#BookReview Heart of Stone (Hollywood Lies Book Two) by Debbra Lynn #Thriller

​The second book in the Hollywood Lies series takes us back to the mid-eighties as we learn more about Caleb and his tragic past. Alongside Caleb’s history we are given a different point of view of the events in the first book, which was intriguing to read as we learn more about Marcus and his real motivations. 

Inevitably the book has to go over some ground that has been already covered, but I would still insist reading the first book before the second is a much more optimal way to enjoy the series even if the intention is to have both read like standalones. I did find however, the pace somewhat leisurely compared to the first book and at times I wished a good editor had quickened the pace to add more excitement to this read. 

I wasn’t sure what the second book would add to an intriguing, but already concluded, story. However, it isn’t over until the author says so and I am left in the throes of impatience as I wait for the third book in the series. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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#BookReview Beyond The Red Carpet (Hollywood Lies Book One) by Debbra Lynn

​This romance suspense thriller starts with Sophia finding herself taking steps she never thought she would when she first met her husband, Marcus and best friend, Cat. But what could have possibly happened between them to bring Sophia to this point? 

Set in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood this thriller kept me hooked to find out what had happened between Sophia and Marcus and how Cat was involved. This was an intriguing quick read but I found the dialogue stilted and awkward in places. 

This is the sort of read that requires little effort and keeps you guessing until the end. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Book Review: Free To Be Tegan by Mary Grand

​After being excluded from the sheltered community Tegan lives in in East London, for a moral transgression, she finds herself in touch with family she has never known. Adjusting to life outside the community where she lived a strict and structured life, is proving difficult and confusing for Tegan as she discovers the toll for living in fear but not having to think is a high one indeed.

I absolutely loved this book for many reasons but the sympathetic view into how much Tegan has to adapt after living an unusual life and her experience of what young people normally do was compelling reading. 

The family secrets are also compelling reading and all the characters Tegan finds herself with in a Welsh village were easy to get attached to. I found myself missing them all when I finished the book. 

A wonderful read. 

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Housekeeping

As of 25th September 2016 I will no longer subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, but the four remaining books I have borrowed I will read and review by this date. 

In future any review requests that were relying on Kindle Unlimited will have to be accompanied by a review copy of the book preferably in mobi format.

My reasons for cancelling the subscription is that the yearly fee I pay for this service could be put to much better use.

#BookReview I’ve Been Watching You by KA Richardson #thriller

​Crime scene officer, Ben Cassidy, finds herself vulnerable as she meets Jacob Tulley, a man with scars of his own and finds a demon from her past returns.

I have not read the first book in this series but this did not detract from my enjoyment of this police procedural crime thriller. With th a added bonus of two rather heinous antagonists, this was compulsive reading and the story did not disappoint right to the very end.

What I really liked about the book was the emotional attachments of the character’s and the relationships they had in their lives with other people, their hopes and fears, which made this read touching and memorable as opposed to cold and clinical as some crime thrillers can be.

A good crime read that makes me want to check out other books in the series. This book is available to read for free to kindle unlimited subscribers.

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#BookReview A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton #Tuesdaybookblog

​This stunning historical fiction novel set in the early twentieth century spanning the effect of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki and ending in the eighties tells the story of Amaterasu, a woman who lost her daughter and grandson during pikadon. 

Amaterasu’s own difficult upbringing and history she never acknowledged is brought to mind as she retraces the life and years before pikadon of her daughter and what happened in Nagasaki after pikadon.

Incredibly gripping and compulsive reading the secrets of two women in a family are explored and put into the context of their culture and the current political climate of their times. Haunting to read because this fictional story is set among the real adversaries of the day, this will be a very hard story to forget. 

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#BookReview The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards #Thriller

​Sophie returns to work after her daughter is four years old. She has her dream job with children’s book publisher, Jackdaw Books, but the job is tainted by what happened to Sophie at University, something she has kept from coming to mind for fifteen years. Is her new job everything she hoped for, or are darker forces at play looking for revenge?

This psychological thriller was a joy to read and a very polished novel in terms of its editing and the rate of the plot. Parts that were supposed to be atmospherically creepy and suspenseful were so without feeling rushed and the speed of the story didn’t noticeably vary.

I was particularly impressed with reference to earlier work seamlessly slotted into the novel, as an avid reader of Mark Edwards’ books, this was a treat. Also reference to the book in the story whilst I was reading it was very clever and intriguing indeed.

Definitely within the top ten thrillers of my 2016, I highly recommend this dark psychological thriller that will inevitably keep you up at night. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Book Review: Dark Place to Hide by AJ Waines

​When Harper’s wife Diane goes missing he is sure something has happened to her but the circumstances of her leaving are not suspicious to the police or her family. Unable to accept Diane may have left him or just needed space, Harper uses his skills of observation as a criminologist to find her. However, when seven year old Clara goes missing too, the hunt for both Diane and Clara turn up interesting secrets. 

This is the second book I have read from this author and as intriguing as the premise of the story is I found this hard to get into in the first half. Connecting with both Harper and the missing Diane was not as easy as I expected and even though usually oddball characters strike a chord with me, Harper just didn’t. 

Despite my lack of connection with the characters I found it impossible to put the book aside as I really did want to know what happened to Diane. The second half of this psychological thriller picked up pace to be more interesting and the race against time at the end made it an exciting read overall.

Far from the best thriller from this author, this one is quite a slow burn of a thriller to begin with but got better as I read on. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Choices: When the Experts Do Not Agree

As unwell as I have been feeling over the Summer of this year, things came to a head when I went for a routine outpatient visit to The Royal Hallamshire. I honestly felt exhausted after a sleepless night and my symptoms of confirmed anaemia since early July this year. 

Blood results confirmed my anaemia was ongoing, microcytic but no worse since July. My shuttle walking test was probably the worst one I have ever had and I had to quit the test when I developed chest pain.

Yet despite these negatives, I had a productive and frank discussion regarding investigations, my concerns regarding my current CPAP and the results of this summer’s sleep study tests.

What struck me at this clinic visit was how I was the only person placed to describe the impact of my symptoms on my life. Only I could decide whether the rigmarole of CPAP was worth the effort of upkeep of the machine and when the consultants seemed to disagree over the management of nocturnal hypoxia I had to decide which opinion made the most sense to me.

I could understand why putting me on oxygen overnight is a big step and once oxygen therapy is initiated it is not likely to stop and may cause complications in future. It makes me dependent and disabled in a way I am not if it remains uninitiated.

However, if the hypoxia I experienced overnight remained above 90% oxygen saturation I wouldn’t be considering the effects as seriously. My oxygen saturation drops to 87% in two to three periods of thirty minutes overnight. It makes sense to me that anything below 90% saturation is not a minor drop of oxygen saturation and nor is it likely to improve, but more likely to worsen as time goes by.

Based on the results of my sleep study, the results of which have not been seen by any of the Pulmonary Hypertension consultants a the improvement on initiating CPAP in my two week trial, I am of the opinion that I should continue CPAP and discuss nightime oxgen again with the respiratory physician at sleep clinic. As adamant as one consultant was that i should stay away from oxygen, another was concerned about the long term effects of hypoxia on my pulmonary hypertension.

As a patient who tries to be as accommodating as possible I feel awful that by making a choice I will be going against the advice of one or another consultant whom I respect and have allowed to guide my choices in managing my PH thus far, but I also have a responsibility to take ownership of my chronic illnesses and make choices in my best interest in the long run. I feel an overwhelming amount of guilt about taking up time over an issue that is not directly life threatening or immediately critical, after all, these same consultants have to make decisions about patients in ITU and HDU, where as i am at home and relatively well.

However, I brought the issue of somnolence up because it is affecting my quality of life and I am more inclined to rely on the opinion of the consultants who are directly informed of test results in detail and are more likely to react to those results within my understanding of disease management, so once again I will darken the doorstep of sleep clinic but this time with informed acceptance of commencing oxygen therapy overnight.

There’s no going back from requiring oxygen therapy once started and currently I feel so unwell and low on energy that I am willing to do anything to have my old energy levels back. Never in three years has my reading and physical activity been at such an all time low.

I am hoping with the aid of oral iron and oxygen I will feel more enthusiastic and less drained of life in the coming months. I also have an endoscopy to look forward to, as with most things in medicine, the possible positive outcome comes with a prerequisite modicum of discomfort.

#BookReview The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette #Thriller

​This police procedural crime thriller centers around the real life events of 7/7/2005. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan of the Metropolitan Police Service Anti-Terrorist Branch SO13 has been conducting his own enquiries, which failed to stop the catastrophic events on 7/7. 

Jake is determined to unravel the group responsible for the terror attacks but unfortunately his private life and distaste for authority catch up with him as his girlfriend disappears and he is suspended from the Metropolitan Police Force. 

Following his instincts and whatever lease he can find, Jake is on his own to make a difference and uncover the hidden truths about the attack.

This is a fast-paced page turner with short chapters and high adrenaline. For me the book read somewhat clinically and lacked any depth of emotion. I found the narrative a cold recounting of events. 

Despite my criticisms, this is still a book that will have you at the edge of your seat. It’s short chapters increase the plot pace. This is a great read for those looking for a sharp, fast-paced thriller. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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