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Netgalley Review-‘Gone By Midnight’-Candice Fox

Netgalley Review-‘Gone By Midnight’-Candice Fox

‘‘Gone By Midnight  by Candice Fox is due to be published in January 2019 by Penguin and is the third in her ‘Crimson Lake’ series. A regular co-writer with James Patterson, these books are fabulous as either stand alone thrillers or, if you are a pedant like me, you can read them from the start. All of theRead more about Netgalley Review-‘Gone By Midnight’-Candice Fox[…]

Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle

Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle

Many , many thanks to Penguin Random House and Netgalley for letting me read ‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle I hesitate to call it a ‘reimaging’ of ‘‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier because it is entirely it’s own beast, however I would say it is a homage. From the changed roles-Mrs Danvers to Dani, Maxim De WinterRead more about Netgalley Review/Recommendation-‘The Winters’ by Lisa Gabrielle[…]

Netgalley Review-Kate Helm ‘The Secrets You Hide’

Netgalley Review-Kate Helm ‘The Secrets You Hide’

Due to be published in February 2019 by Bonnier Zaffre‘The Secrets You Hide’ by Kate Helm gave me a book hangover.

By this I mean in the nicest way possible, I was unable to do anything else until this was read-it was gripping, intelligent, thoughtful and mysterious in one, beautiful package.

And I mean anything, including getting dressed! I went to sleep reading it, got up, fed the kids, fed the animals in the previous day’s clothes! This rarely happens, I am usually fragrant even if my clothes are a mishmash , that is how much I loved this book!

My head says he’s guilty. My heart sees a lost man’

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November Bookish Musings-Orenda Books, Blogtours and readalongs galore!

November Bookish Musings-Orenda Books, Blogtours and readalongs galore!

Hello November! This month, I am planning on joining in a couple of readalongs, starting a readathon of my own, and also tackling backlogs of books started, not yet finished(ambitious, I know!)

Are you with me? Let’s go!

Readalongs

luke.at.what.im.reading is hosting an Instagram read along of ‘‘The Stand’ by Stephen King I haven’t read this in quite some time so this will be interesting to see if it as good as I remember it being. As well as being a MASSIVE Stephen King fan, Luke’s Instagram gives me such goals, he has built this beautiful inclusive community and I am so happy to have found it!

jobis89 Instagram is also hosting a Stephen King November readalong, this time it is ‘Lisey’s Story’ which I don’t really remember so this is super exciting, I love reading along and discussing books on Instagram with like minded people! Jobis89 has the most beautiful feed, another HUGE Stephen King fan who has created this corner of the web where you happily chat about books ALL DAY. It’s pretty much perfect for #bookstagrammers !

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Netgalley Book Recommendations-Hunting, shooting and MURDER?!

Netgalley Book Recommendations-Hunting, shooting and MURDER?!

The two Netgalley books I am reviewing run along similar themes-entitlement, luxury getaways and MURDER!

‘The Hunting Party’ by Lucy Foley and ‘STAGS’ by M.A Bennett were both read alongside each other and as they complement each other, I thought it might be fun to focus on them both.

The Hunting Party is published in January 2019 and is the first crime thriller from author Lucy Foley. She sets the scene brilliantly as she details the separate groups of friends travelling to Scotland on an ‘no expense spared’ reunion.

Life has been good to this group of 9 (4 couples and a singleton) who-with the exception of Emma who has been in the ‘gang’ for 3 years as she is dating Mark-, have known each other since their uni days. Apart from Mark and Emma there are Miranda and Julien , Giles and Samira (plus baby Priya), Nick and Bo, and Katie, the lone singleton. Tensions are set right from the off when a seat booking error means one of them has to travel in a separate carriage so Katie takes it as a default for being single-but that does mean she is happy about it? Thisfurther reinforces her station as ‘the one to be pitied for not being partnered’.

 

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Late Bookish week in review(closer to a fortnight but let’s not quibble!)

Late Bookish week in review(closer to a fortnight but let’s not quibble!)

So this week I have decided to employ a tactic to help me read smarter rather than harder as I seem to have hit a wall of books-not unpleasant, definitely my preferred way to sustain an injury! On the suggestion of an equally book bound friend, she recommended filling a mason jar(see below also quick plug for my Insta feed!) with slips of paper containing all the books I have yet to read.
And to the left is said jar, not allowed to pass on or replace a title when it has been selected. I was genuinely excited to submit to this random no questions asked selection technique and as a result have read 2 books this week.

The first is ‘Everything is Lies‘ by Helen Callaghan(author of the bestselling ‘Dear Amy’) and ‘The Night She Died‘ by Jenny Blackhurst (bestselling author of ‘How I lost You’).

‘Everything is Lies’ is about a 26 year old architect, Sophie, who juggles a high pressure job with her relationship with her parents-off grid hippies who never married and live a bohemian lifestyle.

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Netgalley Review-‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke

Netgalley Review-‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke

I may be wrong but I think this is the first book by Lucy Clarke that I have read and with apologies for using the standard phrase, it was unputdownable (no other word will do).

Available now in e-book format

The cover is menacing, there is a modern looking staircase with a shadow of an ambiguous looking person on the landing between the  2 flights of steps, blood red title words and recommendations by none other than C.L Taylor and Clare Macintosh-high praise indeed-so even before starting it, you are aware that this is going to be a thrill ride of a book.

In it, the narrator, Elle, has returned to the clifftop home that she has bought with the advance in her first, wildly successful novel. It is close to where her sisters and her family live, it’s a familiar environment that she craves after her marriage has floundered and expectations are high for her follow-up book.

After having holidayed in France and on her sister’s suggestion, renting her house on Air Bnb for much a needed financial boost, the moment she comes back to her home is so well described. It’s her home, yet not her home, someone has been living there, but there is little trace of the family that booked it. And yet….there are subtle changes, tiny things that would be overlooked by many but not Elle.

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Weekly Bookish Roundup-Netgalley, random selection,TBR jar

Weekly Bookish Roundup-Netgalley, random selection,TBR jar

Plucked from my Netgalley piles, I accidentally picked two books with similar topics. They each dealt with the topic in different ways that complement each other beautifully so I thought it might be nice, as well as posting about things I am interested in in the world of books, to write a weekly review as well.

Not sure how that will turn out, currently I am juggling the third and final year of nursing school with running a zoo (3 children, 2 cats, a dog and a husband…the jury’s out on who is the most work !)and keeping my handmade crafts business afloat, but it’s worth a try!

So for this week’s review I have Alice Clark-Platt’s ‘The Flower Girls’ (due out 24th January 2019) and Lesley Kara’s ‘The Rumour’ (due out on December 27th 2018).

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BlogTour-‘Grist Mill Road ‘by Christopher J Yates

BlogTour-‘Grist Mill Road ‘by Christopher J Yates

Hi! I am super thrilled to be asked to contribute to the ‘Grist Mill Road’ Blog tour….perfect day for anyone thinking of something for the weekend to consider this book, TGIF!

In ‘Grist Mill Road’, Christopher J Yates takes 3 childhood friends, puts them -and you as the reader-through a trauma that resonates throughout the rest of their lives.

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Netgalley Review-‘Vox’ by Christina Dalcher

Netgalley Review-‘Vox’ by Christina Dalcher

Blogging on my birthday, and what a book to discuss!

I have read some really wonderful books so far this year, but ‘Vox’ has topped them all.

It’s not too hard to envisage a world where America has a president who is seen a joke by the rest of the world, yet manages to systematically take away the rights of the female population.
It starts slowly with the focus on the main character, Jean, a well regarded scientist who was advancing discoveries into cures for a particular strain of dementia. Since the ‘Pure’ movement ,however, women have been stripped of their jobs, their roles and their words.

Women ,and gay people, have been held accountable for the ills of society and in a attempt to return it to a time when women knew their place and being gay was considered an abomination,the president has eroded their rights and gained the backing of American men and female handmaidens .
Inevitable comparison with the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ aside,it is sadly all too plausible to buy into the future reality that Christina Dalcher depicts. Gay people are forced into work camps and to share cells with the opposite sex until they ‘see sense’. Read more AboutNetgalley Review-‘Vox’ by Christina Dalcher