Book Review: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

30366941Edition: Paperback, 333 pages
Published by: Faber & Faber
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 8th August 2016

George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern.

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.

Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…

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Many thanks to Faber & Faber publishing for kindly sending me a copy of the book!

Following the success of The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson’s debut novel The Girl With A Clock For A Heart has been reissued with a new cover.

This story follows George Foss, who works at a literary magazine, lives with his cat called Nora and has a sort of girlfriend, Irene. He lives an ordinary life and nothing interesting happens, until his college one-time mysterious girlfriend appears out of the blue at a bar asking for help. Does he help her? Of course he does. He doesn’t even have to think about it.

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Book Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

29635704Edition: eARC
Published by: Harlequin UK
Release date: 14th July 2016
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 3.5 stars
Completed: 13th July 2016

You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.

Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.

That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.

It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.

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Many thanks to Harlequin UK, via Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Spoiler free review:

Just to warn you, this book also contains graphic content.

All Is Not Forgotten tells the story of sixteen-year-old Jenny Kramer who was brutally raped in the woods whilst at a party. She was given PTSD as a treatment to erase the memory, in order for her to be able to move on with her life. However it means that she cannot give any new information about her rapist but it doesn’t change the fact that it still happened and that she remains haunted by the constant memory of not knowing.

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Jenny’s father Tom Kramer is obsessed with finding his daughter’s rapist. He will not stop until the man who raped his daughter is caught and behind bars. Whilst Jenny’s mother, Charlotte Kramer, on the other hand just wants to forget it ever happened, is having an affair with Tom’s boss and has demons of her own past. Continue reading “Book Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker”

Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

897708Edition: Paperback, 497 pages
Published by: Hodder, Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Adult, Classics, Horror, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

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I’ve finally gotten around to reading my second Stephen King novel! And it had to be the Shining because its probably King’s most famous and best work. I prepared myself for a creepy and scary read.

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The Shining follows Jack Torrance who gets a new job as the caretaker of the Overlook hotel in Colorado Rockies and brings along his wife Wendy and five year old son Danny, who has the ‘shine,’ meaning he knows what people are thinking and can experience visions of what is going to happen. When a snowstorm hits the hotel, things start to go horribly wrong, as the hotel develops a mind of its own and Danny’s visions spiral out of control. Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King”

Book Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

25406946Edition: Paperback, 352 pages
Published by: Vintage, 31st December 2015
Genre: Adult, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 13th February 2016

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back.

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her.

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.


In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house;

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room;
And in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard;
And in the dark, dark box there was a….skeleton!

The got the impression I got from this epigraph is I may be in for a creepy read but it’s not as creepy as it sounds.

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In A Dark, Dark Wood is about our main character called Nora, aka Leonora who is a crime fiction writer, likes to go running and lives in Hackney. Then out of the blue, she gets an email – an invitation to Clare’s Hen Party. Nora hasn’t spoken to her former best friend in the last decade. Why now? Curiosity gets the better of her and so she agrees to attend.

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Book Review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

25820446Edition: eBook
Published by: Faber & Faber, 3rd February 2015
Genre: Adult, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 31st January 2016

A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classicStrangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart.

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”

From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.


This book was insane, in a good way. Not as insane as Gone Girl (that’s on a whole different level) but still bloody insane!

It starts off with millionaire Ted who is at Heathrow airport waiting to board a flight back to Boston, in the Business Lounge drinking a martini and that’s where he meets a mysterious and gorgeous redhead called Lily. They get talking and Ted reveals jokingly that he’d like to kill his wife and to his surprise, Lily says she wants to help.

“Truthfully, I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”

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Review: Never Never, Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

24422492Edition: E-Book, 158 pages
Published by: Hoover Ink, May 17th 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, New Adult, Novella, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Completed: 18th January 2016

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”


I can’t go into reviewing Part 2 without revealing the major cliff hanger in the last book, so just to warn you if you haven’t read it. Part 3 was officially released on the 19th January, so now is a good time to read all the parts.

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Revealing SPOILERS from Part 1:

Okay so Part 2 picks up from Part 1, which was the big twist. Charlie and Silas have basically been losing their memories every 48 hours for a week. Charlie is missing (because she’s stubborn). Silas quickly writes down all that he knows before he forgets. And so the book begins with Silas’ memory loss and we’re back to square one. The question is where is Charlie? (It’s the reason for the missing hand).

“I know that’s weird, but that’s what you love about me. You love how much I love you. Because yes. I love you way too much. More than anyone deserves to be loved. But I can’t help it. You make normal love hard. You make me psycho-love you.” Continue reading “Review: Never Never, Part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher”

Book Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

dangerousboysEdition: E-Book
Published: August 14th 2014 by Simon and Schuster UK
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Rating: 4 feathers

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…


I don’t know how Abigail Hass did it but she’s done it again! I was very excited about this book when I heard about it because I loved Dangerous Girls. Dangerous Boys is slightly similar to Dangerous Girls but different story with a girl and two boys this time, and is written in the style of the past and present tense. The main character is Chloe, who just wants to get out of Haverford and start college, but finds herself left behind to take care of her mother who is depressed. She starts dating Ethan who is kind and caring, but that’s until she meets Ethan’s brother, Oliver who comes home from college. These two brothers share a jealousy rivalry. Continue reading “Book Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas”