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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Review: Last to die

Last to die Last to die by Arlene Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I really enjoy a cat and mouse stalker, whose watching me kind of book at times.
Keeps me alert, keeps my brain ticking over and keeps me awake!

There was a mass murder at Jessie's high school and she was Jessie survives to tell the tale, the media are all over her like a rash.

But not all media attention is good and we never know who may be watching.

Because Jessie is a strong person, she knows her own mind, shes a survivor. This now makes her a challenge to someone. Someone who wants to prey on her and take her down.

Jessie isn't a young girl, she is 38 years old and was a special Ed teacher at the school.

She taught children who had special needs, ones that were abused, neglected, from dysfunctional families being reared mainly by grandparents.
Jessie knows how life can be tough.

But is she tough enough?

This is a sure 'sit on the edge of your seat and bite your nails' thriller.
I have just had to give this 5 stars its been a journey of fast heart beats to tension to panting for breath.


My thanks to Bookouture via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Stepmother

The Stepmother The Stepmother by Claire Seeber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book i have been longing for as I love the last book I read by this author.

This is a snappy fast past short chapters book that just leads you to one chapter, then another then another because its definitely going to keep you awake at night, its going to make you put aside any chores in the day if you read in the day time, you just have to read, no....... need to read this in one sitting.

Step families are hard at the best of times.
This is of no exception in this book.

Jeannie and Matthew are trying to blend a family unit together and they are a solid couple so they can do it.

But, Jeannie has a secret and someone wants to bring it to light and ruin everything she has.

Will her marriage survive if this comes out?

We all like happy endings, but will this end as predicted?
You need to read this to find out.

I definitely recommend this. I was totally hooked.

My thanks to Bookouture via Net Galley for my early copy

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Review: It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead

It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead by Julie Frayn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My husband said, he didn't mind me saying this as hes not ashamed as he can't help it. I support him.

Since his early 20's to his life now at the age of 62 he has a mental health psychosis known as Bi Polar. So this read was close to my heart and I could feel every pore in my body open, every muscle in my body clench.

If someone goes missing, its bad enough, its terrible, where are they? Where did they go? Who took them? Are they alright?

When someone goes missing how has a mental health illness, did they go off or were vulnerable and been taken off?
Are they OK? Are they still alive?

Did their random thoughts make them wander?

For four years Gerald has been missing and Jem has been seeking to find him. She is seeking him everywhere even homeless shelters. There she meets and looks after them by bringing them food.

When she finds out that Gerald has met his death she still continues the kindness to the homeless people.

But what happened to Gerald?

Finn is the DI who is on the case.

There are emotions that are felt between them as things develop feelings, but Jem is not ready, she needs to come to terms with Geralds death.

I think the author has done a fab job in portraying some of the afflictions from a mental health point of view.

There are so many people who are scared of mental health, but it could be you, it could be me.
It has no target for young or old.

Mental health covers a wide spectrum from Post Natal Depressions to a real psychosis.

I found that the pace of this story was good because it was fast enough to keep you panting between what happens next.

I have to thank the author for asking me if I would like to read this, I am so glad that she did.
Its a subject matter very close to my heart.

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Review: I See You

I See You I See You by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so mindful of reading this book. I have come across authors debut novels that have really made an impact on me then their subsequent book has fallen flat, so I opened this with trepidation, but I need not have feared because this author has a talent.

Yep, a real talent that just comes through this book immensely.

She has done it again, she has excelled herself in her writing ability to not just pull you into the book, oh no, you are 'shoved' into it with full force and eagerness, so much so, that its a case of 'one more chapter' one more chapter' and so it goes on until your eyes are dropping.

Its a book that stays in your head, just like her debut novel.

Zoe, London Underground, CCTV, being tracked, are you being followed.

All the characters in this story are so real, from someone who is the main character right down to someone you would feel in life is insignificant.

But they are not.

This is a thrill ride, this is a 'is someone watching me, if so who'.
At times its a scary read, a thrilling read, many bit your nail moments.

This is an author that I will be following.

My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK via Net Galley for my early copy.

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Review: Daddy Dearest

Daddy Dearest Daddy Dearest by Paul Southern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was approached by the author to ask if I would like to read this.
I haven't been accepting many books at the moment as I am laden down but you know us readers, its like a kid in a sweet shop, temptation reigns.
I am glad the temptation got the better of me though as I found this book different. Its written in a way that is quite intriguing.

Its based around a city center tower block, a Father and his daughter.

He only looks after her on the weekend. but then his daughter goes missing.

Its a book that is written only from the Fathers perspective and you really get into his head.

I can't give more away than this, I'd be revealing too much, I need you to read this for yourself.

The ending is certainly not what I was expecting.

My thanks to Paul Southern for the chance to read this. I had a sixth sense I would enjoy this and I have.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Review: Saving Abby

Saving Abby Saving Abby by Steena Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Steena Holmes, when she writes books like this that are straight from the heart just creeps right inside to the readers heart and life blood, you tend to just take these characters in and want to hug them, keep them safe from harm and enjoy all the little bits of excitement of life they do, their smiles, their disappointments, their heartaches, their survival techniques.

Claire is a children's book illustrator and her husband is a children's story teller.
They work well together.
You go on their adventures together.

You go on their heartache together.

Claire wants and wishes for one thing, a child of her own.

She had one when she was young which she had to give up for adoption. Is she being punished now because its taking ages for her to conceive.

Finally she is pregnant but not all goes to plan.

Her best friend is a doctor, Abby.

I thought Abby took a brilliant rule in this story, supporter as well as adviser and friend.

Josh, Claire's husband, I so felt for him in the latter chapters of the book. I stepped inside his shoes and wondered what on earth I would do in those circumstances.

Once again, Steena Holmes has bit off a huge emotional subject matter, but she seems to do this and do it VERY WELL that grips the audience in the palm of her hands as she is playing this out.

Its not all doom and gloom but I did shed a few tears here and there.

This author excels herself with topics that some authors wouldn't dare challenge and I love that about this author.

As usual, I am now biting at the bit for her next book.

I was glad to get this copy via Lake Union Publishing and through Net Galley to read.

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Review: S is for Stranger

S is for Stranger S is for Stranger by Louise Stone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was really looking forward to reading this. I personally think this could be an excellent story with just a few things changing.

In some places it got where I thought "hm didn't I read that just now"

I understand the story, its a good plot with a child going missing and a mom who has personal issues healthwise where we are lead to believe she might be bonkers, or is she actually right in what she relates to the DI that day, explaining what happened and her ex husband being at the same place but he denying it.
I certainly thought I was going crazy in the plot sometimes too.

Its a good debut novel, it has all the basis of a great read, but in some parts were yawnable and didn't keep my interest as much as I really wanted it to.

After saying this, this author has something, you can feel it from the pages so this won't put me off of reading more from her.

The ending was excellent.

Thank you to Carina UK via Net Galley for my advanced copy

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Review: Games People Play

Games People Play Games People Play by Owen Mullen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a bit of a slow burner for me, I took about halfway through to really get my teeth into it.

If your wife was drowning before your eyes and you took your eyes off your baby in the stroller just for a moment, you look back..............gone.
And what is stranger, no one has seen a thing.

I am not going to go into details because, this story had been weaving for the entire first half of my read and I didn't realize it, it was only halfway through that it all came together for me. I then saw that the groundwork the domino effect on innocent people and those who were thought to be guilty was taking effect and unraveling before my eyes.

This is an author you need to keep an eye on.

My thanks to Maxine for adding this to her endless amount of reading material for us to enjoy.
My thanks also to the author who had me by the short and curlies when it came to the ending.

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Review: Remi's Choice

Remi's Choice Remi's Choice by Amanda Wylde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This made a nice change to my usual reading material, its nice to jazz things up a bit, well it is for me, then I can come in fresh to each book.

Its been a while since I read a love triangle book. I have nothing wrong whatsoever with love triangle books as I am a realist and things like this do happen.

I thought Remi was totally swept away by Travis, he seems to just open his eyes and see right through her. She who was NOT CHERRY POPPED yet really was putty in his hands. But didn't he treat her well.

When things go a bit hairy and things turn for the worse this is where we meet the third person in the wheel.

Its well written, and because I came in fresh to a genre I haven't read for ages I thought it a nice change and got my teeth into this yesterday. Before I knew it, I had finished the book.

As with any love triangle there is someone who is definitely going to get hurt, hurt bad, but who will it be?

The author asked me if I would consider reading this and I accepted.

Loved the story.

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Review: With Deadly Intent

With Deadly Intent With Deadly Intent by K.A. Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing worse than an author writing a thriller and its not fast paced or "thrilling".

This was NOT one of those. This was a rollercoaster ride that had big huge dips in the middle of it that made you scream with horror, or shout with the words "Stop you best not do that".
This is on of those cliche readers time where I say " I couldn't put the book down" and its true, I couldn't sleep, I need to, but I just had to keep on reading.

Its so well rounded this story that each chapter goes into the next where you say to yourself inside your head 'one more chapter then bed'....
one one more chapter then bed.
And before you know it the morning is breaking light.

This is a fabulous start to a series and I can't wait for book two.

I need to say this, I gotta say this.......I love the cover.

Thank you to the author K A Richardson for allowing me to read and review this book.
I need book 2 now.

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Monday, 13 June 2016

Review: Counting Chimneys: A novel of love, heartbreak and romance in 1960s Brighton

Counting Chimneys: A novel of love, heartbreak and romance in 1960s Brighton Counting Chimneys: A novel of love, heartbreak and romance in 1960s Brighton by Sandy Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the series, the first one was See Saw lane [which I haven't read yet and will need to] this can be read as a standalone as I have just done.
But I feel I need to go back on the lovely street of See Saw lane to see and hear and experience the characters who were also in this read.

Its 1969 and Dottie is experiencing life as an adult living in London, away from Brighton where she was breathing in the lovely sunshine and sea air. With her gorgeous boyfriend, her new job, a place to live, what else can a girl want?

Then Dottie returns home one day to the sea air, smell of fish and chips, her memories for a family celebration. However, she doesn't expect to bump into Ralph.

Ralph was her first love. They were soul mates, friends and truly had an excellent relationship when they were younger, but, Ralph broke her heart.

Did Dottie ever get over Ralph?
Did Ralph ever get over Dottie?

Ralph married Dotties friend and had a child. But Ralphs wife died. Dottie got over Ralph marrying her best friend, but now Ralph is with another.

Dottie loves Joe, but its all gone sour. She starts questioning herself.

I found that Dottie was a really nice person, sometimes she found it hard to do the right thing, her heart was saying one thing and her mind was reasoning another.

I loved her Landlady, she was a character but, she was like a second Mom to Dottie with great advice as well as her own Mother.

Dottie's Father I felt kept into the background rather a lot and poked his head up in the story on occasion but really came into his own towards the end of the book.

The two 'theatrical' men friends of hers were funny, a joy to read and helped Dottie in a lot of ways.
I was intrigued with their story that came out towards the end of the books chapters, I would like to see that unfold more and how that affected them.

Remember this book is based around the 1960's so you need to get your mindset into that era.
I love these type of reads they were ones that I truly were introduced to in my teenage years from authors who wrote similar books as this. I went from Catherine Cookson to family dramas such as this, I have always found them a 'good' read and flow along nicely.

You can put this book down and pick it back up again at your leisure as its a nice gradually progression that the authors journey takes you on.

This made a nice change to have a story that has family drama, love and romance without the hyped sex, the attraction, the angst and dilemma's that I have experienced within the pages of this read.

I really did love it.

My thanks to Bookouture via Net galley for my advance copy.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Review: Deceived

Deceived Deceived by Irene Hannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its been three years since Kate lost her husband and young son to a boat accident.

Her grief is immense as you can imagine.
But what if, you were out, and you seen your son? Would think it was wishful thinking? Grief?
Would you follow through on what you saw?

Kate believes that was her son she saw, shes convinced of it, so much so she hires a private investigator.

But who and why wants her son hidden?

This is the bulk of this story line which keeps your glues, its a plot that thickens and thickens and you just have to dive right in the middle of it all.

I am so glad I got this from Net Galley for the publishers of Revell, brilliant mystery

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Review: The Missing Place

The Missing Place The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two Mums, two sons, both not knowing each other who work on the Oil Riggs but have gone missing.

What would you do?
Well I am sure after going frantic you would want to go and see what is what. So they both travel and stay in the same place where they're sons stayed.
Black Creek Lodge,

What are the company doing to find them? zilch. Its shocking.

There are a lot of characters you will dislike and some you won't.

The discovery is unraveled by the Moms who form an bond in the same heartrending saga of where are they.

Its well written, page turner indeed.

This isn't the first book I have read by this author I like her style and I liked this storyline.

I received this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Net Galley.

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Review: Baby Doll

Baby Doll Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hollie Overton is a really natural author, her books seem to flow and grasp me in.

This book Baby Doll was no exception.

We have a young girl who was kidnapped by this man. We later get to know how this came about and who by.
To imagine being kept in one room and being used for all purpose like a "baby Doll" by this man is unthinkable.
But this is what she had to endure.

Its an intense read at times, sometimes mellows out in its telling of it, but it allowed me to get more breath until it gathered momentum again.

Her sister [twin] has meanwhile got involved with her kidnapped sisters 'first love', so when her twin escapes from the mans clutches, there is more in the family that unfolds.

I could see why her sister was a bit OTT at times and swore and cursed a lot, if you put yourself in her shoes.

I would like to thank Redhook Books via Net Galley for granting my wish to read this.

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