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review 2015-02-26 01:55
Review: You Think You Know Me by Clare Chase
You Think You Know Me (Choc Lit) - Clare Chase

Publication Date: 3rd December 2014


Publisher: Choc Lit




Source: Author/Publisher provided copy


Rating: 5/5 - highly recommended



Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell the good guys from the bad … 

Freelance journalist, Anna Morris, is struggling to make a name for herself, so she’s delighted to attend a launch event for a hip, young artist at her friend Seb’s gallery. 


But an exclusive interview isn’t all Anna comes away with. After an encounter with the enigmatic Darrick Farron, she is flung into the shady underground of the art scene – a world of underhand dealings, missing paintings and mysterious deaths … 


Seb is intent on convincing Anna that Darrick is up to no good but, try as she might, she can’t seem to keep away from him. And as she becomes further embroiled, Anna begins to wonder – can Seb’s behaviour be explained away as the well-intentioned concern of an old friend, or does he have something to hide?



The synopsis promises a tense tale of mystery, but this stunning debut from author Clare Chase is so much more than that. It ticked all the boxes for me. There is mystery, an elusive yet charming stranger and it has more twists and turns than your average rollercoaster ride.


Anna is a fabulous character. Believable and feisty, with a vulnerability that makes her so human. She's also as stubborn as a mule and losses her head over handsome stranger 'Max' all too easily. She's adorable!


There is an assortment of other characters, all of whom were under my suspicion at one time or another. I read a lot of mysteries, but couldn't have foreseen the ending, it kept me guessing, making me suspicious of every character before the shocking truth was revealed right at the end. It's brilliant.


Clare Chase writes intelligently; setting the scene and drawing the threads of the story together seamlessly. Her descriptive prose is a delight to read and made this book unputdownable. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

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text 2015-02-12 23:35
New eBook received - You Think You Know Me by Clare Chase
You Think You Know Me (Choc Lit) - Clare Chase

I'd like to thank author Clare Chase and the lovely Liz at ChocLit for sending me the copy of this eBook.

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review 2013-11-19 18:21
Review - The Elephant Girl
The Elephant Girl - Henriette Gyland

I enjoy good romantic suspense of all flavors. Thrilling, action-packed books that keep me on the edge of my chair turning pages enjoy pride of place in my library, as do gothics which build their tension inch by chilling inch. What doesn't work for me is total boredom. The Elephant Girl promised an unusual suspense story, but much of this meandering novel just bored me silly.


As a young child, Helen Stephens witnessed her mother's murder. However, she remembers almost nothing of it and when her extended family opts to place her in foster care rather than raise her, Helen's world basically crumbles apart. Now an adult, Helen lives overseas until news of her grandmother's impending death and her own inheritance brings Helen reluctantly back to England. The woman convicted of killing Helen's mother has also recently been released from prison and Helen dearly wants to track her down for reasons of her own.


The beginning of the book certainly sets the stage for all kinds of mysterious goings-on. Helen herself starts to question whether the "official" version of the murder is in fact what happened. And it's more than obvious that Helen's remaining family have some secrets of their own. The reaction of Helen's grandmother to her homecoming is not exactly what one would expect from a woman who opted to push her into foster care rather then care for her, and the aunt Helen remembers as being kind to her meets her with an odd hostility and coldness. And then there's the quest for the convicted murderer.


This is a partial review.  You can find the complete text at All About Romance.

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