Sunday, April 30, 2017

Want You Gone - Chris Brookmyre



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Little, Brown

Published: 20/04/17

Pages: 432

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Given for an honest review via Netgalley


The Blurb

What if all your secrets were put online?

Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive.

Who would you turn to?

Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything.

What would you be capable of?

Thrown together by a mutual enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they have more in common than they realise - and might be each other's only hope.

My Thoughts


In 1999 I used to play a Computer game called Championship Manager 99/00. It was totally addictive and I spent many a long night telling myself that I would have just one more game and then end up spending most of the night playing it to take Aston Villa to the UEFA cup final. This book was my 2017 equivalent of Championship Manager. Like Christopher Brookmyres last book Black Widow, this is a totally addictive page turner of a story.

This book is a tension filled, fast paced story set in the world of hacking and is told through both Jack and Sam. It makes you think about your online habits and just what kind of breadcrumb trail you leave on the Internet every time you update your status or even mark a book as read. I didnt have a clue how it was going to end or what route the story was going to go down. Unlike my review its a fantastic piece of writing that I didnt want to end.

Highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Escape - C.L Taylor



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Avon

Published: 23/03/17

Pages: 433

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Given for an honest review via Netgalley


The Blurb

"Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter…"

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't.

The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe – RUN

My Thoughts


I have enjoyed all of C. L Taylors books. She is without doubt a must read author for me. I love the way she can transport me into a story, the time just flys by and before you know it your on the last page with that feeling of disapointment that you have finshed it and The Escape is no exception.

To a lesser degree I suffer from the same as the main character Jo. Wherever I go I have to have an escape route planned in my head and I really, really dont like going to new places, a panic with envelope me and the need to run is unbearable. Using positive thinking and not wanting my kids to see me like and think its normal I have been able to overcome the worst but Its always there and lets me know from time to time.

The story is one of failed relationships, secrets, confusion and down right deception. I felt Jos need to run the need to protect her relationship with her daughter. When she decides to run she has no idea of how secrets from her families past will catch up with her and introduce more trouble into her life.

A fantastically crafted book that I highly recommend.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Never Out Of Sight - Louise Stone



Kindle Edition

Publisher: HQ Digital

Published: 20/01/17

Pages: 207

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Given for an honest review via Netgalley


The Blurb

A daughter’s secret. A mother’s betrayal.

Every mother knows never to let their child out of their sight. But Freya has been distracted recently, and now her teenage daughter, Zoe, is missing.

Freya knows that the only way to bring Zoe back is to tell the truth, but when your whole life is built on secrets and lies, the truth could destroy everything.

Surely there’s no harm in telling just one more little white lie?

My Thoughts


Normally I write my reviews as soon as I have finished the book. Mostly so my views are fresh and I dont forget that I have to do it. For various reasons this month I have not been able to do any of the reviews of the books I have read. I suppose I could of written them by hand but thats just hard work isnt it?

I have read S for Stranger by the same author and from memory recalled that I liked it, However looking back at the review It seems that I wasn't as enamoured as I thought. So I re-read it and have to admit that I was being extremely unfair in my review and maybe if I had time to think about it before jumping in and writing the first thing on my mind my reviews wouldn't be so shotgun.

Ignoring my earlier review and after re-reading S for Stranger I can safely say that I am a fan of Louise Stone. She has a great knack for writing characters that are emotionally flawed and not really likeable and at times utterly frustrating in the decisions they make or the conclusions they dont come to when they really should.

Freya really had me conflicted. She got everything wrong and assumed so much it ruined her life. As much as I tried I just couldn't dislike her mainly because the image of her I had in my head was of Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire and she is so lovely isnt she?. The story was an exciting one that could of gone many ways, I was pulled in a few directions before the climax of the book made it clear what was going on. The ending was exciting and well thought out, which for me is a bonus, as I have a big problem with poor endings.

Overall a good book that I highly recommend.

Book Of The Month - March

I only managed to read three books this month and all three were 5 star reads. So separating them was hard but this month my Book Of The Month is Perfect Remains by Helen Field.

Read my review Here

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Ninth Grave - Stefan Ahnhem



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Published: 01/12/16

Pages: 592

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

TWO COUNTRIES IN THE GRIP OF WINTER.

On the coldest day of the year, Sweden's Minister for Justice steps out of Parliament House and into a blizzard – and disappears. That same night, across the Baltic Sea, a Danish celebrity finds a stranger lurking in her snow-bound home.

TWO KILLERS STALK THE STREETS.

One is a surgeon who carefully dissects his victims. The other is a brutal predator who targets women. Police in Stockholm and Copenhagen are closing in on their suspects. But as winter darkens and more people die, their investigations begin to unravel.

SOMETIMES MURDER IS JUST THE BEGINNING...

My Thoughts


The Ninth Grave is a long, gruesome and at times an overly complicated story.
Set before the previous book in the series it tells us how Fabian got back to his hometown.
Its obviously well written with a well thought out plot but for me it dragged and wasn't as enjoyable as I would of liked. The backstories were too long and bloated which detracted from the actual crimes that had taken place.
The ending of the book came as a surprise (and a relief).
Unfortunately not a book I enjoyed but fans of Nordic Noir will lap it up.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Secret - Katerina Diamond



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Avon

Published: 01/12/16

Pages: 417

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Cost: £1.49


The Blurb

Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…

When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…

My Thoughts


I really enjoyed Katerina Diamonds first book "The Teacher", although if you read my review you wouldnt think so, I guess I was in a picky mood that day. Rarely for me I pre ordered this on Amazon. Normally I would of read it as soon as it was published but I had a bit of a backlog of books from Netgalley to get through so I had to leave it until now.
Now that I have managed to trim that down without requesting anymore, I sat down ready to be thrilled and entertained. First off I hadnt realised that this was going to be a series, not that I have any problem with that, I just didnt read the blurb so with open arms I welcomed the return to the world of DS Imogen Grey.
As usual I wont go into plot details but this is a great book full of intertwined stories that leave you wanting to turn page after page. God knows what goes on in Katerina Diamonds head that she can come up with such great storylines and characters. I just hope that whatever it is continues to give us such enjoyable books.
Highly recommended.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Here and Gone - Haylen Beck



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Vintage Digital

Published: 13/07/17

Pages: 320

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother's desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she's pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they're gone than she must have done something with them... Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

My Thoughts


March hasn't been a particularly prolific month for my reading. Birthdays, Visits from Parents, Kids, Moving house, you know the drill, real life have all gotten in the way.
However the books I have read have been amongst some of the best I have read, Here and Gone is no exception. Set in the run down and forgotten Arizona wilds, the story plays on every Parents nightmare. At times its a harrowing tale that made me put the book down for a bit. The story and moves a good pace with well written characters that come to life with realistic dialogue. I thought Danny was a great character who could quite easily have his own series of books, the new Jack Reacher?
A great fast paced thriller that will keep you hooked and wanting more.