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Hello and welcome if you’ve stumbled across my blog.

I have no idea how these things work so you’ll have to bear with me while I figure it out.

The idea of this is so I can keep on top of my reviews mainly, and maybe I’ll appear a bit more “proper” when it comes to me providing a synopsis and opinion of any book I read.

I love reading. I’ve gone through half of the genres already…………ok I’m including baby books here, but I did it so it is a thing ok! Adult genres, I started on Danielle Steel (not she’s a genre perse but…….) jumped headlong into horror (I got into Richard Laymon just about the time he died, honest, not my fault) loved King. Then it was thrillers which kind of overlapped with mystery, crime, law (yes John Grisham obviously…………….actually, mostly) Scattered in amongst those I like a good fantasy (read Terry Pratchett) (yes another late author, do I need a lawyer?) Now included in amongst those I’m chucking in a bit of humour (Loved Fat Vampire – Jonny B Truant) and I’m currently working my way through the Bad Mother books by Suzy K Quinn…………..think I need a middle initial with my humour authors!

So, put your feet up………………seriously,  please do because I’m the procrastination queen and this might be all you get for months (don’t get me started on Pinterest – please – there’s a day gone)

See you soon!

 

THE NIGHT YOU LEFT – by Emma Curtis

Big thanks to Emma herself who reached out to me and offered a copy of her book in return for an honest review.

The book is written from the perspective of a handful of people and a couple of timelines, so can get slightly confusing to start with, until you get your head around it.

Nick proposes to Grace, who happily accepts, and then Nick goes for a walk and disappears. When Grace looks into her and Nick’s running app it appears Nick may have met with their new neighbour. It seems there was something that happened on a joint family holiday years ago that caused ructions and blame and split the friends apart.

With Nick’s parents, Cora nd Tim,  moving in and telling Grace they are claiming her home she is under pressure to find out what has really happened to her fiancé.

I totally got into this book and couldn’t stop reading it in order to find out what happened, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a crime thriller mystery.

THIS IS GOING TO HURT – by Adam Kay

This was recommended to me by a dear friend and we ordered it from the library, waited ages on a list that was very long and both got it the very same day (spooky!)

I loved this book. It is written in diary form and covers moments from Adam’s own working life. He has a very black sense of humour which I loved and having worked in the business briefly, and having quite a few friends who still do; it is a sense of humour which tends to get you through.

The diary entries cover things that have happened in his long (in hours) career as a doctor in various hospitals. I was struck by the awful way junior doctors are treated, expected to work overtime without overtime pay constantly, being sent to new hospitals without being given the time to find new places to live, not being given time off (Adam doesn’t go into too much detail but one entry was about him having to collect his things from his now-ex, so he didn’t even have time for a relationship) all without much sleep AND expected to operate on people and NOT make mistakes. This is a job for a super-hero not an ordinary human surely!

I think all NHS management and all MP’s should read this – they can’t possibly know it’s this bad surely or they would do something about it?

Obviously people with no sense of humour should give this book a swerve, they will just see it as a lot of moaning.

Thank you to Adam, who gave me a lot of laughs (gave my Husband a lot of laughs as I was reciting things to him all the time – hence it took me nearly twice as long to read the book as it would have done) and for giving me an insight into a career I already knew was a thankless task but showing how bad it really is.

REASONS TO STAY ALIVE by Matt Haig

Joanna Lumley said of this book:-

“A small masterpiece that might even save lives”

I think she could be onto something there.

As I read through this book the floodgates were opening – I sat and silently cried while trying to hide the fact from my Husband not two feet away (but he was watching some sort of sport, so I was fairly safe). Someone understood, and more to the point, wrote about in words that described the problem to a T. Now, I’m not saying I suffered to the extent Matt did, but he described my pain just the same. And it helps, someone understanding what you go through, or went through. And it helps that he has mostly recovered – yes, you’re always waiting for that relapse, which causes its own anxiety doesn’t it! And I know that you shouldn’t start a new sentence with ‘and’ ………….

See, this book wasn’t just good because it detailed his recovery – that it can be done – it was good because it felt he knew, knew what it’s like……………..and there was humour in there too.

It is even written in small chapters, because you can never guarantee that you have the power of concentration, anxiety and depression makes attentiveness tricky.

I finished this book about 20 minutes ago and sat straight down to write this, that’s a first for me………….this book is doing me good already. In fact I think I may go so far as to say I might even buy a copy, for the bad times, something I only usually do with cookery books (I buy them for the recipes – rarely actually make them mind) (there probably is a word for that – let me know)

So, yes, I would recommend this book, to people who are going through it and feel alone, to people who have someone going through it, to understand because sometimes it’s easy to say you do but Matt words it in a way that you can’t fail to understand.

Thank you Matt.

SPIRIT CALLER by H P Bayne

This is the last in the series. Hand me a tissue.*

Dez, Sully and their team are getting closer to ending Lowell for good. Though Sully isn’t quite decided on whether he’s going to let him go to jail or finish him permanently.

The first thing they need to do is save Kayleigh from his and Kindra’s clutches, knowing what he can do to children is causes wretched anxiety to them all. First Sully must find Harry, as he can’t get hold of his Father and Aiden to find out where they’ve taken her, though what Sully is shown brings him to his knees – and allows the darkness to take over.

Sully’s dark former self doesn’t have the same family values as Sully and he needs the help of Flynn and Aiden’s spirits to bring him back to the fore before some real damage is done. He also enlists the help of spirits to heal him at the end – read the book to find out what happened!!

I have loved this series of books with the crime solving and the spiritual aspect and will miss them like friends………….no, wait, I don’t have to! *H.P. is starting a spin-off series with my Favourites in………………put away those tissues!

Note to self: Use the time to catch up on my huge TBR list before it comes out.

So you may guess I would thoroughly recommend this book and it’s previous tomes.

SECOND SON by H P Bayne


There was a prophecy that when the second son rises he would bring the downfall of the circle.

The circle is a group of prominent town people in Kimotan Rapids that basically run the town……………in secret. Nobody knows about them and if they have heard a rumour they don’t know who is a part of it.

Lowell Braddock is part of it. This is basically how he has got away with the wrongs he has, and partly why he has done them in the first place.

Dez and Sully, along with police officer Forbes Raynor and P.I. Laclan Fields desperately look into the problem. Dez has been rocked by the revelation that his Uncle killed his brother and Sully equally shaken by the disclosure that the doctor who tortured him, Roman Gerhardt, is actually his biological father. They think the answer might lie in finding out what happened to Gerhardt’s other son David, and set out to find his wife’s ghost. What the find with it nearly kills them.

This is the sixth book in the series and I strongly advise you to read them in order as there is a running story through the set of them,

I am now on the last one and hopeful all the questions will be answered.

5 STEPS TO HAPPY by Ella Dove

I saw this promoted in Step Forward, the Limbless Association’s magazine – which I get as I am an amputee (1990, back of a bike) and thought it might be good to read something with an amputee as the hero.

I didn’t know how great it would be.

From the start to finish I was loving the little call backs to things that happened to me. So many times I had little ‘OMG me too’ moments, such as my first time on an escalator (difficult enough with two legs) , those neurological jerks that still happen to me now and how hospitals are geared to disabilities and the outside world is so not.

The story, though a work of fiction, is based on Ella’s own experience of becoming an amputee. A freak accident the heroine Heidi has while out running ends up with her losing her leg and we follow her through the trials and tribulations of recovery. I loved Dougie, her best friend and flat mate who seemed to suffer as much as her, got cross with Jenny her sister, soon to be bride who seemed to only focus on her wedding. I loved Maud, her roommate in rehab, who came out with little nuggets of wisdom and was all-round just lovely. Jack, what can I say about him that doesn’t cause a spoiler?

One thing that the book highlighted is how the accident impacted the family. This is something I never gave a thought to when I was going through it – my parents were absolute stars, there for me 24/7 – but I never gave a thought to how it hurt them (especially as I was supposed to be going to see them that day and binned them off for an afternoon of motorbike racing at Snetterton) They’re gone now, so I can’t apologise, but I am sorry Mum & Dad.

Another thing – Heidi’s parents did what mine did; paid for her flat while she was in hospital. Which raises a very real question…………what happens to the people who don’t have that – benefits only cover so many weeks? They lose their accommodation, and then what? Can’t be discharged from hospital as they have nowhere to go?

Back to the book – I did find it slightly confusing at the start as Ella includes a synopsis of her own story before the book and I found myself getting in a tangle remembering story and real life, but that’s probably just me!

I would absolutely recommend this too anyone who has anyone in their life who is an amputee, and everyone else – because you never know.

Now I’m off to find some more fictional amputee heroes.

Buy the book here

HOLLOW ROAD by H P Bayne

Faceless Flo, urban myth………or not?

She appears to be targeting men, drawing them to their death. But what is the real story behind it? Sully needs to find out, while staying in the shadows as much as he can – which turns out isn’t that much really, though his alias works on most people. But why did he choose the name Oliver Chadwell? Was it really just a random name?

After a false start thinking she is someone else entirely he finds out who she is, and why she is doing what she’s doing. Then, more importantly, why she is targeting the men she is.

Dez is trying to find out what happened to a banker, Lonnie Debenham, who disappeared 30 years ago. Was it an affair? Suicide? No body has been found, but his father is ill and needs to know the truth before he dies.  

Meanwhile Sully is trying to prevent Dez from finding out what it is that their Uncle Lowell has done to the family.

I just love these books, on number 6 now, not many to go *sad face.

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