Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson – Book Review



‘Have you ever had a secret that you couldn’t tell a soul, even the people you love? I have.’

Lucy has a kind and adoring husband, a job she loves as a teacher, and a house on Mulberry Avenue with floaty curtains and the softest bed linen. After her troubled childhood, she knows life will never be perfect, but it’s pretty close.

She’s also got Amber, right next door. They never run out of things to talk about. Even if Amber’s life – with her high-profile job and handsome, wealthy boyfriend – is more glamorous than Lucy’s.

But then Amber starts to hint that her life isn’t all it seems, and when she comes to Lucy, terrified, saying that she’s getting threatening messages, Lucy promises to protect her.

The closer Lucy gets to anyone, the harder it is to keep her past to herself. But Amber’s boyfriend has left her just when she needs him most, and she doesn’t have anyone else.

Lucy knows all too well that people aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes they have secrets. And they’d do anything to keep them. Lucy’s still sure: she can trust her friend… can’t she?

Gripping and unputdownable, The Woman Next Door tells a story about the dark side of friendship, and has a final twist that will shock every reader. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Friend Request, and Clare Mackintosh.



The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson is a story of secrets….

When ‘celebrity’ Amber, once a weather girl from TV,  moves into the Treetops Estate neighbourhood, the local women want to get to know her….to be her friend.

Lucy bakes a cake to take to Amber to welcome her to the neighbourhood , but Amber is dismissive to say the least…she doesn’t eat cake!

But, Amber eventually starts to join in with the local community, the book club and is the centre of attention, with her glamorous stories……so Lucy and Amber become ‘friends’.

Amber then starts receiving threatening texts and while Lucy is troubled, Amber loves the attention……but is there something more sinister to the messages….

Then atmosphere becomes tense, with a feeling of dread gradually building, just who is the stalker?……..this is not going to end well…….is it?…..

A fast paced, tension filled thriller that will keep you on tenterhooks until the very end….a brilliant read…

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest review.


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Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

A USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written fourteen novels, many involving cake and ice cream which have been translated into several languages and involved a great deal of ‘research.’ Sue’s now exploring the darker side of life with her second thriller ‘All Her Secrets,’ a dark, twisted tale questioning just how well we know our friends. This new genre doesn’t involve baked goods or frozen treats and Sue’s hoping the change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent procrastinating, eating and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

more info visit Sue’s website;

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Book reviews, Crime thriller

Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary – Book Review



Deeply contemporary, painfully real, heartbreakingly good’ – Mick Herron

The compulsive, gripping and twisty new London crime novel featuring DI Marnie Rome, from award-winning novelist Sarah Hilary

Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs.

They are London’s lost.

Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.

DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.



Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary is #6 in the DI Marnie Rome series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

The story is centred on DS Noah Jake who is struggling after losing his brother Soloman in a prison yard stabbing……he sees Sol everywhere, and talks to him all the time…..his grief and guilt just won’t let him go.

Set in London, this is a grim reminder of the current problems of gangs, knife and gun crime amongst young people and the tragic consequences.

Marnie and Noah are investigating the death of 13 year old Raffa who was killed in a drive by shooting….her father is angry, very…he doesn’t want his daughter death to be associated with gangs, but after a bullet is found hidden in Raffa’s room, suspicion falls that way……but there is so much more to the story!

This is not an easy read, with the terribly wasted lives and Noah’s struggle to cope after the death of his brother is heartbreaking……

This is a dark, gritty and supremely compelling story, with some truly tense moments. I felt it had an underlying message of forgiveness, grief and letting go and will touch your heart a little…..if only for Noah and Sol. This will stay with me for a long while and I would recommend you get a copy now…..

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)



Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing and Come And Find Me. Follow her on twitter @sarah_hilary.

Praise for the DI Marnie Rome series

‘The Marnie Rome series is fantastic’

Mark Billingham

‘Never Be Broken gloriously demonstrates that modern crime fiction really isn’t all about the murders.’

Val McDermid

Hilary belts out a corker of a story, all wrapped up in her vivid, effortless prose. If you’re not reading this series of London-set police procedurals then you need to start right away’

The Observer, Thriller of the Month

‘DI Marnie Rome is up there in the top division of fictional female detectives’

The Times

‘Contemporary, yet elegant, and with a heart, it underlines the author’s place as one of Britain’s best new crime writers’

Daily Mail


‘Marnie Rome gets better and better’

Clare Mackintosh

‘It’s brilliant. Tough, tender, absolutely terrifying’

Erin Kelly

‘I am lost in admiration at her imagination and skill’

Sabine Durrant