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 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 9

Most overrated book… 

Finally!!! A post I can write without even having to think about it!

The most overrated book I have read is…


Yup, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the most overrated book I have read. I read it when it came out, before all the hype had started and I despised it. No offence to Gillian Flynn, but it was and still is one of my least favourite books that I have read.

I found the characters extremely irritating and the story was completely ridiculous. Gone Girl divides people as I think you either love it or hate it. I read Sharp Objects and it was just as bad for me!
Another book that deserves a special mention (for me!!!) for being totally overrated is:


I was so bored reading TGOTT. I thought it was an odd premise, and as with Gone Girl, I hated the characters.

How both of these books are movies (Gone Girl has been released and TGOTT is in production) is beyond me. I always seem to be in the minority with hyped books these days, I just don’t get it!

Am I the only one? 😁

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) 😊

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?