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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

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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

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Girl Unknown By Karen Perry – Book Review Week 12

Girl Unknown

I really enjoyed Girl Unknown by Karen Perry.

The Boy Who Never Was, the first KP novel I read,  had a disappointing ending. Thankfully, this one didn’t, hence, it hooked me in and kept me reading when I should have been working!

The chapters are from different viewpoints, again; is this the new thing now?! I still liked it, though!
As with The Boy Who Never Was, there was a twist I didn’t see coming so I’ve made a note at the charity shop where I volunteer, to have any other books by Karen Perry, put to the side for me 🙂 I do like a book with a good twist at the end! It’s not so good when the twist comes too early or the twist is a bit rubbish!

I found myself feeling sorry for the daughter throughout most of the book because of the way her father treated her. It was easy to forget that she was quite young and all the upheaval of having an unknown sister move in must have been horrible for her.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read 🙂

Synopsis

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads

‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family, particularly his wife Caroline, which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

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One Of Us Is Lying – Book Review Week 11

One Of Us Is Lying

Thanks to NetGalley for the free download. This is my honest review for One Of Us Is Lying.

Well, it kept me reading because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on! It was an enjoyable read and I’ll be looking out for more books by Karen McManus.

Young adult fiction isn’t my usual genre; I did go through a stage of reading YA but it’s been a while. The blurb reminded me of the show, Pretty Little Liars, which is about high school students. The show was great and I figured I’d like this book because I liked that show.

One Of Us Is Lying

The ending wasn’t easily worked out before I got there for which I’m glad; I don’t like it when that happens!

It did confuse me a bit with each chapter coming from a different character. However, it doesn’t take much to confuse me! Family stuff is going on all around me when I’m reading so it’s easy for me to get distracted.

I would have probably read this in one sitting if I’d had the time 🙂

Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

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The Weight Of Silence – Book Review Week 10

The Weight Of Silence

The Weight Of Silence – I must be getting used to books being written from a different character’s perspective. The book was great which surprised me. I have struggled with this writing style in the past. A few times I had to go back to the start of the chapter and check but it didn’t detract from the enjoyment.
It kept me guessing all the way through and the ending didn’t disappoint me.

Ben was my favourite character. He was such a good brother and the relationship between himself and Calli was really lovely.
I was sorry that Petra moved away because I loved their relationship as well. I suppose it was natural the family would want to make a fresh start, though.

My, ‘to be read’ list has just got even bigger because I found out Heather Gudenkauf has written other books!

 

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After Anna – Book Review Week 9

After Anna – Book Review

I was putting After Anna on the shelf at the charity shop when something made me read the blurb on the back. I put it back on my trolley and bought it at the end of my shift.

It was a bit slow at first and took me a few days to get through the first half. The second half, however, took me a few hours on a quiet Sunday afternoon to finish.
It played to my emotions and I found myself getting really angry on Julia’s behalf!

After Anna

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…

A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

I thought I’d worked it out quite early on but I was wrong! I did work it out about 300 pages in and was shocked when I realised who had abducted Anna.

I’d recommend it and I would recommend it for lovers of this genre. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

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The Boy That Never Was – Book Review Week 8

Book Review – The Boy That Never Was

My review this week was supposed to be about the book, Everything You Do Is Wrong but I can’t publish it yet. I recently found out from NetGally that I can’t blog about it until a week before the release date. It was an advanced copy; I can write a review on NetGally but not on my personal blog just yet.

So today I’m reviewing the next book I read on my Goodreads reading challenge which was, The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry Review

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

You were loved and lost – then you came back . . .

Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry – who left him alone for ten crucial minutes – it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon’s mother Robyn has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough.

Now they’re trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start.

But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it.

What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets. Everything Robyn and Harry ever believed in one another is cast into doubt.

And at the centre of it all is the boy that never was . . .

It was an enjoyable read and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. I shouldn’t have liked Harry really, given what he was doing to little Dillon but somehow I did. I felt his devastation when he returned home to find not only Dillon but his home gone.

The story is alternated between Harry and his wife, Robin’s, viewpoints. This seems to be common in a lot of books now. I can’t say I dislike it but I do sometimes forget which character I’m reading and it doesn’t take much to confuse me!

There was a twist that I didn’t see coming which I enjoyed but after the twist, it seemed to go downhill a bit. I wasn’t keen on the ending, I have to admit.

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The Letter – Goodreads Book Review Week 7

The Letter

 

The Letter isn’t my usual choice of reading material but I couldn’t resist when I read the blurb. Working in a charity shop myself, the idea of finding something like this, written 30 years earlier really intrigued me.

It tells of two relationships, Tina and Rick in the 70s and Chrissie and Billy in the 30s.

1970s

Tina volunteers in a charity shop on a Saturday and finds the letter in the pocket of a suit that has been donated. It was written by Billy in 1939 for Chrissie but for some reason, it was never sent.

Tina opens it and finds herself wanting to unravel the mystery of Chrissie and Billy.

1939

Chrissie and Billy fall in love just before the start of the war. Chrissie gets pregnant and ends up getting sent to Ireland to stay with an aunt.
Her aunt dies and Chrissie has to go and stay at a convent to have her baby.

Her home life isn’t good. Rick’s an alcoholic and Tina puts up with and makes excuses for him when he gets drunk and beats her up.
She does leave for a while but in the end, she goes back to him.

It was hard to read in places due to the domestic abuse and the way Chrissie is treated at the convent but it kept me reading.

The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it – a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever…

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does – in more ways than he can ever imagine…

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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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