Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hey guys,

I’m back with the second set of reviews for this feature, so here’s the next four books 🙂

The Truth Will Out by Brian Cleary

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The novel is set in Ireland. The friendship of Jamie, Shane and Mary Kate is tested to the limit after Mary Kate is brutally raped and lies in a coma. The evidence against Jamie is overwhelming and is compounded by the fact he maintains he cannot recall what happened that night. However, the one secret that Jamie has never disclosed can prove his innocence.

The Truth Will Out is an Irish psychological thriller that focuses on the aftermath of an attack on a young woman. The narrative jumps between characters and also between past and preset. This gives the reader an insight into what led to the events in the book. I didn’t love this one, but it has an interesting plot with a few surprises thrown in.

Bring Me Back by BA Paris

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The Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried…

I loved this authors debut so I was looking forward to reading this one. I also have her second book to read, but I skipped to this one instead. I really wanted to love this one, but sadly it fell a bit flat for me. The premise is really good, and there is plenty in there to keep you turning the pages but it just didn’t blow me away like Behind Closed Doors did when I read it! I’ve seen rave reviews for it, so maybe I just read it at the wrong time!

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

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‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’

On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes she is that girl.

At first Kim brushes it off, but when she scratches the surface of her family background in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense, terrifying, and entirely unexpected climax.

The Nowhere Child is simply unputdownable. I absolutely devoured this exquisitely written thriller in a couple of sittings. This is the kind of book that makes me want to shout about it from the rooftops.

It all started with the disappearance of 2 year old Sammy Went in the 90’s. Gone without a trace, Sammy has never been found. Fast forward twenty eight years to where we meet Kim Leamy, who is approached by a man investigating little Sammy’s disappearance all those years ago. This meeting leaves Kim with enough questions to make her travel to Sammy’s hometown of Manson, Kentucky in the United States.

What follows is by far one of the best stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Packed with tension that winds its way towards an unexpected conclusion, The Nowhere Child is a triumph. A riveting tale of secrets and lies, and the lengths to which people will go to keep them hidden. Thoroughly engaging, you won’t be able to put it down until the bitter end.

 

Coldmaker by Daniel A. Cohen

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Eight hundred years ago, the Jadans angered the Crier. In punishment, the Crier took their Cold away, condemning them to a life of enslavement in a world bathed in heat.

Or so the tale goes.

During the day, as the Sun blazes over his head, Micah leads the life of any Jadan slave, running errands through the city of Paphos at the mercy of the petty Nobles and ruthless taskmasters.

But after the evening bells have tolled and all other Jadans sleep, Micah escapes into the night in search of scraps and broken objects, which once back inside his barracks he tinkers into treasures.

However, when a mysterious masked Jadan publicly threatens Noble authority, a wave of rebellion ripples through the city.

With Paphos plunged into turmoil, Micah’s secret is at risk of being exposed. And another, which has been waiting hundreds of years to be found, is also on the verge of discovery…

The secret of Cold.

I really liked Coldmaker. It has a really cool (no pun intended!) premise, a great cast of characters and it is a really captivating read. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be, and I genuinely can’t wait for the next book (I really hope there is one!!!) to see where the author takes the reader! If you like fantasy, and YA then definitely add Coldmaker to your list!

 

So that’s what I’ve been reading lately! I have a few blog tour reviews coming up, and I’ll also be reviewing Ready Player One, Obscura and Skin Deep soon so make sure to look out for those! 🙂

Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

I’m back with some more rapid reviews. Life has been pretty busy for me lately, and I’m behind on some reviews, so I figured it was time to bring this feature back 🙂

Grab a cuppa, and check out what I’ve been reading in recent months!

Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman

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Doctors believe that they can successfully treat five-year-old cancer patient, Woody Swope. But Woody’s parents, members of a cult called ‘The Touchers’, are not only refusing the treatment, they’re also threatening to remove him from the hospital.

Psychologist Alex Delaware, is called in to talk the parents round. But before he can, the Swopes are gone and so is Woody. All that remains is a savagely ransacked and bloodied motel room, their teenage daughter, Nona, and an increasingly sinister case to solve.

I have decided to start this series from the beginning, because I have the majority of the books on my TBR so I picked this one up recently. I enjoyed Blood Test, it was quite character driven, and it raised a lot of questions in terms of morals and so on. Tough to read at times, it was engaging and interesting. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness.

The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic.

Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.

I received a copy of this recently, and I was looking for a short read so I picked it up a few weeks ago. I genuinely have no idea what I read though. It was such an odd read. Promised to be scary, it fell a little flat on that for me. Yes, there were rimes when I was a bit apprehensive to turn the page, but it’s more the power of suggestion than actual shock factor. This is now a movie on Netflix, but I don’t think I could watch it. That’s when I would get scared. Its a quick read, but it’s an unusual one.

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

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Mike and Verity have a special game. The Crave.

They play it to prove what they already know: that Verity loves Mike. That she needs Mike.

Even though she’s marrying another man.

Now Mike knows that the stakes of their private game are rising.

This time, someone has to die…

Billed as one of 2018’s psych thrillers, this book was high on my want list so I was delighted to get a Netgalley copy. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but once I started reading I was uncomfortable almost immediately. I find books about relationships and control tough to read, and that’s exactly what this is. Character-driven, and written from the male perspective, it definitely delves into the psyche to show why he acts how he does. But my god I found it hard to read. I can see the appeal, and it is well written, but the uncomfortable feeling stayed with me long after finishing it.

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

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Dublin’s notorious Canal Killer, Will Hurley, is ten years into his life sentence when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal. Though detectives suspect they are dealing with a copycat, they turn to Will for help. He claims he has the information the police need, but will only give it to one person – the girl he was dating when he committed his horrific crimes.

Alison Smith has spent the last decade abroad, putting her shattered life in Ireland far behind her. But when she gets a request from Dublin imploring her to help prevent another senseless murder, she is pulled back to face the past – and the man – she’s worked so hard to forget.

I loved Catherine’s first book, Distress Signals, so I was thrilled to get a review copy of this one. While it’s a clever and well-written psychological (and crime) thriller, it didn’t pack as much of a punch for me as her first. I loved the idea, and I enjoyed how the story played out. I had suspicions early on, and they proved to be true, but it didn’t deter from my enjoyment of the book. I don’t tend to read much Irish crime fiction, but it’s clear to me that Catherine Ryan Howard is definitely becoming synonymous with it because she has a great writing voice! Looking forward to see what comes next!


So there we go! That’s the first of two Recent Reads post I’ve done, with the next one being posted early next week!

Have you read any of these? Would you read any of them? Do let me know in the comments! 😊

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

So I’m back with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post. I’ve been crap at reviewing lately so I’m about twenty-odd reviews behind. It made sense to bring back this feature as it’s the only way I can get some mini-reviews done for what I’ve been reading lately.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that my lovely uncle passed away recently after a brief illness, so the blog and reviewing has been the furthest thing from my mind. I’ve been reading as a way to keep my mind off the sadness and grief, so I have quite a few of these to do. Plus some from late last year, so I’ll be posting a few Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews posts in the coming week or two, so bear with me 🙂

Mira

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary, bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend.

It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a tragedy; others have called it a hoax.

Now, a new crew has been assembled to investigate. And they’ll discover that whatever is down there is definitely no joke . . .

I really enjoyed Into The Drowning Deep. Its not something I would have picked up myself (Thanks to Nazia @ Orbit) but it was a fun read. If cannibalistic mermaids is your thing, then you’ll love this one. I found myself glued to this book, possibly in a car-crash sense of the word in that you know no good can come of being deep underwater with these creatures and its only a matter of time before people start disappearing! Escapism abound in this one, it definitely kept me reading!

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It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward – one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class has held control over planets and systems for centuries and they are not going to give up their power willingly, especially not to a teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who they consider nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis knows she will protect Tyrus at any cost; he is the love of her life and they are partners in this new beginning. But she also knows she can’t protect him by being the killing machine she once was. Instead she will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire – or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne… they might lose their lives.

*Read The Diabolic before you read The Empress!

This is a great follow up to the events of The Diabolic. I had been eager to read this one and I wasn’t disappointed. Full of action, some seriously shady characters, and more twists that I was expecting, it kept me reading compulsively. It is YA, but with the corruption and politics, it could easily be general fantasy. Highly readable, but just make sure you read book 1 first so you’re not lost!

jo spain

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him.

An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled.

Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?

I read The Confession fairly quickly. Its an Irish psychological thriller with a highly divisive set of characters. I found myself compelled to read the book at every opportunity, and its definitely an interesting read. It covers some of the financial history that we have lived through as well which you’ll appreciate (maybe wrong choice of word, but you know what I mean!) if you’re Irish like me!

David Mark

The police think Crystal Heathers isn’t missing.

The trainee detective assigned to the case isn’t so sure.

McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall…and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.

But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?

And how far would someone go to get revenge?

The case will test McAvoy to breaking point – as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

My first meeting with DS McAvoy and it will definitely not be my last. I raced through this one, eager to see what was going to happen and where the author would take us. I wasn’t prepared for just how invested I would get in the characters fates. Excellent plot, great characters, what’s not to love! I will definitely be reading the previous books in the series, as well as recommending David Mark to anyone who will listen!

morrie

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

This was a spur of the moment ‘I want to read a book from my personal TBR’ decision, and Morrie has been on there for long enough. I find it hard to read books that are like this, and I’m pretty sure if I had read it in the past couple of weeks I would have been an emotional wreck, but not this time. Yes its a sad story, knowing the ending is inevitable, but it didn’t really do much for me emotionally. It was a bittersweet book, short but with plenty of little life lessons. It’s only the second Mitch Albom book I’ve read, but if I had to choose, The Five People You Meet in Heaven was more resonant. Still though, I liked reading about Morrie!

 

Ok, I think I’ll stop there, because I still have another 8 books to go and I do’t want to overload the post, haha!

Hopefully there is something in here you might read! 🙂

See you again soon with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post!

Happy reading!

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews Part 2

Hi guys,

I’m back with the second batch of rapid reviews so I’ve got another 10 of the most recent books I’ve read on this list. If you missed my first post, you can check that out by clicking the following link:

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews

As I said in the other post, I’m still reading but I’m just not blogging as much for the time being. All posts, blog tours and promised reviews will still be posted as normal from myself and Ellen though 🙂

This batch of reviews, now that I’m looking at my list, appears to be geared more towards the YA genre, which I’ve read a lot of recently and any I’m really liking the break from crime and psychological thrillers. To be honest though, I still find myself craving the darkness they bring, so there will be more of those again soon! Anyway, I digress as usual. Lets see what else I’ve been reading lately…

  • Chasing The Dead by Tim Weaver

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On my TBR since 2014 (yes, 3 YEARS ago!!!), I decided it was time for me to meet David Raker and I am so glad I picked this one to read. A really solid start to a series that is still going, it was a brilliant read. Clever, emotive and gripping, I would definitely recommend it. I will be buying all of the series after reading this one!

  • The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

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Loved this one!! It is so creepy, it gets under your skin and will make your heart pound. I got lost in this book, I was gripped from the start and I genuinely could not put it down. It is so clever and twisty. Just when you think you have it all figured out, BOOM! You haven’t a clue!!! I love it when a book catches me out. Highly recommended!

  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

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I love a surprise when I pick up a book, and that is exactly what happened with Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. I picked it up expecting one thing, and I found something else entirely. I won’t spoil it by telling you. Anyone I know who has read this has really enjoyed it, and I feel the exact same. It is such a hidden gem of a book and I would highly recommend it!

  • The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe

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Regular readers of the blog will know I am a big fan of Scandinavian crime thrillers so I was excited to pick this one up to read. While it was a good read, I wasn’t blown away by it. There’s no denying Camilla Grebe can tell a story, I just found my attention waning at times. Still, as an intro to Scandi crime, The Ice Beneath Her is definitely a good place to start as it will give you a feel for the genre!

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Is it possible to fall in love with a series? Because that’s what happened me with these books. I am emotionally invested, and I don’t want it to ever end. I am Team Rhysand forever and I am not sorry. I love love LOVE these books. The world-building is brilliant, the characters are even better and I just couldn’t put the book down once I started it. Safe to say I will be reading these again at some point. Highly recommended!

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass

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See above. No, seriously. I can’t review these properly. They make me feel the way I did when I first discovered Harry Potter. NO! I’m not comparing them, I’m merely saying I felt the same way. Giddy to read the books, eager to read more. I wanted to read them all immediately after finishing this one. Highly recommended by this unapologetic fangirl!

  • SIEGE and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Another series added to my favourites for sure. Not as good as Shadow and Bone but I still really enjoyed this one and I’m waiting on the third book from the library. I really like the idea of the Grisha world, and its pure escapism reading these books! I can’t wait to read the next one!

  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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This one would have passed me by if not for Liz at Liz Loves Books mentioning it. I loved this one! It is packed full of action, has great characters and a really interesting story. There’s a lot of technological stuff, like coding and DNA modifications and so on, but it wasn’t hard to get into it. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!

  • Dead is Good by Jo Perry

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What’s not to love about a dead dog? This is book 3 in the series, and I really enjoyed it. Quotes about death start every chapter, which I love, morbid as that sounds. Charlie and Rose are a great team. They may be dead, but that doesn’t stop them trying to figure out the living. Unusual and fun, these books are great reads. Highly recommended!

  • Written in Blood by Layton Green

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Written in Blood uses literary murders as its main thing, which makes it an interesting read. I did find it got a bit heavy and unnecessary with details in the middle, but it was still a good book. There is plenty there to keep the reader interested, but it can be hard to see the wood from the trees at times as the author throws in a few extra things.

 

And that’s it. Twenty books reviewed over two posts. I’m all caught up on my reviews now, and I’ll hopefully be back blogging properly at some stage this month.

Plenty of other good stuff on the blog in October to watch out for though as regards blog tour reviews by Ellen and myself:

Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite

Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Rocco and the Nightingale by Adrian Magson

Dead Lands by LLoyd Otis

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Kate x