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Monday, 30 May 2016

Review: Too Close

Too Close Too Close by Gayle Curtis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



At first I was wondering if this is going to be one of the books from this author that took a nose dive, but no, it suddenly started to get under my skin like all of this authors books prior to this one.

It started off good, then it sort of made me feel 'get on with it' but no sooner had I said that and that was it, it was like a plane suddenly taking flight. BOOM went the engines.

I traveled along quite nicely at an easy pace, then WHAM.

Two children, twins, not a good background, Mother who goes missing or was she dead?
Father who was not a good Father and didn't deserve the title 'dad'.

This took a twist and I wondered if it would all come out, and what it would be like when it did.

The author keeps you guessing along the way and I loved it.

A really intense pleasurable read.


My thanks to Bonnier Publishing via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: 365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Faith

365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Faith 365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Faith by Kathleen Y'Barbo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


365 family dinners.
365 days in a year.

This book isn't something I'm accustomed to as its very different from your 'average'
Recipe books. Each day of the Month is marked at the top. Below this is a recipe.
Recipe for cooking.

Below that on each page is a little daily quote. Then a biblical scripture supporting it.

So you get to recipes in one!
One for your bodily consumption and one for your spiritual one.
Thus feeding both at the same time.

The only reason I gave this 4 stars is, personally I would have liked to see a photo of the recipe on each page, no matter how small.

My thanks to Net Galley and publishers for my advanced copy.

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Friday, 20 May 2016

Review: The Girls In The Woods

The Girls In The Woods The Girls In The Woods by Helen Phifer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't realize when I offered to read and review this from Net Galley through Carina UK that this was the 5th book in the series.

I felt like I missed some things because of it. Not because of the story itself but it was obvious I missed certain things that I needed to know.

Set in Victorian times two young girls are forced heavily to be photographed with their dead sister.
Imagine that! Of course there was some resistance but its not like today, they had to stay there with no voice to offer to refuse.

Later on moving forward in time, there is a boy that finds these photographs. He has a yearning to also take photo's of dead girls.

Here lies a story.

Annie is a Police Officer but shes off on Maternity leave, her husband Will is also a police officer.
But Annie has these special abilities and that is when the supernatural paranormal came into play.

I stayed with it as much as I could but I don't like things like that, it give me goosebumps and I feel quite allergic to the supernatural elements of anything like this so I am afraid to say...

i didn't finish it.


I gave it a 4 star because I could tell that its worthy of it, its just me, I can't read things like this.



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Review: Feel me Break

Feel me Break Feel me Break by Tara R
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This doesn't take very long to read its 70 pages. Its a book I agreed to read for the author for a review.

This story is about Chloe, her brother was found dead in a ditch and a year later Chloe not being able to come to terms with the death of her brother was found on a bridge.

Nick comes along.
Things change for the better for her.

Chloe is about to take her own life, Nick is on his way to a party and sees her.

My view is that the story is good, the venue for it had potential, its written well, but I feel that it would be much better written with more pages, more surroundings of her brothers prior life, the intense way she felt.

I am an honest reader and reviewer and I found this book OK.

I may not be the best person to read this maybe?? As I tend to read a lot of books per year and I know how many books are out there and trying to make it, so an author of a book needs to stand out in the massive crowd of others in this genre.

I don't wish to be mean, tactfully I can only say there is more work that should be done on this to make it raise above other authors books.

Its an OK read


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Review: Missing Believed Dead

Missing Believed Dead Missing Believed Dead by Chris Longmuir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I sort of think I am coming in the middle of this, as although its a sort of standalone I feel I missed out on something.

I did manage to jump into it though quite quickly, but details from different characters what happened etc were missing for me. That will teach me to start a series from the beginning.

I feel the author has a good pace with this story, not delving in too deep to quickly or revealing things to fast so that the reader can be carried along like on a wave.

As we read we have only a small bunch of characters who stay in our minds as 'suspects' and I suspect that this author cleverly did this to keep us on our toes, she certainly did with mine.


The high brow subject of Internet Predators is high on the agenda here and of course, very up to date with life at the time in history.

DS Bill Murphy has got to familiarize himself with chat rooms as young girls have gone missing. Young girls who used chat rooms.
Are they still alive?

I know the cliche is 'the author kept me guessing until the end', but honestly and truly I was right in these pages walking along each step of the way, sometimes trying to run faster only to head into a brick wall because this author turned the corner around and I went THUMP into it. BUT I thought I knew who is was I hollered, no, wrong.

This is the first book I have read by this author and although I thought at the start I had lost my way by not reading the other books I got through this with no trouble at all because it was relevant to this story.

Watch out for this author, she is hidden behind closed doors and we as readers need to let her out.

Take a chance on her series because going by this one, it had me by the short and curlies.

Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this.

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Review: Mute Witness

Mute Witness Mute Witness by Rick R. Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Subject such as this in reading material take a certain kind of author to relate things in writing to they're audience, the reader. And I feel this author selected the right balance.

The is not just about a missing child.
This is also about a gay couple that live in the same village as the missing child and one of those partners is the child's Father.
Sean is his partner.

We all know how most villages are said to be, gossipy little places.
But then, most people gossip they just don't admit to it.

When Jason, his little boy goes missing he unites with his wife to look for their missing child.

Sean sort of takes a back seat as he isn't really involved at first only in the support of Austin and of course, his concern over the child. But its his partners child he had with the Mother when they were together.

Someone leaves the child battered and bruised and in a bad way outside the hospital.

The parents are told and they go. Yes, its their son.

The sexual predator that made their son a victim is 'out there somewhere', but of course, the parents concern is to get their child through this. He is not only battered he has emotional scars and physical ones from the sexual acts that were performed on him.

Its not an easy book to read but its a 'unputdownable' book to read in that the author does a good job of 'what next' and it involves a whole heap of stuff.

Rapes, kidnapping, road traffic accident.

Getting in the mind of a parent is easy if you are one, and this is one of the hardest things to accept that there are people out there like this. We cannot bury our heads in the sand.
I know this is fiction but it could very well be fact.

Going back to the open gay couple in the village, people start to suspect Austins partner Sean.
Of course, easy target. But was it him?

Narrow minded people.

I haven't read one of this authors books before as he usually writes horror and I hide behind sofa's with that genre, so this one must have come as a surprise to many of his fans.
I was expecting something horrific, and this was certainly horrific.

I couldn't help but wonder how Jason is going to fair out there. Its hard enough for adults who have been raped but a little kid?
And as a Mother, would you want them to leave your side ever again.

This is NOT a love story this is a tragedy that brings two people closer together and friends and family.

I wondered about the Police bit though, because that annoyed me, I didn't think enough was being done.

I recommend this book, just remember, its hard to read, but the author has done a superb job if you can face facts that things like this DOES happen and we need to face it, deal with it and protect our young.

I also feel the lesson is
1. Stop judging people on their sexuality
2. Predjustice is not justice.

There are a heap of things going on that it is fast paced.



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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Review: My Girl

My Girl My Girl by Jack Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I would like to thank the author and his blog tour team for for giving me the chance to read this book.

We meet Paige. She is very disturbed about what happened to her daughter some ten years before and the recent suicide of her husband. She is trying to drown it out along with the visions of the blood bath of her husband and the loss of her daughter with drink.

Everyone is concerned with how much she is drinking. But Paige is on a gentle road to destruction and her extra meds are provided from her doctor for 'favours' which she is disgusted with herself about but needs the meds.

Strange things start to happen, is she dreaming this? Is it the blackouts she has which is the problem or is there something more sinister.

When she finds a gun hidden away which belonged to her late husband she has a hundred and one questions in her head, the main one being, what is he doing with a gun?
His phone too is there.
Paige wants to get to the bottom of this and heads off to a direction that finds her in more depth beyond her control.

This is the first book I have read by this author. I do have his first book, so judging by this one I really need to get to it.

This book had me by the short and curlies. I really found it addictive reading.

The twist in it was very good.

There were characters in this story I would have wanted to delve into more if I could and what and why they acted like this.

This is a new author coming to the table and I feel personally that he will get better and better, and maybe prolong some of his books in more depth as regards other prominent characters in future books because this one left me with some unanswered questions.

There is a blog tour soon, look out for it, look out for its release because this is a book that is well worth reading.





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Monday, 16 May 2016

Review: The Silent Twin

The Silent Twin The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could say "this author gets better and better with each book she writes"
I could say "I look forward to each book she writes and wait in anticipation"
I could say " this is one of her best yet"

What I DO say is, YES. Yes to all three statements and more.
I enjoyed her other books and will always remember them, one is not better than the next because each are different.

Who would have known I would read something with paranormal tendencies in it, wow.

All three statements I made at the beginning of this review are true and more.
Because this is an author, not a writer, an author who can draw out a story that takes you right in between the pages, clasps you and never lets you go until you are left gasping at the very end.

I thought I knew what was what.....
I really did.
But then suddenly it change to a different direction that I never even thought about.

These twins, one of them going missing and all that it entails was just fascinating how the reading material just kept on giving and giving, it took me in directions that I was unequal to forecast at all.

Based around a family home that was being built up and renovated.

A hunt for the missing twin.
The paranormal elements.

I was enthralled throughout.

This is one of my authors that I await each book.
I am slow getting to the table with this one simply because of the heavy load of books I read, but it was well worth the wait.

Leave the best to last....right?

Thank you to Bookouture via Net Galley for my copy

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Review: 365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Faith

365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Faith 365 Family Dinners and Devotions Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Faith by Kathleen Y'Barbo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


365 family dinners.
365 days in a year.

This book isn't something I'm accustomed to as its very different from your 'average'
Recipe books. Each day of the Month is marked at the top. Below this is a recipe.
Recipe for cooking.

Below that on each page is a little daily quote. Then a biblical scripture supporting it.

So you get to recipes in one!
One for your bodily consumption and one for your spiritual one.
Thus feeding both at the same time.

The only reason I gave this 4 stars is, personally I would have liked to see a photo of the recipe on each page, no matter how small.

My thanks to Net Galley and publishers for my advanced copy.

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Review: Don't Say a Word

Don't Say a Word Don't Say a Word by Jennifer Jaynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is the third book in the series, I think its quite safe to say you can read them as a standalone, but, I would start from book 1, simply because, Jennifer Jaynes is a remarkable talented author. In my humble opinion, and I can only say this as someone who reads a lot of books, her talent is bar far the most natural talent as an author. It just breathes life into each character she creates.

The bit about what the book is about and the reviews you will read will take you to a place where you will find out what the book entails, so I am not saying much about the story due to anymore give aways that may spoil it for others.

Cast: Allie Callahan who has a son named Sammy Allie has to suffer a knowledge of the past of her family that she feels might be haunting her. At the moment, her mind is at peace with the aide of antidepressants.

There is also her adoptive Mother.
Both living quietly in East Texas.

Zoe & Carrie twin girls.
They come to stay with Allie, her son and her adoptive Mother through a terrible tragedy of their parents death.

But who killed their Parents?

Allie and Sammy try to help the two girls come to terms with things and give them some stability.
They are helped with the occasional visit to the Child's Protection Agency where they can talk of their fears. Emotions etc but Carrie doesn't speak. She won't speak.

Zoe on the other hand wants to fit in with the family as she's never had a Mom who loved her like Allie loves Sammy.

There are mysterious phone calls and soon the entire family are embroiled into something they didn't expect.


I have to say, toward the ending I did suspect, but it wasn't until the last couple of chapters that I had an inkling.

This story weaves so well you cannot see the joins.

Another remarkable book from this wonderful author who I will stalk to read her books no matter whether I need to travel to the ends of the earth and back.

This is what you call an AUTHOR as opposed to a writer.
Evoking tension, emotions, biting of finger nails, sleepless nights, urges to want to do nothing else but continue reading until the end.

Every reader will know what I mean.

Thank you Jennifer and Thomas & Mercer for my copies.



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Review: Valentina: a hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller

Valentina: a hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller Valentina: a hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller by S.E. Lynes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



What an unexpected surprise this book turned out to be.
I wasn't expecting it to enthrall me in the degree it did.
Psychopathic manipulation

WOW

Shona now has a new baby and her partner Mickey works offshore. Shona is left alone and of course moving into another place, unfamiliar with anyone and no friends or companions she seeks out to find one.

Oh she finds one alright.

Shona has what everyone wants, a loving partner, baby, nice home, nice life, new friend.
Is this going to work out for her?

This is a fast moving story, yet, its deviousness in the mind of Shona is slowly worked on.

I thank the author for getting in touch with me asking if I would like to read it because I would have missed out on something really special in this book.

The author does a fabulous job with the characters and breathing them to life.

This is a dark mystery thriller with undertones
It really blew my mind this one.

Stood out among many a read, so thank you S E Lynes for my copy.

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Review: The Dead and the Missing

The Dead and the Missing The Dead and the Missing by A.D. Davies
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This is a mystery, detective, missing crime read.

The main character in this book is Adam Park, and its his business to find missing persons.

A woman goes missing, and obviously this is not going to be straight forward, there are some bumps in the road which find him at times out of his depth and in a whole heap of problems.

Hes a strong man, hes also a man that makes mistakes and someone who has a heart.

This is road trafficking and something that takes Adam around the world seeking the missing woman.

For me, I read a heap of books each year and this is an OK read, not outstanding but has great potential. I feel that the series [if there will be one] will only get better and better.

This first book is a good start.



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