#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | DECOY by Scott Mariani | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, December 30th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

DECOY

A suspenseful, edge-of-seat thriller short story from the #1 Kindle and Top Ten Sunday times bestselling author, Scott Mariani

Deception can be deadly . . .

Kate, an attractive single parent, is in a desperate situation. Her young son Charlie suffers from a rare eye disease that will soon cause him to go blind unless he can receive the cutting-edge new treatment that’s offered by just one private clinic in London. The cost is out of Kate’s league and she needs to raise the cash – fast.

When her best friend suggests that she should find employment as a freelance female decoy, Kate initially rejects the idea. But realising what the potential earnings could mean for Charlie, she reluctantly goes to work, getting paid by female clients wanting to put the fidelity of their partners to the test. Business is good. It won’t be long before Kate has the money she needs.

But after being hired by a wealthy new client to investigate a suspected cheating husband, Kate’s world suddenly turns upside-down and she discovers too late that deception can have deadly consequences . . .

Review:

Coffee Break Read

#Decoy by #ScottMariani

It was ok. It wasn’t terrible and it wasn’t the best either.

The story features Kate, who to try and make money for her sons operation, becomes a Decoy. A woman who is hired by other women to see whether their partners are capable of cheating.

All seems to be going well until she meets her latest client; Geoffrey.

The ending was a little bit ridiculous for a story of this length. Agree with other reviewers that this would be a good feature length novel with more content.

Completed in a couple of hours, it’s a good novella to have with a cup of tea (or coffee!) 🙂

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX IN THE SUBURBS by Tracy Bloom | #TBT

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, October 20th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Ben and Katy haven’t had sex since Ben found out about her one-night stand with her childhood sweetheart, Matthew.

Not only that but the arrival of a new-born baby has blown their relationship apart like a hand grenade.

Drastic measures are required, so they swap roles hoping that everyone will be happier… Only it’s not as easy as they thought. When a desperate Ben starts secretly accepting help to solve his childcare disasters – from Matthew’s wife – it could mean the end of everything. Can their relationship survive the lies and suspicions and will they ever have sex again? 

Review:

Whilst on holiday…I have been able to catch up with a couple of book on the Reading Challenge for 2015.

A Funny book – ‘No-one Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs’ by Tracy Bloom.

This story centres around two couples; Katy & Ben and Matthew & Allison. Both dealing with life after the birth of their first children.

The dynamic between the group is not what it initially appears and there is drama throughout. What makes this book a breath of fresh air is that it isn’t all ‘babies are rainbows and mothers cope perfectly’….it’s real life what mothers and fathers go through on day to day. From putting cabbage leaves down your bra to how to create a routine for a baby! While all this is taking place, where do the couples find time for each other?

A quick, funny read 🙂

– S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #SeriesReview | DIVERGENT TRILOGY by Veronica Roth | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, October 6th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Divergent One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”

Insurgent One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth’s second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Divergent #3: The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent. 

Review:

As part of my Reading Challenge for 2015, I have just completed a trilogy; the ‘Divergent’ Series by Veronica Roth

Divergent tells the story of 16 year old Beatrice, who lives in a city where people are divided into factions. Each faction holds their own set of beliefs and ways of living. Beatrice must choose which faction she will belong to; the selfless Abnegation, the caring Amity, the truthful Candor, the smart Erudite or the fearless Dauntless. Once she makes her choice, her world will never be the same again.

A great YA read which has relatable content throughout for readers of all ages. The story moves at a quick pace which can require a re-read of previous pages. But all in a great read.

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEB by David Largercrantz | #TBT

Hello everyone!

This is a new idea for the blog, where we have #ThrowbackThursday Where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, September 27th 2015!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .

Review:

I have this morning completed the next book on my Reading Challenge 2015!

A mystery or thriller; ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’ by David Largercrantz

I started this book with some reservations. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist belong to Stieg Larsson – so for someone else to take on his world is either rather brave or a little silly. I’d like to think that it’s the former. This book is well written and Lagercrantz stays true to the characters that we have come to know and love.

This story centres on cyber attacks, artificial intelligence, murder and a young autistic boy who draws his photographic memory and doesn’t speak a word. Lisbeth and Mikael are once again bought together to help solve the mystery and bring those responsible to justice.

The story for me only really gets going roughly half way through, so stick with it! We also get to learn a lot more of Lisbeth’s early life and that of her twin sister; Camilla who plays an integral part to this story, however leaving it open to explore in subsequent stories.

It will certainly be interesting to see if this is picked up for a movie adaptation or if there is a book sequel 🙂

-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 20/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is from a series I love, but only read the first book last year!

DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James
Published; May 6th 2005, Pan Macmillan UK

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“It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared.

With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancee, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune… Dead simple…


“We don’t rise to the level of our abilities, we fall to the level of our excuses.”

This book is exactly the reason I will continue to read UK crime novels until I can no longer read!

I read this as part of the 2016 Reading Challenge under the prompt of ‘A book that brings you joy’. An odd prompt some may think – it brings me joy for the following reasons;

– A tough as DCI in charge of an investigation
– A serious crime with twists and turns throughout
– Second guessing all of the key players
– A fast paced investigation with a great climax
– Left open for subsequent stories and further character development

‘Dead Simple’ introduces us to DCI Roy Grace, a 39-year-old whose wife has been missing for nearly 8 years after leaving with only her handbag. Grace is a great character – he is hard, fair, respectful of colleagues and a at heart, a bit soft.

Grace is roped into helping colleague Glenn Branson investigate the disappearance of Michael Harrison – who was last seen being buried alive in a coffin as a prank on a stag night for four of his friends. I don’t want to give too much away as there are so many twists and turns…there are two major twists in this story that made me so mad I wanted to throw furniture around!

If you like gritty UK crime novels – this book is a must read. This is the start of a long standing series from James, with twelve instalments following Roy Grace.
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 13/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

MISERY by Stephen King
Published; July 7th 2011, Hodder & Stoughton

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“Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing.

That’s when the car accident happened, and he woke up in pain in a strange bed. But it wasn’t the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.

The good news was that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn’t like it. She didn’t like it at all.


MISERY is only the second Stephen King book I have read, but I’m already seeing a trend in his writing. It’s all about the suspense, leaving parts to your own imagination. This was an excellent read…not sure I’m ready to watch the movie.

UPDATE – I watched the movie and although I enjoyed it – it also upset me so much as there are key scenes written in the book which we were not played out how I imaged on the big screen. The hobbling scene for example!
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday 06/07/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

In aniticpation for the release of THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE, my pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB by David Lagercrantz
Published; August 27th 2015, MacLehose Press

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“She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .


For a moment I was thinking that this was “The Girl Who Only Shows Up in Cameos” rather than the title to this book!

We spend the first half of the book understanding why the crime has taken place and who are the key players.

Then all of the drama starts and we read more of our two heroes building to a big finale which for me was over a little too quickly. (I do love a good Mexican stand off!)

Saying all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had my reservations of a new author taking on somebody else’s work/characters, but Lagercrantz did very well. He explored further the origins of Wasp and also what became of Lisbeth’s’ twin sister; Camilla.

I would wonder whether Lagercrantz had access to Larsson’s unpublished fourth Millennium novel? There was a great mixture of action, suspense and mystery – tie that with a subject matter which most people are interested in – then add Salander and Blomvkist and you are onto a winner.
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.

#BookTag | #ThrowbackThursday | 29/06/2017

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.

“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)

My pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
Published; February 13th 2014, Sphere

“When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger.

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The classic ‘whodunnit’ mysteries are my favourite. I love suspecting ALL of the players in the game and trying to figure out who did it!

The Cuckoo’s Calling did not disappoint! I must admit that I was starting to feel like I had read this book before….down on his luck lawyer, small dingy office, receptionist who cannot be paid properly (if at all), famous case that would make him famous and more successful…… yep….I have read this before…. John Grisham’s ‘The Litigators’. (which is an excellent read!)

With this aside, the story is great. Young model; Luna Landry is found dead on her upmarket London street as an apparent case of suicide. This verdict does not wash with Luna’s brother; John who hires Cormoran Strike to investigate the incident. What John doesn’t expect is that Strike uncovers lies and secrets to discover the grizzly truth.

A great read from Galbraith/Rowling. She certainly has a knack for this kind of writing. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the Cormoran Strike series; The Silkworm and Career of Evil.
Until next week – Happy Reading!

-S.