Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids. It’s all too much. Something has to give.
My goodness what a novel! I can’t praise this enough. It is utterly absorbing, a real page turner. I had to keep reading, just one more chapter! When Connie wakes up in a psychiatric hospital and doesn’t remember a thing, her therapist has to gradually help unravel the truth. At times shocking, amusing and emotional it is a real character driven study of family, relationships and mental illness, with each chapter teasing out a little more of the story. At times not an easy read but one I just had to complete. When finished it stayed in my memory for a long time. For me, there is no better compliment than that.
Too Close is available from Amazon.
One sunny August afternoon, the residents of Cedar Close throw their annual summer barbecue. Children play in the cherry-tree lined street, tables are laden with food, and the wine is flowing. For Laurie Mills, it’s her first time meeting the neighbours. And it’s the first time she discovers her husband Robert is having an affair.
Cedar Close has always been a nice place to live – a quiet suburban street where everyone looks out for one another and bad things don’t happen. Until late one evening, when Robert Mills is found dead in his bedroom.
An interesting book, with a good plot and great characterisation. The interesting premise in this book is the fact that the police don’t agree on who the suspect is. One detective thinks the obvious suspect committed the murder and is keen to close the case and add it to the list of solved cases. However, the other, Dan Riley, is of a completely different opinion. Is he able to prove that Laurie Mills didn’t kill her husband? Read it and find out!
The Couple on Cedar Close is available from Amazon.
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 . . .
This was a cleverly constructed, utterly absorbing mystery thriller. Kate is a strong character, who won’t take no for an answer, and pursues those answers even when things get very close to home indeed. Every mother’s nightmare is a lost child, of whatever age, and Ms Barton shows us the emotional cost on all the family members, not just the mother. It was a totally absorbing read, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Suspect is available from Amazon.