Saturday, 19 December 2020

Review: The House Swap

The House Swap The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I usually do, I look at others reviews to see what others thought. I think it’s a middle of the road when I looked at others reviews, but I really liked it.

It had the completeness of a good mystery type thriller based around a domestic noir with a few sexy scenes thrown in.

As it says in the title House Swap. Yes this is based around swapping your home for a vacation in each other’s houses, but this is so much more.

A husband with a good profession but a problem.
A wife undervalued and under temptation.

Yes it has an affair in it but it’s very much a part of the drawing the reader in.

I was very invested in this book.

I read some, and I listened on audio to some.
The audio is ok but the woman’s voice sometimes didn’t give it enough umf enough expression. It didn’t deter me though because I was so into this equation that was happening.

I definitely didn’t guess some of this.

Characters very well rounded, real, and relatable.

I’ve now got her other book. Loving her writing style.



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Friday, 11 December 2020

Review: Girl In Danger

Girl In Danger Girl In Danger by Leigh Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Not read book 1. I didn’t realise this was part of a series, oops.

The story itself was good, the pace was fine.
The main character got on my nerves though and seemed quite naive in some respects.

I’ve read previous books by this author but I didn’t find this one very strong.

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Review: The Silent Ones

The Silent Ones The Silent Ones by Ali Knight
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was OK.
I loved the premise of the book that’s what drew me in but, I couldn’t stay with it.
The author writes well enough and has a good book here but there’s something lacking.

Towards the finale is what bumped another star off for me as I had all this anticipation and ......boom....it was spoilt before the ending.

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Review: All Your Perfects

All Your Perfects All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I thought I’d go for a light read.
Boy was I mistaken. This was heartbreaking and deep.

I’ve only read this authors first thriller Verity as this is more my genre.
So I thought I’d read a light romance.

This alternates between chapters from the “then” to the “now”. Very easy to follow may I add.

I loved reading the “then” chapters, learning how they met, fell in love etc.
But we learn what appears a happy family life starts to crumble under infertility problems.

I got frustrated in places, I kept say.....communication......come on, talk to each other!

Alas, they didn’t hear me.

So this is my second Colleen Hoover book. What do I think?

I think she has a great insight into human tragedies and peoples reactions from all sides. Clarity on emotions.

She draws readers in, then you just can’t escape that nook because those characters become a part of your life, you need to find out what happens........so you just have to keep on reading until you’ve finished the book.


I recommend this to any one who loves a romance, not a ‘soppy’ romance, one with body and girth to it.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Review: The Good Bear

The Good Bear The Good Bear by Sarah Lean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A search for love.
A beautifully written book with a beautiful tale.

Everyone wants love, to give love, to receive love.

Written for children 7 and above but this old lady loved it too!

Thea is off to her Dads for Christmas. She wants to tell him she aims to be a writer and he might buy her a typewriter.
But things don’t go to plan.

When she meets this dear old bear she learns lots more.

Loved it and recommended for a brilliant gift to any child.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Review: The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.75!

This book is amazing! No wonder loads were reading this the year it came out. As for me? I left it on my shelf. I get really anxious if loads are loving a book. I’m either thinking “ oh what if I don’t love it” or just keep putting it off because I have high expectations.

This all proved to be right though. I agree with lots of what reviewers have said.

It’s mysterious and I definitely didn’t get a sniff in the air of the ending until the last few chapters.
The chapters are short, snappy and leading into the next. So that left me saying “ just one more chapter” .........

The reason I took a while to read this was it had a lot of pages, plus, daily life got in the way along with I’ve been feeling so tired lately. Otherwise I would have flew through this book.



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Review: Get a fucking grip!!: Self help for optimists

Get a fucking grip!!: Self help for optimists Get a fucking grip!!: Self help for optimists by Marc Watt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw this on BorrowBox from my library. I’m feeling quite overwhelmed at the moment and lots of things happening in family life. It’s difficult for us all with what’s happening in the world at this time without adding extra....right?!

I found this an honest, open and brazen book to listen to. I loved it though! I can see this is not going to be for everyone, but, you know what, there’s some honest straight forward straight talking words in here that really makes you STOP and take notice.

It handles a lot of subjects to, assumptions of our viewpoints and thoughts to rearranging you’re thoughts on subjects such as spending, relationships and lots more.
There’s definitely something for everyone.

If you only take one thing from this book, it will improve your mindset.

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Review: My Darling from the Lions

My Darling from the Lions My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OMG I can’t listen to this audio book any longer.

I knew it was going to be hard subject matters but the reading of this is just driving me crazy.
It’s monotone, no pitch, no power, no strength to the reading.

It’s definitely hard subjects. I would have stuck with it but for.....oh that voice!

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Review: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The concentration on these five victims of Jack the Ripper were stunningly put over in a very well presented view.

Thinking of the life back then, the era of a very male dominated life for women and how they were treated, viewed and used made for an overwhelming argument and full understanding that the image that many of us have are of women of the night. Prostitutes......I’ve had that in my mind for years.
Reading this gave me some food for thought.

Outstanding book.

I did listen to this on audio, I preferred that than reading it.

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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Review: Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge: New Holiday Romances to Benefit St. Jude Hospital

Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge: New Holiday Romances to Benefit St. Jude Hospital Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge: New Holiday Romances to Benefit St. Jude Hospital by Sabrina York
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read Christmas at Mistletoe lodge then I watched the dvd.
It made a good change to just read and watch something that doesn’t cause a lot of effort.

Great story, some sad bits some joyful bits and some predictable bits but who cares! I liked it!

Not read the others yet

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I say this is an outstanding‘whodunnit “. The twists, turns and cul-de-sac plots were right up my alley.

It’s YA at its very best! Excellent. Has more layers than an onion. I loved peeling off each layer only for my eyes to smart the deeper I delved.

What a remarkable plot.

I realise I’m late, I feel like Roger Rabbit in Alice and wonderland......running after time, but, I finally got to this realising there are more in this series now. I’m definitely up for more.

Looking through the reviews I can honestly say, yep, the hype was true guys.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020

Review: Me

Me Me by Elton John
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was quite young when I discovered Elton John through a friend who absolutely idolised him.
Loved his music, his sincerity and his outrageousness.

Reading this honest “close up and personal “ account of his earlier life with his parents how hard that life was as a child in so very many ways brought home to me how our upbringing influences us in ways we may never imagine.

The “rock ‘n roll “ years was surely a huge exciting time plus a time of highs and lows quite literally. Sex, booze and rock ‘n roll in it’s full flow.

I remember his first marriage. And the breakup and his “coming out”.

Great song writer, great singer, fab entertainer.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Review: Girl Gone Mad

Girl Gone Mad Girl Gone Mad by Avery Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a delicious book to devour, it was different than many books I’ve read lately so I was thoroughly invested in this one.

The Harpies

I think they should have been called something else! Vicious little madams who tormented Grace. The quieter one of the pact.
Something terrible happened and years later events are unfolding.........
Suicides are happening....
But why?
And why are they “seeing” Grace? Grace is dead!


A very well written book with lots of readers to get their teeth into.

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Review: All Is Not Forgotten

All Is Not Forgotten All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing read for me.
Yes it has a rape story in this which it’s centres around however, it’s also telling us about this drug that can be used to erase parts of memory, this was the bit I was enthralled with.

It’s such a well written laid out book.

The person she is talking to (therapy) is also an intriguing factor.
He also is helping her mother and father through this.

We get to meet some other “patients “ within these pages.

I was riveted throughout and the twist at the end was extraordinary that really spooked my senses.

This author has fast become a favourite of mine. I have read books by her in the past and now this has rekindled my eagerness to see what other books I’ve missed by her.

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Sunday, 8 November 2020

Review: 17 Church Row

17 Church Row 17 Church Row by James Carol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my word. Why didn’t I get to this book sooner.

I decided I’d listen to this on audio as I saw it ready to download that day no reserve on it.

I started to listen to it while I was driving somewhere. Then a bit more when preparing our meal and cooking it. I got so caught up in it’s tight plot.

17 Church Row was supposed to have a high security on it. And it did. But what if something was already inside when you’d moved in?

There’s family anguish within the pages of this story. Very sad. But there’s also something very questionable that after read it you will reflect on how eerie this is in our century in history.

It’s gripping.

I loved the atmosphere the tenseness and the way this book questioned our Internet uses.



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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Review: The Other Woman

The Other Woman The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes! 5*
This is a domestic thriller with hobnailed boots on that will continue to kick you in the butt, then the ending will just leave you rocking on your knees.

One of the best thrillers I’ve read that has love to hate characters in it, hate to love characters in it!

It’s so remarkably crafted that it’s a kick in the guts at the end.

This came out a while ago, so, if you love thrillers like this, you need it in your life for sure.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Review: Stranded

Stranded Stranded by Stuart James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very, very close to one of my 5*

This is an author that I look forward to “what is he going to write next” book.
Because he delivers certain aspects of borderline horror on the edge of a thriller for me.

Let me explain what this book did for me personally.
It had a huge amount of thriller, I’m dat reading wondering what’s going to happen next.

It’s in the blurb, this little family going off on holiday except they get diverted.

That diversion isn’t a pleasant one. Neither is what they find. They then become “tools” in a plot that’s so disturbing. I found the way this author writes the scenes, sets the play my mind was buzzing on any act that was going to follow.

There’s some shocking horrors and jaw dropping moments which I silently gasped at.

The way this was pulled together at the end was a WOW factor.

The reason I didn’t give it another star was simply I wasn’t scared. I wanted to be spooked.
I’m not into certain horrors and I so wanted this author to make me go “OMG”


That discovery at the ending though! That was so clever!

This borderlines definitely on mental health. I think it does? What do you think?
Let me know when you’ve read it!

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Review: The Chain

The Chain The Chain by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 for me.

I liked this well enough, it held my attention up to about a third of the way through. Up until then I was quite invested although not on the edge of my seat kind of thing.

When I was a kid, chain letters went around. Let’s face it, they do now even in emails and private messages, called SPAM mostly these days.

Of course this was more emotive involving children. Killing, saving and carrying what the chain letters says.....going forward.

It lost its way after that I felt. It was like the author didn’t have a way to reach a conclusion? Or he did, but, didn’t know how to get there.

I definitely wouldn’t not want to give this author a try again as I’m intrigued on what he might pull out the bag next time.

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Review: The New Girl

The New Girl The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.75

There are references to abuse and mental health in this which may be triggers for some, however they do relate very much to the start. The story is a good one and the plot is very good.

The characters were well developed.

Sharing a home with someone isn’t always easy, even if they are family or friends.

In this instant these two need to be together in order to have affordable rent. Mary is odd though, the reader can sense this themselves although it’s not us living with her!

It’s a fascinating plot that was good and held my attention .



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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Review: Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a struggle. I struggled like hell in the middle, really had to stop myself from permanently laying this down and not picking it up again.
The first part was fast paced. The ending ok.

Why did I pick this up?

I liked the sound of the premise.
It was “sold” to the reader well.
But it didn’t deliver what it promised.

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Review: The Goodbye Gift

The Goodbye Gift The Goodbye Gift by Amanda Brooke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a tearjerker. For sure.

Based around donors.

This story came from the authors own experience regarding her son who sadly didn’t make it.

I can’t imagine the emotions that the author went through to write this.

What I liked were the sides from all characters involved in this, it was so warm hearted yet so tender.

This book may not be for everyone, I can understand that, it’s certainly written so well.

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Review: From Scotland With Love

From Scotland With Love From Scotland With Love by Katie Fforde
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not usually a lover of short stories, however I dabble now and again. This is by the well know author Katie Fforde, so yes! I needed to read this for sure.

A 3.75 from me. Cute and really not what I was expecting, in a good way I mean. I really loved a lot about this.

The main character really put herself down, but, it happens when we see ourselves in a different light as to how others view us.

I’d recommend this for a winter read leading up to New Year.

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Review: The Long Drop

The Long Drop The Long Drop by Denise Mina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is based on a true story. It’s around a year before I was born 1957.
The serial killer Peter Manuel.

Halfway through I thought I’d google about this to give myself a bit of clarity compared to the real event. It helped me a lot to get some questions answered in my head.

I have to say, I’ve never heard of this before.

It was an interesting account and disturbing.

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Saturday, 24 October 2020

Review: You Let Me In

You Let Me In You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spine chilling, dark, goosebumps, hairs on the back of my neck stood up to attention. I kid you not. This is a twisted psychological thriller that will eat you up. You won’t care what’s going on around you, your attention is going to be focused in between these pages!

Lucy Clarke is an author that I live and need to read more of for sure. Her writing is superb, she weaves a thriller so well.

If you like unexpected surprises in your reads......read this.

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Review: Good Girls Lie

Good Girls Lie Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very easy book to follow, easy to get into. With plenty of dark twists to keep your attention.

I have to say that it’s hard to leave this book alone once you start reading it, it’s a case of “just one more chapter” until you’ve got to the end!

J. T. Ellison is a great storyteller whose books I love to follow.

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Monday, 19 October 2020

Review: This Little Family

This Little Family This Little Family by Inès Bayard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very difficult for me to put this in any one genre. It’s also difficult to write a review because of the subject matter.

Rape.

This book is very well translated from French to English. It’s a superbly written book and totally.....totally twisted to the point of being bonkers. Very hard to read, very dark. So dark it’s black.


Just who am I?
Because I was so engrossed in this.


Let me explain.

The opening of the book is where this little family is dead.

Now I’ve said this I’m sure you are saying.....

WHAT

And you’d be absolutely right!

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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Review: The Shape of Lies

The Shape of Lies The Shape of Lies by Rachel Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rachel Abbott is a great spine chilling, twisty psychological thriller author. I love her books and I need to read more of them. Each time I pick up one of her books I know I’m in for a mind blowing rocketing twisted tale. This was one of them.

Lies at it’s worse.

Human nature as it is, we get defensive and we are very very good at making excuses for ourselves. We lie.
She lies.
To what extent does this person lie? Someone whose a wife, mother, teacher.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve not read the series. It definitely does as a stand-alone.

The ending was disturbingly GOOD!

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Review: The Night Swim

The Night Swim The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one amazing book that’s gone sailing easily into my “could not put down, top 5 thrillers” this year. I’m not going to be able to contain myself! I was hooked, dragged along on my knees by this authors writing. I was like Rachel, the journalist podcast broadcaster, I needed to know more, then more and some more.

The coverups, the revelations had me so invested in this that it’s now 1:02am and I have to write this review. I need to tell you to go get this book, buy it, take it off your shelves, read it, borrow it from your library, listen to it on audio. Just get your hands on this.....do you like thrillers? Do you love intense driven thrillers?
Get it!

This drew out many emotions from me.
From frustration to anger to crying.

Not a subject matter that by any means is an easy read. But by gum did this author write it so well you just wanted to hug all those involved.

I’m never going to forget this book.


I’ve not read The Escape Room by this author. I do own it, I’m definitely going to be reading it, I’m loving her style.

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Monday, 12 October 2020

Review: The Sisterhood






The Sisterhood by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This author is great at drawing on what he knows. His insight and ability to get inside characters minds is amazing.
What I find astounding is how I end up rooting for the “baddie”. It’s uncanny.

Domestic abuse. What happens when justice and help is not there. Living scared in a refuge with other like women escaping their perpetrator.

The Sisterhood will make you think.
You know right from wrong. You know there’s no grey area just black or white. You adhere to law and order yet.......
Justice.
That’s the word that confuses our brain.

I was hooked on every word written.

I look forward to John Nicholl books because it makes me feel insightful. Makes me query my own thoughts, my logic, my ability to think outside the box.

Like I say, I saw the word Justice.
Does anyone ever get Justice?

The women in this book were so different in personality yet, they have experienced domestic abuse.
Thats United them.

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Saturday, 10 October 2020

WHERE THE EDGE IS, BLOG TOUR

Where The Edge Is by Gráinne Murphy Blog Tour




 MY REVIEW


Nina the journalist is mostly at the centre of this story.

After a bus accident where a bus holding passengers is travelling along this rural area the road collapses taking it into a huge crevice trapping the bus and its passengers including the driver.

After managing to get two people out, they are worried it’s advanced any impact that might follow.

This is a story that had me gripped and invested in. It’s like a two edged sword.

On first vision it seems like it’s based around this tragic accident and it’s rescue. However, it goes much deeper than that.

Just like the bus has met a tragic edge of life crisis, as it goes deeper not knowing it’s outcome for its future, so we get to learn about the people on board.

There’s also Nina, the journalist. She had a tragedy in her life, the loss of a baby.
Is she ready to be covering this story?

The individuals on the bus have all kinds of dilemmas that run from everything imaginable.

Does the bus hold on?
Just like the passengers, do they, should they hold on to what’s happening in their individual life?

Nina covers “people” not the incident. It makes for such a unique story much different from a lot of books I’ve read lately.

A debut novel from an Irish author. 

So much in here. 

If you’re looking for fast paced, it’s not.

It flows along at its own pace, but the story hits you in the face.




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Review: The Flatshare

The Flatshare The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this slow burn cute romance.
I had the book but it came up on audible at my library so I thought I’d chose this one to listen to while going about my day.

It’s not my usual read, but, I’m now thinking this made a good change.

The way this was written was superb. And the dialogue divine. Cute, lovely and enjoyable.

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Friday, 9 October 2020

Review: The Grief We're Given

The Grief We're Given The Grief We're Given by William Bortz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not my usual form of reading I know. But we all have experienced grief in our lives. My daughter is struggling with lots of sudden deaths in her life so I thought I would read this to see if there were some uplifting thoughtful poems within it.

I did find some.

Some of these poems are subjective I think to every personal experience.

I personally found myself tearful too many times as it brought back emotions I’d buried. I get the hope, I get the memory has all parts to play.

I appreciate the poems. Some stronger than others.

Because every poem is based on grief then I’d say, beware some might make you cry, feel things you thought you’d dealt with.

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Review: The Innocent Wife

The Innocent Wife The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did enjoy the plot of this book, I had a friend when I was younger whose mum got friendly with someone in prison. I know! Right?! So reading this reminded me of that fact, right back 30 years or so.

That didn’t have a good ending either and she emigrated from U.K. to New Zealand!

I was fascinated by why a person was attracted to people in jail. Romance blossoming etc.

Anyway, there was an obvious way of how this came bout in this story.

I listened to it on audio today, I’m wondering if it would have been better if I read it by physical book or ebook. I remembered then I had this on my Kindle. So I swapped.
It didn’t really make it better, only that I could hear my inner voice reading it instead of someone else.

I’m glad I read this, there were short bursts of me being engrossed, it did jump around a bit.

The ending was 10/10 though.

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Review: The Couple on Cedar Close

The Couple on Cedar Close The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weatherley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5
It’s book 2 in this series but can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

I have to say that all the characters in this book stood out to be 3D to me, very real. I could certainly imagine them in my minds eye.

The plot was good, although not unique in itself it did have plenty of paths that either lead your thoughts to nowhere or you predicted what the outcome would be.
In itself I quite enjoyed it then there were parts I raised my eyes to the ceiling about, predictable.

Laura defends her innocence too many times. Yes I can see someone would say it, but, for the reader it was far too many times in my point of view especially when the reader actually knew it wasn’t her.

The parts I loved, I really enjoyed. The author did make this a fast moving thriller. Yes it’s a police procedure based series yet, it had that thriller vibe which I love.

It’s not a book you should refuse read as it’s got some very good ratings. Besides, I did like it.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Review: A Prayer For The Broken blog tour


A Prayer For The Broken by Mark Tilbury




ABOUT THE BOOK
*****

They promised the boy he’d be safe – they lied!

When eleven-year-old John McCormack’s mother is murdered, he is placed in the care of Pastor Ian Stone and his family. Clearwater House is a far cry from the squalid flats he’s been used to, but John soon learns that Pastor Stone’s perverted form of religion is anything but compassionate. As Stone attempts to purify John’s soul of “dangerous levels of toxicity”, it becomes increasingly clear he’s at the mercy of a madman.

Who can John talk to when no one wants to listen?
Who can he trust when all he knows is betrayal?

A Prayer for the Broken is the story of one child’s desperate fight to escape a sadistic killer who has complete control over him
 

******


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes, I’ve done it. Not done this for a while.......my reserved 5* just had to be dealt out on this one.

Reading this authors books either leaves my stomach churning or I’m in a state of anxious moments for some of his characters or, wanting at least one of his characters to meet an untimely end.

This story had my rollercoaster of emotions all over the place.

Pastor Stone is someone in sheep’s clothing for sure. In British slang “he is what he ain’t”.
And these kids are right at the forefront of his manic, maniac religious nutcase ways!

I was told by a friend how to enable speaking on my Kindle app on IPad or IPhone. I just had to take this book with me today so I was listening to it being read to me.
I couldn’t put the story out of my head.

It’s twisted
It’s ugly
But this author can write to lighten the load now and again in his writing which is a good talent to have.

Reading this was like unravelling a play/drama in my head. The characters were so visual to me I swear I could draw a picture of them as they played out in my head.

I can’t wait to see what he does next time!

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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Review: Anti-Social: The secret diary of an anti-social behaviour officer

Anti-Social: The secret diary of an anti-social behaviour officer Anti-Social: The secret diary of an anti-social behaviour officer by Nick Pettigrew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an apt book for me. Having gone through and still going through anti social behaviour/hate crime from our neighbors due to our disabilities I could relate so much.

This is about a Council Worker trying his best to reach “solutions” to problems.

No one has to tell me that a Police aren’t interested only in facts because without “proof” they cannot act.
The proof they need is when someone’s injured or worse, dead!

The cut backs aren’t helping these perpetrators BULLIES get their come uppance, oh no, they are helping them get away with it. The nicey nicey approach isn’t working.

For all that said, this poor anti social officer had his work cut out.

There are plenty of amusing things within this book that will lighten anyone’s mood about it all no matter how serous it is.

I’m glad I read it.

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Review: Keeper

Keeper Keeper by Jessica Moor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I dare you to figure this out.

It’s not the best topic, but it’s real folks, it happens. This is a deep story that will make you think, will make you see how domestic violence impacts not just on the person being violated but any children too. The consequences of this and horrific expenditure of a person’s wellbeing.

It’s ugly.
But we can’t hide like it’s not happening. It is!

And although this is fiction it could be your neighbor.

So a body is discovered and looks like a straightforward case of suicide.

Then it delves deeper.

I listened to this on audio and it treble impacted this book on me.

What a read!

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Saturday, 3 October 2020

Review: One by One

One by One One by One by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have a very rocky relationship with this authors books.
I either absolutely love them or dislike them for reasons......

I like Ruth Wares way of writing, easy to follow and glides along good.
However, the plot in this book would have been a good one if it wasn’t so “cat and dog” chaseable and predictable.

There were certain events that I did enjoy but were few and far in between.

It really didn’t give me good vibes to want to keep getting back to reading it, quite the reverse. I found excuses not to pick it up!

I was tempted to listen to this on audio if only to speed it up.



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Review: Skeleton Keys: The Haunting of Luna Moon: 2

Skeleton Keys: The Haunting of Luna Moon: 2 Skeleton Keys: The Haunting of Luna Moon: 2 by Guy Bass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great book, short story for around 7-10 yeR olds I think.

It’s got a spooky yet mayhem fun feel that children will adore.

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Review: Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an intense read.

How can someone commit bigamy and get away with it?
Or can they!

Deceit and lies, secrets and consequences.

What a stunning tale. Not just the women that get hurt but the girls involved too. Both around about the same age born from the belly of each of his “wives”.

When the latter part came together it was evident how such deceit went deeper than deep.

This author can surely draw you in among this family sagas complexity’s.

One family a secret.
The other public.

The daughters meet, but only one knows the secret.

How will this complicated bubble burst? And to what conclusions?

Thoroughly enjoyed this.

If you love family drama
Secrets and lies
Complications

You’ll love this.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Review: The Memory

The Memory The Memory by Lucy Dawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been glued to this book, so much I changed to audio so I could continue reading on the move!

Lies, secrets and deceit that goes to the extreme. So much to the edge that it leaves a readers head spinning in a whirl.

Alternative chapters told between the two main characters.

This story starts with a terrible tragedy and your heart will break.
Onwards from that you will get the most amazing twisted and superb written thriller.



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Friday, 25 September 2020

Review: Us Against You

Us Against You Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It saddens me to give this 3*
But I just struggled with this.

I loved going back to BearTown.
I didn’t enjoy the repetitive sentences.

I wanted to see what happened next in BearTown.
I did.
And as we know, the Town is dedicated and know for its hockey. So we have problems among that.

As I said in my review on book 1 I didn’t feel I had to know everything about hockey to enjoy it.

This one I did though.

Plus I just couldn’t stomach that their was no consequences for what went on in book 1!

I finished it.

But something was lacking for me personally.

Jojo Moyes......Me Before You I absolutely loved!
Then she brought out book 2
It went downhill for me from there on.

Similar feelings to this. I should have left it at BearTown book 1.

I won’t be reading the third book. I feel sad saying that because I enjoy this authors writing.

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Review: Beartown

Beartown Beartown by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been listening to this on audio.
Excellent portrayal of the book, read really well.

This author writes superbly and I know is a favourite of many many readers. I too am among his fans.

I’m not into hockey, in fact I have no clue of the rules. I’m not into many sports at all, but that doesn’t matter in this book as the human side of who lives there is more paramount I felt.

Of course the town is super identified by its game that goes without saying, however, it’s the team we are getting to know as individuals that I cared about.

We all know by now that a rape takes place. Terrible.
Listening to this on audio was more impactful than reading it, I’m not saying rape doesn’t impact on my anger and emotions when reading about such brutality and invasion etc but I was reading with my eyes and listening with my ears......doubled the sensors if you know what I mean.

What went on from there both upset me, frustrated me and made me angry.
So YES, the author did a brilliant job.

I’m so glad I got around to reading this. I do feel if I knew more of hockey I’d have understood other points much better though.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Review: The Abattoir of Dreams

The Abattoir of Dreams The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had this book on my kindle since I don’t know when.....
I saw this for immediate borrow on my audio library so I downloaded it.

I began to listen to it today. At each opportunity I have had my earplugs in my ears. Totally unsociable but this was so sickening and at times made my tummy feel sick that I blinked and gulped in total disgust.

Like this authors writing it just ugly disturbing yet addictive! I can’t explain it.

The topic/subject matter is disturbing to say the least but I dare you to put it down and not want to pick it up right away again.

I should have read this a long time ago, I think it just slipped down my kindle, or maybe I was just in the right mood to tackle it.

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Review: Am I Guilty?

Am I Guilty? Am I Guilty? by Jackie Kabler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very tense read.
It has all the emotional tropes to satisfy any reader that relates to Moms, children and family.

A shocking story, a shocking revelation.

With an epilogue that will blow your mind.

I “read” on audio. Two narrators however, were not my favourites. And the sound effects got on my nerves, for example, the phone ringing.

That a part didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the story.

Wonderfully written.

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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Whose Here and Audio books

 Whose here?


Just wondering who pops in to read my reviews.

I’d love to read your comments, suggestion etc

It’s been a very unusual year hasn’t it! This COVID has knocked us readers from one bash to the other, either we read like machines or hardly read at all.

I was the latter. I’ve got my reading mojo back and able to concentrate more. What about you?

Hey guess what! I’ve just discovered audio books. First time I was unable to concentrate. Now I’m loving them. I have such a huge backlist (we won’t talk about that 🤔) it is helping me though to read some more from that backlist.

What do you think about audio books?

Can you recommend any to me?

Just thought I’d catch base with you.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Review: The Push

The Push The Push by Ashley Audrain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chilling.
Listen up. This is sure to make a HUGE impact in 2021 for sure.

Motherhood.
Preconceived ideas.
Dark side of Motherhood.

This is nothing short of addiction.
Once you open the first page I swear you won’t put it down.
The elements of surprise is all around in this compulsive page turner.

It’s difficult to not put into words more, much more but I fear giving too much away.

All I’m saying is, if your thoughts were that you would make the worst mother, would you welcome having a child?

This book will stay with me for a very long time.

Such a lot to get your teeth into, think about, dwell on and mull over.

Do you want an unsettling read?
This is it.

Loved it!

Be sure to mark this book on your radar. Preorder. You won’t regret it!

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Thursday, 17 September 2020

Review: The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I have been listening to this on audio book.
It’s a slow burner but steady. I’m not complaining about that at all.
I gave it 3* because it’s good.

Well written. Characters well pitched and believable.
Loved how this unfolded.
It’s not a thriller though, it’s more a mystery.

So the parents of these girls are very religious.
On one certain occasion while things were going on......whoosh.....the sisters vanished.

There is a lot to this book and will keep your interest. It did me.

I liked it, really liked it but just didn’t switch a light on for me to give it more than 3*.
I just wasn’t gasping in awe, or feeling I wanted to get back to reading it any time soon.
Once I had started to pick it up again I was ok, but just didn’t have that something for me.

Don’t go by me.
Read it for yourself as we all have differing viewpoints on this one I see with varied reviews


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Review: The Woman I Was Before

The Woman I Was Before The Woman I Was Before by Kerry Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such a good book. Such a great accomplished author.

Having read Kerry Fisher before I just new I’d be in for a treat. She take every day kind of people and turns them in on themselves. Also with a bit of complication thrown in.

I was thinking when reading this book. I’ve been a bit fed up on social media at times.
Other people’s perfect photos with perfect lives.
I’m not saying everyone, but we do like to portray ourselves as having fun, going out, doing that and that. Having friends and family. You know what I mean I’m sure?

But what we see isn’t all what we get.

Are they’re lives perfect?
Are they hiding things?
Is all so “picture perfect” unblemished as it seems.

This explores lies and what we hid from each other.

Loved it

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