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Scar Tissue – Book Review #19

I’ve been a Chili Peppers fan for over 20 years so I was really looking forward to reading Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis.

Scar Tissue

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

In 1983, four self-described “knuckleheads” burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over twenty years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group’s lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole roller-coaster ride. Whether he’s recollecting the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses, or retracing a journey that has included appearances as diverse as a performance before half a million people at Woodstock or an audience of one at the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess.

Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption–a story that could only have come out of the world of rock

My Thoughts

I don’t usually read the reviews before reading a book because I don’t want them to put me off. I should have stuck to that rule!

The first few reviews were by people who hadn’t finished the book because they didn’t like it. I was really looking forward to reading it before I read the reviews so I decided to forget them and dive in.

I really enjoyed it, probably because he lives in a world totally alien to me and it kind of validated my early teenage choices about drug use. I’ve never tried any drugs because I was always afraid of losing control. I’d heard stories from friends who had dabbled with drugs and far from making me want to experience the things they were telling me about, I was thinking, how can they do that to themselves?

Reading the book made me want to listen to their music again. I rarely have time to just sit and enjoy music anymore as I used to and I loved putting YouTube on the TV and having their music on while I was working.

I was actually quite sad when I came to the end of the book!

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis book cover

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The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Book Review #18

I’m a Liane Moriarty fan and like the other books I’ve read of hers, The Hypnotist’s Love Story is easy to read and enjoyable.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.

My Thoughts

I don’t know why, but I kept thinking there was going to be a twist and when I got to the end of the book and there wasn’t a twist, I was a bit disappointed!
However, it was an enjoyable read. I found myself liking all the characters, even the stalker, Saskia. I felt sorry for her losing her family so abruptly and can see how someone can be driven to those types of behaviour.

I think I have another 3 books to read by Liane Moriarty and I’m looking forward to them 🙂

The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty book cover

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge 18 books read


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A Game Of Thrones – Book Review #17

I’ve been putting off reading A Game Of Thrones for ages because of the size of it. I didn’t think I’d be able to get through it in one week, but I managed it!

A Game Of Thrones

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground’

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

From the fertile south, where heat breeds conspiracy, to the vast and savage eastern lands, all the way to the frozen north, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men . . . all will play the Game of Thrones.

My Thoughts

I wish I hadn’t watched season one before reading the book because it spoilt it a little for me. However, if I hadn’t watched season one, I might not have wanted to read the books and then I would have missed out on an excellent read.

I’m not usually a fan of long books. The size of a book never used to bother me. I loved Stephen King’s long novels and really enjoyed Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follet, but then I started to look for shorter stories. I can’t recall why I started to look at the size of a book before reading it, I just know I started to shy away from them.

I’m really pleased I added this book to my list for my reading challenge this year because I loved it. I made time every day to sit and read and I can’t wait to get on with the next book but I’m having a change of pace for my next book; I’m going to read The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty. I fancy a change of genre and a shorter book!

A Game Of Thrones Book Cover by George R.R. Martin

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge - 17 books read


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The Chessmen by Peter May – Book Review #16

The Chessmen is the third book in Peter May’s Lewis trilogy. I enjoy Peter May’s writing and I’m going to start collecting his other books to add to my, already huge, to be read list!

The Chessmen

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill—a local poacher, Fin’s teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn, Fin realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

My Thoughts

I think The Chessmen was my favourite of the three books in this series. As with the previous books, there are different timelines, however, it’s done in a way that’s not annoying!
I liked learning more about Fin’s early life and the bond that was forged with Whistler.

I didn’t much like a part of the ending, but I can’t say why because I don’t want to spoil it, suffice to say, I’d have enjoyed the book even more if there had been a different, happier ending for Donald.

The Chessmen by Peter May

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge 16 books read


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Every Three Hours – Book Review #15

If you’ve read my previous reviews, you’ll know that I read book 7 of the Darby McCormick series before reading book 6, Every Three Hours, by mistake.
I’m now all caught up and happy to say I still enjoyed book 6, even though it was out of order!

Every Three Hours

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES? ONLY TIME WILL TELL…

Forensic investigator Darby McCormick queues to enter Boston Police Headquarters on a freezing winter morning. Lured back to her hometown to help solve a cold case, Darby won’t get far inside the station – and this will be no ordinary homecoming…

Because someone suddenly takes a woman hostage and a stand-off ensues. The man has explosives strapped to himself and other bombs hidden around the city, rigged to explode – every three hours – until he gets what he wants.

Working desperately against the clock, Darby realizes she is trapped between a kidnapper who would kill to expose the truth and people who would let others die to hide their lies…

My Thoughts

I loved this book and because it was totally centred around the gunman who had taken hostages at Boston Police department, there wasn’t much of Darby and Coop’s back story. It didn’t feel at all like I was reading it out of order, which those who know me, will know how relieved I am!

I love the way Chris Mooney never paints Darby as a fearless heroine; she’s brave and she’s tough, but he still tells us how scared she is when she’s facing the different threats.

I was just going to say I hope Chris Mooney writes another Darby book. After checking Goodreads and seeing only 7 in the series, I Googled to see if there were any news on book 8 only to discover that not only has book 8 been written, I’ve already got it! I bought it without reading the blurb simply because it was by Chris Mooney and now I can’t wait to read book 8 🙂

Every three hours by Chris Mooney book cover

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge 15 books read


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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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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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What Alice Forgot – Book Review #12

Author, Liane Moriarty who wrote What Alice Forgot, is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I’ve probably said it before, but I’ll say it again, I haven’t read a book by her that I haven’t enjoyed.

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Every Pretty Thing – Book Review #11

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I have to read book series in order, just like I have to watch TV series in order.
You’ll understand how I felt then when I tell you that after reading Every Pretty Thing and going to Goodreads to update my list, I saw that somehow I’d read book 7 of the series instead of book 6.

I really have no idea how it happened; I always check Goodreads when I’m reading a series to make sure I get them in the right order.

Every Pretty Thing

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

She came to find her friend.
Instead she found a killer.

Serial killer expert Darby McCormick gets a call from FBI Agent Jackson Cooper, who has been contacted by a woman who’s been in hiding for twenty years.

She was one of the only survivors of a murderer who has been carving a dark path across America for decades. Cooper believes he may have tracked this psychopath to the wilds of Montana.

Now, he needs Darby’s help to bring him in. But when she arrives Cooper has vanished without a trace.

Something is very wrong – and as the trail goes cold, Darby is all alone in a strange town, stalked by an unseen predator who wants to add another victim to his collection…

My Thoughts

I was very glad to be back with Darby and Coop and I felt Darby’s pain when Coop went missing. There’s a twist near the end that I totally didn’t see coming, but it had me on the edge of my seat. I was really worried about Darby, but I knew she was going to be alright because there was another book, or so I thought!

This is one of my favourite books from the series and I hope Chris Mooney writes another book about Darby.

Every Pretty Thing by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge 11 books read


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The Burning – Book Review #10

This is the first book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey. There are 8 books in the series as well as some short stories.

The Burning By Jane Casey

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

A determined young police constable goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses in a series debut for fans of Sophie Hannah and Tana French

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?

My Thoughts

This book seemed to drag for me. It took me longer than a week to read and I started to get a little annoyed with it.
I thought I was going to be reading about the hunt for The Burning Man, but he wasn’t the focus of the story.

I don’t want to say too much in case I spoil it for someone, but the ending left me feeling a little flat. One part at the end even had me wondering who the characters were that I was reading about; it turned out they were from the very start of the story and I’d totally forgotten about them.

I did, however, like Maeve and I’m going to try the next book in the series to see if I want to carry on with the rest.

The Burning by Jane Casey book cover

Goodreads 2019 reading challenge 10 books read


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