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Book Review: The Flat Share by Beth O Leary.

Book Review: The Flat Share by Beth O Leary.

The Flat Share was a book club read with Irena and Monika . This was a different read from our usual genre, but we decided to go for something light hearted and an easy read.

Description:

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

My Thoughts:

The description of this book was what initially appealed to me about this book. The idea of a man and a woman sharing a one bedroom flat, where he sleeps there in the day and she sleeps there at night sounded like it would be fun, quirky and an easy read.

Leon and Tiffy share a flat but are never in it together. They have never even met. The idea is very strange for a living arrangement, but Leon needs more income and Tiffy can’t afford a place or room of her own in expensive London . So they agreed to a 6 months agreement.

The first half of this book was funny and weird and parts of it did make me chuckle. Tiffy is low on self esteem but she has a quirky dress sense and she is very chatty and tends to say what’s in her mind at the time . She is the opposite to Leon who is very quiet and tends not to say what’s in his mind. As with most romantic comedies you can tell where this will end up. There are a few extra parts of the story which are not obvious and gave our book chat plenty of things to discuss.

As the book turned to the second half of the plot, I found it not as humorous and easy going as it was to begin with. This disappointed me a bit because I wanted a funny easy read. There were more difficult topics that came up and I found that the light heartedness had almost gone from the book. It picked up again at the very end of the book, and although the book ended as I would have liked it to, I thought that there were quite a few unnecessary parts which made the book longer than it needed to be.

I did like the writing style which was alternated between Tiffy’ s point of view and Leon’s point of view. I could see a different style between the two and it was quite obviously a male / female difference. Leon and Tiffy communicate to each other through post it notes for the other to read during their time at the flat. The notes were amusing, despite the notes being left around for ages and making a mess.

Personally I wouldn’t read books from this author again as for me it didn’t prove to be the light easy read I expected. If you like romantic comedies with a mix between funny and serious topics then you will probably love The Flat Share. Sadly for me this was not a satisfactory read and this was primarily due to the change in tone over the chapters.

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Posted by on October 3, 2021 in Books

 

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Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian. Book Review, bookclub read.

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian. Book Review, bookclub read.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher and author for my copy of this book.

This was chosen as our June bookclub read. It seemed like a great choice for a thriller and for discussing.

Description:

Meet Chloe Sevre. She’s a freshman honor student, a legging-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. Her hobbies include yogalates, frat parties and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study for psychopaths—students like herself who lack empathy and can’t comprehend emotions like fear or guilt. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements.

When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan into action, she’ll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths—and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

Never Saw Me Coming is a compulsive, voice-driven thriller by an exciting new voice in fiction, that will keep you pinned to the page and rooting for a would-be killer.

Published 7 September 2021

My Thoughts:

This was our book club choice of read for June. I didn’t choose this one but loved the sound of it and was excited to read and discuss it.

Lots of psychos in a thriller book! Perfect recipe for murder, plotting and me being a book detective. 😊🤔

This was a very original plot line where a doctor at a university finds and enrolls several diagnosed psychopaths to take part in his study whereby he claims to be able to help them live a “normal” life. I learnt a bit about psychopaths in this book. I wrongly assumed psychopaths were dangerous. I learnt that they don’t feel guilt, empathy or fear and after reading this I think psychopaths are far more common than I believed.

The characters in this book were very intriguing. Obviously I couldn’t relate to many ( any) of them of myself but I think that is why they were so interesting to me. You’d think to not feel fear would be a good thing, but then you aren’t aware of danger. And when there is a killer targeting students you need to be aware of danger. Our main character Chloe does not fear the deaths around her, she has a mission of her own. The lack of fear is a big part of what made me suspect everyone.

The fact that there are many psychopaths in this book made for quite a guessing game. I did not guess the killer which is a good thing as I like to be surprised with twists and red herrings. The ending to me was a little disappointing, but overall this was a good read with a really original plot.

I think this would make a great film or even a tv series.

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Posted by on September 25, 2021 in Books

 

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Book Review: Survive The Night, by Riley Sager.

Book Review: Survive The Night, by Riley Sager.

Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Dutton Books for my copy of this book. I had heard very good things about this Author, and having not read any books by Sager yet, I wanted to give this book a go.

Description:

It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?

What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing–survive the night.

Published June 29th 2021 by Dutton Books.

My Thoughts:

Well this book takes place over one night, as could be guessed from the title. From receiving my copy to beginning to read it, I didn’t read too many reviews or re read the blurb. So I went in a little blind. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was set in 1991, which meant no mobile phones or internet. It was nice to revisit this time, and I have to say it makes thrillers seem more dangerous as you can’t just call for help on your phone.

The plot begins with the main character Charlie, we learn that her best friend has been murdered on a night out. Charlie feels guilty and wants to leave campus and get home. As she isn’t able to drive herself home she looks for a travel buddy to car share with. Here enters Josh. The majority of the story is between these two characters and told from their points of view.

Because the chapters are written from the two main characters point of view, I got a good sense of who they both are. Personally I didn’t like Charlie and after the first few chapters, any sympathy that I had for her was gone. I found her to be one of the most stupid characters I have ever read about. She made terrible decisions concerning her own safety and I don’t think this was due to lack of common sense I think she just decided to do stupid things. Charlie was a very frustrating character to me. The only positive part of her that I liked was that she used a lot of movie references. These were entertaining and helped to get a better idea of who she was and why she was as she is.

Josh on the other hand was a bit more interesting. I had a few theories about who he was while I read the chapters. I won’t say too much about that because it would lead to spoilers. The writing was easy to read and flowed well.

As we were reading this as part of a book club we ended up reading it much faster than we initially planned.

Overall I have to say that sadly I was a bit disappointed with this book. All the chapters lasted the one night, but then at the very end goes years to the future and tells us what happened there. Again I found Charlie to be continuing to make bad decisions.

I wouldn’t be against reading another book by this author as the writing style and the idea of the plot was good. I just felt to strongly that the decisions made were a little ridiculous. There was also a part of Charlie’s character where she had what she called ” movies in her mind” . It was left unclear whether this was a mental health condition or just part of Charlie’s coping mechanism. ( perhaps it’s the same thing?) I would have liked the epilogue to make this a bit clearer as I felt it was quite a big part of the story that wasn’t explored and explained to the reader enough.

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Posted by on September 19, 2021 in Books

 

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Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.

Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.

I chose Nine Perfect Strangers in a book swap in my work place quite a long time ago. I was attracted to the front cover and the description. Since I got the book, I watched Big Litle Lies. ( written by the same author). I loved this series starring Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and it also allowed this book a bit closer to my ‘ to be read ‘. I am very excited to see the film of this book now , and hope it will live up to the excellence of the book. Here are my thoughts.

Description:

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?

These nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer—or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made Liane Moriarty’s writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

· First published 18 September 2018


My Thoughts:

I read this book a while ago but never got around to reviewing. So here is my mini bullet point review of Nine Perfect Strangers.

* Nine very different characters end up at a retreat. They are in for a very different kind of ” retreat”.

* Some reviews I’ve read said this isn’t Liane’s best book but it’s the first I’ve read of hers and I really enjoyed It. So if I can take anything from those reviews it’s that I would probably enjoy the other books too.

* I was a little confused by the first chapter temporarily then as I read on it made more sense.

* All the characters are a little eccentric or at least have something about them. I liked all the characters but my favourite was the older lady who before arriving had a funny little meltdown in her car. I can totally imagine this and it made me warm to her before she even arrived at the retreat. I wanted her to feel better.

* The Author uses her imagination to create different chats between each character and how they would react under strained and unusual circumstances. There was a human element to the story and getting to know each character was what I liked.

* I like the plot but I liked the characters more.

* Definitely recommended as a fun summer read.

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Posted by on September 18, 2021 in Books

 

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The Captive by Deborah O Connor. Book Review.

The Captive by Deborah O Connor. Book Review.

The Captive was a bookclub read again and this time my choice of book got voted for as the book of the month to read.

I always hope the book will be good but as it was my choice that everyone read, I particularly hoped it would be good.

Description:

Hannah knows the cage intimately. Small, the size of a shopping mall parking space. A bed, a basin, a table and chair. A hatch and metal drawer through which to exchange food and other items.

Then there’s him. Always there on the edges of her vision, no matter how hard she tries to block him out.

Every day, the same thoughts run through Hannah’s mind:

What if he speaks to me?

What if he hurts me?

What if he gets out?

First published 12 January 2021

My Thoughts:

This book intrigued me right from the start of reading the blurb. A prisoner being kept captive in your kitchen.

I didn’t know why he was being kept in a cage and why Hannah would be scared of him. If she was scared why was he there. Well the futuristic rules of criminals and prisoners is not something I like the sound of.

This was a really interesting and unique book. It was really well written and although the prisoner captivity idea is futuristic, the book explains why this came about and mentions the pros and cons which were interesting and thought provoking.

The chapters alternated between main characters Hannah and Jem’s points of view. There are also chapters which go back in time to Jem’s past. I could ‘feel ‘ both characters and although I wouldn’t have acted the same ways that Hannah did, I can understand her. The author did a great job of bringing these two to life in my head.

There were plenty of twists, thrills unexpected parts and characters to suspect. Everything I could want from a thriller. Highly recommended as a very unique thriller with parts domestic noir, legal guilty or not guilty, and tension that leads the reader to turn the pages faster and faster to see what will happen next. I loved it.


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Posted by on September 11, 2021 in Books

 

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The Open House by Sam Carrington. A book review of twists and intrigue.

The Open House by Sam Carrington.  A book review of twists and intrigue.

Thank you to Netgalley, the Author and publishers for my copy of this book. I was attracted to the book by the intriguing sounding description.

Description

Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…

Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.

When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.

But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.

Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it…

My Thoughts:

This book was great, full of twisty plots, sub plots and an array of interesting characters.

When Amber and her Husband decide to split up, they need to sell their house. Its been on the market for a while but there hasn’t been any interest yet. When it’s suggested to Amber that she has an open house to attract more interest, although not thrilled with the idea of people nosying around her house, she agrees. The only problem is it seems that 13 people went into the house, but only 12 came out. I was intrigued as to how this would make the premise of a whole book. But there were many subplots which were based around this idea.

There were lots of creepy things happening in Amber’s house and I thought she was brave to stay there alone with her children. When weird things happen, do you convince yourself that you must have done it yourself and forgotten or do you remember that only 12 people came out of your house and where is that last one? Did you count wrong? Were you seeing things? Questions questions! Perfect for a thriller.

There were lots of great characters, not necessarily likeable ones but lots of interesting ones. The chapters alternated between different characters points of views. I think this made me consider lots of red herrings which is always fun in a thriller. I read this book on my own and having participated in lots of book club reads recently, I found there were many thoughts that I would have liked to discuss. This would be fab for a book club read.

The end of this book ties up all the loose ends properly and the many twists that come up throughout the book all make sense. I found myself suspecting many of the characters, from the husband to the new boyfriend to the nosy neighbour who wants to know everyone’s business to the annoying busy body of a mother in law to the estate agent. In fact the only characters I didn’t suspect was Amber herself and her 2 friends ( whose names were mentioned in the acknowledgement as having their names taken from the authors friends). I did guess some parts towards the end but I didn’t see all the twists coming.

A great read with twists, sub plots and a page turning finale.

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Posted by on September 5, 2021 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Dating Game by Sandy Barker. #LoveIsland

Book Review: The Dating Game by Sandy Barker. #LoveIsland

Thank you to publishers One More Chapter, Author Sandy Barker and Netgalley for my advanced reader copy of this book.

Description

The must-read romantic comedy for fans of Laura Jane Williams, Sophie Ranald and Sophie Kinsella.

‘Hilarious and highly original’
Julie Houston, bestselling author of A Village Affair

Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love. Except one had a secret identity . . .

Abby Jones is a serious writer. Or at least she will be, one day. Right now, she spends her time writing recaps of reality television under a secret identity.

When a recap for The Stag – the must-watch dating show – goes viral, her editor thinks she should be on set, writing the drama as it happens. The good news: the next season will be filmed in Sydney. Sun, sea and a glamorous trip abroad, this could be Abby’s big break.

The bad news: the producers don’t just want Abby to write the recaps, they want her to be on the show. Abby can’t think of anything worse than being undercover and followed around by cameras. But her career depends on it, and when she meets gorgeous producer Jack, Abby begins to wonder if this job might not be so bad after all 

Expected publication: September 10th 2021 by One More Chapter

My Thoughts:

I read The Dating Game while Love Island UK was on, and I admit that Love Island is my shameful, guilty pleasure. While watching and also reading through the chapters of The Dating Game, I wondered about the insides of these types of reality shows. If you’re like me in that you don’t really take these shows at face value and often wonder at the inner workings of the shows, then this is the book for you!

The Dating Game is a book where our lovable main character Abigail is a writer for a magazine. She has a pseudo name, which is quite clever – Anatasia Flabbergaster. Abby wants to be a serious writer, but for now she has to just write recaps of reality tv shows. That is until she has the “opportunity” to be on one of these shows as an undercover writer.

As the pages turn we see Abby as one of the twelve “Does” on a show where Daniel the “Stag” has to date each one and find his “true love”. So many ” ” ” ” “, but all necessary. I think the idea of the show is similar to The Batchelor, but I haven’t watched this show, so I cant be sure.

Anyway, The Dating Game was light hearted, amusing, showed us a wide array of characters and was just an all round good read. One of my favourite parts of the book was the relationships between the twelve girls who were staying in Stag Manor. It did really remind me of the reality shows I see on tv, where the girls become good friends but all the while supposed to be competing against each other. We meet some nice girls and some not so nice. So the fun and games kept up throughout between all the varying personalities.

I started this review by saying Love Island is a shameful, guilty pleasure of mine. I can say openly that The Dating Game was neither shameful, nor guilty. It was pure pleasurable reading.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2021 in Books

 

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Book Review: Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon. #YA

Book Review: Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon. #YA

This was our book club read for July. Not my choice and probably wouldn’t be my choice of read either really. It’s a young adult book which isn’t a genre that I generally like. But I thought I would give it a go. If nothing else, I like our discussions. Also I have heard very good things about this author Nicola Yoon.

Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon. My kindle and a beautiful day.

Description:

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.

As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything–including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he’s only just met.

Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it’s that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk?

My Thoughts:

I have read a lot of good things about this author Nicola Yoon. More so her book before this ‘ Everything Everything ‘. I didn’t read that, but decided to read Instructions For Dancing as part of our July book club read. While young adult books are not my thing, I can appreciate a good author and excellent writing when I see it.

The main character Evie is dismayed with love due to her parents break up. Within the first few chapters we can see that Evie likes books and not just any books, but romance books. Unfortunately as she lost faith in love, she fell out of love with her books. Despite this there are still some great quotes worth noting here that are typically from romance novels.

I don’t want the world Eves, just my piece of it”

There were lovely friendships in this book. Evie’s best friend Martin is a great support to her and encourages Evie to go to a dance class. Hence the name of the Book, Instructions For Dancing. The book does have a bit of dance talk but it is not full of it. The messages come through without having to know anything about dance or even be particularly keen on dancing. I personally liked the dance talk. Beautiful dresses and sexy moves. But if you’re not a fan of dance don’t let this put you off.

My favourite part of this book was the over all message that resonated throughout the book. Like I said already YA is not my thing but all my bookclub buddies do like YA and they all rated it highly. So I would recommend it if you like YA. From my point of view, the writing style was good, it was easy to read And the moral/ message throughout the story was true and good.

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Posted by on August 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Crossing the Line by Hugh MacNab. Sammy Greyfox Thriller. Book review.

Crossing the Line by Hugh MacNab. Sammy Greyfox Thriller. Book review.

Thanks to author Hugh Macnab for my copy of this book. After reading the first in the Sammy Greyfox thriller series, I was keen to read the next installment. You can read my review of the first book Here which was featured on my blog last week. 

You could read this as a standalone but as always with series it’s better to read them in order.

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Description:

A narcotics detective murdered

In her first case after nine months recovering from her involvement in a fatal shooting, Sammy Greyfox is tasked with finding the killer of a Narcotics detective. A straight forward task….or is it?

A dominatrix

An addict who has abandoned her children…a blackmailer who delivers pain for pleasure. But is she a victim or a killer?

A safe with secrets

The discovery of a secret list which was never meant to be found, will compound Sammy Greyfox’s case and result in a race against time to prevent more deaths.

A twist of fate

Two young women enter Sammy’s life. One will enrich it, the other will save it – but at what cost?

Published July 1st 2021

 

My Thoughts

This is the second book in the thriller series of Sammy Greyfox. It’s not necessary to read the first book before this one, but as always with series it’s better to read them in order.

I’m pleased to say I was able to read the first book before this one and had a good background of Sammy and her previous cases. In the first book I wasn’t drawn to Sammy as a person. I was interested to see how this would develop in the second book.

Sammy is a very good detective and takes her job very seriously sometimes at the cost of other things. Perhaps this was a reason I didn’t take to Sammy before? In this book Crossing the Line, Sammy is back in work after a 9 month absence due to a trauma at work previously. Coming back into work was like butter to toast for Sammy. Although she is still haunted by her traumas she is keen to take on big cases and ready to delve right back in to her detective work and boy she does!

The area where Sammy lives must be some area! As there are so many crimes that take place there. The plots for Crossing the Line are plenty and there are many different threads to keep the readers mind occupied.

The book is written from Sammy’s perspective so as she finds the clues so do we. This is a writing style that I like so the readers can play detectives aswell.

The choices Sammy makes are not always the right choices ( in my opinion) . But she is aware that all her choices are not what others would make. Maybe this makes her a better detective, maybe not?

As I mentioned previously I wasn’t drawn to Sammy in the previous book. That feeling continued in the beginning of this one. She seems very judgmental, but I also think that she is aware of this and when she makes her judgements, Sammy does acknowledge that she was perhaps stereotypical in her thoughts. ( not a trait I’m keen on). However as the pages turned Sammy showed a more compassionate side to her which I hadn’t seen before and this redeems her a little in my mind. I wonder if by book 3 we will be besties! 😉

The end of this book had me sitting for a while after I finished it contemplating her decisions and what I would have done in the same position. I like a book that does that!

I actually like the second book better than the first, something that doesn’t happen often in series. This makes me excited for the third one (which I’m just about to start).

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy thrillers with big plots that keep you thinking about who did what and how things will add up. A great new series with a detective that is quite different to what I’m used to. I’m looking forward to book 3 on this Sammy Greyfox series.


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Posted by on August 14, 2021 in Books

 

Russian Brides by Hugh McNab. Book review.

Russian Brides by Hugh McNab. Book review.

Thank you to author Hugh Macnab for my copy of this book. I am very honoured to say that my quotes from this review have been used as part of the authors Amazon blurb.


Description

“The twists keep coming. I was gripped right through to the thrilling end.” Amanda@Chocolate_Pages
Perfect for fans of Lindsay Boxer, Atlee Pine and René Ballard.

 

An internet service connects wealthy Floridian retirees to beautiful Russian women. Everyone seems happy – until the retirees start dying,

A mass grave is excavated in Collier State Park, revealing the bodies of newborn babies – each unspeakably mutilated.

Detective Sammy Greyfox from the Sheriff’s office in Naples, Florida, becomes involved in both investigations as she unravels a deadly tangled web of chilling evil which will haunt her forever.

In her confused personal life she has to fight her own menacing Demons. Demons which may want her to take a life.

In the end, she will face a race against time to prevent another child’s death. But will she be in time? And will she survive the consequences?

My Thoughts

Russian Brides is a book that packs in a lot of plot, character and grit between it’s pages.

Written from Detective Sammy Greyfriers’ point of view, I felt like Sammy was talking to me and telling me her story. This was especially so for me as I listened to it by audio book.

Sammy, a female detective works hard at her job. She is investigating a murder which gets more mysterious the further she investigates. I liked that the book was written completely from Sammy’s point of view as I got to experience the case and her thoughts as they came up. Sometimes when books write both from criminal and detectives point of view, there is less detective work for me to do. And I do like to try to guess what’s happened myself. Saying that I didn’t work anything out before Sammy did. We also hear about Sammy’s colleague Dan who is working on a difficult case. I didn’t feel that I knew Dan very well as the book focused on Sammy and her case and the two didn’t socialise together. There are quite a few other characters which piqued my interest in this book and knowing there will be more books in this series I hope to hear more from them.

Often when I read a book and get to know a new detective, if the book is good, then generally I will take a liking to the detective. This was different, I didn’t take to Sammy. This is my personal point of view and other readers may well love her tough exterior and blunt way with the people she questions, but I didn’t.

This is not a spoiler as it mentions in the book blurb that Sammy finds out she is pregnant. One of my issues with Sammy is her flippant attitude towards her pregnancy who she refers to as Bossy Boots. At one point she is coming home after a hard day’s work and grabbing a beer, and almost every day she is reaching for strong coffee. This is the first book in the Detective Sammy series and who knows, maybe she will grow on me. The plot of Russian Brides was very clever and took turns which kept me gripped right the way through the book. I think it takes a clever author to plot out a book where the crimes and twists keep coming through the book but everything makes total sense by the end.

The end was my favourite part of this book and probably the part I read the fastest because it was so gripping. No more clues here as I don’t give spoilers, all I will say is that it made me want to read book 2 already! For a newly published author Hugh McNab writes smoothly and cleverly with plots that pack a punch and characters that get you feeling.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

 

 

I have been fortunate to be able to read the second book in this series already. My review for the second book will be featured here next week. I am in the midst of reading book 3 in the series now, I’d like to thank again Author Hugh Macnab for my advanced copies of his books.  

 

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