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Hey Readers,

I just want to apologise for not posting in a long time, there has been so much going on that I haven’t been in the correct mindset.

The main reason is that I started having big seizures so I have been diagnosed with epilepsy. The medication I am on makes me feel dizzy and not myself, but it hasn’t stopped me reading! If anyone has epilepsy or has just recently been diagnosed then it would be fab to speak to others as it’s hard to describe how I’m feeling to people who haven’t experienced it.

I will be posting tonight about audiobooks, since I can’t drive for the next year, I’ve been using the time on the bus to listen to audiobooks through Amazon unlimited, I have already finished two series and two parts of a trilogy. Do any of you guys listen to books while commuting?

Thank you for reading,

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Book Review, Currently Reading, Reviewers

Unravelling Oliver Review

I have been deciding whether or not to read this book for about six months now. I wasn’t sure if this would be thrilling enough to keep me interested, oh how wrong I was…

Alice and Oliver Ryan seemed to have a happy, loving marriage, they even worked together collaborating on Oliver’s successful children’s books. Their life, from the outside, was one enviable by many. That is until one night when Oliver beats Alice into a coma… This event has shocked everyone, those who have come into contact with him over the last fifty years reveal their encounters with Oliver Ryan.

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I absolutely loved this book, the telling of Oliver’s life through those who he crossed paths with brought different perspectives and slowly gave us the real picture of Oliver Ryan, I haven’t come across this before and it made this book so addictive.

I was intrigued right from the first sentence, “I expected more of a reaction the first time I hit her”. This gave me so many questions, who has he hit? Why has he hit her? I needed to find answers to these questions.

The only real negative that I have with this book is that it wasn’t longer, it was less than 250 words so i devoured it so fast that I was left feeling a little deflated when I closed this book. Personally I feel that the secret which is surrounded by the devastating events could have been a little bigger, however that may have changed the whole story.

Overall this was an clever and addictive read, which kept me asking questions until the very end, I have given this 4 out of 5 Stars.
Lying In Wait is another book by Liz Nugent which is in my bookcase and has now moved further up my to read list.
Have you read any of Liz Nugent’s books?

On to the next book…

Blair

Book Review, Currently Reading, Reviewers

The Widow Review

A loving husband, or a heartless killer, she should know, shouldn’t she?
Jean Taylors life was perfectly ordinary, a nice life in a nice home, with Glen, her prince charming. That is until her husband Glen is accused of an awful crime and becomes the monster you see on front page news.
She played the loyal wife who stood by him. But now Glen is dead now and she no longer has to stay quiet.
The public want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with a man who was capable of the crime. She can tell them that there were secrets, there are always secrets in a marriage. Everyone wants the truth , but Jean has learned that she can make people believe anything…

As with The Child I again thoroughly enjoyed Fiona Barton’s Reading buddywriting style telling the story from different points of view, e.g. ‘The Widow’, ‘The Reporter’ and ‘The Detective’. This dropped crumbs of “the truth” feeding my appetite for more. Fiona’s experience as a journalist is evident in both of her novels, bringing an original take on a domestic thriller.

There were many twists and turns, with a very unreliable narrator, It made me question if I could believe anything from ‘The Widow’ point of view. I devoured this book in just two sittings and I for one cannot wait for Fiona Barton’s next novel.
I rate this book 5 stars.

I wanted to bring a new aspect to this blog which would get you lovely readers involved. As you can see from this picture, my reading buddy is Binks our kitten. She was found abandoned at the bottom of our garden under a tree before Christmas and she has now adopted me as her mother. I know that lots of you read with your pets or possibly family so I would love for you to comment with your pictures or even send them through my Get in Touch page. I cannot wait to hear from you.

On to the next book…

Blair

Book Review, Currently Reading, NetGalley Reads, Reviewers

The Woman Before Me – NetGalley Review

Have you ever stayed awake all night just to finish the book that you have only just started? That’s what happened here, I devoured it on one go. I would just like to start by thanking NetGalley and Legend Press for giving me access to this book.

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Luke had only been dead for three days, they came for me just like I knew they would…
Rose’ life is destroyed when her new born son is rushed to intensive care. Emma has everything that Rose wants, youthful beauty, a loving husband and a healthy son. That is until suddenly there’s a tragedy and the only suspect is Rose.

Rose has been behind bars for almost five years and her freedom is in the hands of her probation officer Cate. Is Rose a threat to society and does she feel remorse for Luke’s death? Cate begins to doubt her own judgement. Where do you draw the line between love and obsession?

I started this book mid afternoon and stayed awake until five in the morning just to finish it. I did not expect this book to draw me in as much as it did, especially as it was on my IPad rather than a hard copy. However the skill of Ruth Dugdall submerging you into this world is ridiculous. With me being a mother myself, this made me imagine how I would react if my little boy had been rushed straight to intensive care, and how I would feel to see my replacement with everything that I lacked. This book is insanely addictive and definitely worth 5 Stars.

Blair

Book Mail, Book Review, Currently Reading, Reviewers

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.

Book Mail, Book Review, Currently Reading, Reviewers

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.

Book Review, NetGalley Reads, Reviewers

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.