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

Lincoln Rhyme #11

 

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’.

Dear Amy book

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The Forgetting Time – Weekly Book Review Week 4

The Forgetting Time

I’ve always found the idea of reincarnation interesting. I’m not sure if I believe it but I enjoy reading about it and I really enjoyed The Forgetting Time.

It was a bit slow to start (I seem to be getting slow starters at the moment!) but it soon picked up. The story centres on 4-year-old Noah and his single mum Janie.
Noah keeps asking when he’s going to go home and when will his other mum come for him. He talks about things Janie knows nothing about, for example, Harry Potter, guns and lizards.

He has an unexplainable water phobia and refuses to bathe. His behaviour problems get too bad for his preschool to deal with and Janie ends up taking him to see various medical professionals.
None of them seems able to help and one of them even suggests putting Noah on pills.

Janie meets Professor Jerome Anderson who studies past lives and is writing a book on the subject. He tries his best to help them but he’s struggling with a form of Aphasia which means he’s losing the ability to read, write and even talk. He wants to finish his book before the Aphasia totally takes hold.

The story brings 2 families and Jerome together for a short while and in that time, they all find what they need.

The Forgetting Time

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Noah wants to go home. A seemingly easy request from most four year olds. But as Noah’s single-mother, Janie, knows, nothing with Noah is ever easy. One day the pre-school office calls and says Janie needs to come in to talk about Noah, and no, not later, now – and life as she knows it stops.

For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has stopped. A deadly diagnosis has made him realize he is approaching the end of his life. His first thought – I’m not finished yet. Once a shining young star in academia, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw it all away because of an obsession.

Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he didn’t care. Something had to be going on beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for that something else. And with Noah, he thinks he’s found it.
Soon Noah, Janie and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for seven years – and when that door opens, all of their questions will be answered.

I’d recommend this book if you’re at all interested in reincarnation.

The one thing I didn’t much care for was the stories at the start of each chapter. They’re taken from a book about reincarnation by Jim B. Tucker.
They were interesting but I felt they were keeping me from reading the story I wanted to read. I can’t actually remember any of the stories because I found myself reading them quickly so I could back to Noah and Janie!

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Gone Girl – Weekly Book Review Week 3

Gone Girl

I was expecting to enjoy Gone Girl as much as I did, The Girl On The Train.

I didn’t.

In fact, half way through the book, I posted a picture of it on Instagram and said that I was struggling to get to the end. The first half felt like a real slog.
It wasn’t gripping me and I occasionally wondered whether finding out what was actually happening was worth having to read to the end!

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I read a few reviews that said the second half was much better than the first so I decided to finish it.

If you haven’t read the book, then here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

The second half was indeed much better than the first but I found the ending a bit disappointing. I can’t really say why without ruining it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet so I won’t.
I will say if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, the movie sticks quite closely to the book and is much easier to get through!

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The Widow – Weekly Book Review Week 2

The Widow

I’m not sure what it was that caught my eye with The Widow but something made me read the blurb when I came across it in the charity shop. Maybe it was because of the line on the cover that said, ‘A loving husband or a heartless killer. She’d know, wouldn’t she?’

The Widow by Fiona Barton

This is taken from Goodreads:

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

4 Stars

I gave the book 4 stars on Goodreads. I would have given it 5 but I felt the ending lacked something. I’m not exactly sure what, I just know I felt a little deflated when it was done.
The story kept me wanting to read through all of the book but it’s been a few days since I finished and I’m struggling to remember why I liked it!

It did keep me guessing, wondering who the kidnapper could be and whether, in fact, they weren’t just a kidnapper but a murderer as well.
I wasn’t expecting it to be the person it turned out to be. It had taken me through multiple suspects and I was convinced it was going to be someone else.

The Widow is Fiona Barton’s first book and I’m looking forward to her next one, which is called, The Child.

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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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Snoopy and Charlie Brown – A Peanuts Movie Story Book

 Snoopy is timeless. I loved him when I was younger and my kids love him today 🙂

We received the storybook of the new movie that’s in cinemas now, Snoopy and Charlie Brown – A Peanuts Movie.
We haven’t seen it yet but I can’t wait till we do!

Book of the movie

The story is about a  new girl with red hair who moves into the neighbourhood. Charlie Brown likes her but he’s too shy to talk to her.
Lucy tries to help him by giving him some advice about girls not liking failures and she says Charlie Brown needs to become a winner.

He decides to try and win the school talent show by doing a magic act but on the day his sister ends up needing help with her act and Charlie’s doesn’t go very well.

In the end, of course, Charlie and the red headed girl become friends 🙂

It’s a lovely book with nice big pictures.

Here’s the official trailer

Please note: We were sent the book in return for an honest review

The dinosaur that pooped the bed! Book Review

Photo of a children's book

Ella is a big fan of the dinosaur that pooped books. She’s got the first three, The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet, The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past and The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.

She was really excited when we received The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed along with a noisy version of The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet.

Photo of the dinosaur book

In The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed, we’re back with Danny and Dino. They want to watch TV but mum says no cartoons until they clean their room (it’s a rhyming book, which is another reason Ella loves it so much!).

Instead of cleaning, Danny gets Dino to eat all the mess, including the toys, his clothes and even his bed!

All that mess has to go somewhere and it’s not very nice when it all comes back out!

I have to say that Ant doesn’t think these books are suitable for kids; he’s not a fan of anything that talks about poo or uses the word ‘snot’ (but I don’t think he knows that’s in this book so shush…don’t tell him!) so we won’t be reading it for him at bedtime any time soon!

Picture of the dinosaur that pooped the bed

There’s a Dinosaur the Pooped Facebook page and Twitter account.


Please note: We were sent the books for the purpose of the review. Our reviews are our own opinions and are always honest.

The Dinosaur That Pooped – Review and Giveaway

Ella loves big picture story books like these. Between them, Kaycee and Ella have lots of these kinds of books. This set of The Dinosaur That Pooped books were welcomed into their collection!

The dinosaur that pooped a planet, The dinosaur that pooped the past and the dinosaur that pooped Christmas books

 

The books are written by the seemingly lovely boys from McFly who have now joined together with Busted to become McBusted.

Lots Of Poo!

Now I have to say that these books do not fill me with the same sense of hilarity that they do the children! Seeing all that poo on the page is in no way funny to me!
The kids, however, think it’s hilarious. Kids just find poo funny. I don’t know why, I don’t think I’ll ever understand it, I just try and not think about it 🙂

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas

The first book, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, introduces us to Danny. A greedy boy who has more toys than he could ever play with yet he still wants lots more from Santa.

Santa gives him a dinosaur egg for a present. It soon hatches and the huge dinosaur starts eating everything in sight, including poor Santa, mum, dad and granny!

The dinosaur that pooped Christmas

 

The dinosaur that pooped Christmas

When he eventually poos everything back out, Danny has realised that being greedy isn’t nice and he’s a changed boy 🙂

The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet

The next book, The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet, sees Danny and the dinosaur fly off into space but they forget their packed lunch that mum made for them.
The dinosaur eats everything in sight, including the whole spaceship which leaves them floating in space. He continues to everything he can find and Danny gets worried when he realises they can’t get home.

Cue more pooing, which powers them back down to earth and leaves a poo planet next to the moon!

The dinosaur that pooped a planet

 

The dinosaur that pooped a planet

The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past

In the new book, The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past, we see Danny and the dinosaur get on a magic swing which sends them back to the time of the dinosaurs. They meet three cute baby dinosaurs called A, B and C!

The dinosaur that pooped the past

 

The dinosaur that pooped the past

The dinosaur manages to get them back to the present by, you guessed it, pooing!
Our new little friends, A, B and C get sent back with them and even though I’m not into the pooing part of the stories, I’m looking forward to seeing what mischief the little babies get up to in the next book 🙂

There’s a Dinosaur the Pooped Facebook page and Twitter account.

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Book review – Secrets at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown

When I started my previous Day Zero project I challenged myself to read 100 books in 1001 days. I failed miserably but I’m trying the Day Zero project, again and again, I’m challenging myself to read 100 books in 1001 days.
Kathryn Brown - Secrets at Rosehill
I’ve started with the sequel to Discovery at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown.

Secrets at Rosehill continues the story of medium, Camilla. She’s now very happily married to the former reverend, Marcus and they’re enjoying their lives at the gorgeous Scottish estate.

She’s regularly visited by the spirits of former residents of the estate as well as family members, such as her grandmother.

I like the way Kathryn reminded us of the happenings of the first story without making me feel like I was having to go through the first story again before I could get on with the new story. It was very cleverly done and I appreciated it because that’s one of the most annoying things for me when reading a series of books.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Now married to Marcus Calloway, Camilla couldn’t be happier. Accepted as a medium by the local villagers, her beloved Rosehill estate is at peace. But when Marcus heads to London to help someone in need, messages from the spirit world cause Camilla to doubt her husband’s integrity. 


When her first love Ross, suddenly returns to Scotland, could her suspicions about Marcus’s infidelity drive her into his arms? 


And who is the spirit that continues to haunt Camilla, leaving her fearing for her marriage? 

I really enjoyed Secrets at Rosehill and I’m now planning to read another of Kathryn’s books, Bedknobs and Bachelors. It’s the only one of the four she’s written that I haven’t read, the third being Nightingale Woods.

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