Can You Hear Me?

In the August of 1978, the summer I met Anna Trabuio, my father took a girl into the woods.

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Can You Hear me? By Elena Varvello is a book I recieved from BookBridgr. I loved this book, I thought it was great, although there were times when I lacked understanding of what was going on, but I’ve just put that down to the fact that it was originally written in Italian but was later translated to English.

The book is based in 1978. Ponte is a small community in Northern Italy with peaceful woods, discarded rubbish and a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls.

Elia Furenti is sixteen and living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness is considered normal, until the day the beautiful and damaged Anna returns to Ponte and propels Elia to the edge of adulthood.

However, things then start to unravel.

Ettore (Elia’s father) is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind. A young boy is murdered, which shakes to small community to its core. And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods.

This book is a story of Elia Furenti and his father Ettore, it is a story of one summer and one night and everything that happened. What I liked about this book, is that in alternate chapters, there is a different story being told, It’s what keeps you glued to the book, you carry on reading and can’t put it down because you want to know what happens next within both of the stories being told within the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, at the end of every chapter I was left wanting more, I wanted to know what was going to happen next, it was very cleverly written. This book gets 4 stars from me.

The life we have left, this is all it is, and we must not waste it.

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Lie With Me

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant was an AMAZING book, i mean, just WOW. I borrowed this from my sister, you can find her blog here. This book had such an amazing twist. It left me needing to talk to someone about it. Thankfully, my mum had already read this book, so I ran straight downstairs to talk to her about it. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by it.

Sabine Durrant is such a clever writer. The book starts off with Paul Morris, an unlikeable character right from the beginning. He is arrogant, pretentious and a womaniser. I hated him, and it made me so happy when he had to move back in with his mother and that he was so miserable, he deserved it, he was a horrible person. However, by the end of this book I was rooting for Paul and I felt so sorry for him.

Paul lied a lot, he did it for no other reason than to make himself look better than he actually was, but there was no proper reason behind it, as if to hide something from someone, but he certainly was not evil and did not deserve what happened to him. It was someone else who was evil, but because Paul had lied so much, who would believe him?

This book was so easy to read. There are some books, where you just pick it up and cannot put it down again, where you completely forget that you’re reading a book and you feel like you are part of the story, like you are right there, watching it in real life. This book was just so relatable. Everyone tells little white lies occasionally for no reason at all other than to make yourself feel or look better.

This is probably the best book I have read so far, not only for the plot, but the way it was written and I seriously recommend that everybody reads this book. This book is definitely 5 stars!

Find Her

Find Her  by Lisa Gardner is a book I received from Bookbridgr.  This book has three different perspectives of the same story going on throughout the book. Two of them is from the same person, one past and one present whilst the other if the perspective of the police. I loved this book, there were times when I found it a tad boring and wanted to skip a chapter, but once I had read it I wanted to know what was going to happen next in the perspective of that person. It was a very enjoyable read and I could not put this book down.

Find Her is about a girl, who, for 472 days was locked in a pine box, at the mercy of a madman. Flora Dane survived her hell with only one goal: develop all the deadly skills necessary to make sure she’s never caught again. However, Another girl goes missing. Detective D.D. Warren believes that Flora may be the key to finding missing college student, Stacy Summers. But she must follow the rules that Flora has no interest in. For Flora, no risk is too great, no cost too high, even if it means playing into a predator’s hands. Two Victims. One Cop.

This book is fast-paced and it keeps you on your toes. It’s so exciting and it really is hard to put this book down. Although I said some bits can be a bit boring, it’s still very difficult to put this book down as I just needed to know more, I needed to know what was going to happen next, this book was so unpredictable and it has you questioning every conclusion you came to. I changed my mind SO many times about who the kidnapper was.

SO MANY TWISTS.

Lisa Gardner does such an amazing job with this book. It is such a good psychological thriller. From start to finish I was completely engrossed in this book. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves to be left wanting to know more, loves all the major twists and how quickly your interpretation of the characters can change, loves suspense novels. If you tick all those boxes, this is the book for you. Therefore, I would rate this book 4.5 stars.

Her Darkest Nightmare

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak was a book that I received from bookbrigr. I absolutely LOVED this book. From the moment I picked this book up, I just couldn’t put it down again. It was so gripping and intriguing and I was left wanting so much more!  It is so gut-gripping and it really does leave you breathless and wanting more, it is impossible to stop reading after a chapter has ended because it makes you want to find out what is happening now, and what is going to happen next.

Dr Evelyn Talbot has learnt to live with fear. When she was 16, she was targeted by her boyfriend, Jasper Moore, and survived days of torture. She escaped with her life, however, Jasper managed to disappear before he was caught. Now Evelyn lives in a world of psychopaths. As the head of the Hanover House institute in Alaska, she engages daily with killers who have no remorse, no conscience and a desire to murder her. All Evelyn wants to do is to try to figure out why they do what they do and how to stop them. But when a mutilated body is found in her Alaskan town she is forced to question herself, her inmates and whether her darkest nightmare has come back to taunt her.

This book completely kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Novak was brilliant whilst writing this book. The plot was amazing, she used emotional intensity and she had true to life characters. This book was so satisfying, it’s such a great book to get lost in.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries, anyone who, like me, has a huge passion for books and loves to be left wanting more and really enjoys constant cliff hangers throughout a book. I can’t fault this book at all, therefore  I would give this book a big 5 stars.