2017 – Books


According to Goodreads I have read 21 books, 9 from the 30 I said I would aim to read. This year I didn’t have a holiday abroad, drove to and from work on several occasions and my time off work was shaped by the wife’s fire training.

So here is my review of the year when it comes to books!

The Hunger WithinJ M Hewitt  

I am a huge fan of J M Hewitt and eagerly await her next book in hope that it is as steeped in history as her past two books.

Each scene in this book is imaginable and believable. Though this is my first book at 2017 J M Hewitt continues to earn her place as one of my favorite authors!” – My Goodreads review Jan 2017

Watch MeAngela Clarke

I was so glad when the follow on from “Follow Me” arrived and quickly snapped up this book and won a signed copy too! During the reading of this book I was lead up many wrong avenues trying to work out who was doing it! I THOUGHT I had worked Angela’s formula out, I was very wrong.

Another rollercoaster ride from Angela Clarke!! Just make sure you remember to breathe! ” Goodreads review Feb 2017

The Girl Next DoorMel Sherratt

Along with the Watch me I also won a book my Mel Sherratt, and being new to this author I decided I would start at the beginning of her Detective Eden Berrisford series. I was in for a pleasant surprise! The story opens with a girl suddenly finding herself in the middle of a stabbing, she is the only witness or was it her idea all along? There are so many intertwining threads in this story that will keep you turning the pages to keep up.

“You think you have figured it out but them wham comes the shock that it is not all that it seems.” Goodreads review Feb 2017

I Let You Go – Claire Mackintosh

What can I say about this book, other than it now lives in the bottom draw of my bedside draws safely hidden away from itself. I had heard about the “twist” in the middle but when I got there I hadn’t seen it coming at all. I sobbed so much reading this book I dread to think what the people on the bus to work must of thought! Nevermind the extra 5 / 10 minutes I had to take outside of work to stop crying before I went in. A beautiful heartbreaking story I recommend everyone reads.

The Theseus ParadoxDavid Videcette 

I was added to a twitter group were David was also a member of and I began to follow him and I really took an interest in the book he had written. We all know something about 7/7 or think we know something. I remember where I was at the time like we all do for 9/11. So the fact he had written a book about such a big event as 7/7 I was interested and I am glad that I gave it a read.

Wow! This is what you think you know about 7/7 and here is the story I am going to tell you about 7/7. This is certainly one author I would love to meet and chat to about his past lives.

Very enjoyable and I look forward to hearing what happened to some of the other characters mentioned in this story! Because I am more or less hooked!” Goodreads review March 2017 (pst you know you’ve had it in life when an author quotes you on his website ; ) )

Someone Else’s SkinSarah Hillary

2016 had been a winning year for me when it came to books as I also won the first three books in Sarah’s DI Marnie Rome series so it was time to give one ago.

I kinda struggled reading this book, as I wasn’t very sure about it. I tried to seek out people in the world of twitter to discuss this book with. There was just something about this story that I just couldn’t put my finger on. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it.

I still have the other two books in my TBR pile which I am sure I will get to soon enough in hope that it might grow on me.

The SisterLouise Jensen

Louise is one of the most humble and nicest people I have met in the world of the internet! I had chatted to her briefly via someone possibly her’s launch party so knew I had to read one of her books and I was not disappointed.

Though some of you will know I am attempting to write a novel myself, I started reading this book and was a bit like, I could never write this well or good!!! Louise’s writing is a standard I would like to be to be held up against and be as good.

I think that the book was left nice and tidy at the end with there not being any questions left in answered. And I had a good sob to at the end too” Goodreads review April 2017

WitnessCaroline Mitchell

Having read one of Caroline’s books last year, I was keen to give one of her new ones a go. This story moves away from the ghost and sprits to a girl trying to escape from her violent ex.

I was happily reading along with this book, feeling sorry for the main character and wanting her to succeed and then the plot twists come in!

I was left pleasantly satisfied, though I think I might need to go back and read the last couple of pages!!! ” Goodreads review May 2017

He said / She saidErin Kelly (has disappeared from twitter)

Having heard Erin talk at an event I was really excited to read this book, which centre’s around the events during an Eclipse. The story switches back and forth from present day events and what happened back then.

I am afraid though I finished this book, I was disappointed with it and felt it wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be.

Out of my Depth Anne Darwin & David Leigh

This book kept coming up every time I viewed certain website, as I remember this story breaking and wanting a break from fiction books I decided to give it a go.

I found the book really interesting to hear “the full story” from someone who was there and lived it. Some say this book is full of lies but you know what I enjoyed the ride and gave me a welcome break from the stories I had been reading.

Most certainly recommended

The TeacherKaterina Diamond

The two main character’s in this story completely broke my heart, their stories are so heart breaking that you come to understand why they are doing what they have done.

This story is told in several POVs and when you come to understand why the character is doing all the grusome murder’s he is you kinda understand why. Getting past the shock horror of this book there is a strong under tone that I noticed more than anything in this story.

I contacted the author after reading this book and I must admit was upset when she told me that the two main character’s didn’t live happily ever after, because they deserved to! After everything they had both been through.

A great read, it isn’t all shock horror there is a strong undertone that shouldn’t be missed or ignored!

Dark TradeHelen Durrant

Having been a big fan of the two DI Greco books I read last year, I hate to say this book really disappointed me. When I got towards the end I couldn’t understand how I was at 90 something % and there was still so much more of the story I felt was to be told.

The DI Greco serise sadly has come tumbling down in my expectations. This books to me just seemed to fizzle and die 😦

Before I let you inJenny Blackhurst

Last year possibly I read Jenny’s How I lost you to which I enjoyed so I was keen to continue to read something by this author. I also brought this book in paper back so it had been sat looking at me for a while.

I enjoyed this book, it is a good story and show how crazy things can get when you are trying to protect those that you love. Though I “accidentally read” some of the pages further along in this book I still managed to enjoy the story and look forward to future reads.

The DetrimentDavid Videcette

Continuing my interest in this author I was keen to read the follow on from the The Theseus Paradox and this book did not let me down. Though I knew little about the car bombs at Glasgow airport this story made it interesting and made me keen to learn more.

David is also able to intwine other threads into the story about the other character’s in DI Flannagan’s life that keeps you reading on as it’s not totally focused on the bombings. A skill I look forward to David continuing as he tells us the stories behind his past experience and the character’s in his story.

“Though I look forward to David’s next outing, I am afraid of what he might uncover next and whether we need to be calling Mulder and Scully?” Goodreads Review Aug 2017

See me Not Janelle Harris

Janelle’s previous book last kiss goodbye was undoubtedly amazing! So once I heard she had a second book out there I was keen to read! Janelle is a very busy lady as it turns out she was writes romance novels and in a none stalker way it look me years to track her down.

I really enjoyed the puzzle in this story, of trying to figure out the all important question of why! Though at times I got frustrated with the husband I am glad to continued to stick it out for the ride and by the looks of it, Janelle has a new book coming out soon!

Trust MeAngela Clarke

How could I miss the third in Angela Clarke’s social media series.

The team is back after the events of “Watch Me”  Angela has managed to take her two main character’s Naz and Freddie in a new and different direction from previous books so instead of relaying on each other they both had their own paths to follow.

I don’t use live streaming so this story wasn’t as prominent to me as previous stories but I was glad of the ride all the same!

“After taking time to reflect on this novel, I have been torn between 4 or 5 stars. Purely on the “ride” this book gave me I will be rewarding it 5 stars.” Goodread review Sept 2017

The Women in Cabin 10Ruth Ware

I had heard good things about this book an suddenly found it on my book shelve waiting to be read and I am glad I did. I told a friend of mine who was off on the same cruise to make sure she didn’t read the book before she left.

Though I was a bit confused by the ending, there was alot of lose ends that hadn’t been tied up. I enjoyed the journey and will look to this author in the future.

Dead SoulsAngela Marsons

Continuing with being a fan of Angela and my winning streak I won this book when it was released. I had been waiting for a long time to read it knowing how much I had enjoyed Angela’s past books and I wasn’t disappointed!

In this story, Angela had many different story lines that came together at the end to a final conclusion. Like Lost Girls and Play Dead before this book did not disappoint and I am equally as glad she now has a paper back deal! I have Silent Screams on my book shelf waiting to be read and hope I get to it soon.

Murderabilia Craig Robertson

I had heard an interview on “Two Crime Writers and a Microphone” with Craig about this book so I was keen to know more and I am glad I did.

The mysterious world of the dark web and ebay type websites but this isn’t where you can buy dvds or books this is where you can buy items that have been present at murder scenes. Souvenirs if you like.

DI Narey is confined to bed, so begins to search the internet and then the dark web, while her boyfriend / partner Tony Winter is out in the field being a journalist and  the eyes to Narey’s investigation.

They say you can buy anything on the web and this story shows what you can.

I can’t wait to read more by Craig.

The EscapeC L Taylor

When I started to read this book, I kinda judged it to soon and was very much like “great another book where the husband fails to support his wife.” but how wrong was I.

Cally for sure knows how not to disappointing, this book also told an historic element to it just like J M Hewitt’s that I read at the beginning of the year. How far would you go to protect your child if you thought she wasn’t safe.

As of all of the other C J Taylor books, this book will probably be in my favourites. ” Goodreads review Dec 2017

I Am Watching YouTeresa Driscoll

I picked this book up by accident on Kindle 1st and I am so glad I did, the story starts off during a train journey that Ella is on. Then zooms to a year later, this story most certainly leaves you guessing until the end.

When you think you know who “did it” and then ten seconds later they are ruled out this is a ride that you don’t want to miss, I look forward to more of Teresa’s books in this genre and will be one I will be looking out for.


So that ends my review of the books I have read this year, hands down my top ten reads of this year have been…

Books that I am looking forward to reading in the New Year include The Gift by Louise Jensen (i’m already part way through) Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley and the sequel to The Magpies, Murder of a Magpie by Mark Edwards. Plus all those that now sit on my book shelves waiting to be read.

Oh yeah and my WIP ; )







Book Review – Trust Me

Trust Me (Social Media Murders, #3)Trust Me by Angela Clarke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trust Me, having read both Follow me and Watch me and being a massive fan of Angela’s I had high hopes for this book.

The Gremlin task force are investigating the Spice Road gangs, which Freddie has been incidental in investigating with her online investigations. When Kate comes to her having seen a girl raped and killed on by watching a live stream, Freddie is automatically drawn to the investigation. Once it gains media attention more people come forward having watched the live stream and an investigation begins.

We are reminded that, police forces don’t just investigate one crime at a time, as the main story is interlinked with the hunt for Paul and Amber Robertson.

The Gremlin team of course is back, Nas is still hung up on her one night stand Burgone, Saunders is as difficult as ever! Chips and Green are there to provide more depth to the story and personal relationship and don’t forget Freddie!

I felt that this story had many avenues that weren’t explored such as the MPs story line which seemed to of been thrown in for good measure. Maybe he will appear again in one of Angela’s future novels.

After taking time to reflect on this novel, I have been torn between 4 or 5 stars.

Purely on the “ride” this book gave me I will be rewarding it 5 stars.

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Book Review – The Detriment

THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) (DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JAKE FLANNAGAN SERIES)THE DETRIMENT: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (DI Jake Flannagan Book 2) by David Videcette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, where do I even start!?

I had a particularly long train journey to take at the weekend, so decided to take my Kindle along for the ride. Well, David Videcette’s The Detriment was the reason I didn’t want to communicate with my family or get off the train in London.

The book starts, as always with our favourite detective Jake Flannigan, who is being punished for issues that happened in the previous book The Theseus Paradox. Don’t panic though, this story isn’t going to be all about life working from your desk, as Jake can’t ignore a potential terrorist attack and throws himself into defusing a potential car bomb. This more or less ends up with him in more trouble and sent to see Occupational health!

When I started reading this book, I was a bit concerned as I didn’t have prior knowledge of the car bombs or much knowledge of the car that drove into Glasgow airport. Compared to what I thought I knew about 7/7, but I need not panic, as there is much more to this story than those two incidents.

David has successfully managed to write something, that isn’t totally focused on a terror attack and has more depth than just the attempted attack.

Claire is of course back, and there is much more to her than we possibly realised from The Theseus Paradox, but those of us that hoped this story would start with them meeting up for a cream tea in Devon, will be sorely disappointed. As she continues to lead Jake astray and into more trouble than he could possibly navigate out of.

The ex-wife Stephanie is also back, and though we don’t know the ins and outs of their relationship prior to the books, it is nice to know that Jake is the kind of man, that will still drop everything for her, to come to her rescue. Even if one good deed, still had consequences, but some of the detail about their relationship I could really feel and understand. Especially when Jake and her hug and the power of that moment, fingers crossed that book three gives us more and even a reconciliation.

Detective Lenny, who really needs to take a holiday away from Jake! Adds depth to this story as a kind of partner to Jake, who goes along with Jake’s hair brain plans, giving us a sense (we hope) that someone thinks Jake is doing the right thing, so it will all work out okay in the end. Honest!
This book also addresses some of Jake’s issues with alcohol and sex, drugs and rock and roll which are cleverly brought to light using the occupational health doctor, showing us that all those years on the front line have had lasting effects on our hero. Like any other addict, he still manages to slip off the bandwagon at least one or is that twice?

The wtf comes as always at the end, and how Jake manages to cleverly get himself out of the mess he has once again found himself in.

The shocker also comes from reading the fact file at the end, as to how everything links together. David’s books are fast becoming as loved as J M Hewitt’s books. Though you may not realise it or even believe at the time, his stories are based on real life events and it’s not just a clever marketing ploy. Clearly, having taken a hell of a lot of research to connect the dots in such an engaging way.

Though I look forward to David’s next outing, I am afraid of what he might uncover next and whether we need to be calling Mulder and Scully?

*I am also glad he is now writing books I can spell, shame about his name though ; )

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Does anyone else believe in signs that the universe is telling you, you need to do something. I think this goes a bit along the lines of people come in and out your life for a reason and things happen for a reason….

When I was coming to the end of my last insurance module and I was thinking that I want to write again, the book man at work delivered a creative writing book! Though I looked at it and it was for kids, the creative writing group had also come up that I was attending.o

So fast forwarding a bit I recently learned that the care taker at Alex and Melanie’s school used to be a police officer, today I also learned that someone I know through scouting is also a police officer. So hang on a minute I could ask them for help on / in my story..?

Then I was talking to a girl about blogging when I was doing the chocolate research (which I’m still doing)

Today I went to an event at Mansfield library and heard three female authors talk about their books as in part of the “Killer Women” event. I am prudently a bit like hang on there are signs that I should continue with writing because maybe it was meant to be!?

Sitting there listening to these amazing women today, one of them Mel talked about children and the phycology around their behavior and I am sat thinking I wish I could learn about that. Erin Kelly talked about going along to rape cases to research for her latest book “he said she said” and I kinda wish I could research stuff but I generally have no idea where to start. Do I pluck up the courage to ask the two police officers I accidentally know, I don’t know how I can research the MI5 angle but still.

I also have another batch of authors I am interested in pursuing which doesn’t help my list of books I want to read.

There just seems to suddenly be all these signs, and though I am feeling regret (maybe not the right word) that I wish I could of studied child behavior or be a research assistant on a big study. There seems to be signs in my life that I should continue writing and though I didn’t get approached yesterday for this pitch thing, it’s only the beginning and maybe this is all worth something!?

I Think I Might Have a Book Problem

Previously I had never been a fan of reading, my parents used to go to bed at night and read but I never found the time, didn’t have the attention span or traveling on the bus made me sick reading then my husband brought me a kindle and I think in 2016 I some how read 30 plus books.

Now I think I might have developed a problem, like everyone else I have a HUGE wish list on amazon books and a while back I decided that I wanted to read a proper book so instead of buying one lonely book I ended up buy 3!!! That were on my wish list! I read one of them and past it on to a friend like you do!

Then today I went into town with Melanie to get Angela Clarke’s new book because in Tesco it was two for £7 I was like I might as well buy another one so I did! I now have 6 books on my cupboard! Three that I won, the two I haven’t read from Amazon and the second one from today!! Also the book I was supposed to be reading to Alex and Melanie at bed time before they got board!



Then I want to read The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette and The Girl Next Door by Mel Sherratt plus Anglea Marson’s new one that by the time I get to it, she’ll have another one! Plus Caroline Mitchell’s new ones, no doubt Mark Edwards might also have a new one by then! Then there are the ones I keep downloading on my kindle cause they are free!


A Year of Books Part Two

I can’t believe how many books I have read this year!

The Girl who Broke the Rules Marine Riches having studied out in Amsterdam this book was an interesting read. I seemed to have fallen into the series mid way, I enjoyed this book at the time, and I am interested to read further stories in this series to learn more about the main character but I feel that jumping mid way into the series going backwards is probably not a good idea.

Dark Murder Helen Durrant I really enjoyed Helen’s book and was very keen to read the next one (which I did) the main character was very interesting and how he integrated with a new team along with his own personal issues. This series is definitely one of my favorite and though I haven’t read Helen’s other books about another detective partnership maybe I should as there is more to keep me happy. HURRY UP NEXT BOOK!

Play Dead as soon as Angela Marston released this I was very keen to read the next one after Lost Girls. I consumed this book very quickly and enjoyed it all the same, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as Lost Girls it might be due to how fast I read it! There was definitely a WOW factor about the book. As it also explorers Kim Stones’ relationship with other main characters in previous story that are not her detective.

The Accident by C L Taylor another rollercoster of a ride from Cally which has easily placed her in this years TOP AUTHORS. This book explorers why the daughter stepped out in front of a car to try and kill herself and her mothers need to find out why, while we learn more about the mothers past. As the Lie which is my favorite of her book this book doesn’t let you put it down and relax till the end. FIVE STAR recommendation!

Dark Houses Helen Durrant next outing I was keen to explore what happened next with this newly formed team after there past indevers (sp). Highly recommend as above and can not wait to see what comes next in this series.

13 Stollen Girls Gil Reavill I really struggled with this book, didn’t really enjoy it but kept going until the end…

The Silent Twin Caroline Mitchell having previous read one of Caroline’s other books, I sadly really struggled with this one. I think I kinda over analysed it too much as well instead of just enjoying the read.

Shallow Waters Rebecca Bradley wow a book that is written about Nottingham that I really enjoyed as well. I think towards the end I had started to work who has done it etc. But still a really good book that I really enjoyed and left me begging for the next installment. FIVE STARTS

Reconstructing Amellia, Kimberly McCreight this one was a difficult one the story switches  from Kate her mum a in the present nd Amellia right up to the time she killed herself so that past. This had been on my wish list for a while and was at the bottom so I decided to start working my way up. A good book though proviking and worth a read

Exclusion Zone J M Hewitt I enjoyed this book, it was not only a history lesson but an interesting though provoking story that I recommend you all read! This story is told in the past and in the present and events that happened surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion! FIVE STARS!!!

Made to be Broken Rebecca Bradley not as good as Shallow Waters but all the same a good book and a good read! Plus her books are getting closer to where I live!!! But sure if I should be worried. Likeable characters and a brilliant read! my favorite Nottingham writer!! (Not like I know any others) FIVE STARS

The Missing C L Taylor, another good outing from Cally, not as good as her other books in my opinion but all the same a good read and if you have read her other two like Mark’s books you might as well read the rest. I didn’t see the end coming so a good read overall FIVE STARTS

Disclaimer Renee Knight I had the urge to read a proper book and as Disclaimer had been on my wish list, I snapped it up a good read very though provoking and explorers the relationship between man and wife! But part of me finds it hard to believe that a husband would be that unbelieving of his wife. I think I might of been disapointed though if it was all roses and it was nice to read a proper book with like pages and…

The Devils Work Mark Edwards I eagerly awaited the new release of this book having enjoyed his others, this book didn’t disappointed, but I felt disappointed and board in parts though I enjoyed it (anyone get what I mean?) Maybe I should start keeping a diary on my work colleagues 😛

What doesn’t show up on my amazon that I read in October was another one of Rebecca Bradley books Three Weeks Dead. I was very lucky to be sent an advance copy of this and I certainly enjoyed learning about some of the characters I had gotten to know in her previous books.

Carrion Betsy Reavley my first book by this author, though I did enjoy it I kinda felt that some of the characters could of done more, or not been so rubbish! But as mentioned further up if all the characters were great and did what they should would it be such an interesting read?

Someone to save you Paul Pinkington another good read and fast pace, though I felt like something was missing. The book portrayed a series of events that were all ted together and meant for a reason, maybe the message was everything happens for a reason, I did feel sorry for the main character lossing his BFF and his sister all at the same time.but a good read all the same.

Scare Me Richard J Parker a good read, but another book that the ending let it down. I also note that it’s being opted for TV so maybe in a years time I can say the book is much better than the TV programme. I did like that it explored other races as a side line story  of the boy character but it would of been good to learn about what happened to him.

The Rules of Restraint David Wilson this isn’t my usual type of book but I was asked to review it and couldn’t say no. It is a prison related story with all the dead bodies piling up in and outside the prison. It lost my interest at points but then re gained it when the action picked up.

My final book of the year, again is one I was asked to review and that it Ledstone Luck by Andrew Barret which I finished yesterday and I am still pretty much processing the adventure.

Somewhere among all this I also read Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni to which as his other book earlier on in all of this I really enjoyed! and totally looking forwards to reading further on in Tracey’s adventures (please make sure the lawyer guy stays in it)

Wow I didn’t imagine when I started writing this I would of read 30 books!!! roll on 2017’s reading