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The Dead Room Book Review #24

The Dead Room is the third book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney and so far it’s my favourite.

The Dead Room

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

When Special Investigator Darby McCormick is summoned to search for a missing teenage boy, she has no idea the case will come to haunt every waking moment. The boy had been in the care of a man whose fingerprints reveal him to be long-dead gangster, Frank Sullivan, killed by the FBI some 20 years earlier.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed The Dead Room. I didn’t get to read much through the week so spent a good few hours Sunday afternoon finishing it.
Darby gets a bit more kick-ass in this book and I loved her even more for it. She didn’t let the police rules and regulations get in her way. She took out the bad guys with bullets to the head.

There were some shocking moments, moments that I really didn’t see coming. One of them even made me say OMG out loud!

I can’t wait to get stuck into the next book and I have to order the rest from Amazon because I can’t wait for them to come into the charity shop!

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 24 books read


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The Secret Friend – Book Review #23

The secret friend is the second book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Secret Friend

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Two dead girls in the river

Two tiny statues of the Virgin Mary concealed in their clothing

One CSI on the hunt for their killer

When Judith Chen is found floating in Boston’s Harbour, links are made with the murder of Emma Hale, a student who vanished without trace, only for her body to wash up months later.

CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a piece of overlooked evidence from the Hale investigation which brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher, a former FBI agent now on the Most Wanted list after a string of bloody murders. And when a third student goes missing, Darby is led into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with deadly links to the past and a man who speaks to the Blessed Virgin. A man who wants to be a secret friend to the girls he abducts

My Thoughts

I’m really enjoying reading about Darby. I have 2 more books in the series and I’ve just added the last three to my Amazon wishlist.
I don’t know what it is I like so much about her. Maybe it’s because we first meet her while she’s at school and we went through the trauma with her when a serial killer broke into her home, killed one friend and kidnapped another. Knowing she’s suffered like that makes it easy to see why she does the job she does and why she gets so emotional doing it.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Dead Room.

The secret friend by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 23 books read


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The Missing By Chris Mooney Book Review #22

The Missing is the first book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Missing

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

The woman was missing for five years. The Crime Scene Investigator finds her. And the serial killer wants them both dead…When Boston CSI Darby McCormick finds a raving and emaciated woman hiding at the scene of a violent kidnap, she runs a DNA search to identify the Jane Doe. The result confirms she was abducted five years earlier and has somehow managed to escape from the dungeon in which she’s been caged. With a teenage couple also missing and Jane Doe seriously ill, the clock is ticking for Darby as she hunts for the dungeon before anyone else disappears or dies. And when the FBI takes over the investigation, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer has been on the prowl for decades – and is poised to strike again at any moment – a killer with links to horrors that Darby has desperately tried to bury in her past

My Thoughts

I’m really glad I enjoyed this book because I bought the first 4 in the series!

Darby McCormick and 2 of her school friends witness a murder while taking a walk in the woods. The killer intends to silence them but Darby escapes after seeing one friend stabbed and the other kidnapped.
Fast forward 25 years and Darby is now a crime scene investigator who is investigating a kidnapping that is very similar to her own experience.

It was easy to read and kept me turning the pages. I like Darby and look forward to getting to know her more in the next books.

The Missng By Chris Mooney book cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 22 books read


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The Couple Next Door By Shari Lepena Book Review #21

I’m glad I finally got round to reading The Couple Next Door. It’s been on my list for a while and everyone who has read it said it was excellent. They weren’t wrong!

The Couple Next Door

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

My Thoughts

I started this Saturday night and only managed a few pages before I fell asleep. I picked it up again Sunday morning and apart from a couple of hours out for lunch, I didn’t put it down all day! I finished it Sunday night.

Marco and Anne have a six-month-old daughter who the leave home alone while they go to a dinner party next door. Anne doesn’t want to go but Marco persuades it will be ok because they have the baby monitor and they’ll check on her every half hour.

After spending the evening watching her gorgeous neighbour flirting with her husband and feeling fat and frumpy after her pregnancy, Anne just wants to go home.

She finally gets Marco to leave but when they get to their front door they find it open. They go straight upstairs and find the cot empty.

I liked that we didn’t have to wait until the end of the book to find out who the kidnapper was but even after finding out, it wasn’t plain sailing until the end. The twists and turns kept the suspense up until the end.

I’m now on the lookout for A Stranger In The House. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 21 books read


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Dear Fatty By Dawn French Book Review #20

I don’t read biographies often and it’s been years since I last read one. Dear Fatty was an impulse buy and I didn’t want it sitting on the shelf never having been read.

Dear Fatty

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career spanning nearly three decades and encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters that would eventually establish her as a national treasure.

She first appeared on the British entertainment scene as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, which marked a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls on Top with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman. Then, as part of the wildly successful duo, French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repertoire of brilliantly observed recurring characters parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn’s more recent role in The Vicar of Dibley again has showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstream and funny. From her early years as an RAF child to her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the fascinating and hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman

My Thoughts

It was an enjoyable, funny and at times, sad read. There’s something about Dawn French that I love and it was lovely reading about her family life and school days.

I have to say I wasn’t a fan of the letters to Madonna. I found them hard to read and ended up skimming over them.

It wasn’t a book that made me laugh out loud but I did chuckle when she thanked Lenny for buying her the expensive engagement ring and for also letting her keep it in the safe rather than wearing it because it was hideous!

She always comes across as a lovely lady who would make a brilliant friend and after reading Dear Fatty I believe she really would 🙂

Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 20 books read


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100 Names By Cecelia Ahern Book Review #19

I’ve not read a Cecelia Ahern book for years. I’d forgotten how much I love her books. I’ve now picked up a couple more from the charity shop and added them to my TBR bookcase after really enjoying 100 names.

100 Names

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan’s career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her, “What is the one story you always wanted to write?”

The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance’s office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.

Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance’s life… and starts to understand her own

My Thoughts

It made a lovely change reading a feel-good story after reading my usual thrillers.

I loved the idea of there being 100 names with a connection that Kitty somehow has to find. After receiving false information and wrongly accusing a teacher of inappropriateness with a student, her TV career is finished. Her job on the magazine she works for is hanging by a thread. She’s having to deal with the backlash from the public as they paint messages or smear dog muck on her front door.


She only has 2 weeks to find the connection between a list of 100 names on a sheet given to her by her late mentor, Constance. Kitty had asked her, while she was ill in hospital, what story she wishes she’d written and Constance asks her to get the list from her home office. Unfortunately, Constance dies before she can tell her any information about the names.
There aren’t any notes or clues as to what the connection may be; she doesn’t even know where any of the people live.

It seems to be an impossible task but Kitty manages to work it all out and write a story for the magazine that Constance would have been proud of.

100 Names by Cecelia Ahern

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 19 books read


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Oh Dear Sylvia By Dawn French – Book Review #18

I was looking forward to reading Oh Dear Sylvia because I love Dawn French. I kept seeing it on the shelves at the charity shop and one day just decided to buy it.

Oh Dear Sylvia

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Everyone knows the real Silvia, don’t they?

Silvia Shute lies in hospital in a coma. Family and friends gather at her bedside, each thinking they know the real Silvia. But do they? For Silvia hides a secret. One she can never tell. And as her visitors congregate so the truth about Silvia is slowly revealed. Again, and again and again . . .

My Thoughts

I was expecting to read a really funny book. If the words, side-splitting and hilarious weren’t on the front cover, I wouldn’t have been set up for disappointment.
I would have started reading without the expectation of being made to laugh out loud and would have enjoyed the book for what it was.

It’s a sad read. I felt so sorry for Cassie and Jamie. They didn’t deserve to be treated like that and as a mother I know I wouldn’t ever be able to do that to my daughter.

I don’t know if I’ll read her other book, A Tiny Bit Marvellous. I keep getting tempted because it comes into the shop quite often but I think I’ll see what others think of it first before I buy it.

Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 18 books read


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Every Fifteen Minutes By Lisa Scottoline – Book Review #17

Wow, finishing Every Fifteen Minutes means I’ve read book 17 already! I’m about 5 books ahead of my target for the year, but the summer holidays will be upon us soon which means I’ll probably fall behind!

Every Fifteen Minutes

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Max a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm.

With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest” himself. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life?

New York Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline’s visceral thriller, Every Fifteen Minutes, brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts

My Thoughts

This book was a bit slow for me. I did enjoy it and didn’t see the end coming but I had to make myself pick it up to read a few pages every day.
It did pick up a bit and I managed to read it in a week but if I weren’t doing the Goodreads reading challenge, I think it would have taken me much longer to get to the end.


Goodreads 2018 reading challenge, 17 books read


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Behind Her Eyes By Sarah Pinborough – Book Review #16

I read a review of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough at Mum Of Three World and had to add it to my TBR list. Little did I know that it was already on one of my bookshelves! I must have picked it up from the charity shop after reading the blurb then shelved it and forgot about it.

I’m so glad I noticed it after reading the review. I was sat on my bed with Ella while she was reading her bedtime story and I just happened to see it on the shelf!

Behind Her Eyes

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts

OMG, I did not see that ending coming!

I’m always a bit sceptical when the book cover says things like the most shocking ending you’ll ever read because rarely does the book live up to it.
This is one book that truly did shock me at the end.

We’re told the story from Adele and Louise’s point of view as well as some flashbacks to Adele’s past. As you progress through the book you think you know how things are going to be. Then something happens that makes you wonder if you’ve got it all wrong!

Slow Start

The book didn’t grab me straight away. It was a bit of a slow start but after about halfway I found myself not able to put it down.

It’s hard to talk about this book without spoiling it so I’m not going to say anymore.

I’m now adding Sarah Pinborough books to my never-ending TBR list!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes By Sarah Pinborough


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After I’ve Gone By Linda Green – Book Review #15

I’d recently read a thread on Mumsnet where a lady had experienced people posting condolence messages on her Facebook timeline. They weren’t from the future, like in the book, obviously, but I found it quite unsettling to think about all the same. I had to have this book when I read the blurb for After I’ve Gone!

After I’ve Gone

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn’t got long left to live. She doesn’t hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward eighteen months and friends and family start posting tributes to her, following her death in a terrible and mysterious accident.

At first, Jess thinks this must be a sick joke by a colleague jealous of her handsome new boyfriend. But as the posts continue and it becomes clear that no one else can see what she can, Jess is forced to confront that her impending death might be all too real . . .

My Thoughts

It took me 2 days to read because I just could not put this book down.

I loved the feisty Jess at the start of the book. Her relationship with her best friend, Sadie, was lovely to read and it made me think about the fun I used to have with my friends when we young and carefree!

It was quite hard then to follow Jess through the changes she went through after getting together with Lee. It felt like she changed quite quickly but then I had to remember the story is told over18 months, not the 2 days I read it in!

She became quieter and lost her feistiness. Her job at the cinema, working with Sadie, was one she loved; she didn’t have to get up early because she mainly worked the late shift. Lee, however, convinced her to go for a job at his firm that she would never have dreamed of applying for before she met him. She got the job and because of this, her friendship with Sadie dwindled and her life started revolving around Lee and what he wanted.

Facebook Timeline

Each time Jess checked facebook, her timeline was 18 months ahead and her family and friends kept posting messages on her wall and in private. Through these messages, Jess slowly learns about her marriage, the birth of a son and her untimely death.

She does try, albeit not very hard, to change her future. However, she’s worried about changing it too much because she’s fallen in love with her son before he’s even conceived.

I’ll not say any more about After I’ve Gone as I don’t want to spoil it. I will say I’m now a fan of Linda Green and can’t wait to read While My Eyes Were Closed.


After I've Gone By Linda Green

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge - 15 books read


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