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review 2018-03-12 05:35
Save Me: The Most Gritty and Gripping Crime Thriller You'll Read This Year - Mandasue Heller

Have to hand it to Ellie - she certainly knows how to pick'em! She is naive beyond belief and needs a good talking to as she is extremely irritating, letting everyone walk all over her, a proper little "yes" girl. A character such as Gareth wouldn't have been in the position he was when Ellie and he first met and I felt that was really contrived, as was the complete change in another character from totally selfish to caring in just a couple of pages. It was hard to like anyone at all in this book! I found the first half a bit slow and all just a bit predictable, but did love some of the dialogue. Not as gritty or gripping as the gang land books, but still readable.

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review 2017-11-06 10:18
Enjoyable reading with soap opera overtones
Save Me: The Most Gritty and Gripping Crime Thriller You'll Read This Year - Mandasue Heller

This review contains minor spoilers...On first blush Save Me reads like a soap opera examining the lives of many characters, focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama...Ellie loves Matt but falls for inept and deranged Gareth. Holly, sister to Ellie, not only has an affair with Matt but also with socially unbalanced Gareth. Ellie's stepfather Billy made advances towards Ellie in her youth but has much more serious issues to confront as the story develops. Matt is hyper-sensitive, suffers from depression and is unable to acquire or hold down a job. And so the soap continues but having said all that I really enjoyed reading "Save Me" it's not a book of any real literary intent or a story that examines in any dept the characters but it doesn't purport to be this. It's simple light reading, a book that you can happily return to at any point without having lost the main thread, a book for the summer vacation, or reading as you journey by train or bus.


I think the author creates a very evil and controlling Gareth because it is his story that is the centre of all the events as they unfold...."See what you've made me do now? he hissed when her body went limp and her eyes rolled to the back of their sockets. That was your fault, not mine! All I'm trying to do is help you, so why did you have to start fighting with me?" Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for a gratis copy in return for an honest review. It surprised me I usually prefer to be educated in my choice of reading but sometimes it is best to just enjoy without being over critical.

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review 2017-09-03 00:00
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller For a lot of this book, it's just ridiculous. I mean the men don't want to be in war. They try to come up with every way possible to get out. The weird rules always block them. It's crazy and humorous, but then at the same time, people are dying. I guess war really does feel this way when you're in it.
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review 2017-06-20 15:45
Tainted Lives by Mandasue Heller
Tainted Lives - Mandasue Heller
I started off disliking this book intensely, there didn't seem to be anything "nice" about it at all. Very dark and gritty. The thing was, I couldn't actually stop thinking about it once I put it down. This for me is a sign of an exceedingly well written book so although I was hoping it would lighten up a bit I stuck with it.

Trust me when I say there is nothing fluffy about this book at all. There are scenes in it that are definitely not for the faint-hearted. And the only light part about the whole book is the very end!

How the characters grow and interact with each other is a joy to read. And you can completely understand the decisions and choices that Sarah makes. Vinnie is such a despicable character that you cannot help but to loathe him, but he does make an excellent villain, a true psychopath.

I would recommend this book very highly, just not for a light read.
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


@MandasueHeller, #Dark, #Urban, #Thriller, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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review 2017-06-07 00:00
Sex Ed
Sex Ed - Z.B. Heller Sex Ed - Z.B. Heller I felt there was a lot of virgin shaming in this story. It irritated me a lot. I like that Jaxson wanted to hold out. I didn't like that his family outed him and made a spectacle of his life. It just wasn't cool that everyone knew embarrassing things about him. I felt his rights were stripped from him. That being said the humor and Jaxson's attitude toward everything made saved it for me.
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