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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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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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Posted by on August 7, 2021 in Books

 

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The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley. Book Review #BookClubRead

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley.  Book Review #BookClubRead

This is another book club read. I am having fun with this book club. 😊 I didn’t choose this book, but I did like the sound of it and had hoped that it would be a book I would enjoy. Unfortunately the book chat with the other girls is what I enjoyed best.


Description:
The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love
Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes–in a plain, green journal–the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It’s run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves–and soon find each other in real life at Monica’s café.
The Authenticity Project’s cast of characters–including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends–is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It’s a story about being brave and putting your real self forward–and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.
The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for–and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.


My Thoughts:
The Authenticity Project had such a good premise. I was expecting the book to be thought provoking, hopeful and inspiring. In actual fact the book to me was kind of like a fairy tale.
The plot consists of a notebook which is found and left again for strangers to write their truth, not perhaps how they portray themselves. Sounds good doesn’t it? And although I started off the book liking and finding some of the characters interesting and quirky, as the pages turned I found them to be silly and a bit unrealistic.
This book has many great reviews and I wonder if my higher and different expectations spoiled my read of this book?
On a positive note for the book, it was easy to read and I could fly through the pages as there was not a lot of food for thought. ( although my book club friends and I did find plenty to talk about).
We discussed as a group about how we see ourselves is often not the way other people see us. The author does show that with this idea of the truth notebook seeing yourself as others see you, in a wider more positive way can open more doors for you. I would have liked this book to have more inspirational characters and chat than it did.
Although I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, I found one of the characters called Monica very much like Monica from Friends. I wonder if that is coincidence or if the author modelled the characters on people she knew of.
I read that the author took some of her own experience and added it to this book. And despite the author having a previous book called The Sober Diaries, ( based on her experiences) I am of the opinion that one of the characters who had an addiction problem was written in a way that other addicts may find annoying and perhaps offensive. The addict in the book seemed to me to find it far to easy to overcome his problems.
Sadly this was not the book for me and I won’t be reading anymore from this author. However that is just my opinion and as I previously mentioned many others loved it. I would recommend The Authenticity Project to readers who like an easy breezy read with not much substance to it and a kind of “happy happy “ read.


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Posted by on June 27, 2021 in Books

 

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This book made me #Hungry. By Grace Dent. Book Review.

This book made me #Hungry. By Grace Dent. Book Review.

Isn’t the name of this book just enough to make you want to delve in!? I received my copy of this from netgalley and with many thanks, I share my unbiased thoughts.


Description:
From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Currock, Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better.
Hungry traces Grace’s story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of the much-loved voices on the British food scene. It’s also everyone’s story – from treats with your nan, to cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, to the exquisite joy of cheaply-made apple crumble with custard. It’s the high-point of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen, on an otherwise grey day of double-Maths and cross country running. It’s the real story of how we have all lived, laughed, and eaten over the past 40 years.


My Thoughts:
Grace Dent shares with her readers her beginnings in Carlisle where highlights included yellow sticker goods from the new big Asda and pink wafer biscuits.
Throughout Hungry we hear the authors love of food and her cravings for fame and cuisine. I love a good foodie book and this one has so many aspects to devour.
I think I must be a similar age to the author as there were so many parts of this books that I could relate to. If you grew up in Britain in the 80’s here is a reminiscence for you. From Findus crispy pancakes to Neapolitan ice cream, of course most of these memories include food. As Grace grows up her travels take her away from Carlisle and the foodie talk becomes much more distinguished with dishes sounding weird, wonderful and some just downright odd.
Hungry is written as a kind of memoir to the authors start in life until she becomes the much loved food writer that she now is writing for The Guardian amongst other places. The book is written with humour, emotion and mostly with the love of food.
The first half of this book brought back lots of memories for me. The second half showed a slightly different side of the author, which didn’t go amiss by her family.
A really enjoyable book that I recommend to everyone who loves a foodie tale.
It was also lovely to see Grace Dent back on Uk MasterChef recently.
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Posted by on June 5, 2021 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides A Perfect book club read. Mini Review.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides A Perfect book club read. Mini Review.

The Silent Patient was another book club read for me and a few other girls. Thank you Irena and Monika for a great choice and a really enjoyable read and book chat.


Description:
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

First published 5 February 2019 by Orion.


My Thoughts:
Wow, just Wow! This book is fantastic, so clever and gripping and just Wow. I loved it.
I enjoy books that have a psychological element to them and this book involved Alicia being locked in a secure institution. So already I was intrigued just by that part. There were many questions throughout this book.
Was Alicia choosing not to speak or was unable to?
Did Alicia shoot her husband and if so why?
Why is Theo so interested in her?
This book was perfect for a BookClub chat because of the questions, the intrigue and the thrill of the words and pages.
Highly recommended for those who like twisty thrillers.


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Posted by on May 30, 2021 in Books

 

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