Archive | May 2017

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins.

 

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Back of the book :

Julia, its me.  I need you to call me back. Please Julia.  Its Important …

 

In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott called her sister.

Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she had hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and of the place they call the Drowning Pool …

 

What I think : 

Jules’ Sister Nel calls her a lot, Jules never answers the phone or calls her back though. The sisters don’t talk any more, ever since Jules left their home town. And now there has been another call, a call to tell Jules that her sister has died, she jumped into the pool near their house old family home and drowned. The Drowning Pool has a bit of a history, over the years and quite recently women have gone there to drown.

Jules knows though that Nel can’t have jumped in, she loved the water, swam there almost every day. She would have never have killed herself. or would she … ?

So now Jules has got to go back to the town she has run from, to care for the fourteen year old niece she doesn’t really know. Back to the place where her most worst memories  are, to solve the mystery of her sisters death ….

This is the next novel from the author from the massive hit “The Girl on The Train”

The start of the book found slightly confusing, there are many characters introduced and I had to really concentrate to work out who was who. It does take quite a while to work out where they all fit into the story. There is a chapter for each character.

I also found the story quite slow to get going, there is quite a bit going on so you really have to pay attention to whats happening.

Whilst the characters, as you would expect were expertly written, I really had a lot of trouble warming to them. Jules and her sister Nel, have, I felt, have always had a difficult relationship and this was just skimmed over. I thought the niece, Nena was quite awful !! Such a wilful teenager that thinks she know everything.

However, please don’t think that I didn’t enjoy the book as I did. There are some brilliant twists and turns in this book. Its a wonderfully dark, suspenseful novel and in some places quite claustrophobic, that keeps you guessing right up until the end.

If asked if this book was as good as “The Girl on The Train” I would reply that its an excellent read and completely different from TGOAT and I think that the author had another hit on her hands.

I give this one 9/10 ( 5 stars)

 

5 gold stars

Published by Double Day  (Transworld ) on 02/05/17.

A huge thank you to Alison Barrow at Transworld for the review copy of the book.

Happy 3rd Birthday …

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Hello Lovely Book People …

Today is the blogs third birthday !! 

I can’t believe I have been part of the wonderful blogging community for three whole years ! 

I just want to say a huge thank you to all the lovely Authors (and publishers) that have trusted me to review their book babies over the last three years, and also to all the lovely bloggers that have encouraged me and have become my friends, I couldn’t have got this far without you all 🙂 

Here’s to the next three years (and many more hopefully !! 🙂 ) 

Thats all for now folks,

xxx

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Obsession – Amanda Robson ~Blog Tour.

 

obession

Back of the book :

One evening a wife asks her husband a question : who else would you go for, if you could ? Its a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life … 

Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Jenni and Craig. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple : can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever be just good friends ?

Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she has thought was true. Who can she trust ? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years ? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them ?

 

What I think : 

Carly is married to local doctor Rob, she also works at the surgery herself as the practice nurse. They have three children together, Pippa, John and Matthew. They have a really good life together.

Its whilst on a camping holiday with the children, in a moment of boredom, that Carly asks Rob a question, ‘ Who would you go for, if you could?’ after a moments thought Rob answers “Jenni’ I like Jenni. Jenni is married to Craig and they have been Carly and Rob’s best friends since the girls met at anti-natal classes years ago.

Its this question and its answer that starts a world of pain for everybody involved. It also starts an Obsession for Carly’s that she has no power over …

Wow ! this is an exceptional book, I really loved it from start to finish.

On the surface it looks although Carly and rob have a good life, a wonderful marriage, but scratch the surface bit and you discover cracks. Carly is quite a reluctant mother that is quite bored with her life. It would also seem that their friends Jenni and Craig’s marriage isn’t quite as wonderful as they make out either.

All the chapters in the story are short and from the point of view from each character, which I must admit did confuse me slightly to start with.

I found the book very dark and intense, it had a lot going on, all of the time. With many twists and turns you have to put the book down for a bit to work out what is going on. Which I thought wasn’t a bad thing as it really made me think about what I was reading.

The characters are very complex and I think they came across as human, they all behaved in a way that any person would that was in that sort of situation. What I think I’m trying to say is that I found them believable and relatable.

I was having a bit of a book slump ( where you aren’t able to pick up a book and read because you just can’t read ) before I started to read this one, however I just couldn’t put this book down. I read it in just over two days !

With a title like ‘Obsession’ I was really wondering what to expect, however I became quite ‘Obsessed’ myself, I really needed to find out how it ended. And talking of endings, the one in this book is quite superb, I really didn’t see that coming !!! I will say no more apart from go out and buy this book and get reading today, Its Brilliant !!

I give this spectacular thriller 10/10 (5 stars )

5 gold stars

Published by Avon Books on 04/05/17 on Ebook and 01/06/17 in Paperback.

A huge Thank you to Helena Sheffield for the review copy of the book.

Here for your reading pleasure is a extract of the book for you to enjoy …

Extract : 

Sitting at my desk, I switch the computer on to check my patient list. Eight patients this morning. Two breast checks. Three blood tests. Three sets of travel injections. As I press the buzzer for my first patient, the shadow that started following me on holiday begins to darken.

The shadow is no lighter when I finish at the surgery and am on my way to meet you, Jenni. You are waiting for me after work at the coffee shop, by the bus stop in the centre of town. I see you through the window as I move past the bus queue – sending a text from your iPhone, your glossy hair tumbling across your face. As soon as I enter the coffee shop you look up and beam at me, as if seeing me is the most important part of your day. Jenni, you always try to make people feel like that. As if they are important. It is one of your tricks. I know that now. When we first met, I fell for it.

We knew each other at nursing college, didn’t we, Jenni? But only from a distance. You weren’t really my type. Christian Union. No make-up. Didn’t look men in the eye. Rumour had it you didn’t go out on Saturday nights, stayed in to prepare your mind for the Lord on Sunday. Jenni. What were you like?

Our paths crossed again on a couples’ night nearly six years ago at our local NCT co-ordinator’s house, stranded together like beached whales on a low-slung sofa, so heavily pregnant that we could hardly change positions. Mark and John incu­bating inside us, almost ready to be born. I was the expert because I already had Pippa. You were stick thin except for your bump, which overwhelmed you, looking so worried as the NCT co-ordinator droned on about Braxton Hicks contractions and TENS machines and whether they worked. I looked at you as you listened, chocolate brown eyes closed in fear, and wanted to protect you. To hold you against me and tell you it’s not as bad as it sounds. (Even though with Pippa it was far worse.)

At the end of the meeting we went to the pub, I can’t remember which one of the four of us suggested it, but we all thought it was a good idea. We went to the White Swan, down by the river at the end of our road. A cold October night, sitting by the fire drinking orange juice and tonic water whilst the men cradled their pints. We were so engrossed in our own conversation, we didn’t talk to them much. It took me so long to find you, Jenni, the first female friend I really cared about. All through school and university, men had been my compan­ions. Women can be so bitchy, don’t you think? So temperamental. Men are kinder. Simpler. I had up to this point socialised with them more as a rule. But then came the female-dominated world of pregnancy and early childhood that led me to you.

Today, with Mark and John at school, and another birth behind each of us, we hug clumsily across a small wooden table in the coffee shop opposite the surgery. Across the coffee you are already halfway through drinking. Across the crumbs of someone else’s cake. I sit down on an uncomfortable wooden stool, which scrapes across the floor as I position it.

‘How was your holiday?’ you ask.

‘Awful.’

‘That wasn’t what Rob said.’

Your words punch into me.

‘When did you see Rob?’ I ask.

‘I didn’t. He texted me.’

‘Texted you?’

‘Because he was worried about you.’

You wave and smile at the waitress, who starts to weave towards our table.

We order fresh coffee for you, and chocolate cake and cappuc­cino for me. The waitress presses our order into a small handheld machine and disappears to the next table.

‘Why is Rob so worried about me?’

‘He said you weren’t yourself on holiday. You didn’t seem to enjoy spending time with the children, apparently.’

‘Well, did you when you were on holiday?’

Your toffee brown eyes widen as you look at me.

‘Yes.’

Yes?

Jenni. You sanctimonious, husband-stealing bitch.

 

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A Bit Quiet …

Hello lovely book people,

Just a quick ‘note’ to let you know why things have been a bit quiet on the blog of late. 

Firstly I’d like to say that I haven’t stopped reading and reviewing by any means, however I’m just having a lot of trouble finding actual time to read. 

I started a new job at the start of the year, changing jobs was supposed to make my life a lot easier. I dropped my hours from 30 to 21.5 so I could have a little bit of extra time at home, however the fates had different ideas ! My manager decided to leave which meant, as I am supervisor, I would have to pick up the slack and do many more hours … 

Whilst the money comes in real handy, needless to say my precious time with my family and my books hasn’t happened, I’m working many more hours than expected! Not to mention the fact that by the time I get home at night all I want to do is fall into bed, which means my books are being left unopened on the night stand. I used to read two or three books a week, now I’m lucky if  I get through one 😦

But there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are getting a new Manager very soon and hopefully things will slacken off at work and I’ll get those precious hours I crave. So please keep your fingers crossed for me. 🙂

At the moment I’m reading ‘Obsession’ by Amanda Robson which I’m reviewing as part of the blog tour, so please look out for that on Sunday 7th May.

Please don’t give up on me and the blog, I promise I will be back. Hopefully life won’t get in the way so much 🙂 

That’s all for now folks 

Happy Reading 

xxx