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#Project365 2021 week 42

Day 291: exploring Canterbury

Day 292: back to school but Anya went to Wonderland instead! Actually still school but they had a special tea party.

Day 293: Zach has been poorly but still able to read! We were sent Animalympics by Josie Dom to review

Day 294: beautiful sunrise sky

Day 295: Halloween disco for school. Best bit was one of the parent helpers coming over and saying that I taught her 15 years ago and I haven’t changed!

Day 296: making mini Halloween decorations with mini oranges

Day 297: half term hair cuts for the boys!

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The Last Time She Died, by Zoe Sharp


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Blake Claremont disappeared 10 years ago but now arrives home on the day of her father’s funeral. But is she really Blake? A Met Detective is in town: John Byron is visiting his former student PC Jane Hudson but does he have an ulterior motive for being there?
The Last Time She Died is a police and crime thriller and the cover hints that this is the start of a new series.
John Byron is on medical leave from his career in the Met. He travels to visit his former student Jane in Derbyshire and attend the funeral of local dignitary Gideon Fitzroy. Everyone is shocked when Blake Claremont, Gideon’s daughter returns after a whole decade away. Where has she been and why is she back?
Byron is unofficially investigating Gideon’s death but not letting the local police know. Gideon had left his role as MP quite suddenly before his death in a car crash. The crash was declared an accident but Byron’s superiors want to be sure. He is therefore on hand as events unfold with Blake’s reappearance.
The book is written in the third person and we see events covering a wide range of characters so that we can see their perspectives. There is plenty of tension as Blake’s reappearance threatens the stability of Gideon’s second family especially with a considerable inheritance at stake. Blake’s identity is in doubt and we see her mysterious conversations with other peripheral characters that make us question her motives.
The Last Time She Died has plenty of mystery strands wound together to make an intriguing plot. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Byron and Blake and look forward to the next book.
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Book: The Last Time She Died
Author: Zoë Sharp
Pub Day: Oct 20th 2021
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About the Book: 
She came back on the day of her father’s funeral, ten years after she vanished. But she can’t be who she says she is…
When Blake disappeared as a teenager, on a cold dark night, her father never reported her missing. She is presumed dead.
Now, ten years later, a young woman with white-blonde hair sits comfortably in the family living room and smiles at the shocked faces around her.
“Don’t you recognise me?” she says. “I’m Blake.”
Detective John Byron isn’t sure whether she’s telling the truth. But as he investigates, he soon realises no one is happy to see her.
And the people who should be welcoming her back with open arms know she can’t be Blake. Because they killed her the night she vanished…
Didn’t they?


From the bestselling author of the Charlie Fox books, The Last Time She Died will have you gripped until the last mind-blowing page. Fans of Cara Hunter, Kendra Elliot and Rachel Abbott will love this action-packed crime thriller.
author Zoe Sharp
Author Bio and Social Media 
Zoë Sharp opted out of mainstream education at the age of 12 and wrote her first novel at 15. She went through a variety of strange professions before becoming a photojournalist in 1988. It was after receiving death threats in the course of her work that she started writing the first of her award-winning crime thriller series featuring Special Forces dropout-turned-bodyguard, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox, which has been optioned for film/TV.
When not travelling, crewing yachts, riding motorcycles or improvising everyday objects for self-defence purposes, she can be found renovating houses or international pet-sitting. Find out more and sign up for her VIP list at www.ZoeSharp.com
Zoë can also be found here:
Author blog https://murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com
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The Perfect Daughter, by Alex Stone

The Perfect Daughter book coverJess Harper and her mother have an incredibly close relationship. Too close, too insular, too unhealthy. Jess has finally found romance and freedom in the form of plumber Adam but her mother doesn’t approve. Then Adam goes missing, presumed dead…
The Perfect Daughter is an intense psychological thriller and is the first book that I have read by this author. It won’t be the last!
Ooh this book had my hackles up from the first pages! Poor Jess is belittled and controlled by her mother but is helpless to stand up for herself. She has been continually undermined and feels unlovable and unworthy. However, she sees her mother’s words and actions as evidence of love especially as her mum has protected her on numerous occasions.
The character of Jess’ mother Abigail is so well developed and is almost villainous from the start. Her insidiously controlling behaviour is deeply disturbing and I was desperate to yell at Jess to escape. Jess is likable but has no self confidence or friends, having internalised her mother’s negativity.
The book is written using alternating chapters of the past and present until the final quarter which stays in the present day. Jess is devastated when Adam’s van is discovered at the bottom of a cliff but there is no sign of a body yet. It soon becomes clear that their relationship had struggled and she finds herself a suspect as the police investigate. There are plenty of twists and, although I did guess most of them, I could not predict the ending!
The Perfect Daughter was a real page turner as truth and lies spiral together for a fascinating plot.


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The Perfect Daughter book blurb:
The perfect daughter…
Jess Harper has spent her whole life trying to make her mum, Abigail happy and proud. And everything Jess does, from the clothes she wears, the job she has, the men she dates, are all approved by Abigail first.
The perfect boyfriend…
So when Jess announces that she has a new man in her life – plumber Adam – Abigail is less than impressed. ‘A plumber? Really, Jessica….’ Adam encourages Jess to break free from her mum’s manipulation, can’t she see what’s happening?
The perfect mother….
But Abigail is only doing these things to keep Jess safe, to protect her from getting hurt again…isn’t she?
Or the perfect liar?
Jess, caught in the middle, doesn’t know who to believe or trust. And then Adam vanishes without trace.
Now Jess is the police’s prime suspect and they want to know if Jess really is as perfect as she seems….
A gripping new psychological thriller for fans of Sue Watson, Shalini Boland and S.E.Lynes

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Author Bio –
Alex Stone, originally an accountant from the West Midlands, is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coastline is the inspiration and setting for her novels. She was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2019 and her debut thriller The Perfect Daughter will be published by  Boldwood in October 2021.
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InstaGlam Glo Up Girls toy review

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Say hello to the InstaGlam Glo Up Girls!

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There are 4 dolls to collect: Sadie, Tiffany, Erin and Kenzie. We found 2 of the dolls in store which Anya found difficult to choose between! However, the purple tones of Sadie were simply irresistible!

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The packaging is so pretty with pearlescent holographic tones. The box opens up to reveal the surprises.
The dolls arrive in their pyjamas and Sadie has an eye mask just like Anya uses every night!

Then there are the surprises to enjoy! 25 of them!

I think the most exciting surprise was the face mask, one for the doll and one for your child. The masks unravel in water so that they can be applied to the face.

InstaGlam Glo Up Girl and child in face masks

The next surprise is a bath bomb which contains a brush which can then be used on the doll’s face to reveal her makeup.

Ice cold water on the feet and hands reveals nail polish before opening packages containing clothes, shoes and accessories.

InstaGlam Glo Up Girl all surprises

Anya is super keen on fashion, makeup and nail varnish so this toy really appealed to her. The fun of the surprises means that she is nagging me to get the other dolls to complete the set and see what they are hiding!
Instaglam Glo Up Girls are available from a range of retailers including Smyths with an RRP of £24.99 each. The brand also has a website including a TV show to entertain young fashionistas.



Dark Secrets, by Sally Rigby

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DCI Whitney Walker is on leave following the arrival of her granddaughter. However, her dedication to her work leads her to return early so that she can investigate the multiple murders of a family including three teenagers.
Dark Secrets is the 11th book to feature Whitney Walker and Georgina Cavendish. It is the first book that I have read by this author but I have now got the first 10 books to review, woohoo!
Arriving new to the series, I felt an instant affinity with Whitney Walker in the opening chapters. Her devotion to her family is immediately obvious. She has a lovely sense of humour and a strong friendship with Georgina Cavendish. George has a less positive relationship with her family and again I felt this created a realism to her character which made her instantly relatable.
The two lead characters have an irritable pathologist to contend with and a tragic and confusing case to investigate. Five members of a family are discovered dead, staged to sit around a table for a final meal they never ate. There are no obvious signs to indicate cause of death which is highly unusual.
However, professional and personal tensions soon emerge as it is discovered that the family are related to Whitney’s unpleasant superior officer. The author has carefully balanced the complexities of the criminal investigation with the personal stories of the police team. There are plenty of twists in the case and Whitney and George are determined and thorough in their approach in order to find justice for the victims.
Dark Secrets is a fab crime and police novel and I can’t wait to catch up with the characters’ lives in the first books in the series.
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Book Blurb :-
Dark Secrets: A Cavendish & Walker Novel – Book 11
An uninvited guest…a deadly secret….and a terrible crime.
When a well-loved family of five are found dead sitting around their dining table with an untouched meal in front of them, it sends shockwaves throughout the community.
Was it a murder suicide, or was someone else involved?
It’s one of DCI Whitney Walker’s most baffling cases, and even with the help of forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish, they struggle to find any clues or motives to help them catch the killer. But with a community in mourning and growing pressure to get answers, Cavendish and Walker are forced to go deeper into a murderer’s mind than they’ve ever gone before.

author Sally Rigby

Author bio:
Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, in the UK. She has always had the travel bug, and after living in both Manchester and London, eventually moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand (apart from five years in Australia), which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world.
After writing young adult fiction for many years, under a pen name, Sally decided to move into crime fiction. Her Cavendish & Walker series brings together two headstrong, and very different, women – DCI Whitney Walker, and forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish. Sally has a background in education, and has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV programmes. She has a particular fascination with the psychology of serial killers.
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