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review 2016-11-01 19:12
Dear Charlie...
Dear Charlie - Huw Parmenter,N. D. Gomes,HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Blimey Dear Charlie was a heck of an emotional read. Seriously. Chocolate required – I give you fair warning.

 

The utter horror that encompasses a school shooting has been fictionalised a fair bit, Dear Charlie though I found gave it a particular resonance.  Focusing as it did not on the shooters, or the mother of, or the victims families but on the sibling left behind who is supposed to what? Hate his brother now? Call him a monster? Sam is facing that having lost so much and through his writings to Charlie we feel every moment.

 

Sam faces himself as much as he does Charlie within the narrative, a new school, a new attempt to make friends in an atmosphere that finds him vilified and lashed out at for the most part. A bunch of misfit students might be his starting point but the press hover, his parents are falling apart and there is no easy road back from this tragedy.

 

It is utterly gripping considering this is not a thriller, I was completely involved immediately with Sams struggle to understand, to come to some acceptance. The writing is beautifully done and the layers of grief that you find are heartbreaking. A media storm is one thing but an internal storm is quite another, Sam has both and then some.

 

Completely believable, occasionally beautiful, always compelling, Dear Charlie will stay with you for a long time after reading it. Batten down the hatches and read this – it will touch your soul.

 

Highly Recommended.

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review 2016-08-06 16:16
If you enjoy Montalbano, you'll like this!
A Cold Death: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery - HarperCollins Publishers Limited,Antonio Manzini,Daniel Philpott

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Very reminiscent of the work of Andrea Camilleri (the author of the Inspector Montalbano books), this second detective novel by Antonio Manzini about Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief stuck in Aosta in the Italian Alps will please any reader of detective fiction. We delve into the detective's background while he attempts to solve a grisly murder.

It has the three Ns: enjoyable, entertaining and engaging. I found the ending a bit too contrived but otherwise this is well worth a look.

 

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review 2016-08-03 17:31
The Family Man.
The Family Man - T. J. Lebbon,HarperCollins Publishers Limited,Mark Meadows

The Hunt, the previous novel to this, I read in one huge gulp of a sitting and actually the same thing just happened so really, Mr Lebbon it could be said writes utterly banging unputdownable thrillers.

 

The first part of this story had me putting my hands over my eyes going NO NO JUST DON’T DO IT YOU FOOL whilst our main protagonist Dom considers a risky, unlikely and totally out of the blue plan from one of his friends. Then I spent the next part of the book hanging on by my fingernails whilst things took a terrible turn for Dom and suddenly his family are in mortal danger. Just goes to show, you should never trust your friends. Or something.

 

As for the last bit well. Killer. Loved it. So really the whole thing was terrific. Opening salvo to insanely exciting finish. Tis what a good thriller should be for sure. Plus the author sneaks some devilish little plot twists in there to keep you on your toes in case you thought you knew what was going on.

 

Addictive writing style, utterly absorbing story, if you need to actually sleep at night don’t start this one late. Thats all really.

 

Highly Recommended

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review 2016-06-16 13:57
One of my favourite this year!
The Fire Child - S.K. Tremayne,HarperCollins Publishers Limited,Peter Noble,Imogen Church
  Gosh, where do I start with this book? There is so much to say that I could probably waffle on for hours and yet I am struggling to find words. I have truly loved every paragraph, sentence and probably every word of this book, it is just sublime.

I have given this five stars, because I have to give a star rating and this is the most I can give, but it has made me go back and compare every other 5-star rating I have given. I wouldn't change any of my past ratings, but this book fits into that sma
Gosh, where do I start with this book? There is so much to say that I could probably waffle on for hours and yet I am struggling to find words. I have truly loved every paragraph, sentence and probably every word of this book, it is just sublime.

I have given this five stars, because I have to give a star rating and this is the most I can give, but it has made me go back and compare every other 5-star rating I have given. I wouldn't change any of my past ratings, but this book fits into that small group of books which, for me, just blow the rating system out of the water.

This book is atmospheric, chilling, gripping, with a creeping sense of dread, part thriller, part horror and bit of everything else thrown in. The setting definitely draws comparisons with DuMaurier, the scenes played out in my mind like a black and white Hitchcock film while the language and style drew me along in a way that few other books have done.

The descriptions of the setting: the house, the countryside, the mines, the towns, the sea and the Cornish language were intense and poetic and, while there was a lot of it, added substantially to the atmosphere and the depth of the story.

The two main characters were interesting: flawed, damaged and unpredictable. The supporting characters were non- intrusive, and the Fire Child himself was just spooky!

I savoured the first 60% of the book as being, for me, a beautifully written, slowly developing piece of literature but found myself turning the pages at 2am feeling spooked, nervous and desperate to know how it would end. The creaking of my kitchen door in the wind in the quiet of the night almost made me hide the book in a drawer! My only regret is that I finished the last few chapters too quickly and actually, I just want to go back and read it all again.

I really enjoyed The Ice Twins, giving it 5 stars, but this? Well, for me, this is in a class of its own.

I cannot thank publishers Harper Collins and Netgalley enough for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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text 2016-06-06 19:48
Six more influential books
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Lexicon of Life Hacks for the Modern Lady Geek - Sam Maggs
By Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist - -HarperCollins-
The Witch Of Portobello - Paulo Coelho
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
Cecelia Ahern 2-Book Valentine Collection: PS I Love You, Where Rainbows End - Cecelia Ahern
Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts

Hey y'all and how's it going? I'm doing pretty good myself. As you can see from the title of this post. I have Six books I wanted to add to my original post of my top ten influential books. I'll try to leave a link to it. Well, I'm adding to the list, because since then I've read more books and have found some quite inspiring. These six books have made an impact on me in some way. So, without further ado I bring to you my six books!

 

1. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

 

I've done a review of this book a while ago and I list all the reasons why I love it. This book has made me feel good about being a major dork and fangirl over fictional characters and the actors lol! That it does not matter what age you are...you probably have a secret stash of fics somewhere, some lusty, some not! Hehe. Like on Pinterest I have boards for Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time and so on and so forth! That's why I love this book, because I can be me and I'm not alone!

 

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

 

I came across this book online while trying to find another. I thought nothing of it and then when I went to the Salvation Army and seen it. I read the blurb and decided to give it a try. This did not disappoint me at all, this book deals with wanting to do something different. All the crazy things that can happen, all the great teachers you'll meet along the way of the character's journey.

 

3. The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

 

Yes, another book by Paulo! This one is just as amazing as The Alchemist. It deals with a woman who wanted to learn and teach what she had learn. An unconventional way of being religious. She wanted to be free and do what she wanted without being held back by her life. Well, she does have a responsibility to her son only. I understood the character more as I got deeper into the book!

 

4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

 

This book had me in tears at the end. I just adore this book and what it represents! I love the idea of being greeted by people who you impacted in some way without even knowing it. This book had depth and it helped the character out trying to understand his life and why it was the way it was. I just had a smile every turn of the page.

 

5. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

 

I had this book as an honorable mention on my original post! Now, it's part of the list here because I still find the book so romantic and awe! I loved how Gerry took the time to let Holly know how much he loves her and to push her out of her comfort zone. This book shows that you have to cherish every moment with your loved ones no matter who they are. That why I love this book!

 

6. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts 

 

This book was also an honorable mention, but this too gets to be on the list. Novalee is a strong character! She went from living in a Walmart pregnant and broke to being loved and cherished by some amazing character along the way. She started from the bottom and came out on top, she worked hard to provide for her daughter, the people who took her in and herself. This book was just so adorable!

 

Well, that's it! Here are six more books that have been added, I'm sure I will add more later on down the road. Each of these book had an impact on me in some way. So, that's it from me for today! I hope you all have a great day/night where ever you are and til Wed!

 

Just click!

TOODLES!!!

 

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