Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous GirlAn Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not going to rave about this book.

I’m going to remain perfectly calm and say........

The characters were so engrossing and manipulation was so paramount in the read I was overwhelmed by its degree of cleverness.

BUT I’m not going to rave about this book.

Jess, the ordinary Anonymous girl going about her life, trying to make ends meet whilst helping “secretly” her parents in paying some of the medical bills for her disabled sister.
She’s a make up artist.

One day there is an opportunity that arises. Does she make the right choice?

The manipulation starts........
But, I’m not going to rave about this book.......right? Wrong!
The hype for this book is real.

I listened to this on audio and it was so engrossing folks that me, a person who finds it difficult to switch off from my surroundings really got so invested in this story that I just couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened.

Yep, the unexpected twists were there, but that intenseness that manipulation was superb.

I don’t want to give much away, but yes, I’m going to rave about this book.

I personally had this on my anticipated reads for 2019. I’ve read it, and I loved it.
So cleverly powerfully written.

If you like what I like. You’ll love this.

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Monday, 18 February 2019

The sudden appearance of Hope

The Sudden Appearance of HopeThe Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very late in reading this book. This ones been taken from my past TBR list.

I’ve given it 3* but don’t be mistaken it’s not a good book, it was. It was well written and exquisitely done.
And yes I would recommend it to certain book readers but not to others.
I’m just not sure what shelf to put this on. It’s a strange one.

Hope is not invisible and she doesn’t have powers to maker herself vanish, soon as she leaves a room or a persons presence she is immediately forgotten like she doesn’t exist. Obligated from their memory.

She can work this to her advantage and she does.

The story and writing in itself was good. I felt (personally) that it was drawn out in parts which then made it tedious to read in those specific parts of the book.

Well worth a read. Don’t expect too much though.

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Love you to death

Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, #1)Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I whizzed through this. Although it wasn’t as gripping as it promised and although it wasn’t “edge of your seat heart pounding” type read, it still had something there that gripped me.

It was the storyline.

This is what kept my attention.

Once started couldn’t stop.

I gave it 3* so don’t think this is a bad book, far from it. But it’s hyped as “gripping” “thrilling” I just wish they wouldn’t do that. Loads of books are presented like this now.
I personally find it annoying.

Not the authors fault though.
So don’t be put off.

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Forgive me by Daniel Palmer

Forgive MeForgive Me by Daniel Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fast paced book with lots of suspense and mystery to it.

It involves family secrets and on the other perspect it involves trafficking.

Angie is a private investigator. She seeks to find vulnerable and endangered runaways who need rescuing.

Meet Nadine.
Nadine ran away from her dysfunctional family seeking a new life for herself. She innocently gets tied up with a life she didn’t envision happening.

Angie is seeking to rescue her.

Right in the centre of this Angies mother dies. Through her things she discovers something that will forever change her life.

They are parallel stories that join in the end in a surprisingly good way.

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Furious (Faith McMann Trilogy, #1)Furious by T.R. Ragan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Faith goes off to the store to collect some shopping and supplies she needs, she forgets something and returns home to get it.

She goes back in home to her shock and horror she finds her husband and children tied up. They are being asked over and over “where is it”

It then turns into a frenzy when her husband is killed right in front of her eyes and she’s left for dead. He kids are kidnapped.

It’s all fierce from then on with plenty of action .

I’m very very late in reading this and serves me right in being annoyed I didn’t get to it sooner. I so enjoyed it.

This is book 1.

With a huge cliffhanger!

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The babysitter by sheryl Browne

The BabysitterThe Babysitter by Sheryl Browne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve recently discovered audio books and find them so handy. I can do things like chores around the home, drive and still listen/read. The best of both worlds.

This creepy novel was off to a great start, meeting the couple Mark and Melissa. They have two children. Mark works long hours as a Police Officer.
Jades becomes their Babysitter.

All seems fine for a while.

I found Jade manipulative and creepy, obsession at its best.

The way the Melissa speaks portrayed by the narrator really annoyed me. I think I’d have read her differently. Although she has had depression before I thought the narrative voice brought her over as pathetic and a soft touch. I’m not sure if it was meant to come over as such but it did. It annoyed me.

Melissa has had post natal depression before and so when things start to happen which question her sanity and Marks concern for her, no one thinks the worse.

It’s not a unique storyline but it’s a good one.

Not sure if this was meant to spook, it didn’t.
Not sure if the reader was meant to anticipate the ending, I didn’t.

I loved it for its own right. I loved it for the way it flowed and especially Jades part in this.
Boy was she creepy. She used everything and every wile wicked creepy way unnoticed and always hid with chirpiness, helpful obliging ways. She was well warped.

So yes, all in all I loved this book.
Narrator not so much.

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TwistedTwisted by Steve Cavanagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a cleverly written book this was. This is definitely written for readers. And most definitely for those that love deeper twists in books that they think they’ve worked out.......but I beg to differ.
This was a puzzled within a puzzle.

Just who is this writer, no face, no identity?

Really made me sit up and take notice!

I do own one of his other books. Not read.....yet. But this sure is an eye opener to talent.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Dare by Carol Wyer

The Dare: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 3)The Dare: An absolutely gripping crime thriller by Carol Wyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carol Wyer books are compulsive reading material. From the first time a book of hers came my way until this up to date book right here.

Her style has become more evident, her purpose more powerful. Her characters more rounded and plots more breathtaking.

This twisted tale had me hooked in its net from the first page until the last.

Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t about kids going missing, lordie we’ve had enough of those last year. This has guts to it and don’t forget if you’ve read the other two books in the series it has.... DI Natalie Ward. I’ve seen how this DI has developed and her own personal life and difficulties splayed out for us readers to see.

What a dam good DI she is. Her work does take precedence over her family most times and I’d say things were not as good as they should be.
I don’t know for sure but I’m hoping the next book is a make or break for this family.

The dedication and time she puts into a case is second to none. One of my best female DI’s well, after all, she has my surname right?!

The conclusion of this was indeed a surprise to me.
A great reveal that I didn’t actually see rearing it’s head.

I’m loving each of her books. In my humble opinion as a reader she’s an author in the “upper class” of this genre.

If you enjoy an edge of your seat read where time is of the essence, you’ve found it.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The perfect girl

The Perfect GirlThe Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really really wanted to love this book more than I did.

Top marks for the writing, the intense feelings, the plot. For me I just couldn’t get excited enough to want to keep reading it, I did of course, and it was an ok book I just wanted more.

I loved her debut.

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Perfect girls by Alison James

After reading the other two books in the series I had promised to get to this one. Never did, but now that life has calmed down I’m able to read some past books on my TBR list. This is one of them.

Thoroughly enjoyed book 1 and 2. This one was also enjoyable and fast off the mark, kept a steady pace throughout.

Loved the use of Ann App in this that involved the plot being quite interesting and up to date.

Blondes going missing.

I’ll not say much about the plot or story in fear of spoilers so I’ll just say, it was fab to meet up with Rachel again and renew each other’s company, I feel I know her quite well now.

She’s off Los Angeles in this book to investigate a British citizens death. It looks like the boyfriend did it. But did he? Was it too obvious?

Great series.