Sunday, 29 January 2017

Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross #20) by James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him--by giving himself a new face. 

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.

Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him--and will stop at nothing until he's dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, FREE ALEX CROSS is James Patterson's ultimate thrill ride.

This is the next in the Alex Cross installment. Was really good and back to where he started when James Patterson started writing all those years ago.

Alex Cross has 2 murderers on the loose, 1 is killing Barbie type women and the other is killing rent boys, plus a hanging woman who was pregnant and the baby is missing. Will he find the baby in time? Who is killing these Barbie women and who is killing these rent boys? Are they all connected? Alex Cross has another problem closer to home. Can he solve the murders and save his family?

READ this installment of Alex Cross, Run.

Monday, 23 January 2017

£6.19 per Witching Hour (Paranormal Personnel Saga #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Julia Taylor works as a recruitment consultant for Paranormal Personnel in London. Her days at work seem normal. She sees clients that regularly are looking for work; she searches for new vacancies, updates CVs and visits employers.

Everything is pretty ordinary for her, apart from the fact that Julia is half elf and Paranormal Personnel is not an ordinary recruitment agency at all because all jobless supernatural creatures come to the agency to look for work. Fairies, vampires, witches, hags, wizards, mermaids, elves, giants and trolls, they all need to find employment, and during this economic climate, this seems pretty challenging.

Julia doesn’t want her life to be complicated, but when her day is interrupted by the shapeshifter with the chain saw, she just has to deal with him as she always does. She is normally calm, confident and is not afraid to stand up for herself, but when the meeting with Nathaniel’s Corporation goes not as well as she had hoped, she wants to bury herself under the ground and die.

Then, to make matters worse, Mr. La Caz gets under her skin, lighting up a fire inside her. She accidentally reads his thoughts and learns that he craves her; he wants to suck her dry, but she is convinced that he is not even a vampire.

I've had this book for a while and thought I'd see what it was about. In my opinion there was spelling mistakes and stuff that never made sense in the sentences that was being written.

Overall storyline was ok. Julia Taylor is a half Elf, Nathaniel La Caz is a drop dead gorgeous Dhampir (a half vampire). Julia works for Paranormal Personnel (a Personnel Agency in Croydon, even though they have branches in other places). Someone is stealing the fairies and elves, 1 of the elves that are missing is Claudia (Julia's cousin). Watch the sparks fly when Julia gets a contract from La Caz and the affair takes off. You won't be disappointed if this is the kind of book you want to read.

Friday, 20 January 2017

The Mountain in My Shoe by Louise Beech

A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all. Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.

I would like to thank Louise Beech for writing this story and also to Sumaira Wilson for recommending this to me.

I've never read anything by this author before, so it was nice that when my friend suggested I read it, I bought it. It starts off with a book for a little boy called Conor, it follows his life through this book and introduces you to all sorts of different characters. A woman who is his friend and her husband who is missing. His mother and her problems. A BOOK that tells all about a young boy.

You will want to read this book that is heart-wrenching at parts, makes you think you know what was going on, but has that twist to show you that you REALLY didn't know what was coming. A book about life in system and what it means for a Man, Boy, Book and WHAT 1 woman has that can bring it all together.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Dead End (DI Geraldine Steel #3) by Leigh Russell

Another thrilling case featuring Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel

When the corpse of Abigail Kirby is discovered, police are shocked to learn that the victim's tongue was cut out while she lay dying. Then, shortly after coming forward, a witness is blinded and murdered. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel's work life helps her cope with the personal, as her flirtation with the pathologist on the case is helping her to deal with the the newest shock in her life—finding out she was adopted at birth. When Detective Sergeant Ian Peterson uncovers a shocking secret about the serial killer they are pursuing, will the discovery come soon enough to save Geraldine Steel from a similar dreadful fate?

I would like to thank the author for writing this book. I've read the previous 2 in the series quite a while ago and I've had this and the next in the series on my Amazon library since December 2011. 

When I started reading this, I automatically guessed who the murderer was, but carried on with the book as it was interesting to see how DI Geraldine Steel & DS Ian Peterson would catch the killer. Who is murdering a teacher for her tongue and who would want to kill a 17 year old boy. What did DS Peterson find that could put DI Steel into harm's way. All will be revealed in this brilliant installment of Dead End.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted (Patrick Bannister #1) by Andrew E. Kaufman

SHE ONLY STEPPED OUTSIDE FOR A MINUTE...But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley's world upside down—a minute she'd regret for the rest of her life.
Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again.
A tip leads detectives to the killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.
CASE CLOSED. JUSTICE SERVED...OR WAS IT?Now, more than thirty years later, Patrick Bannister unwittingly stumbles across evidence among his dead mother's belongings—it paints her as the killer and her brother, a wealthy and powerful senator, as the one pulling the strings.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO NATHAN KINGSLEY?There's a hole in the case a mile wide, and Patrick is determined to close it. But what he doesn't know is that the closer he moves toward the truth, the more he's putting his life on the line, that he’s become the hunted. Someone's hiding a dark secret and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.
The clock is ticking, the walls are closing, and the stakes are getting higher as he races to find a killer—one who's hot on his trail. One who's out for his blood.

I've been meaning to read this author for a while and thought today was a good day to read this book.
I like psychological thrillers with a twist and this book was no different. I hated certain characters, wanted to scream at the main character sometimes, but the twist I NEVER saw coming and boy did it change the whole book. 
If you LOVE twisty, dark, psychological thrillers. Then you HAVE to read The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted by this author. It will leave you wanting to read more by him.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles

Benjamin, a nine-year-old autistic boy with a love of Disney, was taking his first trip to Walt Disney World. The last thing his parents expected was to see him come alive.

What followed was a remarkable tale of inspiration, heartbreak, dedication and joy as Benjamin's family relocated from Seattle to Orlando in order to capture that magic and put it to practical use. Amidst the daily challenges of life for an autistic child, Benjamin's passion for one particular theme park attraction would lead his family on a breathtaking journey of hope and discovery.

How many rides does it take for an ending to become a new beginning?

I would like to thank the author for writing a book about his autistic son and his love for Snow White.

It was a very interesting and lovely read. The way he wrote about the adventures he took with his son at the Disneyland ride. Anyone who's got a child (who's special needs) will totally get where this author/father is coming from. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith #1) by John Nicholl

The chilling, dark psychological suspense thriller from ex police officer and child protection social worker, John Nicholl. 

Be careful who you trust...

The Mailer family are oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP following the breakdown of his parents' marriage.
Fifty-eight year old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters.
Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession, and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

The novel is entirely fictional, but draws on John Nicholl's experiences as a police officer, child protection social worker, manager and trainer.
During his career the author was faced with case after case that left him incredulous as to the harm sexual predators chose to inflict on their victims. The book reflects that reality.
The story is set in 1992, a more naive time when many found it extremely difficult to believe that a significant number of adults posed a serious risk to children.
The book contains material some may find upsetting from the start.
It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.

The gripping sequel: 'When evil calls your name' is now available on Amazon. 

I had been warned to read this as a fictional book, but it's very hard to read with the subject matter so much in the news lately. I had to read/listen to this in 2 parts as I felt that I couldn't of done it in 1 go. 

The story is very well informed to do with the subject as the author is a ex police officer & ex social worker. I've given it a 4 star due to the nature of the subject as I found it hard going at times. I was even frustrated at the characters as you can see it through your mind's eye and want to scream at the characters to pay attention. A good thriller if you look kind of beyond the subject matter.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse by C H Clepitt

Is anyone truly prepared for the apocalypse?

Well, Kerry certainly isn’t, and she fairly quickly discovers that looking sharp in a business suit and heels is not going to help anyone when there’s an apocalypse, with possible zombies!
Together with a super spy, an ex girl guide and a personal trainer with manly foraging skills, Kerry must battle terrifying religious cults, rich people and her personal demons, all whilst having the daily chore of deciding what to wear.

This is a laugh out loud comedy with romance, heart and talking badgers, and is not to be missed.
What would you wear to the apocalypse? #IWoreHeels

I picked up this book as it was part of a challenge I am doing. It was suggested by the author as well. 

I'm not sure what I think of it really as it was funny in parts and some times it was like where is this going. Was a quick read (would of read it quicker had life not got in the way lol).

What would you wear if the end of the world all of a sudden happened? Well I Wore Heels to the Apocalpyse is 1 woman's story to what she thought happened. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

600 Hours of Edward (Edward #1) by Craig Lancaster

A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’s classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.

I had chosen this book for a challenge. It has been told to me that this is a great book and I should read it (even though I've never read Flowers For Algernon before).

I have a daughter who has autism, which is why this draws me to this book at this time as I've also watched programmes to do with special needs people. I have laughed at parts of the book and also hated his father at times for what he has put his son Edward through. I would love to read more of the author's books over the next few months. I also loved where Edward stands up for himself against his father and things in general.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Pohutukawa Highway by Tammy Robinson

It’s January, the height of a New Zealand summer and the Gilbert family have gathered at the campground they’ve been coming to since the seventies to scatter the ashes of youngest son Jeffrey into the sea. 

For Jess, the campground holds bittersweet memories. It’s where she passed a childhood of carefree summers, but it’s also the scene of her first heartbreak at the hands of Hunter Aarden. The summer she turned seventeen he promised her he’d love her for always, then he drove out of camp never to be heard from again. 

Until now. 

After almost two decades, Jess is finally about to find out why. 

Both romantic and humorous, Pohutukawa Highway is a story that reminds us about the importance of family, and the magic of second chances. 

I have never read anything by this author, even though I've always wanted to read her books. So when thinking about challenge books, I needed a book that had Summer on it (this book is published under a different name on Amazon). 

Well I can tell you this author's book written under a new title suited it well. When I started the book I was automatically hooked and transported back to a holiday romance when I was a teenager (heart broken) all those years ago. This book made me laugh, smile and even a few tears was shed over the story (so close to what happened to me in a sense). I will definitely be reading more of her books over the coming months.