Sunday, 31 January 2021

January 2021 wrap up





 Well it’s been an interesting start to this year in books. So many really good books I’m hoping it’s not downhill from here 🤣

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins was a group read which went down enormously well. Gabby reads on You tube organised her first book group yaay! 

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So here are the books I’ve read. Some were audio books so don’t think I’m a Billy whizz at reading! 

Excellent line up yeah?


Mark Tilbury boom was spooky. Out this coming month. Check it out.


Hope you’re reading month was just as much fun🥰

Review: The Baby Group

The Baby Group The Baby Group by Caroline Corcoran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This certainly wasn’t what I was expecting.
I read this authors last book and loved it.
I was asked if I’d like to read her latest.

I didn’t bother reading the blurb. I just went straight in.
Going by the title I thought oh, maybe she’s written a chic lit or contemporary book this time and not a thriller.
It didn’t matter to me as I loved her style in her first book.

Oh it’s a suspense/thriller. Fact.

Based around a Baby Group, this sure opened my eyes to some facts in life I’ve taken on board.

When your past life comes back to haunt you, not good if it’s something you try to forget.

But this is so much more.

No spoilers from me.
Just take from my review and thoughts that this book although fiction really does make you think.

We’ve had books that make us think how free we are with people on the Internet who we’ve never met. It’s surprising how much we give away of our personal life and details.

But what about real life?

This so made think.
The characters in this you will find some not so nice, some who get on your nerves and others you like.
The main character is flawed, has a past and you may just see past that and like her.

I would recommend this book to readers who like stalkers, past misdeeds, thrillers that keep you guessing and those who live a bit of family life thrown in.

I really liked it.



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Review: Mortom

Mortom Mortom by Erik Therme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok
Going through my netgalley books and realising I’ve had this book since it’s release I am shocked at myself!
Not as shocked as reading this book though.

I’ve read one other book by this author Erik Therme. Liked it enough. Would recommend it.

But this one...
OMG
This one.....

So clever!
It’s a cliche isn’t it “couldn’t put this book down”
I literally couldn’t.

I hate rats! Creepy crawly vermin. So that put the hairs on the back of my neck up make no mistake, I shivered.

Read the blurb, then come back to my review ⏫

You back yet?

Right, so you know about the inheritance right?

Go into that house....
Stinks
Imagine the worse possible smell....
Then look...
A dead rat, hang on it’s got a note in its mouth......
Yuk
Bend down to get it.....
(Hope that rat is dead)

There begins the hunt...

Fascinated doesn’t come into it
I was well and truly involved with what was taking place.

This is such an awesome chilling read.

How on earth did it fall so low in my pile of books!

Now that I’m not partaking in many virtual blog tours I’m able to “bust” my backlist. I started it last year and carrying it forward and THIS shows me why I did it. So many books we add so eagerly to our piles, new releases we tend to forget the ones we were just as eager to read (all book influencers will relate)

If you like a dark chilling thriller....
I found it for you!

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Saturday, 30 January 2021

Review: The Shadow Man

The Shadow Man The Shadow Man by Helen Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The ending will shock you!

The entire read is sinister, dark, chilling and oh so compulsive in its reading matter.

I don’t know quite what I was expecting but this delivered much more creepiness than I anticipated.

I had the book from netgalley, then I downloaded the book to listen to. The voices, oh man, those voices. Especially Shadow Mans voice.

A twisted son of a gun.

If you like chilling dark sinister reads, just look no further, it’s all right here within this book.

This author has done a good job on me!
I shivered and goosebumps in many places.

I think it’s the narrators voices that added to this too.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Review: Little Friends

Little Friends Little Friends by Jane Shemilt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good, well written, well developed domestic noir. And I got this from Jane Shemilt.

I was hooked completely from the start and didn’t want to leave this book alone, so guess what? I borrowed it from my library on audio and took it with me.....everywhere. Loading the washing machine, ironing, cooking, driving......

Then I’d follow it on my book as the narrator read it when I got the chance to sit.

Three families.
All different in many ways.

This story was intense in places and made me react with “what!” Or “ouch” and had me so involved with it.

Some of the characters were ones I’d like to more than kick up the ‘you know what’ and others that I felt for.

This authors writing is just so well done I think. She really can write to make you “feel” things, to react to what you are reading.

She has such style that it just flows. It’s easy to follow although you’re stomach is tied up in knots and you feel tense, that’s a good thing I think!

Reader....
This book builds momentum. It will chug along nicely. There are quite a few people within its pages but you’ll soon get to know whose who, I assure you.

The authors really good at this. I liken it to climbing a hill, scenic and something to look at on both sides then, you almost get to the top and it hits you, hard, the excitement build, you’re heart races and you are full of questions, eager to turn pages.
Jane Shemilt didn’t disappoint me in Daughter and she’s not disappointed me in Little Friends.

You will soon learn why it’s called Little Friends.

Do I recommend this?
Yes 100% if you love a good well written suspense, thriller, psychological thriller and domestic noir.
Actually, strike that! If you like a darn good book to get “into”.




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Review: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Listened to this on audio yesterday.short book. Didn’t take long to read it. But self centred and opinionated. It was ok though. Not what I was expecting didn’t even know of this band or who she was.



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Blog Tour Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

 



About the Author and her Standalone book



Lisa Gardner


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Lisa Gardner is a #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure and twisted minds into a streak of twenty-plus thrillers. Her latest, BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, is available January 19, 2021.

Meet Frankie Elkin, an everyday, average person who specializes in finding missing people. When the locals have given up, when the media has never bothered to care, Frankie takes on the challenge. Her latest mission has brought her to Mattapan, Boston, to find a missing Haitian teen. Eleven months later, Angelique Badeau's disappearance remains a mystery. What happened to the quiet, studious teen? Frankie learns quickly the dangers of asking too many questions, but that won't stop her from learning the truth behind what happened before she disappeared.

Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with two crazy pups and an ancient rescue dog. When not writing, Lisa loves to hike, play cribbage, and, of course, read!


MY REVIEW

Frankie Elkin has had some knocks in life. She’s now a recovering alcoholic and like many of our unsung heroes or heroines I got to be saddened and joyed by this woman.

Where Police have failed and life goes on but the missing remain missing she is determined to find them.
With just little possessions that fit into one bag, she uses any money she can get to aide her plight.

Of course, the best time for seeking missing people or those that don’t want to be found is at night.

A white scruffy looking woman walking around at night will bring attention to herself. And she does. Her mission though is a good one.

I loved the main character and all the cast. I’ve not read this authors books for ages so when I received this in the post I got straight on it knowing it’s either a standalone or first part in a new series.

Thoroughly enjoyed.



Monday, 25 January 2021

Review: Breaking a Legend

Breaking a Legend Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The chemistry between Rory and Clare is electric.

Both Rory and Clare are in need of healing and both are a great match.

Loving the dynamics of the family.

Read for a refreshing change from deep plotted thrillers and I must say, I loved this. So I’m going to carry on with the series.

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Review: Day of the Accident

Day of the Accident Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I remember the first book I read by this author, in fact I had an early copy of it from the publishers.
Never heard of her.

I was astounded by that book so, when I could read this too I got it.
It’s been sat waiting to be read......
Why?
Because, her first book was so good I’d been worried about reading this one incase I get disappointed.

I need not have worried.

Nope, not worried at all because this author can weave a story that entrap you in it’s web.

The entire plot of this left you wondering......what happened? What can’t she remember?
Will it shock me? Will it shock her!

The twists were great.

I listened to it on audio. There was only one voice that annoyed me, but a part from that......I loved it.

It has all the ingredients of what a suspenseful thriller should have.

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Review: Final Girls

Final Girls Final Girls by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All you thriller readers out there who has already read and enjoyed this book.....
Wasn’t it fab!

To all those thriller writers out there.....
This is how you do it!
This book grabs you by the short and curlies and holds the reader prisoner until the end....
Be prepared for many ....oh no...and jaw dropping moments. I kid you not.

Ok I’m late to the Riley Sager party. This is only my secound book of this author. I have the others though....and his next one on pre-order. I’ve a feeling this author has joined my “don’t care what it’s about, it’s Riley Sager I’m ordering it” list!

It’s dark, it feels atmospheric, it’s page turning eagerness.

Loved it!
Loved it!

Final Girls.
Epic thriller.
Great writing.

If you haven’t read it, and you love a good dark thriller, please do.

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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Review: The Girl She Wanted

The Girl She Wanted The Girl She Wanted by K.L. Slater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fast moving intense read. I hung on every word.

Although this scenario has been written many many times over, this author has written it superbly that keeps the reading breathless and hanging onto each written word on its page.

I really thought I knew where she was going with this, then halfway through I diverted to another theory.
I ended up wrong on both counts!

I won’t go into the story, it’s on the blurb, but I’ll certainly tell you how it made me feel....
Tense (in a good way)
Anxious
And at some points I was shouting “what are you doing, get her out”.
She didn’t listen to me though.

The turn of events were interesting nevertheless and I loved the ending. I’m a great believer in keeping books realistic and not everything has a “happy ever after”.

Great read.

Fans of thrillers, actual life reality and tense fast paced reads would love this. I think.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Review: Our Kind of Cruelty

Our Kind of Cruelty Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mike and Verity.
Verity and Mike.

All the way through this story I was hooked.
I listened to this on audio and just couldn’t stop listening.

Mike loves Verity. They’ve known each other for years.
Mike comes from a not so good background.
He’s got one objective in his life......making Verity happy.

But alas. He strays, leaving a relationship in tatters.

But it’s ok. It’s the games they play.

Playing games with each other seems to be a regular in their relationship especially where sex is involved. Verity likes to play out her fantasies in one way or the other.

Just who is at fault here you just won’t find out......not yet.

Whose playing who?

This is sinister, chilling, obsession, greed and much more.

It’s a very dark book that kept my 100% interest.

I’m so very glad I got to this.

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Monday, 18 January 2021

Review: The Wife Upstairs

The Wife Upstairs The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very compelling book that I literally couldn’t leave alone.

Jane is a young girl whose life hasn’t been easy. She takes a job as a dog Walker and around that neighbourhood she gets more customers who hear about her and now she’s earning a little money.

She’s stating with this this uncouth guy. It’s not permanent and she wants out.

But her luck is soon to change but is it for the better?

This book has so many twists in it I got dizzy.

This little suburb has.....
Idle women with different clubs set up....
Gossip is rife....
Fallings out and a place where I’d describe as “people with twitchy curtains” I absolutely loved this book.

The characters
The storyline
The hidden secrets
The rags to riches

One book I’m keeping solidly on my shelf.



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Sunday, 17 January 2021

Review: Only Child

Only Child Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s honest and fair to say that this book made me cry on several levels.

A shooting takes place at this little boys school.
I remember when this book came out it was around about the Florida shooting I believe. I put this book aside and was going to come back to this one day. Now was the time.

His brother who attended the school was was older than him I’m sorry to say became a fatality of the shooting.

Listening to this on audio, it’s read by a talented narrator. Absolutely awesome! You need to Google him for sure!
It’s just like this little boy is reaching out and talking to me. Telling me what he observes, what he experiences and his innermost feelings.
That’s why I believe this made me so aware of morals to this story.

The grief when the mother finds out her eldest boy is dead being described by her youngest child was just something you couldn’t ignore. He was sat here by me telling me!

The parents are grieving. They do this in their way. But what about The Only Child they have right now?

He screams out pop pop POP in his nightmares and his father comforts him. Yet emotionally what is going on in this little boys mind, heart and emotions?

Child are resilient, they say.

That doesn’t mean we adults do not need to help them along the way to make sense of it all.
To guide them. To answer questions or even be there.
They are not immune !

Oh what a book!

My little heart found it sometimes too much......
That child talking to me on audio, explaining to me. Letting out his thoughts, his emotions.

Well done to the author and fantastic job to the narrator.

Impacted on me for sure.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Review: Little Darlings

Little Darlings Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a spine chilling thriller.

It kept me on tenterhooks all the way through.
So was the mother who just gave birth to twins suffering from some sort of psychosis? Was the traumatic birth what sent her over the top?

This is a deep psychological thriller that will make your teeth rattle for sure.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Review: The Roanoke Girls

The Roanoke Girls The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe this one slipped so far down the list. At the time of it’s pretty release and release there was so much hype I thought I’d wait. Let the waters calm down or my expectations would be so high.....then I forgot! Other books piled on top (you know how that is right.)

This was such a well told story that it’s only taken me 1 and 1/2 days to read. Mostly evenings.
Such is love.
Twisted.

There are so many forms of love, this one crossed the mark to somewhere it never should go.....ever!

When I read further in the Roanoke Girls was not a normal family. The conclusion of these girls. Why?

I later found out but never guessed in my wildest of dreams the finale.

What a compulsive read.

Definitely 5

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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Review: The Carer

The Carer The Carer by Deborah Moggach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this story.
His kids are older, got lives of their own.
They’re dad is getting older, he needs someone to care for him
Neither can do this with they’re commitments etc so they need a Carer. A paid Carer.

Mandy is employed to look after their Father.

I loved the unexpected twist in this, I was definitely thinking a different route so loved the surprise it gave me.

Part one is the NOW.

Part TWO

We go back in time in life of the parents.

It was fascinating how this was developed.

I need to look more into this authors work.
It’s been over a year I’ve had this on my shelf. Saw it on audio on BorrowBox so downloaded it. I listened to it whilst moving around and on times of sitting I followed it with my book.

The narrator was very good. Easy to listen to.

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Saturday, 9 January 2021

Review: Downsizing: How I Lost 8 Stone, Reversed My Diabetes and Regained My Health

Downsizing: How I Lost 8 Stone, Reversed My Diabetes and Regained My Health Downsizing: How I Lost 8 Stone, Reversed My Diabetes and Regained My Health by Tom Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a person who needs to loose more weight and diabetic 2 mine could be controlled by eating, or rather, what I eat so I thought I’d take a look at this book.

Not much into Politics so didn’t know who this person was, so, not the reason I wanted to read it.

It’s informative as per most books like this.
As all diabetics are told......eat less carbs as carbs turn into sugar which causes us problems.
Less sugar in general.

Tom went on a low carb high fat sort of regime. I think he mentioned Keto as one one of the successful.

I’m in no doubt and awe that he’s lost so much weight which is astounding and I praise him for that. It’s the most difficult things to do, loose weight, then.......keep it off!
There’s no easy way, there’s no magic wand.

Being in his position I’d love for him to rally for manufacturers to less the sugar content in food.
To lobby for better healthier foods. We are getting bigger as a nation, I’m one of them. We sit more too as we e “machines” that do housework, chores, work and let’s not not forget, online shopping!
We don’t need to move much!

He gave an honest and open account of his life which I can relate to in part.

Would I recommend this book?
Yes, I think I would as it’s got some really good advice and let’s face it.....
He’s lost a half of his body weight. He’s reversed diabetes in his life so far.
It’s no easy fete that! I admire him.

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Review: Love in Lockdown

Love in Lockdown Love in Lockdown by Chloe James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute
Romantic
Sweet
Very sugary
Too sugary sweet at times

Bit close to home seeing we are still in lockdown

But I did enjoy the sweeter unthinking read that you could just go with it once overlooking we are actually living in it at this time, just enjoy the cuteness without overthinking.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Review: The Island

The Island The Island by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 0 of 5 stars


Review Take your phobia or phobias.
Scares you right?
Mix them with being on an island with a guide that is now dead, just a group of your friends.
And then.....things happen one by one that bring out your individual phobias. Then there’s these guys.

It’s a YA read but can be for any age, it certainly has its scary moments that you bite your nails over.

Great portrayal of characters, young adults with kicking in hormones, great read!

My one down disappointment in the book was a portrayal of mental health excuse.
That will make sense to you when you read it.

It stood out to me because my husband lives with bi polar and I’ve been around psychosis in unwell people for over 30 years. So it hit home to me in a bit of a negative way.

A part from that, I loved it.

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Review: An Unusual Boy

An Unusual Boy An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to carry on reading this book but things got in the way last September with over commitments so I picked this book book a couple of days ago and finished it in a flash. Such a well written book with a subject matter that really keeps your attention, not only that, you’re emotions are going to be wrecked. I kid you not when I say how all over the place I was with my feelings.

I’m with the majority, it’s a book you shouldn’t miss.

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