24 Hours by Claire Seeber


Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of this book.

I’m (trying!!!) to participate in Bookouture Thriller week and 24 Hours is my second read out of the 8 books on the list!


About the book: 

Here today. Dead tomorrow?

My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.

Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.

Before he finds out I’m still alive.

My thoughts:

I’ve literally just finished reading 24 Hours so I needed to write the review ASAP! I’m annoyed it took me three days to read but that’s beside the point!

24 Hours is a fantastic thriller. It’s set in alternating chapters, Then and Now, which really adds to the suspense. Laurie is on the run in the aftermath of the hotel fire. She has her suspicions as to who is at fault. On top of that, her daughter is not where she should be.

I found myself rooting for Laurie. Willing her on, hoping that she would find her daughter. Wishing that her husband/soon to be ex-husband would just go away as he was completely self centred and arrogant in all matters except towards his daughter.

There are some wonderful characters in 24 Hours. Enter Mal, pretty sure it’s short for Malicious (not really, obviously!) and his spurned wife. My god, these two were just mad. Clearly they had their own stuff going on, parallel to Laurie and Sid’s escalating situation!

I don’t want to give anything away in terms of plot. There were so many twists and turns and red herrings that I wasn’t expecting the truth when it came. I was surprised and shocked!!

I gave 24 Hours 4⭐️  on Goodreads!

Happy reading 😊📖

Hello November- TBR books for this month…

  

Hey everyone, 

I’ve decided to try be a bit more organised from this month on so I’m going to post up my plans for this months reads. I can only hope to reach my target! 😊


Kindle TBR Books
First on the list is Bookouture Thriller week…

   

 

I own all 8 of these books, I have read 1 already. Caroline Mitchell’s Don’t Turn Around, my review can be found Here!

The other seven books are sitting pretty on my kindle. Essentially I’m looking at a book a day for a week!!! It’s daunting but I’ll give it a good go! 

Next up is The Run Begins by J. Frank. James.

  

The Run Begins is a prequel to James’s Dead Money Run (which I’ve reviewed here), a book I really enjoyed. Delighted to have the prequel to read Lou’s back story.


One by One by Robert Enright

  

Rob actually messaged me on Twitter recently to ask if I wanted to read and review One By One. I, of course, said yes! At the time I was swamped with books to read and review for other various authors/publicists etc so I said it would take me some time before I could get to it. By pure coincidence, going through my Kindle last week, I actually found out I had bought a copy of his book! So I plan on getting to this during November too! 

Hancock P. I. By Dan Taylor

  

I saw a few things about this book on Twitter, namely that the main character is an A-HOLE! So I was intrigued and ended up buying it so I’m bumping it up the list too.

Anything For Her by  Jack Jordan

  
People I know from blogging have raved about this book, and again, I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while. I’ve been meaning to get to it so I figured I’d add it to November’s TBR pile! 

That’s my list of Kindle TBR books, and I have 2 book books to read this month also! 

Killing Eva by Alex Blackmore

  

The author messaged me on Twitter asking if I’d read and review this book, and was kind enough to send me a copy which I received last month! It looks good! 
And last, but by no means least, 
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  

This book is a whopper! And has been talked about a lot lately. Funnily enough, my cousin mentioned it to me a while back, before any of the hype. It’s also one of the choices for The Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook. So it’s handy that I had a copy lounging on my TBR! 

There you have it. My November TBR reads. Hopefully I’ll get to them all. I’m doing Bookouture Thriller ONLY for the first week of the month. 

Let me know if you’ve read and enjoyed any of my choices!

Thanks for reading 😊📖

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1

A book or series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already.

There is only one contender for a series I wish had gone on longer… 

HARRY POTTER BY J. K. ROWLING 

 

I remember the first time I ever heard of Harry Potter. I was away at Irish college many moons ago, and a girl staying in our room was reading it at the time. I asked could I read the first few pages to see if I’d like it… Needless to say I went home and swiftly started my Harry Potter book collection.

My love for the books grew with every new release, some of which I even queued at midnight for! My teenage years were spent reading HP, and trying to read them as fast as possible on release day, just so nobody would ruin the endings for me!

I was really sad when the series ended. It left a lot of unanswered questions for me! I know we were told “All was well” but seriously JK, I wanted to know everything pre and post HP at Hogwarts!!!

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These books take pride of place on my bookshelves, and I’m hoping my kids will decide to read them when they’re old enough!


Thanks for reading 😊📖

Do you give up on books?

Right, I’m 26% of the way through The Pact by Jodi Picoult and I am so bored that I just want to give up! I do not give up on books….

I’m currently in a FB discussion with Sarah over at Bytheletterbookreviews about this book and whether or not to give up on it! Come say hello! 🙂

I find it hard to admit defeat when it comes to a book I don’t like, there aren’t many I’ve given up on. Off the top of my head, I can only remember three that I couldn’t finish in recent times. One of these is a book that people RAVE about!!!

Room by Emma Donoghue 

Dave Grohl’s autobiography 

Ha’penny Chance (I’m so terrible I can’t even remember the author, sorry!!!) 

Which leads me to my question, do you or have you ever given up on a book? If so, what was/were they?! 

The Devil Has Power by Valerie Keogh


I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

I previously reviewed the first Nicola Connolly novel which you can read here, so I was looking forward to seeing what happened next.

When we meet Nicola, she has moved to Falmouth leaving all her troubles in Bath behind. Or so she thought.

DI Tom Hudson has also moved to Falmouth to start a nice quiet job there after the drama of the investigation in Bath. Neither knows about the others presence. Until they literally bump into each other.

The blurb from Goodreads:

After Bath, Nicola is planning a quieter life in Falmouth. She still needs to kill, of course, that isn’t going to change. Finding a measure of contentment in the stunning penthouse apartment she has rented, she figures out a way to stay in it, radically changing herself in the process. It involves killing someone, and getting married. But neither is a problem for Nicola. Everything falls into place for her until she bumps into Tom Hudson, newly promoted to detective inspector and now working in Falmouth. Nicola doesn’t want to become involved with the police again, Tom, still reeling from the events in Bath, doesn’t want her to either. But when a woman goes missing, and Tom is convinced she isn’t the first, he has no choice but to ask for Nicola’s help. Can they work together to solve yet another case?

Tom begins the investigation into the missing woman, and raises concerns when the pattern matches previous missing persons and wonders if there’s a killer at work. As the investigation starts moving, Tom remembers how Nicola was able to help in Bath and wonders if she could do the same here.

Nicola is still a killer, but, due to circumstances, isn’t working in a care home anymore so has to go to great her lengths to follow her needs. When Tom comes to her to ask for her help, does she really want to invite the psychic connection back so it can haunt her dreams again? And risk being uncovered?

I won’t go into more detail as I can’t without spoiling something! Sufficed to say the story really picks up (I stayed up reading this to the end last night so I could see what happened!!!) from here and when the end comes, you will not believe it! I was very surprised! Normally I can guess as to who the perpetrator is, but not with this one! I was genuinely incredulous toward the end of the book!

I enjoyed The Devil Has Power a bit more than Deadly Sleep if I’m honest. There was more background and it made it easier to follow!

I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

Thanks again to Valerie Keogh!

Happy reading 😊📖

Reviews!

Ok! So I’m behind (again!!!!) on reviews, so I’m just going to do some super quick and short ones for the books I’ve read in the past month or so! 

The books I’ll be doing quick reviews for are:

  1. Falling by Emma Kavanagh
  2. Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
  3. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  4. The Crooked House by Christobel Kent
  5. No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  6. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
  7. Judas Child by Carol O’Connell

The joys of a 7 month old a baby and a 6 year old on school holidays means I don’t get to write proper posts 😦 

The Death Box by JA Kerley

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Carson Ryder book 10 in the series.

Another instalment by Kerley featuring one of my favourite characters, Carson Ryder. As with all his books, this one is as enjoyable as the previous ones in the series.

The blurb from Amazon below:

“Detective Carson Ryder faces his most terrifying adversary yet in this nail-biting thriller from the author of Her Last Scream.

Carson Ryder thought he’d seen everything …

A specialist in twisted crimes, Detective Carson Ryder thought he’d seen the lowest depths of human depravity. But he’s barely started his new job in Miami when called to a horrific scene: a concrete pillar built of human remains, their agony forever frozen in stone.

Finding the secret of the pillar drags him into the sordid world of human trafficking, where one terrified girl holds the key to unraveling a web of pain, prostitution and murder. There’s just one problem: Ryder’s not the only one chasing the girl.”

This book is quite pacy, and it keeps you going with thrills and twists, which by now Kerley is extremely adept at writing. As usual I really enjoyed catching up with Ryder. A tried and tested formula, but it works. Nice and easy to read too!