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Sweetpea

(Sweetpea #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,280 ratings  ·  920 reviews
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 whiskey. 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.

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Hardcover, 472 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by HQ
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j e w e l s
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-bejeweled
TWO STARS

I live for passages like this:

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.

Isn't that an intriguing, must-read-this-book-now passage? Author CJ Skuse didn’t just write about a sociopathic chick. She became that chick and narrated Sweet
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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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers, net-galley
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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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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Zuky the BookBum
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 5-stars
Say hello to my favourite book of 2018 so far! This book is insanely good, I can’t believe I’ve put off reading it for so long. It’s dark, gruesome, funny, and exciting. Rhiannon is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about, what an amazing book to read as the last book of my holiday.

I’m not sure what I really expected from this book, with a quote on the front (of my copy) saying “like Bridget Jones crossed with American Psycho” I honestly didn’t have high hopes. I find most big claims lik
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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
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
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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Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Bren
“It’s hard to find Happy, isn’t it? It lands only briefly before it flies off, like a butterfly.”
― C.J. Skuse, Sweetpea

I have real mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it captured me and I read it in one sitting. On the other hand, I had many issues with the plot.

So Sweetpea is just your average girl next door..except she has a "kill list" of people who piss her off.
And in some cases, the names on that list cease being merely names and become..um..statistics.

I do love books like this. Ja
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Lisa-Books Smiles
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! HELL YEAH! This was amazing on audio!
Monica (crazy_4_books)
"Rhiannon Lewis Diaries Part One"
It says on the cover "Bridget Jones meets American Psycho". I haven't read any of those, never watched the film with Christian Bale, but I saw the Bridget Jones movies, and I see why the comparisons. Only, Rhiannon is a British Psycho. I've had this duet on my shelves for months, bought them convinced but then I read a bad comment from the person I got these books recommended, so I hesitated for months. But I'm on a cleanse of my physical TBR needing to make more
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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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Sara
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The diary entries of a female serial killer with a rather tragic and infamous past, Rhiannon is not your average psychopath. Or maybe she is. She has a normal job where she's underappreciated, a group of 'friends' that are all boring and irritating, a boyfriend who's having an affair, and a kill list. Every day Rhiannon lists the people she meets during the day who she wants to kill - from the checkout guy in Aldi to the guy who queue jumps in Starbucks.

This was hilarious, graphic and disturbin
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
"How many men does it take to tile a bathroom? One - but only if you slice him veeeery thinly." 😈 This is my new favorite joke - thank you, Sweetpea!
This was definitely quite the interesting read. If you have delicate sensibilities, then you'll definitely be offended at times. I, personally, had the best time. However, there were definitely some things about this book that just didn't quite work for me. While I realize this is basically written in diary form, it makes sense that I felt like I wa
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Mandy
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, audio
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. ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book! Rhiannon is just your everyday twenty something with a builder boyfriend named Craig and a little Chihuahua that she dotes on, working for a provincial newspaper in the West Country as an editorial assistant patronised by the entire staff. Her secret hobby is being a serial killer. She has a block of Sabatier knives that she puts to use 'fishing' - strolling alone in the night to attract would-be rapists though she also keeps a bully from her childhood tied up in her ...more
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
V_Nerdbooks

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Brilliantly Dark and Funny Stars

I already knew after I had finished Chapter 3 that I would be giving this book 5 stars!

The main character Rhiannon is just perfect, I laughed out loud many MANY times, she is outrageous, crude, rude and definitely a psychopath, as she proudly tells us!

"Did a Buzzfeed quiz this morning - How Psychopathic Are You?
Turns out - Very. I scored 82 percent."


Look, one thing you need to know about this brilliant book, you are either going to absolutely love it,
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
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!
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 ❤️
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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Katerina
Bridget Jones meets Jack the Ripper: gruesome, implausible but bloody hilarious.
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,
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K.
Trigger warnings: murder, rape, violence, removal of body parts, torture, mentions of abortion, miscarriage, mentions of suicide, mental health, bullying, gore.

22/9/2019
I stand by everything I said last time. Rhiannon is completely terrifying and yet utterly hilarious. And honestly, partly she's terrifying because of how much I relate to some of her inner thoughts...

19/7/2018
Oh my God. OH. MY. GOD. I loved this book so, SO much. It's kind of like Bridget Jones crossed with Dexter. It's so funny
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Chanel Lindsay
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WHAT A READ! This one has been on my TBR list for a while and I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading it as I absolutely loved it!!!

This book follows Rhiannon Lewis, who might seem like the average girl next door, but she's got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhiannon's celebrity has dwindled. By day her job at a newspaper is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's wedding plans whilst making a list. A KILL LIS
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Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Rhiannon is obviously a monster... but a monster who loves her dog and Gordon Ramsay and you can't help rooting for. She made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Reminded me of Joe from the book You by Caroline Kepnes... another likeable psychopath. Her "kill lists" at the beginning of the chapter were disturbingly familiar to my own annoyances... right down to the adult women who wear pigtails :)

A lot of characters are thrown at you at the beginning... I had to go back through and re-check na
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gem
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Rhiannon’s narration; she’s darkly funny and utterly brutal in the way she thinks about people. The kill list at the beginning of each chapter made me laugh out loud (and really, who doesn’t love a good list! Mine would include idiots who can’t text and walk, idiots who leave a shop and dither in the doorways, people who don’t take the labels off their shoes, people with bad manners and people who chew gum loudly on the bus. For a start.)
The plot was really fast paced, her killing spree
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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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Aoife
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, thriller
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rhiannon is a 27-year-old receptionist working at a local paper who seems happy in her life and domestic bliss with her boyfriend Craig. However, deep down Rhiannon is a bit of a psychopath who lists down the people on her Kill List everyday in her diary and has a flip that can switch a bit too easily. As Rhiannon's blood-lust grows and her anger deepens, it's only a matter of time before she
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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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