Review: The Hundreth Man by J.A Kerley #bookblog #bookreview

Goodreads Blurb

Bizarre messages carved into the flesh of two corpses in Mobile, Alabama, launch a special unit devoted to solving psychotic crimes. They’re also launching Detective Carson Ryder into a nightmare with only one weapon-his own terrifying past.

My Thoughts

This is the first book in the Detective Carson Ryder Series, and unfortunately for me, I can’t say that I really enjoyed it all that much.  It was dreadfully slow. I found it got bogged down in “police office politics” too much.  It also annoyed the heck out of me how Ryder’s partner referred to him as “Cars”. I mean, that just didn’t sound natural to me. It would have made more sense if he had called him Ryder. The twists were missing, and the murderer felt very tame.  Compared with one of Chris Carters books, this was very placid. Wasn’t any real wow factor for me which was a shame because I love series like this. But I think it’s a tricky crowd to write for now because there are some really good authors with similar series so you really have to think above an beyond what everyone else is writing to make yours stand out. Although the writing was simple to read and flowed well, I can’t say anything else positive about this one unfortunately.  However, I will continue on with the series, in hopes that grow on me because there’s always a chance.

I rated The Hundredth Man: 2/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat

Review:Look Again by Lisa Scottoline #bookreview #bookblog

Blurb

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops―the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life―and that of the son she loves.

My Thoughts

Unfortunately this one just didn’t grab my attention.  I found it quite difficult to get through until after halfway.  It felt like it dragged a lot, too much background noise.  I couldn’t get close to Ellen, because she annoyed me if I’m honest.  I didn’t come across any twists, anything surprising, I didn’t feel any overwhelming emotions reading it.

Now this isn’t to say the writing wasn’t excellent, because it was.  I just didn’t jel with this one, but you might. Definitely give it a go.

I rated Look Again: 3/4 stars

Happy reading

Nat

Review: The French Photographer by Natasha Lester #bookreview #bookblog @Natasha_Lester @HachetteAUS

Blurb

Manhattan, Paris, 1942: When Jessica May’s successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.

France, 2005: Australian curator D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D’Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer — and realises that she is connected to D’Arcy’s own mother, Victorine.

Crossing a war-torn Europe from Italy to France, The French Photographer is a story of courage, family and forgiveness, by the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress and A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald.

My Thoughts

A book that it so far from my usual reads that I almost didn’t read it. But boy, am I so glad I did. I laughed, cried, ugly cried, and was angered; essentially I did a full circle of emotions because the content called for it.  A story about women’s rights and their experience during WWII which was a time that really focused on the masculinity of men going off to war and woman staying home and tending to the house and children.

Jess’s character was admirable. She was strong, and identifiable.  I loved the vulnerability of Josh and D’Arcy, the walls that were broken given their struggles and the journey of discovery and intimacy that we, the readers, were taken on.  The ability to transport the reader to a different time and place is really an art, not everyone can do it, but Natasha use of description, both emotional and situational, was splendid.  That was the reason I cried. The reason why I felt so enthralled in every characters journey.

It was a story of dedication, passion, strength, and overcoming obstacles to find personal peace. It was inspirational. And it’s disappointing that woman have to fight so hard to be considered equals.

That ending though!

Thank you so much to Hachette AUS for my copy of The French Photographer, I really appreciate it.

I rated The French Photographer: 5/5 Stars

Happy reading,

Nat

#blogblast Review: The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan #thekillerinme @LivKiernan @riverrunbooks @millsread11 #bookreview #bookblog

Blurb

A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel

Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now, Seán is finally being released from prison—but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from answers even as it draws her closer to her town’s hidden darkness. With a television documentary revisiting Seán’s sentence pushing the public’s sympathies into conflict on a weekly basis, a rabid media pressuring the police like never before, and a rising body count, Frankie will need all of her resources if she is not only to catch a killer, but put to rest what really happened all those years ago.

A dark, irresistible cocktail of secrets, murder, and family, Olivia Kiernan’s latest is an impossible-to-put-down triumph.

My Thoughts

Be prepared to wish you could read all day and flag life’s responsibilities!!!! First read, and most definitely not the last, from this author and so happy that I could take part in this book blast. A thoroughly enthralling read, pace was fantastic and the writing felt very natural.  There were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming, one I did, and although there were no WTF moments for me, it certainly did make me think.

The lead character was interesting and likeable, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse that giving us a character who’s the complete opposite! Frankie was fiesty, dedicated, and intelligent and I loved sharing the journey with her.  The secondary characters were also enjoyable, I even “liked” the baddie *laughing* and by that I mean an excellently built character.

If you haven’t read this then I absolutely encourage you to do so and make up your own mind. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed !

I rate The Killer in Me: 4.5/5 stars

Happy reading

Nat

 

Review: The Perfect Child By Lucinda Berry #lucindaberry #ebookreview #bookreview #bookblog

Blurb

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

My Thoughts

Are you joking! What the hell kind of ending was that?! *insert crying face* What a fantastic read. They really felt like the “perfect” couple. Reading to have children of their own, only to bite off a little more than they could chew. Had a very authentic feel to it, which after learning about the others other job, now makes sense. I’m not going to lie, I find stories where the author has that experience a tad more believable. It was a very riveting read, with a few twists I didn’t see coming. That end though… I don’t know whether I love or hate it *laughing* I do know that I didn’t want it to end!!

I rated The Perfect Child: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain #bookreview #bookblog @DianeChamberlain

Blurb

Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina’s Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman’s life, Olivia realizes who she is—Annie O’Neill. The woman Olivia’s husband, Paul, is in love with. 

When Annie dies on the operating table, she leaves behind three other victims. Alec O’Neill, who thought he had the perfect marriage. Paul, whose fixation on Annie is unshakable. And Olivia, who is desperate to understand the woman who destroyed her marriage. 

Now they are left with unanswered questions about who Annie really was. And about the secrets she kept hidden so well.

My Thoughts

Could I love this authors books anymore? Phenomenal story. What I loved about it was that it’s a personally touchy topic for me. I have a pretty strong stance on infidelity and usually that skews my opinion on the story. However, I was so enthralled in the drama and lives, it just meshed with everything.

After the first chapter, you could see that the author was setting the affair scenario up. I was wondering how it was going to get any better. But boy were there some good twists. Wasn’t Paul a complete douche bag. I felt no sympathy or compassion for him at all. A complete snake really. Annie’s character was interesting in that we didn’t even get to actually meet her, but we learned that she’s got a lot more going on than people realise. Alec’s Daughter I had a soft spot on, and I liked how she developed. And old Mary? Well, I was a bit shocked by what she did for Annie.

It was an excellent read, I enjoyed the ease of flow, development and backstories we were given, and the ending wrapped it up nicely.

I rate Keeper of the Light: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth #bookreview #bookblog @SallyHepworth

Amazon Blurb

Anna Forster is only thirty-eight years old, but her mind is slowly slipping away from her. Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, she knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. But Anna has a secret: she does not plan on staying. She also knows there’s just one another resident who is her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

Eve Bennett, suddenly thrust into the role of single mother to her bright and vivacious seven-year-old daugher, finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke, she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them. Eve has her own secrets, and her own desperate circumstances that raise the stakes even higher.

My Thoughts

A heartbreaking story. It’s a hideous disease Alzheimer’s, let alone getting it as young as Luke and Anna have in this story. I felt like it might have been an authentic storytelling, I teared up a number of times. I just loved the other characters in the care home, and I loved that Eve took her little girl there 🧡

The overall feel of the book was more-ish. I would have loved to have had the time to finish it in one sitting. I feel that story’s like this, pull you in because of their realism. It could happen to any of us, or has happened to any of us. I think that, is always a draw card.

I rated The Things We Keep: 4/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: Apple of My Eye by Clare Allen #bookblog #bookreview #blogger @claireallen @AvonBooksUK

Goodreads Blurb

Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

My Thoughts

My first read from this author and it certainly won’t be the last! I enjoyed this suspenseful, fast paced read.  I felt like this one was jam packed with story but it didn’t slow the pace down at all.  The first few chapters were surprisingly pacey, there wasn’t the usual background dump that you so often find in a book, so it was quite more-ish, had I not be in semester, I definitely would have finished in one sitting.  There were a few twists, but I did see the main one coming.  But other than that it was a great read.

I rated Apple of My Eye: 4/5 stars

Happy reading!

Nat

Review: Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge #littleboyblue #bookreview #bookblog

Amazon Blurb

In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead. 
  
In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace. 
  
Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer…

My Thoughts

Well, as usual, Mr Arlidge’s writing was very good. Another easy read due to it’s pace. I enjoyed the fact the DI Grace’s secret was exposed, I found it an interesting secret and I wanted to see other character reactions to to. There was something a bit off to me about this story, although I can’t put my finger on what it was exactly. I just didn’t find myself connecting with this one. Because of that, it was on three stars for most of the read, until I got the the end. That was a fantastic way to leave things, I think. I can’t remember the last time I read a book with that sort of ending. And for that, I gave another star. I’m now really looking forward to the next book in the series!!

I rated Little Boy Blue: 4/5 stars

Happy Reading

Nat

Review: Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain #bookreview #bookblog @D_Chamberlain

Blurb

What if you did something so devastating, you regretted it for the rest of your life? Nineteen-year-old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for her part in a fire that cost three lives. The scars carried by the surviving victims – inside and out – are still raw and Maggie’s release from jail does nothing to free her from the guilt. Returning home, Maggie hides herself away, too afraid to see Keith, the boy she grew up with, played with as a child – and recently learnt is her half-brother. Keith nearly lost his life in the fire and the emotional and physical wounds he carries have changed him forever. .With childhood innocence gone, Maggie and Keith must learn to come to terms with their new lives, but trying to move forward will have deadly consequences …

My Thoughts

Well… I LOVED THIS! I didn’t think it was possible to love a story as much I loved this one yet here I am tearing up about it when I finished it, like, four days ago. Oh look, I’ve got goosebumps! LOL. What a wonderful story, the pace and characters so beautifully crafted that I just read and read and never wanted it to stop.  It was quite an interesting scenario, with Maggie going to prison and being released after a year, and Keith being her brother but also a victim from the fire.  One thing that resonated with me was everyone’s emotions. They were so raw and real, so much so that I found myself tearing up, or talking out aloud, or cursing at or with them. It was that easy to lose yourself among the characters. I didn’t care for Sara at all I’m afraid. It goes without saying that Jamie was a twat, not matter how hard he tried to justify himself, but I didn’t care for Sara’s constant manipulation of the situation. She knowingly entered that afraid knowing that he was married, that’s wrong. Period. It added to the story though, and let’s be honest that’s how things happen in real life anyway, so I’m glad it was in there but I do have very strong opinions on that topic.

Jen was a very interesting character in this story.  I knew something was up with here but I couldn’t put my finger on it and I didn’t see the twist coming! I think twists are always expected in thriller/suspense type novels, so much so, that when you read something like this you don’t necessarily expect them. So when you get one, I think it’s the sign of a pretty spectacular, beautifully written, all consuming work of art. I couldn’t recommend this story more.

I rated Secrets She Left Behind: 5/5 stars

Happy Reading!

Nat