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Tell No One – Harlan Coben – Book Review #24

Tell No One

I think it was last year when I watched The Five on TV. It was based on a Harlan Coben book and I really enjoyed it.

While we were on holiday we went to every charity shop we passed to see what books they had. I bought a couple of Harlan Coben novels and the first I read was Tell No One.
It was excellent. It had twists and turns and unanswered questions throughout that kept me reading. I found it hard to put down, in fact.

The story of Dr David Beck and his wife, Elizabeth is a wonderful love story. Until she’s murdered by a serial killer on their wedding anniversary.
Eight years on, he receives an email that points to his wife being alive.

This starts a chain of events that sends David down a dangerous path.

I don’t want to say too much because of spoiling it so I’ll leave it there but I heartily recommend it to fans of this genre. I can’t wait to read my HC novel. I’ve bought a few more since we’ve been back from our holiday and now I can’t decide which one to read next!

Tell No One Harlan Coben

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Goodreads 23 books read


Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty – Book Review #22

Big Little Lies

I saw a preview for a TV show called Big Little Lies. I knew it was the kind of show I’d enjoy. Before I watched the show, I wanted to read the book.

A few days later I got an email from NetGalley, offering me a free download in return for a review so here are!

It took me longer to read than usual but only because I’ve been so busy. If I’d have had the time, I’d have read it in a day or two. I hated having to keep putting it down!

The thing I loved most was the fact that you didn’t know who the victim was all the way through the book. I found myself hoping it wouldn’t be certain characters.

The friendship between Jane, Madeline and Celeste was lovely. It made you want to be in their circle, going through the ups and downs of life with them by your side.

It’s rare to find a book about a murder where the actual victim isn’t revealed until the end of the book. I liked that it kept me guessing.

It was very funny in parts, not so in others. I really can’t wait to see how it translated to the screen.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Goodreads 21 books completed


The Twins by Saskia Sarginson – Book Review #21

The Twins


This was yet another charity shop find! It was my first time reading Saskia Sarginson and I wasn’t disappointed.

Isolte and Viola are the twins of the title.
Their mother had lived in a hippy commune. She decided to move with the twins to a cabin in the woods. She pretty much left Issy and Viola to their own devices for most of the time.

They spent a lot of time in the woods and met another set of twins while they were out playing. Michael and John were around the same age and the four of them became friends.
It goes on to tell of an accident that happened which involved the four children and led to their future being turned upside down.

I liked the suspense throughout the book. It was kept at a nice pace and didn’t frustrate me, as lots of books tend to do.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

They were inseparable until an innocent mistake tore them apart.
Growing up, Viola and Issy clung to each other in the wake of their mother’s eccentricity, as she dragged them from a commune to a tiny Welsh village. They thought the three of them would be together forever.
But an innocent mistake one summer set them on drastically different paths. Now in their twenties, Issy is trying to hold together a life as a magazine art director, while Viola is slowly destroying herself, consumed with guilt over the events they unknowingly set into motion as children.
When it seems that Viola might never recover, Issy returns to the town they haven’t seen in a decade, to face her own demons and see what answers, if any, she can find.

Goodreads 20 books completed


The Night Book – Book Review #20

The Night Book


I saw this book while I was volunteering in the charity shop. I’ve never considered reading a book by Richard Madeley but after reading some posts on the Richard and Judy book club website, I decided to give it a go.

A beautiful radio presenter/agony aunt, Meriel Kidd, is trapped in a marriage to a vile, older man.
Cameron is a control freak who just views his wife as arm candy. They’ve had their own rooms for months. To help her cope with his behaviour, Meriel started writing a kind of diary.

She called it The Night Book and in it, she wrote quite graphic ways of killing her husband.

Meriel stays with Cameron because of her career. She would be the first to tell a woman to leave her husband if he treated her the way Cameron treats Meriel. Her persona depicts a happy home life in 1976 with her millionaire husband in the Lake District.

I’ve often been told stories about the intense heat in 1976, which happens to be the year I was born. My dad took my mum walking up and down the hills in July because I was overdue!

The heatwave is causing problems with the lakes and there are a higher than the average number of people drowning.

Meriel uses this to her advantage when it comes to Cameron but I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil it.
I will say I found myself really liking Meriel and I was happy with the ending.

I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and I’ll be picking up his other books when they come into the charity shop 🙂

Goodreads challenge book 19 The Night Book


The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Book Review #18

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time


I really loved The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. I read it in 3 days and when I was done, I wished it had been longer!

It’s written from the point of view of Christopher. He’s a 15-year-old boy with Aspergers. He finds his neighbour’s dog dead in her front garden. Someone had killed it using a garden fork.

Christopher wanted to find out who had killed the dog, Wellington, so he decided to do some detecting. His teacher told him it would good for him to write a book so he wrote about his detective work.
At the start of the book, we find that Christopher lives with just his dad as his mum had died of a heart attack.

He doesn’t like to be touched by anyone so when his dad wants to hug him, he holds up his right hand and spreads his fingers out in a fan. Christopher does the same with his left hand and they touch fingers and thumbs.
I thought this was really sweet.

I’ve not had much real-life experience with Aspergers so I don’t know how realistic it is. A lady commented who said she’s a mum of a boy with autism and it was a bit hard for her to read sometimes as some of it rang true but she also thought it was very funny.

I’ve had the book for months, maybe even a year and I’ve been putting off reading it. I went and read the reviews on Goodreads last week and there were some quite negative ones.
After the disaster that was 77 Shadow Street, I nearly decided not to read this book at all because of the reviews. I’m so glad I ignored them!

Goodreads reading challenge 2017


77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz – Book Review Week 17

77 Shadow Street

I gave 77 Shadow Street a 1-star rating on Goodreads. I think that should be enough to tell you how much I didn’t like this book!

It was my first Dean Koontz book. I really wanted it to be as scary as the cover and the blurb made it out to be. Unfortunately, I really didn’t enjoy it right from the start.
I know I should have given up because as I’ve said before, life’s too short to read a boring book. I just wanted all the reviews to be wrong because it sounded really good!

The Pendleton is a luxurious apartment building. It was originally built in the 19th century for a wealthy family. Every 38 years horrible things happen at The Pendleton; suicide and mass murder to name a couple.

As it’s an apartment building, there are a lot of characters and Koontz jumps between them through the whole book. It’s annoying.
I found myself not really caring about what happens to any of them except, of course, the children, because, well, they’re children!

As much as I disliked this book, I will give Dean Koontz another go. I’m going to try one of his older books. This time, I’ll take note of the reviews on Goodreads and pick one that lots of people like!

77 Shadow Street Goodreads challenge 17 books read

Challenge so far


Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – Book Review Week 16

Elizabeth is Missing

From the start of the book, Elizabeth is Missing, I was very impressed with the writing. Emma Healey gave me an idea of what it’s like to get older and lose your memory.

The book is written from the point of view of one person, Maud but over 2 timelines, today and the 1940s.
Today, Maud is in her 80s and is suffering from some kind of dementia. She lives alone but has daily carers and a daughter who look after her.

Maud forgets things very easily and her past memories get confused with her present day life. She thinks her friend, Elizabeth, is missing.

In the 1940s, Maud is a young girl with another missing person in her life, her married sister, Sukie. She lives with her mum and dad and their lodger, Douglas.
Douglas has a soft spot for Sukie and does everything he can think of to find her. He believes her husband, Frank has something to do with her disappearance. Douglas never trusted him and thinks Sukie was wrong to marry him.

These two mysteries intermingle causing much confusion to elderly Maud. There wasn’t a twist at the end which disappointed me a little. For some reason, I expected one but I wonder if that’s because of the recent books I’ve been reading!

You can read the blurb and more reviews on Goodreads.

I like Emma Healey’s writing style and think that for a debut novel, it was very, very good.

Elizabeth Is Missing


Dark Places By Gillian Flynn – Book Review Week 15

Dark Places

This is my favourite Gillian Flynn novel so far. I spent nearly a whole Sunday reading it while the kids were out playing with friends. I couldn’t put it down!

This story takes place over two timelines. Today we meet Libby Day, the youngest of the Day children and the only one of the girls to have survived when her mother and two sisters were massacred. Her brother is currently in prison for their murders and Libby’s testimony, when she was a child, helped put him there.

I enjoyed the jump between now and 1985, each time learning just a bit more. The suspense was kept up right through the book and not in an annoying way that sometimes happens.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her borther’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Goodreads reading challenge 2017 15 books completed



Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – Book Review Week 14

Sharp Objects

I don’t know what made me read Sharp Objects. Gone Girl wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be so I hadn’t planned on reading another Gillian Flynn novel.
I’d already bought it though because the blurb on the back appealed to me. I’m glad I gave it a go as I really enjoyed it.

As soon as I’d finished this book, I went and bought Dark Places and started reading it straight away!

I didn’t see the twist coming at the end. I thought I’d got is sussed about three-quarters of the way through but I was totally wrong!

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment. She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Goodreads reading challenge 14 books completed


The Medici Mirror – Book Review Week 13

Medici Mirror

I got this book from The Works for a pound. I had a pound on my reward card so I used it to buy the book. I’m glad I didn’t spend an actual pound on it because I really didn’t enjoy it.

I got to the stage where I couldn’t wait until it had finished. I did consider giving up half way through but I do find it difficult to stop reading a book once I’ve started! Life’s too short to read a bad book but I persevered because I hoped it was going to get better.

It didn’t.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

‘I have heard, but not believed, the spirits of the dead may walk again…’

A hidden room

When architect Johnny Carter is asked to redesign a long-abandoned Victorian shoe factory, he discovers a hidden room deep in the basement. A dark, sinister room, which contains a sixteenth-century Venetian mirror.

A love in danger

Johnny has a new love, Ophelia, in his life. But as the pair’s relationship develops and they begin to explore the mystery surrounding the mirror, its malign influence threatens to envelop and destroy them.

A secret history

The mirror’s heritage dates back to the sixteenth century, and the figure of Catherine de Medici – betrayed wife, practitioner of the occult, and known as the Black Queen.

The Medici Mirror is a haunting story of jealousy, obsession, and murder. Perfect for fans of Kate Mosse and Barbara Erskine; a story about the ability of the past to influence the present and of love’s power to defeat even the most powerful of curses.

I thought about taking it to the charity shop the next time I’m working. I then felt guilty thinking about someone else buying it, not enjoying it and it being my fault they’d wasted their money!

It’ll now stay on my bookcase until I’m gone. The kids will have to box up the thousands of books and they’ll probably send them to the charity shop anyway!

The Medici Mirror by Melissa Bailey

Goodreads Challenge 13 books read - The Medici Mirror


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