30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 14

Book that made you cry…


I’m not really a crier with books so this one was easy enough to figure out as very few books have made me cry. I can possible count them on one hand to be honest!

The book I’ve chosen for this challenge is:

Goodnight Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson

 

Couldn’t tell you what the full story is as I read it a few years back but I vividly remember staying up until the small hours to finish it and absolutely bawling my eyes out towards the end. I’m glad my husband was asleep 😂

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 13

A book that disappointed you… 

 

Very easy! I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes!

 

I love manly books! As in guns, explosions, mayhem, action heroes and so on so I was expecting I Am Pilgrim to be along the same lines!

 

I was sorely disappointed!

 

I Am Pilgrim was far too long and drawn out. There wasn’t much action, and any that there was just didn’t do it for me!

 

Simple as that! Most underwhelming book in a while for me! 😊

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 12

A book you have wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t…

I’m going to tweak this slightly to series as opposed to book!

While I’ve had loads of books on my TBR for quite some time, there are some on there that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, and others that I’ve been saving to read one after another!

The first books are by Sarah Hilary and focus on DI Marnie Rome:

  
These have been on my TBR for quite some time and I’ve read the reviews and I keep thinking I must read them soon. Alas, I haven’t gotten to them yet! But I will!!!! 😊
Next up is the lovely Angela Marsons and her 3 books featuring DI Kim Stone:


  
I have Angela’s 3 books on my Hello November TBR post which you can read here. I had planned on getting to them during Bookouture Thriller week but the time ran away with me, I’ll still get them read this month!

I’ve been saving these five books because I want to savour them as I read them! I sound like a crazy book lady!

I am, and I’m damn proud of it! 😊

The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

  
First off, massive thanks to the author for my copy of this book. I’m privileged to be the first to review it!

I have literally just finished this book and I’m at a loss as to where I should begin with this review. I’ll get the important bit out of the way first!


About the author: (via David’s website)


A former Scotland Yard Investigator with twenty years policing experience, including counter-terrorist operations and organised crime, David has worked as a Met detective on a wealth of infamous cases. He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 bombings.

 

About the book: (via Goodreads)



We accepted it was terrorism.
What if we were wrong?

What if London’s 7/7 bombings were the greatest criminal deception of our time?

July 2005: In the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest terrorist investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.
Who masterminded London’s summer of terror?
Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?

Are the bombers the perfect pretext to mask a different plot entirely?

Is Jake’s absent Security Service girlfriend really who she claims to be?

While hunting for the answers to the most complex terrorist case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.
Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,
Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.
My thoughts:

The Theseus Paradox is an expertly-written crime novel. I read a lot of crime novels, but in the interest of honesty, this is the first book I have read that deals with terrorism, religious fundamentalism and extremists in the UK. I went into this book with no idea what to expect but I was surprised at the level of investigative detail contained in The Theseus Paradox.

The main character, DI Jake Flannagan, is similar in many ways to any other detectives in crime novels. His demons are there, loud and insistent at times, but Jake’s intentions are good. Despite some minor flaws (hard drinking, womanising and so on), I found him to be an immensely likeable character. I was rooting for him and his partner, Lenny, the whole way through to book.

The London bombings are a sensitive subject, and ten years on the scars are still there, physically and emotionally for those involved. I think Videcette has dealt sensitively with a subject he has first hand knowledge of. At the time of the bombings, I was only 19 so much of what happened at the time passed me by.

During the course of his investigation, Flannagan comes up with more questions than answers. Oftentimes he (figuratively) runs into brick walls as the information gets swallowed up in the Police computer information systems. Those on Operation Theseus cannot see the wood for the trees, they have that much information and lead to sift through.

Adding to Flannagan’s woes, his girlfriend Claire disappears and he ends up suspended from the force. As he digs deeper into the bombings, and continues his search for Claire, his personal life and his work life collide giving Jake the breaks he needs for the information to collate in his brain.

I sped through the remaining 20% of The Theseus Paradox as I was trying to figure it all out in my head and I was itching to know if Flannagan and I had come to the same conclusion! I could not have been farther off if I tried! I was not expecting what Jake uncovered during his investigation and this is what made me love the book even more!

Videcette has done justice to a very sensitive subject. The Theseus Paradox is a wonderfully written story, with horrifying real life events at its core.

I gave The Theseus Paradox 5⭐️ on Goodreads as it was a unique read for me and they don’t come around very often.

Thanks again to David for allowing me to read and review The Theseus Paradox. You can purchase a copy HERE.

Happy reading! 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 11

Favourite classic book… 
 

This is another of the easier posts on the blog challenge for me to write…

Don’t judge me for what I’m about to say!

I HAVE NEVER READ THE CLASSICS!!!!


I know, I know, shame on me and so on!

I know what I like to read, and period drama just isn’t it. I’m sure they’re wonderful, if you like that sort of thing, but I don’t.

Back in school, we had to study Wuthering Heights. I’ll be honest, I can’t even remember which Brontë wrote it. I’ve had to google it, apparently it’s Emily.


Now, this version looks beautiful, I can’t deny that. I will put my hand up and say I didn’t even read it in school when we were supposed to. I got bored of it very quickly, so I just used the Internet to find out what I needed to know to pass my exams. When I hear Wuthering Heights mentioned, I think Kate Bush, not Emily Brontë!

This leads me to my next question…


Am I not well read if I haven’t read Austen, Brontë(s) et al?

I have read hundreds of books. I’ve read Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, Louisa May Alcott among many contemporary authors.

Am I still not well read just because I don’t enjoy literary sagas?

I understand plenty of people love the classics. I don’t judge anyone based on the books that they read.

Reading is reading. 

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 10

A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving…

This was a no brainer for me. As a member of Rick’s Book Club over on Facebook, I knew not every book would suit my taste. When I saw Wool I groaned inwardly. It was not my genre of choice, it wasn’t even in my top 3 so I put off reading it until the last week of whatever month it was picked for.

About the book: (via Amazon)

In a ruined and hostile landscape. in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive. a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside. men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations. of secrets and lies.To live. you must follow the rules. But some dont. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream. and who infect others with their optimism.Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

I clearly remember reading this synopsis and thinking to myself ‘nope, not gonna be good’. I posted in book club to see how everyone else was doing and I said I was struggling. Someone said once you get past  page 120 you’ll enjoy it. They were spot on!

Seriously, once I broke through page 120 the book was amazing!!! I could not put it down! I devoured the book very quickly after that and absolutely loved it!

If I had given up I’d have missed out on a wonderful, thought provoking book. Even now, months later, I still find myself thinking about Wool. It was completely unexpected just how much I loved it. I didn’t want it to end!

Has this happened to you?😊

Anything For Her by Jack Jordan


This is another of my books from my Hello November post, which you can read here. I’ve had this book on my kindle since September so I added to to my TBR list for November as I kept meaning to read it but hadn’t gotten to it.

About the book: (via Amazon)

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you. 

Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter. 
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began? 
If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too. 
Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.

My thoughts:

I started this last night and managed to read almost half of it before I succumbed to sleep! It pulls you in very quickly from the beginning as Louise’s husband admits he has been sleeping with her sister for nearly a year. Ah, hello?! If that doesn’t make you get up and leave your comfortable life, maybe throw in the fact that he’s a tax evader an the family is on the verge of losing everything for good measure, then you’ll surely run.

Louise flees to their country home (as one would!) to get away from everything that is going on in her life, leaving her husband and two children back in London while she attempts to come to terms with the fallout from the adultery.

Early on, we are told that Louise and her daughter Brooke harbour a secret that could bring them all down. We do not learn this secret until the last few action filled chapters. This suspense is what kept me reading. Morbid curiosity gnawed at me until I finally read what happened on that fateful night.

Moving to the country home is not without peril. Unsettling things start happening, and Louise is convinced someone knows their secret. Brooke also arrives at the house, but after a heated exchange during her stay, she ends up going back to the train station to get a train back to London.

Brooke never turns up in London.

From here on in, the book amps up the pace as we witness the unraveling of family life both in London and the Cotswolds. The police become involved by this stage and are investigating Brooke’s disappearance while Louise’s erratic behaviours raises other questions.

What is she hiding? Who is she protecting?

The ending of the book, for me, was quite unexpected. I won’t give anything away, sufficed to say, it’s not where I expected things to go.

I gave Anything For Her 4⭐️ on Goodreads. You can buy your copy here!

Happy reading! 😊📖