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.....
Or....is it real.....is it sinister......is 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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Review: The Swap

The Swap The Swap by Robyn Harding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have this book on my shelf since it was published and I’ve finally got to it.
I saw this ready to listen to on my library audio, so that’s exactly what I did.

Glued, that’s what I was, totally glued to my headphones listening to this while doing chores today and then sitting doing a bit of crochet.

What a MESS.

Relationships can be difficult in the first place without making it more complicated and adding others into the equation.

This was so messed up, mixed up and totally addictive I found myself really astonished yet intrigued with these characters.

The audio version was great. Four narrators that took their parts so well.

My one regret?
I should have read this sooner.

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Friday, 12 March 2021

Review: The Liar's House

The Liar's House The Liar's House by Carla Kovach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great well put together thoughtful mystery/suspense.

Although the subject matter has been done many times, this author along with this established Detective made it its own, in its own right.

The mystery is not only surrounding g the woman who never arrived home after attending a party it also brings out other bi stand mysteries and questions that keep the reader forever questioning what’s going on.

Really enjoyed it

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Review: The Trick to Time

The Trick to Time The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book sure did surprise me.
I liked that is was Irish which fitted in with the Irishbookathon I joined in. And that they had moved to Birmingham.

We get two timelines.
One when Mona is young and when she’s many years older. The back and forth was easy to follow.

There’s a layer of sadness that emulates throughout the story but also hope.

Totally loved this book. I was so sceptical as I loved the authors previous book and wasn’t sure if she could better it.

You get much more than you expect from this.

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Review: The Burning Girls

The Burning Girls The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is what drew me in.....

“ 500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death

30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace

Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide”

The hype worried me though.

Was I going to go in with high expectations? Of course.
Was I prepared I might be let down? Of course.
But in the back of my mind was ‘this is C. J. Tudor. I’m going to enjoy it at least I love her writing style.

I wasn’t prepared for it to blow my socks off though!

Rev. Jack Brooks.....first I thought was a male, nope, female. She has a daughter too named flo.

Having to move for personal reasons you get to learn about later, the end up in a small community. Like most small communities they are close and guarded. This one is of no exception.
Superstition, Ancient times and history good and bad are impacted on lives in this community.
Rev. Jack soon discovers she’s the ‘outsider’.

Flo her daughter is ok but finds the transition in life (said to be temporary) difficult. She has her camera. No wi fi ......yet.

As with any ghosts they soon can come back to haunt you when not laid to rest.
That’s for Jack herself AND the passing of time where she’s living.

This story haunted me in many ways, day and night I was eagerly finding every chance to “get back to my book”.
For me, this book never lacked. Or lagged. It embraced all of my reading passion and I devoured it in hunger. Tasting and digesting every word.

The ending was a surprise to me.

I really loved this book in it’s entirety.

Anyone who wants a thriller book to get their teeth into, to get lost between its pages, this is it.
Actually, anyone who just loves a really good tale, you will love this.

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Review: The Cursed Wife

The Cursed Wife The Cursed Wife by Pamela Hartshorne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I chose this one to listen to today as it’s been on my backlist forever.
I saw it on my library audio so downloaded it as I knew I had things to do today so listening would be better as I’m trying to read through some books I’ve had in an age (you readers know what I mean)

I found this doomy and gloomy.

A lot of the sequences didn’t make sense, it was quite choppy and disjointed in places.
My mind was trying to keep up, maybe it was the narrator or was it me?

So tonight I read the final couple of chapters on my Kindle.
Slightly better as I could interpret the writing differed than the narrators input on it.

It was ok, but not impactful on me.

The historical aspect was good though from the 1500’s.

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Review: The Wrong Family

The Wrong Family The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a thriller, right?
Which bit?

Read along with a book club for this and most dnf’d it.
I struggled on. I made lots of excuses not to pick it up. Ever so easy to do something else.

Wasn’t exiting
And don’t get me started on the OTT repetitive descriptions

She had brown eyes...
She had blonde hair,
Her nail chipped off (it really didn’t, I made that last sentence up)

This really wasn’t a book for me.

Loved the cover, loved the design, blurb sounds wonderful......

I love a nice picket fence!

I’m aware someone spent time writing this book.
Grayson House.....you need to help her with her future books.

Colleen Hoover says on the front cover “ the wrong family is your new obsession, .....You’ve never read anything like this”
She’s right, but not in the way she meant it.

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Monday, 1 March 2021

Review: The Temple House Vanishing

The Temple House Vanishing The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I saw this on my libraries audio BorrowBox as a download now with no waiting list, I remembered I had this on my book trolley waiting to be read. So, I thought I could listen to it on the run and then follow along with my book when I relax.
I just couldn’t leave this book alone.

It’s a sultry read brooding book that the narrator did very well. Based around a Catholic boarding school and the narrators voice is with an Irish accent this really married well.

I was hooked.

Young girls and all that comes with that. Friendships and secrets. Promises and Hell Mary’s.

Louisa joins Temple House and soon makes friends with Victoria.
She then gets to meet their art teacher Mr Lavelle. Each forming a bond.
It’s a strong bond and we as readers get a very good view, in fact, we have a front row seat on what’s taking place.

Then......Louisa and Mr Lavelle vanish.

Where are they?
Did they run off together?
Was their more than a teacher and pupil relationship forming?

Many years later a Journalist wants to get to the bottom of this mystery.
She had a connection with Louisa.

The journalist lived across the road from Louisas house.

This is spooky, dark, obsessive, ghostly and an absolutely stunning debut.

I can’t wait to read any subsequent books this author writes. There’s no way I would have put this as a debut.

The ending......
The ending......is not like anything I’ve read before.

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