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New On My Shelf This Week

This post completes the lovely trio of thrillers I shall be featuring for Aria Fiction, during their October season of Blog Tours. A guest post by author Cynthia Clark will publish 24th October 2017.


Cover Image Of 'If Only You Knew' By Cynthia ClarkA wife, a mother, a killer.

One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life.

Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

In the bestselling tradition of Clare Mackintosh and Jenny Blackhurst, Cynthia Clark has written a heart-stopping story about the choices we make and how far we’d go to protect our families. Even if it means deceiving the people we love most…

Clicking on the book’s title will link you with its dedicated Goodreads page


Image Of Author Cynthia ClarkBorn and brought up in Malta, Cynthia Clark graduated in Communications before going to work for a daily newspaper.


After following her now husband to New York, she worked as a writer for online business journals, before moving to London, where she started writing her debut novel, If You Only Knew.


She currently spends most of her time running after her one-year-old twin daughters while writing her next book.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Likewise Mary, I will occasionally add in a book from one of your preferred genres, contemporary fiction, just to ring the changes.

      If I had to answer the question honestly, I really don’t have a definitively preferred genre. I really will read just about anything and everything!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I don’t think there are many people who can take a secret to the grave with them – Somehow or another, the truth will aways out! All we can realistically do, is to soften the blow to those close to us! …. Probably best not to keep secrets eh?

      Have a great week and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I think we all enjoy a good secret, but I wonder how many of can keep one?

      The cover art is deceptively simple, but I can imagine that all that sharp, broken glass tells of the nasty surprises on the pages inside!

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I am once again amazed at my brain’s capacity to filter out information … I have read the headline for this book “A Wife. A Mother. A Killer” and the subsequent synopsis many times, without ever once fully assimilating the line “Now A Wife. A Mother and A Lawyer” … The change of just that one word possibly having all kinds of consequences and ramifications on the outcome of the story line!

      Now you have me intrigued and wondering how she has managed to achieve lawyer status without her past ever once being called into question, or qualified by any authority. Did she really do that much of a good cover up job, or is there more going on than we realise from those few short sentences?

      Thanks for the interesting comment, which only goes to highlight why exchanges of ideas, observations and dialogue, are such a critical part of our everyday lives, not just in our reading 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      If this, her debut novel, lives up to its promise, I shall be waiting with interest to see what Cynthis is working on next!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • This certainly piques my curiosity. I had one thing in mind as I began reading the synopsis, but was already questioning that and thinking something else by the end of it. I look forward to learning more about it!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I obviously wasn’t thinking too clearly at all when I read the premise of this one, if Tracy’s comments above are anything to go by!

      Now, a killer turned lawyer, is a much more interesting and intriguing prospect, as is the fact that someone else knows her secret, but does she know the identity of that person and what connection they might have had to her victim?

      Was she a wife and mother before she became a killer, or are we being fooled into thinking that she is a killer, when she possibly fled after witnessing a killing and has ommitted to tell employer or family about her past?

      So many questions, maybe subsequent posts will shed more light and Cynthia’s guest post has just landed in my in box and sounds great 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Given that Elizabeth has obviously been living her life of lies for some years now, must surely mean that there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns in this story line? – I’m certainly hoping so!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always look forward to your visits 🙂

    • Oh! Intense is okay by me. The more so, the better!

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and for hosting MM this month 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I too, wonder what happened back when Elizabeth was a student, which was horrific enough to turn her from being a victim, into a murderer?

      The trouble is, once you begin a story with a lie, it becomes more and more difficult to put things right and tell the truth, as much as you might long to. The lies simply keep getting more, bigger and more complicated.

      I’m sure this won’t be a simple story line to unravel, but I am looking forward to it 🙂

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