New Monthly 5 Book Review

Good Morning! My 2nd review of the day is for Adele Parks' new book, "Lies Lies Lies".

I'm ashamed to say that this is the 1st book I have read by Adele Parks, and I'm not entirely sure why! 

I really enjoyed this one, reading it in just a matter of days. I love that right from the beginning you feel an atmosphere building between the characters, you wonder what is going to happen, something is obviously going to come to a head, but what? when? 

I also enjoyed the way Adele writes the book from the perspective of both of the main characters, but without losing the focus of the story being told. You get to understand the characters thoughts and feelings on the matters at hand without it feeling forced. If I had one slight question though is the introduction of a character into the 2nd half of the book, that I don't recall having seen mentioned in the 1st half. I'm sure there was a reason for this, and the introduction of the character built the story up a little more, but I found myself referring back to the 1st part of the book to see if I had missed something. 

That said, "Lies Lies Lies" is a great book and I would read it again and again. I don't want to add too much detail as I don't want to give any spoilers for those who haven't read it yet, but you won't be disappointed. 

I give "lies Lies Lies" a 4 book score. A great book, a great read and one you'll just want to read at all costs. 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading! See you in the next review! xx

Good Morning! Welcome back to my book reviews!

My first review of the day is for "Unnatural Causes" by Dr Richard Shepherd.

I can safely say that I was surprised by this book, by how quickly I got into reading it and how fascinated I was by the subject. You see, Dr Shepherd is a Forensic Pathologist. 

"Unnatural Causes" tells of how Dr Shepherd came to do the job he does and talks through his family life while taking you through some of the cases that he has worked on. He tells you that he has changed the names of those that he can, but of course, there are some cases that are just so well known that changing the names would have been a pointless exercise. 

I can say that there are no gruesome details, certainly nothing that will put you off your dinner, but there are (possibly unintentional) funny quips regarding attendees who ended up more than a little green around the gills as it were. What is throughout the book is a fascinating insight into the job of a Forensic Pathologist, as well as the politics that appears to become a part of the role. 

Sadly, the book doesn't make me feel any calmer about death, my fear of that is very much still active, but I do have a respect for those, like Dr Shepherd who work in that field and can make the situation seem a little more bearable for the families involved. 

I enjoyed reading about the different cases, some I'd heard of, others I hadn't and my reactions to the different cases varied between a hand over the mouth, wide eyes in shock to Wow, really? 

If you like reading books that give you a real "day in the life of" feeling, and allow you to see what it is like to do a particular job, this book is for you. If you have a general fascination about what it is like to do a job like this, the book is for you. 

Overall, this is a surprisingly good book, I enjoyed reading it. Would I read it again? yes, but maybe not for a while, especially as some of the cases stay with you, particularly those that are more well known.  I would give "Unnatural Causes" a 3 1/2 book score. Well worth a read. 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading! x

Good Morning everyone!

My latest review is for "The Holiday" by T M Logan.

I devoured this book in just a couple of days, I just couldn't put it down. I always think that is the mark of a good bok, when you can't wait to get back to it and read on to the end. 

The characters are really well written and the underlying tone of mystery works really well to keep you engrossed as a reader, and keeps you guessing. There is a twist at the end that you don't see coming and even I had a reaction of "Oh, good grief!". I can't say too much on the plot, especially as some of you may not have read the book and I don't want to give the game away as it were. 

I would encourage you to read this book, you will not be disappointed. "The Holiday" receives a 4 book score from me - I will be reading this one again!

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading!! xx

Good Morning! Welcome to the next review. 

This time, I'm looking at "Nine Perfect Strangers" by Liane Moriarty. 

I should apologise for the delay in getting these reviews typed up - I actually read this book, and a couple more fairly soon after I finished "Big Little Lies" but I haven't had much time to myself. 

As soon as I saw that title of this book, I immediately thought of Agatha Christie's book, "Ten Little Indians", also known as "And Then There Were None" (Which I reviewed last year) and to some extent expected the storyline to follow a similar path. I did see some similarities, the 'strangers' all heading off to an almost secret location and being holed up there, doing things that they didn't set out to do. 

I was disappointed with this book. I think I had high hopes for it after reading "Big Little Lies" but this one doesn't compare.

The plot is good, but it just seemed (to me at least) really slow to get started and I actually stopped reading it more than once, as I felt frustrated that things weren't happening quick enough. The book starts ok, good pace and then the pace slows down which just fuels frustration.

I think this book would have benefitted from more than one scene where the characters are 'fighting for survival' as it were, and a little less page space given to the 'noble silence' as I don't feel that anything was gained from this other than more frustration. 

The end of the book left me with a feeling of 'was that it?' and I actually wanted a bit more bite from the book, something that would have left me feeling stunned, shocked even; but this was underwhelming. 

Sadly, I have to give "Nine Perfect Strangers" a 2 book score. I've read it, not sure I would want to read it again and I'm sorry to say that. 

As always, the reviews and notes here are my own opinion and should not influence you and your choices. You may read this book and see something in it that I didn't and I would love to hear from you if this is the case. 

See you next time, and as always, Keep Reading! x

 

welcome to the 2nd review for the day. 

 

This one is for the book that inspired the HBO tv series, "Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty. 

I don't know about you, but I am one of those who likes to read the book before I watch the tv show. That is what I wanted to do with "Big Little Lies" and I'm glad I did. The book is based in Australia opposed to the tv show that has the story based in the US. 

The storyine jumps straight in with police interviews so you know somethiong has happened but not the what, before taking you back to how the whole thing started, something that I think makes for a clever plot line. 

I enjoyed the view to how the other half lives, but also the underlying sense that things were not all ok in paradise, something that is apparent with Celeste. 

If you haven't read this one, where have you been?? I would highly recommendt his one for the comedy, escapism and just general enjoyment. 

I give this book a 4 book score. Highly enjoyable and I would read it again!

I'm not going to go into too much detail due to the spoilers but read the book - you won't be disappointed. 

 

Enjoy, and as always, Keep Reading! x