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    3/5 stars.....

    When the Time Comes...Adele O’Neill Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy! Although it was published November 21st.....I just finished today! Liam left his wife Jennifer....who was diagnosed shortly after with a terminal illness....for Alex.....after Jennifer’s illness progresses Liam decides to move back into the family home to be with his two teenage children. Two days after he moves back in Jennifer is found dead of an apparent suicide. Liam is charged with her murder. I loved the thought of this book. The plot, the suspense....and possibly since I have not read the first 2 books is maybe why this book didn’t do it for me. I didn’t really feel anything for any of the characters and I felt that some things dragged on and then boom....we are in the middle of the trial and it went way to quick . I didn’t enjoy how there would be a line of questioning during the trial and then paragraphs on whoever the narrative was in that certain chapter....their interpretation. I felt this was more of a family drama book than a psychological thriller. Overall though I am giving this 🌟🌟🌟/5 stars because I did enjoy it....just not a fan on the style of writing.
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    Compelling & Gripping!

    Deciding to indulge my loves of family drama and mystery once again, I chose to read When The Time Comes by Adele O'Neill. I had no expectations going into this and it was a lovely surprise and such a pleasure that I enjoyed this story so much. Jenny Buckley has a terminal illness and she needs her estranged husband, Liam, to move back into the family home for their two teenage children, daughter Abbie (15) and son Josh (17). The very next day Jenny is found dead. The police, led by DS Louise Kennedy of Blackrock Garda, are convinced it's murder. Louise Kennedy interviews Liam who denies any involvement, but someone assisted Jenny in ending her life, though who? Liam thinks Jenny took her own life, yet Louise remains convinced it was murder, so what really happened? Told from different viewpoints, this was a very good read. I enjoy a split narrative and there were a fair few narrators in When the Time Comes - Jenny, Liam, Josh, Abbie, Josh, and Louise - though not enough time was spent with any one of them, so it was a challenge to become totally invested. For me, the book's main strength was Adele O'Neill's excellent portrayal of each characters' emotions, and the consequences of Jenny's advancing and untreatable disease on her family. The impact on Jenny and Liam’s son and daughter was especially well-told as their psyches were so different. They had a lovely bond which came across extremely well. The story unfolds well though the novel is much more of a family drama than a police investigation. All in all, I enjoyed the author's writing style and the story was meaningful, thought-provoking and totally absorbing. When the Time Comes served as an amuse-bouche, as well as serving as a springboard from which I am looking to read Adele O'Neill's future work. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a great family drama with a good sprinkling of mystery. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Aria via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Not What I Expected

    I was disappointed in this one. According to the blurb I was reading a crime thriller, but this was more of a family drama and I struggled to get through it. Jennifer Buckley had a terminal illness and it was no surprise to anyone that she intended to take her own life when things became too rough for her - she made no secret of that. Her husband, Liam, had moved out of the family home to be with his girlfriend but as her disease progressed he returned solely to take care of his dying wife and look after their son and daughter. However, less than two days later he finds Jennifer's body, despite the fact that she would have needed assistance to end her life so soon; help that Liam denies giving her. So what happened? Unfortunately, that's not the burning question throughout this novel. From the off, I was uncomfortable with how things were progressing and found it hard to believe that things would unfold in such a way. Easy to read, but not suspenseful or gripping in any way; more of a 'nice' read with no surprises. It really doesn't read like the thriller I expected and although I stuck with it, I really can't give it any more than three stars. My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
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    An utterly gripping heart wrenching story

    When the Time Comes is a compelling read that had me in its clutches right from the beginning. What drew me in immediately, was the tag line in the synopsis “Her husband says it’s suicide. The police say it’s murder!” I didn’t even read what the rest of the story was about. I didn’t need to, as I was already hooked! Adele has created an intriguing plot that is both thought-provoking and heartbreaking. It is more of a family drama about the tragedy that befalls the Buckley family with the death of ex-wife, mother and friend, Jennifer Buckley. As an advocate for euthanasia, Jennifer had wanted to end her life as she was losing the battle against Motor Neuron Disease. Not convinced, the police at once set their sights on Jennifer’s ex-husband Liam as the murderer. Isn’t it always the husband? Hmmm, you will just have to read this to find out, won’t you… All of the characters have been well developed and all come to life so well through Adele’s writing. Although I can’t say I connected with all of them, the standouts for me were definitely Jennifer and her daughter Abbie. Both of them provided more of the heartwrenching moments in the story and really tore at the heartstrings. Have the tissues handy! Adele expertly draws the reader in and does a great job in keeping your attention throughout. All told through writing that is engaging, emotive and descriptive, Adele sets up the opening scene really well and wastes no time in kicking things off and getting stuck into it. I didn’t realise that this was the 3rd book in the Kelly and Kennedy series and in no way did this hinder my enjoyment of the book. It can easily be read as a standalone and honestly, I would not have even known if it wasn’t brought to my attention from other readers. All up When the Time Comes is an utterly gripping tale that is a must-read. A new author to me, Adele is a great storyteller and I look forward to reading more from her. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review When the Time Comes which I recommend. Thank you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Adele O’Neill for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Other Woman which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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