About Me

Who do I think I am?

My honest thought while I am writing this is, ‘who do I think I am starting a blog, who would want to read what I have to say, and what makes me think I have time to keep on top of a blog?’ (Insert crying laughing emoji)


So, who am I?

For those of you who have stumbled upon my blog (I assume by mistake) these two humans are my world. My Fiancé Chris and our beautiful little terror Noah. (Oh and by the way, my name is Blair) We have the usual hectic working family life, Chris and I both work and I am about to start my Masters in Crime and Justice, we also run our business part time. I think you will now begin to understand why I have questioned how I will find the time to blog, I’m sure we will find out in the next few months.

The reason I have decided to do this? Well I have ( I think you could call it an addiction) to reading crime fiction. I set myself a challenge on GoodReads to read 52 books from January through to December. As it stands on the 19th September I have read 45 already! When I tell people how many books I have read this year (apart from giving me a weird look for even bringing this conversation up) they seem pretty shocked that it is possible to read this much. They get bored of me explaining the current books I’m reading so I thought, why not set up a platform where I can talk about the books I’m reading and not worry about boring the person who’s reading it because you are doing so out of your own free will (I hope)

So here’s to the start of  a journey through crime fiction,

Blair

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Diving into Nordic Noir

So as my addiction to buying books seems to increase I have become even more obsessed with getting bargains! I like getting as many books as possible for very little money. Take this picture of ten books, guess how much the bundle of them cost… £2 yes that’s right these 10 amazing books for just £2!

Anyway that’s not the reason for writing this post, what I actually wanted to tell you about was how I dipped my toe in the pool of the Nordic Noir genre and now I want to fully submerge myself into it. From this amazing collection I finally settled on reading I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjørk.

Plot: A six year old girl is found hanging from a tree by a skipping rope in a school uniform and satchel which are not her own. She also had on her a sign which read ‘I’m Travelling Alone’. There are also indications that there will be more little girls. The detectives signed to this case Munch and Kruger have their own demons to face while trying to stop more little girls going missing. Will this case become too close to home?

Verdict: I became obsessed by this book and even stayed up to the early hours of this morning just to finish it. The pace of the journey at which this takes you is electrifying and the characters are so relatable . I throughly enjoyed this book and rate it 5 out of 5.

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The Child

Happy New Year Readers. I am dreaming of this Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks again! So, anyway. I have just finished The Child by Fiona Barton and I have had to pick my jaw up from the floor. What a twist! Normally from halfway through books I usually have an idea of what I believe the twist will be so it’s not normally as shocking, however this one seemed to come out of nowhere which made it even more shocking.

So this book starts off with the discovery of a newborns skeleton in a building site. Kate is a journalist at The Daily Post looking for the next big story, she comes across a three line story about a babies skeleton being found. She sets her sights on finding out who’s the mother of this baby and how did this baby even end up buried. Barton takes us through the effects this story has on three main characters, Angela the mother of a newborn who was abducted from the hospital, Emma, a book editor who seems to be haunted by something in her past. And Kate, the journalist who is determined to find out the truth from this complex story.

The Child is gripping and kept me up late trying to finish this book. This definitely deserves 4 out of 5. Looking forward to get stuck into more of Fiona Barton’s books.

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The Woman in the Window – NetGalley

First I would just like to thank NetGalley for granting me with an early copy of The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. I was super excited to start this book as I just had a feeling that it was going to be memorable and it did not disappoint!

Anna Fox has not left her home for over 10 months due to an accident which has left her too terrified to leave her home. This leaves her with lots of time to keep an eye on her neighbours and what it is that they are getting up to. When a new family move in opposite her home she is instantly drawn to them and there picture perfect family life. One night she witnesses something that she was not supposed to see. No one believes her due to her being known as the crazy lady who doesn’t leave her house, can she even believe herself?

This book was a serious emotional rollercoaster which keeps you guessing what has actually happened as well as what happened to Anna which has made her house bound. I have to admit that this is the first book in a long time which has actually gripped my heart and made me shed a tear which is actually quite hard for a book to do.

The Woman in the Window is due to be released on the 25th January 2018 and I highly recommend you going and getting it as I have given it a rating of 5 out of 5.

Now off to pick my next read.

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The Confession Review

I have been lagging behind with my NetGalley reads so much so that I have 14 that I have been accepted for but not yet read. It’s just so hard to chose between them all!

So anyway, last night I finished The Confession by Jo Spain and wow..

my head still hasn’t come to terms with what happened in this book, it was seriously addictive and had more twists than a country road.

Straight away you are thrown in to a brutal attack on a rich banker Harry McNamara while his wife watched. This brings up so many questions, what did he deserve the attack? Is it really possible that JP just happened to get into the house and carry out the supposedly random attack. And why did JP then hand himself in?

I could not put this book down as the short chapters from each viewpoint leaving little breadcrumbs was so thrilling.

Rating: 5/5

I would definitely recommend this book to those who love fast paced thrillers.

Thank you again to NetGalley for this early copy of the book.

Now, which one to read next…

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Daisy In Chains Review

So this week (well actually in 3 days) I have finished Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton.
This book has actually been on my bookcase for about 6 months and its just one of them books that I haven’t got round to reading, until now, so, was it worth the wait?

YES

This book was absolutely worth the wait, I was hooked and I haven’t been able to start a new book yet because of the book hangover that I am experiencing from this! What is it about I hear you asking me, well, Hamish Wolfe is a beautifully handsome man, however he is currently in prison for allegedly killing 4 women. Maggie Rose is a defence lawyer and author of true crime books of her clients (who she has overturned their convictions) I think you can see where I am going with this. Hamish is desperate to get Maggie to take his case as he believes that she can prove his innocence (did I mention that he insists he did not commit the crimes?).

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So the first thing which made me love the book is that many of the chapters are ‘handwritten’ letters from Hamish to his admirers and also to Maggie Rose, there also starts to be emails from Maggie and Detective Pete Western. I love the change in font and layout to make you feel fully submerged in the story and actually reading the letters and emails of the case.

The second thing I loved about the book is the fact that it made me gasp out loud twice! That rarely happens when I read, however, boom! My jaw dropped, this has one of the most shocking endings that I have read. Now you know that I’m not going to say too much as i never reveal spoilers, however, those of you who read this review need to read this book, I believe that it is definitely a hidden gem, and I can’t believe how long it has taken me to pick this book up and start reading!

Another reason is also that this seems to be a pretty original storyline, as in it focuses on those who gain notoriety and fan clubs due to them being in prison, which is quite refreshing compared to many of my reads.

When you have read this book please, please, please send me a message as I need to discuss this ending with someone!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blair

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Love Me Not

So I have just finished the latest book which is number seven in the DI Helen Grace Series and I’m not sure how I feel. Because I loved Hide and Seek so much I believe that this is the reason why I was left feeling slightly disappointed by the latest instalment.

The main story is set over a 12 hour period which shows that this case is extremely fast paced. The wife and mother is the first victim in what can be described as a terrible day for the residents of Southampton. There are a few twists and turns, however compared to the rest of the series I did not seem to enjoy this book.

There did not seem to be as much character development as in the others, however this may be because Hide and Seek focused so much on Helen as well as her relationship with Charlie Brooks. M J Arlidge has still given us a fast paced detective novel, I just feel that I wanted more from this book. Overall I rate this one 3/5

My Love for Helen Grace is still strong and I can’t wait to see where M J Arlidge and Helen take us next…

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Hide and Seek Review

I felt that I read this book so fast I didn’t even have chance to catch my breath. The sixth instalment of Helen Grace has not let me down! Now I’m pretty sure by now that you know how much I love this series by M J Arlidge.

So carrying on from Little Boy Blue (click the link to read my review of this book) Helen is in a bit of trouble as she has found herself imprisoned in Holloway surrounded by the very murderers, thieves and prostitutes that she put in the hell hole. She is facing a triple murder charge. If her situation wasn’t bad enough their is now a killer running wild who has access to their cells after dark.

Helen being our favourite Detective Inspector is not going to just sit back while these killings happen so she does the very little that she can in a prison to find this murderer. I’m not going to carry on as I don’t want to spoil this book for you, all I can say is that this is a must read! She was described as having a fall from grace in Little Boy Blue, however that is far from the truth in this instalment.

Once again M J Arlidge has written a fast paced, addictive thriller. He knows how to create a character who the reader would not normally support, however when you read more into the character herself and the damage that her early life has caused you cannot help but want her to succeed.

This is easily my favourite series, and I hope that you discover Helen Grace and enjoy these books as much as I have.