Monday, February 27, 2017

Happy Monday - What are you reading?

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

I'm currently reading, so far it is amazing.

I just finished, review will be up this week

I will be reading for Book club next

NetGalley approved my request so I will be reading this also, excited

Happy Monday - have a great week.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Have you read The Girl with all the Gifts?

I never read a review on this one, I thought it was YA which I usually do not read.  I saw the cover on Netflix and said I think that is a book, let me have a look.  WOW, this looks intense, I am going to read next.

Talk about do not judge a book by its cover.

Have you read it, what did you think?

Book Summary

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review - A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone

Publication Date - August 2016

Book Summary

Some secrets should never be kept… Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match … and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it. A dangerous mistake that could cost him everything. A brave, deeply moving, page-turning psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie marks a stunning departure for one of Scotland’s finest crime writers, exploring the lengths people will go to hide their deepest secrets, even if it kills them…

My Review - 3 1/2

Andy is a single widowed father when he believes he has been blessed with another love.  He meets Anna and quickly falls in love.  And this is when the emotional physical abuse starts.  A Suitable Lie is unique where the abuse victim is the husband.  When you read books about abuse you realize there are no rules.  People stay for all different reasons, dealing with the ultimate betrayal and fear.

I sat on the stairs, balls and head aching, mind dull with worry.  What was going on here?  Who was this woman I married?  She was so small.  I was so big.  Kindle 25%

Andy also has a close knit family, with him mom and brother living close.  In order to keep the secret, the closeness unravels and at times he chooses the abuse he knows he will get in order to spend time with his family.  It was all very sad to read, you can feel his torture and bruised ego.

I did have a main part of the story correct but I was a little let down by all of the glimpses of why.  I did like the secondary story with his coworker Sheila.  She had found the strength to get out of an abusive relationship and Andy cotinued to think could he be as brave and walk away.  This storyline was touching.

I wish we were told more about Anna's past.  It is amazing how you can continue hurting and hurt others when you don't trust.  So many are affected by abuse but when Andy is lying to himself, how can he recover and be the best father, son, brother and possible husband.

A lie could slip out as easily as a feather from a torn duvet.  But a ton of feathers was still a ton.  All it would take is one last feather, one last lie, and you would collapse under the strain.  Kindle 74%

With abuse comes manipulation and how Anna played Andy I thought was obvious but could be a huge surprise for some readers.  There was a little mysterious feel to the book.

At times the writing turned me off, I couldn't tell if it was repetitive to try to give us a feel of the family or community but they always called the children, 'the wee boys', it just drove me crazy after awhile.

I added A Suitable Lie to my TBR list after reading Novel Gossip's review.  She gave it 5 stars and thought is was similar to Behind Closed Doors.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - BA Paris

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I usually look forward to new books from favourite authors but every now and again a 2nd book by an author comes out after you thoroughly enjoyed their debut.  This week, this one falls in that category.  Behind Closed Doors was one of my most anticipated debuts to read also.

Book Summary from Amazon

Named One of the Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017 by Bustle!
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

Behind Closed Doors - was on my Top List of 2016.  Intense.  My Review

What book are you excited for?

Monday, February 6, 2017

What are you reading, it is February.......

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

After reading my first book of the year Small Great Things, I haven't really been able to read, major book hangover, sigh.  I have put a few down as I wasn't in the right mood for it, abandoned one but really need something to grab me right now.

It is Feb and I am only on my 3rd book.  I realized reading reviews of it helps to keep it in my head, adding to the hangover so I may have to stop as obviously small great things do matter.

I'm currently reading

I tried to read the 2nd book but I abandoned 

I think I am going to read this next

Happy Monday, have a great week.