I post book reviews as often as possible but at least once a week every Wednesday! I hope they help you to find some new books that you'll love as much as I did!
My first thought when I started reading was how rich the descriptions were. They felt realistic and really gave a feel for the decade and the community.
The characters of Sal, Tony and Chris were well developed and they really added to the themes and values woven throughout the plot and the presentation of 1980s America.
For me, it took a little while longer to get into the 'main events' of the story than I would've liked. There was lots of background information which I felt could've been cut down a little. Once I got about half-way through the book, I became a lot more immersed and enjoyed the story very much. The pace picked up and although some parts were quite violent, it also had a great depth to it and some very interesting themes.
It's veering a little off of my usual genre, but I enjoyed it and would give it 4 out of 5 for the genre that it was. I'd recommend it for fans of Mafia family stories and especially if you like reading about the bonds and the lifestyle of these families.
This E-book was provided to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks so much to If In Doubt Read for nominating me for the Rapid Fire Book Tag. You can follow her here: Twitter.com/Ifindoubtread :)
EBOOKS OR PHYSICAL BOOKS?
I'm more than happy to read e-books but I've always preferred physical books. There's just something about them that you can't beat.
PAPERBACK OR HARDBACK?
Paperback. Although hardbacks are beautiful, I love the feel of paperbacks.
ONLINE OR IN-STORE SHOPPING?
Although I love a bit of online shopping, I'd have to say in-store shopping is my favourite. I love to be able to pick the book up to see how it feels and have a quick look at the first page to help me decide.
TRILOGIES OR SERIES?
I haven't really read many of either but I would probably say a series.
HEROES OR VILLAINS?
Villains. They make for a much more interesting read.
A BOOK YOU WANT EVERYONE TO READ?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
It's so far from my usual genre, but it was the first 'proper book' I ever read growing up.
RECOMMEND AN UNDERRATED BOOK?
Holding by Graham Norton. It gets 3.8/5 stars on Goodreads, but whenever I mention it to people, they've never heard of it. I thought it was an absolutely fantastic debut and it's one of my five star favourites.
THE LAST BOOK YOU FINISHED?
The Dead Of Winter by Billy McLaughlin.
WEIRDEST THING YOUVE USED AS A BOOKMARK?
An empty sweet wrapper!
USED BOOKS- YES OR NO?
I've bought a few used books in the past, but I prefer new books simply because I love the smell of a new book!
TOP THREE GENRES
BORROW OR BUY?
Definitely buy. I'm an absolute book hoarder and once I've read it I love to be able to see the book on my shelves. If I could, I'd turn my house into a library!!
CHARACTERS OR PLOT?
Plot. I find that I can forgive a slightly less developed character if the plot is brilliant.
SHORT OR LONG?
For me this depends on what situation I'm in when I'm reading. For example, if I'm on holiday, I love a massive paperback that I can get stuck into and which takes me a few days of solid reading.
LONG OR SHORT CHAPTERS?
I think I'd have to say shorter chapters because at the moment, I'm loving books that have different perspectives in each chapter. I also love the pace that they bring.
BOOK TO MOVIE OR TV ADAPTATION?
100% TV Adaptation. I never seem to enjoy seeing a book turned into a movie. It's either nothing like I imagined when I read it, or they cut all of the best bits out! The TV Adaptations just feel more realistic for me.
NAME THE FIRST 3 BOOKS YOU CAN THINK OF?
Sweet Pea by C.J Skuse
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
(I'm not sure if there's some kind of theme going on here with all of the titles starting with an S!)
I will be reviewing all three of these soon which I'm very excited about!
BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY?
Whilst I think it's an amazing skill to be able to write a book that someone connects to so deeply it makes them cry, I love a book that can make me laugh. It's an added bonus if it's a crime novel with a bit of humour dotted around throughout!
OUR WORLD OR FICTIONAL WORLDS?
This is a difficult one, but because of the genre that I enjoy, I'd probably say our world. I think crime works best when the reader can relate to it in some way.
DO YOU EVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER??
Not really. Obviously it forms a part of choosing the book, the cover is the first thing that makes me pick it up, but I tend to judge more by the blurb. If I don't like the blurb then I won't buy the book, no matter how pretty the cover is.
SERIES OR STAND ALONE
I think everyone I know has already done the tag, so I nominate anyone that wants to have a go! It's really fun to do and I'd love to see your responses!
My first ever blog tour post, and what a book to be able to review! An absolutely chilling story of a baby and a teenager gone missing, it was riveting from start to finish.
The chapters were the perfect length and flitted from character to character easily transitioning between perspectives. Each chapter finished on a cliffhanger leaving me desperate to turn the page and read the next part.
I thought most of the characters were well-developed for the length of the story, however there were a few minor characters who I would've liked to learn more about.
The story remained consistently well paced throughout and led to an explosive ending which tied everything up and revealed the truth behind what happened.
Overall, I'd give this short-story 4 out of 5. It was perfectly paced and gripping. I'd definitely recommend it.
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About the author: Billy McLaughlin is a Glasgow born author who released his first novelette 'Invisible' in March 2016. Receiving glowing customer reviews, he followed up with the gritty novel 'Lost Girl' which introduces readers to the mainstay characters Phil & Kate. In September 2016, his third book 'In the Wake of Death' was released, re-uniting audiences with Phil & Kate as well as throwing a brand new mystery that has been praised for its unique twist.
McLaughlin welcomed 2017 in celebrating that 'Lost Girl' peaked at number 2 in the crime thriller charts the previous August and gained the coveted number 1 slot in the Scottish crime charts with 'In the Wake of Death'. His fourth book is released on 13 March 2017. 'The Dead of Winter' will appear to be a stand-alone mystery, but introduces a brand new character that is already set to make a splash in the 3rd DI Phil Morris mystery 'The Daughter' which is due in summer 2017.
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One missing baby! One runaway teenager! Coincidence?
Detective Kevin Wallace doesn't think so. And neither do the residents of Golf Road, who are all too quick to point the finger at a man with severe learning disabilities. As Wallace and a colleague, who has already experienced the ugly nature of this particular community, get closer to the truth they may not like what is hidden behind closed doors.
This is a brand new mystery from the writer of 'Lost Girl' and 'In the Wake of Death'. Let the chills commence.
I was provided this e-book in exchange for an honest review.
At just 38 pages, this book proved that good things really do come in small packages!
I had no idea where the story was going but I thought the ending was absolutely brilliant! It was a completely unexpected plot twist. I audibly gasped as everything was neatly tied up by the last paragraph. I won't say any more for fear of giving away this extraordinary twist, but it's worth reading for the ending alone.
I thought the characters were really well developed, especially considering the shorter length of the story. I would've liked to learn a little more about Sebastian but that's just a personal preference, the story works perfectly well as it is.
Overall, I'd give Dead Over Heels 4.5 out of 5. It was short, but really packed a punch and captivated me from the beginning.
This e-book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
'I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story.' What a great line. It got me interested and excited to read it straight away and the book definitely didn't let me down.
From the very beginning, we go on a journey with Jake. First, he comes across as a bit of a rogue, doing his own thing and making his own rules. Later on, we learn about his past and his mother which explains why he acts the way he does. Why he wants to make his mark on the world and prove himself. Opinions of him are constantly changing throughout the book, sometimes he's difficult to sympathise with, but then you remember that he's dedicating his life to catching these people.
By the end, my thoughts were all over the place and I was torn about what I thought of him, especially after his actions in the shocking last few chapters.
Without going into detail and revealing spoilers, the conclusion is revealed during a completely unique situation as Jake finds out what was behind the bombings in an engrossing and completely jaw-dropping way. I found myself gasping more than once and I thought that this alternative take on what could've been behind 7/7 and 21/7 was utterly astounding and really got me thinking.
The epilogue was also a brilliant inclusion and was completely eye opening.
I'd give this book 4.5 out of 5. Even though I've read many crime novels, this one stood out to me because it dealt with so many different issues in a sensitive yet enthralling way. I would definitely recommend reading this book and think it's a very worthwhile read. I look forward to the next book!
This e-book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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