If you’ve read any of my previous reviews then you’ll know how much I love a mystery/crime novel and this book is no exception! I finished it in two days and just couldn’t put it down! I’m a sucker for a plot twist, and I definitely didn’t guess how the events were going to unfold in this!
This book is based around Jo Blackmore, a mother who suffers from numerous mental health issues, and her battle to keep her daughter safe from the threats that Jo believes are all around her. The exploration of mental health throughout, coupled with the use of different perspectives being used, allowed for a full view to be gained regarding how both Jo and those around her view the world. As well as being a thriller novel, it really, for me, allowed an in depth view to how mental health can affect a persons day to day life.
The plot itself is exciting and there was action from the very first chapter. During the first half of the book, I was undecided as to whether the protagonist was possibly overreacting, but soon was firmly on her side once more of her views were shared. The ways in which the author explores how Jo reacts to the events really made me want to carry on reading. It was as if I was experience what she was and sensing everything that she sensed.
Throughout the text, the author explores the journey that Jo takes in dealing with her mental health issues. The ways in which she is forced to protect herself and her daughter ultimately force Jo into situations that she previously would have been uncomfortable in, enough so to induce panic attacks. As the reader is taken on the journey with Jo, you are really able to appreciate the somewhat trivial tasks that she is able to complete as a result of sheer maternal instinct.
I’d really recommend giving this book a read if you’re a thriller/crime lover like myself! It reminds me of the work of Gillian Flynn and I’ll definitely be having a look at some of C.L Taylor’s other works in the future. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, I don’t want to discuss it too much incase I give anything away but it’s definitely worth a read!
Chop the apple into small cubes and place in a large pan with a splash of water, 100g of sugar and a cinnamon stick.
Cook the apple mixture down until it turns into a jam like consistency and leave to one side to cool.
Rub the 50g of butter together with the 100g of plain flour until it reaches a fine breadcrumb consistency and leave it to one side.
Add the oats, 120g of butter, 120g of sugar and the golden syrup to a food processor and blitz until combined. You could hand mix this but it combines so much better in a food processor (I used a small food chopper).
Grease a small tin with butter and scoop the oat mixture into the tin.
Spread this evenly across the tin and squash down using a metal spoon, make sure it’s really compact!
Bake the flapjack in the oven for around 5 minutes.
Once the flapjack is part baked, remove from the oven.
Evenly spread the apple mixture (cinnamon stick removed) on top of the flapjack using a knife.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top (just a light covering) and bake again for a further 10 minutes.
Once baked, leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.
Slice the flapjack (I did 6 slices) and place on a plate to serve.
Today’s post is a request from an author, sent via my blog! I was really flattered to receive a request and am pleased to be able to use my platform to promote new books from lesser known authors. This book is accessible via Kindle and as a paperback on Amazon.
This book explores an alternate society of immortal citizens, following the story of three siblings who are unwittingly thrown into the world of the ‘immies’. The character development is one part of the book that really impressed me, each of the siblings have their own strong personality and the two young women are admirable for their strong feminist values. The way in which the text explores how different events impact the children is fascinating.
Although this isn’t my typical choice of book, in the fact that it’s a fantasy text, I did really enjoy reading it. The author goes into great detail through the plot of the text and I really had to use little imagination to see the society that the author creates. This would be an excellent book for teenagers to read and I think it would really appeal to readers who enjoy fantasy texts.
I really admire the way in which the author has been able to create a whole new society and write in depth about its citizens, laws and politics. If you’d like to support a new author then please give this book a read! 🙂
If anyone else would like their book to be reviewed then please contact me via email (this can be found on the ‘contact page’). I am always more than happy to read any genre of book and to post reviews on my sites.
This is the most recent book in the Strike detective series, written by J.K Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I haven’t read any of the other Strike books and stumbled across this one as a result of recent publicity. After reading this, I will definitely be buying the other novels of the collection! It’s one of the best novels I have read and is certainly right up my street.
The novel is centred around the life of Detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacot. The story explores one crime in particular, the forty year old disappearance of Margot Bamborough, who’s daughter has hired the detectives to uncover what happened to her mother. The initial investigation was flawed by unorganised detective work and mass media coverage , which led to many believing that serial killer Dennis Creed had killed Margot. All of the evidence (of which there is a lack of) that was collected during the initial investigation has to be re-interpreted by Strike, which proves to be a difficult task throughout.
Galbraith introduces a number of characters who each have the capability to have harmed Margot, there are so many twists and turns to the plot which made it difficult to strop reading! I certainly didn’t guess the result of the investigation, the plot was very clever in the way that it unravelled to reveal what had happened to Margot forty years previous.
The novel doesn’t solely focus on the disappearance of Margot, it’s a well rounded story that has so many different plot lines and elements. Parts of it made me gasp and others made me cry! Alongside the detective element of the novel, Galbraith incorporates a semi love story that unfolds throughout.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime novels, especially those that deal with cold cases. With so many twists and turns, it’s an exciting novel and one that certainly did not disappoint!
This post is slightly different to my normal style of review! It’s my first ever Reedsy review! I hope you all enjoy and give the book a read to support the author.
This book tells the story of a detective working in the Sex Crimes Unit who vows to seek justice for victims of sexual crime by any means necessary. The main character, Karl, faces a number of difficulties, including a diagnosis of cancer and a toxic marriage. The text follows his life and the complications that dealing with sexual predators leads to as he rids communities of them one by one. During his vendetta, Karl experiences a series of complications that threaten to destroy his need to cleanse society of predators, a task given to him by God. It’s a text that explores the very real issue of child exploitation and does so in a way that allows readers to recognise signs of sexual exploitation.
I thought that this was a well written book, full of twists and turns that made me want to continue reading. However, I did think that the plot unravelled a bit quickly and there were possibly too many events that occurred in such a small space of time. Saying this, it was an action packed text and I did enjoy reading it. The use of the toxic marriage as a secondary pitfall to the protagonist’s life added an extra element of suspense. The descriptive nature of the events that took place were one of my favourite elements of the text, it lead to me analysing every part of the main character’s movements and really getting involved in the plot.
This hasn’t been my favourite book to read as I thought it was too fast moving and I didn’t have much chance to take in the different plot lines completely. However, I would say that it is worth a read as the plot is full to the brim of action, suspense and twists. The perfect reader for this would be someone who is a true crime fanatic and who enjoys a crime novel/series. It may be a difficult read for some due to the issues that it discusses, however, it is such an important topic that is bravely covered by the author and is one that is not highlighted enough within literature.
A classic book that is a must read in my opinion! I actually got the idea to review this from a poster that I’ve recently bought with the ‘top 100 must read books’ on it! I’ve read the majority of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ books of which there are seven, but this is probably the most well known of the set due to the existence of the movie of the same name.
A novel about four siblings who wander into the fantasy realm of Narnia (reached through the back of a wardrobe), this book has everything you could want from a fantasy novel. The plot contains everything; family disputes, great battles, plot twists and magic. The types of characters that Lewis creates range from evil witches, to sympathetic fauns and a lion who is almost godlike within the text. Although some might categorise this as a children’s book, I’d definitely say that it can be appreciated by adults and children alike.
The plot of the book always has its reader wanting to read more, there was never a part that I found dull! In this sense, it reminds me of the world of Tolkien (although an easier read) and the intricate worlds that both authors are able to create are truly admirable. The descriptions of the characters and the landscapes of Narnia are transportive and really allow the reader to experience the events as if living them. I think this is one of the reasons why the book has transferred so well into the movie franchise that is so well loved by fans.
This is just a short review today but I’ll also be reviewing a couple of other books from this series and possibly then write an overall one to decide on a favourite! I’d definitely recommend reading this book and the rest of the series (this isn’t the first, ‘the magicians nephew’ is the first novel when reading in relation to the ‘history of Narnia).