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review 2019-03-19 19:55
Review: While You Sleep
While You Sleep - Stephanie Merritt

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

This one came to me in one of those “read it now for the first 200 members” emails. I love gothic thrillers when they’re movies, particularly ones with a Scottish setting. So why not give it a go? I really liked what I read enough to buy a finished hardback.

 

Not my usual type of read, but this one caught my interest right away. I was intrigued with the mystery surrounding the main character, Zoe. She seemed quite cold and standoffish. She comes to a remote Scottish island to rent a manor with a foreboding location and gloomy history looking to get away from a tragedy and a failing marriage. The writing is delicious and the whole thing has a delightfully creepy and murky atmosphere to it.

 

Like with any small town, I would imagine, a community where people have known each other forever, Zoe is an anomaly and the subject of curiosity. The locals obviously know a lot more about the manor she is renting than they do. A strange history and the sight of recent traumatic event as well. Nosy neighbours galore, and unwanted attention from creepy men, Zoe does her best to keep to herself and deal with her own drama.

 

Doesn’t happen, of course. She finds herself drawn into the mysteries of the manor, the history and starts to get to know some of the locals pretty well. There was a surprising and well written erotic element to the mystery side of things as well. The characters were well fleshed out and believable,  even the unlikeable ones.

 

There were quite a few surprising twists, one or two of them I worked out, but some of them managed to surprise me. The tension was exceptionally well built throughout. The imagery was really vivid and the writing made it very easy to picture what was going on. I would love to see this book made into a movie.

 

Highly recommended and really, really good.

 

Definitely an author I will read again.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the review copy.

 

 

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review 2019-03-10 19:19
Review: "One-Eyed Royals" (Seven of Spades, #4) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
One-Eyed Royals - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 23rd, 2018
1st reread: March 10th, 2019

 

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Ok, I’m all caught up now and ready for the big finale in book #5.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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text 2019-03-09 02:07
Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
One-Eyed Royals - Cordelia Kingsbridge

Dominic was his bashert, his soul mate. Without him, Levi felt like he’d been gut-shot and it was taking months to bleed out.

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review 2019-03-08 21:25
Review: "Cash Plays" (Seven of Spades, #3) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
Cash Plays - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 21st, 2018

1st reread: March 8th, 2019

 

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Nope. This wasn’t any easier the second time. Still heart-breaking, but also still brilliant and outstanding, and so very, very well-written.

 

 

And I officially declare this as one of my all-time Top 3 favorite series.

 

You can quote me on that.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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review 2019-03-04 11:57
Review: "Trick Roller" (Seven of Spades, #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 19th, 2018

1st reread: March 4th, 2019

 

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My initial rating was 4 stars, but I’m bumping it up to *5 stars* and put this book on my “favorites” shelf. This series just gets better and better with each reread.

 

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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