Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Inheritance by Tilly Bagshawe

The Inheritance (Swell Valley Series, Book 1) (Swell Valley Series)

If you want a bit of escapist "soap" then Tilly Bagshawe's book, "The Inheritance" might be for you.

Set in an English village, "Swell", spoilt rich brat Tatiana struggles to let go of her ancestral home after her father grants it to distant Australian relatives in his will.  Forced to work in order to access her trust fund, feisty Tatiana finds that she has skills other than being a rich It girl.

Sparks fly when Tatiana meets the new owner of her home who is equally determined not to let Tatiana succeed in her court case to regain the house....Has Tatiana met her match in Brett Cranley? Or are he and she too much alike?

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sometimes I Lie Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget

If you enjoyed Girl on a Train, then I suspect you may enjoy this one.  Alice Feeney's twisty, dark psychological story weaves its way through Amber Reynolds who is lying in hospital in a coma.  The story gradually unravels through her thoughts, the gradual return of memory and also through flashbacks to childhood diary entries. 

As the book offers

My name is Amber Reynolds.

There are three things you should know about me:

1. I'm in a coma.
2. My Husband doesn't love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

As a reader the intrigue initially is around how she got there and then the plot it carefully is all I will say!

An interesting one, and plenty of "book club" questions at the end of the book not surprisingly!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Who's that girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

Who's That Girl?: A laugh-out-loud sparky romcom!

A surprisingly good read!

After an unfortunate incident with the groom at his wedding, Edie is ostracized by her colleagues and sent on a sabbatical to ghostwrite an autobiography about the latest hot male actor, Elliot Owen.  She returns to her home town Nottingham (which is also the author's hometown) and stays with her father and sister.

Despite all the comments on the back of this book about it being a comedy... it was much more than the punchy dialogue and witty comebacks that were promised.  It was  a touching, thoughtful story which dealt with some difficult themes: suicide of a mother, cyberbullying, love and loss....just a few that spring to mind.

The key characters were engaging, interesting and almost (okay, apart from a famous actor roaming around Nottingham) very believable.  Yes, some elements were predictable but there's a lot more going on besides.

I liked it...a lot and found myself engrossed in what really is a much deeper story that the back cover suggests.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bluegrass Bend by Mandy Magro

Bluegrass Bend

If you fantasize about dark, handsome cowboys and want some escapist rural romance, here's one for you.  Mandy Magro's Bluegrass Bend takes one hunky hero, Ronnie and sends him to Bluegrass Bend where his path crosses with Ivy Tucker.   Only their paths have crossed before but Ivy doesn't remember that.

Okay, there's a lot of predictable elements....but it works and I admit to whizzing through this one on a rainy weekend.   There's quite a bit of spirituality in this book (including healing horses) and of course we can't have a cowboy who can't fix up a homestead can we?

Enjoyable, romantic and best accompanied with chocolate!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Night School by Lee Child

Night School (Jack Reacher)
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Jack's back: back in time and back in the army in the 21st book of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. 

His mission is to find a needle in a haystack.  Teamed up with Frances Neagley, he needs to find out just what is worth one hundred million dollars and who the American selling the product is.   Not too hard for Reacher.

The book is set mostly in Germany and although we are back in 1996, the story has some distinct similarities to some of the undercurrents that exist across the globe today.  I am a big Reacher fan but I found this one hard going at first.  There are the usual ingredients (a couple of street brawls) but maybe not enough of the ex-army drifter Reacher for me.

Good but certainly not the greatest in the series.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

Strictly Between Us
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Jane Fallon's "Strictly Between Us" is an invitation to listen to both sides of a story. 

First up is Tamsin who tells you the awful tale of how she nearly slept with her best friend's husband.  A ridiculous thing to do when she thought he was already cheating on her best friend and was determined to find out if it was true.  Second up is Bea, Tamsin's indispensable assistant, who goes above and beyond her duties for her boss to help her discover if the rumours are true.

The story itself is a toe-curling love triangle or is it a diamond?  Anyway, Tamsin's crazy scheme to discover whether her friend's husband is a cheat backfires...spectacularly. 

I laughed out loud quite a few times while I read this one.   It's not often that happens, I can tell you.  The story is terrific fun, well written, with some really well-drawn characters.  Perhaps the only character that was a little wishy-washy was Michelle, the best friend in question.

If you feel like listening to some juicy gossip, or love a comic situation, grab this one!

What was the last book that made you laugh out loud?

Monday, 5 June 2017

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The Kept Woman (The Will Trent Series)

A gritty read - enough to make you think that every US cop or agent is either corrupt or broken.  A Kept Woman features Special Agent Will Trent and his partner, Dr. Sara Linton, a medical examiner who are delving into a case that also involves Will's wife (who is also a cop...although it's sometimes hard to believe this).

The case is brutal, bloody and full of confusion.  Will's wife has seen to that, but it's also complicated by the people involved and the high stakes around Pro Basketball stars. Their "Guardian Agent" makes sure that any of their inappropriate behavior is cleaned up so that it doesn't tarnish their moneymaking deals and sponsorships.

This is a gripping read, you have to read closely or else the threads will slip away.  It features characters from other stories in the series. This book reveals so much character back story that its hard to see how some of the characters have managed function...let alone as cops.   (Apparently this is number 8 the Will Trent's series and probably best if read in order.)

Recommended yes...pleasant reading? No, but that's what a good crime thriller is all about!