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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Review: Missing

Missing Missing by Monty Marsden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me first say that this novel has been translated into English.
The reason I point this out is because I found it difficult personally to keep my interest going.

I think the Police investigations were rather slow and at times the plot had me yawning. I don't wish to sound horrible when I say that. There has been some outstanding debut novels over the past 2 years that have been outstanding. For me, although the prognosis of the story held some fabulous characters and the plot, it just lagged and lagged until 3/4 of the way through.

I struggled with this one keeping my attention.

Thank you to Aria via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Taken

The Taken The Taken by Alice Clark-Platts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I volunteered to read this I didn't look closely enough to realise its book 2 in the series.
I don't think it matters though as I followed it well enough.

It starts with a dramatic event where the celebrated pastor is found dead in a hotel bedroom.

His wife doesn't sleep in the same room.
His daughter has a room near.

When both Mother and daughter are taken in for questioning in separate rooms we learn that either one of them has reasons for his demise.

It's a hooker of a story that kept my attention

My thanks to the publisher via Net Galley for my copy

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Review: Caged

Caged Caged by Onaiza Khan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short story, quite easy to get into, and at first appears straight forward.
A wife being held captive by her husband.
A servant named Alba bringing her breakfast, lunch and supper.

Alba never speaks, just smiles.

Her husband only comes on the evening.

She hears screaming ugly cries from another part of the house.
She only has residence of one room.......until.

My mind was torn between her imagination or was this real.

Quite a fair start to the series.

My downside to some were the childish remarks when she found her way to the chained up man.
Sometimes I felt certain paragraphs were slightly immature to its descriptive meanings, and how could you have a sense of humour descovering the man heavily tied in chains. Some of the remarks and observations were a little infantile for my liking.
I found myself raising my eyes to the ceiling and tutting.....not a good sign.

It needs editing, it needs discussing with someone how to put (what could be a better presentation) over better to a wider audience to be more believable.

This could be oh so much better.

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Review: Her Last Breath

Her Last Breath Her Last Breath by J.A. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I kept shouting "Who do I trust" throughout this book.

The author did a fantastic job in making me feel that I could trust no one, which meant that it kept me awake and alert throughout, I sat reading this in one day not being able put it down at all.

I adore this authors style of writing, its right up my street.

The writing is crisp, no hidden yawns at all whilst reading this.

It seems the authors agenda is 'straight to the point' get the reader right into the marrow of the story as soon as she puts pen to paper.

Lots of red herrings, lots of culd-de-sacs, absolutely superb thriller.

Many thanks to RGS Media via Net Galley for my advanced copy

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Review: Witness

Witness Witness by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I personally found this great story tense, exciting, sad, unforving and very very addictive.

Rebecca had finally escaped from Solomon and was convicted of abuse and jailed.

But even though the conviction of Solomon, it meant that Rebecca had to gain a new start in life, a new existence. Her life settled with a husband and her child.
But she was looking over her shoulder once Solomons release from prison.
Would she ever be free?

Her husband didn't know much about her past.

I loved how the author brought us up to date with Solomons thoughts of now and the past and Rebecca's, including her journal.

The tense ...on the edge of your seat, biting your nails.....wondering what reply she would give each time Solomon text her was not only sad, in that she was still beholden to him but, the fact she had to reason out her decisions and then justify why she chose who she did.

With the background Caroline Mitchell has it's no wonder she weaves such astounding breathtaking stories that are so real.

I need to thank bookoutour for my digital copy via Net galley

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Review: While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine yourself waking up in a bedroom that's not your own.
A bed, that's not your own.
By a man that isn't your husband.
And you are naked.

The man is covered in blood, but you aren't.

There begins the drama right at the opening chapters.
Of course, you need to read on......
And so I did, halfway through the book later I just do not want to put this book down. It's compulsive reading material and I'm being ensnared by all the spinning spiders webs that have reeled me craftily within the very core of it's existence.

I needed my sleep.

In the morning I'm telling my hubby and daughter about it.
It's on my mind. I need to get back into this story, I need to revisit all the people that surrounded me last night.
I needed to Investigate!

The author has written this intrigue with such precision that you won't find out until the end unless you can read a crystal ball or cheat and look at the last chapter, but, no, don't do that......
It's a journey that I page by page read carefully.

All the characters are real people. Oh yes they me they were. I could envision this like a good movie thriller sitting on the edge of my seat.

This is so much a 5* from me.

My thanks to Bookoutour for me copy via Net Galley
A most stimulating read.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Review: A Boy Made of Blocks

A Boy Made of Blocks A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once I picked this book up, that was it.
I started early evening and didn't put it down until the early hours as the daylight was coming through my window, the early start to another day.

This is compulsive reading.

Autism. I only know a little due to my husbands brothers child who is now an adult. He is very mild on the autism scale and holds down a job, drives and has a rounded life. However, his social skills are awkward and looking into people's eyes to make eye contact in conversation I can tell is difficult for him.

The little boy in this story has more severe complex needs.

Jody, the mum copes well. If you can call it 'coping' as with most things in life you just have to buckle down and get on with it.

But the Dad isn't coping.
It's not just about his son, it's about another tragedy that happened in his past which he blames himself for.

Jody can't cope with him like this as well as their sons needs.

They become a couple that 'are on a break' so he moves in with his friend.

I have to say here, that there are times in this book that made me giggle. I could see how the Dad had such a great sense of humor with certain things he said or thought. And at times I laughed out loud.

Then bit by bit things begin to change.
His son has a game he plays on his XBox and although at first Dad is a bit reluctant with that idea, after all, shouldn't they be helping him to socialize?

Dad gets drawn into game, he can also communicate with his son online playing this game and interacting with his wonderful son.

Bit by bit the blocks are being built in more ways than one.

But will Jody and him ever find a way forward now that she's kissed someone.
She now has a part time job.
He was made redundant.

Has life moved on and such a gap grown the divide is to big?
Although he's closer to his son more than ever.

My thanks to Little brown book group for my copy via Net Galley

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Review: His Kidnapper's Shoes

His Kidnapper's Shoes His Kidnapper's Shoes by Maggie James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book just kept on giving.

We guess by the title and we know by the blurb and even get more of an idea what the book is about by reading reviews. But let me say, as long as no ones given any spoilers, the story is just not straight forward.

The depths the author goes to the heart and soul of this complete story left me feeling so sorry and really empathetic towards all the characters involved.
All the characters came to life in my minds eye.

The way in which the author writes had me visualizing everything. All this became so real to me.

This was not only about the kidnapped son, but, the kidnapped, the Biological parents, the Nanny, the Grandparents and the step dad.

The revelations at the end had me gasping and asking myself questions.

Annie was the most sweetest, kind, down to earth reasonable person. Although her story too was heart rendering.

Would I recommend this book?
Hell yes and more....

I love this authors books, and it's hard to choose a favorite but this one by far brought out more emotional feelings and reactions in me.

My thanks to Lake Union for my copy. Via Net Galley.

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Review: Frailty: a haunting psychological page-turner

Frailty: a haunting psychological page-turner Frailty: a haunting psychological page-turner by Betsy Reavley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Frailty by Betsy Reavley #BlogTour @Bloodhoundbook

Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Frailty and it’s a double celebration as today is also publication day! 

About this book…

How far would you go to protect your family?
Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare.
When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes anunexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.
Will they ever find Hope? 
Frailty is a haunting, gritty, psychological page-turner about the choices we make.

I have need enraptured and captured within the confines of this read.
It's grief, its loss of a child, where is she? who knows, who can help?

The accused
The facts, the loopholes.

We have Hope, the little girl missing, her childish voice that beckons you as you read. Her voice pityingly real wanting her family. Where is she? It's dark. She's lonely.

Her Mother, her anguish while she struggles to also look after Hopes little sister.

The Father who goes in search for his daughter, his first born.

It was poignant at times both from the parents point of view and from Hopes scared little voice coming from the pitch blackness she endured.

I was on tender hooks throughout. Will she be found? Won't she?
Whose responsibility is this, did the Mum act unwisely allowing a six year old to go to the shop?

The plot in this book is pure genius!
I didn't know what the ending had in store for any of these characters, let alone Hope.

I am so glad that I was gifted this book to read.

Highly recommended

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Review: Tattletale

Tattletale Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one hell of a book'

When I started it, in the first few chapters I was struggling to work out who was who and what was what. I was thinking ' please don't say this is going to be a book that I have so longed for, danced when I got an early copy to read, but it's going to fall flat on it's face'


Once I got to learn who was who.

His fiancé
His sister

Then the ones in the tenant block.

The ghetto sort of surroundings.

Then I understood which character was going back in time or their thoughts, that was the major start for me, I couldn't stop reading. Then when I did have to stop, I couldn't wait to start again.

It's complex in its characters as each have a brutal past or living in a domino effect from they're emotional hell.

The fact that Abe is in a coma means no one can ask questions of him and find out the truth.

It's an intense, purely raw book that rattled my head.

Would I recommend you read this? Yes
Stick with it, it all becomes clear.
The title of the book caught me, I now know why the author chose that title.

My thanks to Orion Publi Group via Net Galley for providing me with an early copy.

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Review: Rarity from the Hollow

Rarity from the Hollow Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very well written book where the author has drawn on lots of his life life experiences in his work and connections.

It tackled severe disturbing scenes of child abuse that will make you cringe where at times I had to take a breather from the reading material. We see how this little girl has an alien friend takes us into an entire different dimension.

There is a whole heap of things I could say in this review but to write more than what other reviewers have already said wouldn't be adding anything different, in fact, it may be adding to the spoilers.
So I'm not going to mention more.

I have sat on this review.

My 3* mean a book is OK.
Well, it's more than OK ias it's written superbly but I struggled at its intensity and how real this became.

It verges on sci Fi, fantasy and a bit beyond my taste in reading material and not what I expected at all.
So to do a review where I can generalise it, this is all I can do.

The book came to me as a gift.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Review: Away from the Dark

Away from the Dark Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Regrettably I should have read book 1
I was attracted to this on Net Galley not realizing this was book 2. You'd think I'd learn to check by now.

So I kept in mind that I've missed loads from not reading book1 and tried hard to piece together from reviews of book 1.

This started out a bit slow. Wasn't sure if I'd carry on but I did, I'm so glad I don't give up at the first hurdle as I've enjoyed this immensely and going to take out to read book 1 very soon.

It's definitely a book that keeps your attention

Thank you Thomas and mercer for supplying me this book via Net galley

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Review: The Day She Can't Forget

The Day She Can't Forget The Day She Can't Forget by Meg Carter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh dear.

Although I found the premises and plot good in this book, the opening chapters superb I really struggled keeping up.

It wasn't the plot or anything to do with the authors style, more the way it was written.

So many backwards and forwards, so many characters to keep abreast of just made it hard work for me to keep up without pausing and taking it in or flicking back and forth to remind myself who was who.

Elizebeth (Zeb) was the best chapters in this read. We were taken back in time to see how she developed and then the next chapter would throw me back into the confusion of Zebs life and predicament she was facing now.

Yes it all did come the end.

I personally found it a struggling read though.

My thanks to Canelo via Net Galley for my copy

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Review: America's Most Wanted

America's Most Wanted America's Most Wanted by Cory Cyr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've read a couple of this authors books now and like her style.
Yes it's sexy and raunchy, but, this author always has a fabulous story going on.

This time it's with a sexy hunk rock star whose climbed the ladder to great success only to find he's now been told he's dead!

What? I hear you say.

Vivian witnessed a massacre so he not only needs protection but he's the Police soul witness.

In comes Brogan.
At first I thought she was the female equivalent to Die Hard.

There is attraction between them and yes of course we know how this is going to play out.

But what we don't know is if her getting emotionally involved will harm the results.
If she really is emotionally drawn to him.

How about him!
He could be all that's reported in the newspapers.

How this pans out, you need to find out.

I was gifted this book.

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Review: Duplicity

Duplicity Duplicity by Sibel Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sibel Hodge has been my fast growing one of my favorite authors from the first book I ever read by her.

She is an author that you sit patiently awaiting her next book.
No matter what, you just know you are in for a great time.

This would make for an awesome movie.

It's told from two different angles from the heading of the chapter.

When I saw The One heading on the chapters it was engrossing to get into the head of the person whose thoughts, life and viewpoints you were reading. Chilling and dark.

Alyssa and Max the happy couple who had everything.
Alyssa the beauty devoured by every male and admired by females.

Max, rich, comfortable, head of his own empire.

Perfection comes at a cost.

To tell you how I felt about this storyline rather than the story itself, had me trapped within its pages.
I watched the spider spinning g it's wicked web.
But, the web, was it solid enough? Did it trap the right person?

We had head of the detective unit and another who works under him.
Those two had not only history but competition and one with emotional hurt after loosing his wife to cancer.

Spellbinding is one word that comes to mind for this story.
Chilling reality.

And the plot was water tight. It was leading, the road was full of anxious OMG moments and, OMG that's incredible.
We got to the end....
But we didn't.
We climaxed, then we fell into a false sense of wonderment.
Relaxed in the afterglow only for the rhythm to pick up pace and like a horse race we are OFF......
Where is the finishing line!

When you get to the finishing line, be prepared to GASP.

I received this book as a gift

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Review: A Mother's Confession

A Mother's Confession A Mother's Confession by Kelly Rimmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has zoomed right into my top 20 fabulous rememberable outstanding choices of 2016

I have enjoyed every single book this author has written. She holds no punches on the readers emotions. Right smack in there where your heart is stampeded on, where the people in the book are real, where the pain becomes your pain, where the hurt becomes your own.

Two women connected by the same man.


Someone's son.
Someone's husband.
But he's also someone's father.

Perfect marriage?
At first.

The marriage becomes abusive.

His mother did she really make excuses for him?

David commits suicide.

Olivia a child and living in a small village.

I was so engrossed within the pages of this book I resented anyone trying to get my attention.

The twist in the tail, oh my word. This was one fantastic read I won't forget in a hurry.

My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: We're All Doing Just Great

We're All Doing Just Great We're All Doing Just Great by Robert Bayley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I need to say that I have to be objective on this recent read as it's not a book I would readily agree to read but, there was something about the caption of the blurb that took my interest.

If you like a diversion from your usual type of read and want to quietly get out of your reading comfort zone I'd say, definitely give this a try.
I was pleasantly surprised.

I'd rate it to be Thriller/ dysfunctional

The plot is strong, no edges and twists that keep bending.

Added to this there is a love interest.

I think this author in my humble opinion will go from strength to strength

I was gifted this book

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