalley #NewRelease

Impossible: Discover the most original, heartwarming and twisty read that it’ll be impossible to forget in 2022 by [Sarah Lotz]
ABOUT THE BOOK

This isn’t a love story. This is Impossible.

Discover the book with the impossible twist, coming March 2022 . . .

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Nick: Failed writer. Failed husband. Dog owner.

Bee: Serial dater. Dress maker. Pringles enthusiast.

One day, their paths cross over a misdirected email. The connection is instant, electric. They feel like they’ve known each other all their lives.

Nick buys a new suit, gets on a train. Bee steps away from her desk, sets off to meet him under the clock at Euston station.

Think you know how the rest of the story goes? They did too . . .

But this is a story with more twists than most. This is Impossible.

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Impossible

MY THOUGHTS

What a great story this is, well for the reader, not so much for the two main characters, which I adored, by the way. When a stray e-mail appeared in Bee’s inbox, it amused her, and she wrote back. The e-mails continued with ease between Nick and Bee as they had never experienced from anyone else before. It is difficult to write about a book sometimes when you are bursting with wanting to yell about it from the highest building. It is a great love story, laced with perfect banter and swooning moments.

I hadn’t read anything about the story, I like to jump in, so I went along with it all. I got to know all about Nick, a lovely bloke with little self-esteem and Bee, who was aptly named because her life was so busy, and she buzzed with one lined humour. They hit it off straight away. Finally, they were going to meet. I was so excited but ……………………

What a story this turns out to be. I was like, Noooooooooo! I liked these characters so much, but now it was like a story in a story! I laughed when they did and felt frustrated beyond words. There are some great characters and some dangerous consequences to consider. But how far would you go for your soul mate?

I liked how the author brings in the moral element and crossing a line, no matter how well-intentioned, and that actions have consequences. But could you give up on the perfect connection with someone? This book had my heart sink and soar, race and nearly burst. It is a curl your toes love story, highly recommended.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sarah Lotz is a novelist and screenwriter with a fondness for the macabre. She is the author of The Three, and lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.

Impossible: Discover the most original, heartwarming and twisty read that it’ll be impossible to forget in 2022 by [Sarah Lotz]

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel @stephwrobel @penguinrandom #NewRelease #BookRview #Netgalley

This Might Hurt by [Stephanie Wrobel]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Welcome to Wisewood. We’ll keep your secrets, if you keep ours.

High-flier Natalie Collins always has a plan.
Her younger sister Kit rarely does.

Until she finds Wisewood.
When Kit insists on joining the self-help retreat on a secluded Maine island, Natalie has concerns.
Why does it forbid contact with the outside world? Is it a cult?

Then, after six months of silence, Natalie receives a message:

Would you like to come tell your sister what you did – or should we?

Who is digging into the Collins’ past? How did they discover Natalie’s secret?
She will have to go to Wisewood to find out if this place of healing has more sinister motives.
Can she rescue Kit? Or might Natalie be the one who needs saving?

Because Wisewood is far easier to get into than to leave . . .

This Might Hurt is a whipsmart thriller of sisters, secrets and sanctuary and what fear will do to those we love.

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This Might Hurt

MY THOUGHTS

Natalie and Kit couldn’t be more different. Natalie is outgoing and confident, while Kit is a worrier, thinks things through and always falls on the side of caution. When their mother dies, Kit decides that she needs to get away and moves into a retreat. The place is strange from the outset, as Natalie is informed that she can not contact her sister for six months. No contact with the outside world is allowed at all.

When the six months is up, Natalie receives an invite to the island. Natalie is told to tell Kit what she has done in the past, or they will. There is no way Natalie wants anything disclosing, but how do these people know about what she has done? There is only one way to find out, that is to go herself.

This is a weird and compelling story that plays with the minds of the people that live there. A place where broken people feel there is nowhere else. The cultish methods used in this place are, at times, humiliating and manipulative, stripping the mind back to reform it to be part of this place, trusting no one but the leaders in charge.


Natalie forms a friendship with a couple of other women, but seeds of betrayal are planted in her mind, making her isolated and paranoid. Will Natalie ever see her sister again to tell her the truth? It takes a long time to work out just what has happened in the past. The story is nicely rounded up.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Wrobel

Stephanie Wrobel is the author of The Recovery of Rose Gold, a Sunday Times and international bestseller that has sold in twenty-two countries. This Might Hurt is her second novel, an attempt to answer the questions: what sort of person joins a cult? And what sort of person leads one?
Wrobel grew up in Chicago but has lived in London for five years with her husband and her dog, Moose Barkwinkle.–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This Might Hurt by [Stephanie Wrobel]