One random, violent act is enough to change Sarah Macintyre's life forever.Left unsettled, and yearning for a new beginning, Sarah is unsure of what to do with her life.
But one day she discovers an anonymous letter hidden amidst a pile of unopened mail.The note, however, contains nothing more than a confusing riddle.Intrigued and excited, Sarah’s hunger for a new life compels her to search for the author to understand the puzzle and solve the mystery.
Embarking on a journey that will shape the rest of her life and that of her family, Sarah uncovers a past of which she had no knowledge, a present she must find a path through, and a future filled with intense grief and utmost joy.
The book opens with a intense prologue that is set in 1710 in which two young are being pursued through some woods by a unknown number of enemies. Then the story moves forwards in time to present day and the reader is reunited with Sarah and John Macintyre and their young daughter Claire. Five days had passed since Sarah's discharge from hospital following the events of the previous book and she is feeling muddled and tells her best friend Rachel that she feels compelled to make changes in her life,maybe find a way to help other people. Rachel was a very loyal friend and couldn't help feeling concerned once Sarah informed her about the strange things that she was still experiencing. As the story unfolded, the author added more dimension to Rachel than the character had in the first book by giving the reader a insight into her shocking backstory.
When Sarah receives a intriguing letter, the family find themselves returning back to Scotland where Sarah will uncover some hidden secrets from her own families history and the truth behind her newly acquired gifts.
Sarah and John are a really likeable couple, I loved how close they were and how accepting John was about the situation that they had been trust into since the attack on Sarah. Being a police officer,he always tried to be the voice of reason but he was never dismissive of Sarah's suggestions and revelations and was always open minded and supportive. As the story unfolded both characters found that they would need to rely on each other for support after they found their individual lives blighted by feelings of grief and loss.
Scattered throughout the book was chapters that slipped back in time to the 1700s and continued the story of the two children that we were introduced to in the prologue but who were they and how did their story fit into events that were unfolding in the present day?
This is a very well written, gripping mystery with a plot that has elements of domestic drama with a large sprinkling of the supernatural that hooks the reader in from the first page. The cast of recurring characters are all likeable and realistic individuals who worm their way into your heart and you look forward to revisiting and catching up with their stories. This is the second book in a trilogy and although it be read as a standalone because of the references to events from the previous book, to enjoy the story to its full potential it is advisable to read the books in the correct order.
R V Biggs lives in a small ex-mining village near Wolverhampton, England, with his wife Julie and Mags the black lab. He has four grown up children and eight grandchildren.
. BOOK SYNOPSIS
Your secret didn’t die with me.’
The mysterious note tucked inside the pages of a recently returned book leaves librarian, Morag McLaughlin, chilled to the bone. She knows it was meant for her.
Someone out there knows her darkest secrets and they could destroy everything.
Torn apart from her own family, she will stop at nothing to create a perfect new one.
Why are they all so ungrateful? She’s only looking after them...
Isn’t she?Set in Scotland, this is a dark, chilling and at times uncomfortable to read thriller with a plot that covers a wide range of relatable issues including grief, loneliness, loss, abuse, deception, mental health and manipulation. The author also highlights the sad but realistic fact of how judgemental society is of people who don't fit into what is viewed as normal or acceptable.
The chapters are written from the perspectives of four vivid, realistic characters, Morag, Susan, Jess and Ronnie, individuals who had been affected emotionally and mentally at some point in their lives and were each harbouring their own personal secret. Morag was a middle aged woman who worked in the local library at which she ran a club every Tuesday to which people could come and share their troubles and have a chat. But Morag was very picky about who was allowed into her club or family as she referred to her chosen few and someone who was definitely not welcome was Jess who worked at the cafe. Morag only interacted with people who were vulnerable and easy to manipulate and there was something about Jess that she just didn't trust. Or maybe Morag saw in Jess something that she didn't want to acknowledge in herself. Unlike Susan who was a struggling single parent to four year old Lily and living in fear of two violent, dangerous men. Then there was poor, severely disturbed Ronnie who lived with his mother and found himself being manipulated by not just one but two women. My heart went out to both him and Susan and there was a number of times I was tempted to scream don't listen to her at my kindle.
My thoughts and feelings about Morag were conflicted, due to her actions it would have been easy to label her unlikable but it was obvious that she was very lonely and had some serious issues. People don't voluntarily chose to have mental health issues, believe me, I can personally testify to that, all Morag wanted was a family of her own, yes, her actions throughout the book were morally wrong but didn't her issues mean that she deserved at least a tiny bit of sympathy.
There was also some chapters towards the end of the book that gave the reader a insight into the shocking events from Morag's past and why she detested her mother so much in the present day.
Oh boy, there isn't enough superlatives in the English dictionary that I could use to describe this extremely well written,addictive,dark thriller. The story hooks you in from the first page,is intricately plotted and so chilling at times that I had goosebumps on top of my goosebumps. The last quarter of the book is seriously intense and had me on the edge of my seat, if I was in the bad habit of biting my nails (which I'm not) I wouldn't have any left. A incredible thriller with a genuinely unexpected twist that is perfect for curling up with on these dark Autumn nights and very very highly recommended. This is most definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.
By day Sharon Bairden is the Services Manager in a small, local independent advocacy service and has a passion for human rights; by night she has a passion for all things criminal. She blogs over at Chapterinmylife and is delighted to be crossing over to the other side of the fence to become a writer.
Sharon lives on the outskirts of Glasgow, has two grown up children, a grandson, a Golden Labrador and a cat. She spends most of her spare time doing all things bookish, from reading to attending as many book festivals and launches as she can.
She has been known to step out of her comfort zone on the odd occasion and has walked over burning coals and broken glass – but not at the same time!
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He's missing, presumed dead. But she still can't escape.
Charlotte and Sam were partners. In life, and in crime. They never stole from anyone who couldn't afford it. Wealthy clients, luxury cruise ships. It was easy money, and harmless. At least, that's what Charlotte told herself, until the world caved in on her.
But now, years after she tried to put that past life behind her, it comes rushing back when her estranged ex-husband Sam suddenly goes missing - and someone threatens to expose what they did.
Desperate to escape whoever is tormenting her, Charlotte takes a job as events planner for an engagement party onboard a superyacht in the Caribbean. For a while, her plan seems to have worked, nothing but open ocean and clear skies ahead. Until it becomes clear that she's no longer a thousand miles away from harm.
Because whoever is behind it all is onboard too. And now there's nowhere left to run.
For the vast majority of this twisty story, the chapters alternate between four years previously (then) and eighteen months after the events of the opening chapter (now) But eventually the two time frames converge and the story concludes in the present day.
In the chapters that were set in the past,we learnt how Charlotte met Sam whilst they were both working on-board a cruise ship and how, having always felt that she deserved the best things in life, she found herself drawn into the life of a con artist. They justified their actions by insisting that they only targeted wealthy couples who wouldn't miss the money and expensive jewellery that they stole, nobody got hurt. Charlotte was constantly telling herself that she wasn't a thief (yeah, right, and who are you trying to convince lady, the reader or yourself?) Charlotte and Sam eventually got married but as time passed, she became concerned about Sam's volatile behaviour and began to doubt exactly how much she could trust him. Eventually Charlotte decided that she had to get away, little realising that she was about to be confronted with the ultimate betrayal.
In the now chapters, Charlotte had moved on from her dubious past or that was what she thought until she started receiving texts demanding money from someone who obviously knew her secrets. Charlotte tries to contact Sam and is shocked when she discovers that he has mysteriously disappeared. When Charlotte is offered the opportunity to be the events planner for an engagement party on-board a superyacht, she views it as the chance to escape her tormentor. All goes well for a while and she has just started to relax and believe that her plan has worked when the death threats and attempts on her life start and it becomes apparent that her life is in serious danger. Had she been lured into a trap? How could anyone know about her past? Was Sam hiding on-board the boat? Was Charlotte's luck about to finally run out? These chapters were my favourite parts of the story, I loved the intense atmosphere when Charlotte was on-board the boat, the mystery and intrigue, the moments of danger and trying to figure out who was terrorising Charlotte.
The story had a eclectic cast of vivid, realistic characters, a number of whom,in the now chapters were untrustworthy and viable suspects for being Charlotte's tormentor. I can't say that I thought she was a very likeable individual and therefore I struggled to feel any sympathy for her at any point in the story. I felt a lot of sympathy for the unsuspecting couples who found themselves targeted by Charlotte and Sam, the consequences for some of them were shocking and proved the undoubted that theft is most definitely not a victimless crime.
This is a very well written, gripping, addictive thriller that hooks the reader in from the first page, keeps you guessing and glued to your kindle. There is some unexpected twists and turns, red herrings, intense danger scenes and a unpredictable, shocking conclusion. The places that the characters visit throughout the book are beautifully and vividly described. This is the first book that I have read that was written by this author and it most definitely will not be my last. Very very highly recommended by little old me.
London. A January night. Commuters surge into the Underground. Ellen Randall recognises a man standing close to the platform edge: Matt Leyton, her sister Rosanna’s married lover. The man who’s playing a game as old as time. A red-hot flash of uncontrollable anger propels Ellen to his side. The train approaches. Seconds later, Matt has gone.
Carl Teviot is convinced Ellen isn’t a killer, even though he’s only just met her – or rather, found her, huddled in a sleeping bag in an abandoned Tube station: a ghost station. He can’t leave her there, alone, and in danger
But rescuing her from the tunnel is only the beginning…
This enthralling thriller has chapters that are written from the perspectives of a multitude of characters but the story is voiced predominantly from the perspectives of Ellen, her sister Rosanna and Ellen's saviour Carl. The sister's had tragically lost their parents when they were younger and had made a vow to always stick together no matter what fate decided to throw their way. Despite being two years younger that her sister, Ellen was determined to protect Rosanna from harm which was the reason why she found herself confronting her sister's (married) boyfriend on the underground platform. A confrontation that would result in her life tumbling down a dark tunnel of grief, depression and despair and would change her life forever.
The brain is a complex organ and can play cruel tricks on its host especially when it decides to mess with your memories and convince you that something is not what it appears to be. This has happened to me personally and it is really scary how convinced you can become about what you believe to the truth and you can find yourself becoming obsessed with proving that your version of events is the true version. Did the events in the platform really happen the way that Ellen remembered them or was her brain playing with her memories and thought processes and causing her unnecessary grief and guilt?
The sister's had always had a volatile relationship and it wasn't difficult to figure out why as their stories that were set in the present day but also occasionally slipped back into the past unfolded. I had mixed feelings about both of their characters, there was times when I liked them and times when I didnt.
Carl came across as a likeable, trustworthy individual but could Ellen truly trust him? Why was he so insistent on helping a woman who he had only just met or that should be found? Was he a genuine nice guy or was she just a pawn in his twisted game?
I loved the parts of the story that were set in the abandoned station, they were so chilling and atmospheric.
This is a very well written, character driven thriller with a plot that covers a wide range of relatable issues. Many of the characters were flawed individuals and quite a number of them were not very likeable. The plot keeps the reader guessing, has some unexpected twists and turns and I liked how the author ended the story with updates on the lives of the main characters. This is the first book that I have read that was written by this author and it most definitely will not be my last.
Author Bio –
Deirdre lives in Brighton , on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction under her own name , and as Zara Thorne.
Becoming an author was a childhood dream, although she didn’t have much of a clue as to what it meant. But fast forward several years – okay, many years – and the dream showed signs of becoming reality.
She entered the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, twice, and came fourth, twice. So there was the incentive to complete her first novel, Remarkable Things, which was published by Crooked Cat and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. The Girl in the Tunnel is Deirdre’s 14th book.
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