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The Girl on the Beach

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Loved this book! Amber and the girl are great characters and I was so intrigued by how she came to be so far from home. The slow building narrative revealing the past worked great alongside Amber's present day quest for the truth. Didn't see the ending coming, nicely wrapped up!
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This book was fast paced. Hard to put down. It flowed well and it was very well written. It caught hold of me and had me hooked from the start . I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book.
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There were bits of this that I liked, but mostly I wasn't really that grabbed. I think I was expecting something with a bit more depth, and the writing/plot weren't particularly convincing. Sorry, and many thanks for the chance to read.
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Really enjoyed this book by Tracey Buchanan.  So many twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.  This author never fails to deliver
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This book was fantastic,  very well written and I was  gripped from the first page which I love about a book .... so many things revealed as the story moves along and I just did not want it to end and what an ending x
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This book grabbed me from the first page. I didn't want to put it down. I loved the way the characters connected with each other. I loved Tracys writing style. I loved the way she had two different timelines. I couldn't stop thinking about this book.
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With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an engrossing story about a family and it’s secrets. There are two different timelines which finally merge together at the end and it all falls into place.
The girl on the beach is an enjoyable read with plenty of twists and turns to give the reader entertained.
Highly recommended.
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In Tracy Buchanan’s new page-turner “The Girl On The Beach”, Amber Caulfield finds a teenage girl wandering barefoot and confused along the frozen beach of Winterton Chine.

Best-selling author Tracy Buchanan has been very well known for her novels in the Contemporary, Fiction and Suspense genres for years. Tracy’s newest novel may well rank as one of her best books to date.

Readers are introduced to Amber, who has felt empty, ever since she lost her daughter. But when she finds the girl on the beach everything starts to change as her maternal instinct reawakens and she starts to feel a flicker of hope for the future, for the first time in years. Who is she? Where is she from? And what led her to this particular beach in the south of England, on the coldest day of the year? Amber knows she must help her find some answers. The girl’s only possession is a notebook, filled with notes, stories, and pictures that she claims not to recognise.

This book has a very strong start. Tracy Buchanan did a great job with the pacing and “The Girl On The Beach” contains some intriguing elements in the storyline, dealing with emotion and new beginnings, but also loss and misunderstanding. This gripping novel is well-written and packed with mystery and the characters’ portrayal are fantastic. The readers who will enjoy “The Girl On The Beach” the most are those who surrender themselves completely to Tracy Buchanan’s control. 

[Thank you to #NetGalley, #Bookouture and #TracyBuchanan, for a free ARC of #TheGirlOnTheBeach in exchange for an honest review.]
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A great psychological thriller that grips you from the word go. I really enjoyed this book with its various twists and turns that keep on coming
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This book should definitely come with a warning, that you will be totally addicted after the first page. So clear you’re diary as you will not want to put this amazing book down!!

When Amber finds a girl walking along the beach injured and not knowing who she is, She befriends her and starts to investigate who the girl is. The only clue is a notebook that she has with drawings of a lodge and a waterfall. 

We  also go back 20 years and are introduce to Gwyneth a wild life documentary maker who is estranged from her parents. She is used to going it alone, when she stumbles upon the fascinating McClusky’s and is invited to stay in their wonderful lodge. She has a taste of real family life and an instant attraction to Dylan.

Whilst reading this book you know the 2 storylines are connected, but it is done so beautifully and seamlessly with a brilliant twist at the end!!

A must read book. My favourite line was 
“The Past doesn’t matter it’s what we do next that matters”

Thank you to Netgalley for giving me this book in exchange for a review.
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Since the death of her young daughter, Amber has drifted through life. When a young girl appears on a windswept beach in the depths of winter with no idea who she is Amber is surprised to find that she really cares what happens to her. The only clue seems to be a wildlife notebook full of drawings the girl does not recognise.

The story is told through two timelines. We see Amber's story in the present & also the story of Gwyneth- a wildlife photographer twenty years ago. As progress seems very slow in identifying the girl apart from her first name (Lumin)  Amber takes matters into her won hands. Going by clues from the notebook they set off for Scotland.

This book is beautifully written & it draws you into the mystery. I loved it. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.
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Oh wow! Just finished this wonderful book. I am usually not into these kind of stories- the better to be surprised in a positive way!
I hardly could stop reading as I was immediately driven into the story. I particularly enjoyed the strong female characters and their development throughout the story.
The ending worked perfect for me.
If you like well paced stories that keep you guessing until the end this is a clear "yeah"

Thank you #NetGalley for the copy
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First of all, let me begin by saying that THE GIRL ON THE BEACH and THE FAMILY SECRET are one and the same, published in UK and Australia as the latter and in the US as the former. As many have asked this question, as I did at first also, I felt it needed to be cleared up.

So, THE GIRL ON THE BEACH is the first book by Tracy Buchanan I have read and I had high hopes for it as the synopsis drew me right in. It started off with promised then I found it plateaued out a little to be a little unexciting and then it became edge-of-your-seat stuff with a whopper ending that even I didn't see coming!

It begins with a Prologue of a girl on an icy loch falling into its icy waters with someone looking on, just watching. It has that real menacing feel to it that gave the story promise and I couldn't wait to find out what happened to her. While the rest of the book has timestamps throughout, the Prologue doesn't, so we don't know whether it's past, present or future.

From there we meet Amber Caulfield, a woman who has known loss and disappointment in her life. When she was a young child she lost several fingers of her left hand to frostbite and then years later, her only daughter of four to meningitis which lead to the breakdown of her marriage to her doctor husband, Jasper.

Then one morning whilst opening up her beachside gift shop and bickering with her mum and aunt, Amber sees a lone figure on the beach with no shoes and no coat. It is cold and the wind off the sea is icy as Amber hurries to the girl and wraps her in a warm blanket. The girl is dazed and confused with no idea who she is or what she is doing here. The only clue is a  notebook she carries in her back pocket, filled with wildlife drawings and notations.

The story then goes back in time to 1989 and a woman called Gwyneth, and as her story progresses so does the timeline. At first I was puzzled about the part Gwyneth played in it all. What did she have to do with the story unfolding with Amber? As there was 20 years between the two I wasn't sure how it first. And then it started to dawn on part. But it was only a small part that I figured out - the rest wasn't revealed till the end which I never saw coming! But, yes, how it made sense in the end.

However, I must admit I preferred the present day storyline with Amber and the girl with its mystery and poignancy to Gwyneth's past. I didn't like the McClusky family with whom Gwyneth found herself with at Christmas 1989. They held too many secrets and the mother was overbearing in my book. Then Gwyneth's romps with Dylan. Really? After 2 days. They sounded shallow and unbelievable. It made Gwyneth seem like a slapper in my book. But they parted though I knew it didn't end there. I really didn't like this part of the story. Sex in an icy forest. Sex in a barn. Sex in the front seat of a truck. Really? I thought I'd picked up a mystery thriller, not a Mills and Boon romance. It made me like Gwyneth even less. Then when the secret the McClusky's held was revealed it all felt a little anti-climatic. I can't believe all that had happened over that secret. Was that really worth more than someone's life?

The mystery girl brings out Amber's maternal instinct as she tries to find out what happened to her, and helps her unravel the mystery of her identity. As she does, the journey takes the two to Scotland and there the truth is uncovered. But it's not until they return to Winterton Chine that the real secret is finally revealed, surprising them all.

As the story moves between 1989 and 2009, the descriptions of each setting was so rich in detail that I felt like I was there in icy cold Winterton Chine, to the freezing highlands of Scotland and the artic Iceland.

I enjoyed this book, particularly as it began to pick up pace (and Gwyneth stopped jumping into bed with Dylan) as the race to find out the mystery girl's identity heightened. I loved the mystery it held. It was spellbinding - filled with emotion, mystery and new beginnings. It's about misundertanding, loss and learning to trust again. It's about human frailty.

The best part about THE GIRL ON THE BEACH was the ending. WOW! I loved how it all came together. As Gwyneth stepped off that train I began to realise just how it all fit - and it was genius!

Whilst I didn't like every part of THE GIRL ON THE BEACH, and found some aspects unnecessary to the story, I did enjoy it and do recommend it. That ending was worth the read.

Thank you to #TracyBuchanan, #NetGalley and #Bookouture for an ARC of #TheGirlOnTheBeach in exchange for an honest review.
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Wow!! What a brillliant book. It’s interesting, emotional, intriguing and captivating 
The writing style is genius.
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I've read a number of books by this author, and this one did not disappoint! Yes, it was a little predictable at times, but the writing and characterization were strong and I thought the setting was well illustrated as well. Looking forward to Buchanan's next book!
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NetGalley has been wonderful for exploring new-to-me authors, including Tracy Buchanan. The latest completed title on my bookshelf, The Girl on the Beach, was a tantalizing discovery, full of family drama, a healthy measure of suspense, and some hints of humour.

Colourful Characters & Lots of Suspense
The characters were colourful and emotions were high. It was a very quick read and yet I didn’t feel that any facets were lacking. The suspense was multi-layered, and though I had my suspicions about how the plot would unfold, I still thought it was tied together well in the end. (“Ooooh, that’s how she sewed it up tight!”) I was invested enough that I found one thread a little disappointing with how Buchanan chose to snip it! (“…but, why??? No….”) I didn’t love all the characters, but I don’t think I was supposed to.

There were a few intimate scenes, that while not entirely vital to the story, did add some depth of insight into the characters’ mindsets and lifestyles. Again, if these scenes are offensive to you, skip the book… or skip the scenes.

Overall, I was intrigued by this title and will be adding Ms. Buchanan to my list of author’s to explore. I enjoy a well-written story with layers of emotion, mystery, discovery, and human frailty. The Girl on the Beach had it all.

I received an uncorrected advance review copy of this book via NetGalley courtesy of the author and/or publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Published by Bookouturee; Publication Date – January 25, 2019

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The author knows her craft this book is beautifully written.  Amber finds a girl in the beach who has no memory of who she is or where she comes from.  This girl brings emotion back into ambers life and engage with life again.  Running alongside this you hear gwyneth story of  her journey towards trusting people again.   It’s a book about misunderstanding and lost opportunities and the possibilities of new beginnings.   It’s a book that just keeps giving to the reader.
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This book is also called The Family Secret and I have already reviewed it. I have written that review below.

A beautifully written story about loss, love, relationships and family. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions reading this story. This is an easy read which is full of emotion the whole way through. I really liked the characters and Amber and Gwyneths stories being told together added to the overall story. 

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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Wow, Wow, Wow! What is not to love about this brillant story?

From the very first page you are taken prison by the book. It's intriguing, interesting, emotional and throughout the whole story there is that something that pushes you forward because you want to know the secrets. And then, at last, everything is revealed. Oh, well, not everything, because the author has another surprise in store.

The writing style is very attractive. I love the conversations between Amber and her mother and aunt. It was also very nice to have alternating parts told by two main characters and it was wonderful to see the past and the present coming together.

My overall feeling about this one : wow! (or did I already mention that once or twice ...? LOL) 5 stars.

Thank you, Tracy Buchanan, Bookouture and Netgalley.
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  Not read anything from this author before but I am certainly going to change that,  this was a great book about family, secrets and love.  Would recommend.
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