Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Is running a little late this week. .. my two hours at work turned into a full day as I had two staff call in sick 😩. By the time I shut the bar last night and came home, all I wanted was my dinner, a hot bath, and bed. I plan on only doing wages and banking today, then coming home. . .

Despite the long hours last week ,I actually managed to sneak in an extra book!

When Archie Met Rosie by Lynda Renham

Which was a delightful and amusing read. Watch for my review.

Currently I am reading

A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite, #6)

A series I have followed from the start.

And I am listening to

Accused (Rosato & DiNunzio, #1)

This week I am planning on reading

Homecomings

At the end of the row of fishermen’s cottages by the harbour’s edge, stands an old granite house.

First it belonged to Ned’s parents; then Ned dropped anchor here after a life at sea and called it home. His nephew Hugo moved in too, swapping London for the small Cornish fishing village where he’d spent so many happy holidays.

It’s a refuge – and now other friends and relations are being drawn to the the house by the sea.
Among them is Dossie, who’s lonely after her parents died and her son remarried. And cousin Jamie, who’s coming home after more than a year, since his career as an RAF pilot was abruptly cut short. Both have to adjust to a new way of life.

As newcomers arrive and old friends reunite, secrets are uncovered, relationships are forged and tested, and romance is kindled.

For those who come here find that the house by the harbour wall offers a warm welcome, and – despite its situation at the very end of the village – a new beginning…

Marcia Willett is an author I have enjoyed in the past, so I am looking forward to reading this.

Her Name Was Rose

Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy. 

When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself unable to move on.

And then she makes a decision she can never take back.

Because Rose had everything Emily had ever dreamed of. A beautiful, loving family, a great job and a stunning home. And now Rose’s husband misses his wife, and their son needs a mother. Why couldn’t Emily fill that space?

But as Emily is about to discover, no one’s life is perfect … and not everything is as it seems.

Only one ARC from NetGalley this week

The Pupil: Some lessons are deadly - A gripping psychological thriller

and one directly from the author

Seventh (The Seventh Wave Book 1)

The sun is up on another Monday morning here in New Zealand after a cold, wet and windy Sunday. So I had better crack on with all the jobs I never got done over the weekend, and then head off to work again.

Wherever you are, whatever your weather, Happy reading my friends 😎

 

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Right now, it seems as though we are having more than one Sunday a week. It can’t possibly be a week since I last wrote a summary post, yet my diary says it is. I can’t explain the phenomenon where, once we are more than a quarter into the year, time speeds up and continues to do so right through to Christmas. Can anyone out there explain?

Currently, I am not reading anything, having finished Bring Me Back

Last night before I went to sleep. This was my first read by B. A. Paris and I can certainly see why her books have such a great following! This was a one sitting read for me. Look for my review tomorrow.

This week I am planning on reading

The Date

Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…

I love this author and it has taken a great deal of self control, something that I am not known for possessing, not to move it up my list.

Also this week I plan to read

Missing Pieces

What if the one thing that kept you together was breaking you apart?

All Linda wants to do is sleep. She won’t look at her husband. She can’t stand her daughter. And she doesn’t want to have this baby. Having this baby means moving on, and she just wants to go back to before. Before their family was torn apart, before the blame was placed.

Alienated by their own guilt and struggling to cope, the Sadler family unravels. They grow up, grow apart, never talking about their terrible secret.

That is until Linda’s daughter finds out she’s pregnant. Before she brings another Sadler into the world, Bea needs to know what happened twenty-five years ago. What did they keep from her? What happened that couldn’t be fixed?

A devastating mistake, a lifetime of consequences. How can you repair something broken if pieces are missing?

Missing Pieces is Laura Pearson’s debut novel.

And I have more than made up for the lack of ARC approvals last week with five this week.

Not Her Daughter

Walk a Crooked Line (Jo Larsen, #2)

Winter Cottage

Her Mother's Grave (Detective Josie Quinn, #3)

Last Witness: A gripping crime thriller you won't be able to put down

I hope there are some titles amongst these that appeal to you as much as they appeal to me. I have to admit that it was the absolutely beautiful cover on Winter Cottage that caught my eye, but after reading the plot summary I simply had to request it!

There are two authors I have read before and really enjoy, Lisa Regan and Chris Merritt. If you haven’t read them, check them out next time you are looking for something to read. The other three authors are new to me.

Let me know what you are reading, what you think was great and what you didn’t like. We are in for a stormy afternoon, so I am going to settle in front of the fire with a pot of tea and my next read. Happy reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

 

 

The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham

The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham
The Killing Habit: A Tom Thorne Novel 
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EXCERPT: Tanner could only blink for a few seconds. The surge of adrenaline left her dry mouthed and dizzy as she wrestled with the picture, willing it to make sense. She knew exactly who he was, of course, but he should not have been here.

‘What are you —?’

Then she saw what was in the man’s hand and the moment of clarity punched through the roaring in her ears. Left only terror. She understood how stupid she had been – they had all been.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: From “one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today” (Gillian Flynn), The Killing Habit again brings together favorite wild-card detective Tom Thorne and straight-laced DI Nicola Tanner on a pair of lethally high-stakes cases.

While DI Nicola Tanner investigates the deadly spread of a dangerous new drug, Tom Thorne is handed a case that he doesn’t take too seriously, until a spate of animal killings points to the work of a serial killer. When the two cases come together in a way that neither could have foreseen, both Thorne and Tanner must risk everything to catch two very different killers.

MY THOUGHTS: Although I don’t like reading about either drugs or animal killings, and this book contains both (nothing graphic!), Billingham has managed to produce yet another 4.5-star read for me. 15 books into the D I Tom Thorne series, and my respect for both the series and the author continues to grow. It is no mean feat to continue to grow the characters and come up with fresh and interesting plots after so many books.

The series of cat killings mentioned in this book is based on a real and disturbing case that, at the time Billingham wrote The Killing Habit, remained unsolved. I sincerely hope that they have, by now, caught this maniac. If not, then the thought of what may lay ahead is chilling. . .

And this premise, that people who harm animals will go on to harm people, is the basis for Billingham’s The Killing Habit. But, as is usual with Billingham’s plots, nothing is quite that straight forward. There are plenty of loops, diversions, twists and turns to keep the thriller aficionado turning the pages, nicely balanced with snapshots of Thorne’s and Tanner’s private lives.

A very satisfying read, and I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

Thank you to Grove Atlantic via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2375974579

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Sunday, and it’s kind of living up to its name. The sun is intermittently peeking through the clouds, and it’s not raining! There is some actual warmth to the sun if you are out of the wind.

Isn’t it the truth that it’s not the length of a book that mostly determines how long it takes to read ,but your level of interest. I spent all week struggling through Night-Gaunts by Joyce Carol Oates which, to my great relief, I finished yesterday. I worked yesterday, last night and this morning, but already I am half way through my next read! I have to admit that I am enjoying

Deception Wears Many Faces

every bit as much as I enjoyed the first book I read by this author, His Kidnapper’s Shoes.

This week I am planning on reading

The Killing Habit: A Tom Thorne Novel

From “one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today” (Gillian Flynn), The Killing Habit again brings together favorite wild-card detective Tom Thorne and straight-laced DI Nicola Tanner on a pair of lethally high-stakes cases.

While DI Nicola Tanner investigates the deadly spread of a dangerous new drug, Tom Thorne is handed a case that he doesn’t take too seriously, until a spate of animal killings points to the work of a serial killer. When the two cases come together in a way that neither could have foreseen, both Thorne and Tanner must risk everything to catch two very different killers. Mark Billingham is one of my favorite authors.

Bring Me Back

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

This will be my first encounter with this author about whom I have heard so much.

And I have a zero ARC week. I have requests pending . . .

Happy reading. Don’t be shy about telling me what you have read /are reading/ have lined up to read. I love a little book envy!

Happy reading!

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Who put the world on fast forward ? Sunday again and I have read very little this week due to the craziness at work. One more week and hopefully things will start to settle down a little. There have been times this week when I have wondered if I have bitten off more than I can chew with this position, but really I think that’s just tiredness talking. I didn’t even manage to complete what I had planned on reading this week. I am only half way through

The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

But  it is a really good read and as soon as I have finished posting today, I will be heading for my reading chair with a ‘do not disturb’ sign.

I am currently listening to

Then She Was Gone

I love this author, and the narrator is magnificent.

When  my Kindle is on the charger, I am reading the latest Stephen King, which I bought last week.

The Outsider

This week I am planning on reading

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense

In the title story of her taut new fiction collection, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense, Joyce Carol Oates writes: Life was not of the surface like the glossy skin of an apple, but deep inside the fruit where seeds are harbored. There is no writer more capable of picking out those seeds and exposing all their secret tastes and poisons than Oates herself―as brilliantly demonstrated in these six stories.

The book opens with a woman, naked except for her high-heeled shoes, seated in front of the window in an apartment she cannot, on her own, afford. In this exquisitely tense narrative reimagining of Edward Hopper’s Eleven A.M., 1926, the reader enters the minds of both the woman and her married lover, each consumed by alternating thoughts of disgust and arousal, as he rushes, amorously, murderously, to her door. In “The Long-Legged Girl,” an aging, jealous wife crafts an unusual game of Russian roulette involving a pair of Wedgewood teacups, a strong Bengal brew, and a lethal concoction of medicine. Who will drink from the wrong cup, the wife or the dance student she believes to be her husband’s latest conquest? In “The Sign of the Beast,” when a former Sunday school teacher’s corpse turns up, the blighted adolescent she had by turns petted and ridiculed confesses to her murder―but is he really responsible? Another young outsider, Horace Phineas Love, Jr., is haunted by apparitions at the very edge of the spectrum of visibility after the death of his tortured father in “Night-Gaunts,” a fantastic ode to H.P. Lovecraft.

Reveling in the uncanny and richly in conversation with other creative minds, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing―and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves.

Deception Wears Many Faces

When Lyddie takes her sister to Devon to recover after a recent suicide attempt, it starts a train of events that will put their lives in grave danger.

Ellie has been the victim of a professional con artist, one who stole her savings, then disappeared from her life. Driven by her own history of failed relationships, Lyddie vows revenge on the man who broke her sister’s heart.

Soon she assumes a false identity and begins her hunt for a man she knows to be cold, calculating and ruthless. But who is fooling whom? And can Lyddie find the justice she seeks and heal her damaged sister?

I received only three ARCs this week

When Archie Met Rosie: An Unexpected Love Story

The Murder of My Aunt (British Library Crime Classics)

and Sins of the Fathers by Andrea Fraser, for which I don’t currently have a cover image.

So that’s my week all wrapped up, and next week’sreading mapped out ,but you know what they say about the best laid plans . . .

Happy reading my friends, and don’t forget to let me know what you are reading and what you think of it.

Cheers

Sandy

 

 

 

Dying Truth by Angela Marsons

Dying Truth by Angela Marsons
Dying Truth (D.I. Kim Stone, #8) 
by

Angela Marsons (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by

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EXCERPT: I lied.

I said yes.

How could I tell them how I really felt? How could I tell them that a piece of me dies every time I come home? How could I try and penetrate the perfect bubble around them? How could I reveal what I do to stay calm? How can I share the darkness that shadows every thought I have; the rage that heats my blood?

How could I tell them that I’m the broken child?

ABOUT THIS BOOK: How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

MY THOUGHTS: Clear your diary! Angela Marsons has a new book in the D. I. Kim Stone series, and Dying Truth is a book that, once you start, you can’t put down. I took it to work. I read through morning tea, I read through lunch instead of taking advantage of the sunshine and going for a walk, I read through afternoon tea, and we had takeaways for dinner because I didn’t want to lose reading time by cooking! I finished Dying Truth before I went to sleep. This is the best of the series yet!

Marsons is an incredible writer. In Dying Truth she tackles the subjects of bullying and self-harm, all neatly tucked into the investigation of the apparent suicide of a young girl at an elite school. Heathcrest is a school that is a bastion of secrecy, lies, private elite clubs, privilege, wealth, and illegal abortions, and has been for generations. Here alliances are formed and relationships brokered that will last for lifetimes.

But secrets and lies have consequences, and someone has to pay the price. ..

D. I. Kim Stone has grown a lot in character in the previous seven books. She continues to do so in Dying Truth. But she still shuts herself off, to a certain degree, assuming guilt for every victim she can’t save, burying herself in responsibility, and the determination to right every wrong. ‘For as long as she could remember, her mind had been a series of boxes. Every one contained something that had the power to hurt her, to reach the depths of her soul and break her apart.’ She relaxes by rebuilding old motorbikes and walking her dog Barney.

And it is great to also see the growth of the supporting cast, Dawson and Stacey in particular. They have become characters in their own right.

I love Marsons turns of phrase. ..’He reminded her of an overfilled laundry basket at home, so full of items that it was misshapen, bulging. It was like he’d been stuffed to overflowing with good looks, a lean athletic body, excessive charm and charisma bursting out of his sixteen year old body. Once he emptied the basket and learned moderation, he’d be a dangerous individual.’

Where to next Angela Marsons? I long ago ran out of rating stars for your books – five stars just aren’t enough.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Dying Breath by Angela Marsons for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2375973864

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Here we are again, taking a look at what I’m currently reading, what I am planning on reading in the coming week ,and what ARCS I have received this week.

So, what am I currently reading? I  have been working all weekend, so not much reading has been done. I am 1/3rd of the way through

My Husband’s Lies

which is intriguing me, so no prizes for guessing what I will be doing as soon as I have finished posting my blog!

This week I am planning on reading

Dying Truth (D.I. Kim Stone, #8)

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

What Holly's Husband Did

A hilariously funny romp with a twist that will make you gasp! Perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.

Holly Hart has been married for fifteen blissful years to hubby Alex. Well… if you don’t count last Christmas, when she accidentally found a load of flirty texts on Alex’s phone. But every marriage has its ups and downs and Alex had a perfectly reasonable explanation… so why can’t Holly forget what she saw?

With the help of best friends Jeanie and Caro, as well as their handsome neighbour Jack, Holly resolves to settle her mind once and for all with a bit of sneaky detective work. So what if her husband isn’t exactly Brad Pitt? He’s hers, and if someone else is trying to steal him she wants to know who…. But the truth is way more shocking than Holly ever anticipated. Can Holly, let alone her marriage, ever recover from what she discovers?

A laugh-until-you-cry, feel-good novel from the bestselling author of Stockings and Cellulite and The Corner Shop of Whispers

Realistically, I think that is all I will be able to fit in this week.

I have received three ARCs this week  –

Deception Wears Many Faces

The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

Every Single Secret

I hope that wherever you are ,you are having better weather than we are here in New Zealand. We seemed to have jumped directly from summer into winter ,bypassing autumn altogether. We have had storms all week, roads in both islands have been closed by snow, and we’re still technically in  autumn!

Have a wonderful week of reading my friends. Don’t forget to tell me about what you are reading. If it is totally awesome ,I want to know about it so that I can chase down a copy. And if it’s totally awful, I definitely want to know so that I can keep my distance!

Happy reading!

Cheers

Sandy

 

 

 

Friday Favorite – Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

Looking for something to read over the weekend ?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?

Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

I have been in on Angela Marsons’ D. I. Kim Stone series right from the start. It is an amazing series. You can never second guess Marsons. The whole series is outstanding, but Lost Girls remains my absolute favorite.

Lost Girls by Angela Marsons
Lost Girls (D.I. Kim Stone, #3) 
by

Angela Marsons (Goodreads Author)

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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Jones‘s review

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it was amazing

bookshelves: netgalley-arc5-star

EXCERPT: Emily Billingham tried to scream through the hand that covered her mouth.

The fingers were thin but strong againsther lower jaw. She forced out a sound that bounced back off his flesh and threw back her head to try and prise herself free. The back of her skull met with something hard, a rib.

‘Knock it off, you stupid little bitch,’ he said, dragging her backwards.

The poundingin her ears almost drowned out his words. She could feel her own heart beating hard against her chest.

The fabric across her eyes blocked out her surroundings but she felt the gravel underfoot.

Every step took her further from Suzie.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.

And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.

Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…

Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?

MY THOUGHTS: Angela Marsons just keeps writing books that enthral and appal, but that you just can’t put down.

She comes up with original plots that she writes with a frightening grip on reality. Reading Lost Girls, I was on the edge of my seat and snarling at anyone who tried to interrupt me.

“When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.”

But now comes the twist: the two families – best friends – are plunged into a bidding war against each other, for the kidnapper will only release one child, that of the family who pays him the most money.

Three quarters of the way through, I thought I knew where this was going. I was wrong, so very, very wrong! Well Done Angela Marsons – another 5* read! Next please!

This is the third book in her DI Kim Stone series, and I recommend that, if you have not read the earlier two, that you start with the first, Silent Scream.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Lost Girls by Angela Marsons for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1428521601

 

Dead Bad by Helen Durrant

DEAD BAD a gripping crime mystery full of twists by Helen H. Durrant
DEAD BAD a gripping crime mystery full of twists 
by

Helen H. Durrant (Goodreads Author)

Reviewed by

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EXCERPT: A young woman, her blank eyes staring into nothing. Her throat had been cut. For a few seconds Robbins was transfixed. He’d never even seen a dead body before. And this wasn’t just a dead body, this was a murder victim he was looking at, had to be. The sight was horrific. She was nailed to something and things had been done to her.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Detectives Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or if a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

MY THOUGHTS: I like this series. It has grown on me as I have read my way through the majority of the previous seven books. But this one just seems to be lacking something that the others had. It felt flat to me, although there was plenty going on, until the final few chapters when it finally got its teeth into me and I was rapidly flipping pages, determined to discover the outcome before I had to leave for work.

It is possible to read Dead Bad as a standalone, but I wouldn’t really recommend it. There is too much background information, especially regarding relationships between the characters, that the first time reader would be ignorant of. But then, perhaps it might be a more intriguing read if you were fresh to them.

It was great to see Greco back, albeit briefly, although he didn’t come to the fore in Dead Bad as much as he has previously. I missed his little foibles. They were somewhat glossed over. He is a character who deserves to be made more of.

While I liked Dead Bad, I didn’t love it. 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Joffe Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Dead Bad by Helen Durrant for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2397457769

Sandy’s Sunday Summary

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Mums out there.

It’s time to catch up with what I am currently reading, what I am planning on reading in the coming week, and what ARCS I have been approved for this week.

Currently I am reading

The Perfect Mother

and listening to

I Found You

This week I am planning on reading

The Good Samaritan

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her—Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

Cassandra's Secret: Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back...

Secrets can’t stay buried forever… 

1960s England

Cassandra Fitzpatrick’s family isn’t quite like everybody else’s: her house is always full to bursting with the various misfits her mother houses as lodgers.

The creative and chaotic household is all she has ever known and loved, until something awful happens that changes everything.

Cass loves her mother deeply, but, as she gets older, she becomes more and more aware of her flaws.

Will Cass have to distance herself from her family to find happiness? Or is she destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps? 

As Cass reflects on her memories, she must lay the ghosts of the past to rest and make peace with the secrets that have haunted her adult life

CASSANDRA’S SECRET is both a coming-of-age story and poignant return to the past, an intricate family drama of the close bond between mother and daughter, and the strength of love needed to overcome abuse and grief.

The Retreat

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

And I made up for my 0 arcs last week by being approved for 5 new reads this week. . .

The Memory Box

Dead Bad

The Date

Leave No Trace

The Little Shop of Found Things

So excited by my haul this week! Plus I received a signed copy of

The Key to Death's Door

from author Mark Tilbury. I just loved this book and am very grateful to Mark for his kindness. I reviewed The Key to Death’s Door a few weeks ago. If you haven’t read this yet, I urge you to check out my review and pick up a copy.

Well ,that’s my lot for the week. I hope you have an awesome reading week lined up. Let me know what you are reading, what you enjoyed, and what you didn’t like.

Cheers

Sandy