During the run up to Christmas last year, I participated in a Secret Santa that was organised by Emma (@emthebookworm) and Kelly (@kellyspillane). If you search the hashtag #BaublesandBooks on twitter you will see much chat. My match was the very generous Sharon (@SharonSAtkinson). Sharon bought me this brilliant book, amongst quite a few others. I had read the blurb on this book, and being about an online serial killer, it really piqued my interest. It was as I had hoped an excellent griping read. So, thank you to Sharon, Emma and Kelly.
LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE
The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.
But this is no virtual threat.
As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.
Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?
Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?
ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. . .
Published December 31st 2015 by Avon
This book is brilliant. We follow Freddie, a waitress come investigative journalist. As Freddie is waiting for the big story to make her mark, she stumbles upon just the way she thinks to make her name in the papers! And it does just that, though perhaps not the way she expected!
Freddie accidentally meets up with her old school friend Naz who is working in the police force, and between the two of them and the other police, they have a race against time to find the social media online serial killer who has cleverly named himself @apolloyon aka #murderer. Some of this reading is scary stuff. The Author has really put her knowledge of social media in this book, and it is scary to see how much people can find out or giveway about themselves, without knowing. But also how anonymous you can be, if you know the right tools, as @apolloyon did. This book is so current, and will really appeal to all readers who have an interest in social media and who love crime thrillers. (This is me – absolutely the target audience here!).
The characters are great in this book, really well developed and I liked that you could see how the plot had changed both Freddie and Naz by the end of the book. Freddie is a complex character and I can see how Naz is confused as how to feel about her, Freddie is impulsive, gutsy yet also has a big heart. Freddie is a whizz at social media, despite tripping herself up at times as she adds her location to Facebook!! It did baffle me a bit that the police force seemed so inadequate in their knowledge of social media, but I guess that why they have IT specialists.
At the beginning of each chapter, the killers followers and following are shown, this was a really nice touch and made the book so ‘now’. As the followers go up, so do the murders, so this book really was a page turner.
As the killer is revealed towards the end of the book, I thought back over the pages and could see how cleverly wound this tale was. I had an idea, but that is only because I tend to suspect everyone! Angela Clarke is a very talented writer and I may just have found myself a new favourite Author.
If you love social media and crime thrillers, this book is for you. Even if you are not into social media, then this book will give you a much better understanding of it, and probably keep you away from Twitter and Facebook too. Angela Clarke has written a very clever book, and I can’t wait to read her next book.
So a rather late festive book review, but I enjoyed reading my festive books right the way through the season, so better late than never.
Thank you to publishers Corvus and Author Rosie Blake for my lovely copy of ‘How to Stuff Up Christmas’ with its beautiful cover all complete with lovely Christmassy sparkles on it.
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you’ve found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance’s phone…
Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve’s boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen.
But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve’s best friend Daisy know that she isn’t telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve’s boat?
A hilarious and heart-warming novel about Christmas, catastrophes and cooking, containing exclusive Christmas recipes, from the talented Rosie Blake.
Published November 5th 2015 by Corvus
This is just the kind of festive read that I love. It wasn’t filled with all “the perfect family set up blah blah”, but it was a Christmassy setting with great characters, some delicious and some not quite so successful recipes, plus a nice storyline with humour and fun.
The books starts off with a nice recipe made by Eve’s friend Daisy to attempt to cheer her up after her boyfriend was caught cheating on her. We follow Eve as she makes alternative arrangements for her festive season. The range of nice festive recipes along the way are lovely, and as Eve is not a great cook, some are amusing and some work out well and sound delicious. Eve’s sister makes an interesting dish called ‘Grandma’s Pink Cheese’. Something I hadn’t heard of but sounds lovely.
There is a nice range of characters in this book, the first that comes to my mind after finishing the book is Marmite the dog! He is a fun lovely character and keeps Eve company, though beware of those geese!!
Eve’s Dad made me chuckle with his wacky dress sense, but I wasn’t keen on her Mum, always criticising. There is a bit of intrigue as to what her best friend Daisy is hiding, and throughout I was a little dubious of her, you will need to read to see if I was right or not….
Overall this was a lovely festive read, with great recipes, interesting developed characters, laughs and a bit of adventure. Plus an amusing end. I definitely recommend it.
This is a post I have been thinking about for a few weeks. I have read a lot of good books over the past year, and to list my top ten is a good reminder to me how much I enjoyed them. It is also a nice way to thank the Authors for their talent.
I met my Goodreads challenge of reading 40 books this year. I know this is not a huge amount compared to other bookbloggers, but its good for me. I prefer to read my books slower and more thoroughly so I really enjoy them and soak up the story that it is telling me.
These books are in no particular order, but all are 5 stars worth brilliant. I have linked my review to each one, incase you want to read my thoughts on them. The links for each book will be in the review post.
TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016 BY CHOCOLATEPAGES.
Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis. A brilliant gripping crime thriller based in the UK. Olly Jarvis is my favourite legal thriller Author as his knowledge flows brilliantly into his fictional characters drawing me right into the gritty underground and clever legal cases. You can read my review and more about itHERE!
Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan, was a wonderful uplifting spiritual story. This book has stayed with me and brings hope and appreciation to its readers. I always think of this book as I go on my walks and pass the boats. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
The SW19 Club by Nicola May. I only discovered this Author this year and have been missing out. I have read 3 of her books, but The SW19 Club was my favourite as it was therapeutic, brilliant and made me laugh and cry. You can read more about it HERE!
A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. This was a twisty turny suspence which is just the kind of book I love. Clare Chase is a wonder at writing these kinds of novels. I have her next one on my kindle ready to go. You can read more about A Stranger’s House and my thoughts HERE!
Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me by Caroline James. I have read all of the Coffee, Tea books that Caroline has written and I just love her main characters Jo and Hattie. The tales are heartwarming while making me laugh, feel hungry for the delicious cakes they eat and go into a whole bookish world of Caroline’s imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr. In my review of this book, I gave the Author the huge compliment of saying that I loved the main character Kim Long as much as I love Sophie Kinsella’s Becky Brandon. This book was pure chick lit at its very best. It was perfect! You can read more about my thoughtsHERE!
Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton was a brilliant book with a really interesting storyline. It spoke of prison wives and fan clubs of convicted murderers. The end was so fantastic and so much of a twist, I loved it. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
Boyfriend by the Book by Laura Briggs. This was an indulgent chick lit easy read. It was frivolous and complete fun. Perfect for cosy days where you want to go to a bookish world of imagination. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert. This was another gripping crime thriller and it had the unique points within the tale about ethics of using familial DNA as evidence. Really interesting while being a fantastic crime thriller. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. This was a wonderful surprise of a book, as I didn’t know there was an Anne Shirley book that I hadn’t read, then I got this! It is a really nice prequel where we can see how Anne got to Green Gables. Although it is by a different Author to the original Green Gables books, it was written with a real insight into the original books by LM Montgomery to celebrate 100 years of Green Gables. You can read more about my thoughts HERE!
So, there are my Top Ten Books of 2016. I hope that 2017 will be full of plenty more, I’m quite sure it will be as I already have a full ‘to be read’ pile.
Have you read any of these? What were your best reads of the year, link your posts here and I will take a look at yours too.
I had noticed on Twitter that bookbloggers were talking about a crime book that was based in Glasgow, this was where my interest started. Then when Author Owen Mullen approached me and asked me if I would like to read and review his book ‘Games People Play’ – a Charlie Cameron crime story, I was very happy to do so. ‘Games People Play’ is the first in the Charlie Cameron series.
Games People Play is published today – 19th January 2017, so if you like the sound of it, you can order it now from the links at the bottom of this post.
The Author has a second book out too called ‘Old Friends and New Enemies‘, which also sounds excellent. For today, I will tell you my thoughts on ‘Games People Play’
On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.
Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.
For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.
Published 19th January 2017 by BloodHound Books.
I loved that this book was set in all the places I know so well. The language too, was so familiar, its strange how you can almost tell from the way the Author writes where they are from. Of course brilliantly, the Author was writing what he knows as the main character Charlie Cameron, Private Investigator lives and works in Glasgow.
It is a nice idea that Charlie is a private investigator rather than the usual police / lawyer crime books that I enjoy, it was a different touch right from the start. We find out more about Charlie and his past as the book goes on. There are reasons why he shouldn’t have taken on this case, but he does anyway. I really wanted Charlie to succeed in he case he was working on, despite everything being against him.
There is a brilliant twist at the end of the book, which I didn’t see coming at all. When I thought back through the story that I had just read, you could see how Author Owen Mullen weaved the story perfectly so that we wouldn’t guess the twist, but it makes sense when you read it and it all adds up. There is a real mix of good and bad human traits within this book, but the strap line ‘evil is never far away’ is very apt. I was glad that Charlie was likeable as there would have been too much negative behaviour otherwise.
This is a really great crime thriller which was made even better for me as it was based in Glasgow and surrounding areas. I now look forward to reading the next in the Charlie Cameron PI series ‘Old Friends and New Enemies’, which is also out now.
About the Author Owen Mullen:
When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.
This is the time to enjoy really festive books, to curl up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate with cream and cinnamon, and for me some spiced chocolate gingerbread and of course a festive book. Today, I’m reviewing a short story by the brilliant Nicola May.
It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London.
A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?
Published August 31st 2015 by Accent Press
This is a fantastic Christmas short story that will warm the hearts of even those who don’t love Christmas. Evie has been cheated on, and is expecting the worst Christmas ever. But she meets Greg who invites her to help the homeless over Christmas. There are just enough characters in this story so that we get a good taste for all of them.
Bea, Evie’s wacky friend who is always on hand for a laugh and a sherry. Greg the handsome man who helps the homeless. But the stand out from all the rest character is Yves. Evie meets Yves and spends a little time with him.
Through Yves, we the readers and Evie are shown a side of Christmas that many of us forget. Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive, or hectic or anything we don’t want it to be.
“See, you don’t need money to do things that make you feel good.” says Yves. This is one of the best festive reads I have read in a while. It really encourages the good in people and allows positivity to flow from the book, and encourage us to be grateful for what we have in the present.
Yves is a spirtual soul and gives Evie some wonderful quotes, one particular from The Prophet by Khali Gilbran, which let me see the wonderful thoughts of the Author also mirrored in her previous book ‘The SW19 Club‘.
This is a festive easy reading book filled with hope, beauty and positivity. This is the third book I have read by Nicola May, and although I knew before how talented she is. This book made me realise that Nicola May, in the words of Anne Shirley is a “kindredspirit”.
*Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery.
Thank you very much to publishers Hodder and Stoughton for sending me this copy of The Hope Family Calender by Mike Gayle, which was released in paperback earlier this month.
While, I am a fan of Mike Gayle’s books, I thought as my guest reviewer Lynne did such a fantastic job of her first guest review here at ChocolatePages, I would ask her to read and review ‘The Hope Family Calender’.
(Lynne’s first review of I See You by Clare MackIntosh is HERE! )
Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn’t been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily for Tom his mother-in-law Linda is around to pick up the pieces and look after his two struggling daughters, Evie and Lola.
But Tom getting arrested on the first anniversary of his wife’s death is the last straw for Linda.
In a last bid attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters she takes drastic action and leaves for Australia. With two fast-maturing daughters Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood – starting immediately.
With only himself to rely on, will Tom fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?
Reading the first part of the synopsis on the back cover of this book, you might think it would be full of doom and gloom, you couldn’t be more wrong, it is full of false starts, new beginnings and shocking truths.It is also about the power of family and friends and about making mistakes and mending them.
Tom is bereaved, his wife died in a crash, and she left behind their two daughters.Tom has a bit of an ‘Ostrich Mentality’ throwing himself into his work and leaving the upbringing of his girls to his more than capable Mother in law, Linda, who gives up her own life to care for them all including Tom.
Tom’s late wife, Laura is practically a saint in retrospect, someone who had all the answers, was a perfect wife and Mother, but was she really? Or was she just as flawed as the rest of us ? Linda the Mum in law is the bringer of comfort, sanity and happiness in the household, but what about her own needs? What happens when she decides that she has to be ‘Cruel to be kind’ ?
The two girls are surprisingly well adjusted considering that they have lost a Mum and to all intents and purposes, have lost a Father too.
As we learn more about each person, we can feel the tension bubbling away below the surface, secrets unfold, friendships are renewed,and we find out what happens when each character has to find a new way of living.
I think Mike Gayle did a really good job of showing how grief can affect people in entirely different and unexpected ways, and that in Human life none of us are saints.
Will Linda -the Mother in law have a meltdown ?
Will Laura the deceased wife continue to be mourned ?
Will Tom do the right thing ?
You’ll have to read to find out !!
What you get is an uplifting story of Human perseverance, and what choices people make when the chips are down. A very good read.
Thank you very much to Lynne for reading and reviewing this book for me and my readers at ChocolatePages.
I was very happy to hear that one of my favourite Authors has published a new book. I have read all Caroline James’ previous books in the Coffee, Tea range. I have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment with Jo and Hattie in Boomerville which is due to be published in spring 2017. So, when I heard that Jungle Rocks, a fantastic novella was out, it immediately went to the top of my ‘must read’ list.
This is a stand alone novella, but it has many of the same characters from the previous books. I have included links to all my reviews of Caroline’s previous books.
So, You Think You’re a Celebrity…..Chef – MY REVIEW!
But now for the star review in question today, we have romantic comedy novella by Caroline James Jungle Rocks.
Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…
Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company
Jungle Rock is a brilliant story with a varying range of characters. Zach has broken up with Fiancee Poppy, and about to enter Jungle Survival. Of course this makes us all think of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ in the Australian jungle, and whether or not you are a fan of this programme, it doesn’t matter. If you like easy flow reading with drama, excitement and great characters, I think you will love it.
We hear about the rest of Zach’s family based in the UK, which gives us more of a picture of the type of character that Zach is. Jo and Hattie feature in Caroline’s other books, so for me it was wonderful to catch up with them again. I think if you read this as a standalone book you too will want to hear more from Jo and Hattie. Hattie is such a lively, doesn’t give a hoot kind of character. She is certainly my favourite. I even have a picture in my mind of what she looks like. Now, that is a good Author for you, if she makes you picture the characters in your head!
The story doesn’t focus too much on the trials, but there’s just enough to get your imagination running and your stomach creaking!
“I’d eat an antelope’s anus, I’m so hungry”.
There is perfect descriptions of Australia, with great names – Mount Wumbah! I wonder if this is real or Author’s artistic licence. Also, the Christmassy feel of West Marland. This is a festive novella that doesn’t ram Christmas down your neck, but will make you laugh with its humour, drama and array of intriguing and engaging characters. I loved it.
Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Meshot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re ACelebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: ‘AbFab meets MasterChef in aSoap…’Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten Finalistat The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: Carolineis a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” Her next novel,Boomervillewill be published spring 2017.
Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.
She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’sAssociation. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a brilliant review from a beautiful lady who has been an amazing support to me over the last few months. And the bonus is, she loves all the same books as me! Here is Lynne’s review of I See You, by Clare Mackintosh.
You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone.
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
Chapter one sets the scene of the book and starts off with a perfectly ordinary, crowded commute on the London Underground.What is extraordinary is that this particular journey starts a sinister chain of events that seemingly cannot be stopped. The tension starts to ramp up steadily at first, but then builds and builds until you can’t bear it, you want to stop reading but you can’t..
Zoe Walker is a working Mother of two teenagers, struggling with a humdrum job, too much time spent on public transport,a cheating ex husband and a needy new man.Her journeys to and from work add to her discontent as she negotiates the overcrowded carriages, body odour,and consistent lateness of the trains. It is on one of these such journeys when the train is yet again delayed and will make her late home, that she distracts herself by looking at a copy of the Gazette. As she skims over the’ For sale’ ads and ‘Rentals’ her eyes drift to the personal ads and the odd personal services on offer. It is then that her eyes are drawn to a photograph and a website, the photograph is of Zoe herself. She thinks she must be stressed and tired to imagine such a stupid thing, she looks again and again, it IS her, she recognises her own clothes. Who has placed the ad? Is it a joke? Or something else ?
As the story unfolds, more photos have appeared with the same web address, and a woman Zoe recognises from the ad is murdered, are the other women at risk? Is Zoe herself ? The answer to that is most definitely, yes.
Zoe struggles to convince family, friends and the police that she is at risk and she is viewed as anything from neurotic to a woman with a sideline in the evenings, hence the advert.Will anyone believe she is in danger as she embarks on a quest to not only save herself, and the other women, but her daughter too ?
You will suspect everyone you encounter in this book, from the policeman, to the boss, the ex husband.The author ramps up the tension until you are there on the tube with someone pressed up against you , it’s both sweaty and chilling and you will want to take a shower.
If you read this book, train travel will never be the same, you will look over your shoulder again and again and again !
Clare Mackintosh brings a great sense of realism to the crime aspect of this book as she is ex police herself and gives great insight into the seedy underbelly of a city’s travel network.She does something only certain authors get away with doing, and that is making you see something you know is there, but you have so far avoided looking at. It’s a twisty turny book that leaves you decidedly unsettled.
Clare is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Thank you to Amanda for allowing me to be a ‘Guest reviewer’ on chocolate pages.
When Author Nicola May asked me if I would like to read and review her new book, Love Me Tinder, I jumped at the chance. The title itself, just oozes comedy. I was sure it was going to be good. I have read only 1 of Nicola May’s books before and that was TheSW19 Club. I loved the way that this was written, and it was a book that made me both laugh and cry. I was hoping Love Me Tinder would just make me laugh…..and it did. I loved it. I am also happy to know that there are quite a few more books by this Author that I have yet to read. Always a good thing after enjoying one of a talented Author’s books.
Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose?
With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app.
Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.
With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.
Published July 31st 2016 by Accent Press
Well, this book was a bit of a eye opener for me to the world of online dating! Cali was cheated on by her Husband and decides to put herself out there on Tinder. Before I read this I knew nothing of Tinder, after reading this I can see how it could bring love and it can bring laughter, mix ups, disappointment and fun! For Cali , it brought a novel load of laughs and a few experiences that she won t forget!
There was a brilliant side line character called Lady P, who is an African Grey Parrot. He would say the most inappropriate things at every opportunity and you can just imagine the things a fictional parrot could say when a young lady enters the world of Tinder. It’s brilliant.
Nicola May’s writing style flows easily and well. I think this Author must have a brain full of imagination as she has written quite a few books and all get amazing reviews. She writes fictionally about characters that you can empathise with, you can laugh and cry with. She writes stories that could be true, but you are glad you are not embroiled in all those mix ups and craziness.
Will Tinder work out for Cali?? You will have to read to find out. But prepare for a good read, some laughs and some cringes along the way.
Cali enjoys her Tinder fun in Room 102 . If I ever stay in a room 102 again, I will always think of Cali and Nicola May. This is definitely a book I recommend to all chick lit lovers and especially anyone who has any experience of Tinder. If like me you haven’t then I still recommend this book to you for the amusement it will give you.
A funny easy read with great characters and a lot of Love Me Tinder- ing!❤😉
After hearing some great reviews and tweets about this book, I was excited to start this thriller of a book. Daisy in Chains is the first book I have read by Sharon Bolton, but I am quite sure it won’t be the last. I loved it.
Famous killers have fan clubs.
Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.
Who would join such a club?
Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.
Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .
Published June 2nd 2016 by Transworld Digital
This book is an intense and very gripping psychological thriller. It is a page turner of a book that made me read later and longer than I should have.
Usually in my book reviews, I will comment on whether the characters were relate-able or fully developed. Well, in this book there are two main characters, true crime writer and lawyer Maggie Rose. Also Hamish Wolfe who is in prison for murder. I was curious and suspicious of both characters throughout, as the reader is made to wonder about the relationship between the two. Rose is asked to look at Wolfe’s case and to try to fight for his innocence, and we are led to wonder who is gaining most from this relationship, and which of them is playing games.
An interesting point of this book is the women who fall in love with prisoners, those who become prison wives. The Author seems to have done her research and comes up with interesting reasons and explanations about what others may find strange and struggle to understand. As we can see from the blurb of the book, “Wolfe has a fan club”!
Maggie Rose has blue hair, therefore as a lawyer this immediately brings attention to her personality and how she wants to be portrayed by others. I read on the Author’s website that she had this photo up to inspire her about Maggie Rose. Weirdly the Author didn’t notice the daisy brooch until later on. We do not know who this lady is, but I feel grateful that she was an inspiration for Sharon Bolton to write a brilliant character such as Maggie Rose.
The twist at the end of the book is amazing. About two thirds of the way through the book, you are given an idea of where the plot is heading. But the twist is a roller coaster of excitement until the final page whereby I took a gasp and a sigh as everything made sense. This book made me think for days after finishing it. I thought back to all the bits I had read earlier on and each time saying, ah yes! I loved it, and if you like psychological thrillers, I truly recommend Daisy in Chains.