Sunday, 30 December 2018

Too Close by Natalie Daniels


This is one hell of a read.

The blurb already tells us that something bad has happened. Something terrible.

And Connie is now in a psychiatric hospital being drugged up to the eyeballs remembering nothing.

But we get to know the character Connie and like her psychiatrist we learn there’s more depth to her.

But what about Ness. 
Ness she met in the park one day, they clicked and became good friends. When Ness marriage breaks down its reasonable for her to turn to Connie isn’t it? 
But Ness seems to be in Connie house more than she’d like giving less and less time for Connie and her husband.

I especially liked the forming relationship between the physiatrist, she herself had her own problems.

This was a flippin’ Good read. I’d have finished this sooner but for it being the week of Christmas and no time to myself. 
It’s my birthday tomorrow (31st) so today I’ve had time to myself as the family have been out.

I’ve loved everything in this book. 
It’s not exceptionally fast paced more consistently opening a readers thoughts about it along the way which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Great book by a great author.

Thank you Bookoutour and Net Galley

Link to purchase book UK



Saturday, 29 December 2018

Bake Sale


Bake Sale 


Yes I read a children’s book. Yes I read this delightful book to a friends child.

And I enjoyed it too!

After finishing this story I asked a few questions about what she took from this story, as a child’s POV. Because me, as an adult, I might take this away differently. And yes, this was the case.

I was told that this story is all about Cupcake, best friend Eggplant and Turkish Delight. And how we have to work to get money for dreams to come true. How our friends are nice. Why Cupcake was so sad because he had so many things he had to do there was no time to play!

I had other thoughts about this.

Cupcake was selling cup cakes that got eaten! 
Carrot serving dinner to Cupcake.


No one has proper names in this story, they are identified by what they are.

Sugar, is simply sugar.
Carrot is simply carrot.

Cupcake is cup cake until they bake cupcakes.

So if you are reading this as an adult you will simply think it’s crazy. But the pictures are wonderful.
And there are some recipes.

You may even think it’s depressing.

But the little girl of 10 I was reading to and she to me (we took it in turns to read pages alternating them) had very different thoughts from mine. 
This was a hit from my friends child.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

In shock

In Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care DoctorIn Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor by Rana Awdish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Released January 2019

This was an unexpected book that landed on my doorstep from the publisher.
I had no idea of this book, no idea it was arriving so an unsolicited copy for me to read.


I thought I’d pick this up over the weekend and flick through it. But I ended up reading this from cover to cover.

A doctor who ends up being a patient.

Let me copy and paste what developed in this doctors young body.

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HELLP syndrome is a complication of pregnancy characterized by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and a low platelet count. It usually begins during the last three months of pregnancy or shortly after childbirth.

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There is without an ounce of a doubt that this woman went through hell and back, even after she recovered.
Loosing her baby daughter was something she needed to come to terms with, but she herself was so unwell.

During that time she recognised that it’s not just medically treating a patient. Filling in forms.
It’s support. It’s communication.

Everything in life comes down to communication.

Although this isn’t the UK health practice, it’s the same. They don’t seem to have the time to stand around and chat, to make conversation, to explain things, to emotionally be aware ...as this person found out....to treat the WHOLE person not just the symptoms.

A very well put together memoir. Which normally I don’t read. But it did leave an impact. One word.

Communication
Secound word to add, compassion.



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The wife between us

The Wife Between UsThe Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve rounded my star ratings up to 3.5. It’s going to sound strange that I’ve not given this a higher ranking in my personal thoughts yet I’m about to give this a fabulous review.

Let me explain my thoughts.

This is a domestic psychological noir (in my mind) and it’s all cleverly done.

The first 30-40% was a “pick up book, put it down with ease” and just get on with whatever my private daily life needed my attention.
Then come back to book.
I didn’t mind if I couldn’t pick the book up until later........
Unlike the second half of the book!

It was slow pacing.
I had no expectations of this book as I hadn’t read anyone’s reviews. Yes I heard “oh it’s brilliant” to it’s “OK”

I think it lands somewhere in the middle quite nicely.

The thoughts around a wife, ex wife, is not new. But what was cleverly revealed as I read from halfway onwards started to pace faster, started to ignite my interest and keep me invested in this read.

I’m unable to give spoilers because I’d recommend you read this for yourself. It’s good. It’s clever. The premise is ace even though it’s not new. The finality of it all was very good and left me satisfied that it concluded that way.

So you see, I enjoyed this a lot, but it didn’t stir my juices at the beginning. I hardly ever give up on a book because I’ve proved to myself that it might be halfway before things clock in. I was right about this too.

That said, I’m looking forward to reading more from these authors.

Thank you Net Galley and Macmillan publishers.

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Friday, 14 December 2018

Yes I know, it’s not my usual genre right. Years ago though before I become an avid reader, blogger, reviewer I did paddle my feet in water of this genre, historical fiction and it was lovely to return to it. I received this in the post. I hadn’t asked for it, I hadn’t requested it. It was unsolicited mail, I still love that kind of post however on the odd occasion I get a book I wouldn’t read. But I thought I’d take a go at this. It’s book 5! I so wish publishers wouldn’t do this if it’s not stand alone, which this one definitely isn’t. The story started really slow and because of this I was feeling rather distracted by things around me. Then more and more family members were coming into the equation which at times distorted the story. It was about an older lady getting her head and her heart turned by a younger man. She was a widow and he was Lord Hodges. Should they turn against society and follow their hearts. You need to put yourself back in time and remember the kind of society they lived in. Not like today, where many wouldn’t bat an eye. All in all a good historical fiction, however, too slow in developing things for my taste.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

The baby trap by Sibel Hodge

This is a tongue in cheek read. 

Gina and Karl.

Gina had me in stitches a lot of the time in this book, I know it’s a serious thing, fertility however, this author although based on her own experience found some light and humour through it all.

Problems with infertility can make you or break you.

The things that Gina does or suggests to her husband are good advice, down to wearing loose boxers to her giving up foods or drinks that might interfere with procreation.

This is chic lit for sure with an underlying seriousness of how this couple manage.


I’ve read loads if not all of this authors psychological thrillers/thriller so just wanted to see how she wrote a past book like this. She kept me so well entertained.
 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Sleep by CL Taylor

SleepSleep by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


#preorder for January 2018

400 pages read.....just like that! Yep 400 pages whizzed past me without me even recognising how many pages were in this latest book of CL Taylor’s.

I opened the book after studying the cover (like you do) and wondered what relevance and connection, if any, would be within these pages.

Well, you soon find out.

The beginning of the story makes me feel for Anna. She was the driver of the car that killed two people, one injured. I couldn’t help but think and feel for her. To blame yourself is the first human instinct, she was at the wheel. She had her passengers lives and other road users in the palm of her hands. We all do. As soon as we take that wheel and start to drive......

But someone feels that justice has not been mete out.
Anna is plagued by terrible insomnia, she doesn’t sleep well and if she does she wakes up terrified.

Anna needs to get a grip so she finds a job on a remote island in Scotland.

There are all types of characters that come to stay and we learn that each one is not who they seem to be.

It’s edgy, it’s thrilling and it’s full of suspense. The reader really gets pulled into the story at an alarming rate, and with such penship as this author writes you can help but feel everything, be right where the characters are staying, imagine yourself as part of this plot.

She really has such a way of twirling and entwining the reader, luring you into each sentence, each narration.
It’s hard to explain, but her descriptive writing just plonks you into the middle of it all. If the person is terrified, then I am. If the person is hiding and it’s creepy, then so am I, holding my breath so I can’t be heard. That’s the only way I can discribe this authors writing.

Many times I was holding my breath. One time was when Anna was searching rooms I was right there as a watch out for her. If she heard a creep on the stairs I’m biting my nails saying “quick....hurry....hide....don’t get caught” I kid you not. I was so invested in this plot I forgot all time and heard my sons alarm clock ring to get him out of bed and go to work.

The only book I’ve not read yet is Treatment.
I plan to read this over Christmas.

Thank you publishers for sending me an early copy.
This does not influence my review or thought. I anticipate every book this author writes.

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