Book Review – Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner…

A MISSING GIRLEdith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder?
I was given this ARC by Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review..
Right from the start we find small snippets that come from each character. They slowly introduce us to each character and is a really easy way to read.
The storyline is well crafted and keeps the reader interested by introducing new sub plots.
Manon is a great protagonist. She is strong and feisty but she also is allowed to explain those weaknesses through her loneliness. We see her progress and develop as the story moves on. Making some pretty big changes as she goes.
The only let down for me is how the crime is resolved. The only thing stopping it being a five star read.
A four out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK for my copy.

Book Review – Darktown – Thomas Mullen…

Atlanta, 1948. In this city, all crime is black and white.
On one side of the tracks are the rich, white neighbourhoods; on the other, Darktown, the African-American area guarded by the city’s first black police force of only eight men. These cops are kept near-powerless by the authorities: they can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they must operate out of a dingy basement.
When a poor black woman is killed in Darktown having been last seen in a car with a rich white man, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust of their community and even their own lives to investigate her death.
Their efforts bring them up against a brutal old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run Darktown as his own turf – but Dunlow’s idealistic young partner, Rakestraw, is a young progressive who may be willing to make allies across colour lines.

I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This story, straight from the start is written in such a rich way that it just draws you right in. The characters are well rounded and believable (even the nasty ones).
The accuracy of the way people of colour were treated in this time period is well portrayed. Although I know it is only a work of fiction, this part of the book does leave me with a rather bad taste in my mouth.
The story is well constructed and keeps you guessing. The ebb and flow between Rakestraw and Bogg’s sides of the story worked really well and the plot certainly kept me entertained.
A five out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for my copy.

Book Review – We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson…

When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. He’s replacing another actor who quit after seeing the script—a script the director now claims doesn’t exist. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates.
But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. Entrepreneurial Americans, international drug traffickers, and M-19 guerillas are all fighting for South America’s future—and the groups aren’t as distinct as you might think. The actor thought this would be a role that would change his life. Now he’s worried if he’ll survive it.
Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
OK, I’ve got to be honest. This book just was not for me. I found the way the story was constructed was jagged and unstable. The story and plot had no flow at all and the way I had to stretch my brain around certain parts of the book made my head hurt. The fact that the book is written in such a choppy style with very little punctuation makes it very difficult to focus.
No part of this story resonated with me at all. I’m really sorry.
A one out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Scribner for my copy.

Chronic illness, panic and exhaustion…

I’m seriously exhausted. My eyes keep on closing of their own volition and my mind aches with tiredness.

I’m also caught in the middle of being the most worried that I have ever been. Someone that I love with all my heart and soul is suddenly ill and I’m terrified. This person is my soulmate and my world. The thought that there may be something wrong with them is filling my soul with dark, sick anxiety that is destroying me from the inside. I wish it was me and not them.

My pain has been really bad today and my kneecap dislocated this morning so I have roboleg (my leg brace) on. I don’t care about my pain today. I only care about the one I love being OK.

Please, let them be OK.

This is my blog…

I’m really grateful to every single person who reads the book reviews/blog posts I write.

I just need to get this point out… This is my blog. It is my little space of the Internet where I can say what is chewing me out. If I come to your blog, I respect your space, even if I don’t agree with what you have to say.

So please, have the same respect for me. Thank you.

Book Review – A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters…

Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery. Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on the scrap heap.

Wow. This has got to be one of the most disjointed and convoluted books I have ever read. Despite the skills of the author as a wordsmith, he just could not turn this into a book that would capture and hold my interest.
The vast majority of the book is (I’m sorry to say) really rather boring. As I struggled through the turgid chapters I found reading the book rather like trying to swim through treacle.
A one out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Fourth Estate for my copy.

Book Review – The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie…

Meet Veblen: a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her name-sake, the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen. She’s an experienced cheerer-upper (mainly of her narcissistic, hypochondriac, controlling mother), an amateur translator of Norwegian, and a firm believer in the distinct possibility that the plucky grey squirrel following her around can understand more than it lets on. Meet her fiancé, Paul: the son of good hippies who were bad parents, a no-nonsense, high-flying neuroscientist with no time for squirrels. His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame and fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence. 

What could possibly go wrong?

I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Veblen, the female protagonist of this story is quirky and that seems to rub off on the whole story. It does become a little confusing at times, but that is part of the appeal of the book.

A three out of five star read.

I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and HarperCollins for my copy.

Book Review – Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica…

DescriptionIn downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.
Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 year old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.

I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

The two distinct threads within this book made it a little difficult to follow at times. But the author’s skilful writing picked me up and whisked me along to the end of a really good book.

A four out of five star read.

I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Harlequin UK for my copy.

Book Review – Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger…

College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job and a rocky relationship with Zane, her only friend when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his fellow monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal.
I was given an ARC by Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

This book was way too strange and difficult to follow. I love fantasy and sci-go but the two main protagonists are just whiny brats that cannot endear themselves.

A two out of five star read.

I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley and Quirk Books for my copy.

Book Review – Tracing The Bones by Elise.A.Miller…

Cynical housewife Eve Myer has two kids, chronic back pain, and a decaying writing career—as well as a stagnant marriage haunted by her husband’s long ago affair.
When a new family moves in next door, Eve becomes consumed with curiosity about beautiful life coach Anna, and with powerful lust for Billy, a sexy alternative healer with a troubled, mysterious past. As Eve begins healing sessions with Billy, an unthinkable tragedy strikes Anna and her small son. Eve’s obsession invites even more suspicion and mistrust into her marriage and as her life unravels, her sessions with Billy intensify, culminating in an alternative, experimental trip deep into the woods―a freezing winter’s journey that threatens the remaining bonds of Eve’s marriage and finally uncovers the reason for Anna’s death.

I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book felt like it was chic lit trying to do suspense thriller to me. I just couldn’t get along with it no matter how hard I tried to.

A two out of five star read.

I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley and SparkPress for my copy.