Thursday, January 21, 2021

Book Review - His & Hers by Alice Feeney


If there are two sides to every story, someone is always lying…

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.
Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Anna’s ex-husband, DCI Jack Harper, is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone is lying, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

Book Review - 5 stars

Brilliant, just brilliant.  I loved that this author made me guess, 2nd guess, give up on guessing and guess again. I loved every moment of this book.  The author is so good at making you believe and make sense of what you are reading which takes the suspicion from one to another multiple times.  And at times you hear from the murderer and it seems like they are telling you who the murderer is, so well done.

The chapters go back and fourth from His/Jack and Hers/Anna, a divorced couple that are faced to liaise with each other as they are also on the same murder case, whom they happen to also know.  Each chapter reveals a little about each character without pointing the finger specifically at one.  As the story starts from a traumatic incident involving teenagers and this incident then comes up for Anna, as the reader you dislike so many of the characters and believe no wonder revenge is involved but still who is the murderer.  

This story involves brutal murder, bullying, cheating, lots of secrets, dementia and as a warning, animal cruelty.  (a very small part but for animal lovers, cats specifically, it would be sad for you possibly)

The less I say, the better.  I highly recommend.  I was right with my suspicion but the author definitely took me away from my thought numerous times.  I was really pleased with the ending as nothing was rushed.  I look forward to looking up other works by Alice Feeney, this was well done.  

My Favourite Quote

There is an energy that connects us together, flowing through us like electricity.  We are all just light bulbs. Some shine brighter than others, some show us the way when we are lost.  Others are a little too dull to be of any real use or interest.  Some burn out. (page 234)

Monday, January 18, 2021

It's 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 and loving

I completed and reviewed Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy - 4 stars - My Review 

This is what I am choosing for my January reads, it depends on my mood for what is up next.  Have you read any of them? 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Review - Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy


Amazon Summary


Newlyweds, Sam Statler and Annie Potter are ready to begin their lives together in a small town in upstate New York. Whilst Annie spends most of her time alone, Sam, her therapist husband, works long hours in his home office, tending to the egos of his mostly female clientele.

Little does Sam know that through a vent in the ceiling, every word of his sessions can be heard from the room upstairs. The pharmacist's wife, contemplating a divorce. The well-known painter whose boyfriend doesn't satisfy her in bed. Who could resist eavesdropping?

Everything is fine until the French girl in the green Mini Cooper shows up, and Sam disappears into thin air, throwing a wrench into Sam and Annie's happily ever after.

My Review - 4 Stars

I love the idea of being a fly on a wall and listening to the counselor and client, I was sold.  And unreliable narrators keep me guessing, it is a style I really enjoy.  I was intrigued with the first few chapters and totally was thinking it was going in another direction then BAM, wow okay, not what I expected, this is getting good....

Annie and Sam are Newlyweds and have a serious commitment to the role playing of their marriage, you try not to have judgement, a little risky but it works for them.  Then Sam goes missing.  Is it all a part of their game.  Are they reenacting one of their favorite Stephen King books? 

The next part of the story was edge of your seat worthy, who is deceiving who, can you figure it out?

I really enjoyed the ending but it did feel a little rushed and the last sentence made me laugh.  I can see some hating the ending.

There are definitely parts of roll your eye worthy, the police investigation, neighbors, health team etc but overall a great read.  Definitely a solid 4 star.  

Friday, January 1, 2021

Favourite Reads of 2020

The Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Happy 2021, wishing you a year filled of happiness, great reading, great health, peace, love and success.

It has been over a year that I have blogged but I miss having somewhere to look back at my reviews and most of all getting amazing recommendations from you.  I have to start networking again to see who is still reviewing, old blogging friends and especially in the Thriller and Suspense genre.  I hope everyone is well.

My Favourite Reads of 2020

I was happy to get back into reading how I loved and most of my reads are still a solid 4 star which is great but I only have a Top 5 of 4 1/2 and 5 star reads.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celese Ng - 5 star 

Hands down, my favourite read of the year so far. I loved it because it had a flair of my favourite genre, psychological domestic thriller. Amazing characters. I went into it blind, I just knew everyone said to watch the series. I love reading so I knew I had to read it first.

The Light we Lost by Jill Santopolo - 5 star

Do you remember your first love? Has it impacted your whole life or just a memory?
I loved this book. First love, memories, decisions, moving on with your first love always in your heart and back of your head. If you haven't experienced this kind of love I think you will hate this book and think Lucy is selfish as she does have a beautiful family with her husband.
There were lots of reflections for me. This is not a romance novel. I think it will be a good Book club read.
If you loved The Notebook and Me Before You, I highly recommend.

Killman Creek (2nd book in series) by Rachel Caine - 4 1/2 stars

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite- 4 1/2 stars

Home Body by Rupi Kaur - 4 1/2 stars

4 stars Honorary Mentions as a Top Ten list are:
- Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
- More Myself by Alicia Keys
- My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing