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review 2018-04-05 20:58
Review: Terrible Lie by Gareth Endean
Terrible Lie - Gareth Endean

Self-published (17th July 2016)

 

Source: purchased

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

Some people try to get away with murder. Christopher Hart is just trying to get away from it. Haunted by the violent death of a close friend, Christopher returns to his home town of Croydon to try and get his life back on track. However his dreams of an easy life are shattered when an old flame contacts him claiming she has been convicted of a murder that she doesn't even remember. Reluctant to get involved but unable to refuse Christopher is exposed to the dark underside of Croydon - a world of drugs, crime and dishonesty. Can Christopher pick his way through the lies to find the real killer before the killer finds him? His only help comes from the flirtatious local web-journalist, Ruth Withers. But even she is hiding something...

 

Review:

Gareth Endean has written such a beguiling character in Christopher Hart. I've only just finished the book and I'm already itching to find out what he's up to now, I find him that intriguing. Christopher is the unlikely hero after solving the murder of his friend in America, and seems powerless to turn down old flame B's cry for help. It's this readiness to see the good in others, combined with the dog-with-a-bone attitude towards solving the murder which I find so appealing.

Several other supporting characters appear, all play their parts well, but I must just mention B. I really like her and I hope she might make an appearance in a future Christopher Hart novel. I've never been to Croydon but the area was described in colourful glory so I was able to easily picture the surroundings that the various characters found themselves in. 

 

The plot itself is intelligently written and there are enough twists that even a seasoned crime reader like myself didn't anticipate them all. The story flows well, the conversations feel natural and the book is so hard to put down. There is some violence (nothing graphic), but there are some light scenes too, so the book feels well balanced throughout. When the murderer is eventually revealed, I was truly astonished; I did not see that coming at all!

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review 2017-08-08 17:10
The Terrible Two's: Funny Things I Learned from My Toddler Daughter: Savvy Stories, Book 2 - Dan Alatorre,Dan Alatorre,Tim J. Gracey

The TERRIBLE Two's: Funny Things I Learned From My Toddler Daughter (Savvy Stories Book 2) by Dan Alatorre
Starts out with summary of author's other works and reviews.
This book starts off where the first book ended. It's about Savvy and her life with her parents. The things they all learn are priceless.
Humor, child rearing, new adventures. Some tragic medical events and funny things along the way. Stay strong.
What I really like about these books are that as a grandparent of some adults and younger we get to do the fun things with them. Blowing bubbles, playing in puddles, making a sand castle, going down slides with them, playing army guys, dancing the hokey pokey and singing and dancing. Thanks for all the memories.
Excerpt from the next book in the series is included. Other summarized books are highlighted at the very end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-05-02 04:12
How Do you feel about tv shows that are books?
Psych: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read - William Rabkin

"He was always nice to me," Gus said. "I mean, when you tried to rent me to the football team as a tackling dummy, he talked me out of it."

"Depriving you of badly needed income, to say nothing of extra PE credit," Shawn said. 

 

I enjoyed the TV show "Psych," when it was on and my girls enjoyed it more. They would laugh at the antics of Shawn and Gus. After a visit to the library, my youngest said she couldn't find anything she wanted to read, but we were able to find this book on the ebook site for the libraries. She borrowed and the girls read the book. I try to read what they read and didn't enjoy the story as much as they did. There were just too many improbable things happening for me to actually find the story believable. If you enjoyed the show, give the story a try, but I didn't enjoy the story. My girls loved the stories and have borrowed many of the other "Psych" stories. 

 

 

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text 2017-03-08 21:59
Baby Shower Gifts?
How to Traumatize Your Children: 7 Proven Methods to Help You Screw Up Your Kids Deliberately and with Skill - Knock Knock,Bradley R. Hughes
Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid - Shaun Gallagher
Safe Baby Handling Tips - David Sopp,Kelly Sopp
The Inappropriate Baby Book: Gross and Embarrassing Memories from Baby's First Year - Jennifer Stinson
K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice - Jory John,Avery Monsen

Tickled my funny bone seeing these titles.

 

How to Traumatize Your Children: 7 Proven Methods to Help You Screw Up Your Kids Deliberately and with Skill - Knock Knock,Bradley R. Hughes 

 

Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid - Shaun Gallagher 

 

Safe Baby Handling Tips - David Sopp,Kelly Sopp 

 

The Inappropriate Baby Book: Gross and Embarrassing Memories from Baby's First Year - Jennifer Stinson 

 

K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice - Jory John,Avery Monsen 

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review 2016-12-12 20:09
A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander
A Terrible Beauty - Tasha Alexander

In this thrilling new novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Lady Emily travels to Greece where a ghost from her past returns to haunt her amid the ruins.

Lady Emily retreats to her villa on the island of Santorini for a brief respite from London. But when she arrives, the housekeeper informs her that the master of the house has returned—Emily’s first husband who died a decade earlier...

 
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First I want to say how refreshing it is with a blurb that doesn't give away half the book or some key events. Instead, it just intrigues ones mind with the question: what if Philip didn't die all those years ago? What happened to him, and why would he reveal himself to Emily now?

I have to confess that I struggled with the first book in this series when I read it a little while ago. I wanted to read the first book before I read this book and since I had it on my bookshelf for over one year did I find it was perhaps time for it now. My problem with the first book was that I didn't find the characters nor the story engrossing and I hoped this one would appeal to me a bit more. And, yes in a way it did, but in a way, I still struggled with the characters. Lady Emily isn't really a bad character, she just does not interest me so much. I have nothing against her, she just feels a bit lackluster as an individual. But, I don't mind reading about her. However, I found Colin boring as hell. Sorry, he's just not a person that I like especially much, not in this book nor in the first book. I was actually quite dejected when I read the first book and realized that Emily and Colin were getting cozy. And, now, here in book eleven are married with children. *sigh* Sorry, sometimes some characters just doesn't appeal to me for some reason...

However, I was interested in finding out how it all would turn out. Was this really Philip back from the dead? And, I have to admit, I did like Philip more than Colin (probably the only reader who does). But, then I did like Philip quite a lot in the first book, despite him being "dead".

The mystery of Philip and if he is really Philip, and where he had been was the highlight of the book and the one thing that really made this book interesting to read. I was curious to see how it all would end, and I did not expect that ending. Perhaps it was a bit over the top. But, still, it was surprising...

 
I want to thank St. Martin's Press for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley! 
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