Anne Bonny #BookReview Secrets Of The Shipyard Girls by @arevellwalton Nancy Revell 5* #Saga #ww2Fiction #WomenOfww2 #ShipyardGirls @arrowpublishing #MustReadSeries They must stand together or risk being torn apart. . .

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Secrets Of The Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell
#3 Shipyard Girls Series

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Sunderland, 1941
As the world war continues the shipyard girls face hardships at home, but work and friendship give them strength to carry on.

Gloria is smitten with her newly arrived bundle of joy, but baby Hope’s first weeks are bittersweet. Hope’s father is missing at sea, and with their future as a family so uncertain, Gloria must lean on her girls for support.

Meanwhile, head welder Rosie has turned her back on love to keep her double life secret. But her persistent beau is determined to find out the truth and if he does, it could ruin her.

And there is finally a glimmer of hope for Polly and her family when Bel and Joe fall in love. But it isn’t long before a scandalous revelation threatens to pull them all apart.

My Previous blog posts:
The Shipyard girls #1 – Review

Shipyard Girls At War #2 – Review

My Review:
*may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the previous novels*

This series is fast becoming my favourite go-to saga series. I just love catching up with the girls, they feel like old friends, you know and love. I don’t have any particular favourite which is rather unusual for me. But it is because they are all so unique and complement each other so well. The opening of this novel is the perfect example.

The novel opens with Dorothy and Gloria enthralled in a good old-fashioned gossip. This enables us the reader to get an insight into all the goings on since where we left off in book 2 – Shipyard Girls At war. Baby hope is now just 2wks old, so in time-line wise we haven’t moved on months/years. The years is still 1941 and the girls are all doing well, given the circumstances they face.

Through the gossip we learn that Hannah aka ‘little bird’ has been taken on as a draughtsman. The girls speculate that there maybe a man in her life. But they also reflect on her naïve personality and sheltered life, finally reassuring themselves ‘Hannah’s got us’, which makes Hannah one lucky woman indeed. They exchange Polly’s latest updates from lover-at-war Tommy. Whilst also discussing Gloria’s worries for her own sons at war. We learn that Rosie and DS Peter Miller are no more a potential romance, Dorothy and Gloria both mourn Rosie’s chance at future happiness. But fully understand her reasoning for remaining so guarded. The division at the shipyard, due to the spoilt and self-obsessed boss Helen continues. But has actually encouraged Martha to open up to the group. The biggest cause for gossip and speculation is Jack Crawford’s future. Which could have great repercussions for Gloria and baby Hope.

We the reader become aware that Jack has been rescued. But that his prognosis remains uncertain. As I read on, I almost felt burdened knowing this secret without being able to share with the girls myself!

Rosie gives into temptation and agrees to meet with Peter one final time. She is also made aware of a new employee coming up from the big smoke to Lily’s. A woman described as mysterious and exotic. I couldn’t wait to learn more about this new character. I must admit when the truth when the truth is finally revealed about Maisie’s appearance, I was pleasantly surprised.
The author has achieved something barely seen in saga novels.

The novel also jumps back in time to 1913, it covers the era of Pearl’s pregnancy and what lead her to be the way she is today. I found Pearl’s history fascinating. There is a scene where she gets off the train, at Kings Cross station and in the background hears the suffragettes. You become instantly aware how few rights women held in 1913.

There is cause for celebration when Joe proposes to Bel.
But will this be a wedding to remember for the right reasons?

Gloria is struggling to adapt to life as an older mum. Which is not made any easier by her brute of a soon to be ex-husband Vinnie. He is violent, intimidating and demanding. His temper is constantly simmering behind the scenes and I really feared for Gloria’s and Hope’s safety. . .

‘If he wanted to see his bairn, he damn well was going to. No one was going to stop him – especially not a woman’
‘He was in control. Always had been. Not her’ – Vinnie

Thankfully the impending nuptials offers some much-needed relief from the darker scenes. But this saga has it all! A secret from the past, an inquisitive detective and a scheming wife; but most of all it carries a message of love and hope.

I turned the final page with a smile on my face and hope for ‘my girls’ in their futures. I cannot wait to start the next novel in the series – Shipyard Girls In Love and as always will report back with my review.

This is a must-read saga series. 5*

***Coming Next***
Shipyard Girls in Love
Shipyard Girls In Love by Nancy Revell – #4 Shipyard Girls series
My review is scheduled for 29th May.
But if you can’t wait till then, check out the #Extract

Nancy Revell
Nancy Revell

Anne Bonny #BookReview Panic Room by Robert Goddard 5* #Psychological #Thriller #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @TransworldBooks ‘Goddard takes the crime fiction genre to a whole other level, with his outstanding ending!’

Panic Room by Robert Goddard
My own copy from my tbr pile

Sometimes the danger is on the inside . . .

High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter.

The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped.

But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Suddenly the whole world wants to know where his money has gone. Soon people are going to come knocking on the door, people with motives and secrets of their own, who will be asking Blake the sort of questions she can’t – or won’t – want to answer.

And will the panic room ever give up its secrets?

PANIC ROOM is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within.

My Review:

Panic Room has a catchy synopsis and a cover to die for!!!! Seriously, that cover is intense! It really sets the scene for a psychological/thriller type novel.
Whilst this novel is a psychological thriller and will have you screaming ‘What or who is in the damn panic room?’. It is so much more than I first thought! A twisty ending that almost beat Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, yep it is that twisty! Obviously of a different style. I wouldn’t leave whopping spoilers in my reviews! But it is expertly done, similar to Pinborough!

At the tranquil location of Wortalleth West, a Cornish coastal home is Blake. She only shares the property with Glenys the gardener or Andy the pool man on the odd day they attend. She is therefore, able to swim, walk, run and full enjoy the peaceful surroundings. That is until Don arrives. . .

The owner of the property is Mona Jackson, wife to the notoriously secretive Jack Harkness. She wishes to sell the property and enlists the services of Fran Revell. In-turn Fran hires her ex-husband Don Challenor. Don is instructed to go to the property and carry out a valuation. As part and parcel of the divorce settlement and also as Harkness is under the scrutiny of the US government.
Unbeknown to Don, he is being followed. . .

‘He had just become a marked man’

When Don arrives at the property he is startled by finding a naked Blake in the pool. There is confusion over the ownership of the property. Blake believes Harness owns the property and she is there under his say-so. Whilst Don is instructed to evict Blake. Immediately. Through conversations and snippets of the press, we learn that US prosecutors seeking to try Harkness on multiple counts of fraud, bribery and embezzlement. But this is now simple case, at all.
Why would one of the worlds richest men, need to steal further millions of dollars?
Don and Blake believe they may have stumbled upon something when they discover a secret panic room, sealed from the inside.

‘I don’t feel safe anymore’ – Blake

Don agrees to stay at the property, whilst they attempt to unravel the mystery and basically discover what/who is behind the door.

In the background of the novel are some dubious characters who would love to bring Harness down for their own individual reasons.
They lurk around the house and follow Don and Blake’s every move.

The novel has various spin-off stories that fully enhance the reading. What/who is inside the panic room soon dominates your thoughts. I found myself itching to get back to the book and discover more secrets.
There are themes of wealth, greed and corruption. But finally, Goddard takes the crime fiction genre to a whole other level, with his outstanding ending! 5*

Robert Goddard
Website via Penguin