Book Review – Sweetpea

Book: SweetPea (Available on Amazon*)

Author: C. J. Skuse

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This book will appeal to that little bit of psychopath lurking inside us all. Who hasn’t had a day where we would have made a list of the people we could kill if we could get away with it? Or gone through the day pretending to be nice when really you just want to say ‘get lost’ to the world and everyone in it? If that is just me, then perhaps I have a lot more in common with Rhinannon, the main protagonist in this book than I realised. But I am pretty sure you will have been nodding along with me on this!

This book is at its most basic, a book about a serial killer. But it is really so very much more than that. It is about a person trying to fit in every day and be ‘normal’. A person who has dark thoughts and impulses, but unfortunately acts on them at times. A person who as dark and broken as she is, you find yourself connecting with her more and more as the book progresses, and her story unfolds. Her seemingly normal and boring life unravels before you, and you laugh, cry, stress out and scheme along with her at every moment of the journey. It is a dark journey and one so skillfully written that you can’t help but empathise with Rhinannon.

It is a dark, dark comedy, gruesome, violent and full of coarse language. It is a dark, twisted humour book, that delivers from the start, and keeps up the pace the entire way through. It is definitely not a book for everyone, but if you like it you will love it. I certainly loved it, I found it an explosion of energy and uniqueness that I have not read in a long while with a book. Thank you C.J. Skuse – and what happens next??

I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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Book Review: Crystallum

Book: Crystallum -The Primordial Principles ~ Book One, available on Amazon*

Author: Laney McMann

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If you were ever to judge a book by it’s cover this one would definitely win – it is beautiful, and draws you in. But it is more than just a pretty cover, it delivers inside as well as outside. The cover wraps up a tale of good vs evil – but is it as simple as that? The star of the book, Kade, has had a life of her father moving her from place to place, no friends, no boyfriends, and certainly no getting close to anyone. It is a life of secrets, shadows, fear and loneliness. So what happens when she moves to a new town, and suddenly she meets Cole. It is the beginning of a budding romance, but also the beginning of much more – demons, shadows and potentially the end of the world!

The book starts off with a lot of story to wrap your head around, but it is well worth sticking with, it is brilliant plot development, and really builds a lot throughout. There are plot twists that you don’t see coming, and action that has you flipping pages (or clicking Kindle buttons) frantically. There are a lot of questions left unanswered, but leads on to book two perfectly. Speaking of which – I can’t wait for book two!!

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Book Review: Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller

Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1, Available on Amazon*

Author: John Sweeney

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It all starts with a man bringing his dog for a walk in the snow. But that man is no ordinary man, he is Joe  Tiplady, an Irishman with a dark past rooted in The Troubles. He soon finds out that he is not alone on his walk with his dog, and his life of mundanity that he has worked hard to build gets turned upside down. Along comes a journey entwined with henchmen, working for powerful Russian leaders, who will stop at nothing to keep a secret buried. A retired soviet general searching for his daughter. A mysterious Russian lady, who tries to steal Joe’s dog – multiple times. A CIA agent, struggling with his faith and losing family and friends, and not knowing who to trust in his agency along with that. Then there is Reilly. Joe’s loyal dog, who everyone seems to want, but Joe has no idea why.

The story has so many paths happening at once, and only at the very end do they all come together and finally do you get the full picture. But it keeps you guessing, along with Joe, until the very end. There is strong language, and torture scenes in the book, but I do feel that these helped build the character at the time, and was not just gratuitous. I may have asked myself at times is this story actually plausible? But then I just sat back and enjoyed the ride, and enjoyed it for what it was – a brilliant journey across the world, entwining strands that had me going on the edge of my seat until the very end.

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