Book Tour – review of Far From The Tree by Rob Parker

I love a good thriller and I must admit it has been a while since I have read one. So I was honoured when Red Dog Press invited me to take part in this book tour.

Far From The Tree is the first novel in Rob Parker’s Thirty Miles trilogy and is set in Warrington, a small town where murders are a rare occurrence. But when 27 bodies are uncovered, vacuum packed, wrapped in plastic in a woodland trench, DI Brendan Foley finds himself  assigned as Senior Investigating Officer. But then as details unfold and bodies are identified he realises that this case a little too close to home, things get too personal and when feelings are involved, things get messy. Working closely with DS Madison he has to choose between solving the case or protecting his family? As a career driven, man this is potentially the biggest case of his life, but at what cost?

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Book Review – Waiting to Begin by Amanda Prowse

This is another review of a Netgalley book I read recently.

The review is a little late as the book is already out but I had to read it as it is by the wonderful Amanda Prowse, an author I reviewed earlier on in the year and loved called An Ordinary Life. It was a stunning read so I jumped at the chance to read this one.

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Book Review- Sunny Days and Summer Breezes by Carole Matthews

This was the perfect read last week as it was lovely and sunny and hot and this book is a great summer romance.

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Book Review – The One by Nerya McCabe

After what seemingly was a night of passion, with the gorgeous Jamie, Tilly aka Matilda feels that she may have found The One. However when he doesn’t call she thinks otherwise. That is until a chance encounter in the library she works at, when everything changes and love may well be back on the cards.

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Book Review – Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

This is another book I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So without further ado, let’s have a bit of a blurb:

From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.

Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.

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The first thing that I loved about this book is that it has a dual narrative structure which in my opinion is a fantastic writer’s tool to bring the characters and story to life. The story is told by both sisters, Fern and Rose. The language used in the narratives is very clever in that the character’s voice clearly comes out and after a while you can tell which twin it is simply by the language.

Good Sister is a great story full of mystery, suspense, twists and turns. It is a beautiful, heartfelt tale of love, devotion, duty and how quickly things can turn dark. It follows the twin sister’s life with flashbacks to their life and to that one day which changed the course of many people’s lives.

This will keep you enthralled as you fall into the sister’s worlds. Fern is a wonderful character, who is loving, caring, generous and often awkward at times due to her social anxiety. She also has sensory sensitivities which has given her a more sheltered life as she is unable to go to crowded places such as restaurants and bars. However her safe place is also where she works, her local library. There she can be herself and as a complete bookworm is perfectly placed to help others find their big next read.

The whole story was a wonderful read and it will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – thrilling, heart warming and dark all at the same time. A true joy to read,would highly recommend.

Much love 💘

Book Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read this book almost straight after the Shadow and Bone trilogy which I loved. So I was on a bit of a book high and so there was a lot riding on the next grishaverse book series, Six of Crows.

This book takes us to the seedy, dark, criminal underworld of Ketterdam. We meet the charming trickster, Kaz Brekker, the gambling addict, Jesper, the silent but deadly, Inej and many other characters as they face challenge after challenge to survive and to also earn their next big payout.

Before I read this, I wasn’t sure how they were going to beat Shadow and Bone trilogy, as the fantasy, magic element along with the setting was superbly done.

However, she did it again. By changing scenery to a more raw, dingy, criminal area the writer has changed the theme and genre without changing the world.

I loved this book!! I found the characters so well written  and the addition of their dark, dismal pasts make them more relatable and much more 3 dimensional. I actually preferred this book to Shadow and Bone trilogy which I didn’t think was the possible.

The whole book feels like the writer kicked it up a notch or two as the writing style has matured and become so much more substantial. Everything, from character development to scene setting feels so much more real and helped us as readers delve into this underworld of gambling, prostitution, smuggling and other criminal activities.

There several characters which stood out for me, in particular Kaz, due to his shocking, disturbing background and Inej, because she is strong, independent and deadly but still has her weaknesses.

In fact one of the highlights of this book is the writer showed us not only how tough,smart or scheming all these characters are but also their vulnerabilities which made them all the more realistic.

After this I couldn’t wait to jump into the next book and the review for that one is coming soon.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – definitely a 5 star, the story, characters, setting were superbly written to create this gritty, dark,criminal underworld.

Book Review – How to Save a Life by Eva Carter

This is another Netgalley book I was gifted in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking for something a bit more romantic and a bit more easy going to read and I came across this one. It initially grabbed me as it reminded me of the amazing song by The Fray which has the same title. If you don’t know it, look it up. Now I have said that I had to go straight to Spotify, so now it is the soundtrack to my review.

Without further ado let’s have a bit of a blurb:

In this heartfelt love story, three friends find out what it really means to save someone.

Kerry Smith is going to save lives–and so is her best friend, Tim Palmer. After years of working towards medical school, they are about to sit for their entrance exams. But on the eve of the new millennium, a classmate goes into cardiac arrest, changing everything.

For nearly eighteen minutes, rising soccer star Joel Greenaway is dead. For nearly eighteen minutes, Kerry performs CPR on her long-time crush. And for nearly eighteen minutes, Tim is too shocked to help. And though they don’t yet know it, those eighteen minutes will change the next eighteen years of their lives.

Because as it turns out, saving a life doesn’t always guarantee a happy ending.

With his soccer career cut short, Joel lashes out and breaks Kerry’s heart by ending their burgeoning relationship with a cruelty that derails her future, while Tim struggles to reconcile his dream of becoming a doctor with the reality of failing to act. As each struggles to move on from the events of that fateful New Year’s Eve, their lives can’t seem to stop colliding year after year. Pulled by their shared histories and her big heart, Kerry soon finds herself picking up the pieces after both broken men. But when Kerry is the one who needs saving, will anyone be there for her?


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Book Review – Perfect Nanny by Karen Clarke and Amanda Brittany

This is another Netgalley arc I was given in exchange for an honest review. So here we go…

The Perfect Nanny initially attracted me as it sounded like an intriguing suburban thriller which I love. There is just something so satisfying reading about rich people getting karma, their just desserts, or maybe that’s just me. #I’mSaneIPromise

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