#ThrowbackThursday ~ Irex by Carl Rackman ~ A novel based on fact #HistoricalFiction @c_rackman

For Throwback Thursday this week I’m looking back at a book that was published in 2016 and was one of the choices for my  top reads of 2017, after reading it for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

My Thoughts

First of all, I have to say it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It’s so good and the quality of the writing is excellent throughout. The story is based in history, the ship, a couple of the main crew members, reason for the wreck and the attempts at rescue, are all fact. Carl Rackman has woven an incredibly imaginative and compelling tale around that tragic event.

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The Suspect (Kate Waters #3) by Fiona Barton #Audible Original ~ Drama in Thailand @figbarton #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Fiona Barton

Performed by Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, Ria Zmitrowicz

Published ~ January 2019 by Audible Studios

Category: Drama, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook Review

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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 traveling. This time it’s personal.

Lesley and Malcolm O’Connor are getting frantic, not having heard from their daughter, Alex, in over a week.

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Under Currents by Nora Roberts ~ Every Town Has It’s Ugly Little Secrets #FamilySaga #TuesdayBookBlog @NoraRobertsFans

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by January LaVoy

Published: July 2019 by Hachette Audio UK

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Saga, Romance, Audiobook, Book Review

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back…

Well respected chief of surgery Dr Graham Bigelow and his wife, Eliza lived in the small and exclusive community of Lakeview Terrace, overlooking the lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains, with their teenage children Zane and Britt. To outside appearances they have the perfect life and want for nothing.

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The Child (Kate Waters #2) by Fiona Barton ~ You Can’t Hide the Truth #ContemporaryFiction #FamilyDrama @figbarton

Author: Fiona Barton

Narrated by Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Steven Pacey

Release Date: June 2017. Published by Transworld Digital

Category: Crime, Drama, Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

Told from four perspectives—Angela, Kate, Jude and Emma—The Child is an intriguing tale.

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The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw ~ Second Chances are Often in Unexpected Places @claidlawauthor @AccentPress

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Due to be published on 20th June 2019 by Accent Press

Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Family Drama, Book Review

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

Emma Rossini lives what most people would consider a charmed life. However, appearances can be deceptive. When Emma’s actor father Paul Ross, becomes, as Emma herself puts it, ‘properly famous’ he moves the family out of their familiar, large flat in Edinburgh to a run down mansion in North Berwick, a seaside town just outside Edinburgh. 

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The Better Son by Katherine Johnson ~ Australian #FamilyDrama @KJohnsonauthor #FridayReads

Author: Katherine Johnson

Performed by Steve Shanahan

Released: May 2019 by Wavesound Audiobooks

Category: Historical Fiction, Family Drama, Audiobook, Book Review

1952. Tasmania. The beautiful green, rolling hills of the dairy town Mole Creek have a dark underside — a labyrinthine underworld of tunnels that stretch for countless miles, caverns the size of cathedrals and underground rivers that flood after heavy rain. The caves are dangerous places, forbidden to children. But this is Tasmania — an island at the end of the earth. Here, rules are made to be broken.

In the summer of 1952 brothers Tommy and Kip were growing up in Mole Creek, Tasmania, on a dairy farm. Harold, their father, had returned from the war a changed man, prone to explosive rages and Kip bore the brunt of his father’s temper, which would sometimes erupt into violence.

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Run Away By @HarlanCoben ~ Suspense/Thriller #BookReview Family Drama #TuesdayBookBlog #NetGalley #RunAway

Author: Harlan Coben

Published: March 2019 by Cornerstone Digital

Category: Suspense, Thriller, Family Drama, Book Review

You’ve lost your daughter.

She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs. 

As Simon Greene sits the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park watching the ‘street musician’ give her rendition of Penny Lane, memories of happier times when his children were younger are running through his head.

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Perfect Daughter by @MrsAmandaProwse ~ Contemporary Family Drama #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: Amanda Prowse

Published: July 2015 by Head of Zeus

Category: Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

Once upon a time, Jacks Morgan had dreams.

She would have a career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars.

But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then her mother moved in, and now their little terrace is bursting at the seams.

Jacks gave up on her dreams to look after her family. If only, just for once, her family would look after her…

Jacks Davies’ life hasn’t turned out the way she’d envisaged.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Echoes of Time (Guernsey Novels #5) by Anne Allen ~ Family #Drama #Historical @AnneAllen21

Echoes of Time was published in 2016 and is a family drama, time slip story with a touch of the paranormal.

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The Lost Man by @janeharperautho ~ #Mystery set in the Australian Outback @caolinndouglas @LittleBrownUK #TheLostMan

Im delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Lost Man by Jane Harper, courtesy of Caolinn Douglas and Little, Brown Books.

About the Book

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…

My Review

The Outback is a harsh, vast and sparsely populated area with a brutal and unrelenting climate. It’s a hard life and the nearest neighbour could be hours away by car.

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