Monday, 15 June 2020

Review: The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I struggled like hell. Not because it was a book not deserving but of the graphic written details made harder knowing it’s based on a true story.

I did google some of this and was appalled.
My heart was ripped out, bile came up in my throat yet, I couldn’t put this horrific book down.

To say it was good.......not in the way you’d want me to say it.
Do I recommend it.
Most definitely no.

It takes a hard stomach to digest this.

Trouble is, it’s horrifically true.

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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Review: Everything but the Truth

Everything but the Truth Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very suspenseful read. 
A very enjoyable read.

A whirlwind romance. 
Get pregnant, settle down.

But what and how much do you know about each other?

A message on his iPad turns everything upside down.

But is he the only one hiding secrets?

This kept me on my toes so much. 
So many questions I wanted answered right away so read, read, read. I couldn’t leave it alone.

I’m off to read book 2

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Review: The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy

The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy by B.M. Carroll
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh this was such a great book.
It’s 400 pages but it seemed half that amount because of the pace it kept up. I turned my pages with “just another chapter” before I knew it.......

Sophie has injuries that’s for sure and from the beginning you don’t know how or why but you suspect.
I had full on sympathy for her and empathy until........

This is not just one plot twist it’s several.

So good.
So very good.

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Friday, 12 June 2020

Review: The Bass Rock

The Bass Rock The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is paced over three time lines and can become a little confusing. I really had to sit quietly with this book to be in tune with it all. 

Although it’s called The Bass Rick it’s nothing about a rock, it’s around the area of Scotland.

It has a gothic feel to it because of the first story about Sarah in the 1700’s being accused of being a witch.

You later realise it’s also based around a house.

It’s very cleverly done with eerie feels if wonderment. 

In the beginning though you really need a quiet place to “get into it”. 

The oppression of women, women’s voices in a man dominated world

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Review: Gone in Seconds

Gone in Seconds Gone in Seconds by Ed James
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The Bartlett’s seems to have it all, let me rephrase that, they do have it all materially. But like in many families there can harbour secrets, oh yes, and let’s not forget lies.

A rich family in need of......what? Nothing.

But there are dealings and double dealings, hmm but what are they?

So the nanny is watching TV and hears nothing, when the baby gets taken. 
The lovely mansion they live in, their home has been invaded taking the baby right from its cot, right under the care of the Nanny. 

No money, no material possessions can come close to this.

Max Carter who we met in book 1 deals with child abduction cases. He’s on this one like a hot potato.

I got to doubting so many on the pages of this book and equally had ideas of my own.

This is told in various perspectives by various characters but it’s so easy to follow. 

My thoughts, but slow in the beginning but make the most of that because you’ll soon be hyperventilating at the end.

If you like thrillers, you’ll like this.
If you love suspense, you’ll like this.
And if you want a puzzle to do, you’ll drop many pieces before the ending!

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Review: Watching You

Watching You Watching You by Arne Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d personally put this as a suspense, investigator kinda series.

First book in a new series (I’m late reading this and others are already out) it opens well.

Loved the main character and how he was developed with his past demons being brought to the fore, giving him a good realistic 3D personage.

Fast paced.

What more do we want.

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Review: The Lying Game

The Lying Game The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My nerves were on edge reading this superbly crafted thriller.

To get a text “I need you” hmm I thought, that could be interpreted several ways. So I was anxious to see if I was right or wrong.

Ruth Ware has been a hit or miss with me so I’m addicted at reading what she produces in case I miss a ‘good ‘un’.

4.75 from me

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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Blog Tour* The last to see her by Mark Tilbury

What it’s about


He says he is innocent. So why did he lie?
Mathew Hillock was the last person to see eleven-year-old Jodie Willis alive. When her dead body turns up four days later in his garden shed, the police think he’s guilty of her murder. So do most people in the town. But there’s no DNA evidence to link him to the crime.
Battling the weight of public opinion and mental illness due to a childhood head trauma, he sinks into a deep depression.
Can Mathew do what the police failed to do and find evidence linking the real killer to the crime?
The Last One to See Her is a terrifying story of what happens when you’re accused of a crime and no one believes you are innocent

My Thoughts


4.75 for sure without any doubt this book is spine chilling, suspenseful, tummy churning good!

The way the author has laid the chapters out (for me) it kept me awake and aware. Almost each chapter ending had a (what I would call a “dot dot dot”) what do I mean?
Well, you know if you read a sentence that said “could it? Or can’t it.” .......
Would you be eager to want more? I was!

The characters chosen in this story was so well done.
Matthew in his 20’s who experienced trauma when younger leaving him with some diversity to his brain.
A brother who he looks up to.
A mother who looks after him well. 

His brother doesn’t live with them, he moved out a while ago but keeps in touch all the time. 

A young girl goes missing. Matthew is sat in a place where he had seen her pass by. She had gone to fetch milk for her mother. Matthew is not left alone though and that’s where this nasty character comes to the fore.

The plot thickens. The events and findings will definitely keep you on your toes. I didn’t guess the ending until just a few pages before. Now that’s brilliant seeing my main genre are thrillers.

I love this authors writing. It’s wickedly done with such eerie characters playing the main scenes.

You really should pick this book up.

About The Author 

 Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised. 

After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. 

He's always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, Torment. 

When he's not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Review: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where do I start?

With all that’s going down at the moment I’m not sure if this is a book I should review yet. But, I will. As life has been the same rolling along with tremendous unlawful/brutal atrocities from way back when.

I do not pretend to understand how a person with colour life is, I’ve not walked in their shoes, I’m white, I have more privileges, I know what it’s like to be hated by a class of society though who hate people who are disabled, fat, or suffer with any major disabilities or religious beliefs.

It’s not just today we need to support and speak out, it’s ongoing. Ask a black persons.....what can I do?

And for anyone black whose reading this, some people are stuttering over using the right words to vocalise themselves. Don’t blame, help. For whites such as us, don’t support your community by staying silent when racism is in a comment, stand up. Say something.

Bring the next generation up right.

I will speak out. I won’t tolerate racism or lack of diversity in any way.

If I had a history and life like some of my black friends I’d be in jail now.
I won’t be silent.
I may not say things right but my support is there.

The only wrong thing to do is to remain silent. Don’t.

So this book made some good points.

I’d rather hear things first hand from someone’s experience not from a white woman talking about it.

I don’t read books because they’ve been written by a black author, I don’t deliberately choose a white author. I chose a book because it appeals to me in some way. So if my average books are written by white authors that’s not with intent.
I can’t say I’ve actually noticed, or reflected on it because............people are people and it doesn’t matter to me.

It’s not hard for white people to talk about racism. It’s difficult to understand it though because we haven’t lived in each other’s shoes. We see it though! And stand up......don’t walk away! Hear it? Say something do not walk away. Support.

That’s the biggest word.

Do not assume what support or words they need, ask, how would you like me to help with this.


Us white people can only learn by educational means. Not always by reading. But by the people themselves.

I may not be saying this all correct but my heart, my voice, my actions and the so called “friends” I made are now gone. Good. I won’t tolerate injustice, hate. I just won’t.

The author is trying to “teach” us something in a very short book. Average of 150 pages give or take.
I listened to this in one sitting on audio to see if it would make a bigger impact on me.

It points out how we can say “I’m not a racist “ yet our conversations about racism may come over “differently”. I think that depends who you are talking with.

I can say I’m not raciest and fall into this authors trap?
But I personally at my age don’t care because I do not even think about race, nationality, or whether they’ve got a pimple on their bum or a wart on their nose!

I’ve been raised that way, people are people. We all hurt, we all bleed. And no hate should be directed at anything that breathes!

I can talk about racism. It’s not hard.

There IS STILL RACIST in this world. White hating black, black hating white, white hating white and black hating black.

It’s not about Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, it’s the REACTIONS from others when the subject is raised that causes the problems.

So this author isn’t a fan of ‘black history month’ or ‘blacks first’.
So she wouldn’t be a fan of Carers Week, or Mental Health day or any awareness month or day?
I am.
Most are “aware” of things all year round. But highlighting support for different means brings it higher for attention. Making points.

Heated conversations are usually around..

Anything to do with children

For example

Because they bring out high emotions, that might be another reason people are reluctant to talk about it.

I’ve had chats with friends of all diversities (religion, colour, disabilities, sexual orientation etc) mostly about how they are treated. Hate goes through an entire spectrum and not just race.

I took some good points from this book but equally I took some bad.

I didn’t take any of this personally as I am an advocate for diversity, and discuss themes like this constantly and open to why they think this way, is it upbringing? Media? A feeling of superiority?
And what could change?

My White Woman’s tears’ that’s mentioned in the book which I’m taking out of context hurts me to the heart, it sickens me to the stomach for ANY hatred towards ANYBODY and yes......let’s talk about it!
Talk, converse, listen, be heard, and support each other’s equal human rights.

Will I get hung for this review?

Who knows. But I’ll support injustice, not just talk about it.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Review: The House Party

The House Party The House Party by Mary Grand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The premise of this book was really good.
I liked how the author thought out this story. The death of a friend is devastating but to have doubts of how, who or why they died must be a tremendous pull to find out the truth, if you think the verdict of death is wrong.

And we see this.

Kathleen had confided in Beth that she was scared of someone. Someone in their group of friends, but whom?

So when Kathleen is found dead Beth is not going to let this rest.

She’s ruthless in asking anyone and everyone, the trouble is, everyone is looking like they are hiding something including her own husband.

A good plot, fab characters.
Not as fast paced as I’d like, but that’s my preference. I think this author spoilt me on her last book which I adored and remember even to this day.

If you like a good twisty plot, I recommend it.

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Review: Summer of the Three Pagodas

Summer of the Three Pagodas Summer of the Three Pagodas by Jean Moran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What a beautiful cover. That was the first thing I thought of when I got this posted through my letterbox by the publishers.

I really tried to love this book. It’s not a bad book by no means. It’s written exceptionally well.
So why three stars?
I just felt I’d lost something. I now know why. I didn’t know there was a book 1.

I just wish that publishers would either ask if you have read subsequent books before sending them or at least send book 1! 
At the very very least, give some insight to the previous books.

There are references in this book to the previous one, and let’s face it, one major character where “something” happened that has bearing on this persons actions.

It’s slow. Very slow in developing. 
I just couldn’t invest myself in this beautiful covered book no matter how I tried.

That doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t love it.

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Review: Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle

Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle by J M Evenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really good, pleasant easy to understand and magical story with great overtures of realism in here teaching lots of things, one of them, about friendship.

Dalya goes to Turkey with her father thinking she is going to spend more time with him. It doesn’t transpire as he has to work.

Dalya comes upon an ink bottle, not just any ink bottle, it’s magical and it can transport her to all kinds of world.

Some she meets are humans and others not.

Reading this from a child’s point of view I would say this holds a wonderful adventure in your mind. Teaches you things and a good “bonding” book for parents.

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