Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all well. Today I’m posting my Winter Book Haul for 2019/2020. These are all books I either received for Christmas or my birthday (which is at the start of January) as gifts, or purchased myself shortly afterwards. This is the biggest haul I have done for a good while – 26 books are included!! Keep reading…
The Doctor by Lisa Stone.
How much do you know about the couple next door?
When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Alisha, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Alisha is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.
When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?
Dark Winter by David Mark.
DS Aector McAvoy is a man with a troubled past. His unwavering belief in justice has made him an outsider in the police force he serves, a good man among the lazy and corrupt.
Then on a cold day in December he is the first cop on the scene when a young girl is killed in Hull’s historic church – and the only one to see the murderer. A masked man, with tears in his eyes…
When two more seemingly unconnected people die, the police must work quickly. Only McAvoy can see the connection between the victims. A killer is playing God – and McAvoy must find a way to stop the deadly game.
The Runaway by Hollie Overton.
ONCE YOU JOIN THE TRIBE, YOU’RE THERE FOR LIFE.
Becca Ortiz, Los Angeles Police Department psychologist, is fostering teenage runaway Ash.
But Ash can’t bring herself to trust a cop, not after what she’s been through. Her boyfriend Nate introduces her to the Tribe, his street-smart crew of delinquents and runaways, and Ash finally feels like she’s found a home among the homeless.
So one night, she disappears. And as Becca frantically searches for her missing foster daughter, Ash finds herself entangled in the shadows of a criminal underworld, beginning to realise that there may be no way to leave the Tribe without paying a deadly price.
I Spy by Claire Kendal.
Someone is watching your every move…
Holly Lawrence always wanted to be a spy, but the experience proved more dangerous than anything she imagined.
Now, Holly lives in hiding under an assumed name. She avoids relationships and trusts no one. But Holly’s new life begins to unravel when she encounters a young mother and her two-year-old child… a child who reminds her of a past she has tried hard to forget.
This time, someone is spying on her, and Holly will need to decide how far she is willing to go to survive…
29 Seconds by T.M. Logan.
Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .
When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.
He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.
No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.
All it takes is a 29 second phone call.
BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A NAME TO GIVE. DON’T THEY?
It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis.
It’s OK if everything might feel a bit overwhelming.
It’s OK to talk about it.
It’s OK to not want to talk about it.
It’s OK to find it funny.
It’s OK to be human.
Over 70 people have shared their powerful, funny and moving stories exploring their own mental health, including Sam Smith, Emilia Clarke, Candice Carty-Williams and Adam Kay.
One in four of us will experience a mental health issue. This book is here to tell you, or someone you care about, it’s OK.
Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall.
Sasha North has gone missing.
Everyone says she’s run away, but I know better. We’ve been best friends since we were teenagers, since Sasha swept into the neighbourhood and brought colour to my life. Until a brutal attack changed both our lives forever.
I know what happened that night. I know who wants revenge.
And if Sasha has been taken, does that mean I’m next?
I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler.
Emily Jacobs wakes up in the night after a minor operation, woozy with anaesthetic. She sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her.
In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare.
That the bed has been empty all along . . .
When Emily returns to her work as a nurse, she discovers a bracelet that she believes belonged to the missing woman. She becomes convinced the people at the hospital are hiding a terrible secret.
What if she’s right?
What else could they be capable of?
When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica.
As far as the world’s concerned, she’s already dead
Jessie Sloane is getting her life back on track after caring for her sick mother. But she’s stopped short when she discovers, that according to official records, ‘Jessie Sloane’ died seventeen years ago.
So why does she still feel in danger?
Thrown into turmoil and questioning everything she’s ever known, Jessie’s confusion is exacerbated by a relentless lack of sleep. Stuck in a waking nightmare and convinced she’s in danger, she can no longer tell what’s real and what she’s imagined.
The truth lies in the past…
Twenty years ago, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret history. Has her whole life been a lie? The truth will shock her to the core…if she lives long enough to discover it.
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena.
It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood.
In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and friendly – an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses.
‘I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.’
Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts.
And when a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets?
Maybe you don’t know your neighbour as well as you thought you did . . .
The Suspect by Fiona Barton.
‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’
When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.
Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.
And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .
When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.
So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.
Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.
But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.
And love is supposed to hurt.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.
I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when they’re scared. But I will.
Mia Dennett can’t resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar.
But going home with him might turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life…
Our House by Louise Candlish.
On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue.Nothing strange about that. Except it’s your house. And you didn’t sell it.FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?TILL DEATH US DO PART.
Have You Seen Her by Lisa Hall.
Bonfire Night. A missing girl.
Anna only takes her eyes off Laurel for a second. She thought Laurel was following her mum through the crowds. But in a heartbeat, Laurel is gone.
Laurel’s parents are frantic. As is Anna, their nanny. But as the hours pass, and Laurel isn’t found, suspicion grows.
Someone knows what happened to Laurel. And they’re not telling.
Found by Erin Kinsley.
When 11 year old Evan vanishes without trace, his parents are plunged into their worst nightmare.
Especially as the police, under massive pressure, have no answers. But months later Evan is unexpectedly found, frightened and refusing to speak. His loving family realise life will never be the same again.
DI Naylor knows that unless those who took Evan are caught, other children are in danger. And with Evan silent, she must race against time to find those responsible…
I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll.
What would it take to make you intervene?
When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.
A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.
Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.
Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.
Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness by Vex King.
Be the best version of you that YOU can be.
How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness?
In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:
– practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritize your wellbeing
– cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation
– change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life
– manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques
– overcome fear and flow with the Universe
– find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney.
Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.
When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
Guess Who by Chris McGeorge.
ONE ROOM. FIVE SUSPECTS.
THREE HOURS TO FIND A KILLER.
A waitress. A cleaner. An actress. A lawyer. A student. Everyone is a suspect.
In a locked room – with no escape, and no idea how they got there.
In the bathtub, the body of a man they all knew. Someone murdered him. Someone in this room.
They have three hours to find out. Or they all die.
THE RULES ARE SIMPLE. THE GAME IS NOT
The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry.
Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.
But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.
Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.
Come A Little Closer by Karen Perry.
FRIEND. NEIGHBOUR. KILLER?
Leah’s new to Wyndham Park. Lonely and suffering from insomnia, she befriends her upstairs neighbour Anton.
Anton has only recently returned to the street and is lonely too.
He’s been gone for nineteen years – but he hasn’t told Leah the reason why.
That nineteen years ago he was imprisoned for killing his wife. A wife who looked a bit like Leah . . .
Was he wrongly convicted?
Or is Leah befriending a killer intent on luring her closer and closer?
The Friend by Teresa Driscoll.
On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben.
She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit—someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.
Because how well does she know Emma, really? Should she have trusted her at all?
Time is running out. Powerless to help her child, still hours from home, Sophie is about to discover the truth. And her life will never be the same.
Happy by Fearne Cotton.
For many of us, life can feel like it’s moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides – whether that’s from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and – too often – feeling blue.
It’s a subject close to Fearne’s heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happiness isn’t a mountain to climb, it’s just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you’ll find little steps that will help make the differences that count. With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.
The Lies We Tell by Niki Mackay.
Last night I betrayed my husband.
This morning my daughter disappeared.
My husband may have forgiven my first mistake. But he will never forget this.
And so I have to find her.
Before it’s too late. For all of us.
Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier.
Five years ago, Geo’s first love was revealed as a terrifying serial killer.
But he escaped custody and went on the run.
Now, bodies have started turning up, killed in exactly the same way as before.
The message is clear: he’s making his way to her, one murder at a time…
How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran.
I’m Johanna Morrigan. It’s 1995. I’m nineteen and I live in the epicentre of Britpop. Parklife!
My unrequited love, John Kite, is busy with a Number One album, world-tour, drugs, and a nervous breakdown.
So, I’ve started hanging out with hot young comedian Jerry Sharp. Big mistake.
“He’s a vampire,” my friend Suzanne warns. “One of those men who destroys bright young girls. Also, he’s a total dick.”
Unfortunately, I’ve already had sex with him. Bad sex. And now, I’m one of the girls he is trying to destroy.
I know I have to stop him. But how does one girl fight a famous, powerful man?
Happy reading 🙂