I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

I Am Pilgrim was selected as one of the choices for May in Rick O’Shea’s Book Club over on Facebook!

It’s not a small book by any means, maybe 800 pages. And like with Tana French, it took me a while to get through! The hype and rave reviews surrounding this book were, for me, unfounded. I just didn’t get it. Do I just not like hyped books or something?! I’m always disappointed reading them! 

Aaaanyway, Pilgrim was written by Terry Hayes, an ex screenwriter I think! And while parts of this book read like a movie, it all just fell a little flat for me. The book was far too long, way too much unnecessary detail and it just didn’t sit well with me.

I didn’t find the story (or interwoven stories) all that interesting, it wasn’t coherent. The stories never seemed to mesh well together, they would almost be better as 3 separate books if you ask me! 


“A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. 

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. 
A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. 
Smouldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. 
A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. 

One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.
I gave Pilgrim 1 star on Goodreads. It just wasn’t thrilling enough for me! 

Any thoughts?! 😊

Tana French Books 


Joint review for these 5 books in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. I can’t review them any other way because I feel the same about all of them! 

I bought them all on Amazon, thinking “I could use a good series” but I was sorely disappointed. These books centre on one main character in each book, with a different case. Sometimes the later books make reference to earlier cases so there is a small sense of continuity in them. It doesn’t mean you have to read them in order though.

I genuinely hated reading these books, they took me ages to get through (between a week and ten days EACH!!!) as they are almost all up around the 500 pages. I found they took off slowly, the stories weren’t anything spectacular, and the characters were beyond annoying at times!!! 

I’m pretty sure I only gave these books 1 star each on Goodreads, and if you ask me, it’s one start too many! I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who loved these books, but I just couldn’t get into them at all! 

If you’ve read any, drop me a line in the comments section! 😊

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

The Prey series was recommended to me last year so I ordered the first to see what it’s like. The main character is Lucas Davenport, and it follows his investigations. 

Rules of Prey is about a serial killer calling himself the “maddog”. A very smart and cunning killer. 


The “maddog” murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport–a dedicated cop and a serial killer’s worst nightmare–is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I started the book, but was hopeful for a good thriller. While I wasn’t disappointed I felt at times the story could have been better. Parts of it were slow to start, and I found myself wanting to shout at Davenport “open your eyes!!!!” as things were right in front of them at times.

Rules of Prey isn’t a bad book, and I’m sure it’s a decent start to a series. I haven’t gotten any more books so I can’t comment on anything that happens after. 

Let me know if you have! 

Daughter by Jane Shemilt 

Daughter is another one of those hyped books this year, so of course, what does Kate do?! Skips off to Amazon to buy books 😂

When I started reading I was expecting great things (again!) but I was left disappointed! I found the story really irritating to be honest! I don’t do spoilers so I won’t say much more!

This is the description from Goodreads;

“Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.
But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.
As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios—kidnapping, murder—seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers—and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.”
Personally, I found the ending to be terrible! It was rushed and it just didn’t make any sense! Then again I didn’t really enjoy the book so maybe it was apt. I don’t know! Either way, I wouldn’t be rushing to recommend it!

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Well, where to start with this one…

I heard a lot about this book through different lists, blogs etc, so I had seriously high expectations when I finally got around to reading it. Lots of them said it was brilliant, unusual, gruesome and so on! Even the author stated in her acknowledgements that she wouldn’t let her daughter read this book until she was in her 20’s or something!!

The following is what Goodreads has to say;

“Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.”
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?!

Personally, I was so disappointed by this book! I was expecting all of this wonderful thrilling horrifying stuff to happen, and I was left wanting. I just couldn’t get into it at all. I didn’t like the characters, least of all Archie. He just seemed so weak to me!

I’d genuine love to know what it was about the book that Cain wouldn’t want her daughter to read. I’ve read much worse in less publicised books if I’m honest!

Watch Me and Prey by James Carol


Ok, I’m doing a joint review for these otherwise I’ll never get through my reviews! These books are second and third in the Jefferson Winter series. The first is Broken Dolls (which was brilliant!!!) . Winter is an ex-FBI profiler, with a prolific serial killer for a father, he’s also a very likeable character.

Watch Me brings Winter to Louisiana where a lawyer has been burnt alive. The usual plot ensues, but these books are just so easy to read, and enjoyable.

Prey begins with a bang! Winter is in a diner in the middle of the night where a woman proceeds to shoot the cook in front of Winter. Before leaving she drops a newspaper article in front of him. What follows is a cat and mouse chase for a deranged female serial killer.

Carol has a good formula, tried and tested, and it works. The JW series (so far) is fun, easy and thrill-filled as far as these sorts of books go.

Wool by Hugh Howey 


Wool was selected for the Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook so I had to read it! Not my kind of book at all, or so I thought…

It’s part one of the Silo trilogy. It’s one of those dystopian fiction books, so I was very apprehensive reading it. I even thought about giving up on it more than once which I don’t normally do! Someone told me stay going until page 120 and you’ll want to keep reading from then on, they were right! 

I sat down for an hour on a Sunday, headphones in, hubby minding the baby, and I ploughed through over half the book in one sitting! I couldn’t stop!! I had it finished the following day! 

I won’t go into plot lines, but it is superb! 

Amazon says: 

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 don’t. 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 found myself thinking about the book long after I’d finished, and missing the characters. A very unusual thing for me as the only characters that have ever stuck with me are Harry, Ron and Hermione!!! I bought the next book in the trilogy, Shift, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!