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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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Review: Everything You Told Me

Everything You Told Me Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I seem to be having a binge on Lucy Dawson books at the moment.
I’ve one left to read.

I liked this one well enough, it started off with a whooper of a plot that kept my interest. However, the aura of how this woman is isn’t any means unique.

The saga of “can’t remember anything”. It seems to be used over and over again to make a story. Each story different and some better weaved than others.
This one was a better woven story I’m glad to say.

It lost its peak for me in the middle but soon recovered its moments so, all in all I liked it.

Another troop was a “mother exhausted looking after her child” then she sort of gets muddled.

So we need to learn what’s what, whose doing what and why.

Just not unique enough for me to cheer it on.

Liked it, didn’t love it.

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Monday, 14 September 2020

Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish

The Last Mrs. Parrish The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


My review is short.

If this was made into movie, I’d watch it.
Even a drama series.

To be acted out yep, but reading this was a little better but......audio, no way. I really hated that voice.

The women in this were not likeable.
I just couldn’t connect at all.

Varied reviews on this I know. I just don’t think I’m the audience for this.

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Sunday, 13 September 2020

Review: The Daughter

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


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When you start a book that’s been written by Lucy Dawson you just know your hearts going to be torn, broken and sometimes put back together yet, not always.

This Mom has a secret. This mom has lost her daughter in an horrific accident at school.
There lies a return of her past.

I listened to this on audio and found it so emotional and touching.

Yet, there’s several stings in the tail as this story progresses and a twist.

If you reveal truths, just who suffers?

Brilliant.

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Review: Catherine House

Catherine House Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not sure what to put this under.
Scientific?
Futurist?
Fantasy realism?

This is a book club read.

And I’d say very quickly it’s not a book for everyone......yet.....I’m glad I read it.
You see! I’m confused.

All the way through this I took each page, each chapter each section as it came.

In parts reminding myself this is a YA book.

It’s oddly unusual.

Catherine House is odd alright.

The mantra that is spoken is odd too.

The pupils were realistic.
Who knows their own minds at this age.
Each pupil is running away from something or someone.

And what is plasm.
Yes, just what is that. I googled and still not completely sure.

Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No.

Would I recommend it?
Not to everyone.
Yet it’s a story that will stay with.

The ending?
Well, I was flicking forward for more pages, except all I found were acknowledgements.
Have I lost some pages or have I lost the plot.

Answers on a postcard or phone a friend.

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If this review makes no sense to you......it’s because this book has used up any brain cells I thought I had!

Enter at your peril.

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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Review: If He Wakes

If He Wakes If He Wakes by Zoe Lea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Yep, I really liked this.
It had a few flaws, but as a debut it was amazing.

It starts off a little slow but kept me interested enough to find out as much as the character wanted!

Her husband, Twitter, secrets, missing, it has all the troops I love.

I’m naturally nosy (and I don’t apologise lol) so when the wife was suspect of her husband then finds out he’s now disappeared, just what in the hell was going on.

Then more happens, and just like her my suspicions were as heightened as her!

Another book read from my backlist......how did I miss this!

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Review: The Next Girl

The Next Girl The Next Girl by Carla Kovach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I’ve been taking a bit of a break from “police procedures “ in books as they were getting a bit blurred around the edges. I needed a clean my palette.

Anyway, this might change with this book I’ve just caught up with on my backlist!
This was so good.

Obviously this was out in 2018 so I’m guessing without looking yet, that there is at least a book 2?

A girl vanishes. Never found, then years later a baby is found and DNA proves that the baby belongs to the missing girl many years later.

That’s all I needed to read before jumping into this.

The actual police procedures were there of course but the story overwhelmed me so much I sort of ignored the fact and saw it as a vital I put to the story.

Edge of your seat
Gasping moments of OMG’S in several places.

Have you read this?
What do you think?

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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Review: Night by Night

Night by Night Night by Night by Jack Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rose Shaw has a past. A past she regrets and has to live with forever. Whilst out driving one day, her car collided and one of her twin daughters is killed.

Rose is now rejected by her husband and her daughter.

In the town she lives in everyone knows her, or, knows of her. It’s a past that people won’t forget.

One night out, she is brushed by, a man rushing past her. Something drops. She bends to pick it up. It’s a journey.


Through this story we see how Rose reading this journal is curious about this Flynn who it belongs to.
Who is Flynn?
Whose after him?

It seems the Police know about this case as Flynn as vanished but case closed. Maybe it’s a man who don’t want to be found.

But Rose uncovers things that also relates to her brother which makes her more anxious to get to know if Flynn is still around somewhere.

This authors books are always tense, fast paced and his characters so real.

I’m awaiting his next book.

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Sunday, 6 September 2020

Review: Dead to Me

Dead to Me Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’ve heard the saying “ you have to experience the bad to appreciate the good” and other such cliches.
Well, that’s what springs to mind with me reading this book by one of my favourite authors Lesley Pearse.

It’s not just the war experiences and this audio book making it so real, it’s the characters involved.

Friends. Friends who you would think as the most unlikely of friends yet, not. They are so different yet the same.

Both undergoing or had undergone really physical and emotional life journeys. Cruel.

There’s romance in here. There’s reality real life contexts that most will understand.

It’s an emotional rollercoaster.

I’ve been so engrossed in this story I’ve been wearing my headphones all around the house, so antisocial! But that’s the beauty of audio books right? You don’t have to put them down to go off and do something else.

I just loved making friends with the people in this book. The main characters, some I wanted to hug, some I wanted to make a nice cup of tea, sit and natter with. And two I wanted to be a mum to.

The reality of the war was surrounding the story, but the girls and what their personal life events were very much as paramount.

Absolutely loved it.

How your younger treatment can harm your future if you don’t deal with it.

Never wanted this to end.

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Saturday, 5 September 2020

Review: Who Were the Beatles?

Who Were the Beatles? Who Were the Beatles? by Geoff Edgers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a trio down memory lane for me. I was raised on The Beatles! My two older brothers subscribed to their monthly journal. Bought all the records. One of my brothers styled himself on Paul McCartney. (He actually did look similar)
He taught himself guitar and sang. Not just The Beatles songs but ones he wrote himself. He’s in his mid 60’s now and still plays.

I loved The Beatles. I remember reading all about them too and where they came from very poor backgrounds.
About Paul and all of them playing in his parents house.

It was a sad day when John Lennon was killed. He was a bit of a weird one when he married Yoko Ono but he was just making a “come back” with his music and then.......
So sad.

His son is a lookalike I think. And definitely has his Fathers genes.

Great book for anyone wanting to learn about them more or like me, a trip down memory lane.

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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Review: Dear Mrs. Bird

Dear Mrs. Bird Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a delightful read this turned out to be.

An historical novel based in WW2 it has its sad moments but also some light quirky ones.

I found the narrative very well done. Thinking about how people spoke back then, treated each other and moral codes etc once I got that mindset I went sailing through this book.

Working for a Women’s magazine in those days certain letters were not to be entertained or replied to. So funny when you think how we are today! Anything goes!

Mrs Bird is strict on what is replied to as an Agony Aunt but while she’s away, letters get answered. Letters that Mrs Bird would frown upon.

Some of this story was very touching.

The characters built so well and I was so invested in this time flew by.

Blue tooth earphones! Recommend them! I could be anywhere listening to this delightful story.

So glad I dusted this book off, got it off my shelf.

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Monday, 31 August 2020

Review: Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review

I went into this book half hearted and came out with my heart broken.

Was this book too young for me?
Definitely not!
Was it in a writing style I’m not used to?
Definitely it was!
Did it matter?
Not one jot!

A man with two separate families.
A wife, daughter in one part of the world and a plane ride away another woman in his life bringing up his other daughter.

Did each know of the other?
No, did they heck!

But when tragedy strikes and secrets and lies revealed the impact on the girls when it’s discovered each exist with the same father they dearly clearly love and adore the reader will experience the pain from them.

It’s an awesome read.

I did listen to this on audio, the narrator being the author herself.

A bit of history at the end and how she came up with this story was really good.

Have I read other books by her?
Will I?
Hell, yes!


Sunday, 30 August 2020

Getting doggy looks

 This is the face I see each time I sit down to read, lol


Book club read

 Hi Readers


This is the book I’m starting ion 1st September reading with an online group hosted by BooksandLaLa on you tube.


Really looking forward to starting it.


Have you read this?

Thoughts



Thursday, 27 August 2020

Review: The Blossom Twins : An absolutely gripping crime thriller

The Blossom Twins : An absolutely gripping crime thriller The Blossom Twins : An absolutely gripping crime thriller by Carol Wyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my, oh my oh my! I feel totally emotionally floored, but in a good satisfying way.

This is one if not THE best book in this series so far.

Natalie Ward is so dedicated to her job, her and her team no matter what case they’ve taken on they are going to give it their all. No stone unturned. But......this comes as a sacrifice to her own personal life at times and we see the human side of Natalie and her struggles.

An absolutely engrossing read.

I think this could be read as a stand-alone but, to reap the benefits I’d say start at book one.

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Review: For the Best

For the Best For the Best by Vanessa Lillie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m going to be totally honest. I’ve been veering away from a Police Procedure type books as they’ve been merging one into another, but, I had read this authors first book and I absolutely loved it, so how could I ignore this? I just had to give it a go.

I’m glad I did.
I love her style of writing, always so easy to follow.
If you are looking for a fast paced thriller, this is not for you. But if you are happy to read and get into the mechanics of you’re brain power, I say yes, go for it. Your brains wheels will be turning for sure.

Following the main character whose been accused of murder was fascinating. The police mostly only had to go on finding her red purse at the scene. Her replies to questions fascinated me as she couldn’t recall a darn thing.

Over indulging in alcohol was a problem for this lady!

Buried secrets.
I love secrets that come out in the wash don’t you?

*3.75 from me as I found it hard going at the start, bit slow. Worth it though.



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Review: Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Those who like contemporary with a thrust, friendships, fun but also with serious issues
ReviewI love this authors books so I knew I’d love this. Her style of writing, characters and writing flair appeals to me as a reader.

As in most health resorts you are limited in what you can and cannot have. So this makes full discussions.

Each character has never met before. Obviously health issues. The way the author brings these very different people together was superb.

I listened on audio to this one and the time flew by

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Monday, 24 August 2020

Review: The Minders

The Minders The Minders by John Marrs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my. What did I just read.
It’s exciting, it’s gripping, it’s edge of your seat, it gives you trembles, it gives you an open mouth “what,” feeling.

One of his previous books The One was one of my top books of that year, can this surpass that?

This is set into the future BUT it’s so hands on up to date you’ll be amazed at this science.

Imagine keeping hackers out and not gaining Top Secret Security information inside their heads. Yes that right.

First they have to go through procedures to be selected. Just every day public people selected.
Five of them
But......only four can be trusted.

It leaves the reader very suspicious.

So all this information is taken offline and these people become Minders. Yes Minders of the data implanted in their brains.

This is truly a remarkable story.

I deep breathed and gasped all the way through it!

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Review: Gathering Dark

Gathering Dark Gathering Dark by Candice Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read a couple of Candice Fox books before so, when this dropped through my letterbox from the publishers I thought I’d hunker down this weekend and read this.

It’s the start of another series, which is exciting.

It’s set in LA.

Jessica loves her job.
Then something surprising happens, one of her clients dies and she inherits a huge amount of money.
Life changing.

You can see the struggle she has getting her head around it all.

Then there’s Blair.
Blair is a top Paediatric Surgeon.

Here sets the layout of chapters between the two characters. Very interesting.
Easy to follow.

But Blair was accused of murder. Jessica is well aware why.

After spending ten years in jail, the only thoughts Blair had was finding the son she gave birth to in jail.

We know that Blair was innocent, so having to go through giving birth in prison and her child being taken was harrowing.


But something brings these two women together.
Was Jessica wrong about Blair?

Very tense, moved with a good flow and kept my attention.

Great start to a new series.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Review: It's Always the Husband

It's Always the Husband It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what did Kate have that made her such a powerful leader to her friends?
The friends who said they would stay loyal to the bitter end.

None of these characters appealed to me, but that’s ok, I’m not that kind of reader where I don’t like a character so I dislike the book. I’m quite ok with ratty, I likeable written characters, it usually challenges me to try to find out why they act the way they do.
It didn’t happen in this though.

Many times I was confused over it all......but.....
The latter part of the book was much stronger.

I listened to this on audio and I wish I hadn’t. I found the narrators voice a bit jarring at times.

When action in dialogue speeded up all I could take note of was
“He said”
“She said”
So I missed the gist of the sentences as it was constant.

Overall though, the plot was good.

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Monday, 17 August 2020

Review: The Forgiving Jar

The Forgiving Jar The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whoops I’ve done it again!
Book 2 without reading book 1

I strongly suggest you read book 1

I think the previous book lays down foundation for what happens in this one.

The authors books I used to read everyone that came out, eagerly awaiting each one.

I veered away from this genre, I don’t know why, but coming back has been refreshing.

A lovely story, love, redemption and a lot we could learn from this.

My only one fault is that it was a bit too preachy for me.

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Review: The Child

The Child The Child by Fiona Barton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A haunting family drama that holds so many secrets behind its invisible vault.

The author weaves an interesting story that will keep you guessing.

I chose to listen to this on audio with a full cast of players, it really brought this book to life, I’m glad I did listen instead of read it. I became very intrigued in its story when in the rubble of a construction there are the remains of a little child, a baby.

The case was closed well over twenty years ago, nothing to go on.....

But this journalist needs her big break, and this is her venture.

It uncovers more than a child’s bones though.

Really good mystery thriller.

Thoroughly enjoyed piecing all the puzzles together.



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Review: Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I just can’t do it.
I’ve tried hard to like this book. It’s not the authors fault I think it’s the translation.

In its own language it has high ratings. In other languages it seems not.

Reading it was hard going as it seems it’s being told quite flat. No pitch or pace to it. Sort of slow and a bit repetitive.

The amount of times she referred to “L” was jarring on my mind. Really impacted on me in a very negative way.

So I switched to audio.

For me it wasn’t much better. The narrators voice was making me fall asleep.

I’m so sorry to be negative but this story was good towards the second half but by that time I’d lost my investment in the story and the characters.



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Sunday, 16 August 2020

Review: A Better Me: The Official Autobiography

A Better Me: The Official Autobiography A Better Me: The Official Autobiography by Gary Barlow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An absolutely absorbing read.
I borrowed the audio book from my library and occasionally followed along in the book when I could.
I loved that Gary himself read his own book it added to it and makes the reader feel like he’s talking to you.

The bonus bit is good, it’s added to the audio but not in my copy, it will be in future ones. You’ve not missed out so don’t rush and go buy it just for that.

No holds barred in this book.
He tells it as it is.
What I liked was that there was no pulling anyone down.
He saw faults in himself.
He admitted his mindset with various events in his life.

When he got to his “dieting” bit in the book he was so honest, and so exact.

He had me laughing out loud in some places as I could relate so much to what he said about being fat.
There were some gems in here that I shall take away with regards to his thoughts and where he’s at now with his health.

The loss of their daughter Poppy was so upsetting and heartbreaking as I can relate to how that feels having gone through that myself.

The rise to fame and fortune, the depths of despair is paramount and no amount of money can shield you from that.

His wife Dawn sounds like his perfect partner by his side. I’m very sure life was difficult for her at times watching him go through this.

You don’t have to be a fan of Gary Barlow to read this, just an open mind.

Brilliant songwriter, very well know in Take That!
And just a normal human being going through things in the limelight.

Loved it for lots of reason.



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Review: Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a definite 5* because it ticked all the boxes for me.

My very first Riley Sager book I’ve read although I own all of his others.
When this came up in a group read choice, count me in. It’s thriller borderline horror I’d say but mild.

Creepy.
Sinister.
Haunted house.
Lies.
Discoveries.
Sinister characters.

A book I actually was glued to.

You will gasp in many places, your jaw will drop and you will get hairs on the back of your neck stand up on edge.

This really sucked me in hook line and Center. I didn’t know what was what and what to expect next.

My poor little heart was pumping fast in plenty of places.

I’m so glad I read this. It’s urged me to pick up his other books, this chap really can write a book that affects the reader.

The dialogue is brilliant.

The plot fantastic.
The characters definitely identifiable with personalities of their own, distinctive and some worrying.

There’s a lot of nail biting moments that will make you flick through the pages not wanting to put it down.

Did I say I loved this book......yes!

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