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Deangirl

Deangirl

Joined September 2016

INTJ. Ravenclaw. Avid reader. Planning on living to at least 120 years old in order to finish my TBR list.
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Social Creature: A Novel | Tara Isabella Burton
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Louise, aspiring writer working several jobs to make ends meet, meets the rich, beautiful Lavinia. Swept away by the decadence & party lifestyle, Louise realises there is a dark side to both of them.

I found this compulsive reading. Neither character is particularly likeable, & things quickly spiral into darkness. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing / Raven Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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After slogging my way through this, I have come to the conclusion that whatever most people see in Backman‘s writing, it escapes my notice. This follow up to Beartown is so interminably dreary, it‘s like swimming through treacle. 1⭐️

mandi1082 I've tried twice to read Beartown and I dont understand why I can't get into it either. I haven't tried any of his other books. 2d
Deangirl @mandi1082 I eventually found Beartown to be an okay read. This one was definitely worse. I haven‘t read any others and I‘m not in any rush to now. 2d
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We Are Not Okay | N. D. Gomes
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The story centres on the viewpoints of 4 girls: Trina (bad reputation), Lucy (bully), Sophia (shy & in thrall to popular boyfriend), & Ulana (conservative Muslim background). Secrets & problems including teenage pregnancy, sexual assault, & revenge porn, isolate them from each other & everyone else. 3⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HQ, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Mehso-so

The artist behind Still Lives, an exhibition about women from famous murder cases, goes missing. Was it her boyfriend? Or perhaps his ex?

I seem to be hitting a run of just okay reads. This one does say something about the consumption of images of murder victims, especially attractive girls & women. Ultimately though, it‘s not a read that will stay with you. 3⭐️

Rachel.Rencher I agree completely! This is one that I'd actually forgotten about until I cleaned off my shelves. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2d
Deangirl @Rachel.Rencher Yes, the literary equivalent of fast food. 2d
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The River | Peter Heller
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Jack & Wynn, 2 buddies travelling the Maskwa River, run into a man who says his wife has gone missing, however, parts of his story don‘t add up.

Lots of v detailed descriptions especially fly fishing - I had to check I wasn‘t reading the infamous book by J R Hartley 😆 It was okay. 3⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Orion Publishing Group / W&N, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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A book examining Harper Lee‘s investigation of the rumours surrounding the murder of Rev Willie Maxwell. Rumours that Maxwell was a killer.

The first half was a compelling read, I felt the second half wasn‘t quite as gripping. A fascinating book with some truly larger than life characters. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Random House UK / Cornerstone / William Heinemann, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

Hestapleton I‘m about to pick this one up at my library! 1w
Deangirl @Hestapleton It‘s definitely worth reading. Enjoy! 1w
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Sofia Hagen discusses what it is like to live in a fatphobic society. I thought it was very readable, sometimes making you laugh out loud at her witty delivery, whilst at other times you shake your head at the discrimination & abuse that fat people experience. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK / Fourth Estate / William Collins, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Vengeance in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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A killer contacts Lt Eve Dallas with clues to his next victims, all of which seem to have a connection to her husband, Roarke.

Not enough Officer Peabody in this one. I love when she enthuses about Roarke‘s fancy cars & Dallas says “We‘ll look for your dignity later.” 😄 3⭐️

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If you are interested in the behind-the-scenes work that goes into filmmaking, then this is the book for you. From Goodfellas to the Wolf of Wall Street, I now have a list of films to watch - some of which I hadn‘t heard of before. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Abrams Press, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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The Life of Death | LUCY. BOOTH
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Does the end ever justify the means? Should you ever trust the Devil?

There isn‘t enough space on here to do this book proper justice in what it‘s about. All I will say is that I doubt I will read a better book this year. It‘s a dark tale at times but so worth a read. 5🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Unbound, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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A biography of Sidney R. Yates who served in the House of Representatives for many years. For someone with only a rudimentary idea of how US politics works, it was an interesting read, however, it did get bogged down in the minutiae at times. 3.5 🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, University of Illinois Press, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I almost gave up on this one 100 pages in, but I was glad I carried on. What happens in the book is infuriating but true to life. It was an interesting commentary on how society treats the accused & accuser in sexual assault cases but I wouldn‘t read it again. 3⭐️

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Cruel Acts | Jane Casey
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DS Kerrigan & DI Derwent investigate when a murder conviction is quashed due to jury irregularities.

Personal relationships & professional rivalries are at the fore. I have found myself reversing my previous position with this book & I‘m now #TeamDerwent. Some of the scenes between Maeve & Derwent practically smoulder with chemistry. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Set during WWI, Kate Cartwright teams up with killer-for-hire, Donovan, to find out who is stealing classified documents.

Although there is a seance & ghosts do make an appearance, it was nowhere near as spooky as I expected. A slightly above average mystery. 3⭐️

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The Darcy Brothers | Abigail Reynolds, Cassandra Grafton, Maria Grace, Monica Fairview, Susan Mason-Milks
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Mehso-so

Any excuse for a totally gratuitous pic of Colin Firth 😍😂

Variation on Pride & Prejudice which sees Darcy with a younger brother, Theo. Cue lots of misunderstandings when it comes to Elizabeth Bennet.

Most of the characters in Austen‘s original make an appearance, but Anne de Bourgh gets an expanded role.

It was a pleasant diversion of a read but I wouldn‘t reread it. 3⭐️

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Dawn of Destruction | Sasan Shabrou
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Novella detailing the uprising of the people of Deruwa against their overlords. I thought Grandki & his family were interesting characters with potential. The author has an engaging writing style but overall it was not my cup of tea. If you like fantasy, you may like this. 3⭐️

I received a free ebook from the author, & I am voluntarily giving an honest review.

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The Expedition | Chris Babu
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After surviving the Initiation, Drayden & teammates Sidney, Catrice, & Charlie are thrown straight into a new challenge.

Although it doesn‘t have the fast pace of the first book, there was enough to keep me interested. Looking forward to the next one. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Permuted Press, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Girls with Sharp Sticks | Suzanne Young
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Some people didn‘t care for this but for me it was a bit of a guilty pleasure. I was rooting for the girls to figure out what was going on & for the creepy staff to get their comeuppance.

It did take a bit too long for the penny to drop for the MC, Mena, but overall it was a decent read & indictment of rape culture. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Simon & Schuster UK / Children‘s, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Let the Dead Speak | Jane Casey
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Seventh outing for Maeve Kerrigan & Josh Derwent. Maeve is now a DS & there is a new, young, ambitious DC who is predictably as annoying as hell!

It was OK, but I‘m still annoyed at what the author did to Maeve‘s AWOL boyfriend, Rob. 3⭐️

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Monster | C.J. Skuse
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Another one off my TBR mountain.

It starts off as pretty much your usual mean girls vying to be Head Girl but with way too much slut-shaming. About halfway through the actual mystery/paranormal side picks up and it‘s not bad. If the first half had been more like the second, it would have been a better book. Great cover though. 3⭐️

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An intriguing biography of Hepburn‘s formative years during WWII. The amount of research is phenomenal, yet the author writes in an accessible manner. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, GoodKnight Books, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley #DutchGirl

Stephaniereads1 I love Audrey Hepburn! I need to read this. 4w
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DI Ridpath juggles his busy role at the Coroner‘s Office, his health, & increasingly fractured family life.

A great follow up to the first book, the pacing is excellent & the MC is engaging. Only downside was the overuse of superiors failing to listen to Ridpath to their detriment. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Canelo, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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After the Fire | Jane Casey
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Kerrigan & Derwent investigate deaths following a suspicious fire in a tower block. Among the dead, right wing MP Geoff Armstrong - was he the target or collateral?

Plot was fairly interesting, but the main characters are not showing much sign of development. Derwent veers between caring friend & caricature sexist & his relationship with Maeve is strange. Also his tendency to hone in on a woman involved in his cases seems predatory to me. 3⭐️

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Maya is working as an assistant language therapist at a psychiatric facility, when she is assigned to help 19 year old Lucas. He was last seen 10 years ago when he disappeared with his father into the wild forest.

Starts off well but degenerates into the trope of supposedly intelligent woman ignores experts & does something both stupid & unlikely. Frequent eye rolls deployed on this one. 2⭐️

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Who Is Michael Ovitz? | Michael Ovitz
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Memoir from agent to the stars, Michael Ovitz. I love books about behind-the-scenes of Hollywood, & this gives the inside scoop on being an agent.

I enjoyed most of it, except the last few chapters which became bogged down in talking about takeovers. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Penguin Random House UK / Ebury, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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The Kill: A Novel | Jane Casey
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The crime aspect of this fifth book in the series was fairly pedestrian. It was the dynamics between Maeve & others that were both intriguing & infuriating.

I do not want a Derwent/Maeve romantic pairing, & I dislike the fact that the author contrived to not only remove Maeve‘s boyfriend, Rob, from the scene but also to make him act completely out of character. Not impressed. 2⭐️

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The actual account of the events leading up to & including the murder of Maggie Sheffield, at the hands of her father, were obviously meticulously researched. Unfortunately the final chapters dealing with the history of the park itself didn‘t hold the interest as well. 3.5🌟

Laughterhp Have you ever been to Rocky Point? It‘s a pretty cool place. They tore down all the old buildings and made it into a park. 1mo
Deangirl @Laughterhp I‘m from the UK so I‘ve never visited Rhode Island. It looked a great place to visit though. 1mo
Laughterhp Oh haha! (I never know where anyone is from) 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 1mo
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Gone in Seconds | A. J. Cross
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DNF‘d at 80 pages. Found my attention wandering - never a good sign.

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Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts
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A fictional look at the life of Maud Gage Baum, wife of the author L. Frank Baum. There are so many wonderful characters in this book & the author really brings them to life.

I thoroughly enjoyed it although I would have liked a little more depth in the sections from 1939. Overall I recommend it. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Quercus Books, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley #FindingDorothy

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Under My Skin | Lisa Unger
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There are books which you pick up expecting to love them & they turn out to be huge disappointments. Then there are books like this one, you don‘t expect much but they turn out to be a gem.

It was a great read, keeping you guessing, without going down the too many obvious cliches route. 4🌟

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The Girl in the Ice | Robert Bryndza
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The covers to this series are really eye catching, & I was looking forward to reading them, but after this one I have changed my mind.

The characters were more like moody teenagers than adults, police officers to boot. Basic errors & ‘shake your head‘ moments such as attempting to question a potential witness in a pub where anyone could overhear are frankly ridiculous. 2⭐️

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This book is a bit of a mixed bag for me. It started off well but loses its way. There are some good insights such as the issues people (especially women) have with personal boundaries, & the tendency to self-sabotage, but then it becomes confusing.

The message seems (to me anyway) “Love and accept yourself......but you should really lose some weight”. I was expecting something more radical than this. 3⭐️

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Anderson looks at critical thinking with feminism, particularly the destructive cycle of ‘Toxic Callout Culture‘. This is the tendency to expect perfection & vilification of those who fail.

There‘s a lot to unpack, & I don‘t agree with everything that she argues, but the majority of it makes a lot of sense. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, University of Nebraska Press / Potomac Books, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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The Glass Woman | Caroline Lea
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I was unsure about this one at first. It‘s definitely a slow starter but things gradually build into a stunning conclusion. Whilst reading it, it did remind me of Bluebeard at times. Overall it was very atmospheric & worth persevering with. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Penguin UK / Michael Joseph, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Given all the hype & rave reviews, I was expecting more from this book. I thought the main character was too passive & the ending just seemed to fizzle out. Disappointing. 3⭐️

Bklover I agree!! Was disappointing. 2mo
MCYmermaid I felt like this was a debut that definitely needed more editorial guidance to shape it. 2mo
Deangirl @MCYmermaid Agreed. 2mo
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Butterfly on the Storm | Walter Lucius
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Farah Hafez, a journalist in Amsterdam, becomes involved in a disturbing case when a young Afghan boy is found by the side of the road. Apparently the victim of a hit-and-run, the boy is barely alive, & dressed as a girl.

The story itself was intriguing, it deals with some strong issues - paedophilia, immigration, etc - but the MC is unconvincing. Female characters can be sexy without being objectified. 2⭐️

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A concise, accessible guide to Body Dsymorphic Disorder (BDD) written specifically for young people.

With info on what BDD is, how it manifests, possible triggers, & what to do/where to go for help, it is an extremely helpful introduction. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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This third book in the series is just OK. Getting irritated with constant sniping between Kelly & her sister - they both need to grow up. Case-wise, it was far too easy to work out who the culprit was. Average crime fiction. 3⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Canelo, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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They All Fall Down | Roxanne St. Claire
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Kenzie Summerall finds her life & popularity transformed when she is on The Hottie List - the 10 hottest girls at Vienna High as voted by the boys. Life seems great but then the girls start dying in freak accidents. Are they really accidents?

I was incredulous whilst reading this due to the sheer sexism in the premise. There is no similar list for hot guys as voted by the girls & no one questions the list‘s existence. Hmm, funny that. 2⭐️

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The Guilty Party | Mel McGrath
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4 friends witness a crime after a night out, but instead of calling for help or intervening, they look the other way. Later on they find out the woman died.

I have to hand it to the author as she has written a book where all 4 MC are almost all despicable. It‘s a great read with lots of twists to keep you guessing. 4🌟

TW: sexual assault

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK / HQ, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Two Dark Reigns | Kendare Blake
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Katharine is now Queen Crowned & ruler of Fennbirn, whilst her sisters Mirabella & Arsinoe are in hiding. Meanwhile Jules is learning of the prophecy about her Legion Cursed gifts which may make her more than a match for Katharine.

At last, this book is more along the lines of what I expected from the first two. Less focus on romance & more on the struggle for power. 4🌟

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A group of friends arrive for a hen party expecting a fun time, but the murder-mystery theme booked starts to take a sinister turn.

The story flowed nicely & the present viewpoints & past flashbacks worked well, unfortunately it was way too predictable. 3⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Atlantic Books / Corvus, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Past Life | DOMINIC. NOLAN
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When I first started this one, I didn‘t like the MC, Abigail Boone. Yes she had a traumatic experience, but she made absolutely no effort with her husband & son afterwards.

As the book went on the character began to grow on me, & I‘m glad I persevered. The end result is a taut, tense thriller with graphic violence that fits with the storyline. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Headline, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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DI Zoe Dolan tracks a violent stalker known as The Creeper, who is terrorising young women. Meanwhile helpline volunteer, Jane takes a call from a man who seems to know a lot about the crimes.

The biggest problem is that the MC is a cypher - in fact none of the characters had a discernible personality. It was a disappointing read. 2⭐️

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Vagina: A re-education | Lynn Enright
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Enright‘s book examines why many people don‘t know anatomical detail, or what a healthy vulva looks like, & why women‘s sexual health & satisfaction seem to be afterthoughts.

A no-nonsense guise for anyone who wants to know more. Essential reading. 5🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Atlantic Books / Allen & Unwin, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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That's Not What Happened | Kody Keplinger
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When Lee (Leanne) & her bff Sarah McHale are caught up in a school shooting, Sarah is killed & a rumour about what happened starts to circulate. Lee knows the rumour isn‘t true & 3 years later she wants to set the record straight but people don‘t want to listen.

This looked like an intriguing book but it was only so-so. I didn‘t connect with any of the main characters & it all felt a bit superficial. 3⭐️

TW: gun violence

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After his death, Nuala visits her husband‘s childhood home, despite him warning her to “never go there”.

Now I like dark & twisty but I almost didn‘t finish this one due to the subject (incest & abuse). It was well written but I didn‘t enjoy it. 3⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Stranded | Emily Barr
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After her marriage breaks down, Esther goes to “find herself” on a trip to Malaysia. On a group day trip, disaster strikes when the group is left stranded on a deserted island by their guide. Does one of their group know more than they are saying?

This was an OK read. I almost quit early on as it starts off very slow indeed, but it did pick up later on. It was a little far-fetched but a mildly entertaining read overall. 3⭐️

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Fuller grew up in care, & although he faced discouragement & outright opposition, he went on to become the first ever black Chief Constable of Kent.

Powerful, fascinating, uplifting, shocking - Fuller doesn‘t hold back in describing the individual & institutional racism he encountered as a black police officer. Recommended read. 5🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Kings Road Publishing, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley