The Good Sister – Jess Ryder

“As a sign of her important domestic status, the Viking wife carried the household keys on a chain, which was attached to her tunic. Some argue that the phallic shape symbolised the woman’s control of her husband’s manhood.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Two sisters. One secret… A lie that could destroy them both.The Good Sister

When her father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover he led a secret life: another house, another family and a half-sister called Valentina.

Both with red hair and icy blue eyes, Josie and Valentina could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there…

Josie – Sweet, reserved, jealous, thief.
Valentina – Care-free, confident, dangerous, liar.

Two sisters. One survivor.

A nail-bitingly tense and unputdownable read that will keep you turning pages into the night. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Sister Sister.

Review:

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Before I started this book I hadn’t really read any psychological thrillers for awhile my reading list had definitely incorporated a lot more happy kinda romance reads lately so I wasn’t sure how quickly I would be able to get into this book.

The plot starts relatively quickly we are introduced to the girls father and while this introduction doesn’t really give anything away it does bring to the forefront a couple of issues or mysteries I guess that aren’t hinted at in the blurb. While the story doesn’t always keep up this fast paced narrative it does just enough to keep you interested throughout with a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming (though potentially if I had been looking out for them more I would of). The book really explodes at the end making for a satisfying if not a tad disturbing climax.

The POV of the books switch between our two main characters Josie and Valentina, I did find it a tad irritating initially that it never specified which sister’s views you were seeing things from however I don’t think the book could probably of been written without this. They both seem to be given the roles of both the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sister rather quickly and this more or less set the tone for future events. Out of the two I did prefer Josie for most of the book but dam does she make some stupid decisions, at points it was hard to follow her reasoning before her actions which just made her that little bit less relatable. Valentina while I didn’t agree with her actions either I could kinda see more as to why she was doing things. The main thing I loved about this book and what kind of set it apart in terms of uniqueness was the Viking fact at the start of each chapter. Not only were these interesting but they did in part relate to what was coming next and I found I was left wanting to know more. I will admit after reading this I did go straight back to another fluffy romance so it didn’t quite recapture my love of this genre but it’s still one worth checking out.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

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To Review or Not?

So far on this blog I have not left what I would call a really bad review and one of the main reasons for this is that any book I haven’t connected with or any that I have not been getting any enjoyment out of I have simply stopped reading. Now I will admit it has taken me a long time to get to this point, there has been many times in the past where I have just though hey it’s really not that bad, I can just power through, I mean I got this far what have I got to lose? The answer it has been pointed out to me is time. Time I could use more productively, time I could be reading something that I will actually enjoy, but mainly time that will be wasted if I simply ‘powered through’ because let’s be honest it takes a very special book to really claw you back in once your past the first twenty percent.

This new found ability does seem to be working, sure there is still a slight dash of fear of missing out and sometimes a dollop of guilt as I know the time, effort and frustration that someone has poured into this novel, to get their idea out into the world and I’m just discarding it to move onto other things. But on the other hand I am enjoying reading a lot more, I know more of what I will and will not enjoy before I pick up a book and most of all I don’t end up resenting something that someone has worked really hard to bring into this world. I simply put it down and move on.

The dilemma that I am having though is do I write a review for the book? If it’s one I have reviewed on NetGalley I will pass on my feelings to the publishers definitely, I do want to be honest and perhaps I’m not the only one but should I write a review effectively promoting a book that I did not finish. But should I write a review for my Blog? All publicity should be good publicity right? But can I really review a book that I don’t even know how the story ended, all I know for certain is that it isn’t for me, what if it is one of those books that turns it around? More questions arise when I see a book I have given up on getting rave reviews from other bloggers, surely I must be missing something then? I guess it’s worth noting I am not talking about those books that really are generally bad the ones with lack of spelling, grammar and generally unreadable, or those where there is no other way to interpret them but offensive, I am talking about the ones where they simply wasn’t for you, no connection to characters or story, no desire to find out what happens next just nothing at all really…

I would love to know other bloggers policies on this, how do you review these books if you review them at all?

Indie Author Showcase – Erik Therme

Hi all and welcome to another Indie Author Showcase. The star of today’s showcase is author Erik Therme and his new novel “Roam”!

Getting to know the book:

Amazon Synopsis:

When Kevin finds Sarah stranded by the side of the road, he’s more than willing to give her a ride. Young, beautiful and distraught—she’s everything a single guy could ask for in a girl. What he doesn’t know is that she already has a guy: an abusive, drunken boyfriend who left her there in a fit of rage. And when that boyfriend comes back and finds Sarah missing, a simple ride will turn deadly.

Like Josh Gaylord and Daniel Kraus before him, author Erik Therme explores the angst of disconnected youth in his enthralling and powerful Roam. Therme’s darkly tinged novel is an unforgettable tale of three errant souls brutalized by life’s cruel circumstances, and a remarkable night of discovery and violence that will change them forever.

Getting to know Erik:

  • I’m a semi-compulsive organizer and can easily spend hours making spreadsheets, lists, or reorganizing the nooks and crannies of our house.

  •  My favorite novel is The Stand by Stephen King. King’s character development is always excellent, but there’s no question he raises the bar with this one.

  • My biggest (writing) fear is that I’ll fail my readers by producing sub-par work

 

5 Star Reviews for “Roam”

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‘Therme is gifted in creating suspense-filled tales. When you think you know what’s going to happen, it doesn’t, and when you least expect it, watch out. A banal car breakdown brings together three young lost souls whom society would consider losers, all searching for acceptance and meaning in their lives. Their experience that night, the night of Sarah’s birthday, will define their futures. And the ending… wait for it!’

‘Difficult to express how much I love this totally perfect, compactly-written, story. I loved it, loved it, loved it, finished it wanting to read it again immediately, and yes, it was a one-session straight readthrough. I’ve read the author’s earlier books, MORTOM and RESTHAVEN, and enjoyed them immensely, so I leaped to read ROAM, which blew me away with its entertainment value combined with thrills, suspense, deep human emotions, mild violence (primarily offscreen), date abuse, familial psychological abuse, and so much else. This was akin to standing before a painting in a museum and watching it come to life and portray a vignette of life. ROAM is excellent. Don’t miss it.’

‘This is my third novel I have read by Erik Therme and I loved it the most. I read this in one night. There was no way that I was going to put this down. The twists I did not see coming. It keeps you right on the edge and guessing throughout the entire novel. The characters are well developed. Anyone would be a fool to pass this novel up!’

As you can see it has some pretty awesome reviews already! Interested in the book? Purchase here, or alternatively you can find Erik on his website or follow on twitter @ErikTherme. If your interested in having a look at his other books you can find them here and here and if you have Kindle Unlimited your in luck as all three books can be found are part of the program.

If your an Indie author and would like to participate send an email through to f-n-m@outlook.com with your name, the book you would like to showcase and three things you would like your readers to know and I will get back to you asap.

 

 

 

Sunbaked by Junie Coffey

“Love, hate, or money. That’s the root of every violent crime, isn’t it?” Junie Coffey, Sunbaked.

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Things seemed to get off to a good start. Nina’s new hometown is the charming village of Coconut Cove, with its narrow lanes lined with candy coloured houses and gardens overflowing with tropical flowers. Her back yard is a white sand beach and the mesmerising turquoise sea.

But local big shot Barry Bassett has his eye on Nina’s cosy little beach cottage with the aim of tearing it down to build condos. Then Barry’s obnoxious wife Tiffany goes missing, and Nina finds herself sitting across a desk from the very serious chief of police, Blue Roker, wondering how her day dream of easy living in the islands got so far off track so quickly.

Review:

Sunbaked is a light-hearted mystery set on a tropical Island after New Yorker Nina Sparks drinks a little to much and decides to buys a house. On the internet. At 2am. From the start we are introduced to a variety of colourful characters all of which seamlessly integrate themselves into Nina’s life allowing for a team of them to set about to solve the mystery of the missing woman Tiffany. I loved the authors descriptions of the islands, it really made me feel like I was on a tropical island and while the Nina herself was a tad bland the characters she surrounds herself with really add to the comedic effect I believe the author is going for. The mystery itself is fairly simple and readers will be able to work it out long before the book ends but hey sometimes it’s nice to not have to really think about what’s going on. Either way the book is fast paced enough that there doesn’t feel like it is dragging at all. The funniest thing for me I felt that was while reading through the book I kept getting the overwhelming urge for pineapple lumps. I’m guessing it had a lot to do with her living in Pineapple Cay as well as the large presence of the colour yellow throughout the book. For non New Zealand readers here is a picture of what I’m talking about……pineapple

If your after a quick light hearted read this is one for you.

Rating: 7.5/10

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Their Lost Daughters – Joy Ellis

There seemed to be so much loss attached to juveniles. They had nearly made it. Almost become what they were intended to be. Joy Ellis, Their Lost Daughters.

Their Lost Daughters is the second book in the DI Jackson and DS Evans series. When a young girl washes up on a beach DI Jackson and DS Evans are sent to investigate, before they are able to open up the investigation they are informed a decade old case is about to be opened up, missing girl Kenya Black, and they are to be at the forefront of the investigation, if this wasn’t enough a Superintendent from a neighboring division insists they need to join him on the hunt for another missing teenager Toni Clarkson.

I can safely say that I was not able to guess anything that was going to happen throughout this book from one moment to the next. Just one I thought I had it sussed it veered off in completely the opposite direction! The suspense and mystery of the book was enough to keep me completely hooked and although there was a multitude of characters being introduced the story itself was not to hard to follow. There was a bit of background into the two main detectives and it wasn’t until afterwards I realized this was the second book in the series, potentially there was a lot more character development in the first book. I have read a few mystery/thrillers recently and I have to say this is the first one that the ending was so far of what I thought it would be.

Rating: 8.5/10

Would I read again: Potentially

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Well I need to read the first book in the series now

Silent Child – Sarah A. Denzil

“As if the jealously of a lover could ever compete with the ferocity of a mother”  Sarah A. Denzil, Silent Child
When six year old Aiden goes missing in the midst of a flash flood Emma Price’s life is ripped apart. Ten years later Emma is trying to move on with her life, while heavily pregnant and living with her new husband she receives the call of a lifetime. Aiden has been found. Sixteen years old and unable to speak, they must embark on a journey to answer the burning question, what happened to Aiden?
This is my first book from Sarah A. Denzil and from the beginning it had you hooked, it started you right in the action and managed to keep up a constant pace throughout. I enjoyed the style of writing and the clues which were left throughout the book, I also felt that she managed to capture some of the essence of human nature remarkably well, we as people do not always make the right decisions, we do not always think or act rationally especially in trying situations. I think this was especially evident with Emma trying to merge the two realities she is experiencing, the memories of her life with her six year old child with the life in the present with the introduction of a sixteen year old stranger. Some of the characters did annoy me at times, and the contents does touch on some sensitive subjects but it is a book I would recommend.

Rating: 8.5/10

Would I read again: No I don’t think this is the kind of book you read again

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33984070-silent-child?from_search=true

The Sixth Window – Rachel Abbott

“In the case of suicide, all those close to the deceased would feel the weight of guilt, whether it was deserved or not.” 
― Rachel Abbott, The Sixth Window

The Sixth Window is book number sixth book in the Crime/Thriller Series by Rachel Abbott.  After eighteen months of grieving for her husband, Bernie, killed in a hit and run, Natalie Grey moves in with her husbands best friend Ed Cooper. However quite my chance she discovers something that questions everything she knew about Ed and puts her daughter in immediate danger. Moving her and her daughter Scarlet out and into an apartment, Natasha and Scarlet confront the present, Bernie’s hit and run case has been reopened and all is not what it seems.

As what is standard of Rachel Abbott this is a well written book which is full of twist and turns with major suspense throughout. The author manages to create a situation which is not only believable but one that unfortunately is far more common then we would like to believe. It did take me awhile to get into this book which is surprising as the action starts almost immediately. Once I did though I was hooked. I have to say I liked the character of Natalie far more then of the main female character in the previous book as although she states she is not one tackle a problem head on, she immediately dives into action when she felt the safety of her child was at stake. Scarlet I felt was portrayed pretty accurately as a 15 year old girl and all that that entails.  One great thing about this being the sixth in a series is  that it’s great to catch up with Tom and Becky who both have albeit small story lines of their own. As for the many reveals and surprises in the book I wasn’t as surprised as her previous books and had actually guessed most of what was going on about half way. I’m not sure if this is  because this book had more clues/was more predictable or if after reading the other books in the series it’s just a sense of Rachel’s writing. Either way an enjoyable book.

Rating: 8.5/10

Would I read again: Probably not, although it was enjoyable I just can’t see me picking it up again. 

Would I Recommend: Definitely 

Would I read another book from this author: Yes