Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson

EXCERPT:”On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.

For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways.”

THE BLURB: What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can – will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original – this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.


MY COMMENTS:  I love Kate Atkinson. But I had put off reading Life After Life as I really couldn’t get my head around the concept of reading about a person living their life over and over again. I thought, at best, it might be monotonous and repetitive. Kate Atkinson – forgive me! I was so, so wrong…..

Does anyone remember the George Michael song “Turn a Different Corner’?
“Take me back in time
Maybe I can forget
Turn a different corner
And we never would have met”

As a child Ursula lives with a constant sense of fear and deja vu. “I have been here before” she will say, and her mother will look at her and reply “You most certainly have not!” For Sylvie is upset by Ursula’s “feyness” and will take her to a psychologist in an effort to effect a cure for the “strangeness” of her second daughter; so unlike her elder sister, the steady and predictable Pamela.

Hilary Mantel calls Life After Life ‘a box of delights’. It certainly is that. It is also wildly inventive, quirky, absorbing and thought provoking.

I have already been out and bought “A God in Ruins”, Atkinson’s following book which is written from the point of View of Teddy, Ursula’s younger brother.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or to ‘about me’ here on my blog for an explanation of my ratings. This review is also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/953252217?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul #2)
by Deborah Rodriguez (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by


EXCERPT: ‘Layla had never been able to shed the nightmares about the men who had taken her as revenge for her sister’s escape, the memories of those days before Jack had come to rescue her. She had been only twelve years old then, but sometimes it seemed like yesterday. Yasmina had been gone for four months when the same big black SUV that had snatched her away from their uncle’s home had returned, this time for Layla. The snows had melted, the roads were clear, and the men were determined to get what they came for. But before they got far with her, long before they could reach Kabul, where she would have been sold to the highest bidder to be his third or fourth wife, or forced into a life of slavery or prostitution, this strange western man dressed in a shalwaar kameez, with eyes that sparkled like blue ice and a voice that spoke with calm authority, appeared like a hero in a Bollywood movie and whisked her away and into the arms of her beloved sister. ‘

THE BLURB: ‘In a little coffee shop in war-torn Kabul, five very different women unite for one important cause: to protect the women in Afghanistan.

Now back home in the US, SUNNY, the founder, is finding it difficult to settle and dreams of returning to her beloved coffee shop.

SHEA is haunted by a traumatic event that makes her renounce her Afghan heritage.

YAZMINA, the coffee shop’s new owner, wants to use her newfound security to help other women avoid the fate she narrowly escaped.

ZARA, promised in marriage to a violent man she’s never met, arrives at the coffee shop seeking sanctuary.

And HALAJAN, the grandmother still breaking all the rules, is secretly learning to drive . . .

Together, these five women set out to change their lives, and the lives of women in Afghanistan, for ever.’

MY COMMENTS: I struggled somewhat with The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul when I read it some months ago. My review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… but I had hoped for the answers to some of my questions in the follow up book. Sadly, it was not to be. The author tends to gloss over things, important things, like Layla’s abduction.

If I found the first book lacking in depth, I found this one to be even more superficial and called it quits 1/3 of the way into it after dipping into random pages further in to see if there was anything there that would entice me to keep reading. The answer is obvious.

All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This review is also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2126721360

If you have enjoyed the excerpt above, you may enjoy these two books, a lot of people have. I am just not one of them.

Depth of Lies by E. C. Diskin

Depth of Lies by E.C. Diskin
Depth of Lies
by E.C. Diskin (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by


EXCERPT: ‘It was the perfect opportunity to mention Shea’s call, but Kat’s guilt was like a gag. She hadn’t even told Mack about it. Every time Kat thought about how she had ignored that call, tossing the phone aside as if Shea were a nuisance, her heart ached. She had died the next day. Alone in a bathtub. Far from home. Leaving a husband and kids and an entire community baffled and heartbroken. She’d obviously needed her friend. She’d reached out to Kat and Kat had tossed her aside. ‘

THE BLURB: “A brilliant examination of the shadows lurking in every relationship and what happens when you step into the darkness.” —Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me to Be

When Shea Walker, a sunny, easygoing mom, is found dead in a bathtub with a stomach full of booze and pills, the shocking discovery shatters the complacency of her comfortable suburban community.

Kat Burrows, Shea’s longtime friend and former neighbor, is hit hardest. How could a woman she thought she knew so well come to such a sordid end? What could lead happy, well-adjusted, responsible Shea to accidentally overdose on alcohol and narcotics? Or, worse, drive her to suicide?

Compelled to uncover the truth of Shea’s final months, Kat delves beneath the orderly surface of her familiar world to discover a web of thwarted desire, shameful secrets, and shocking betrayal that suggests a scarier explanation for what happened to Shea. As her carefully constructed reality begins to crumble, Kat must question every reassuring assumption her life is built upon to solve the mystery…and summon the courage and resourcefulness to survive it.

MY COMMENTS: Secrets, lies and friends. An intoxicating combination in the hands of author E. C. Diskin. We all lie, to our friends, for our friends and sometimes about our friends. We all have secrets, with our friends, and from our friends. But ultimately the secrets Shae kept and the lies she told are what killed her.

Depth of Lies by E. C. Diskin is told in two timelines, ‘now’, when Shae is dead and Kat is trying to find out why, and ‘then’, as we follow Shae to her death. Did she kill herself, was it a terrible accident, or was she killed?

Diskin ratchets up the tension and suspense as the book progresses. We see behind the facades that each of the women present to each other, to their husbands, to the world at large. They might think that they know everything about each other, but they only know what their friends want them to know.

Depth of Lies is compelling reading. It is a deftly written, unpredictable journey through the emotional entanglements of a group of women in their early 50s, women who have raised their families together, who have been there for each other in sickness and in health. Will Shae’s death bind them even closer together, or will it be the catalyst that rips them apart?

A very enthusiastic 4☆.

Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Depth of Lies by E. C. Diskin for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This review and others are also published on https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2130109814

Friday Favorites

Looking for something to read over the weekend?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming “read me!”?

Check out my Friday Favorite  – it may not be new, it may not even be by an author you have ever heard of, but it will be a book that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

I have long been a fan of Susan Hill, especially her Simon Serrailler series, which she began in 2004. Working in and around Lafferton, a fictional cathedral town somewhere in the south of England, Serrailler is the Chief Inspector for the region. He is portrayed as an aloof loner who has not much luck with his love life, and is closest to his sister Cat, a physician who lives with her husband and children in a sprawling farmhouse, which Simon uses as a bolthole when he feels the need to retreat. Even with his family, his relationships tend to be rather one sided. His parents, also physicians, live locally and although he has a reasonably good relationship with his mother, he believes his father has never quite forgiven him for not following in the family footsteps  career wise.

Hill’s writing is both intelligent and intricate. I hope she never stops writing this series.

It might seemrather odd to start by reviewing the seventh book in the series, but that is the one freshest in my mind. …

A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
A Question of Identity
by Susan Hill

Reviewed by
EXCERPT: ‘It seems like your brain’s bursting. It doesn’t happen all at once, it builds up. And then your brain’s going to burst until you do something about it. You do it. You have to do it. Then it’s all right again for a bit, ’til it starts again.’
THE BLURB: A particularly unpleasant murder, that of a very old woman in a housing project, rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive “sign” on the body and at the scene of crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder occurs, and a month or so later, so does another.

Initial investigations discover that the mysterious “sign” left on the body was the calling card of a suspect who was charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence. All indications suggest that this person has simply vanished. Or is he right under their noses? Simon Serrailler is obliged to make delve deeper and scratch out answers, in this addictive mystery of surpassing darkness by the bestselling Susan Hill.


MY COMMENTS: As always, Susan Hill held me captive throughout this, the seventh Simon Serrailler book.

No one in their right mind would break into the bedrooms of frail old ladies who are alone at night and terrify them, drag them out of their beds, shove them down in a chair in front of a mirror so they could see themselves, see the killer standing behind them, watch him get out the electrical flex, watch him uncoil it and raise his hands to loop it around their necks, watch while he starts to tighten it, watch themselves fight for breath, turn blue, start to choke. …

Yet this is precisely what is happening. But it’s not the first time. It had happened ten years earlier. A man was arrested and charged and subsequently acquitted. So where is he now? They can find no trace of him, no record that he ever existed. So just how do you find a killer who doesn’t exist?

Another edge of your seat crime thriller/ police procedural from Susan Hill.

 

 

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

 

EXCERPT: ‘The fingers poking through the hole in the brown material were swollen, with blackened fingernails. Moss gently worked the sand away from the seams, and exposed the rusted zipper. It took Erika several gentle tugs, but it yielded, and the suitcase sagged open as she unzipped. Moss moved to help, and they slowly lifted it open. A little water spilled out, and the naked body of a man was crammed inside. Moss stepped backwards, putting her arm up to her nose. The smell of rotting flesh and stagnant water hit the back of their throats. Erika closed her eyes for a moment, then opened them. The limbs were white and muscular. The flesh had the appearance of raw suet and was starting to flake away, in places exposing the bone. Erika gently lifted the torso. Tucked underneath was a head, with black wispy hair.’

THE BLURB: She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

MY COMMENTS: The question begs to be asked – how could a young girl with so much promise stumble down such a dark path?

#5 in Robert Bryndza’s Detective Erika Foster series, Cold Blood is based on a vulnerable young woman’s need to be loved. Her Dad has died, her Mum has a new man in her life, her friends have all gone off to university, while Nina is working a dead end job in a fish and chip shop because she doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Nina is isolated by her own circumstances and Max spots her vulnerability and uses it to his own advantage. And we all know from experience that the nice but needy girl falling under the spell of the bad boy story is never going to end well. And this one certainly doesn’t. But even I certainly didn’t predict just how badly it was all going to end.

I have read all of this series, and to be honest, this is the least favorite installment. It just doesn’t seem to flow like the previous books did. It didn’t leave me breathless with anticipation. It actually took me four days to read it. I’m not saying it is a bad read, because it definitely isn’t. It is a good read, as evidenced by my 4☆ rating, just not as good as the rest of the series, which for me have all been 5☆ Am I looking forward to the next installment? Hell yes! Get writing Rob!

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2123260533

The Old White Truck written by Phillip Percy and illustrated by Dale Percy

The Old White Truck by Phillip Percy
The Old White Truck
by Phillip Percy (Goodreads Author)
Reviewed by
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Jones

Nov 09, 2014  ·
EXCERPT: ‘Every single morning before the birds wake up,
Mr Mills of Venice Street starts up his old white truck. ..’
THE BLURB: The Old White Truck is a quirky and amusingly illustrated snapshot of what makes small-town New Zealand tick. The Old White Truck is based on the real comings and goings of Mr Mills and is a tribute to Mrs Mills’ legendary home made scones!

Making early morning bread deliveries around the town of Martinborough in his old white truck, Mr Mills discovers a most delicious aroma. After delivering the final loaf of bread to the final door, and with growing excitement, he traces the smell back to his own front door.


MY VIEWS: Another wonderful tale from the author of Mr Phelps’ Fish Truck, Phillip Percy and illustrated by his father Dale.

This book follows the old white truck and it’s driver, Mr Mills, as he delivers bread around the NZ town of Martinborough.

This is a lovely toddlers/new readers tale that rhymes, accompanied by delightfully detailed illustrations.

The author and his family live in Martinborough, and Phillip wrote this book after Mrs Mills arrived on their doorstep with a batch of freshly baked scones to welcome them to the neighborhood when they were moving in. Phillip said he ‘wrote this little story to recognize her generosity and to capture a slice of life that typifies living in small town New Zealand.

The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

The Devil's Work by Mark  Edwards
The Devil’s Work
by Mark Edwards (Goodreads Author)
reviewed by


Picture this: it is a warm and sunny late winters afternoon and I am curled up in the sunshine reading the final 20% of The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards. A gentle breeze stirs the curtain and the edge caresses my neck. I shriek. Leaping from the chair I drop my Kindle and spin around to see who is going to strangle me.

It happened.

Seldom have I ever had such a strong physical reaction to a book. Mark Edwards had my heart pounding and my imagination working overtime. He even disturbed my sleep. Hence I am up writing this review at 2.30 am instead of battling sleep filled with menace and shadowy figures.

THE BLURB
It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job…before it kills her.

Mark Edwards has done a superb job with both his characterisation and the plot. Written over two timelines, the years 2000 and 2012, he cleverly intertwines the stories to create the maximum suspense and suspicion. He even had me suspecting peripheral characters!

This is not the first book I have read by this author, but it is definitely the best.

Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This and other of my reviews can also be viewed at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2101128986?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone

Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone
Half Past
by Victoria Helen Stone (Goodreads Author)
reviewed by


EXTRACT: ‘She wanted to be back in Chicago. Back in her apartment. In her bed. In her marriage. She wanted to wake up, dry and warm, and realize the past six months had been a bad dream. A nightmare that didn’t make any sense in the morning. Why had she come back to Iowa? And how could Jeff possibly hate her so much? It was nonsense. Jeff didn’t hate anyone. And what utter foolishness to think her sweet steady mother wasn’t her mother at all.

THE BLURB: At forty-five, Hannah Smith is at a crossroads. That’s her spin on it. The reality is she’s divorced, jobless, and moving back to her family home in Iowa to keep an eye on her mother, who’s slipping into dementia. Her return stirs up the same unnerving sense of disconnect Hannah has felt since childhood—always the odd girl out, the loner outshone by her two older sisters. Hannah knew the feelings of hurt would come back. But she never expected fear. Because when her mother looks into her eyes and whispers, “You’re not my daughter,” Hannah is beginning to believe it’s not just the rambling of a confused woman.

It’s the truth.

Now Hannah’s following the trail of a family mystery to the dark coast of Big Sur, where years ago a lie was born—and buried. As frightened as she is to unearth it, Hannah knows this is the last chance she has before her past—and all its terrible secrets—are lost forever

MY VIEWS: Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone took me by surprise. It is good. It is damned good. Very damned good. I was expecting something a little Schmaltzy, with a fair bit of romance thrown in. Don’t ask me where I got this idea. I just had it, okay? Instead I got this emotionally raw, absorbing story of family relationships that kept me glued to my Kindle from start to finish.

Stone is actually romance novelist Victoria Dahl, which I did not know until I read ‘about the author’ at the end of the book. Not that I have ever read anything by either of her names. But after publishing more than 25 romance novels, her work has taken a darker turn under a nom-de-plume. Go Victoria!

Stone has given us a wonderfully complex but very real character in Hannah Smith. Growing up she had pushed boundaries and always wanted more. More answers. More freedom. She had fought hard against the restrictions her parents placed on her. She’d run off, walked away, skipped out on her obligations. And now at 45, she’s still doing it. Still walking away from things, running away. Turning her back and moving on. Still wanting more. …..Half Past is a good reminder that we should be careful what we wish for. A glowing 4.5 ☆

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This and other of my reviews can also be viewed at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2125855091?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes
reviewed by


EXCERPT: ‘As she moved along, stately but sure, like the Lusitania departing from Liverpool, she thought she recognized a figure out of the corner of her eye. It gave Florence a start. Did he know she would be at Victoria? The man was slight, angular and frayed at the edges – a wooden life raft to her ocean liner. His back was half turned away and his hat was pulled down low so that she couldn’t be sure if he had seen her. Florence picked up the pace, her heart quickening. She spotted her Porter up ahead, waiting patiently by her bags, and she calmed herself. She had only to get on the train; in less than twenty minutes she’d be on her way. ….It was not long before the guard blew his final whistle. The train moved off, slowly at first, then gathered momentum steadily until, by the time it reached the first tunnel, it was rolling down the line at full speed. That was the last time anyone saw Florence Nightingale Shore alive. ..’

THE BLURB: It’s 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle.

Louisa’s salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy – an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories.

But then a nurse – Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake – is killed on a train in broad daylight, and Louisa and Nancy find themselves entangled in the crimes of a murderer who will do anything to hide their secret . . . ‘

MY VIEWS: I didn’t realize, when I began The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes, that it is based on a real murder. It was not until I reached the end of the book and read the author’s historical note, that I discovered Florence Nightingale Shore actually existed, that she was god-daughter of the famous woman herself, and that she was indeed attacked on the Brighton line Monday 12 January, 1920 and died a few days later of her injuries. Nobody was ever found guilty of her murder.

The Mitford Murders is a captivating blend of fact and fiction. Newspaper reports of the interviews conducted with the witnesses at the Inquest have been used to recreate the events. People, including Florence’s friend Mabel, the Mitford family and their servants, also have their roots in reality, although some things have been changed for the benefit of the novel.

Fellowes has captured the atmosphere of the early 1920s splendidly. The war is over, but nothing has quite returned to normal. There is a shortage of men; many physically and psychologically wounded soldiers have returned home to nothing, wondering what it was all for. Life is nothing like we know it. The British class system is still very evident. Poverty is a way of life for the lower classes where survival is all, violence and intimidation a way of life . But then again, perhaps nothing has really changed after all, only fashion and technology.

The Mitford Murders is a captivating read. Fellowes, perhaps best known for her Downtown Abbey books, is very good at what she does. This is, apparently, the first book of a new series,one I am looking forward to reading.

Thank you to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings. This review and others can also be viewed at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2125151750

Friday Favorites

Looking for something to read over the weekend?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming “read me!”?

Check out my Friday Favorite  – it may not be new, it may not even be by an author you have ever heard of, but it will be a book that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

OWEN MULLEN’S debut novel Games People Play has been long-listed for Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year 2017. It is the first in the Charlie Cameron Glasgow PI  series of three  (so far).

This book just totally blew me away when I first read it, and continued to do so on each subsequent reading. I have read it a total of four times so far and recommend it to everyone I know. And just because I don’t ‘know’ you, dear follower, doesn’t mean I want you to miss out on what could possibly be your read of the year.

THE BLURB: Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.

Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment Charlie gets involved in the case and when more bodies are discovered the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades.

Is baby Lily the latest victim of a madman?

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go.

His demons won’t let him.

MY REVIEW:

Games People Play by Owen Mullen
reviewed by Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Jones


I love this book! It is breath-taking. It is unputdownable. There is not one dull or mediocre moment in this book. Quite simply – it is brilliant!

The characters captivate and entrance. I felt their pain, their indecision, their joy. Secrets, lies and infidelity abound.

“Four and a half weeks after they walked on the sand swinging their child between them, the family was damaged beyond repair, destroyed by guilt and betrayal. ”

Mark and Jen Hamilton’s decision to take 13 month old daughter Lily to Ayr Beach for the day was one they would live to regret. Jen’s decision to take one final swim in the cold waters was one that would almost kill her – more then once. For while Mark races into the water to save his wife from drowning, then resuscitates her – someone abducts their daughter, left sitting in her pushchair on the sand.

When the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help, Charlie gets involved against his better judgement. Finding missing people is what Charlie does. But not kids. Never kids. But Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why. And he is desperate for someone to help him.

A child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews. Neither is Lily. There is a child killer on the loose. Is Lily another victim?

I honestly can’t believe this is a first novel. Both the quality of the writing and the plot are outstanding. More please Mr Mullen!

Thank you to Owen Mullen for an ARC of Games People Play in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

P.S. I have never done this before (well not so soon anyway!)….but I am reading this book again. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I have picked it up and am re-reading it….slowly this time, and savouring every lovely moment! Going back and re-reading passages, rolling the writing around in my mind and really appreciating it. First read through I just had to know what happened! This is appreciation time. Am I enjoying it any less because I know the outcome? NO! In fact, if I could, I would award it 6 stars this time around.

Wow! This has just made the best-seller list. well done Owen Mullen!

Enjoy your weekend read. And please let me know what you think of Charlie Cameron PI, and Owen Mullen’s debut novel. Over the coming months, I will also review the second and third books in the series, Old Friends and New Enemies, and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

But don’t feel you have to wait on my reviews to read his other books. You can check out the author and his books on https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14949607.Owen_Mullen

Or https://www.amazon.com/Owen-Mullen/e/B01BJSFIU8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Have a great weekend, and happy reading!