Review

Review: The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

 

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Blurb

In Edwardian England, aeroplanes are a new, magical invention, while female pilots are rare indeed.

When shy Della Dobbs meets her mother’s aunt, her life changes forever. Great Auntie Betty has come home from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, across whose windswept dunes the Wright Brothers tested their historic flying machines. Della develops a burning ambition to fly and Betty is determined to help her.

But the Great War is coming and it threatens to destroy everything – and everyone – Della loves.

Uplifting and page-turning, THE WILD AIR is a story about love, loss and following your dreams against all odds.

 

My Review

What an adventure you go on with Della in this book. If you are a lover of historical fiction this book is right up your alley. This book is set in more of the recent past which makes how far we have become from then until now so incredible it blows your mind completly

All Characters I connected to in some way but I did love being taken on this escapade along with Della.

This book is so well researched and I found the part at the end which Rebecca explains how she researched the book  so fascinating. One day I would love to visit the Shuttleworth Collection. I also  loved the fact the novel also features  several real like female pilots. What amazing women!

This is my second Mascull novel I will certainly be looking out for more

 

4 out of 5 stars

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Review: Mark Edwards Lucky Ones

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Blurb

It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.
When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.
A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

my review

I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book it started out very quickly which got me hooked and turning the pages from page one.

This was a very easy read which I read in just 2 sittings. It was a very complex story peppered with lots of twists   The characters were very likeable and it left me wishing that this was not a standalone and we have more books with Detective Imogen Evans to look forward to.

When I thought I had figured out what was happening I was proved very wrong. Very very clever

I would definitely recommend this book.

4 out of 5 stars

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Review: The Lost Children By Helen Phifer

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Blurb

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to an ancient gurney…

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging the asylum’s wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history, and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

My Review

Thank you for the publisher and netgalley for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review

This was a very quick read for me. It was very predictable but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of the story. The first chapter of the book made my hairs stand on end and had me on edge throughout the whole book .  The conclusion I guessed pretty much at the start of the novel.

3 of 5 stars

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Review: Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

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Blurb

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page

 

Review

The Erika Foster series is fast becoming my favorite detective series. I just know when I pick up the next book in the series i’m in for a proper treat . This was no different with this next installment

I decided to read Dark Water #3 and then Last Breath in a mini ”Erika Foster” marathon.

I adored being in this world for the 3 days I took to read both books. Last Breath  was another page turner and a quick  read. The Bookhangover was shocking. I just wanted to stay in this world .

It like all the other books had an amazing story-line as well as  good character development with our usual cast.

Thank you to Bookouture and Robert Bryndza for  being able to read an advance copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

Now I have got to try and wait patiently while Robert writes the next installment!

5 out of 5 stars

 

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Cover Reveal: The Darkness within by Lisa Stone

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PUBLISHING IN EBOOK & PAPERBACK: 13TH JULY 2017

 

A gripping new crime novel from the global bestseller Cathy Glass writing as Lisa Stone

You know your son better than anyone. Don’t you?

When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.

However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?

Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.

When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?

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Review: The Summer of impossible things by Rowan Coleman

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Blurb

If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

 

My Review

First off I  just love time travelling tales so when I saw this for review I knew I had to request this. As this would be right up my street! It certainly was!!!

This book was a beautifully written  and very thought- provoking. I got completely and emotionally involved with all the characters and just had to plough through this book quickly to see what the outcome would be.

I loved Rowan Colemans  way of handling the narrative, it was spot on.  I read this at the end of a holiday and was even reading it as I queued at the check in desk. (I was that hooked)

I am very surprised at myself for not having read any of Rowans books before ( I even have 2 on my TBR pile) this is something I will certainly be correcting within the next year.

Thank you to the publisher for sending this to me for an honest review which is above.

5 out of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

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Book Review. The Good People by Hannah Kent

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Blurb

From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites

County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.

The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie’s voice. A whisper in the dark.

“Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them.”

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow’s house.

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken.

my review

It has taken me a a couple of days to gather my thoughts on this book. It gave me a lot to get my head around and to understand . I first came across Hannah Kent about a year ago when I read Burial Rites which I loved, so I was really delighted to be  approved by the publisher to review this novel.

The Good People I found was  beautifully written very atmospheric and bewitching.  I loved the elements of folklore  fairytale and superstition woven into the narrative. I understand the book came about  (or the seed was sown) while Hannah Ken was researching the novel  ‘Burial rights’ an article was found concerning a woman accused of a nasty crime, with an astonishing defence trial.

The Pacing of this book was slightly slow at times but it gave you time to absorb what was happening

I cannot wait for Kent’s next book.

Rating 

A Bewitching Read

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review ”My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal”

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Blurb

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And the only way home is to find him.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to take Jake away and give him to strangers. Because Jake is white and Leon is not.

As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we somehow manage to find our way home

 

my review

 

This book was just breathtakingly amazing. (I devoured most of it within a day)

It is set on the back drop of Riots and a Royal Wedding  in the early 1980’s in England.It tells the story of Leon  who is nine and his journey through the foster care system at this time

From the first page I felt as though I was just on this journey with Leon, I laughed and I cried along with him.  I loved that the narrative was only told from Leon’s prospective,there is something special about a child protagonist

I wish I could force everyone to read this book  just see how wonderful it is.

 

a High 5 out of 5 stars  from me

 

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Book Review Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

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Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

my review

Wow I did not expect to like this book as much as I did.  At the moment it is being really hyped up.So when I saw this at the library I thought I would pick it up and give it ago. I have previously read one other book by this author (The Husband’s Secret).

The outset of the book was quite slow to begin with but it soon picked up pace and I was completely drawn into the story  and just wanted to know what was going to happen.

As the story carries on there was plenty of secrets  which get unravelled with heaps of OMG twists throughout.

4.5 stars (the out was very slow hence not quite a 5 star review for me)

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***Blog Tour*** The Dry by Jane Harper

Blurb

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface

 

my review

Thank you Little Brown Books for sending myself a copy of this for an honest review

The Dry is Jane Harpers Debut novel.

It was very well plotted with lots of suspense. It was  weaved with plenty of twists and turns  most of which I did not see coming . I was shocked that I did not figure out who the murderer was my money was on someone else!

I have decided to award this a 4 out of 5 stars although I really enjoyed this book. I have decided to get a bit stricter with my ratings. I will be looking out for future work my this autho

So a very high 4 out of 5 stars