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The Death & Life Of Eleanor Parker

Eleanor Parker wakes up one day to find herself soaked on the side of the local river. She doesn’t recall how she got there. When Eleanor goes home she can’t get warm and she can’t fall asleep either. Not recalling the night before doesn’t help.

A year earlier her brother’s girlfriend is found dead in the same river. Eleanor’s brother has been the lead suspect, though she’s sure he’s innocent. When a mutual classmate goes missing and the witch hunt starts again Eleanor is not sure who to believe. Why can’t she seem to sleep and food alludes her? Did someone try to murder Eleanor? Follow Eleanor on her journey to uncover the truth.

This novel is fast paced with twists and turns. If you love puzzles then this one is for you. This story deals with the topics of death, friendship, family, small town life and what it means to truly live again.

I received my free digital ARC copy of The Death & Life Of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson care of NetGalley from Bookouture in exchange for my honest feedback. If you love YA mysteries and stories set in the U.K. then I recommend this novel. I couldn’t put it down. For some reason I gravitate toward first person novels. It does remind me a lot of the novel 13 Minutes, which is one of my favorites from last year.

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Ten Birthdays 

What would you do if you lost your mom at age 15 and had a letter from her for every birthday till age 25? Would you read the letters all at once, or would you wait each birthday to read the next one? Poppy chooses the latter.

This novel goes through each year and how her mom’s letter to her corresponds with her life and what is currently happening.  Poppy has two best friends Mark and Freya. They’ve dated each other for years and Poppy doesn’t know if she’ll ever find love. Poppy’s father is a tad distant going through his own grief and life struggles. She stays best friends with Mark and Freya through their relationship ups and downs.

This story was sweet. It was filled with different British terms since it takes place in the U.K. This book shows the importance of a relationship between a mother and daughter. I highly recommend this book. It was given to me for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.