Book reviews 2019

One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin  If you can get through the Prologue without throwing up, consider yourself hardened for the rest of the read! Graphic Detective thriller that you just have to keep on reading. With unexpected twists & turns that keep you turning the pages. Saddle up and hold on tight, but whatever you do don't accompany the read with a 'Full English' breakfast (or bacon sarnie).

The Journey by Conrad Jones.  We feel awful giving this book a so so review due to its harrowing content.  Well told story about a family fleeing the Boko Harem.  It was extremely easy to read (I use that phrase to describe the readability of the text, not the subject matter).  The problem seemed to be that whilst feeling huge sympathy for the family at no time did we feel emotionally involved in their predicament.

The Glass Tower by Gregg Dunnett  Plenty of twists and turns, a story asking the reader ‘what would you do’.  Paranoid and farcical in turns.  A good read for a rainy afternoon.

Nailed Down by Chelle Bliss & Eden Butler.  If you want something silly to read then this is the book to choose.

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza.  Exciting police ‘who done it’.  Only one of us (me), who didn’t like this.

The Darkest Lies by Soloman Carter (still being read by some) enjoyed by others.

We'll Meet Again by Cathy Bramley, stereotypical war story. Much too short, but sweet.

The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce, (still being read). Enjoyed by myself, one of my favourite authors.

Last Gasp by Robert F Barker. Not reviewed.

Death of a Crafty Knitter by Angela Pepper  Lighthearted and quite witty.

Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman
The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters
Reviews for these two books are similar. Majority enjoyed the Secret Orphan and thought If Only I Could Tell You was tedious. The same opinion was expressed, but other way round. Neither story was told in an engaging way with too many clunky plot devices to tell a coherent, believable story

Stealing Power by Bo Brennan This seems to be a Marmite book.  Some of us found it interesting and intriuguing to others guesome and too violent.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery  We are unsure what to say about this book.  Unusual, different, distinctinctly odd.  Not a book to pigeonhole.  As a children's classic, it would probably fail to inspire today's younger generation.

Next Door by Blake Pierce (review by Sue Thomas, published on Amazon)  No matter how many Blake Pierce novels I read each one is as fresh as the new character the books are about.  The start of another exciting series that will find Chloe Fine solving more crimes during her new career in the FBI.

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliette Ashton  A good holiday read.  Family shenaigans and their outcomes.

Coldpress by David BradwellOk but predictable storytelling.  Not really worth getting excited about.

Book reviews 2018

Alive by Sharon Bolton

No one found it particularly enjoyable.

Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy  What a surprise.  Hardy demonstrates that he can write with a light touch and have a ‘happy ever after’ ending.

Squall by Sean Costello  Well written, full of complex characters, as a normal day turns into a nightmare for Tom and his family. The story shows mean characters can show compassion, but others sadly have none. The main character shows determination and grit to survive so that he can protect

Eleanor Oliphant is Absolutely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Absolutely brilliant.  Recommended reading.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.  Nothing needs to be said about this classic.  Sad and at times brutal depictions of how horses are mistreated.  Fortunately, also told is how we treat horses with proper animal husbandry.  Comforting ending.

Whiskey Rebellion by Lillian Hart and Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.  Lightweight and enjoyable.

Womens Suffrage by Millicent Fawcett.  Educational and informative about the suffrage movement, not only in the British Isles but worldwide.  A worthwhile read, but not suitable for relaxing holiday reading.

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London.  Easy, frothy reading.  No brain cells engaged but enjoyable nontheless.

Ice and A Slice – Della Galton.  This made Anne feel guilty, but she quickly got over it. Serious subject about alcoholism but treated sensitively and humour.

Garden to Grave – Rickie Blare.  Bumbled along aimlessly. Light read for a sunny, lazy afternoon.

Rage by Hylton Smith.  The story starts with a particularly nasty torture and voyeurism event. Once into the narrative of the story though and the explanation for this event and other similar ones the story becomes a worthwhile read. Thought provoking and raising ethical questions it is worth persevering with.

Anything you do say by Gillian McAllister.  Most unusual way of story telling. A young woman walking home alone, thinking she is about to be attacked, reacts with unfortunate consequences. Each alternative chapter tells the story of calling 999 and getting help or not calling 999 and hiding the truth of what happened.

Worth reading.

One Night With Hemsworth.  Only two members of the Group finished this.  They found it very enjoyable

The Orlando File by Ian CP Irvine.  Interesting read, plenty of twists and turns with a very satisfactory end.  Question at the heart of the story – what would you do to achieve good health and extra lifespan?  Didn’t get bogged down with science jargon.

From Paris With Love This Christmas by Jules Wake.  Easy light read.  Suitable anti-relief from the stress of getting ready for Christmas.

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst and Follow You Home by Mark Edwards.  Same review for both books.  Similar theme of young children driving the narrative.  Good endings for both although Follow You Home had a more interesting end.  Good reading for a cold winter afternoon.

Big Bad Neighbour by Tia Siren.  The picture on the cover is as good as it gets.  Unfortunately the male character’s name is Derek, an unfortunate choice as we felt it difficult to believe a male hunk with such a mundane name.

Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding by Fiona Collins.  Good, but not laugh out loud as promised in the burb.

Run Girl by Eva Hudson.  Good read for a wet, Sunday afternoon.

A Shot in the Bark by C A Newsome.  Unusual style of writing, took some getting used to, good for dog lovers.

Girl Inbetween by Laeken Zea Kemp.  Slow burn, bit of a slog and weird.  Better towards end.  Not worth downloading sequels.

Concealment by Rose Edmunds.  Difficult to get into.  Non starter.