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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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by HQ
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

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 P
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
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
Zuky the BookBum
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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!
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.

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)
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
Joanna Park
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Also featured as a guest review on The Book Review Cafe Blog.

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
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.
V Nerd

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 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, or
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Alex (PaperbackPiano)
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely hilarious. The narrator Rhiannon is unbelievably crude (some of her language is downright disgusting) but I couldn't help relating to her on some teeny tiny level. I mean, I'm not a psychopath. But many times, the kill lists at the start of each chapter would reflect some of my own pet peeves! Like newsreaders who stutter, groups of people walking slowly in front of you, and cashiers who squeeze your bread. I'm with you, Rhee. Thankfully, I have a normally functioning brain s ...more
Toni  • Reviews & Randomness
4.75 Stars

I saw this being talked about on a youtube channel and decided that I had to read it and I am so glad that I did!

This book had me laughing, gasping, covering my eyes and squirming. I loved the humour and how blunt and open the main character was in her diary. For a psychotic serial killer she was an extremely relatable (and dare I say it, likeable) character... Am I the insane one?! It also ended on one heck of a cliffhanger too so definitely need to read the next book.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say about Sweetpea is I LOVE THIS COVER!!! I seem to be drawn to covers that have a black background and simple yet vivid colours to attract attention. When I saw this cover on Twitter and then read the blurb earlier this year, I knew I needed to read this book!

The second thing I have to say about Sweetpea is DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED. The humour is very dark, comical and rather gruesome in places. Our protagonist, Rhiannon doesn't mince her words
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
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well holy mother of f*@#fssfjksdnfvlkns~’#[]$5 god.


This book! I really do not know how to write a review about it, without having to swear! Seriously! This book is epic, no wait it is BEYOND epic! I can not describe the ways of how much


Now this book won’t be for everyone, so if it isn’t please move along and forget me and my name because you are missing out!!

I am so late to the party with this book, I read this book because of a fabolous review by Vicci over
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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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