Monday, 5 April 2021

Review: The Girl in the Woods

The Girl in the Woods The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of my long standing authors who often delivers a good satisfying thriller. And......she did it again.

I listened to this on audio as I’ve been way behind with my reading plans. This year and last year was my resolution to read more busting my backlist books and this is one of them.

A great thriller, it has a great plot, great characters and told so well.

If someone close to you told you they know a person who is in prison is innocent and they’d been serving their sentence for years what would you do?

What surrounds this statement is told so well you will get lost within the pages from start to finish.

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Review: Her Name Was Rose

Her Name Was Rose Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why didn’t I read this sooner!

Totally, absolutely totally hooked with this devious, twisted enthralling unraveling story.

The blurb makes no hidden secret that Rose leaves a gap in her life that someone else fills.

Rose husband is bringing up their child, a very odd character who I thought seemed creepy. But it transpired that there was another person to me who was hiding something but I couldn’t think what.

I was so engrossed with this.
Fabulous storytelling at its best to keep the readers attention.

Has this author written more books?
I’m going to check Claire Allan out as I loved this thriller so much!

My one regret.....I wish I had got to this sooner.

If you haven’t read it yet (like me) and you like a fast paced thriller, please pick this up.

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Review: The Damage

The Damage The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An excellent book that is written in a style of writing I love. It was easy to follow, switched between characters very well. Well rounded relatable characters. I did find Nick annoying at times though in reactions. Not the emotional reactions etc but his dialogue.

This is a very tricky book to read. It may contain subject matter that may cause emotional upset.
But if you are a realist like myself, facing things straight on, getting through it will bring you out the other side. That’s not to say, my decision is your acceptance.

Non of these emotive topics have I personally been through but one significant issue I had a friend go through.

Tony is Nicks brother. His protector and friend who is married to Julia.

The blurb makes no hidden fact that Nick is gay and has been attacked and raped.
When Tony hears of this he is, quite understandably shocked; hurt; and wants of course say and do the right things to support his brother.

Tony becomes obsessed with this case.

So as the blurb says....
Three ordainary people getting on with they’re ordainary lives, until an earth shattering event changes the dynamics of all of their lives.

My only critique would be that certain aspects of this story was too drawn out. If it were on audio I would have sped it up in parts. Some parts were repetitive too.

A 3.5 * I liked it, but I could have loved it.

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Friday, 2 April 2021

Review: The Orchid Girls

The Orchid Girls The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A book that is part of #busting my backlist.

I was really looking forward to this. The premise sounded ‘right up my street’. Alas, it didn’t meet my expectations of a thriller.
It was interesting, well written, fair plot but it really didn’t move an emotion one way or another.

Each girl had an Orchid on her arm relating to a promise they made some time ago.

Because I liked the style of the writing I’d certainly give this author another try.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes I’m still catching up on books I’ve longed to read.
Here’s another.

I heard all over the book community about this one, was it hyped? Yes! And rightfully so.

I borrowed the audio version from my library and got totally blown away. The narrator was so good, took parts so well.

I was hooked.

This is of course history but lies in the middle is a love story.

I especially took heed to the epilogue about the “real” characters. That hit home to me.

Such a very well told story that you just can’t imagine the atrocities.

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Saturday, 20 March 2021

Review: The Dig

The Dig The Dig by John Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book I bought a while back and never got around to reading it.

I’ve sat and read this over the last 2 days before then watching it on Netflix.

I hadn’t realised it was based on facts. Maybe I did when I bought it but I’ve had it that long I’d forgotten maybe?

It’s such a book that just grabs at you’re shirt tails.
The historical findings in Suffolk along with the poignancy of the characters.

So sad about Edith.
And as for Mr Brown....

You know, isn’t it so true that sometimes someone else wants to take the glory, the limelight and praise for something some other person started.

So if you’ve read this you will know what I’m on about.

This historical fiction based on a true story was so good.
The film was excellent too.
Casting superb.

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Thursday, 18 March 2021

Review: Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very good intense chilling read.

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Review: The Warning

The Warning The Warning by Kathryn Croft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An absolutely stunning thriller.

I’ve read several books by this author and have enjoyed each one.

This was was so tightly knitted not one stitch was dropped. The reader sure is going to be twisted in knots and not know who to believe. I certainly didn’t.

There’s lots of reviews for this book outlining the storyline and for me to add to this would take away your excitement of reading it and I don’t want to drop spoilers inadvertently.

If you’ve not read this, and you love a thriller/mystery book you can get your teeth into. Look no further.

It’s also narrated well on audio. Your library might have it.

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Sunday, 14 March 2021

Review: Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very very every late to the table on this one.

All the hype put me off if I’m honest. I then get weary incase I don’t like it, but I did! It was fabulous.

I saw this was going to Netflix so I thought I’d read it before watching it.

Neither disappointed me. This was so good I’ve been urging my daughter to watch it I think it’s something she would get her teeth into.

This kept me enthralled throughout and the twisty turns were what kept my brain ticking.

A superb piece of work.

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Review: The Hidden Girls

The Hidden Girls The Hidden Girls by Rebecca Whitney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So many books has been written where strange things happen, someone’s paranoid or seeing things that aren’t there or actually hearing things that aren’t real.

Trying to get the reader to buy into the thoughts of, is this real or not that the character is feeling..... it it it imagination or someone tormenting them.

This is added with mental illness.

Personally I’ve gone from appreciating these type of “excuses” or “reasons” conveniently for a thriller.
I think it’s sometimes really not a good advert for supporting those with mental health.

Some authors can do it passingly well, others cannot.

The blurb was what tempted me.

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