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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Perfect Remains - Helen Fields



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Avon

Published: 26/01/17

Pages: 416

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness…

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

My Thoughts


My 5 star reading streak continues.

Perfect Remains is near enough a perfect read. I loved it. At first I didnt really take to DI Callanach but the more I read and with the Introduction of Ava it got better and better. The story is told in alternating chapters from the viewpoint of DI Callanach and the Creepy and Evil Dr King. As the story unfolds we find out more of Callanachs past and what has lead him to leave Interpol and relocate to Scotland. The book moves at a good pace and we dont get bogged down with superfluous background of any of the characters. Although we know who has done what the tension in the book is still palpable and there were a few twists that left me speechless.

A masterclass in how to write a Thriller.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Final Girls - Riley Sager



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Ebury Press

Published: 13/06/17

Pages: 352

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead...

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

My Thoughts


Quel suprise yet another book with "girl" in the title. Surely this will be amazingly brilliant like all the others, well, Stephen King has said that this book is "The first great thriller of 2017" and who am I to argue. This book is going to be huge.

I don´t think the current blurb does it justice, its a great story that is written so well. This is Riley Sagers first book and if this is anything to go by we are in for a treat over the coming years.

There are two stories here. As Quincy remembers the details of the missing hours, We hear the story of what really happened at Pine Cottage and the story of the three Final Girls, Quincy, Sam and Lisa. Both stories will keep you on your toes and are full of tension with both converging in a fantastic ending. The possible outcomes of this story are all hinted upon and you are never sure which avenue Riley Sager is taking you until you get there and for me it wasnt expected.

Great read and highly recommended.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book Of The Month - February

Well this months Book Of The Month was a very easy decision. The book I have chosen is SweetPea by C.J Skuse. Why? Well its the best book I have read and felt like it was written for me. The characters make the plot jump from the page and make for a wonderful and satisfying read. I laughed, Gasped and cringed my way through the book and was so disappointed when I reached the end, I just didnt want it to end.

You can read my review HERE

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Published: 12/01/17

Pages: 352

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

NEW NAME .
NEW FAMILY.
SHINY.
NEW.
ME.'

Annie's mother is a serial killer.

The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

But out of sight is not out of mind.

As her mother's trial looms, the secrets of her past won't let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name - Milly.

A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.

But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.

Good me, bad me.

She is, after all, her mother's daughter...

My Thoughts


I have to be honest and say that I really struggled with my thoughts on this book.
There have been some pretty big claims by the marketing department which made me slightly cautious in reading this book in the first place. Things like EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE along with the lazy comparisons to books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the train by the media make me extremely dubious about reading them as 9 times out of 10 they fail to live up to the hype.This was no exception to that rule.

I kind of enjoyed it, at no point did I want to give up, but it was just so predictable, long winded and uneventful for 90% of the book and then the obvious happened and that was it.

The story held a lot of promise which is why I wanted to read it but I found it hard to get to grips with the writing style and the direction the book went. The friendship Milly made with the girl from the estate was wasted and meant nothing. Was it to show how much Milly was like her Mum? Not really.

I can suspend reality when I read, after all thats what I read for, to escape the drudgery of real life but my biggest problem was her foster father Mike. Were we meant to believe that such a poor psychologist who clearly had family problems of his own to deal with, be allowed to foster one of his patients, who was the daughter of a Serial Killer? Wouldn't of thought so, and they certainly wouldnt let her back with his family after a suicide attempt.

Now having said all that this book isnt a bad book by any stretch of the imagination. I thought Milly was a good character and I felt sympathy for her throughout the book and I had the opposite emotional reaction to Pheobe. How I smiled at 90%.

Its an ok read, but most defiantly not EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bad Little Girl - Frances Vick



Kindle Edition

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: 22/02/2017

Pages: 358

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?

My Thoughts


Didnt do it for me Im afraid, Its not a bad book but its not a great book either. I found it very slow going, predictable and far fetched, Im not one to let that bother me normally but some of the decisions made by the characters really irritated me. The story took so long to get going that once it did I had lost any feelings, Good or bad that I may have had for the characters or storyline.

Im not really sure why we had so much of the life of Claire Penny and her mother at the beginning of the book it added very little to the story and made it drag on a bit, it didnt give me that need too read feeling and consequently became a chore rather than a pleasure.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sweetpea - CJ Skuse



Kindle Edition

Publisher: HQ

Published: 20/04/2017

Pages: 384

Amazon Uk Link: Here

GoodReads Link: Here

Book given in exchange for an
honest review via Netgalley.



The Blurb

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead… I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My Thoughts


The story of Rhiannana is one that is Funny, inappropriate, tasteless, Crude and bloody fantastic. She is a Woman who loves her dog, her Sylvanian Families and dislikes her job, friends and pretty much everything else. Oh and shes a serial Killer.

The book is written in a diary format with Kill lists at the start of each day, think Bridget Jones but really really angry, readable and deeply dark and funny.

I did start to worry about my sanity when I agreed with every single one of kill lists. Your not going to like it if your tolerance for violence and bad language peaks with midsommer murders but I loved Rhiannana she was as mad as a box of frogs with a body count but we all make mistakes sometimes. Its a genuine can´t put down book and I was sad to have reached the last page.The ending for me was sad, and without ruining it for anyone I hope Rhiannana gets the future I want for her rather than the one she deserves.

I have read some fantastic books during the last year or so doing this Blog but this one is by far the best book I have ever read. May as well give it my book of the Year already. Although I was given the chance to read this for a honest review, When it is published I shall be buying a copy that will sit on my shelf with pride.

A massive 5 stars and highly recommended.