Friday, 28 February 2020

Review: The Dog Walker

The Dog Walker The Dog Walker by Lesley Thomson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3* for me.

I received this from the publisher when it was released. I put it aside as it was a book in my mailbox unsolicited which I thought I’d get to soon. I hadn’t agreed to read it so I intended to read it it released date had come and gone. So no rush I thought. But it slipped down my physical shelf and here I am! Ages later.

As with a lot of us, we read proofs and arcs first. I decided to pick this one up when sorting my shelves and unhauling some books I no longer needed.

Anyhoooo.....

I did like the premise of this story, but in places found I was completely lost.
It swapped between years which when done well, works, doesn’t make it a struggle for someone like me to keep up. I know I’m getting old and my brain cells get tired but they were left exhausted at times trying to place it all in my head.

I think it’s a case of, it’s perfectly understandable by the person who wrote it but it wasn’t to me.

Then I discovered the publisher had sent me a book in a series and this was book 5!

Why do they do that! It definitely isn’t a standalone as there is backstory to the main characters. Mwah.

So based on all that. ......that’s how I felt


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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Review: Find Me

Find Me Find Me by J.S. Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a super creepy, intriguing beguiling read that will keep you guessing.

Jar doesn’t believe that his girlfriend Rosa could take her own life. He knows her. She wouldn’t do such a thing. Why?

In his dreams he sees her, on the tube, doing this, doing that, going here going there. He’s convinced this is not dreams, it’s not his imagination.

He discovers her diary. That convinces him that she didn’t take her life, maybe she’s hiding, but, from what?

This is full of intensity that shuck me.

The authors writing is amazing. I loved it


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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Review: Now You See Her

Now You See Her Now You See Her by Heidi Perks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book from my “busting my backlist” shelf.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it hD eerie feels, chills and intrigued me. 
There are so many “missing children’s” books that they can all merge into boredom don’t you think?
Well this one had that little ‘something’ extra for me.

It’s a slow plodder at the beginning so don’t expect it to be fast paced but then suddenly......boom....right between the readers eyes, what! WHAT? 

I enjoyed it


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Review: Christmas for the Halfpenny Orphans

Christmas for the Halfpenny Orphans Christmas for the Halfpenny Orphans by Cathy Sharp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes I know, I should have read this around Christmas time if 2016. 
I know!
It’s 2020 now! 

No excuses. I missed it out.

I hadn’t realised that this was book 3 in the series. In 2016 I went made requesting books on Netgalley. I’ve since learnt! Hence my “busting my backlist” shelf here on Goodreads..

Lots of characters to get your head around in this book. I wonder if it’s people who were in book one and book two? Probably!

The story was well put together. The children made the story though for me.


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Monday, 24 February 2020

Review: In Safe Hands

In Safe Hands In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is most definitely a 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞, 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫, and it’s the start of a brand new series. 

We get introduced to DCI Anna Tate. Unlike a lot of police procedures I’ve read in the past they come with huge pasts. Drinking problem, hard, rugged, and some unbelievable.

Anna has a past that is current.
Her child was never found now she’s on a case where nine young children have been kidnapped.

I question if she was best placed for this job, but this is fiction and it needs to appeal. It certainly did that.

It’s a time running out “catch and mouse” tale which you fly through quite quickly.

I loved the writing, I loved how it was fast paced. I didn’t much like the ending, it seemed a bit far fetched in my humble opinion.

It’s a subject matter that’s been written about over and over, yet this ones on the whole comes in my recommendation for how well written and fast it was.


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Review: The Second Wife

The Second Wife The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

𝕎𝕆𝕎 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕎𝕆𝕎 𝕕𝕚𝕕𝕟’𝕥 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕨𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕓𝕖 𝕤𝕠 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕!

I wasn’t expecting that!

So two friends. Then these two haven’t seen each other for a while.


🆃🅷🅴🅽

One of them hears the other one has committed suicide. No no....not acceptable, so the friend whose left decides to find out and dig deeper.

I Absolutely loved this shocking thriller.

It’s been sitting on my kindle far too long, that’ll teach me. 


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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Review: American Dirt

American Dirt American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

*i am revising my star rating to 2
My reason not for the controversy but for the contents of the book itself.

The more I think about this book and it’s contents the more I see a political element to it.

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THATS THE FIRST TIME IVE EVER......EVER......SEEN THAT!

I’d had this book on my radar to read way before it was released. Simply because I love the authors writing and she’s an automatic click for me to buy her books.

When the book was published and readers read it, I saw the blow up on social media, but, I skimmed past it. I also don’t read others reviews until AFTER I’ve read ANY book that’s on my TBR.
Because I like to make my own mind up.

The same as I hear rumours in real life, but, they don’t influence me. I’m stubborn 😂

I’ve read the uproar and links to the controversy since.

I have to say, I’m ignorant to all that basically went on, going on etc so my review is based solely on the story, characters, development and how it made me feel.

It started off with sheer intensity and kept my attention. Then the events on the train started to linger on, and on and on. Some things were just a little too graphic for my taste. I know was important to the story but had me skimming and shuddering. So that wasn’t a great experience.

If this was non fiction, I’d accept it as a journalistic or historical point of view or research.

But this is fiction and I was overwhelmed by it.

So that’s when I read up on the subject matter and facts on Google to educate myself.
I was appalled, I was angry, because people are people no matter the colour of our skin. I saw some racist comments which I hated.

Some parts were very slow.

I struggled a lot in the reading of this.

I kept going because the parts Luca played kept me going.

But it did leave me with a lot of questions like.....
What happened next?

Positives

It made me look up things and learn, yes at the age of 61!
It made me aware.


Negative

I found it exciting and fast moving but only in parts
Was this fiction trying to verge on non fiction?
It left me unsatisfied as the epilogue didn’t even round the story off

So my long anticipated book turned out OK. But just not YEEK I enjoyed that.

The subject matter when I ordered this book I wasn’t aware of anything other than the blurb sounded exciting.
A mother going to lengths to protect her son. I thought was going to raw and emotional.

Now I know differently I can see it’s raw and emotional but in a different way.

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Review: The Wayward Girls

The Wayward Girls The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can’t lie.
I struggled with this.

It’s a book I’ve had since last year. I tried reading it then, but I couldn’t connect.
So I put it down intending to pick it up again. I thought it might be my mood or something as in theory this sounds like a book I would love.

Sadly, I put it down and forgot.

Again this year I promised myself I’d read my backlist of books in and out and remembered this one.

Ding dong, I had an idea. I’ll listen to it on audio.

I didn’t like the narrators voice at all. Too grinding for me. So that didn’t work.

I went back to reading it.

So many characters to retain and work out.

Ok I plodded on.

The twist.....was that it?

The writing was ok, but this story just wasn’t a good match for me.


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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Review: American Dirt

American Dirt American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’d had this book on my radar to read way before it was released. Simply because I love the authors writing and she’s an automatic click for me to buy her books.

When the book was published and readers read it, I saw the blow up on social media, but, I skimmed past it. I also don’t read others reviews until AFTER I’ve read ANY book that’s on my TBR.
Because I like to make my own mind up.

The same as I hear rumours in real life, but, they don’t influence me. I’m stubborn 😂

I’ve read the uproar and links to the controversy since.

I have to say, I’m ignorant to all that basically went on, going on etc so my review is based solely on the story, characters, development and how it made me feel.

It started off with sheer intensity and kept my attention. Then the events on the train started to linger on, and on and on. Some things were just a little too graphic for my taste. I know was important to the story but had me skimming and shuddering. So that wasn’t a great experience.

If this was non fiction, I’d accept it.

But this is fiction and I was overwhelmed by it.

So that’s when I read up on the subject matter and facts on Google to educate myself.
I was appalled, I was angry, because people are people no matter the colour of our skin.

Some parts were very slow.

I struggled a lot in the reading of this.

I kept going because the parts Luca played kept me going.

But it did leave me with a lot of questions like.....
What happened next?

Positives

It made me look up things and learn, yes at the age of 61!
It made me aware.


Negative

I found it exciting and fast moving but only in parts
Was this fiction trying to verge on non fiction?
It left me unsatisfied as the epilogue didn’t even round the story off

So my long anticipated book turned out OK. But just not YEEK I enjoyed that.

The subject matter when I ordered this book I wasn’t aware of anything other than the blurb sounded exciting.
A mother going to lengths to protect her son. I thought was going to raw and emotional.

Now I know differently I can see it’s raw and emotional but in a different way.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Review: Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls Wilder Girls by Rory Power
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was so out of my comfort zone.
But again this year I’ve got a couple of personal challenges going on.

*busting my back list
*reading a book out of my comfort zone

And I actually liked this. A bit far fetched at times but truly a remarkable compulsive read. One that I finished very quickly.

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