Like any book addict, my wishlist is huge and constantly being added to. I don’t always get to buy the books on it straightaway, or sometimes I’m waiting for them to be released. This week, two books which I’ve added to my wishlist stand out, so I thought I’d share them with you.
The Trophy Child by Paula Daly
A doting mother or a pushy parent?
Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.
Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel.
But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point.
Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she?
(Published by Corgi January 2017)
Why I’m wishing for it…
I’ve read some fantastic reviews recently about this book, but this one by Cleo Loves Books clinched it. Also, a couple of years ago my daughter got into playing tennis competitively for a while, an environment way out of my comfort zone, and I definitely came across one or two pushy mums there! Taking this to the extreme sounds like a fascinating premise for a thriller.
And Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.
And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.
Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.
Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.
Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age.
And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?
Who still has secrets to hide?
Published July 2017 by Cornerstone
Why I’m wishing for it…
I’m a MASSIVE Lisa Jewell fan. She’s probably my favourite author and I’ve read and loved all of her books up until the most recent two (which I own and need to get on with!). And she’s now writing psychological thriller style books? Well, putting two favourite things together like that, why wouldn’t I be wishing for it?