No Safe House by Linwood Barclay is a thriller and crime novel that is the sequel to No Time for Goodbye. This picks up 7 years after the previous book and follows the same characters, Terry, Cynthia,Grace and Vince who are dealing with the trauma of what happened all those years ago.
It follows Terry as he tries to keep his family together
after that night 7 years ago. Cynthia is dealing with her personal demons and
Grace is becoming a rebellious teen, both of which are driving the family
apart. Whilst trying to keep the family together they stumble back into the world
of Vince, the infamous gangster. When grace foolishly follows her boyfriend
into a stranger’s house, Terry’s mission changes from keeping the family
together to keeping the family alive.
I really enjoyed this book and felt as though I was kept on
the edge of my seat. I think it is a realistic character development from book
1 and that it all related to the previous book. The beginning of the story was
more focused on how the family are doing since the events of that nights but we
soon are brought into the mysteries and events of current day. I liked how in
this book we were given a chance to learn more about the who the characters are
now and how that effects the events in the rest of the book and gave us something
tangible to link to them.
The story has lots of twists and turns which keep you
wondering what is going to happen next. The book is fast paced and exciting
which I enjoyed as it made me read quicker as I kept to the pace of the book.
More times than not I didn’t want to put the book down and just wanted to know
how it all ended. It shows both the psychological and physical effects of the
characters and how they are dealing with such a huge amount of emotions. We are
also given an insight into how Vince and Jane are doing since the previous book
and how they have changed since that night.
I think that considering that there are more than one main
character Linwood Barclay balances the amount on information of each character
well. I feel as though I know loads about each character and why they are the
way they are which I was impressed with considering, in my opinion, there are
Overall, I would recommend this book but I would definitely
read the first book, No Time for goodbye,
first. I would say that I preferred the story of this book more however it
often links to the previous book which without reading could cause confusion.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment your opinion of these books or any other recommendations
by Linwood Barclay)
Journals have always been a good way to keep your thoughts organised and together and this has not changed. Recently, I feel as though journals have become much more popular again to keep your thought structured.
People use journals in multiple ways; to plan their time, to record the past and to put their ideas and plans in written form. I personally don’t really have a journal per say however I do have a book where I sometimes record my thoughts on certain books, what I would like to read next and what I have read in the past. This not only helps me keep my opinions on books together but also helps with my blog posts. If I have a thought about certain books I write them down and reference them when writing my posts. I find this extremely helpful as when I am writing a post I can struggle with trying to remember exact thoughts on the book I was reading.
Journals can be great fun and highly creative as it is common for people to design their journal in a way that works the best for them. Using different structures and content and pairing them with illustrations and doodles.
I personally think they are a great help and perfect for those who feel like they have to write everything down (like myself). I would also recommend it for those who write blog posts on any subject as it allows you to organise your thoughts and plan your posts. It can often bring more structure to your thoughts and allow you to look back on these when necessary.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment your opinion on journals and whether you use them !)
I recently found some delicious looking book cakes online and though I would share some with you. It might give you inspiration to get baking or just make you want cake by either way you will get to see these beautiful decorated cakes. ( None of these cakes are my own but I may try and attempt them !)
When someone asks me who my favourite author is I really struggle to choose just one and that is why I have decided to write this blog post. I think anyone who says they have a definitive favourite author is lying or has just said the first one that pops into their minds as choosing just one is extremely difficult (for those who enjoy reading). Authors are all so different from each other; from their style of writing and their structure to the topics they choose to base their books on are all unique to themselves.
Saying that they are all unique is true in my opinion. Yes they may have been influenced by other authors and therefor their work may have moments where you notice this but no two authors have every book written in the same way as another. Every one has their own process and priorities when writing a book as well as having different timescales and plans.
I am telling you this basically just to say that I don’t have just one favourite author and I believe that authors that I haven’t even yet read could possibly make it onto this list in the future. The following are just some of the fiction writing authors I love and would recommend to anyone.
Mick Herron – Jackson Lamb Series
Jonathon Holt – The Carnivia Trilogy
April Henry – Girl, Stolen, The night she disappeared
Helen Fields – DI Callanach Series
Diane Jeffrey – Those who lie
Chris Ryan – Agent 21 Series, Danny Black Series
Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda
Michael Morpurgo – An elephant in the garden
Ally Carter – The Gallagher Girls Series
Malorie Blackman – The Noughts and Crosses series
The above authors are not the only ones I love and I could easily continue this list but I had to stop somewhere and 10 seemed like a good amount.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment a few of your favourite authors or if some of the above are on your list as well)