The Letter – Goodreads Book Review

The Letter

 

The Letter isn’t my usual choice of reading material but I couldn’t resist when I read the blurb. Working in a charity shop myself, the idea of finding something like this, written 30 years earlier really intrigued me.

It tells of two relationships, Tina and Rick in the 70s and Chrissie and Billy in the 30s.

1970s

Tina volunteers in a charity shop on a Saturday and finds the letter in the pocket of a suit that has been donated. It was written by Billy in 1939 for Chrissie but for some reason, it was never sent.

Tina opens it and finds herself wanting to unravel the mystery of Chrissie and Billy.

1939

Chrissie and Billy fall in love just before the start of the war. Chrissie gets pregnant and ends up getting sent to Ireland to stay with an aunt.
Her aunt dies and Chrissie has to go and stay at a convent to have her baby.

Her home life isn’t good. Rick’s an alcoholic and Tina puts up with and makes excuses for him when he gets drunk and beats her up.
She does leave for a while but in the end, she goes back to him.

It was hard to read in places due to the domestic abuse and the way Chrissie is treated at the convent but it kept me reading.

The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it – a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever…

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does – in more ways than he can ever imagine…

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Lincoln Rhyme #11 The Skin Collector – Book Review Week 6

Lincoln Rhyme #11

Lincoln Rhyme The Skin Collector

I love Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series. My best friend bought me a box set of the first three books in the series. I’d never been a fan of thrillers, much-preferring chick lit style but I decided to give the first one a go and absolutely loved it.

The Skin Collector is book number 11 in the series and like all the others, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been quite a while since I read a Lincoln book but as soon as I started it felt like I was back with old friends.

Taken from Goodreads

A new type of serial killer is stalking the streets of New York. One more devious and disturbing than ever before.

They call this butcher The Skin Collector: a tattooist with a chamber of torture hidden deep underground. But instead of using ink to create each masterpiece, the artist uses a lethal poison which will render targets dead before they can even entertain the prospect of escape . . .

Drafted in to investigate, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs have little to go on but a series of cryptic messages left etched into the skin of the deceased.

As the pair struggle to discover the meaning behind the designs, they are led down a treacherous and twisting path where nothing is as it seems. And with the clock rapidly ticking before the killer strikes again, they must untangle the twisted web of clues before more victims – or they themselves – are next.

I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads. I was going to give it 5 but I’ve enjoyed some of the others in the series more than this so I figured a 4 was a good rating.

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Dear Amy – Book Review Week 5

Dear Amy

I really liked the sound of Dear Amy when I read the blurb. I have to say, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. It did keep me reading so it wasn’t all bad but I think I was expecting too much.

It’s hard to really talk about it without giving away spoilers so this is going to be a short review!

The start of the book was good. It got me hooked. It made me want to read instead of the 100 other things I should have been doing! Towards the middle, though, I felt like it started going downhill a bit. Another reviewer on Goodreads, Liz Barnsley, said exactly what I was thinking:

there were one or two very generic plot devices used to prevent the characters getting somewhere too quickly. I roll my eyes these days every time a mobile phone has no signal (usually all of a sudden) or has run out of battery (hey it happens but EVERY time someone is in mortal danger or whatever? It seems so if you are a character in a psychological thriller) Thats fine too there are only so many ways of moving (or not) a plot forwards at the pace required but when you’ve read the same reason many many many times it becomes slightly dull.

It wasn’t badly written, it was just a bit, ‘meh’.

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Amy Snow – Weekly Book Review Week 1

Amy Snow

I’ve started another reading challenge on Goodreads and the first book I read was Amy Snow by Tracy Rees.
I’ve challenged myself to read 45 books this year but after seeing how Cheryl, from Madhouse Family Reviews, did with her challenge, I decided to go and change my goal to 52 and try reading a book a week.

I don’t know if I’ll make it but I’m going to give it a good go!

Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

So onto my review.

I work on the book section in the charity shop 2 mornings a week. That’s where I came across this book. The cover stood out of the hundreds of books I deal with a week so I read the blurb.

Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy’s only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits . . . if only she can unlock the secret.

I liked the sound of it so I bought it and gave it the husband to put away so one of the kids could give it to me for Christmas.

Two copies

I must have really liked the sound of this book because months later I came across it again and bought it, again. Because it had a different cover, I didn’t realise I’d already had it but to be fair I do read a lot of blurbs each week so I’m sure I can be forgiven for not realising!

I figured it was a sign that I needed to read this book first and I wasn’t disappointed. It took less than a week finish because I couldn’t put it down. It was a nice, easy read and made a change from all the Christmas fiction I’d been reading.

Amy and Aurelia are likeable characters. I found myself feeling the same as Amy as she went about her quest; I wanted to protect Aurelia and I hated her parents. The way Aurelia’s mother treated Amy was awful and I thought the way the author tried to justify her behaviour at the end was disappointing.

It was also a little disappointing that Amy figured out the secret half way through. I was looking forward to that feeling you get when you can’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out what happened but you also don’t want the book to finish. That feeling fizzled when I realised Amy was probably right with her suspicions.

I’ll be looking out for her second novel, Florence Grace when I’m working in the charity shop 🙂

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