#BookReview The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Bolland #Weekendbloghop #thriller

​Anna is happily married to Will, a wealthy restaurateur, but on his thirtieth birthday she receives a chilling text message that brings a past she thought she had left behind tumbling into the present. As we read about how Anna deals to this new threat to her home and security, we find out what happened to Anna when she was fifteen and embarked on her first serious relationship. It seems her past is not done with her yet. 

I became totally engrossed in this suspense thriller from the outset as Anna is a strong narrator and protagonist, that is not to say she isn’t flawed and there were times her calm, intelligent sensibilIty seemed at odds with her passive and somewhat deceptive actions. All the characters in this unpredictable thriller raised my hackles, making this quite a thrilling read. 

The last few chapters really amped up my adrenaline and by the end I was rattled enough to have the story in my head for hours. This is my second book from this author and I absolutely loved it. Huge recommendation from me. 

Links To Book:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads

#BookReview Perception and Illusion by Catherine Kullmann #historicalfiction #RBRT

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

An alluring story of a young girl, Lallie, who lost her mother at birth and is kept closeted by her father and stepmother. However, when her father hatches a plan to wed her to a man she dislikes to keep control of her fortune, Lallie plans her escape and finds herself ultimately in a more agreeable match, but can she navigate the world of the gentry and the complexities of her spouse? 

I absolutely loved this historical romance as the characters really came to life and unlike many stories the plot went beyond the happy ever after ending as the author showed, not only her connection with history, but her understanding of people and their actions. 

I found this difficult to put down and impossible to fault. A thoroughly satisfying read. 

Links To Book:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads

#Bookreview Charlie and Pearl by Tammy Robinson #romance #Fridayreads

Pearl decides to move into her grandmother’s beach house to get away from a long term relationship that has ended and other painful events that have recently occurred. Wanting to isolate herself in a small town, she meets Charlie, who is mesmerised by her and her resolve to keep him away gradually softens. 

This hugely sentimental romance came highly recommended to me. After an unassuming slow burn start the pace picked up as did my curiosity about Pearl’s history and what she was hiding from Charlie. 

Her obvious attraction to easy going, laid back and surprisingly uncomplicated Charlie was not something she was expecting to experience. But despite her reluctance their romance blooms in a humorous way. 

However, as lovely as this read is, beware and keep a box of tissues on hand as it gets very sad. 

Links To Book: 

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads

#BookReview Sarah by Teri Polen #YA #horror #Tuesdaybookblog 

​Cain witnesses a number of creepy inexplicable occurrences in his bedroom and the attic storage space above it. When he finds out that his house was linked to the disappearance of a student from his school, he suspects his home might be haunted but doesn’t count on the vengeance that ensues.

This YA horror thriller did some things very well, such as, the atmospheric haunting of Cain’s room, depicting his relationship with Finn, his bestfriend, and his relationship with his younger sister, Maddie and his Mum. However, I found the pace variable throughout and the story a little repetitive, but the book ended on a cliffhanger and I am intrigued enough to pick up the next instalment if there is one in this series.

A haunting read.

Links To Book: 

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads

#BookReview Chasing Chaos (Entanglement Book 3) by Katie Rose Guest Pryal #contemporaryromance #FridayReads

​As things become more complex in Daphne Saito’s life with Greta getting married and having to face the reality of her relationship with Dan, she is thrown into further turmoil when she starts a friendship with Marlon, Sandy’s handyman and friend. However, is is usually the case with Miss Saito trouble isn’t far behind.

I read the second book in this series some months back and became absorbed by the characters in this contemporary romance. Be warned, the characters are major my flawed, but that’s what I found appealing about the story and was glad to catch the final book in this series.

Easy to read and light-hearted fiction in comparison to many of the heavy thrillers I’ve read recently, Chasing Chaos was a leisurely read and a welcome break on my reading list. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Links To Book: 

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads

Time Spent Chasing @AmazonUK As I Am Too Angry/Frustrated to Read/Blog #customerservice

At 15:20 h approximately today I was cut short having the above discussion with the award winning Amazon customer services. The image speaks for itself. Please help me by retweeting this on Twitter.

#BookReview The Sellout by Paul Beatty #literaryfiction

​This biting irreverent satirical novel looks at race in a black city, Dickens, that disappears from the map. The narrator of The Sellout has been raised in Dickens by a rather eccentric father, who subjects him to psychological research and exposes him to racially dominated psychological test and theories from a young age. When his father is shot in his junior year of college he moves back into their urban farm and grows exceptional crops, however when Dickens, no longer exists on a map a chain of events lead to bringing segregation back to the small locality with pure intentions and surprising results.

I found this book incredibly hard to read as I am not very familiar with the popular culture it refers to and this probably is the first satirical novel I have read. However, after I got past the Prologue and the first three chapters I became acclimated to the writing and dry sense of humour. The characters gripped me and their motivations were what kept me reading this book until the end.

What emerges for me from this, no doubt, highbrow read is how complex the issue of race and identity has always been and how little exposed we are, even if we consider ourselves well-read, to the vast issues and historical realities concerning the issue of race to date. As I ploughed through this book with an equal sense of confusion and curiosity I cannot deny it made me think and challenge my limited knowledge and reluctance to address race on a day to day basis.

This will be the most challenging and intellectual book I will read this year, but I do believe it’s one of the few times I will actually recommend a Man Booker Prize Winner.

Links To Book:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads

#BookReview A Christmas Ghost Story by Tony Walker #horror

​A very short story about a man, whose wife has left him, struggling l ing through the pre-Christmas cheer around him. On his way to see his father he has an unusual encounter with a stranger at the station waiting for a train in bad weather. As he reflects on his life he is faced with a choice.

A Christmas Ghost Story is precisely what this short story is and it will leave you with a haunted feeling long after you finish reading it. Definitely one to read in front of the fire. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Links To Book:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Goodreads