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review 2018-06-12 23:02
Book Review of The Truth about Eggs by Delphine Richards
The Truth About Eggs - Delphine Richards

The Truth about Eggs by Delphine Richards is a novel featuring ‘The Welsh Detective’ DCI Tegwyn Prydderch in his latest outing investigating the mystery and horror surrounding characters and events in the small Welsh village of Llanefa.
Llanefa's Devil Tree is a hoax thought up by locals trying to boost tourism in the area. During the month of August, it was said that the Devil Tree released evil spirits into the community unless it was visited and paid homage to.
Nobody tells the tourists that this is a scam to bring income to the area and it remains Llanefa's Best Kept Secret!
Some people have no interest in tourism or hoaxes.
Manon, Anna and Natalie are keeping their own secrets.
Why does Manon keep the baby hidden from everyone?
Anna's secret wish is to break into the film industry. When she is brutally raped, she knows she won't be believed, so her only alternative is a bleak one.
Why is Natalie's secret so shameful that she cannot even share it with her best friend?
On an August Bank Holiday, DCI Tegwyn Prydderch is hoping for a quiet few days while he is 'on call' in the area. His wishes are shattered when things begin to go wrong and he has to deal with the fallout.
Will the Devil Tree myth become reality?

 

Review 4*

 

This is a wonderfully thrilling read. I loved it!

 

Llanefa is a small Welsh village that is struggling to survive. The local's make up a legend around an old oak tree, which they call the Devil Tree, to encourage tourists to visit. But when terrible events unfold, is the legend coming to life?

 

There are several characters in this story that have their say. There is Manon, a young woman hiding a baby; Anna, a young woman haunted by a brutal sexual assault, and Natalie, another young woman with an eating disorder. There are a couple of other characters that are introduced too. Then there's DCI Tegwyn Prydderch, a Welsh police detective who finds himself trying to piece together what happened.

 

This story is a chilling, suspenseful tale which kept me guessing and had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout. Each chapter follows a specific character, though some chapters follow the character of Natalie the most. When I first started reading I wasn't sure how all these separate story lines actually fitted together. However, as the story progressed, it became a little clearer towards the end; there is one common denominator that ties them all together. Nevertheless, the author successfully wove several red herrings into the tale that kept me guessing for ages. I feel I need to mention that there is a scene that I found to be incredibly disturbing. This scene is of Anna's brutal sexual assault. It is graphic in content, but I didn't feel that it was used in a gratuitous way. It depicts the horror of such an attack and it leaves a bitter taste of disgust in ones mouth when reading it. It felt incredibly realistic and it still sends shivers down my spine when I think of it, even days after reading the book. Therefore, reader beware. The other characters' stories are also not easy reading, and I'm sure Manon is in need of some psychological help.

 

I reached the end of the book feeling emotionally wrung out. Although the story concludes satisfactorily, it hints at a possible continuation of the series and I'm looking forward to it. The Devil Tree is stirring! *Dun Dun Duun* (cue evil music).

 

Delphine Richards is a new author to me and I've not read her other works before. I love her fast paced writing style, which kept me turning the pages, and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.

 

Due to explicit scenes of sexual assault, as well as violence, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. Or those who have a nervous disposition, or have been in an abusive relationship, as this story may cause flashbacks. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love horror, psychological thrillers, thrillers, detective or mystery genres. - Lynn Worton

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review 2018-06-03 05:55
How Shaw uncovered the man behind fake news (that meant to start war)
The Whole Truth - David Baldacci

Shaw is a reluctant special agent. 

 

Shaw is tall, big and skilled. He has a contract with a secret service agent because he has wounded a special agent by mistake. The agent Frank became his handler. 

 

He was on a 5 years contract and he wanted out. 

 

The reason is sweet. He was in love and wanted to retire from his very dangerous occupation so that he could be a happily married man.

 

The love of his life is a scholar Anna who is an expert on political science and research analyzing global events and its effects. 

 

Creel is a rich arm dealers who have hired a perception management PR firms to generate fake news to manipulate the publics and the government in order to start war. For preparation of wars is what he want in gaining new arm contracts. 

 

Katie is a good journalist and also an alcoholic. She is good when she is not drunk. Her perception is good, so good that she followed Shaw and Shaw saved her life. 

 

All the major key players are now on board. The plots unfolded and Shaw and Katie was now in danger. 

 

Anna is also in danger but for the research she is doing on fake news. 

 

The story move in good speed and it is complex. Like a good spy story. The world is at stake and there is a love story in between chapters. 

 

I grow to like Shaw. He is a sad and lovable character. Too bad there were only two books on Shaw. 

 

5 stars read. Highly recommended. 

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text 2018-05-31 02:25
Reading progress update: I've read 131 out of 545 pages.
The Whole Truth - David Baldacci

Shaw is a secret agent who do all the dirty work of black op under a handler named Frank. 

 

He was being trapped in a contract with this secret government agent for a self defense shot at Frank who didn't show he was a agent at the time.

 

So he continued to risk his life without much reward.

 

He falls in love with an academic intellectual Anne. He wants out and get married and settle down.

 

Frank didn't allow him to retire and probably try to get him kill.

 

This is getting interesting. 


On the other development, a rich arm dealer Creel decided to stage a fake news to create war.

 

This part is interesting as it reflect so much of real life. 

With Trump. Now journalist Arkady Babchenko fake his own killing. He might have a good reason and I'm glad he is alive. But that's not good for the credibility for journalism. 

 

Fake news deliberate made to change perception. That's the good writer who could write books that was years ago and still so relevant. Or is it coincidence? 

 

 

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text 2018-05-29 14:53
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 193 pages.
The Penultimate Truth - Philip K. Dick

oh my goodly goodness, how could this happen?!: a post-apocalyptic “underclass” hoodwinked and held in thrall by...Fake History!!

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text 2018-05-29 02:40
Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 193 pages.
The Penultimate Truth - Philip K. Dick

sly, weird, and brilliant, so far. my favorite PKD books are Dr. Bloodmoney, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and Time Out Of Joint. this one sure has potential...

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