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OutsmartYourShelf

Joined September 2016

INTJ. Ravenclaw. Avid reader. https://www.goodreads.com/outsmartyourshelf
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Born in Death by J. D. Robb
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Birthmarked | Caragh M. O'Brien
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Reading this after what has happened recently in the US was a sobering experience with its references to childbirth & controlling of women's fertility. Gaia's world is set after the present, but due to climate change, things have regressed almost to medieval times. It's a decent example of the genre but it doesn't really add anything new to what we've read a hundred times before. 3.5🌟

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Born in Death | J. D. Robb
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Managed just under 15 hours on #20in4 as life interfered yet again. One day I will reach goal. Still, 3 books read so not bad.

Thanks to @andrew65 for hosting. (Let me know when the next one is please).

Andrew65 This is great, well done 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳 Thanks for playing along.

Next 9 day pick your own goals Readathon starts on 9thJuly, and next #20in4 on 29th July. Will tag you in any posts.
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OutsmartYourShelf @Andrew65 That‘s great, thank you. 7h
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A Stranger On Board | Cameron Ward
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I found Sarah French to be an intriguing character as one of the first female Royal Marines. I thought the tension was nicely tautened by the claustrophobic atmosphere & simmering mistrust between the crew. It was an entertaining read, never dull, but at times Sarah didn't fully convince as a female character & the 'bad guys' were a little too obvious. 3.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Penguin Michael Joseph UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4302017422

#20in4 @andrew65
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Open Your Eyes | Heather J Fitt
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The author obviously did their research on the online world of Incels & the way that others become involved. It was so good at keeping the reader's attention that I was surprised to find this was a debut novel for the author. The ending was left open-ended rather than everything being neatly tied up which is true to life, but I was unsure of what message the author was trying to get across. It left me a bit confused. 3.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf TW: bullying, misogyny, sexual assault, violence.

My thanks to publisher, Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4748348833

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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3d
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Haunted In Death | J. D. Robb
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Dallas & Peabody investigate the murder of Radcliff Hopkins III whose body was found at Number Twelve. Once a famous club, it's rumoured to be haunted.

The paranormal element was a nice change from the usual cases. A diverting short read, now I'm moving on to the next full-length book in the series. 4🌟

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Some of the characters did seem to verge on the stereotypical at times - North was supposed to be a Brit but his character could have been anyone from anywhere to be honest - but overall it was a well-written exploration of the tawdry side of Tinsel Town, even if the ending was a little flat. 3.5🌟

TW: obviously with the subject matter it contains mentions of sexual content & sexual assault.

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Orion Publishing Group, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4657787758
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Still trying to hit that elusive #20in4. No football matches this time so fingers crossed.

@Andrew65

Clwojick You‘ve got this! 🎉 6d
OutsmartYourShelf @Clwojick I hope so but something seems to crop up every time. 6d
Andrew65 Perhaps this will be the month. Good luck 😊👍 4d
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Patrick Branwell Bronte has always been the least well known, yet in his early life he showed equal promise, being the main inspiration or “Genius Brannii“ of their early literary exploits.

I'm not convinced the evidence is strong enough that Branwell could claim even part credit for Wuthering Heights, but I did find Du Maurier's hypothesis about the rumoured love affair with the wife of his employer, being a cover story made sense. 3.5 🌟

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This book lays bare the facts that confirm Britain is a country divided, one that is still in the grasp of class warfare. Anyone who has seen the deeply unjust way that the working class, the unemployed, & those with disabilities were treated both during & after the Covid pandemic knows that something needs to change. Read this - it's a damning indictment of all that is wrong with modern Britain. 4🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Ebury Publishing/Penguin Random House UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4776994383
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The Box | Dan Malakin
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This book covers some deep dark areas of modern society; incel culture, misogyny, homophobia, & transphobia. Jackie is a great character, a strong no-nonsense woman, but I found Ed a bit bleh at times. Overall, it was an interesting read but many of the supporting characters felt quite thinly drawn & I thought it was quite easy to work out where betrayal was going to come from. Good but not great, 3⭐

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I'm going to have to DNF this one.

It's predictable in that I guessed the bad guy from the start, checked the ending, & confirmed I was right. Predictability is not always a deal-breaker but the main character is not engaging enough to warrant continuing, in fact I found her downright annoying.

Trigger warnings: graphic sexual violence, sadism, & torture.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Boldwood Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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Storm | Stephanie Merritt
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The first part of the story is great: a storm is the 'violent disturbance of the atmosphere' & that's just what happens here - Storm takes wicked glee in stirring things. When events move into the murder investigation & the friends' past, I worked out what had happened from very early on, & I was a little disappointed. The first section was so good, I wanted a bit more of a surprise twist as the pay off.

3.5🌟

#NetGalley

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4684502626
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I thought it was going to be a cat-and-mouse thriller about a killer tracking the family in mountains, but it was like a very gory episode of Criminal Minds. TWs galore: graphic animal cruelty/death (although I was forewarned about that so was able to skip the first chapter), sexual assault, & violence. I didn't much care for the book tbh until the final third, when the author brought in a couple of twists which set me thinking. I rate this 2.5⭐

OutsmartYourShelf I received an advance review copy for free via BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4597890817
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Some series lose steam but this one just keeps on getting better. The plot itself is tightly written, if rather simplistic, & unfolds organically. The main character & his team in the Coroner's Office are steadfastly likeable. Overall I feel this is one of the best books of the series so far. 4.5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publisher, Canelo, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

#NetGalley

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I read this one very quickly, it's got good pace & both storylines are engaging. It's a gripping book but with a storyline that could be distressing or triggering to some due to the coercive control & domestic violence detailed. Overall I thought it was a well-written read even if the ending petered out a little. 4🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Pan Macmillan, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

SilversReviews Wasn‘t this SO good? Saw your review, but it wouldn‘t let me leave a comment. Very nice review!! (edited) 3w
OutsmartYourShelf @SilversReviews Thanks 😀 Yes it was one of those books you don‘t want to put down. 3w
SilversReviews @OutsmartYourShelf Oh yes. A very good debut for her. 3w
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From Potter's Field | Patricia Cornwell
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Gault has always seemed a bit of an insipid villain to me, & the ending was a bit of a letdown after all the build-up - it was just far too easily resolved. Scarpetta can be stubborn to the point of ridiculous about her safety at times, & Lucy is just too wonderful at everything to be true. Overall, it's just a little lackluster compared to the first five books. 4🌟

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The Final Hunt | Audrey J. Cole
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Now this is a predictable thriller, you can work out the main twist from the beginning, but it is so well written & has such pace, that I didn't even care. There is a smidgeon of romance, but the author for the most part focuses on the main plot. Not to say too much about it, but payback's most definitely a bitch in this one. Overall, it has cracking pace & kept me riveted. 4🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4530112566
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I found this one difficult to rate. On one hand, the plot itself is good, tightly written, & the MC is easy to like, but on the other there are some annoyances. First of all, is the obligatory conflict between two women (Jackie & her boss) - oh to read a book where women actually support one another. Secondly - Gus, not sure I have ever hated a character as much since I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles & developed a loathing of Angel Clare. 3.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf Overall I'm rating this 3.5 stars mainly because I really did think the plot was well done. I did work out whodunnit as it was fairly obvious. If this is going to be a series though, I think Jackie & her team have great potential.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Bookouture, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4644492232
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I enjoyed reading about the expedition & about its place in polar exploration. Jackie was not only successful in Antarctica but held several jobs of responsibility, was a member of Society of Women Geographers, & the Ronne Award for Antarctic Research or Exploration was awarded to two recipients in 2011 & 2014. Yet the early history of polar exploration is still very much male-focused. Let's hope this book can go some way to changing that. 4🌟

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

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4616996475
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The eleventh book in this series shows no sign of it slowing down. Although I wouldn't say it's gripping in that I couldn't put it down, it did keep my attention throughout, but I found the ending was over a little too quickly & rather anticlimactic after all the build-up. It's another good read for fans of this series but I'd like to see the author perhaps shake things up a bit with future books. 4🌟

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Memory in Death | J. D. Robb
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On my second read through, I've revised the rating up to 4.5🌟because there are some great moments between Dallas & Peabody. Other highlights include Galahad the cat in reindeer antlers & Feeney aghast at the thought of having to wear a suit at Christmas dinner. Not quite top marks due to the fact that the book took just a little bit too long to get to the conclusion.

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Although I'm not the target audience for this series, I really enjoyed reading this one. It's got great pace & a tightly written plot, even if some twists are slightly too convenient. The emphasis is on family, friendship, doing the right thing, & having fun, & here it works. Enjoyable, lighthearted read for anyone who would have loved to solve mysteries as a youngster. 4🌟

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1930695745

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Readathon Update:

Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting.
3 books read
Just over 14 hours read time completed.

Didn't make #20in4 but had time off to watch the play off final on TV on Sunday. We won so had a little celebration too.

Andrew65 That‘s great, well done 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 Thanks for playing along.

Congratulations!
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As someone who has several chronic health conditions, I was v. interested in this book. The author notes that “Being chronically ill is like having the most depressing and time-consuming side-hustle in the world“. YES! It is EXACTLY like that.

Overall it was an interesting read, it was written in a very chatty informal way, & it was comforting to know that other people out there are having similar experiences to yourself. 4🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers Little, Brown Book Group UK/Dialogue Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4710633790

#20in4 @andrew65
Last book read & finished yesterday (30/05) for the weekend readathon.
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4w
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I wasn't sure if I would like this at first, Eleanor is quite an odd character. With her mannerisms, I couldn't help but picture her as a young Miranda Hart. Nothing really earthshattering happens, it's a book about everyday life & about not prejudging the people you may meet. Just one thing though - I really would have liked to know where Eleanor booked for the Christmas party in the end & what her workmates thought! 5🌟

Andrew65 I loved this book. Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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Eversion | Alastair Reynolds
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What a read this is. Once I started it I was hooked! Events are relived over & over again but with some small changes, by the same characters, & the MC starts to remember snippets from the previous missions. It's a story that gradually builds as the reader begins to work out some of what may be happening & therefore a review cannot say too much in case the plot is revealed. 4🌟

#20in4

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4744088294

#NetGalley

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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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I‘ve missed the previous couple of readathons so glad to have noticed this one on time. Goal is to finally crack #20in4 (20 hours over 4 days).

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😍 Great to have you with us again. 1mo
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This is an absolutely captivating book. There's so much information here but it's written in such a way that it rarely becomes academically dry to read. The author steers away from the more well-known personalities such as Calamity Jane (who is briefly mentioned but just the once) & concentrates on the everyday life of ordinary women. 5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Little, Brown Book Group UK/Virago, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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This fascinating read puts Ireland & Britain of the 1920s into context, i.e. The Irish War of Independence & the Irish Civil War which followed. The author gives detailed biographies for both Wilson & his assailants to ascertain what led up to the assassination & the wars that followed. I think the author does a great job of examining the evidence whilst keeping a balanced approach. 4🌟

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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Faber & Faber, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4630529126
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Hide | Kiersten White
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Mack is the only survivor from the day her father turned family annihilator, & years later, enters a contest to play Hide-n-Seek in an abandoned amusement park for a week. Last one standing gets the prize money.

I thought this would perhaps be a 'serial killer stalking the group' type thriller but the story is actually a little more involved than that. The first half is great but it seems to flag a little in the middle, so I rate this 4🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Random House UK/Cornerstone/Del Rey, for the opportunity to read an ARC. I am voluntarily giving an honest review. #NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4551336957
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This is the sixth book in a series but the first one that I have read, & it mainly works as a standalone. Although it was an interesting enough read & the plot was quite good, I have no desire to read the previous books as the characters just didn't appeal to me that much. For me to commit to a series there usually has to be some kind of wow factor & I just didn't feel that here. 3⭐

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OutsmartYourShelf Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4657791589

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HQ Digital, for the opportunity to read an ARC.
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The narration is alternately from Noelle & Daniel's pov, giving the reader a look into both the characters. Noelle is an MC who is quite engaging & easy to root for, but Daniel is a bit of 'bad boyfriend' cliché. No animals were harmed in the story though, which is always a good thing. I rate this a solid 3⭐ stars as it was fast-paced, with several twists & turns, but there is nothing about it that really stands out.

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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Bookouture, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4644491882
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Wrong Place, Wrong Time | Gillian McAllister
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I've read quite a few good but not great books recently, so I was absolutely thrilled to read an absolute belter. It starts off slow - so slow I almost quit at 17% - but when it takes off, it becomes a rollercoaster of emotions & plot twists. I won't lie, at times I found Jen a bit annoying, but that was far outweighed by the author's skill in weaving all the plots points together. 4.5🌟

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OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Penguin Michael Joseph UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4429685547
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The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
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I was all for giving this book 4+ stars as it grabbed my attention from the outset. The story was intriguing, fast-paced & looked to be barreling along to a gripping conclusion - but then, for me, it went wrong. Because I enjoyed reading it for most of the book, I'm rating this 3.5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HarperCollins UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

#NetGalley

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The Game | Scott Kershaw
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5 strangers receive a mysterious text telling them that a loved one is in danger & the only way to save them is to “play The Game“. If they don't follow the instructions, their loved ones will die.

I was intrigued by the synopsis, & although the concept is great, I was expecting more of a contest-type game. I thought it was a gripping read, but overall, I feel it was a bit of a mixed bag but worth reading if you enjoy tense thrillers. 3⭐

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, HQ, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

TW: animal death (I wish authors would not kill pets in their books, especially not big cuddlebug German Shepherds like Duke), homophobia, kidnapping, sexual assault, violence.

#NetGalley

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4457797582
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Ready Or Not | Tracy Darnton
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A holiday goes tragically wrong when one of the teenagers disappears during a game of Hide-and-Seek.

I'm really torn about this book. On the one hand, it's well-written & I flew through it in under 24 hours, but there's supposed to be just a year between Millie (15) & Kat (16), but the others treat Millie as if she's a 10-year-old. The ending had me going “NOooo“ - I had to read it twice. 4🌟

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OutsmartYourShelf Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Little Tiger Group/Stripes Publishing, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4630530292
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This was a fast-moving story line with bodies dropping left, right & center. There's a romance plot simmering in the background between Veronica & her manager, Hunter, & we get 2 pets for the price of 1 with Veronica's lovable cat, Winston, & Finn's sweet dog, Gracie. I rather enjoyed it & but I did manage to work out whodunnit. 4🌟

I received an advance review copy for free via BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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The List | Florian Dennisson
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I'm a big fan of offbeat main characters that struggle with a darker side, so I was interested in seeing where Michael Monroe led the reader. The case itself was interesting but Monroe is difficult to like. I also didn't find the romantic relationship very convincing as there was zero chemistry between the two characters. 3⭐

My thanks to publishers, Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.

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Everyone involved, including Jayne & Dr Stephen (who is a bit of a creeper), has their own secrets which may or may not be relevant. I flew through this book in a few hours & really enjoyed reading it with its twists & turns - some of which I guessed correctly but not all. I thought the ending may have been a little too neat but it's a minor quibble. 4🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Bookouture, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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The Night They Vanished | Vanessa Savage
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I thought both MCs were easy to empathise with & I found myself becoming invested in what had happened. The story line is well written & there are several twists & turns, even if the actual resolution is pretty much what I expected. Overall it kept my interest well & I enjoyed reading it - 4.5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Little, Brown Book Group UK / Sphere, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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Locked In | Gideon Burrows
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I thought it was going to be a thriller about who committed the bombing, but it was about more than that. The author covers some weighty subjects: homophobia, historic child abuse, & a person's right to die with dignity. The ending is also rather abrupt, but overall, I did like the book enough to download one of the earlier books in the series. 3.5🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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The Vanishing Triangle refers to an area in Ireland from where eight young women vanished into thin air never to be seen again. I thought this was a riveting read. It's not a book where the author solves the cold cases, McGowan admits that early on, it's a book which looks at the social issues in Ireland & Northern Ireland at the time. 4🌟

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Amazon Publishing UK, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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This book looks at 19 myths which have persisted about Hitler & examines the evidence for each one. I thought it was well-researched & considered some intriguing perspectives, but I found the writing style a little dry & stilted at times, therefore I rate this 3⭐

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Pen & Sword/Frontline Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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The Girl Before Me | Laura Wolfe
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I thought this was a really good read, & I enjoyed it. The tension is kept up all the way through & the final part of the puzzle in the epilogue is a nice touch though. The MC is a little too timid at times, but understandable considering what she has been through. Overall, I would recommend this if you like uncomplicated thrillers.
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My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Bookouture, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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Robopocalypse | Daniel H. Wilson
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I thought the first ten or so chapters were engaging & kept the attention well, but when it started to devolve more into a 'shoot-em up' ending, it became a little generic. Overall it was an entertaining read in its genre, but will I remember it in detail in 10 years? Not sure, but if it doesn't make you give smart cars a wider berth & side-eye your toaster, you haven't been paying attention. 3⭐

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Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury
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Finally got around to reading this one folks, & it's...OK. I wasn't blown away by it as I found the characters all a bit hard to like or empathise with. The female characters especially are very thinly drawn, & there's quite a bit of casual cruelty (treatment of animals, etc). To me, the author is trying to say a lot about censorship, apathy, & the dumbing down of standards, but it gets lost in the overly florid writing style. 2.5⭐

Bren912 My D had to read this while in Highschool so I grabbed and read. I just keep remembering that the year he wrote this was basically when televisions were being watched more and as cell phones are today, taking attention and human connectivity away. I found it to be so parallel to todays world. Censorship. Book banning (again? Still??) and more. At least it was a short book and didn‘t waste too much time!! 😊🤪 (edited) 2mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Bren912 I could see what he was trying to say, I just wanted him to get to the actual point quicker. I‘m not a fan of overblown descriptive writing - I can‘t abide Stephen King for the same reason. But yes, this was mercifully quite short 🙂 2mo
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I found it a really interesting read, & I have a list of films I now want to watch. The book is quite lengthy, but the chapters are fairly short which breaks up a subject which can be quite heavy at times. There are some graphic descriptions of murders here, some of which involve children, so be warned. At times the chapters seemed to end abruptly or felt incomplete in some way - I would have liked a little more indepth analysis. 3.5🌟

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Is It Just Me? | Miranda Hart
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A humorous look at the life of Miranda Hart from the subject herself, covering everything from Christmas with the family, to beach holidays, to dating. I couldn't help but be reminded of some of my own youthful experiences as a tall girl & culturally we seem to be of a similar period. Like her sitcom, I found that the book began to wear out its welcome rather quickly as, for me, Miranda is rather too daft to laugh at at times. 3⭐

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The Mill | Cailyn Lloyd
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The plot is quite good but there are one or two scenes which are quite graphic with violence & sexual assault. I thought the ending was a bit confusing to be honest & I'm not quite sure what the author was getting at, but overall it was a read which is a slightly different take on the usual crime thrillers. 3⭐

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Land of Oz LLC, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

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Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay
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In the words of Villanelle - “This is so BOOORRRINNG!“. DNF

Yuki_Onna Stacking it nevertheless... 🤭 I'm a sucker for suspense stories in elevators... 2mo
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