Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Happy Friday to you! I hope your weekend is overflowing with bookish delights. I am delighted to welcome a wonderful author to the blog today, the ever so lovely Anne Coates. Anne writes the brilliant Hannah Weybridge series which I have read and reviewed on the blog before. Here’s my review of the first book in the series, Dancers in the Wind, along with a guest post written by Anne. I have book three, Songs of Innocence waiting patiently for me on the shelf and I can’t wait to read it!
What is this #R3COMM3ND3D I speak of? It’s a chance for booky people to share the bookish love and shout about three must-read titles. Any book, any author, any genre, any publisher, one catch. The book must have been published in a certain year. I’m currently sharing the book love from 2018 following an unexpected bout of illness but watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which will start on 1st November. If you would like to throw your hat into the ring then please fill out the form below (places are limited).
Without further ado, here are Anne’s choices…
Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
It’s worth persevering with Ms Healey’s second book for the ending. It was a slow start for me but the quality of the writing kept me reading. The theme of a mother trying to help her depressed teenage daughter, who had disappeared for a few days and returned with no knowledge of what had happened, links in to the need in our society to embrace mental health issues.
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Loved reading this, especially the opening set in the South of France where Cordelia Russell’s life has fallen apart. Leaving a corpse in her home, she sets out to find help from her one-time good-time friends and ends up at a glittering party… Ms Nugent creates a backstory of her character’s childhood and and builds up the sense of foreboding until the past meets the present with horrendous consequences. Fabulous story-telling skills.
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Loved the concept of the serial killer being on the jury and found the detail of how the killer operated and disguised himself fascinating. The fact that I guessed who it was didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as I wanted to know how it was going to be resolved and my anxiety levels shot up as the plot evolved. Great tension-building writing.
Some excellent choices, thanks Anne. I have read but not yet shared my review of Thirteen. It’s such a good book!
If Anne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:
About Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates:
A woman’s body is found in a lake. Is it a sad case of suicide or something more sinister? Hannah Weybridge, still reeling from her friend’s horrific murder and the attempts on her own life, doesn’t want to get involved, but reluctantly agrees to look into the matter for the family.
The past however still stalks her steps, and a hidden danger accompanies her every move.
The third in the bestselling Hannah Weybridge thriller series, Songs of Innocence provides Hannah with her toughest and deadliest assignment yet…
About Anne Coates:
As a journalist, Anne interviewed all types of people and some of their situations made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born… Anne had previously written seven non-fiction titles and two collections of short stories. She lives in London with three demanding cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining.
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