I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I saw this book listed on Netgalley and I wanted to read it. DescI received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I saw this book listed on Netgalley and I wanted to read it. Described as a thriller about a hit and run and the resolution of the crime, it sounded interesting. As a parent of pre-school children the story of the hit and run really grabbed my imagination. The thought of my child being hit when walking back from school actually upset me. The hit and run involved the death of a child and this aspect of the story is based on the experiences of the author, who worked in the police before becoming an author. And you can tell she is an experienced officer because the portrayals of crime scenes, police procedure and court scenes seem very real. I'm not a massive reader of police procedure novels so in this respect it was less appealing to me. For regular readers of police procedure, then I'm sure this will be very appealing in its realism.
This book grew on me. Like I said it was initially interesting reading about the hit and run, and characters fleeing from the scene. It then, for me, slowed down a little whilst the Detectives were introduced. But at 44% (on my Kindle ARC) then wham, the story really picked up and it got very plot twisty!
The book was well written. I particularly liked the portrayal of Jenna / Jennifer and found Ian's story and voice very creepy and quite menacing and controlling. This book covers adult themes, particularly domestic violence, and whilst not gratuitous, there are frank and honest descriptions (again, not doubt based on the author's experiences) and this should be considered if this is something you don't wish to read about.
This is a work of fiction and intended as a drama / thriller and indeed it was. The ending particularly creeped me out! I could see a sequel from it!
I wish the author every luck in writing her next book. This is a great debut novel and I would read books by her in the future, and recommend this book to friends.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this advanced read.
To be honest I wasn't in love with this book. Initially I found the story interesting buThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this advanced read.
To be honest I wasn't in love with this book. Initially I found the story interesting but my interest waned about half-way through. I thought the ending a little unbelievable.
This is the tale of a deserted island, survival, and the lies we tell ourselves and others. The story starts with Lillian and her mother-in-law visiting Fiji on a trip her mother-in-law won. They have a nice relaxing week before they take a small plane to another island. Disaster strikes, the plane is downed and they must survive.
The story is told with shifts in time from the present day, to back to the events, and from the perspectives of Lillian & Dave (another survivor, and other main character). This changing of perspectives reminded me a little of Gone Girl, especially the media interviews, but I definitely preferred Gone Girl.
I realise this is the author's début book and whilst I think it a good story, I could tell this was the work of a less experienced author. Whilst I've rated it 2 star on Goodreads, the more accurate rating would be 2.5 stars. ...more
I was given this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
We are vegetarian so I'm always on the look out for interesting recipes so when I sI was given this ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
We are vegetarian so I'm always on the look out for interesting recipes so when I saw that I might be able to review this book I was really happy.
Overall I thought this was a good book, with some half decent recipes. It makes creative use of vegetarian foods (beans, pulses, cheeses, eggs, veg, fruit, nuts & seeds) in order to make some interesting recipes. At the beginning of the book suitable ingredients are listed and there is also an explanation of what vegetarian food sources might taste for example, most meaty. This could be useful for someone trying to reduce their meat intake, or someone transitioning to vegetarianism. Some recipes are also suitable for vegans and it is stated above the recipe.
A couple of the ideas I've already tried in different guises - for example courgette fritters, veg frittatas, and, crispy tofu - so it'll be nice to see how a slightly different take on them works. The recipes appear straightforward, with some having a photo to show you what the meal might look like. Serving suggestions are also included to help the reader create a fuller meal.
The copy I was sent is aimed at an American market (I'm British) so some ingredients I needed to check. Likewise there is also a section listing metric equivalents which would be helpful for converting recipes....more
I received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book appealed to me because, at the heart of it, is a storyI received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book appealed to me because, at the heart of it, is a story of family and what they mean and to what lengths you might go to protect them.
The story concerns a series of bombing in California, at universities. Natalie, the narrator of the story, is a mum and teacher. Great at her job, lovely family life, and daughter of a public figure involved with the creation of higher education in California. She, and her sister, have a brother. They haven't seen him in years but when Natalie finds a letter ranting on his anti-technology views, and his opinions on what is wrong in the world, she begins to suspect her brother might be implicated. Without ruining the story, her brother is arrested and the family have to face up to some uncomfortable truths and family secrets are revealed.
I enjoyed the story on the whole, although I was less interested (possibly because I don't really have any knowledge of the American legal system) by the court scenes. They don't dominate the story, although there is more focus on them in the last third of the story.
Really enjoyed this 50s murder mystery thriller. I'd read The Stepford Wives and watched Rosemary Baby and this was next on my list and didn't disappoReally enjoyed this 50s murder mystery thriller. I'd read The Stepford Wives and watched Rosemary Baby and this was next on my list and didn't disappoint. Quite a plot was weaved around and I kinda predicted the ending by the last couple of chapters but it didn't spoil the enjoyment....more
I'd read the blurb and reviews for this book and was really pleased when Netgalley and the published selected me to review it. And I am glad I have reI'd read the blurb and reviews for this book and was really pleased when Netgalley and the published selected me to review it. And I am glad I have read it. This review is my own opinion of the book and I have not been paid to review it.
Where to begin? Well this is on the face of it a story of an American woman, Anna, living as an ex-pat in Switzerland. She's married to a Swiss man called Bruno and has 3 children, Victor, Charles, and Polly-Jean. At one level this is an explanation of life in Switzerland and the behaviours of the Swiss, from the eyes of an ex-pat. I've visited and the descriptions of the country and the towns is very accurate. I don't necessarily know a lot about Swiss demeanour or language but I am aware they speak a different dialect of German - Swiss German - which can be difficult to understand. Anna struggles - she takes German lessons to try and fit in better and recounts very visits to grocers and attempts to speak the language, but doesn't feel accepted.
She is generally unhappy with her lot in life. And her husband and his mother, Ursuala, have noticed and she's told to get psychoanalysis. I understand this was an important aspect of the novel but it didn't quite mesh with me and I skim read the dream analysis bit, especially after half-way through the novel. She's not necessarily that happy in her marriage either, and frequently leaves her children with the MIL whilst she ponders her life.
We are also told of ex-pat parties and get a glimpse of a different life. Anna and Bruno are particularly likeable characters and each appear to exist in their own bubbles, especially where these parties are concerned. In her German lessons she actually finds she is capable of speaking German and also finds friendship in the form of Mary, another ex-pat, but who is happier with being in Switzerland and the family life she has there. In the class is also Archie, a Scot. Knowing looks are exchanged between Anna and Archie and an affair quickly ensues.
We find that this isn't the first affair for Anna, and maybe this is partly the reason for her unhappiness? It's not necessarily clear. We, the reader, are left to decide, and decide, I suppose, if we think this is appropriate behaviour.
One thing after another happens and when tragedy strikes Anna's world unravels. The end of the book is rather abrupt and we are left to decide what happens next. I enjoyed this read, it's very well written, but I think there are unanswered questions.
I'm sure that my 9 year old self would have enjoyed this school based story. New girl is perfect it appears but is she really? Has she been up to miscI'm sure that my 9 year old self would have enjoyed this school based story. New girl is perfect it appears but is she really? Has she been up to mischief? Generally the story jelled well but occasionally the adult choice of language/words just didn't match with the narrator's young voice....more
Another enjoyable book by AM Homes although perhaps the frequent citations of the works and musings of Nixon were a little bit for even a History gradAnother enjoyable book by AM Homes although perhaps the frequent citations of the works and musings of Nixon were a little bit for even a History graduate like me, to tolerate in a novel....more
Loved this book; beautifully written. Will definitely be reading more by the author.
On a side note, I'm not sure why some reviewers class it as a YouLoved this book; beautifully written. Will definitely be reading more by the author.
On a side note, I'm not sure why some reviewers class it as a Young Adult though. Yeh the main characters might have been teenagers but I as a 30+ reader felt the concepts were relevant and appealing to a variety of generations....more