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April 2019

How To Make The Most Of A Small Garden

red rose in a small garden
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Having a garden is definitely a great thing for any homeowner because it’s somewhere that can be used as your own little sanctuary and escape to nature, but depending on the size of your property and your garden, you may feel like you don’t really have the space to enjoy it.

 

The good news is that you don’t need a massive garden to be able to enjoy it and it’s something that will sometimes actually allow you to be more creative the smaller it is, so in this post we’re going to share with you some of our top tips for how to make the most out of a small garden.

 

Keep it tidy:

 

The very first thing that has to be said about any garden, but especially a small one is that it should really be treated like any other area of the house, so if you’re looking to make the most out of your garden, then you’re going to find this far easier to do and more enjoyable to use if you have a clean and tidy space around you rather than one that’s full of clutter and chaos.

 

For example, you could make sure the grass is cut and that you’re not using your garden as a space for junk that you don’t want to be kept in the house – if you do these simple things you’ll already notice a big improvement in your garden and will enjoy the space more.

 

Plant seeds:

 

Whether it’s planting things like flowers, vegetables, herbs, or even fruit, being able to plant things yourself and then watch them grow into food and beautiful flowers is definitely a very satisfying feeling and this will really help you enjoy your garden a good deal more – not just because of what you’ll be getting from the garden, but simply because it will be alive with vibrant colours, so you’ll enjoy spending time there, too.

 

Another thing you could do is add things for birds and wildlife such as feeders with seeds and water as this will definitely add a nice touch to the garden and give you a feeling of doing something nice. If you find that any birds have become injured or stuck in your garden, then the first thing you should do is call a Bird removal services company who are equipped to handle this situation safely.

 

Add some furniture:

 

Garden furniture is available in most places nowadays for a good price and in so much different variety, so you’re easily going to find something that really brings some life to your garden and will work with a small space so that you can enjoy the garden.

 

Add subtle lighting:

 

Lighting is another thing that works very well in a garden and can actually look better in a smaller garden, so go shopping for some subtle lighting that you can add to the garden and that will give it a cosy glow at nighttime even when you still want to sit outside and enjoy the garden.

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Things To Do In Liverpool Including Dinosaurs At Liverpool ONE

Liverpool is a city with so much to do, you’ll probably be stuck trying to decide between all the wonderful attractions!
Below are some of the top attractions in Liverpool starting with Liverpool ONE.

For Shoppers – Liverpool One

Dinosaurs have ‘invaded’ Liverpool ONE and they’re going to be sticking around for a while.
There are lots of free events for all the family to enjoy and if you download the app, you can hatch dinosaur eggs, feed your dinosaurs and learn loads of interesting dinosaur facts.

Liverpool ONE dinosaurs unleashed
Dinosaurs Unleashed – Click for more information

There are over 170 shops, bars and restaurants and 18 cinema screens at the Odeon.

Beatles Fans

If you’re a fan of the Beatles and let’s face it, most of us are, a trip to the Beatles statue is a must.
It was made by sculptor Andy Edwards and was based on a 1963 photo shoot.

Beatles statue Liverpool

More must-sees for Beatles fans include The Cavern club. The Beatles Story at the Royal Albert Dock, the Casbah Club and of course, Penny Lane.

Nature Enthusiasts

Choose one of the many parks available in Liverpool or go for a paddle at Crosby, Formby or New Brighton Beach.

Sefton Park is a grade 1 listed, 235-acre park and is the perfect place to take the family for a picnic. There are lots of different events at Palm House and a playground to keep the children entertained.
If you wanted to make an afternoon of it, you could visit Calderstones Park and Otterspool promenade after your walk around Sefton Park.

Palm House

Book Lovers

A visit to the Central Library is a must for all book lovers. This library boasts a cafe, discovery room and XBOXES for the children and wonderful views of Liverpool from the rooftop.
Be sure to check out what’s in advance so you can take advantage of hosted storytelling and themed days.

Art Galleries and Museums

No matter what your taste, there’s an art gallery or museum for you including:

  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Tate Liverpool
  • International Slavery Museum
  • Open Eye Gallery
  • World Museum
  • Walker Art Gallery
  • Lady Lever Art Gallery

You might be better going for a long weekend rather than a day so you pack in everything you want to see on your trip to Liverpool.

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5 Things You Should Know About Life Insurance

We all need financial assurance to get comfortable in life. This assurance almost never happens to most of us, as we work throughout our life meeting daily needs and then retiring on our pensions and support from our meagre savings and our children. Taking a life insurance policy is a good way of ensuring financial support for the people who depend on you. You can ensure that your family’s basic needs including health and education are met in case you lose your life. There are a few things you need to know like how do you find life insurance policy of a deceased person and others. Here are five important aspects that you should know about this policy.

life insurance

  1.    Always Work with a Professional

Insurance agents can be very tricky if you do not find one that is both professional and can be trusted. It is important that you find someone you can trust, and one who understands the various policies. They will give better valuable advice before committing to any policy.

  1.    Variety of Life Insurance Policies

Life insurance policies can be either temporary or permanent. You should take one that you think meets your needs effectively and which you can pay policies without struggling. Temporary insurance is the policy taken for a fixed period of time. You can consider one that allows you to renew the coverage before the existing one expires. You do not need any additional underwriting or further medical check-ups in most cases. A permanent policy is one in which you pay premiums your entire life. It only matures when you pass on and your beneficiary starts receiving the benefits.
You can compare multiple quotes for free at Reassured.

  1.    Various Factors Affect the Cost of Premiums

When calculating the cost of premiums, insurance companies look at your age, health condition, marital status, your profession, where you live among other factors. Generally, the younger you are, the lower your premiums. Your health condition also matters a lot. The healthier you are, the lower the cost of your premiums. There is also the issue of simplified and fully underwritten policies. If you opt to go for a simplified policy, you only need to respond to a few general questions and your end paying higher premiums. Fully underwritten policies lower the costs of premiums since you have to undergo a detailed medical examination.

  1.    You Can Determine the Cost of Premiums

Generally, temporary life insurance policies tend to be cheaper when you are starting out, but get more expensive as you approach the end of your term. Permanent life policies, on the other hand, can be quite costly when starting out, but have consistent and manageable monthly rates. It is upon you to determine which of the policies you can manage based on your family and needs.

  1.    Cancelling an Existing Policy

There are times you feel that an existing policy does not seem to meet your needs or are unable to pay the premiums. If you find yourself in such a situation, do not cancel your existing policy before another one in place. If it is a permanent life insurance policy, consider the cash value, penalties and any tax that it might accrue before cancelling. For a temporary one, you can just stop paying the premiums.

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How To Transform Your Garden into a Wonderland

Turning the outdoor space into an extension of the home and your personal garden oasis may sound like a steep hill to climb, but, in reality, it takes much less than you may think. Regardless of the size of your patio, garden or backyard, even a few little changes can go a long way towards transforming the entire place into a cosy, loving, relaxing, and inviting space you will never want to leave!

 

Here are some ideas to get the wheels inside your mind turning:

 

Idea #1: Add a water feature

water feature in a garden wonderland

Besides good Feng Shui, adding a water feature is also an easy and quite fast project to even handle yourself if you love doing things with your own hands. Want to hear some good news? You don’t need to be an avid DIYer to get this job done. In fact, you can assemble it in a single day.

 

Start with creating a fountain around a stone from which the water will flow out into a reservoir that you could fill with gravel. Then, get a pump to circulate the water back up via the rock. Don’t forget to drill a hole through the rock (a rotary hammer drill will be perfect for this job) or hit the local stone suppliers and get a pre-drilled rock instead.

 

The best of it all? The fact that this type of fountain does not need a collection pond also makes it a low-maintenance project. And, if you locate it someplace where the sun’s rays do not reach it, you will also minimise algae growth (hence, help keep the water fresher too).

 

Idea #2: Install a screened porch

 

A screened porch is an excellent option for the summer months when you want to feel the breeze while keeping mosquitos and other bugs out. Again, you may take matters into your own hands and get it over with all by yourself in a few days or hire professionals. If you are comfortable building sheds or decks, the straightforward construction plans make this task perfect for you. And, it doesn’t have to be overly complicated.

 

Opting for standard dimensional lumber and having open soffit and/or exposed rafters (avoid complex joints and heavy beams) is often all that is required to have an eye-catching and professionally done screened porch.

 

Idea #3: Build a conservatory

 

Now, this is probably a project to let professionals handle as it requires quite a lot of expertise so that you have a visually appealing, functional, and practical outcome. Nevertheless, a conservatory will allow you to extend your indoor spaces, add value to your home, and enjoy your garden throughout the winter. Not to mention how much more cost-effective of an option it is compared to any other extension if executed correctly.

 

One of the most common issues conservatory owners have is the temperatures inside the conservatory. In the summer, it gets too hot; in the winter, it is too cold. This is due to poor roofing insulation. Another problem is glare in the summer and winter, which can be unbearable. To eliminate these problems, consider tiled conservatory roofs, which are created to solve both issues and deliver supreme performance, efficiency, and fast-tracked building application.

 

Idea #4: Put up a hammock

hammock in a garden wonderland

Most of us have a fun memory at the back of our heads that involves a swing or hammock and cherished people around. You could help your children and loved ones create more happy memories by putting up a hammock in your backyard, which will instantly transform it into a relaxing place.

 

Idea #5: Make it your personal sanctuary

 

To add some privacy and not feel like your outdoor space is on display, you could consider using plants to define a more private area. There are many easy DIY ideas to implement, such as plant privacy walls; an affordable and easy-to-create solution. Alternatively, you could block unwanted views and create a sense of enclosure with lattices, fences or pergolas.

 

Extra Tips:

fire pit

  • Having a fire pit or installing a fire bowl will add a touch of cosiness to your backyard.
  • If you lack large trees, you can create some shade with curtains if you have a BBQ gazebo, conservatory or sunroom.
  • Add to the ambience of your garden with strands of light. There are so many different ways to hang them that you will be spoilt for choice (i.e. suspend them from a pergola or dangle them from a tree)!

 

Creating your own hideaway and personal retreat does not always take much work, time or money. Sometimes, the small, simple things make a profound difference.

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5 Ways Technology Has Changed Our Lives For The Better

Advances in technology have totally changed the way we live our lives today. The speed with which the changes have happened and are still happening is sometimes hard to comprehend!
Everything we do today and the way in which we do it could be totally different in just a couple of years time; for example, advancement in robot technology means parents might never have to battle with children again about keeping their room clean because a robot is being developed that will do it for them!

artificial intelligence technology

Below are 5 ways technology has changed our lives for the better.

1 – Communication

We’ve been able to keep in touch on the telephone for many years, however, phoning a relative abroad could prove too costly for some. The Royal Mail was relied upon to keep us in touch with relatives overseas.
The only problem, however, was that it wasn’t a very speedy way to communicate, it could take weeks for a letter to arrive at its destination. With the introduction of the internet and email, we suddenly had a much faster way to communicate.

Social networks seemed to spring up out of nowhere. letting us find old and new friends. Suddenly we had smartphones that could let us, not only communicate in real time, but also enable us to have video chats, the likes of which had only been seen on Star Trek!

Making a move to live overseas isn’t as much of a big deal now as it would have been back in the 80s.

2 – Money

online banking

Not only do you not need to carry a chequebook or any cash with you these days, you don’t even need to carry a bank card. Your smartphone and an app can pay for goods at the checkout. You can even pay a carpark fee by using your phone.

The number of high street banks is dwindling because we no longer need to go to an actual bank. Everything we need to do such as pay bills, transfer money, check our balance and set up standing orders or direct debits can all be done through a banking app.
If you’re worried about doing your banking online, you don’t need to be; the advancement of VPN technology means all of your online activity can be totally protected and secure. As an added bonus, you can also access content from countries that would otherwise be restricted from your location.

3 – Watching TV

Gone are the days when you’d have to rush to the kitchen to make a cuppa during an advertisement break on T.V. and have to keep nipping back and forth so you didn’t miss any of the programme. Now you just pause it!

We also need not worry about having to choose between the 2 big shows on at primetime; we can record multiple shows on at the same time and watch them at our leisure.
Not only watch what we want when we want, but we can also watch it wherever we want as well, thanks to smartphones and mobile data.

4 – Finding a mate

advances in technology - finding love online

The number of people finding love online is growing year on year. According to the latest research from E-Harmony, over 50% of couples will have met online and by 2040 that will rise to 70%

There are almost 8000 dating sites in the world. Many are started to help people with very specific goals, for example, Gluten Free Singles, Clown Dating, Date a Golfer and many more!

Online dating does have its pros and cons, however.
Statistics show that people who meet online get married sooner than those who don’t and are less likely to end it within the first year.
Statistics also show a rise in people being scammed out of their money when using online dating sites.
It’s important to be vigilant and to take all the necessary steps to keep yourself safe.

5 – Voice Assistants

Whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri or Samsung’s Bixby, you’re all probably aware of voice assistants by now.

A voice assistant can perform everyday tasks simply by asking them for help. They can make shopping lists, add events to calendars, find an answer to just about any question you can think of and even control smart home appliances like heating and lights.

Life Changing

We’ve gone from having to search huge encyclopedias, spend hours at the library and having to get up to turn on a light, to just being able to pick up our smartphone and tell it what we need.
Technology is amazing and I can’t wait to see what the technological future holds for us.

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The Stars Burn On – Book Review #14

I’m writing this review while I’ve still got a bit left to read. This hasn’t happened to me since I started doing the Goodreads reading challenge and I’m not liking being behind at all!
I’ll have to update my review of The Stars Burn On by Denise Richardson when I finally manage to finish it!

The Stars Burn On

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

High on a windswept hill on the dawn of a new year, 8 young people gather to watch the sun rise. Soon they must separate and go off into the world of work. Within days one of the group is dead in mysterious circumstances and only one of them knows that the secret which binds them all together is a lie.

My Thoughts

It’s a hard one to review because I’m not actually sure if I like it or not! It’s certainly taking me a long time to read it. I’m slightly invested in the characters, but I’m just over half way through and it feels like nothing much is happening. I tried to sit down yesterday afternoon and binge read it to the end, but my attention kept wandering and I gave up.

One thing that is annoying me is the number of typos in the book. I don’t know if any editing was ever done because there are random question marks, the number 1 being used as an L and lots of other mistakes. The odd one can be expected, but this has too many for my comfort levels!

I’ll be back to update this post once I’ve finished the book. Hopefully, it won’t be too long!

*EDIT* I wrote this post yesterday and finally finished the book today and to be honest, not much more happened so there’s not really anything to update you about!
I gave it 2 stars and was glad to be finally finished!

The stars burn on by Denise Robertson

 


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Neglected Blog – Blame The Cricut!

Since receiving my wonderful Cricut Maker in February, my blog has been very neglected! I’ve hardly done any recipes, I’m behind on my reading so I’m behind on my book review posts and I’ve gone days every week without posting. For someone who usually blogs daily, it’s been a little strange not blogging. However, I love being creative with the Cricut and I just want to be making things all the time!

I spent all day yesterday making my lovely mother-in-law some pictures to hang on either side of her bathroom door.
I purchased SVG files from one of my favourite websites, Dreaming Tree and made six 6×6 inch box frame pictures.

Butterfly paper sculpture box frame made with the Cricut maker

Love heart paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Hummingbird paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Set of 3 paper sculpture box frames using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

mermaid paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Seashell paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Star fish paper sculpture box frame using Dreaming Tree SVG files and the Cricut maker

Set of three paper sculpture box frames using Dreaming Tree SVG files

I’ve also made a cute paper bunny rabbit that can be filled with Easter goodies!

paper Easter bunny

I’ve made cards and box frames for mother’s day presents and I’ve bought loads more files from Dreaming Tree and SVG Cuts that I can’t wait to make!

4 Things to look for when researching rehabilitation programs for family members

Dealing with a family member who is suffering from addiction is something that can greatly affect every member of the family tree. Relationships may deteriorate or become stronger depending on how the situation is handled. While some families opt to try to help their family members themselves, it might be better to leave it to the hands of professionals. If you have no idea what rehabilitation programs fit with their needs, you may check out the list below for some tips.

silhouette of a man drinking a bottle of alcohol - addiction. rehabilitation

  1. The staff members have the proper credentials and experience – Of course, the first thing you should look at how capable the staff at the center is. This is for everyone, not just the therapists and psychologists but also medical personnel like nurses or aides. Aside from their education or training, you can find out how many years they have been practising and what their specializations are. Your family member may have specific needs and you need to make sure that the clinic or center is prepared for that. Schedule a visit to the place to also see their amenities and the whole atmosphere of the place.

 

  1. Check whether the treatment they do is something you are comfortable with – This is very important. There are some treatment programs that treat their drug patients by just swapping the drugs they are used to with another drug. While this is certainly legal, there is still that danger that they may also become dependent on that drug. There are also some medicines that can cause liver distress and the like.   If this is not something you are comfortable with, you may want to look for other options that use other means in order to recover from their addiction. Try to ask what their methods are for alleviating the cravings for their addiction.

 

  1. Look at how they try to involve the families in the process – It’s better for those recovering from drug or alcohol abuse if their families understand and are also a part of their recovery process. The good thing is that there are family support programs in Australia that recognize just how important the role of the family is for those who are recovering. Some programs host Family Night where they can explain more about what addiction is and give tips on how they can support their loved ones.

 

  1. Check the skills they teach their patients – While the goal of getting them into a rehabilitation program is for them to recover from their addiction, you want the effect to be beyond that. Because once they go out of the center, they will be faced with the same problems. You want them to learn life skills which will help them cope with the stresses of life and the possibility of being faced with the same temptation of drugs or alcohol. You want your loved ones to improve not just physically but emotionally as well.

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Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial #Ad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK and this year we made my mum, Ant’s mum and Aiden’s step mum a rolled roses box frame. We used the Cricut Maker to cut the roses and vinyl for the front of the frame then personalised them for each person, like the one below.

to the world you are a mother but to your family you are the world. Box frame with paper roses

We loved how nice they looked so I decided to make a small one for us, to celebrate the coming of Spring. The following tutorial is picture heavy to make it easier for beginners to follow along.

Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial

You will need:

A Cricut Maker – here’s mine on my shiny new trolley from Hobbycraft! The super wonderful husband added the storage baskets on the side for my vinyl rolls and we’ve ordered a magazine rack for the other side that will store my 12×12 papers 🙂

trolley on wheels from Hobbycraft with my Cricut maker on

  • A box frame. I used a 6×6 white frame from The Range.
  • Medium Cardstock in your choice of colours.
  • A glue gun and glue sticks.
  • A quilling tool.
  • White vinyl
  • Cricut transfer tape.

box frame, glue gun, yellow card, cricut tools

Design Space

Open Design Space and click on Images. In the search box, search for #M3D7E1.
This file is free for me because I have Cricut access. I’m not sure if you have to pay for it if you don’t subscribe.

Design Space - file for creating rolled roses

 

Click on the image of the spiral and click on Insert Images.

The image will open in Design Space. Click on Duplicate and move one spiral underneath the other.

files opened in Design Space

While holding the Shift key, click on each layer so that they’re both selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette. This will keep your images in the right place when you click on Make It.

Selected layers in Design Space

Click Save and name your file.

save project in Design Space

Cutting The Roses

Click Make It. Design Space will prepare the mats and you can change some options here before starting to cut.

Design Space prepare the mats

I wasn’t sure how many copies I would need but I estimated around 30-36 should do. Set the number of copies you will need for your frame and click apply.

Design Space select project copies

Click Continue. Design Space will work out how many it can fit on a 12×12 sheet of card and will tell you how many mats you will need to cut.

 

Design Space prepping mat for multiple copies

I wanted to cut mine on A4 paper because I didn’t have enough of the same colour sheets in 12×12. I went back to Design Space and duplicated the image until I had 6 flowers and arranged them vertically rather than horizontally.

When you’ve set your number of copies, click Continue and select your material type. I’m using a light cardstock. I’m using the green mat throughout.

choose your material

The Load button will start flashing on the Cricut Maker when your material type has been selected. Hold the mat and apply gentle pressure while pressing the Load button then let go and let the mat load.

When the machine is ready, the Go button will start flashing. Press the Go button and let the machine do the job.

load mat

Assembling The Roses

When all the spirals have been cut, it’s time to start assembling the roses.

spirals ready to roll

Using a quilling tool, slide the outer end of the spiral into the tool.

rolling paper rose

Roll the spiral gently and try to keep the edge of the spiral lined up.

rolled paper rose

When it has all been rolled, slowly let go and let the flower unroll until it’s the shape you want it.

rolled paper rose

Hold the flower and turn it upside down. Apply hot glue to the last circle of the spiral.

using hot glue to glue the flower together

Press the circle onto the bottom of the rolled rose.

glued paper rose

Your first flower is now finished. Only another 30 or so to go!

finished flower

When all the roses have been made, cut a piece of white paper to the same size as the inside of your frame. Attach the roses, using hot glue, in any design you wish. We did 3 lines of different colours on the first ones we made for Mother’s day, but this time I wanted it to look a bt different so I placed them on randomly.

framed paper roses

Cutting The Vinyl

It’s now time to cut the viny for the front of the frame.

I used a free download from lovesvg.com for the spring vinyl design. Download the file and unzip it.
In Design Space, click on Upload file.

upload image

Click on Browse and browse to the folder where you unzipped your file.

choose file

Click Save

click save

Select the file by clicking on it and then click on Insert Images

load file onto canvas

The image will open on the canvas in Design Space.

svg file opens on canvas

You can resize the image by clicking and holding the circle with the arrows and dragging it to the required size.

change size if needed

Make sure all the layers are selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette.

select all layers and click attach

The image will turn to all the same colour. Clicking Attach tells the software that you want it to keep the image as it is. If you don’t click Attach, the software will rearrange the image on the mats to save materials.

image will change to all one colour

Click Make It.

prepping the mat for cutting

If your laptop is still connected you can just choose Vinyl for the material type. If not, connect your laptop or phone to the machine.

select vinyl

Follow the instructions to load the mat and start the cut when the machine is ready. There’s a progress circle to show how much cutting is left to do.

cutting in progress

Attaching The Vinyl

Unload the machine when the Load button starts to flash again and remove the vinyl from the mat.

cut vinyl

Peel away the excess vinyl.

removing excess vinyl

Weed the tiny areas in the letters with the weeding tool or a pair of pointy tweezers. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I missed a bit in the F on Life. Don’t worry if this happens, you can weed it using the weeding tool of tweezers once it’s been applied to the frame glass.

weeded vinyl

When it’s all weeded, cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to cover your design.

using ransfer tape to transfer vinyl onto frame

Stick the transfer tape to the design and rub over it using the Cricut scraper tool.

transfer paper attached to vinyl

Remove the backing from the vinyl and place the design on the glass.

sticking vinyl and transfer paper onto frame

Using the scraper tool again, rub over the whole design. Whilst you need to apply pressure, make sure you don’t apply too much and break the glass.

I’ve found the easiest way to remove the transfer tape is to pull it back on itself, keeping it flat on the glass. Go slowly and use the scraper for any stubborn bits that didn’t stick.

rub over design to ensure it has stuck to the glass then peel off the transfer paper

And that’s it!

Cricut rolled roses and vinyl frame

Your new rolled roses box frame is ready to hang where ever it will give you joy 🙂

Caught By Harlan Coben – Book Review #13

This year is flying by. I’ve not been able to get ahead on my reading challenge yet and I was hoping that by now I’d be at least a couple of books ahead. I’m planning on reading the Game Of Thrones series soon and I don’t think I’m going to be able to read them each in a week, they’re huge!
I was happy to be reading Caught by Harlan Coben, I managed to finish it in less than a week so I do at least now have a chance of getting ahead!

Caught By Harlan Coben

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid never gave her parents a moment’s worry. Until one morning her mother wakes to find that Haley didn’t come home the night before. Three months quickly pass without a word, and everyone assumes the worst. Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission: to identify and bring down sexual predators via televised sting operations. Her latest target is Dan Mercer, a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens. But his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined. CAUGHT tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realises she can’t trust her own instincts about this story – or the motives of the people around her.

My Thoughts

I was glad to be back reading a Harlan Coben story and even more so when Win, from the Myron Bolitar series, made an unexpected appearance. I got stupidly excited when Wendy made a phone call and the person answered with the word, articulate.

This one did keep me guessing as to what had happened to Haley and whether Dan was really innocent or not.
It was also a bit scary seeing how easily someone can use the internet to damage a person’s reputation.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending.

Caught by Harlan Coben book cover

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge 13 books read


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