Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Exit by Belinda Bauer


As always, Belinda Bauer has weaved a very good and sometimes witty suspense.
I loved SNAP and I loved this.

Exit. Great title that explains what an Exiteer is, seems gloomy when in fact it isn’t.

The already terminal Ill patients who want to take their own life can have an Exiteer come sit with them, what they are not to do is anything illegal and assist.
Trouble Felix is one of the oldest Exiteers and he’s got an “apprentice “ with him that day, the day something went wrong.

Felix was one hell of a funny man at times, I loved his character and his retorts plus the narrator took on a great voice for him.

It’s a serious subject but with some suspense to it and some witty moments.

I look forward each time to one of this authors books.

I thought the audio book very good, at times I read along with my physical book which I find is something I love to do lately

Review: The Perfect Stepmother

The Perfect Stepmother The Perfect Stepmother by Karen King
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I would say this is more a suspense thriller. And a very good one at that!

Fancy having a grown daughter then twenty years later you have another daughter, talk about starting all over again.
Having Lily the eldest daughter turned out to be a blessing for little Emma because sadly her mother died. Devastating for the entire family unit.

Lily has Seb. They live together but Lily is always there for her Father and her little sister.

Moving on…..
Her Father marries again, therein lies many problems and not just the obvious.

I love that I was so eager to find out the new wife’s secret it held me in the palm of its hands.

I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Towards the ending I was so engrossed I didn’t go to sleep, I needed to finish it.

What a lovely man Lily and Emma’s dad was. I felt for him many times within this story. I visualised each one of them. We became close.

The last chapter though….well, sort of an epilogue……sent chills……

Is this leading to more or just a spine tingling chilling end.

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Monday, 26 July 2021

Review: I Know What You've Done

I Know What You've Done I Know What You've Done by Dorothy Koomson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I know whose going to do it. That is, I know whose most likely to kill me”


This is based around Acacia Villa.

Priscilla who at the start of this books lives up to her name, yes, she can be quite prissy in character.
But standoffish.

She turns up at one of her neighbors house. Unusual behaviour.
So why?

She usually keeps herself to herself, minimum contact.
She’s saying, someone tried to kill her.

The book she hands her has revealing things about her neighbor.
But what?

This had my interest right away.
Nosy neighbor? Who, me?

Did get my juices at the ready though, what’s going on…..

We have various headings in each chapters following dates and person. Easy layout. Easy to follow and I loved it.

One of my favourite things are snappy chapters.

The chapters are headings of the house number and who lives there.

Everyone seems to be hiding …….something……but what? And marriages are just not what they seem.

Acacia Villa is where the action is at, and it’s where every thriller reader should visit.

I just had to give this 5*

Go visit.

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Saturday, 17 July 2021

Review: The Man I Married

The Man I Married The Man I Married by Elena Wilkes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really don’t want to meet Lucy, I’ll become just as unhinged as her!
She ridiculously got on my nerves.

Why did she stay married to Peter, why? Especially when she found that photo, why! When she gathered what is was he was hiding, why?!

On some plane in this book I was liking it, on another she annoyed the hell out of me.

You know what I mean right?

It’s dark….don’t go in there….
It’s dangerous, stay away.

But they don’t! Off they pop creeping in where I’d not need to be told twice, I’d be gone in a heartbeat.

Peter. The manipulator.

I don’t need to like the characters to like a book.
But I do need to understand why Lucy stayed with Peter.

At the end of the day I hear you say “why did you give it 4* then Sue?”

Because the plot was good although frustratingly obvious. The author writes well.

There were plenty of tropes in this thriller I liked, there were a few things I wasn’t expecting.
So for that, it went from a 3* to a 4*. However, that couple still got on me nerves!

It’s worth reading, even just to ping me your thoughts!

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Review: Delightfully Different Dilly

Delightfully Different Dilly Delightfully Different Dilly by Elizabeth Dale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a lovely book. The illustrated pictures are so attractive and colourful. The expressions on the different penguins faces are so relatable.

Dilly is different from all the other little penguins. She was born different, which makes it look like she’s leading the little penguin friends in a way that’s not “normal” and some of the mummy and daddy penguins are concerned.

Yes there’s a story there and a moral of life that most children can understand I think.
But a great way of opening a very important message to instil in our little ones.

It’s ok to be different.

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Thursday, 15 July 2021

Review: Killing Evil

Killing Evil Killing Evil by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read every one of this authors books, it’s true to say I’ve had many that I loved and raved about to one I liked, this is one I’ll rave about!
I’m used to this authors devious mind aren’t I? No, he continues to surprise his readers.

Warped minds.
A purveyor, a crusader, a force for good.

Can monsters be vulnerable?

John Nicholl never ceases to shock me. His writing has got stronger and more adventurous pushing boundaries along themes that he knows.

The author helps you get into the mind of the “baddie” and these “baddies” have plausible sorrowful excuses for what they do, thus justifying they are doing the deed for “ good of society, for the world”. All criminals have they’re own moral codes.

It was written like the perpetrator was talking to you, the perv writing in his diary.

It’s so unnerving as the perv was speaking to me telling me how he needs to take a breather, that he’s getting tired. He needs a rest.

It’s captivatingly clever! So creepy.

There’s a bit of blood and gore but all part of the importance of the story.. it was horrid, it definitely had the impact that the author wanted I think.

Is this the best of his books yet?

I think there’s always something about your first born yes? So I’ll always remember his first book, this is level with that in my responses to it.

Highly recommended to all you thriller readers out there.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Review: The Witchling's Wish

The Witchling's Wish The Witchling's Wish by Lu Fraser, Sarah Massini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This beautiful illustrated book was a delight to read. Not only because of the absolutely gorgeous pictures but the layout, design and verses. Speaking in rhyme is my all time favourite for books such as this one for children.

Witchling needs to wish herself up a friend.
She’s lonely has no one to play with.

It’s a great lesson to teach children about kindness and putting others before yourself.

If my children were young or I’d have Grandchildren by now I’d certainly had purchased this book, for sure.

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Review: No Matter How Dark the Stain

No Matter How Dark the Stain No Matter How Dark the Stain by Andrea L. Wehlann
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I used to write poetry oh years ago now, especially when I was in school. Then later when the kids were younger.
It’s been a time since I’ve read poetry and saw this book thinking it would be inspiring.

Personal thoughts were that I struggled with it at the beginning the verses seemed to me to be quite unhappy trauma verses filled with pain, lost loves, daily anguish.

Towards the ending it seemed to uplift but it was too late for me by then, I think I was ready to have a lie down to recover.

Maybe it’s me? Maybe it’s too above the cells of my little grey matter to penetrate.

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Review: The Paper Palace

The Paper Palace The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A riveting, powerfully written dramatic read!

There will be some disturbing areas in this read but it’s well worth you getting through the harrowing scenes. Once you hit around 1/4 of the way through I’m hoping you will be hooked like I was.

The Paper Palace is a camp where Ell Bishops family spent every Summer. This summer meets a change for Ell. Is she going to regret what she did?

This spans fifty years of lies, secrets .
Peter her husband, will she stay with him or her life long dream with her her childhood sweetheart?

There are so many things that happen around Ell and her innermost secrets that will make the toughest person feel.

The childhood references and memories that merge so well into the present is so well weaved in.

The narrator was excellent. Had enough pitch power and pace reading this to follow it so well.

A somewhat tragic tale. Very powerful.

The last chapter was such a heavy BOOM revelation.
And a warming one from Mother to daughter.

It’s lovely how it ends with the Pond in chapter 33 as Ell started with the Pond.

The reflections on Jonas were insightful to how she remembers him and yet is so tender with Peter.

This book is so wrong, so right. Addictive.

The Paper Palace that’s falling apart knows all Ell’s secrets.

Why don’t you read this and discover them too.

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Monday, 12 July 2021

Review: The Moose Fairy

The Moose Fairy The Moose Fairy by Steve Smallman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An absolutely lovely book with a hidden agenda of not just about accepting yourself but how others see or judge you.

Moose is going to a secret fairy party. He rummages through his outfits and finally finds just what he’s looking for.

He turns up, he’s the biggest fairy there! And one nice little creature takes the mickey and points that out.

Moose joins in the fun regardless and promises on the fairy oath everyone makes a pact to.

Moose is a lovely creature because when his new friends find themselves in danger, who comes to the rescue? Yes. Moose.

There’s plenty to discuss with your child in this book. It was fun.

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