The Run Begins by J. Frank James

  

Thanks to the author and Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for my copy of The Run Begins.

I read J. Frank James’s Dead Money Run recently, my review of which you can read here

I was happy to get a copy of The Run Begins as its the prequel to Dead Money Run, where we learn about how Lou Malloy ended up in prison for fifteen years.

This book is super short, like a mini mini novella. That being said it still took me two sittings. I did have to fall asleep some time!!! 😂

The Run Begins gives an insight into Lou’s character, and also how he met the other men who came to be on the team for the casino heist. 

As I’ve said, it’s really short. To be honest, I could have easily read more about Lou. I like him as a character. I’d suggest reading the novella before reading Dead Money Run. 

I gave The Run Begins 3 ⭐️ on Goodreads. 

Happy reading!😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 8

Most underrated book… 

I am having zero luck with this challenge lately! 😂

I have racked my brains and I cannot think of many books I have read that are underrated. The only one I can think of is a book I read about 8 years ago.

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.

 

Synopsis:

In this historical thriller, Sigmund Freud is drawn into the mind of a sadistic killer who is savagely attacking Manhattan’s wealthiest heiresses

Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s only visit to America, The Interpretation of Murder is an intricate tale of murder and the mind’s most dangerous mysteries. It unfurls on a sweltering August evening in 1909 as Freud disembarks from the steamship George Washington, accompanied by Carl Jung, his rival and protege. Across town, in an opulent apartment high above the city, a stunning young woman is found dangling from a chandelier—whipped, mutilated, and strangled. The next day, a second beauty—a rebellious heiress who scorns both high society and her less adventurous parents—barely escapes the killer. Yet Nora Acton, suffering from hysteria, can recall nothing of her attack. Asked to help her, Dr. Stratham Younger, America’s most committed Freudian analyst, calls in his idol, the Master himself, to guide him through the challenges of analyzing this high-spirited young woman whose family past has been as complicated as his own. 


I don’t generally read historical fiction but I loved this book!!! And I rarely hear it mentioned anywhere. I lent my copy to a friend years ago, and never got it back!!! (Grrrrrrr!!!)

I was book shopping online on Friday night and I came across it for €2 on a used book site so I repurchased it!

Anyone else read this book?! 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 7

A guilty pleasure book…

So, I’ve been googling guilty pleasure books and the same ones come up, Fifty Shades, Twilight and so on!

Now, I’ve read all of them, but I wouldn’t really call them guilty pleasures as I don’t re-read them. They’re not books that I hide or don’t admit to reading!

Same with the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve also read some of The Mortal Instruments books too, and both of those appeared on guilty pleasures lists!

Maybe because my genre preference is crime/thrillers and so on, anything out of my usual genre could be a guilty pleasure?! I don’t know!

I’ve only read a handful of non crime books in the past year, mostly for Rick O’Shea’s book club on Facebook! Station Eleven (meh!) was one, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nightime (double meh!!), and I read Stirred With Love by Marcie Steele (Mel Sherratt) this year too.

I thoroughly enjoyed Stirred With Love. It was so different to my usual reads that it was escapism at its best. It was a great story, not as predictable as other books in the “chick lit” genre. Lighthearted but serious at the same time, it had some lovely themes.
I guess Stirred With Love is my guilty pleasure book this year…
Marcie Steele has another book coming out in December and I think then there’ll be two books on my guilty pleasure list 2015.

30 Day Book Challenge- Day 6

Book you’ve read the most number of times…

Well, this is awkward… 


I DON’T RE-READ BOOKS!!!!!

I’ve said this to people before and they seem to be incredulous. “What about your favourite book, you have to read that again, right?!”. Ammmmmm… No!
This pretty much sums it up for me!  
 

Also, the only books I ever want to re-read are the books in the Harry Potter series. 
So, my question is, what’s the book you have read the most times? (I may as well live vicariously) 😊

Time To Die by Caroline Mitchell 


Well… Where do I begin?!
Time To Die is my fourth read for Bookouture Thriller Week, which ends today! I’ve already read and loved Caroline’s first DC Jennifer Knight book Don’t Turn Around, my review of which you can read here!



About the book:

Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.

He will reveal your most shameful secrets.

He will predict your death.

He is hiding a secret.

He is hiding a monster.

And all his predictions come true.

Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.


My thoughts:

I loved Don’t Turn Around and I couldn’t see how Caroline could write a better book in the series. How wrong was I!!!! Time To Die is absolutely fantastic. It is full of suspense, mystery and some very chilling scenes.

I’m usually not creeped out when I read books, but to be honest for parts of this book I was glad the light was on and that my husband was next to me! 😂 Towards the end of the book in particular, when I started hearing random noises in our bedroom while I was finishing the book, my heart was pounding. I was genuinely freaked out.

The Raven is one of the eeriest characters I’ve come upon in books for a long time. The prophecies he relays to the intended victims all have roots in their past, and when he tells them their future they are almost incredulous. Much to his annoyance. The chapters in the mind of The Raven are some of the spookiest, most atmospheric pieces of writing I’ve read in a long time. I feel I should add I don’t read horror/suspense books normally so I don’t have a lot to compare it to but I was 100% freaked out by this book.

Caroline has a wonderful way of crafting her books to give the maximum impact when it comes to the final reveals. In my opinion, her twists are some of the best I’ve read in this type of writing genre. I would happily keep reading the DC Knight series for as long as Caroline writes them!

I thoroughly enjoyed Time To Die. I read it at every spare opportunity as I was dying to see what was going to happen to the characters. I admit if I stopped on a chapter in The Ravens voice I was more than a little apprehensive to pick up reading as I was afraid of what he would have to say for himself.

I remember watching Hitchcock’s The Birds when I was small (too small if you ask me!!!) and this book is its bookish equivalent in my opinion. The Birds in the movie are the villains, and I think birds are ominous at the best of times for me, so the Ravens really made me feel uneasy.

I’m really glad I got around to reading Time To Die. It was one book I won’t forget in a hurry, and you can be damn sure I won’t be making eye contact with birds any time soon!!! 😂😂😂

I gave Time To Die a well deserved 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads!

Happy reading! 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 5

Your ‘comfort’ book…

Posts like this one is where i have a problem! 

I read books, I read a lot of books. I have never willingly re-read a book. I have never loved a book so entirely that I felt compelled to read it again and again. 

The only book/books I have ever contemplated re-reading are the Harry Potter series. And even then, it’s a long way off. 

The comfort I find with books is that you can read anywhere nowadays with the help of e-readers, mobile apps and so on. 

  
I’m never without a book, whether it’s on my kindle app on my phone, my Kindle itself or a physical book. In fact, I make sure whatever handbag I’m using has room for a book at all times! I don’t buy small bags as they don’t fit a normal sized paperback! 

The following quote sums it up for me. I buy books, happily, willingly, and fairly often (almost daily, but shhhhhhhh 😂). Reading a book for me is almost like an escape, which is comfort in itself. 

  

Do you have a comfort book? 

The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft


I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while so once I heard Bookouture were doing Thriller Week I figured I’d add it to my list! This is the 3rd book I’ve read from the 8 thrillers on their Thriller Week post. 2 days to read the other 5! Eeeeeek! 😂

I need to be realistic and admit I won’t get them all read but it’s still a challenge all the same!

Anywho, off on a tangent as usual! Back to matters at hand… The Girl With No Past…

About the book:

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.
But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?
Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My thoughts: 

I genuinely don’t know where to begin with this review. I essentially read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down and snatched any opportunity to read when I could!

Leah lives a fairly solitary life, living on her own and holding down a job in a library. Her only solace is found online in chat rooms where nobody knows her or what has happened in her life.

Through the chat room, Leah meets Julian. Meeting him gives Leah hope for a new life. Sufficed to say all does not go according to plan (that is not a spoiler!!!) for her.

This book is thrilling and engrossing beyond words. I was hooked from the first few pages. I honestly didn’t want to stop reading once I started!!!

Kathryn Croft has expertly crafted Leah’s story so that it is full of suspense. I had no idea what Leah’s past actually was! I kept thinking I had it figured out and then something else would be said that would throw me off completely.

Essentially, the past was teenage misadventure gone horrifically wrong. In my opinion, it was completely unforseeable until the very time it was explained. I was totally shocked, but I also felt sorry for Leah at having to bear the brunt of everything.

I wholeheartedly loved this book. I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. It was an easy, and well deserved 5 ⭐️ rating on Goodreads from me! I’d highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already!!!

Happy reading 😊📖