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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