Book Review: After She’s Gone by Maggie James

Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

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After She's GoneAfter She’s Gone by Maggie James

Available from:
Amazon UK      Amazon Australia   Waterstones

Amazon USA   Amazon Canada      Barnes and Noble

About the Book

Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read 26/02/2017 to 01/03/2017 Rating 5 stars

I absolutely love Maggie’s books and every time I read one I wonder how she is going to write something I love more yet she always manages it. So when I started reading this book I really thought this might be one that didn’t quite hit the mark the synopsis makes it sound like another ‘family member dies family struggles’ book so if you are thinking the same and reading this STOP this book is soooo much more. There is so much going on and Maggie has expertly written this in a way that ensures the reader has no problem keeping up. There is no going backwards and forwards through time either which makes for an easy read that enables the reader to really get into the story.

The book is a combination of Thriller, romance, family drama, medical and psychological thriller. The story begins with Jessie being murdered at only 15 years of age. She was a much loved bubbly outgoing girl and left behind a gap so big it causes everything to fracture. As Lori struggles to cope with the loss of her little sister others rely on her and things start happening over which she has no control. Very intriguing with suspense all the way through this is a very unique story and one that will keep you turning pages well into the night.

Lori’s character is sheer brilliance. Maggie develops this slowly and gradually into a likeable young woman who has always lived in her sister’s shadow feeling inadequate and second best to the sister she loved with all her heart. Her mother Dana is another character skillfully built a woman who has made mistakes and blames these for the bad cards fate has dealt her.

The book covers so many issues I wouldn’t have thought it possible to get them all in one book successfully but Maggie has done it with mind blowing results. There are relationships, illness, tragedy, violence, romance and of course many thrills. An excellent book I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

A big thank you to Netgalley who provided me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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Book Review: NO EXIT by Taylor Adams

No Exit by Taylor Adams

‘There are many different factors that go together to make this story work, well not only work but make this into one of the most moving, gripping books I have read in a long time.  I am very pleased to have discovered this author and I will definitely be reading more of his work.’

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Available from:  www.amazon.co.uk    www,amazon,co,uk

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NO EXIT BY TAYLOR ADAMS

ONE OF THE TENSEST, MOST GRIPPING THRILLERS YOU WILL EVER READ. FROM TAYLOR ADAMS, UK AND US BEST-SELLING AUTHOR.

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars.

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

Full of shocking twists and turns, this beautifully written novel will have you on the edge of your seat. 

Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, or Stephen King.

Who is the little girl? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?


My Review

My rating: 4.9  out of 5 stars

This book starts at a steady pace but the adrenaline builds at an increasing pace throughout the book with the end result being a psychological thriller at its very best.

It is nearly Christmas and Darby is trying to get home to see her sick mother when she gets caught in a horrendous snow storm that forces her to pull in to a rest stop and so begins the nightmare that is NO EXIT.   There are many different factors that go together to make this story work, well not only work but make this into one of the most moving, gripping books I have read in a long time.  I am very pleased to have discovered this author and I will definitely be reading more of his work.

Darby is a very mixed up young woman and prior to finding a child locked in a van she was pretty selfish and self-centred all that changes over the course of the night at the rest stop.  Her character develops well over the course of the book so we really feel we know her by the end.

The other characters are all unusual but believable.  There are many twists and turns to the story and that changes how the reader relates to the characters.   I have seen this in previous books but never have I seen it done as successfully and seamlessly as in this book.

It lost a point because a medical condition was mentioned and I would have liked to know more about this and the effects it may have had on the way the story progressed.

All in all an awesome read and I thank Joffe Books for the advance copy.


About the Author 

taylor adams author photoTaylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state with his girlfriend Jaclyn and their chihuahua, cat, and python. EYESHOT is Adams’ debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.

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