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The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.


Rhiannon is your averag
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by HQ
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Christine
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-crime-2017
I simply cannot get enough of black comedy. Black comedy, with a smattering of crime, is the bees’s knees. Sweetpea is blacker than a black thing. It’s quirky, hilarious, totally refreshing and bold.

Things you will do when reading Sweetpea:

Laugh out loud
Scare the cat laughing
Laugh even louder
Agree with some of Rhiannon’s thoughts
Worry that you have a teeny bit of Rhiannon in you!

Sweetpea is Rhiannon’s journal, following her adventures through life. It is told in a dry witty style. She make lists
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sue
I've heard good things, bad things about this book. So I went into it with a Marmite peep!

The story itself builds up really well. Most of it is in the form of a diary. It did make for fascinating reading as well as having the "shock factor"

If you don't like too much bad language.
It's not for you.

If you don't like explicit scenes.
It's not for you.

The woman in this is a butch, but boy, I had times when I laughed out loud with her thoughts. Warped, out of this world and totally alien to me.

Its a th
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Matt
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
After having written a number of Young Adult novels, C.J. Skuse turns to her darker side in penning this piece, rich in angst and homicidal actions. Rhiannon Lewis hates her life and most of those who cross her path. Using a series of diary entries, she explores this hatred by tipping her hand to the reader. Many of her entries begin with a list of those she despises the most and why they rub her the wrong way. Be it people from the news, those at her place of employment, or people with whom she ...more
Tracy Fenton
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMFG – This book is OUTRAGEOUS – it’s dirty, disgusting, crude, rude, inappropriate, tasteless and I f*cking LOVED IT. The main character Rhiannon has to be the funniest psychopath I’ve ever read about, I was practically salivating from the first page until the last and was shaking my head in disbelief at the things she was saying and thinking. The story is told via diary entries and each day Rhiannon writes her Kill List – OMG – some of her observations are priceless. I do need to point out tha ...more
Blair
Sweetpea is an absolute fucking scream. Profanity very much necessary; if you don't think I needed to use 'fucking' in that sentence, you definitely shouldn't read this book.

If there are awards for 'x meets x' descriptions in book blurbs, some HQ copywriter deserves the equivalent of an Oscar for hitting on 'Fleabag meets American Psycho'. Part journal, part internal monologue, replete with swearing and ironically deployed slang, Sweetpea chronicles the uncensored thoughts and confessions of Rhi
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Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who aren't easily offended!
"I don’t want to talk any more about today. I just want to overeat and shit myself and die. Or shit myself after I die. Apparently that happens. And when you give birth too. Ugh. What a world."

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day, her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill
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Sarah
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is probably going to be a love it or hate it book, but I for one absolutely loved it! It certainly isn’t one for the faint hearted lets put it that way.

Rhiannon is just the most fabulous character. Each chapter starts off with a list of people and things she hates. It’s like watching an episode of Grumpy Old Men, apart from it’s a young female serial killer. Not sure I should be worried as there were so many things that I agreed with on her daily lists.

To be honest it’s not shocking that Rh
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Liz Barnsley
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok having just finished this one tonight I can tell you its going to divide opinion!

I'm giving it 5* and a big fat YAY because it made me laugh and laugh and then go ewwwww then laugh and laugh some more.

It is brutal when it comes to the violence, it is quite definitely irreverent and it embraces its own heart - the psychopathic serial killing main protagonist will have you falling in love with her even as she does the most horrendous things - but she has enough redeeming features that you feel
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Mandy White
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Well... that was different! Not what I was expecting but I did enjoy it. It made me laugh, it made me cringe. Can see that this not for everyone.... but my goodness it was funny!
Zuky the BookBum
I totally get why this is a Marmite book, and just like Marmite, I bloody loved it!!! How can you not like a funny, very mad and totally relatable serial killer?

Full review to come!
Liz
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who is Rhiannon? Simply put she is a killer and that’s not even a spoiler. She loves her pet dog and her Sylvanian family doll house. Her parents are dead, her older sister gone to the US of A. When she’s not at work as an editorial assistant for a local newspaper, she has a number of side activities. Apart from walking her dog (even though it’s questionable as there is some overlap), growing herbs, dreaming of the Honey Cottage in Wales and adding to the Sylvanian family, she could be slapped w ...more
Mandy
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, thriller
Ha great fun, if you don't mind lots of sweary language and dark psychopathic ramblings which you can't help but agree with at times (often?). Lots of laugh out loud moments and I loved it.
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
DNF'd at 52%

Unfortunately, I just don't think this story was for me. The psycho narrator was funny and her bluntness was really refreshing, but the plot wasn't gripping me! Things weren't moving very quickly, and even if the end is intense, I don't have the willpower to continue.
Joanna Park
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Also featured as a guest review on The Book Review Cafe Blog. https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/05...

To the outside world Rhiannon seems like a shy, retiring girl. Just a normal girl working in a job where she isn't appreciated, has friends that she hates and her boyfriend is cheating on her. Everyone thinks she is a real Sweetpea. However hiding just beneath the surface, Rhiannon is very angry. Angry at rude people and loud noises. For Rhiannon hides a dark secret, she us a serial killer, ki
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Jack Stark
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.047942 stars

Erm… well… err… gosh… umm… What did I just read?!

Let me try and summarise. Rhiannon is as mad as a box of frogs. Done – end of review.

ONLY JOKING
After becoming a survivor of a high profile tragic event, she became somewhat of a child celebrity. Of course, as she got older her celebrity status wore off and she started to get bored with everyday life. She writes a kill list at the beginning of each journal entry, mostly of people that have irked her somehow that day (understandable)
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Kirsty 📚📖❤️
Originally I was going to say this book was American Psycho meets Bridget Jones but after reading a few more chapters I'm now thinking more of Fox TV's Dexter. The avenging serial killer...but English...and with boobs.

Rhiannon is a editorial assistant at the local paper, a victim of a killer who left her childminder and all the other children dead when she was a young girl and it's affects on her have her angry at the world. Every day in her diary she makes lists of all the people she wants to k
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Sandra
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So ignoring the fact that she kills people I absolutely adored Rhiannon. I really love books with a strong female main character and this book did not disappoint. She is hilarious, smart and quite the complex character. I laughed out loud A LOT which, even though I am generally a giggly, silly person, doesn't happen often when I am reading. The fact that this book is ACTUALLY funny is a huge plus. I'd describe the humor as dry and smart.

This book is told in the form of diary entries and each ch
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Lainy
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 384

Publisher - HQ

Source - Gift from O/H

Blurb from Goodreads

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with
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Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Po „Złotko” warto sięgnąć, kiedy szukamy lektury lekkiej, krwawej oraz smakowitej w swoim fabularnym pomyśle. C.J. Skuse wykreowała postać, której można się obawiać, którą można potępiać, ale której jednocześnie nie sposób nie kibicować. Ten zwyrodniały obraz świata, który przekazuje czytelnikowi Rhiannon, jest zaraźliwy, a od jej sposobów zabijania nie sposób odwrócić wzroku, chociaż „Złotko” nie szczędzi czytelnikowi brutalnych opisów, nie oszczędza też przypadkowych ofiar. Jest w tej opowieśc ...more
Susan Hampson
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Well dark humour just got a few shades darker with this novel, which at times I was left thinking can you really get away with saying that? but it just wouldn't be Rhiannon if she didn't because this psychopathic young woman is like a wild beast with it's prey in sight and nothing will stop the frenzy of madness. It is like her drug, the fix that she gets off on including her self gratification with the dying and dead. She can justify her reason to kill  these people as they are not the cream of ...more
Lauren James
As a big fan of Hannibal and the dark sociopaths of shows like Fleabag, I was excited to read this - and it definitely paid off! From the first page, the protagonist is shocking and unlikable in the most refreshing way. At times it felt a little unrealistic - surely psychopaths aren't thinking about murder constantly, even when they're in the bath or eating ice cream, right? RIGHT? (What do I know, though) - I think that's the point of books like this. You have to embrace the awfulness. The free ...more
Inn Auni
The best part was when she killed people. Really, I'm not kidding. Sweetpea (I know her name but I'll just use her nick instead) listed every annoying people that crossed path with her. I was excited because hey, she's going to start killing right? She got a plan some where right. By 20% of the book, she killed 2 people unplanned minus the one she did years ago (there're probably more but, that's all I know) and she had someone hostage in her late parents' home.

Sweetpea hated everyone and I was
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Shell Baker
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by C.J. Skuse and certainly won't be my last. A psychopath with an hilarious sense of humour...absolutely priceless. I have read some books in my time but nothing quite like this it is hilarious I couldn't help but laugh out loud.

Rihanna is a psychopath and tells a twisted, shameless outrageous story written in diary entries. With an opening of her kill list. Rihanna is a normal average woman which people can relate to. I certainly could I freaking loved h
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Craig Allen
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a uniquely written story of a girl named Rhiannon who is a serial killer that seems to target bad people, such as rapists and pedos, but also has an ongoing diary of people she'd LIKE to kill...sort of a fantasy kill list. The book is dark and all sorts of wrong, but she is actually a very entertaining main character. I'm also sad to say I kind of related to her thoughts on annoying people, obviously not to her extent, but she had a comical view of the world overall. I though ...more
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, I stumble across a book that gives me extreme book envy. Usually, this is caused by books that release in the UK wayyyy before their North American arrival and, in the case of Sweet Pea by CJ Skuse, this was the case! Janel, my pal from Keeper of Pages, told me this one was a must read, so I began to hunt it down and eventually persuaded my local library to order a copy.

Sweet Pea follows Rhiannon, your average woman (average job, average boyfriend, average home, average friends)
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Carol Peace
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Rhiannon is not your everyday serial killer and in fact not an everyday sort of person at all, she is very complex due to an incident in her past and although she hasn't killed for a while she seems unable to stop herself. The book has quite a few profanities and quite gruesome kill scenes but it also gives us insight into Rhiannon's gentler side or what counts as it after all she collects Silvanian Families figures and there are so many laugh out loud situations that you cannot help yourself fr ...more
Karen Barber
We’re introduced to Rhiannon by learning about her ‘kill list’ (her daily list of people she’d like to dispose of) and her grumpy gripes about her friends that she feels increasingly alienated from. This might sound like a new Bridget Jones...until we see Rhiannon getting caught up in a no-strings sexual encounter that does not quite go as we’re expecting.
The opening chapter ended in such a way as to make it clear that Rhiannon is no passive female. In fact, she’s a killer...and we’re given a u
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Pamela Lilley
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! There is nothing, and I mean, nothing, sweet about Sweetpea. Rhiannon has some major issues, issues resulting from her past, her family and the fact that she's a little psychopathic. Killing appears to be her release, and it would also appear she has a very addicting personality, because she can't seem to stop. I've got to say there are some truly gruesome scenes, which actually had me cringing as I read them. Other scenes had me laughing and some scenes had me worried!! Why? Well, basical ...more
Marilyn Belsham
Jan 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
To be entirely honest, I didn’t actually read this cover to cover, I read half of this and then gave myself permission to skim the rest. It was at the point that I realized I was physically grimacing as I read this that I questioned my need to finish what I had started. The protagonist is a horrible person and I didn’t find her funny in the least. Even before we got to the first murder, I disliked her immensely. She’s a hateful, unappealing person masquerading as someone with “wit”. It was tirin ...more
Janel
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: don’t read this book is you don’t like your humour on the darker side of life. If you enjoy black humour, read this book, it’s over-the-top, crude, fun, a tad murderous but oh so funny – it’s bloody brilliant!

If you don’t like people staring at you for breaking out into fits of laughter, don’t read this book in public. Skuse knows how to write black comedy, and she’ll have you laughing out loud for sure.

Told in a series of journal entries, we journey with Rhiannon through her life as sh
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C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House), MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. C.J. is currently working on a ...more
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