Holiday Reads Part 2 #TheOtherWoman #IfIDieBeforeIWake

The last two books that make up my holiday reads from Greece are two of the books that I bought in my Amazon Giftcard Challenge and I have to start by saying that I couldn’t have picked two better books!

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

When Emily meets Adam she knows he is the One.

That together they can deal with anything that is thrown at them.

But lurking in the shadows is another woman, Pammie.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother.

There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants . . .

My review…

OMG!! THIS BOOK!! Yes I’m doing the capital letter/exclamation mark thing again which means that I BLOODY LOVED THIS BOOK! Honestly, this is the best 99p I have spent recently as this book took my breath away! It’s compulsive reading from start to finish and what a finish it is!!!! I am warning you now, do not start this book unless you know you have the time to see it through to the end. Once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it back down!

We’ve all heard the old “mother-in-law” jokes but it’s no laughing matter if the mother of the person you want to spent the rest of your life with turns out to be a stumbling block in your relationship goals. I felt so frustrated as I became involved in the storyline that no one else could see how awful Pammie was being towards her future daughter-in-law, Emily. I mean who would expect such a lovely lady in her sixties with a sweet name like Pammie (not Pam or Pamela but cute little Pammie!!) to be such a manipulative, psychotic bitch!! And I got so annoyed at Adam who always seemed to stick up for his mother over his fiancée! At one point I got so mad I wanted to throw the book against a wall as it really got to me but thankfully I then remembered that I was reading on my kindle! But that’s how utterly engrossed I became with this storyline, everything around me just faded away and The Other Woman became my one and only focus.

I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book while it’s still on sale at 99p. You all know how much I love my twisty psychological thrillers and read so many that few surprise me nowadays. Well, this book shocked the hell out of me!! And that’s worth 99p of anyone’s hard earned cash!


Update 5/9 Looks like this has now increased in price but I’m still saying buy it now!!! Well worth it!

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch


Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.

A stunning edge-of-your-seat debut novel with an unforgettable narrator.

My review…

This is another book that I nearly missed out on and I could kick myself for not reading it earlier! I think I was put off it as I’m not a big fan of the coma as a plot twist but this book certainly brought an intriguing idea to life in a unique and beautifully written narrative. I really was surprised at how difficult I found it to put this book down! And I was unable to predict how it would end which definitely kept my interest in the lead up to the breathtaking final few pages.

I thought Alex was a brilliant character and considering he was in a coma, Emily Koch did a fabulous job of bringing him to life (so to speak!) His past unfolded in the flashbacks that he is able to recall, as he is still totally aware of his surroundings and previous life even though he’s in a comatose state. And that means he wants to try to solve the mystery of why he’s in hospital in the first place. Unfortunately he is unable to remember the climbing accident that he gathers has put him there but as his thoughts start to come together, he realises that it possibly wasn’t the accident his visitors think it was. And that someone is still out there waiting to finish the job…..

The development of the storyline depended heavily on clues provided by those visitors to Alex’s bedside which I thought was a very cleverly crafted plot device! To be able to solve your own murder is an improbable problem for murder victims but this uniquely written book made it possible for Alex. The problem was. though that his loved ones have decided it’s time to let him go and it’s now it’s a race against time. But how can a man in a coma possibly communicate his conclusions even if he does manage to solve his own case? Thats what made this book completely different and unpredictable for me. I had nothing to compare it to so had no idea what sort of outcome I was expecting. I read it with so many different emotions, depending on who the visitors to Alex’s bedside were, but all the time hoping for a miracle and for the happy ending I desperately wanted for Alex-that man really got to me!!!!

This is another contender for my list of favourites books of this year and to think I nearly missed out on it!!

Highly recommended by me!

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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