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In Bloom

(Sweetpea #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,571 ratings  ·  216 reviews
‘Makes Hannibal Lecter look like Mary Poppins… this is going to give me a serious book hangover’

John Marrs, author of The One

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 9th 2018 by HQ
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
C.J. Skuse is back with the sequel to her twist serial killer novel with more first-person narrative in a world where murder seems to be the easiest way to deal with scumbags. After her successful run of killing a number of sexual offenders, Rhiannon Lewis has been able to push the crimes off on her fiancé, Craig, who was recently picked-up by the authorities. Rhiannon’s drama does not end there, for a workplace tryst left her pregnant and required that she dispose of the baby daddy in short ord ...more
Shirley Revill
When I listened to this audiobook I didn't realise that it was a series and this the second issue.
If you like gory murders then this is the book for you because there is a serial killer on the loose and it ain't pretty. There is more cutting up than my local butchers shop on a busy day in fact the first body was hacked and dispatched in the first few minutes. This is a serial killer with a difference though as her unborn baby talks to her with a voice of reason.
I so wished I had listened to the
Zuky the BookBum
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2018
I’m so happy to be bringing you a review for the second book in the Sweetpea series, In Bloom! As many as you saw, a couple of weeks ago I posted my big fat 5-star review for Sweetpea and was so excited to dig in to In Bloom… and I wasn’t disappointed!

Rhiannon is the best character I’ve met in a long, long time and she was just as funny, rude and psycho in this novel as she was the first. I’m so glad. She is also pregnant! She even takes a bit of an emotional turn in this book, recognising her r
Monica (crazy_4_books)
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, 4-stars
"Rhiannon Lewis Diaries Part two"
Rhiannon is a likable anti-hero; a psychopath that goes on with her true calling of killing, but killing child abusers and pedophiles, like a vigilante with an urge to kill, which does not mean she is citizen of the year, but you kind of like her, I mean she's cleaning up the streets of very bad people whom the system let free. And she gets help, from a woman who she unintentionally saved in the first book. This woman turns out to be a lawyer who has been a rape
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'In Bloom' is the sequel to C. J. Skuse's first crime novel 'Sweetpea' and is part of the series of the same name. I don't feel this works as a standalone novel as it relies heavily on the happenings from the first book. As a result, I recommend reading 'Sweetpea' before embarking on this one. This book starts immediately where the last one concluded.

In 'Sweetpea' we met serial killer and girl-next-door, Rhiannon, who was ultimately bored with her unsatisfying life. Little does anyone know but s
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Bloom should be available on the NHS. Laughter medicine. It is dark and comic. Wildly wicked and clever. It will make you scream with laughter.

C J Skuse gave us the best ever adventure of a female serial killer in Sweetpea. We were introduced to Rhiannon an unforgettable young woman, with a few dark secrets up her sleeve. We are so lucky to have a sequel, that unexpectedly is even better than the original. Sweetpea was wonderful and perfect. In Bloom is that little bit more wonderful.

Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
For as much as I loved Sweetpea, the sequel In Bloom just fell kind of flat for me. I just kept WAITING for something to happen. By page 200, still nothing... But the last 100 pages were good enough for me to hope for another sequel.

Obviously Rhiannon has no moral compass, but it bugged me how she kept taking advantage of Elaine and Jim. Who cares about the murder spree? I'm worried about their feelings! lol

Keeping my fingers crossed for another one.
Tracy Fenton
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I freaking loved Sweetpea.  I thought it was OUTRAGEOUS and CRUDE and INAPPROPRIATE and TASTELESS, but honestly, reading (devouring) In Bloom in a day made me realise that Sweetpea was like Mother Teresa on Valium compared to this brilliant sequel.

Rhiannon is back, but this time she’s not alone!  She’s pregnant and she’s a walking, talking hormonal, baby brained psycho with a craving to kill.

Told again through a diary with the fabulous kill lists, Rhiannon is living at her fiancés parents house
Sweetpea introduced an unforgettable antiheroine in the shape of Rhiannon: put-upon editorial assistant, long-suffering girlfriend, Sylvanian Families collector, and secret serial killer. Now, having framed her cheating ex-fiancé for her latest killing spree, Rhiannon’s free to continue working through her kill lists. But she’s also pregnant... and hearing the voice of her unborn child telling her to stop. Can she, and will she, curb her murderous urges for the baby’s sake?

Sweetpea was a scr
Kim Ebner
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
By, C.J Skuse
My rating: * * * *

This novel is the sequel to my favourite novel of 2018, Sweetpea. I absolutely fell head over heels in love with that novel and so I couldn’t wait to read the sequel. I sometimes find that sequels don’t quite live up to the high standards set by the first novel, and this was the case here too. I think the shock factor that I felt when reading Sweetpea had, to some extent, lost its effect by this second installment. This novel is still dark, crude, shocking
Mandy White
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Oh Rhiannon I love you!! This books was just as funny and disturbing as Sweet Pea which did make me laugh. I didn't want it to be over when it was but all good things. I hope it isnt the last we hear from her.!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the sequel to one of my favourite thrillers I've ever read and boy did it not disappoint.

This series follows Rhiannon a serial killer. Think Bridget Jones meets American Psycho.

Just like the first book it is incredibly dark, sadistic and gross in places. Not for the faint hearted but the humour, oh my the humor is wonderful.

Rhiannon makes these kill lists of people or things who annoy her and I found myself agreeing to a few of the items in the list. I don't kno
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Can anything follow the sheer, utter brilliance of Sweetpea? I am so pleased to say that the sequel, once again following serial killer Rhiannon, is in my opinion even better!

It's another dark, crazy and laugh-out-loud-funny story which I didnt want to put down Rhiannon is as brilliant as ever, with razor sharp observations and utter disdain for certain aspects of human relationships and nature and just everyday life. Her 'kill lists' are always entertaining a
Liz Barnsley
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So so so so good. Beautifully done, murderously funny and engaging as heck. Full review near to publication.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another funny instalment of Sweetpea, I did like the talking fetus and the subsequent conversations. Didn't make me laugh out loud quite as much as the first book but it was still amusing with plenty of dark humour and I did like the ending.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Pages - 384

Publisher - HQ Stories

Source - Review copy (ARC)

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The darkly comic crime sequel to Sweetpea, following girl-next-door serial killer Rhiannon as she’s now caught between the urge to kill and her unborn baby stopping her.

If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has succes
Rhian Eleri
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Rhiannon came back, and was just as demented as the last time around! The book carried on exactly where sweetpea ended! So anyone who reads this its good that you either look back at the 1st book or your notes because it took me a little while to remember a few things. The whole thing is outrageous, funny, and damn right scary if this is how psychopaths really work!
This time around though, there are two voices, Rhiannons' and her unborn baby! Rhiannon is desperate to kill again, but baby says
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
I am so sad that I need to wait till 2020 for the third book. Rhiannon is without a doubt one of the greatest anti-hero's I have come across. Couldn't recommend this series enough.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In Bloom is the second book to feature Rhiannon. Would highly recommend you read Sweetpea, the first book, before reading this one. There is a lot of background that I feel readers would feel like they are missing out on if they don't read them in order.

It was great to catch back up with Rhiannon again. I'm sure we can all see a bit of ourselves in her, though luckily for the police, the rest of us can restrain ourselves from breaking the law and killing people, even though some of them do deser
Julie Lacey
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life is never dull with Rhiannon as the narrator of the story!
I really enjoyed SweetPea but I think I liked this one even more.
At the end of SweetPea we knew Rhiannon was pregnant and in this book the baby continues to speak to her. One thing is clear though - it doesn’t like her killing people!
Rhiannon moves in with Jim and Elaine, Craig’s parents, and feels a bit restricted so soon hatches a plan to give her more space. Neither of them have a clue about what she’s done and are desparate to ge
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So cleaver
Alison Laughton
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely recommend this book, hoping there will be a third book !!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Darkly irreverent, totally warped and flipping hilarious.

Rhiannon my favourite ever serial killer is back and pregnant, she has the body of her lover to dispose of, raging hormones and a talking bump, the exchanges between them had me crying with laughter. These books really shouldn't be funny they are sick, twisted, gruesome but boy oh boy they are just brilliant - the caustic observations of the people around her, the kill list and her murderous impulses will keep you glued and wondering if sh
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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last year I was completely shocked with Sweetpea, the brutally honest diary of Rhiannon, a serial killer that gets a thrill every time she harms and kills bad guys. It was something completely unique and darker than anything I have ever read. Now we have its sequel, In Bloom, so I was a bit worried at the beginning as this time around there was no surprise or shocking factor, we know already what Rhiannon is capable of. But somehow, sh
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Bloom by C.J.Skuse is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that draws the reader in from the start. It is a sequel but I had not read the previous book and I followed the action just fine.
The book follows a pregnant vigilante, very reminiscent of the Charles Bronson character in the 1970's Death Wish films. The action alternates between the very ordinary and the extraordinary psychotic episodes. Written in the first person, the reader enters the killer's mind. She is very personable
Heather York
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Ive been really looking forward to reading this book after enjoying the first so much and I was not disappointed!! Not my usual genre of book but a very gripping read. Is it wrong to actually like Rhiannon and laugh out loud at her narrative...probably but I love the way this book is written. Eagerly awaiting the next instalment!
Arthur Pap
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

I was completely shocked with Sweetpea that I had to read In Bloom. The brutal diary of serial killer Rhiannon who gets off killing bad guys. I found it unique and much darker than anything I had ever read before. I was worried there might not be any shock factor in the sequel but I was pleasantly surprised.

I even actually came to like her!

Good read.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Bloom has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 as I loved the first book in this series, SweetPea (you can read my review of Sweet Pea here if you’d like to). I’m so happy to say that In Bloom absolutely lived up to my high expectations and I loved being back in Rhiannon’s world.

In Bloom picks up where SweetPea left off and it’s so good! Rhiannon has a body to deal with and is worried that the police might be at her door. She’s pregnant and her unborn baby seems to want to interfere
Kat Robinson
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read.
Still love Rhiannon, can't wait for next installment!!!!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first of this series, Sweet Pea, it was such a different style of book and I’m really not sure what genre you would class this as – it’s a bit of crime and thriller, but it’s also humorous, and not really an investigative book. It has been quite some time since I read Sweet Pea so I do confess that I have forgotten aspects of what happened BUT I really enjoyed In Bloom. It is just as funny as Sweet Pea with Rhiannon becoming even more unraveled but just as honest and forthri ...more
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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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