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Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

Sophie Kinsella has been one of  my favourite Authors for many years. Even now, when I rarely read chick lit, (with a major preference for crime thrillers) if Sophie Kinsella publishes a book, I will get excited for it and read it as soon as I can. So, when I Owe You One came out, I knew I wanted to read it. 

Did it reach all my Kinsella expectations? Read on to see! 

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Description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? 

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My Thoughts:

Within the first chapter of this book, I could tell it was Kinsella’s words, I was chuckling away to myself and indulged in the fact that I had the new Sophie Kinsella book in my hands and it was going to be good. 

The main character Fixie, nicknamed because of what she calls her flaw, she has to “fix” everything. In that first chapter, we are given tales of her fixing things that made me chuckle. Knowing Kinsella’s writing, these personality traits are going to be quite a thing in the book. They were, Fixie meets a man in a coffee shop, and does him a favour. This is where the title ‘I Owe You One’ comes from. 

Pretty soon on, we meet Fixie’s long time crush Ryan. I guess with most chick lit, easy reading books you can kind of tell what kind of person he will be and how the relationship will develop. Chick lit for me is easy reading, fun, light hearted and escapism. Therefore this predictability was not a problem for me. There were a couple of unexpected things that happened within Fixie’s relationships and the plot kept me reading page after page wanting to finish and see where Fixie ended up. 

The side line characters are interesting. Particularly Fixie’s relationship with her best friend Hannah. They are the perfect match for each other. This is one thing I do love about Kinsella’s books, there is always a brilliant best friend supportive role. Did you read Shopaholic? With Becky’s best friend Suze! Fantastic.  There is also the flakey character too. Fixie’s sister Nicole was exasperating, and I applaud Fixie for being so patient with her! Throughout this book, we read about fictional characters that play a movie in your head. The ‘hot’ guy, the ‘hot’ girl, neither of whom are particularly likable, then the girl you root for……and the happy ever after??…… not saying anything, but what do you think?

As with all of the Sophie Kinsella books that I have read, ‘I Owe You One’ is light hearted, fun and had me chuckling to myself. It wasn’t my favourite of her books, but I think that is probably down to my preference for thrillers at the moment. The younger me would have given this 5 stars, whereas the ‘present’ me is more 4 stars. So either way, highly recommended! 

 


Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 

 

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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.

Book Review: Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.

Steve Cavanagh is fastly becoming one of my new favourites in crime thrillers and this is only the second book I have read of his. You may remember I reviewed Thirteen last year. I actually voted Thirteen as my favourite book of 2018! So when Twisted came out, I grabbed as fast as I could. Thank you very much to Netgalley and publishers Orionbooks for my copy of Twisted. I did a little dance of glee when I received it.

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Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.
After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

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My Thoughts:

The description of this book does not give too much away. The title gives you an idea… but not of the plot. So I prefer to keep this review vague on the plotline and only tell you my thoughts.

It is Amazing! A gripping, page turning, very clever and very twisty read.

I went in blind only with the expectations of it being so good after reading Steve Cavanagh’s last book. This was a good thing to do. Just when I thought I knew what was going on….bam… something else.

Twisted is a standalone book by the author who wrote the Eddie Flynn series. I haven’t read the Eddie Flynn books, but you can bet I’m going to read them now.

There are gory murder parts, characters to root for and to hate. And twists that will make you dizzy and addicted to this authors stories.

This book is different in a way I haven’t read a book before. If you are on Twitter you may have seen the Authors Wife tweeting about ‘who is JT LeBeau?‘. I think I read somewhere that Mrs C helped Mr Cavanagh with his inspiration for this book. So thanks also to the Authors Wife.

Twisted is written by an amazing imaginative Author, with a mind for very dark plots and evil twisted characters.

I want to use the word Twisted so much whole writing this. The title of this book is perfect. This is a book of twisted characters, a twisted plot and a twisted book of thrills. As the Twitter hashtag says #ThisBookisTwisted.

My recommendation…. go read now!


Links:

Goodreads

Twitter/@SSCav

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

www.stevecavanaghauthor.com

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Scared to Death, by Rachel Amphlett. Detective Kay Hunter. Book 1!

Book Review: Scared to Death, by Rachel Amphlett. Detective Kay Hunter. Book 1!

I have heard so much about Detective Kay Hunter over the past while. Many of my fellow book bloggers have raved how good these books are and how brilliant Kay is. Sometimes when a book gets so much praise, you can either be really excited or dubious that it won’t hold up to your expectations.

A while ago Author Rachel Amphlett had the first 3 books in this series on sale on Amazon. I was alerted to this by my good friend Meggy from Chocolatenwaffles.com who is a big fan of these books. After reading much Kay love from Meggy’s blog, I took the opportunity of this bargainous buy and went in hoping that I would turn into a Kay fan too.

Description:

A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

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My Thoughts:

I am very happy to say that this book lived up to all the hype and fan girling that it has received. I am only just reading book 1 of the Kay Hunter series. There are another 9 books ( I think) for me to read and love now too.

I went into ‘Scared to Death’ without knowing too much about the plot. This worked our great for me. Within the first few chapters I was gripped. I quickly realised how ‘spot on’ the title is. When looking back at the cover, I also see how appropriate it is to the story. ( aswell as being striking). Rachel Amphlett is a brilliant author and I can only assume that the next 9 books will get even better as we delve deeper into the main character Detective Kay Hunter, her career, personal life and the cases she will be facing next.

Back to book 1. A girl is kidnapped, the police investigate, another girl goes missing. A serial killer….maybe? We hear from the killers point of view aswell as the police viewpoint. The author has so cleverly made both killer and detective, characters with depth, issues and basically majorly interesting characters.

The plot is clever. The characters are brilliant. The writing flows and I will most certainly be reading the rest of the series.

Detective Kay Hunter, you have another fan. I can’t wait to delve further into your character in book 2 and 3 and 4……. 😁


* Due to having quite a timely break with this blog, I have quite a few books backlogged to review and publish. For this reason, my reviews may be shorter than usual for a while. Hopefully I will make my thoughts clear, just by using less words. ☺


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2019 in Books

 

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New Year and New Books! #BookLover #BookBlogger

New Year and New Books! #BookLover #BookBlogger

Belated Happy New Year to my readers. I haven’t done a book haul for a long time, but over the past few weeks my incoming books have all sounded so amazing and I’m excited to read them all, I thought I would share what new books I have gained.

If you have read and can recommend any of these to keep high on the list order then let me know your thoughts.

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Some I recieved as Christmas gifts, some free or bought from Amazon, some from Authors / Publishers and some from Netgalley.

I recieved ‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver, from my lovely bookish blogger friend Irena 

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Irena’s review of this was so amazing and she rated the book so highly that she generously thought of me and that I would love it too. You can read Irena’s review HERE

Description.

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.


 I downloaded 2 books free from Amazon.

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London

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Meet Clara Andrews… Your new best friend!

With a love of cocktails and wine, a fantastic job in the fashion industry and the world’s greatest best friends, Clara Andrews thought she had it all.

That is until a chance meeting introduces her to Oliver, a devastatingly handsome American designer. Trying to keep the focus on her work, Clara finds her heart stolen by lavish restaurants and luxury hotels.

As things get flirty, Clara reminds herself that inter-office relationships are against the rules, so when a sudden recollection of a work’s night out leads her to a gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes.

Clara soon finds out that dating two men isn’t as easy as it seems…

Will she be able to play the field without getting played herself?

Join Clara, as she finds herself landing in and out of trouble, re-affirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets.


 

Anxiety Girl by Lacey London.

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One in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, but it couldn’t happen to you, could it?

Sadie Valentine is just like you and I, or so she was…

After a series of unfortunate events in her life, Sadie finds herself in a dark hole that seems impossible to crawl out of.

Once a normal-ish woman, mental illness wasn’t something that she really thought about, but when the three evils, anxiety, panic and depression creep into her life, Sadie wonders if she will ever see the light again.

Set in the glitzy and glamorous Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, Anxiety Girl is a story surrounding the struggles of a beautiful young woman who thought she had it all.

Lacey London has spoken publicly about her own struggles with anxiety and hopes that Sadie will help other sufferers realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The characters in this novel might be fictitious, but the feelings and emotions experienced are very real.


I was very happy when I was alerted to a bargain buy for a start of a series by a good blogging bookish friend Meggy.

The first three books in the Detective Kay Hunter series. The first 3 books were on sale on Amazon for only 99p, so I grabbed a bargain with those. Meggy has brilliant reviews of all of the Kay Hunter series on her blog, which you can find HERE – chocolatenwaffles.com

scared to death

A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


Book 2 – Will to Love , by Rachel Amphlett.

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Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…


Book 3 – One to Watch, by Rachel Amphlett.

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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.


 

From the Author, DJ Swykert, I recieved a copy of his book:

Children of the Enemy by DJ Swykert.

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I have read quite a few of this Author’s books and enjoyed them all. So I was happy when DJ Swykert offered me this book to read.

Description.

Jude St. Onge is a man on the run. He is an addict who has stolen a large cache of drugs from Detroit drug kingpin Mitchell Parson, who is determined to retrieve the drugs and take his revenge on Jude. After the torture slaying of Jude’s wife, and the kidnapping of Jude’s daughter, Angelina, the last thing Mitchell Parson expected to hear when he picked up the phone was: “I have your sons.” Raymond Little, with a murder conviction in his past, and newspaper reporter Ted Rogers have become unusual allies with Jude in an attempt to rescue his daughter. Together they kidnap Parson’s two boys, hoping to secure Angelina’s release. Risks for both hostage-takers skyrocket as the two sides square off, while Detroit Homicide Detectives work the case unaware of all that is at stake in the investigation. Only Ray and Ted can save the endangered children in Children of the Enemy.


I was also lucky enough to win 2 books via Twitter from the Authors / Publishers. One I have recieved already and one is on its way in the post.

Tell Me A Secret by Jane Fallon.

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I have read and loved Jane Fallon’s other book ‘Sweet Revenge’. So I was looking forward to reading ‘Tell Me A Secret’. Then I read some great reviews for the book, and saw the giveaway on Twitter. I was as you can imagine, rather pleased that I won a copy of the book. I hope it arrives soon.

Description:

Holly and Roz spend most of their days together. They like the same jokes, loathe the same people and tell each other everything.

So when single mum Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes her friend will be dying to pop the champagne with her.

But is she just imagining things, or is Roz not quite as happy for her as she should be?

As Holly starts to take a closer look at Roz’s life outside their friendship, she begins to discover a few things that don’t add up. Who is the woman who claims to be her ally?

Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.

Because it takes two to forge a friendship.

But it only takes one to wage a war . . .


I entered another giveaway on Twitter. This is the first book that I have by this Author, and the cover and blurb sound great. I am looking forward to reading it. As an extra special bit, the Author Cara Hunter signed the book for me.

No Way Out by Cara Hunter.

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DID YOU SEE ANYTHING ON THE NIGHT THE ESMOND FAMILY WERE MURDERED?

From the author of CLOSE TO HOME and IN THE DARK comes the third pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked.

The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life.

Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone?

Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true.

Because this fire wasn’t an accident.

It was murder.


And finally my glorious selection from Netgalley. While I do love this site, it is very addictive as all bookbloggers will know. I have been accepted for 2 books and I have 2 pending and I’m fingers crossed hoping to be accepted for.

 

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell.

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Actually I have just finished this book, and it was very good. So review for ‘The Couple’ coming up next week.

Description.

Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.


 

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.

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The first book I read by this Author was Thirteen, and it was my book of the year last year. Amazing,gripping and so unique. I was so excited when Netgalley approved me for this. I really hope it is as good as Thirteen. 

Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

 


Then the 2 books I have requested, but are still pending are:

Death comes to Call by Clare Chase.

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I have read a few of Clare’s books before and loved them all. For some reason I have missed the previous two in this series? But I’m hoping if I get approved for this book, reading it as a standalone won’t make a difference. Based on Clare’s previous books, I’m pretty sure I will love it.

Description:

Tara Thorpe may be Cambridge Police’s youngest detective, but that doesn’t stop her from cracking its most dangerous cases. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?


I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

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My old favourite Sophie Kinsella, the Author I have been reading for decades! Another book is due out, and I wanted to read this before I even knew what it was about. I have loved all her books, so am really really hoping I get approved for this. If not I will just have to acquire this from the library when it comes out. I just know it will be amazing.

Description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?


 

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So, as you can see I am totally spoilt for choice on the reading horizon for the next while. I hope all the books will engross me, and raving reviews for them will follow.

What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these books, and if so which were your favourite? Share your thoughts on my bookish choices in the comments.

 

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2019 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D J Swykert.

Book Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by D J Swykert.

I have read quite a few of D J Swykert’s books, and I have enjoyed all of them. This Author writes with knowledge he has gained from working as a 911 officer. What I liked about Swykert’s books is that he includes really interesting facts along with his plot and characters. Because I enjoyed all his other books, I decided to give this one a go.

LEARNING 60 MINS

Description:

In space, the expansion of the universe exceeds the speed of light. In a jail cell the speed of light slows, time ages and deteriorates slowly to a crawl.

Jack Joseph understands physics. He understands the nature of quarks, leptons, dark matter and the desire to find the God particle. What Jack doesn’t understand is Jack.

He has a Masters degree in particle physics, an ex-wife, a sugar mama, a passion for cooking and chronic dependencies he needs to feed. He cleans pools to maintain this chaotic lifestyle.

Spinning about in a Large Hadron Collider of his own making, the particle known as Jack is about to collide with a particle known as Sarah

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Published July 20th 2013 by Rebel ePublishers

My Thoughts:

I went into this book, not really knowing what it would be about. I only knew that I liked the Author’s other books, so I was expecting to like this one too. The cover doesn’t give much away, I could see obviously the pool on the cover and the “physics equation”. Each chapter also starts in a similar way, which is good and different. ( E = {1} ) and so forth for each chapter.

The main character Jack Joseph is a physicist (by degree) and a pool cleaner by job. He also comes across as quite a philosopher to me. This part of the character shone out to me, as written by D J Swykert. His characters are always seemingly intelligient with their words, but not so by their actions. The majority of characters I have known by Swykert have been addicts of some kind. Jack Joseph is no different, an addict but with an interesting outlook on life. Within the first few pages, he is showing us his philosophies.

“I am not a being of my own choosing, but I am free to make choices for myself.”

Although Jack is an alcholic and a cheat, he is likable. I could kind of understand his actions. He has gotten himself in a difficult place and has to survive the best way he can. Some choices he makes are debateable and some make total sense.

What I also loved about Jack was that he was a passionate foodie. He loved to cook and eat good food. We see him buy some ingredients and make delicious sounding dishes. Not something that I would typically pair with an addict. But Jack isn’t your typical addict and that is what makes him so likeable and readable.

The book is more character driven that plot ( in my opinion). We follow Jack through his days, with the side line characters and the things Jack has to do to get by, the plot is good and I wasn’t sure which way Jack’s life would go.

After Jack has a chance meeting with Delilah (as he called her), his life may be about about to change. But he also has a Wife, a sugar mama and a dependancy with which he needs to satisfy. It was Jack’s state of mind and philosphies that made me enjoy this book so much.

Will Jack go to prison? Who will he end up with, or will he end up alone? You will need to read to find out.

There are so many great quotes I could give from Jack’s thoughts, but I will finish with this one.

“I’ve always thought the best attributes you can have as a person are empathy and compassion, if you feel these, and you feel them passionately enough that they direct your life, then you’re a pretty good person.”

But to see the other side of Jack:

“I like the world better when I’m high”.

Sometimes, I think a few carefully chosen quotes from a book says quite a lot about the characters.


I recieved a copy of the first edition by kindle. There is now a second edition available with this cover and was published in October 24th 2018 by Magic Masterminds

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Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@djswykert

www.magicmasterminds.com/djswykert

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Jane Once More by R G Dow.

Book Review: Jane Once More by R G Dow.

Jane Once More is the sequel to Jane of Manchester, which I reviewed HERE!. I was happy when Author R G Dow approached me asking me to read and review this sequel. Jane of Manchester was a really easy reading book for me, so I was expecting the same kind of ease of read from Jane Once More.

Jane once more

Kindle Edition, 191 pages

Published October 6th 2017 by Dow Books

Description:

Jane is back and so are her friends and family but time stands still for no-one, as they say, and so has she moved on at all with her life?

Carrying on from the first book, Jane of Manchester, there is plenty of fun left to be had as Jane and her friends continue to have a laugh in the city, but change may be just around the corner…

More giggles, good times and drama from Jane and the crew!

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My Thoughts:

Jane Once More was as I expected after the first book, it was easy reading. And as with the last book, I listened to it on audiobook while I was doing more monotonous things, like ironing and preparing lunches!! I didn’t need to concentrate much on the story as it followed Jane’s life, her work, friends and family, and also lots of her take aways!

Jane Once More follows the life of a ‘normal’ British girl, with the exception of the lack of social media, which was actually really refreshing as she saw and spoke to her friends and family, She texted a lot, but it was to meet them.

The book is almost written as diary style, (without the days and dates). Jane’s life is not particularly exciting, but she has a good group of friends, colleagues and family. Between hearing about them all and following Jane on her day to day goings on, the reader feels like they know Jane and almost particpate in her life with her.

As a real foodie, I liked all the eating in and out discussions. There was also the development of a relationship in this novel, of which there were none in the last book.

*(It is not essential to read the first book before this, but it will give more of a background if you do).

Jane Once More is a fun easy read. I am expecting another book to follow this one, as it was left with the scope to continue.

Links:

GOODREADS.

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Posted by on November 10, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Three-Fingered Jack Davis, by D J Swykert.

Book Review: Three-Fingered Jack Davis, by D J Swykert.

I have read a few other books by Author D J Swykert, so without knowing too much about this book I wanted to read it. I remember reading ‘The Death of Anyone’ by D J Swykert, and being so interested in the details of the book, I did an interview with the Author and asked him all about familial DNA, which was part of the book I had just read.

When you know an Author does his research properly about the details in a book, it makes all their books more appealing. I went into ‘Three-Fingered Jack Davis’ of this opinion. I think if I hadn’t read previous books, the name of the book and the cover would leave me slightly unsure, but then reading the blurb I would be back fully on board again.

So lets get down to my review!

Three-Fingered Jack Davis
Published September 5th 2017 by Magic Masterminds LLC

Description:

Three-fingered Jack Davis and Jesse James Hofstetler operate a dope house in Detroit. They sell some black tar heroin laced with carfentanyl, a drug used to tranquilize elephants, to a house full of addicts. Several of the addicts overdose and now Jack and Jesse are stuck with a number of dead bodies to deal with. The two men aren’t evil, not in the sense of a serial killer, but under the law they have committed murder. But they also have a very human side, Jack takes in a young addict named Posie and offers her protection, and Jesse saves the life of an overdosed girl called Imogene, who goes by the name of Im.

Looking for refuge they hook up with Marielle, nicknamed Hell, a prostitute who owns a house of ill repute in the neighborhood. The lives of the five become intertwined as they are investigated by tough, but fair, Detroit homicide detective Bonnie Benham. The story proceeds through the perilous habitat of drug users, dealers and detectives to an unusual, but just, conclusion.

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My Thoughts:

Three-Fingered Jack Davis is a gritty book that involves drug dealers, drug addicts, death through over dose and murder. It is far from a life like mine, but this is just the kind of book that I enjoy! Who wants to read a book that is too close to your own life. I want adventure, thrills and danger through fiction! D J Swykert gave me this once again.

I was very pleased while reading this that the Author gave as much consideration to the real details in this book as he did with the last book of his that I read. Although I don’t know how drug addicts really feel, I felt that the descriptions given here were accurate and considered. Swykert writes his characters with understanding of all kinds of human knowledge, from the drug addicts who are aware of other humans to those that completly have no respect for human life. Although the two main characters Jack Davis and Jesse James are drug addicts and dealers, Jesse especially is written so that I grew to like him and root for him. 

It was nice to have Detective Benham back again. As before, she is fair but firm, gutsy but likeable. My favourite character was Hell. Hell becomes involved in Jesse and Jack’s difficulties through coincidence or fluke, but she sticks around and is a force to be reckoned with. We don’t know why Hell does all she does at first, but as we read on Hell’s character becomes more understandable to the reader. She was excellently written.

Three-Fingered Jack Davis was both character and plot driven to give maximum impact. There is action right the way through the book, and we see all the characters develop as we read too. All too often, I can read a book that focuses on one or the other, either plot or characters. To write a really gripping book where the reader feels like they know the characters and are drawn into their lives through the plot takes a talented writer. D J Swykert has managed this with Three-Fingered Jack Davis. I will be reading more from this Author.

 

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: Nowhere Child, by Rachel Abbott (Novella).

Book Review: Nowhere Child, by Rachel Abbott (Novella).

I found this book by a bit of a fluke. I took out an Amazon Prime trial, (for purposes only of free delivery) Then I discovered that could borrow books for free! ….I know, a bit behind on these things 😉

However, I had a little browse on what was available and came across Nowhere Child by Rachel Abbott. It sounded like my kind of read, so I gave it a go.

And my conclusion?………Why have I not read Rachel Abbott’s books before?

Tip: If you have Amazon Prime, download this book, if you don’t, find it another way.

Nowhere Child (DCI Tom Douglas 4.5#)

Nowhere Child (DCI Douglas 4.5) by Rachel Abbott.

Description:

A stand-alone novella featuring the same characters as Rachel Abbott’s bestselling novel Stranger Child

Someone is looking for Tasha. But does she want to be found?

Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves.

The problem is, Emma isn’t the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her.

Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money – a lot of money – for information about Tasha’s whereabouts.

Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first?

She can run – but for how long can she hide?

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Published October 14th 2015 by Black Dot Publishing Ltd

 

My Thoughts:

Nowhere Child is a novella and stand alone novel. It is also a follow on book from Stranger Child. I haven’t read Stranger Child and it did not matter at all. There are enough details that you don’t need any extra background reading.

Tasha is a runaway child, living on the streets of Manchester (UK). I do enjoy crime thriller books based in places close to me. American and Scandi ones are fab too, but it makes a difference when you have a knowledge of the area and the law where the book is based. Tasha has a lot of people looking for her, but she doesn’t know what they will do to her if they find her. With the help of her friend Andy from the streets, she tries to survive and hide.

This is a novella with plenty of plot, characterisation and tension packed into 179 pages. Although Tasha is the main character, the book is labeled as a DCI Douglas book. It took me a while to get an impression of DCI Douglas (Tom), at first I wasn’t sure whether or not to trust him. As a serial crime thriller reader, I have learnt not to trust anybody in fiction at first! You know what I mean crime lovers? However, since reading other reviews of this Author’s books, it seems that Detective Tom is a very likeable character. I’m sure when I read more books with him in, I will feel foolish for doubting his intent.

Nowhere Child read easily, with constant tension and concern for Tasha’s safety. It is very obvious that the Author knows the vast difference between the classes in Manchester, how the middle class see “dirty runaways”. This is no more clear than when Tasha needs help in a street of ‘regular’ people, but needs to take what should be unneccesssary action in order to be listened to. 

I really enjoyed this read. Although I don’t feel inclined to go back to read Stranger Child, as it feels like I would already know the end, I do feel excited to read more of Rachel Abbott’s books. While looking into this Author and her books, I see she has a new book coming out in November called ‘And So It Begins’.

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@RachelAbbott

www.rachel-abbott.com

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Book Review: The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Thanks to Poppy Stimpson from Transworld Books for my copy of The House Swap. I love the cover of the ARC, where it has doors to open!

I give you my unbiased review of The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

 

The House Swap

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet.

Published May 3rd 2018 by Doubleday

Be careful who you let in . . .

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city flat to a townhouse in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage–his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions–start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities.

Meanwhile, Caroline slowly begins to uncover some signs of life in the stark house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget…

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My Thoughts:

I loved the idea of this book. Actually I won a competition last year to have a year subscription to a house swapping website, so it is an idea that I have given thought to! I was intrigued by the description of Caroline and Francis swapping houses with somebody who seems to know Caroline, and has subtle ways of letting Caroline know that somebody knows her secrets. 

The chapters flip from present time to past, when things weren’t good in Caroline and Francis’ relationship to present time while they are in this borrowed house. It is easy to follow and the stories of both timelines link up well, so the reader has a good image of what has happened without giving away too much of Caroline’s secret.

The woman on the street where they are staying comes across as creepy and very intense. In my opinion Caroline was too polite in letting the woman worm her way in, but then this woman plays a bigger part as the story goes on……

We know from the start that Francis has addiction problems, and these were written very well. It seemed that the Author had done her research to know how both parties (the addicted Husband and the Wife who watches) could feel in this situation. It would have been good to have a bit more of an insight into Francis’ reasons for his addictions, but this didn’t spoil or impact the story, it just would have been good to know a deeper understanding of Francis. I didn’t take to Caroline at all throughout the book. I felt she was very unsympathetic to her Husband’s problems, and the way she dealt with it was wrong. (in my opinion).  I think if Caroline had acted differently this story would not have happened, but that’s the beauty of fiction for you!

The book had a steady pace all the way through, it kept my attention and I wanted to know what happened next at the end of every chapter. As the pages thinned, I had an idea of what the end would be, but as in all good thrillers, there was a twist I didn’t see coming and it finished the story off with a chilling bang. It only takes one decision in life, that could be the decision that changes everything! From a decision Caroline made, comes the twist that chilled me. 

House Swap is an enjoyable, steady paced domestic thriller. I would certainly read more of Rebecca Fleet’s books. But, I won’t be renewing that House Swapping subscription this year!

 

 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@RebeccaLFleet

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2018 in Books, the house swap

 

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TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!

TH1RT3EN, BY STEVE CAVANAGH. Book of the year for me so far!
Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4)

TH1RT3EN, By Steve Cavanagh.

Eddie Flynn #4

 

THIS SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

If that strap line doesn’t draw you in, you are not a serial killer thriller lover like me! I saw these 2 small sentences, and knew I needed to read this book!


Description:

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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My Thoughts:

Before I started this book, I had already read some excellent reviews of Thirteen. So although excited to read it, I was hoping that I would enjoy it as much as others have done. Those reviews I read….. spot on! This book is amazing, gripping, thrilling, page turning, keep you up later that you intended, brilliant.

Steve Cavanagh has such a vivid clever imagination. This thriller is unique and like no other book I have read. How can the killer be on the jury??? How can they ever find the killer if its the killer that decides the verdict? So so clever.

I haven’t read any other of this Author’s book, but I am aware that there a few previous books also featuring Eddie Flynn, the con man turned defense lawyer. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books, although reading Thirteen makes me want to read more of Cavanagh’s book now.

The main character Eddie Flynn was a con man, now he is a defense lawyer. I think a good defense lawyer woud be wise to know some of the tricks of the trade, and with Eddie’s past, this does give him certain advantages. The other characters also are so interesting and clever. As we follow each one, we learn a little more about them and their pasts. Eventually I got to understand the mind of this highly intelligient killer. There is something very different about him, something that enables him to be one of the “best serial killers” I’ve read about. I know that sounds weird, being the best serial killer, but this is legal, psychological fiction guys, my favourite genre. And now I have found myself a new favourite Author, with plenty of books that I haven’t yet read.

A short review from me, but full of powerful words, go read it, its amazing, I loved it. So clever, legal thriller fiction at its best!

I had been enjoying the legal thrillers of Author Olly Jarvis, my original favourite legal thriller Author. Jarvis’ books are based in the UK. Now I have another favourite legal thriller Author, whose books are based in America. 

TH1RT3EN IS AN AMAZING BOOK, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE LEGAL / PSYCHOLOGICAL / SERIAL KILLER THRILLERS.

 


Links:

Twitter/ @SSCav

www.stevecavanaghbooks.com

Goodreads

Amazon.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in Books

 

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