Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

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About the book:

What is it like to be a brain surgeon?

How does it feel to hold someone’s life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason?

How do you live with the consequences when it all goes wrong?

DO NO HARM offers an unforgettable insight into the highs and lows of a life dedicated to operating on the human brain, in all its exquisite complexity. With astonishing candour and compassion, Henry Marsh reveals the exhilarating drama of surgery, the chaos and confusion of a busy modern hospital, and above all the need for hope when faced with life’s most agonising decisions.

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

My thoughts:

I’ve had Do No Harm on my kindle for 3 years, yes, YEARS! After reading Fragile Lives earlier this year, I figured I’d give this one a go as instead of a cardiac surgery this book centres on neurosurgery. I have a morbid fascination with medical things like that so I was looking forward to it.

Henry Marsh has written a very interesting book. He’s no Derek Shepherd in terms of drama and excitement, but he is dealing with the everyday lives of his patients. Do No Harm gives the reader an interesting glimpse into what it’s like to be a neurosurgeon and the things they go through inside and outside of the surgical theatre.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked it up but what I found was an honest memoir. It had case studies in every chapter, as well as a glimpse into Marsh’s own life outside of surgery, and how it impacted his home life. 

It’s an easy read in terms of pace and writing, but it’s all too easy to forget you are reading about patients. Any one of us could end up on an operating theatre table needing help from a man like this. 

The irony of Do No Harm, for me, was that my eldest child ended up in A&E on the day I read this book. He fell after deciding spinning around to make himself dizzy was a good idea and proceeded to hit his head!!! He is completely fine, but this book couldn’t have been read at a worse time!

 Do No Harm is definitely a book to read if you like true life medical stories! Interesting, graphic but always honest!

Recommended!

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

About the book:

Black Echo

LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call-out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced.

To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow ‘tunnel rat’ in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

My thoughts:

I’ve decided to go back to the start of the Harry Bosch novels, created by Michael Connelly, as I missed out on a fair few over the years. It was only natural to start at the beginning and re-introduce myself to Detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. My plan is to try to read one a month on top of my review books, so I read The Black Echo in April.

In The Black Echo, we meet Harry Bosch for the first time when he gets a call on his pager to attend the scene of a body that has been discovered in a drainage tunnel. What he finds leads him to believe there is more at play than just a simple drug-related death.

What startles Harry more though, is the fact that he recognises the dead body as someone he served with during the Vietnam War. A tunnel rat called Billy Meadows. Meadows used to run the tunnels and flush out anyone hiding in them, and these tunnels were dubbed the black echo.

What follows, during the course of the investigation, is the uncovering of far more than just one death. Corruption, conspiracy and so much more take place in The Black Echo. I had forgotten how good Connelly is at creating such a strong plot. Whilst it moves at a slower pace, nothing is out-of-place, there is no padding. The whole story fits together effortlessly and is supported with an excellent cast of characters.

I can’t recommend Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series highly enough. A must for crime fiction readers! I can’t wait to pick up the next book. Hopefully I can sneak it in during May. 🙂

 

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman 

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About the book:

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently. . .

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

My thoughts:

Firstly, big thanks go to the wonderful Gordon at Grab This Book and Tor Books for my copy of The Invisible Library. Gordon kindly suggested I should be introduced to this series, and Tor Books agreed so I was thrilled to be sent a copy.

The Invisible Library is brilliant. It’s so far removed from anything I would normally read but I found myself completely and utterly immersed in it from the beginning.

An excellent cast of characters, magic, mystery and so much bookish wonderment make The Invisible Library and absolute treasure to read. I loved every element of it. The world-building is superb, and it really makes the reader’s imagination go to work as there is so much beautiful detail within its pages.

The beauty of reading a book like The Invisible Library is knowing that it’s the first in the series. There is so much more scope for the characters, so many avenues that the author can take the reader down. I cannot wait to read the next few books and get lost in this fantastic universe again. 

Highly, highly recommended! 

The Reaper by Steven Dunne

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I was feeling a little rebellious last week, in that I decided to cheat on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and following on from Make Me I moved onto Steven Dunne’s The Reaper!

I finished The Reaper earlier this week, and it’s taken until now for me to sit down and try to formulate a review. I just don’t have the words!!! This was my reaction when I had put down the book! 🙂

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

A damaged detective.
A case he’s trying to forget.
A killer who won’t let him…

Detective Inspector Damen Brook thinks he’s left his past behind him in London. But it seems a serial killer has followed him north…

Brook’s seeking sanctuary. Years in the MET have left their mark – so much so that he’s fled to Derby leaving behind his marriage, his teenage daughter and very nearly his sanity to wind down a once promising career in the peace of the Peak District.

But one winter’s night, Brook is confronted by a serial killer he hunted many years before – The Reaper – a man who slaughters families in their homes then disappears without a trace.

To find this killer Brook must discover what the Reaper is doing in Derby, why he’s started killing again and what, if anything, connects the butchered families.

As Brook becomes entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse, he is forced to face his own demons by confronting a past that destroyed his family and destroyed his family and nearly cost him his life…

 

My thoughts:

When I first started reading The Reaper I had absolutely no idea what to expect. All I knew was what I had read from the blurb, and the rave reviews fellow bloggers and friends had written also got a look in as well. I’d had The Reaper on my kindle for AAAAAAGES, and seeing as how it was recommended to me again recently, I decided it was about time I met DI Damen Brook.

Brook is undeniably flawed, but it is borne from previous experiences and it really adds to the melancholic air of his character. I love a good protagonist, and I really enjoy finding out their backstory and what made them the way they are when the reader is introduced to them. That’s another reason I like to start at the beginning with series.

Brook is in Derby, working on the murders of a family which he finds bears many similarities to a couple of cases of is from way back before he relocated from London, which the aforementioned Reaper was the perpetrator.

The Reaper reads like a cat and mouse game at times, with both sides having the upper had at various different points in the story. It adds a sense of tension and menace to the already fraught narrative.

Though this is the first in the series, the author has done a very good job with the history and backstory of the characters. With the story jumping between the past and present, we get glimpses into Brook’s breakdown, and the events surrounding the investigation of The Reaper which lead up to it.

I’m not going to lie, The Reaper made my brain work overtime while I was reading it. At times, I found it quite difficult to separate the past and preset investigations, but it didn’t deter my enjoyment of the book. It’s safe to say I’ll be reading the following 5 books in the DI Damen Brook series. I thoroughly enjoyed The Reaper, giving it 4 stars on Goodreads. It’s available to buy and you can purchase from Amazon by clicking the link below:

The Reaper by Steven Dunne

Happy reading! 🙂

 

 

 

Make Me by Lee Child



About the book (via Goodreads):

 

“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.
My thoughts:

There are a handful of authors whose books I wait for with bated breath, and Lee Child’s books are always on my list! Definitely one of my most favourite authors, and a comfort read if ever there was one! I won’t keep gushing, I’m going to save that for my first I’m a Sucker for a Series post which starts next month! May 13th to be exact!😉

Make Me is the latest Jack Reacher novel (I say latest, September 2015!) and it’s been on my TBR since it was released. I just haven’t gotten to it. This week I decided to cheat on my TBR and start sneaking in some of my own purchases for reading and my first port of call had to be Reacher!

I started this on Wednesday night,and finished it last night (Thursday) because I just couldn’t stop reading it! As is often the case with Lee Child’s books for me!

Make Me is classic Reacher. As usual, he’s travelling with no real destination and all the time in the world! Reacher ends up in Mother’s Rest, and tried to find out how the tiny place got its name, but nobody will tell him.

Meeting Chang however, sparks something in him, and they team up to try and find Chang’s missing partner. What ensues is a cross country search, with plenty of action thrown in for good measure!

There are plenty of unsavoury characters, and shady goings on in Make Me. These are what draw the reader in, and keep them reading. As usual Reacher manages to walk into trouble at every opportunity, rarely looking the other way. With Chang at his side, they make a formidable team in searching for her missing partner.

I don’t want to say any more about the plot, because if I’m honest, it is not what I was expecting AT ALL!!! Sufficed to say, Child has once again written a brilliant Reacher novel and in all honesty, possible one of my favourites of the series, purely for the unexpected route the story took.

I gave Make Me an easy 5⭐️ on Goodreads, and I cannot wait for Night School to be published!!! In the meantime, I plan on reading Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin which I’ve had for a while now too! 😊

You can purchase Make Me AND Reacher Said Nothing by clicking on the relevant links below! 😉


Make Me: (Jack Reacher 20) by Lee Child

Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me

Happy Reading 😊

Tuesday Falling by S. Williams 

I’ve had this on my TBR for aaaaaaaaaages so I decided to bump it up after Noelle over at Crime Book Junkie had raved about it! I hadn’t read the blurb before I started, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect!


About the book (via Goodreads): 


A relentless thriller that will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go.

You’ve never met anyone like Tuesday. She has suffered extreme cruelty at the hands of men, and so has taken it upon herself to seek vengeance. She wants to protect and help others like her, to ease their suffering. A force to be reckoned with, she lives beneath the streets of London in the hidden network of forgotten tunnels that honeycomb the city – and this is her preferred hunting ground.

When Tuesday is connected to a series of brutal attacks on gang members, DCI Loss takes on the investigation. A burned-out detective still suffering the devastating effects of the unsolved murder of his daughter three years earlier, the case starts to hit close to home. Because soon Loss will discover that Tuesday could hold the key to uncovering the truth about what happened to his daughter…


My thoughts: 


Super short review this evening so my apologies! 😁

Tuesday Falling is a mental book! It’s a story filled with vengeance, violence and loss. It hits the ground running in the opening pages. It instantly draws the reader into the action.

This book is packed full of rather inventive weapons used to commit heinous acts of violence on seemingly random gang members too. It makes for pretty interesting reading!

As usual, no full on plot discussions here. The blurb gives you all the info.

While I no doubt enjoyed Tuesday Falling, I just found myself left wanting more. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain! It was a cracking read, but I’ve read so many books lately that it takes a lot for a book to grab me these days!
That being said, I’d still totally recommend Tuesday Falling as it’s a really great read and you can purchase a copy HERE.

Happy reading 😊📖

Weekly Wrap Up February 21st 2016

Grrrr! I had this all typed up and then deleted it by mistake!!! 😡

How and ever, I will write it again! 😂🙈

This week, I managed to read 5 books. 3 novels and 2 short stories. This brings my total books read so far this year up to 42 books! And I’m almost finished the 43rd, but alas, that will have to wait until next week! 😉


Only The Innocent by Rachel Abbott 

 

This was my first Rachel Abbott book, and I read it in prep for the Kill Me Again blog tour yesterday! I will most definitely be reading all the other books, as I really enjoyed it! You can read my full review HERE.


Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

 

I had seen fellow bloggers raving about this book so I bumped it up the TBR! This was a very clever book! I thoroughly enjoyed it. My review can be found HERE.

You Sent Me A Letter by Lucy Dawson

Another book I’d seen popping up on Twitter. I was delighted to be able to read this book and it was fantastic! My 5⭐️ review is HERE!

February by Kerry Wilkinson

April by Kerry Wilkinson 


Both of these short stories were exactly that! I didn’t even write full reviews but they were a very good indication of Kerry Wilkinson’s writing style. I have a few of them on my TBR so it’s nice to know what  to expect when I get to them!
So, there you have it! Short and sweet! 😉
Have you read any of these? Leave a comment below 😊📖